Kindergarten – “A Day in the Life”

  • Date created

    October 4, 2019

  • Last updated

    May 7, 2020

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

Math

Free choice

Language Arts (Handwriting Without Tears, phonics, listening skills, grammar, story time)

Snack/Recess

Reading

Lunch/recess

Special (French, Creative Movement, Library, Science, Art, Physical Education)

Thematic studies (for example: homes, woodlands, fairy tales, ponds)

Free Choice Time

Circle and Dismissal

We came to St. Michael’s for two reasons - the incredible arts programs that the school has, and for Phil...

Prekindergarten, 5th, and 7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2017-03-13T11:54:16-04:00

Prekindergarten, 5th, and 7th Grade Parent

Jeff Gerring We came to St. Michael’s for two reasons - the incredible arts programs that the school has, and for Phil Tutino.  Too many schools are cutting back on their arts programs, but St. Michael’s understands the value of balancing rigorous academic study with a foundation in the arts. 
The concept of a St. Michael’s community is a big draw for me. It’s not just a place to drop...

1st and 4th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:03:46-04:00

1st and 4th Grade Parent

Jeff Judson The concept of a St. Michael’s community is a big draw for me. It’s not just a place to drop off your kids for the day, it’s also the center of the social universe for our family. 1st and 4th Grade Parent St. Michaels Country Day School 5 
My youngest son just joined the PK, and my favorite memory to date is a picture of him balancing on...

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:06:05-04:00

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

Lucy Darragh My youngest son just joined the PK, and my favorite memory to date is a picture of him balancing on a tree stump while doing a tree pose with his eyes closed – love that he’s already learning to “center” himself and grateful for the PK teachers for 
SMS has an extremely supportive and accessible staff and incredibly talented teachers. As a new family in Newport, the school...

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:06:54-04:00

Prekindergarten and 2nd Grade Parent

Lucy Darragh SMS has an extremely supportive and accessible staff and incredibly talented teachers. As a new family in Newport, the school welcomed up with open arms and made the transition of my then 1st grader seamless. There was also a community of support for him over the summer when 
From the first day of school to the last day of school, my child is HAPPY to go to school....

7th Grade Parent

St. Michaels Country Day School
5.0
2019-10-25T09:07:36-04:00

7th Grade Parent

7th Grade Parent From the first day of school to the last day of school, my child is HAPPY to go to school. I can remember a project they did in 5th grade about food trucks. The class was presenting in early June, and my son bounced out of bed 
5
5
St. Michaels Country Day School