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PreKDaily Schedule/Counts

 

The PreK classroom environment has been set up intentionally to represent the philosophy of the Creative Curriculum and to meet the needs of children between the ages of 3-5 years.  The benchmarks that represent the Illinois Early Learning Development Standards were also used to create the environment, purchase the learning tools, and create the experiences the children use daily in the classroom

 

Each interest areas in the classroom include materials that children can discover and that can be scaffold to include learning experiences for both a child that is age 3, one that is 5 and or a child with special needs.  Each interest area will also include a variety of appropriate books, a variety of paper and writing tools that will begin the process of early literacy development.

 

Teachers will promote both expressive and receptive language skills daily on an ongoing basis.  Children will be questioned in a way that promotes higher level thinking skills and extended responses.

 

Teachers will recognize and respond to teachable moments during the daily schedule.

 

7:30Children begin arriving and will immediately start making their own first choice for the day.  Many children will immediately go to their favorite comfort space, with the favorite areas’of learning being the drawing-writing interest area, blocks, and dramatic play.

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8:00Actual time that the school day starts and all buses have arrived and children are engaged in free choice.

 

8:00-10:00Center time, the children will be able to make choices and spend time in interest areas that they choose to learn and grow in.  Teachers will rotate throughout the classroom environment creating small groups at each interest area where groups of children have gathered to play (or children are playing individually).

 

Goal of the teachers: 

  • It is the goal of the teacher to have positive conversation or a teachable moment with each child.  It is to be positive and productive.
  • Children will be questioned and encouraged to write, draw, count, predict, recall etc. on an ongoing basis. 
  • Authentic assessment and observation will be constant and ongoing.  What are the children saying, who are they playing with, what materials are they choosing, what can be added to take the child to the next level of learning? 
  • To put out new learning materials spontaneously in the classroom interest areas and to observe reactions and learning levels of the children to see if it is appropriate and is meeting the needs of the children. 

 

8:15Snack center is open.  Children will learn to provide themselves with an appropriate snack with a minimum of adult supervision.  And adult will be close to the area where snack is taking place but her objective will be to help the children be self sufficient by the end of the school year.  Snack center is open usually about 30-45minutes depending on the snack.  An adult in the classroom will monitor the snack area and promote appropriate language and motor skills, dispositions, and begin to learn the process of “conversation.”  Children will be encouraged to eat, but not forced to repeatedly eat on demand something we know the child has tried but not eaten in the past.

 

Children will use the bathroom in the classroom appropriately based on their own personal needs.  They will be encouraged to wash hands correctly and to flush. 

 

10:00-10:20Large group activity

  •  Morning Journal-language experiences/ science/social science/physical development/social-emotional development.
  • Sharing of experience by children/teacher storytelling.
  • Read-a-loud (To include All Day Everyday Language experiences), concepts of print, early literacy strategies that promote pre-reading/prewriting skills.
  • Classroom music experiences that include listening, singing, and phonemic awareness experiences (and sign language when appropriate).

 

10:20-10:5030 minutes of unstructured outdoor play on playground (weather permitting).

 

10:50-11:2535 minutes for restrooms, lunch, and restroom as they finish.

 

11:25-11:5025 minutes of Structured Physical Education with physical education teacher and PreK staff involved as support.

 

11:50All children will use the bathroom and wash hands.

 

11:55-1:40Rest time for all children (it takes approximately 30 minutes to get all children to sleep and brain research states that a child must be asleep a minimum of 60 minutes to enter into REM where deep sleep occurs and children process and store what they have learned).  Rest time is also a large component in learning to self-regulate.

 

1:40-2:00Children will go to the rug area and begin choosing books of their choice, teachers will join and read to children individual and or in small groups. Book time will be increased to approximately 20 minutes as the year moves forward. Teacher will read to child as a group for the second time of the day.

 

2:00-2:30 30 minutes of center time, the children will be able to make choices and spend time in interest areas that they choose to learn and grow in. 

 

2:30-3:00 30 minutes of unstructured outdoor play on playground (weather permitting).

 

3:00-3:05Pack book bags and get ready to go home.

 

3:05 Load buses to go home

 

(7 hours and 35 minutes)