Kindergarten & Advanced Pre-K (Busy Bees)
Throughout the year in reading and writing children will learn important skills such as penmanship, phonics, and beginning reading strategies such as using cues and decoding and encoding skills. In math children will learn about topics such as patterns, sorting, number sense and correspondence, money, time, skip counting, addition and subtraction to name a few. In science, children will learn about animals and plants, life cycles, recycling, weather, water, magnets, the earth’s resources, and nutrition. We will conduct a number of experiments to explore these topics including a chick hatching project and butterfly hatching project in the spring.
The social studies for this age group focuses on areas and people close to home such as family, school, community and holidays and answers the questions of Who?, What?, Where?, When?, and How?.
The classroom is designed for exploration in centers to learn about these topics and others. Center time is child directed learning. Some of the areas where children can learn about the world around them include computer, dramatic play (dress up, kitchen, dolls etc.), blocks, rice and water table, math, science, writing, phonics, creative (play-doh), art, listening, music, puzzles, and reading.
This classroom does not have a nap time but they do however have a designated “quiet time” each day for the children to have some much needed “me” time. During this time of the day children color, read, do puzzles, lay down if they wish, and basically unwind from the day’s activities. Children are also scheduled recess daily to play as they wish indoors and outdoors.
A typical day in this classroom is listed below…
6:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Drop off time/free play (no later than 9:15 a.m.)
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast, clean up
10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Morning Meeting
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Reading/language arts/phonics/practice work
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Centers/Outside Play
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Recess
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Math
1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Science or Social Studies (these 2 subjects alternate and there will also be times throughout the year when math is extended and there is no science or social studies)
2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. Snack and Quiet Time (sometimes we will have exercise time during this time block)