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I've always been an upper grade teacher, but am moving to kinder this fall. I plan to spend a lot of time this summer preparing for fall and would like to figure out my daily schedule. What kind of schedule do those of you that have the kiddos for half a day follow? Thanks in advance!


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I used to teach 1/2 day kindergarten. This was my general schedule for a 3 and a half hour day. Twice a week, my kidlets were pulled for gym class from 8:00-8:40, so I adjusted my schedule accordingly.

8:00 entry and fine motor activities
8:20 circle time: calendar, songs, movement, whole group math instruction
8:40 math tubs
9:00 circle time: whole group reading and/or writing instruction
9:20 literacy tubs
9:40 20 mins outdoor recess, followed by 10 mins for snack
10:10 read aloud
10:25 developmental centres
11:15 whole group meeting: songs, movement, games
11:30 dismissal

Luckily, I teach in a system that placed a lot of value on child-selected activities! I also teach in a system that doesn't try to push the first grade curriculum down to kindergarten. I did a lot of small group and individual instruction during the various "tub times" during the day (fine motor tubs, math tubs, literacy tubs, developmental play centres). Science and social studies were integrated into centres and whole group math/literacy instruction.
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I'm also teaching a half day kindergarten this fall. I just finished my student teaching in a half day setting and this is the schedule I plan to use coming up:

8:50-9:10: Free choice literacy centers (this includes many of the Daily 5 components as well as a few others like literacy games and word activities)
9:10-9:20: Calendar/Roll/Morning Meeting
9:20-10:15: Literacy Block/Writing and Math Instruction
10:15-10:30: Recess
10:30-11:00: Read Aloud/Snack and Science or Social Studies (depending on the day)
11:00-11:25: Free Choice Centers/Small Group Instruction
11:25-11:30: Clean Up and Chapter Book Read Aloud

We have less than three hours with our kindergarteners so it is definitely a packed day.
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I've taught 6th grade for 2 years and now I am moving down to K. I am extremely nervous and was wondering the same thing as you. Thanks for posting that question
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What do you do for your morning meeting uteach? There is no way I could fit my morning meeting in 10 minutes but I'm desperately trying to find ways to make my schedule work, as I am in half-day K for the first time after 3 years of full day! I have my kids for 2 hours and 45 minutes a day and they have specials all but 1 day!


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Old 07-04-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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9:10-9:20 Kids arrive, put backpacks away, turn over name for attendance, put their book they read last night back into basket for a new book, get their supplies and meet on the rug
9:20-9:45 Opening:Check attendance, flag/song, calendar(lots of math during this time) and math activities on rug, Read Aloud (usually on Social Studies or Science)
9:45-10:20
Monday--4 small group rotations; that include interactive writing; printing w/salt & paper, math and reading
Tuesday-Friday--Centers--literacy and math based games and activities including listening center, read the room, write the room, read with a partner, read to self, (unfortunately, no play centers) AND I do my guided reading groups
10:20-10:50 Writer's Workshop
10:50-11:00 Recess
11:00-11:20 Math instruction and activities
11:20-11:35 Phonics & word work
11:35-11:50 Shared reading/interactive reading
11:50-11:55 Get ready to dismiss
12:00 Dismiss
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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I'm putting a link here to the research article on "Crisis in the Kindergarten" to persuade you to always include some free play time. I believe it needs to be at least 40-60 minutes. Here's the link to the article---only by more and more teachers believing in the necessity of this and being able to articulate it's worth can we begin to see it's salvation.

http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/...ten_report.pdf
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I dont think there is enough time for 40-60 minutes of free play in a half day curriculum. More than likely, they will be getting lots of time to play after school if they are only half day. If I allowed my students to play for even 40 minutes I'd only have 2 hours with them and do still need to meet grade and state standards in academics.
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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We are a 1/2 schedule with a full day option. So all our curriculum is in the AM. Here is our schedule and we are in class from 8:45 to 12:00 each day, excluding recess.

K-4 DAILY SCHEDULE

8:00 Morning Opening
8:15 Aerobics
8:30 Bathroom Break
8:45 Daily Meeting Board (finally in our classroom)
9:00 Bible/Prayer Time
9:30 Snack Time/Read a Loud
9:45 Readiness Skills/Journaling
10:00 Phonics/Language Development/Guiding Reading
10:30 Recess
1045 Bathroom Break
11:00 Handwriting
11:30 Math, Numbers,and Hands on Activities
11:45 Cleanup/Bathroom
12:00 AM Dismissal/Lunch
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I agree with you that children this age NEED some free play time. However, we are mandated by the state and the district to teach certain areas daily. As you can see, we have less than three hours with the children each day. If you take into account recess and transition time we have probably a little over 2 hours daily. Daily requirements are: shared reading, centers/small groups, guided reading, writer's workshop, and math. Not required daily but must do 2-3 times a week are: phonics, word work, social studies, science and health. Even though I know it is necessary for children to have free play time, I am constrained by the district and state mandated standards. I only hope that the children get that free play time each day after school.


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Old 07-05-2010, 05:03 AM
 
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Because in my former school board the mornings were longer than the afternoons, we only had our k kids 4 times a week, which meant that we had them for 3.5 hours instead of less than 3. That board was absolutely committed to a minimum of 40 minutes of developmental play every day at school PLUS recess, which is maybe why they chose to go to 4 mornings a week instead of 5.

Schools were small, which meant only one kindergarten class per school. It would be harder if we had to teach two different classes. The kindergarten jobs were often paired with either special education or prep teaching (gym, music, art etc) to make up a full-time job for the teacher.

I loved teaching k there. If only I hadn't moved across the country, I might still be there today!
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:12 AM
 
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Thanks to all of you for your feedback regarding 1/2 day schedules. I now have a great starting place to refine my schedule!
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How about a "green hour"
Old 07-06-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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I just finished Last Child in the Woods and how play outside is EXTREMELY important for the child. I already have a little "let's eat some dirt" attitude to counter our antibacterial obsession with kids- but this book nails it (with data to back it up) So even with our hours crammed with "rigor" I am looking for opportunities for the kids. Even backyard time with parents at the top of the homework list; share out, write about, draw about, etc.
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