Welcome: attendance & lunch count, collection of class supplied folders containing notes from home, and group morning work.
Calendar: Flag, counting the days we have been in school, recording weather, 100 chart – counting by 10’s, 5’s, 2’s, patterning, days of the week, sign language ABC’s and numbers, etc.
Literacy Block / Reading and Writing Workshop includes: Read Aloud, Shared Reading/Writing, Mini lesson, Alphabet Knowledge, Phonemic Awareness Activities, Word Building, Grammar, Literacy Genres, Read to Self stamina building, Guided Reading, Mini Books, Independent Writing, etc.
Group Instruction: various skills and directions are shared which the children use to complete activities and projects.
Our Math in Focus Program
Written Message: a short letter to the class used to teach a variety of beginning reading and writing skills.
Snacks & Books: hand washing, manners, interacting with peers while refueling on healthy snacks from home before partner reading and retelling.
Math & Literacy Workstations: children are given time to explore and manipulate a variety of objects (ex: magnetic letters & numbers, wiki stixs, alphabet tiles, counters, linking cubes, etc.) to reinforce skills taught in class.
Recess & Lunch
Brain Vacation: down time is an essential part of our day. We will listen to soothing music, hear chapter book stories, write on whiteboards and use “grab & go” activities. This time allows us to rest our minds as well as our bodies to prepare for further hard work. Just like an adult enjoys their coffee break from work, children need time to just take a break from their rigorous listening and following direction time.
Diversified Arts: Art, Music, Computer Lab, Library & PE
Learning Labs: reading, writing, and math activities that allow children the opportunity to work with their peers, express their ideas, plan projects, and to assume responsibility for clean up. Some of the skills we work on include:
Art: fine motor, creative expression, exploring materials.
Books: reading for enjoyment, letter recognition, concepts of print, comprehension, vocabulary development, variety of children’s literature.
Retelling Bins: puppets and props to practice story retelling, listening skills, turn taking.
Blocks: cooperation, balance, shape and size discrimination, physical coordination, spatial relationships
Ipads: hand/eye coordination, patterning, sorting, letter and numeral recognition, following directions, concepts of print
Puzzles and Games: problem solving, social skills, visual perception, classification, hand/eye coordination
Housekeeping/Kitchen: oral communication skills, conflict resolution, vocabulary development, role playing
Math: problem solving, one to one correspondence, counting, sorting, patterning, hand/eye coordination
Writing: fine motor, letter recognition, sequencing, letter/sound correspondence, creativity
Other activities may include: Charts & songs, Graphing, Getting to Know You Games, Writing Journals, Estimation Jar, Second Step Social Stories, etc.
Goodbyes: discussion of our day with a story time.