A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener

A Day in the life of a Kindergartener
Children arrive, unpack, make lunch choices and
work on morning work.
This is a designated time of day to work on
specific needed skills. Groups are
differentiated to meet individual needs.
3 Week Rotation
* P.E. (Big Gym and Multipurpose
* Math and Science Lab
* Art
* Career Counselling
Daily 5 Literacy Block
1. Writing
2. Reading to self/partner
3. Word Work
4. Listen to Reading
5. Guided Reading with
Our new phonics curriculum is called
Kendore Kingdom. This is a sound first
program that will be differentiated to
meet your child’s needs.
Writer’s Workshop:
A mini lesson on writing, then students
have a chance to practice with guidance.
Lunch: 11:05-11:35
Recess: We go to the playground daily. Please
dress your child appropriately for the weather.
Whole group math lesson
Math Stations to practice skills
An interactive group time where many
phonics, social, math and reading skills
are practiced at this time.
Reader’s Workshop:
We focus on story elements and
comprehension of stories here.
Open Centers
Dismissal (2:15ish)
Welcome to school
Day and Night
Colors and shapes
American symbols
Me/ Family
Rocks and Soil
Five Senses
How things Move
100th Day
Seasons and Holidays
1. Listening and speaking
– children will be asked to listen attentively to a variety
of literature. They will participate in poems, stories and songs. The children will use
oral language to present ideas, information and projects in an organzed and logical
2. Reading- The daily reading instruction consists of five elements:
Read Aloud, shared
reading, Guided Reading , Independent Reading and Phonics.
Read Aloud-
The teacher reads a variety of literature aloud to the class modeling
appropriate reading behaviors, demonstrating reading for a purpose and promoting
oral language.
Shared Reading- Using enlarged text, the teacher involves the children in
reading together. This demonstrates reading strategies and the
process of reading:, providing opportunities to behave like a
Guided Reading-The teacher works with a small group of children that have
similar reading levels. This provides opportunities to
problem solve and use reading strategies taught from shared readings.
Independent Reading- Reading for pleasure and for finding information
3. Writing- The daily writing instruction consists of 4 elements: Shared/Interactive
Writing, Writer’s Workshop, Independent Writing and Daily Message.
Shared/Interactive Writing- The teacher and students work together to compose
messages and stories. This builds the child’s sense of story and demonstrates how writing
works. It provides opportunities to hear sounds in words and connect letters (phonics
practice) and increase spelling knowledge.
Writing Workshop- The children engage in writing a variety of texts. During this
time writing skills are taught and practiced. Children learn to be creative writers.
Independent Writing-Children are encouraged to produce independent stories. They
increase their ability to write words,
Daily Morning Message- Children learn and practice early
editing skills. The focus is on punctuation, grammar and
4. Phonics::
Kendore Kingdom
We are teaching children to be mathematical problem
solvers and learn to use math in their daily lives.
1. Whole Group:
Introduction to Common Core math standards
happens at this time through manipulatives, demonstrations and
interactive games on the computer.
2. Math Stations:
math tubs give the kids opportunities to
practice and master math standards by exploring at a concrete level
first with manipulatives and later
transferring their knowledge at a more abstract level.
3. Calendar Math:
Calendar is an important part of
math instruction. Estimation, measurement, number sense,
patterns and relationships are introduced, practiced and mastered
during this time.
The skills in these subjects are integrated
through Read Alouds and practiced through
Writer’s Workshop, Literacy Centers and Math
Tubs. Science experiments and other thematic
related skills also take place on Fridays during
our Fun Friday Centers!
What is the Common Core Curriculum?
We have adopted a new curriculum along with
most of the states in the USA. This
curriculum is based on performance
standards and includes opportunities for
deeper thinking. Our new report
card is based on the Common
Core Standards.
Our school year is divided into four quarters. There
are particular skills that we focus on in each quarter.
As the quarters progress, so do our expectations.
Our report card is a progress report that allows for
you to see your child’s progression of the skills being
taught. Letter grades are not given. We have a
continuum of levels that your child will progress
through. The levels are as follows:
1= limited progress
2= progressing
3= Achieving (This is the goal.)
4= Mastery (This is above and beyond the goal)
• Class Birthdays
• Change of Clothes
• Rocks Binder
• Conduct Cards
• Mystery Reader/ Mystery Scientist
• Its Learning
(student login/ parent login)
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