Okay. Tons of you have asked me to blog about my schedule. So, here goes. This is what a day looks like in our room minus the picking noses, tattling, potty accidents, teeth falling out, they're not my friend drama, and all things 5 year olds....BUT, you gotta LOVE them. Listen, I'm teaching music at VBS this week and I tell ya, I could NOT teach the older kids. Quite intimidating if I say so myself. They are just not for me. Bring on the K kids!!
I'll map it out for you and explain it all too...This was my schedule last year...it could change this year. Maybe not!
7:30-7:45- kiddies enter the classroom and go to the restroom first thing...we have snack carts that visit each hall so students that bring snack money buy their snack from the cart.
7:45-8:00-morning announcements-I sometimes use this time to "finish up" work from the previous afternoon such as writing our fact for an activity, or finishing something that had to dry b/c of paint. Otherwise, they begin morning baskets. There is ALWAYS something for them to do.
8:00-8:30-Intervention/Morning baskets-this is when I do my 4th dose of small group intervention with my struggling students even though it is first thing in the morning. Throughout the day they will receive 3 other interventions...tier 1, 2, & 3. My other kiddos are completing morning baskets. These are some of the centers you see on my posts within units.
8:30-9:00-Theme study or Specials-Three days a week we have a special which are music, library, and enrichment/counseling (these two swap and are every other week)...This gives us an hour of planning these three days...the other days I introduce my unit of study on Monday at this time, and on Friday we complete some type of thematic activity.
9:30-11:00-90 minute literacy block
9:30-10:00-whole group reading-our school adopted Scott Foresman Reading
10:00-11:00-guided reading groups and literacy centers for my students
11:00-clean up and wash hands
11:45-12:00-calendar and whole group math
12:00-12:30-math centers-I sit with one table for "teacher activity"-this usually includes me working on a new skill or new game
12:30-1:00-ABC/ELL-this is when my ELL students go work on English and vocabulary and where 3 of my struggling students get their tier 2 intervention...the other students in my classroom are finishing up math activities or we are doing some type of enrichment activity
1:00-1:30-rest time-yes, we are allowed to have rest time. I think it's so important that they get a break to rest their brains and bodies b/c we are hitting it hard all day long. At the beginning of the year most of my students literally fall out and could sleep for hours...we only get 25 minutes at the most...a few just rest quietly without sleeping. This gives me time to get folders and notes ready so we can pack up. After Christmas, we begin slowly taking away nap time to "get ready for first grade". Some days we do not rest at all, others we may put our heads down for a few minutes. The days we don't rest, we are filling this time with theme type activities that require much more time than at the beginning of the year.
1:30-2:00-Sciene/Social Studies-this is our regular theme time each day. This is when I read books on our unit, complete maps, and do activities.
2:00-2:25-snack and free play on playground
Yay! We made it through one whole day....wish it were that easy!
I would love to hear about your schedule!