sample kindergarten daily schedule

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In 2011 Mundo Verde opened its doors in commercial space on the 2nd floor of a Dupont Circle office building. With only 122 children, we crowded the tiny start-up space and had to be creative and resourceful to maximize space and make the most of our surroundings, exploring local parks and surrounding neighborhoods.

From these early beginnings, we learned to adapt and developed an awareness that in not being constrained by walls and spaces, our students and families gained daily contact with nature and the community.

Out of necessity came a belief that became a defining cornerstone: that learning and education should take place well beyond the the traditional walls that are seen as critical givens for schools.

As a response to the growing demand for its unique educational experience, Mundo Verde sought a permanent location that would enable our diverse community of families to establish a sense of place and belonging in the District of Columbia.

More than a school, more than a neighborhood institution, we aimed to become a green demonstration site for sustainability education, a community asset, and a hub for the formation of young global stewards who would carry forth our vision with their actions.

8:15-8:30am Student Arrival

Students arrive at school, and start handwriting practice at their tables. Some students also eat breakfast. At 8:30 students stop eating and writing, and we do a dictation. The dictation changes weekly and focuses on different syllables each week. The teacher says a sentence, word by word, and the students try to write what they hear.

8:30-8:55am Morning Circle

Students come to the carpet for morning meeting. Our morning meetings are done in a circle and include most or all of the following: a welcome song, a greeting, an activity, a share and morning message.

8:55-9:35am Math Workshop

Two small groups of students work with the teachers at tables doing a mini lesson and activity based on a daily learning target. The rest of the class works with partners at math centers that are also aligned with the daily learning target. After 15 minutes the students switch.

9:35-9:45am Snack

A healthy snack is prepared by our Nutrition Support team and delivered to the room. Teachers and fellows are responsible for snack distribution and clean up.

9:45-10:45am Recess

Teacher and fellow walk students to public park which is about 10 minutes away. Students play in park for 30 minutes while teachers and fellows supervise. Then they return to the school.

10:45-11:00am Read Aloud

Teacher reads a story and focuses on certain skills for the week, setting, comprehension, characters, making inferences, etc. Students sit on carpet around the teacher in order to see the pictures. Students can raise their hands to ask questions, share comments or make connections.

11:00-11:40am Reader’s Workshop

Each student has a book baggy filled with books that are at their just right reading level. To start off the workshop, students get their book baggies ready with their reading partner in their special reading spots around the classroom. Then they all come to the carpet to form lines in front of the teacher, sitting next to their reading partner. The teacher gives a quick mini lesson, using a daily learning target, teaching a specific skills that she wants her readers to try implementing in their reading. Then students go off with their partners to their designated reading spots around the room to read. First they read side by side, together. Then they read alone back to back.

11:40am-12pm Lunch

A warm meal is provided by Wholesome Tummies Cafe. The meal is delivered to the room and the teacher and fellow serve the meal family style in the classroom. The student lunch period does not overlap with the classroom staff's lunch break. A Daytime Classroom Associate comes in to provide a 30 minute lunch break to teachers and fellows at some other point during the day.

12:00-12:10pm Quite Time

Students are quiet at the tables while they eat. Those that have finished can have quiet time on the carpet reading books.

12:10-12:50pm Writer’s Workshop

The teacher gives a mini lesson aligned with a learning target teaching a specific skill that she wants the students to implement in their writing. She models the skill, has the students practice with her, and then sends them off to their tables to write. Each student has a writing folder that contains their stories that they are working on. When they finish a story, they can find new paper on their tables to start a new story.

12:50-1:00pm Interactive Writing

Teacher and students work together to write a message about something that happened in our day. We focus on a certain skill, like capital letters, vowel sounds, beginning, middle or end sounds.

1:00-2:00pm Specialist Class (either art, PE, cooking, gardening, music or movement)

Students are escorted from class to attend a Specials class - either art, PE, cooking, gardening, music or movement. The fellow accompanies the class while the leads use this time as joint planning time.

2:00-3:00pm Centers (including Word Study and Clean Up)

Students choose play centers where they can go for as long as they like. When they want to change to a different center, they clean up and move their name to a different center. During centers, the teacher may call small groups or individual students to do work that they didn't finish or that need to practice more. At the end of center time, the teacher asks all students to clean up their centers.

3:00-3:05pm Shared Reading

Each week we have a different poem that the students read aloud. At the end of the week the students glue the poem into their notebooks that go home with them for the weekend.

3:05-3:30pm Pack up and Afternoon Circle

We sing a goodbye song and share some fun things that we did during the day.

3:30pm Dismissal

3:45-4:30pm Meetings


sample 2nd grade daily schedule

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8:00-8:10am Classroom Preparation

Teachers arrive to school and start preparing the classroom before students arrive.

8:15-8:30am Student Arrival

Students arrive to school and read books, hand in homework, do morning jobs, read the morning message, or do other centers. Some students also eat breakfast. At 8:30 students clean up to start morning meeting.

8:30-9:00am Morning Circle

Students come to the carpet for morning meeting. Our morning meetings are done in a circle and include most or all of the following: a greeting, a share, an activity, and morning message.

9:00-10:00am Specialist Class

Students are escorted from class to attend a Specials class - either art, PE, cooking, gardening, music or movement. The fellow accompanies the class while the leads use this time as joint planning time.

10:00-10:15am Snack

A healthy snack is prepared by our Nutrition Support team and delivered to the room. Teachers and fellows are responsible for snack distribution and clean up.

10:15-11:00am Math Workshop

The teacher gives a mini lesson aligned with a learning target teaching a specific skill. She models the skill, has the students practice with her in guided practice, and then sends them off to their tables for independent practice. Each student has a math folder and/or notebook that contain his/her work. The teacher confers with individuals or a small group. She concludes the lesson with a share and debrief inviting a couple students to share work while referring back to the learning target.

11:00-11:15am Read Aloud

Teacher reads a story and focuses on certain skills for the week, setting, comprehension, characters, making inferences, etc. Students offer questions, comments or connections.

11:15-12:00pm Reader’s Workshop

The teacher gives a quick mini lesson, using a daily learning target, teaching a specific skills that she wants her readers to try implementing in their reading. Then students go off with their partners to their designated reading spots around the room to read from their book baggy with books from their “just-right” level or books from the guided reading library. The teacher confers with individuals or a small group. She concludes the lesson with a share and debrief inviting a couple students to share work while referring back to the learning target.

12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch

A warm meal is provided by Wholesome Tummies Cafe. The meal is delivered to the room and the teacher and fellow serve the meal family style in the classroom. The student lunch period does not overlap with the classroom staff's lunch break. A Daytime Classroom Associate comes in to provide a 30 minute lunch break to teachers and fellows at some other point during the day.

12:30-1:25pm Recess

Students walk with their teachers in partner lines to NY Avenue Park where depending on the day of the week, they can expect a different set up with structured games and coached activities, as well as ample space for imaginative and free play. Games include more traditional sports like soccer and basketball, as well as new cooperative games introduced by the Recess Coach from our Playworks playbook, and several games pulled from PE and Movement classes. Students assist with opening and closing cheers to set expectations for safety, fun and inclusion at the park and to elevate school spirit.

1:25-1:45pm Word Study

Students participate in a word study routine (word hunt, word sort, etc.) on a target sound.

1:45-2:30pm Writer’s Workshop

The teacher gives a mini lesson aligned with a learning target teaching a specific skill that she wants the students to implement in their writing. She models the skill, has the students practice with her, and then sends them off to their tables to write. The teacher confers with individuals or a small group. She concludes the lesson with a share and debrief inviting a couple students to share work while referring back to the learning target.

2:30-3:15pm Expedition

The teacher gives a mini-lesson, shows a video, reads or present experts texts or conducts an activity related to the Expedition theme. The teacher incorporates social studies and science goals into the topic while weaving in math, reading and writing skills when appropriate.

3:15-3:30pm Closing Circle and Pack up

The teacher leads a closing circle to reflect upon the day. Students pack up and transition to the bus, parent pick-up or extended day program. The teacher accompanies students to parent pick-up.

3:30pm Dismissal

3:45-4:30pm Meetings


All classroom staff are relieved for a 30 minute lunch break at some point throughout the day by a Daytime Classroom Associate.

A common planning period for grade level lead teachers occurs during the Specialist Class block.

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"Being a fellow at Mundo Verde has been a fantastic and enriching experience! It has given me direct exposure to the school's curriculums of sustainability, community stewardship and bilingual education. Working alongside a Lead Teacher has allowed me to develop my teaching practice and pedagogy in preparation to take on my own classroom. Mundo Verde brings together educators, students and parents in a truly a diverse and dedicated community that I am happy to be a part of."

Sarah Vazquez, Kinder fellow.

 

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