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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our Kindergarten Schedule

We like to compare different kindergarten schedules to our own. Each classroom/teacher is so unique in how they approach things and you can get great ideas from how their day is structured. Here is an example of our First Week of School. Our day starts at 8:00am and ends at 12:30pm. 

We like to take things slower in the beginning and really focus on rules and routines. We've learned that when that is established well, the year runs more smoothly. You will notice that we don't jump into heavy "academics" right away. Our student population is generally a mix of students coming from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. About 1/3-1/2 of them are English Language Learners. 

You will notice that during our day, some of the lessons follow a direct instruction format. We were trained by RISE Educational Services on effective lesson design based on brain research. During the first few weeks we use a modified direct instruction approach. Along with the direct instruction lessons, we try to balance the day with hands-on activities, music and fun read-alouds. This schedule is constantly evolving based on the students needs and academics introduces. 
It is a constant work in progress!

Stay tuned for week 2!

RA: Read Aloud, SB: Smart Board, Owl: Optimal Window of Learning (movement activity to get the blood flowing again)
BI: Big Idea, MS: Model Sandwich, GP: Group Practice, ID: Independent Practice, MM: Making Meaning, YT: YouTube Videos

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