The Kindergarten day begins with morning meeting. The children practice greeting each other by name and looking each other in the eye. We discuss information for the day ahead and have some “quick share” highlights from classmates. We learn about the calendar and keep track of important events. We count the days in school.
After morning meeting, our Kindergarteners have Math. Math is hands on, active, and the kids often work in stations practicing a skill in different ways. At the shapes station, they might find and graph the number of shapes in a picture, or pick a card naming the shape and then build the shape with popsicle sticks, or build a design of their own using large sized pattern blocks.
The Kindergarteners then have free choice, which allows them their pick of activities in the kindergarten rooms. Legos are popular, as is working in the make believe bakery, making crafts and setting up siores. Free choice is a great chance for the children to socialize and have a less structured time before settling down for the next work period.
Phonics and story follow free choice and start with a phonetic awareness practice. The children generate rhyming words, identify medial vowels, counting sounds and syllables in words.We practice the letter of the week and do phonics sheets together. We finish with a read aloud story from our big book units. Those books allow an opportunity to practice vocabulary and comprehension skills.
After their hard work at phonics, the children get to have snack and recess. The children socialize while they eat snack and then head outside for 30 minutes on the big playscape and outdoor play area.
After a snack and fresh air, the kindergarten moves to reading and writing practice. Two days a week, they work on the Handwriting Without Tears program.
Kindergarten has one Special per day which could include Art, Creative Movement, French, Music, Physical Education or Science. On a day when the kids have PE, they begin class by running two laps around the gym to get warmed up and ready to go. They would then split in to three groups to continue working on the hand eye coordination by playing a series of fun, creative games.
Sample Kindergarten Schedule
Arrival / Free Choice Time
Morning meeting / Circle Time
Language Arts (Handwriting Without Tears, phonics, listening skills, grammar, story time)
Special (French, Creative Movement, Library, Science, Art, Physical Education)
Thematic studies (for example: homes, woodlands, fairy tales, ponds)
Free Choice Time
Circle and Dismissal