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Old 03-19-2021, 01:59 PM
 
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Can anyone share a copy of their schedule?
My does not seem to be working great and I feel like I should tweak it...I need some things that will keep their attention better they are a wiggly group..I really appreciate it
Breakfast
Calendar
Reading40 mins
Math40 mins
Recess
lunch
Read aloud
Free time
special
Snack
Centers


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I would add...
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..a quiet time in the afternoon.

A brain and body break is very restorative for our little people.
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My schedule is modified this year as we dismiss at 11:45 instead of 2:30, but here it is:
8:15 - morning meeting (outside)
8:20 - free play
8:45 - Heggerty/morning message/question of the day
9:05 - language arts
9:35 - story/snack
9:45 - recess
10:00 - calendar/number corner
10:15 - math
10:45 - outside game
10:55 - student of the week sharing
11:05 - science/art/phonics
11:35 - pack up

The best thing I ever did was move my play time to the morning. It revolutionized my day! The kids get a soft start and get to chat and adjust, I get to check in with everyone, answer parent questions, and do anything last minute that comes up. Then when it's time to learn they are totally ready. In a regular year I have a quiet time after lunch so they can calm down and get ready for the afternoon.
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I do free time after lunch and it is kind of long since our kinch is so early, but the problem is that when it is time to clean up for special things get confusing and a couple donít want to so special ... then after is snack and them. Centers st the end of the day is hard for them to focus.. maybe do playtime at the end of the day? But I have to get them all on the bus so that could be tricky to stop...
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Old 03-20-2021, 07:07 PM
 
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Are your centers academic? If so, I think that's hard to do at the end of the day. Mine are done by then. I always do math after lunch since it's more hands-on and active than language arts. And, really, starting with play is magical.


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My centers are ELA, but play doh letters, white boards bingo Dabbers kind of activities.
My problem is lunch is at 11 and recess before so the pm is so long..
I have to do math groups before lunch because of push in..
11:45- 12- read aloud
12-12:45 - play
12:45-1- music, rhyme or ELA game
1-140 special
1:40-2- snack
2-2:30- centers
2:30-read aloud , quiet time
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Old 03-21-2021, 08:20 PM
 
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If that's the case I'd probably swap your play time and center time. I don't know if you do this already, but I'd also give them some freedom of movement during centers. Let them work on the floor or stand up at a counter - I find that giving mine the option of HOW to work really helps them focus and buy into the activities.
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Old 03-22-2021, 10:03 AM
 
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8:00-8:30: Soft start like Sbkangas5. My kids have bins of toys that they play with - usually things like legos, pretend food, pattern blocks, etc. Normally we share but this year they'll all have individual bins. My school doesn't support free play so I try to make mine activities that I can argue are STEM based or language based for my ELLS (like the play food).

8:30 - 9:00: Calendar and then a daily prompt that students write about silently in their journals.

9:00 - 9:15: Phonemic/phonological awareness

9:15 - 10:30: Centers (I do a rough daily 5 - entirely student choice based and I go around and individually conference at this time - no small groups)

10:30 - 11:00: Phonics and writing

11:00-11:30: Lunch

11:30 - 12:00: Read aloud and discussion. Usually writing too, or SS/Science if it applies.

12:00 - 12:30: Math calendar, math Lesson and worksheet

12:30 - 1:00: Math exploration (I use collection bags mainly). During this time I individually conference with students.

1:20 - 2:10: Specials

I do science and SS on Fridays.
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Old 03-22-2021, 04:22 PM
 
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What are collection bins??
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I meant to say I love your schedule ! Can you describe your collection bins and daily 5 centers!?


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Old 03-23-2021, 07:05 AM
 
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So collection bags are gallon sized ziplocks of random things. So I have bags with counting bears, seashells, beads, dominoes, dinosaur figures, animals counters from lakeshore, basically anything that kids can use and manipulate.

They use their collection bags to do math. Usually we have an anchor chart up with things that collection bags are used for or aren't use for. Like no just playing, yes counting, no throwing, yes sorting, etc. We slowly add on to things that they can do with them as the year progresses like adding, subtracting, etc. I also slowly add tools that they can choose from like ten frames, spinners, sentence strips for addition/subtraction, etc. that I keep on a shelf and they can grab by themselves if they want/need.

While they're working with the bags, I'll go around and talk with them or take pictures to send home. They love showing off what they've managed to do. I'll also show them how to incorporate play and math. Like if they have dinosaurs, I might show them that they can play pretend and have one dinosaur eat the others and that's subtraction.

My daily 5 is really simple. Students can choose to either write (I have all my writing supplies in yellow bins), read, or play reading or math games (which are in pink bins). They can chose which center and change between them freely. During this time I'll walk around, conference with students, take pictures of the work they're proud of, read with kids, pull individual kids to do a quick lesson, etc. If I notice one kid picking writing 5 days in a row, I'll praise their dedication and use our next conference time to encourage them to try something else too.

Overall, my classroom philosophy is independence and creative thinking. I want students to feel motivated and capable of taking learning into their own hands. We also do flexible seating and such so students sit wherever they want to and move freely. We talk a lot at the beginning of the year bout being responsible for your own learning and about how big they are now that they're able to be in charge of themselves.
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Old 03-24-2021, 02:20 PM
 
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I love your ideas!! I was just wondering if everyone does the collection bags together ? Or in groups?
Right now I have math center groups and they rotate around...they like the hands on , maybe the collection bags can be a center. Do they choose several bags to work with?
Also daily 5 do they pick a book bag?
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Old 03-24-2021, 04:23 PM
 
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I'm in 6th now, but I remember my K schedule very much!

8:00-10:30: ELA
8:00-8:20: Phonics
8:20-9:00: Read Aloud/Whole Group
9:00-10:00: Small Group/Guided Reading/Centers
10:00-10:30: Writing

10:35-11:00: Lunch
11:10-11:30: Recess
11:40-12:20: Specials
12:30-1:15: RTI
1:15-2:15: Math
2:15-2:45: Science/Social Studies.
2:45-3:00: Dismissal

I had no control over it. I was not allowed to deviate if from it. It was very developmentally inappropriate.
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Old 03-25-2021, 09:21 AM
 
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Everyone does collection bags at the same time. So I put on a math song and call kids to pick their bag. They take their bag and find a spot to work. Some prefer floor, table, etc. Then they work at their bags for the full time. One bag only and no switching, though they can get different tools. It forces them to be creative with their thinking.

For daily five, no book bins (except this year because covid). I have bookcases and they grab what they want to read. It's free choice so a student might start off writing, finish then choose a book to read, then go back to writing or chose to play a game. Most stay at one choice the whole time but some students do like to switch activities every 15 minutes or so.

Rotations are too much for me to handle. Every time I try like half aren't finishes, half finish early, its too hard or easy for some kids, etc. Free choice is more work upfront but pays off well.
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Rotations are too much for me to handle. Every time I try like half aren't finishes, half finish early, its too hard or easy for some kids, etc. Free choice is more work upfront but pays off well.
I agree 100% with this. The slow kids don't get the time to finish anything, the fast kids are done too fast, and I never need the same amount of time with each group. I hate rotations!
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