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HOW WAS YOUR DAY?

   
HOW WAS YOUR DAY?

 

Many times you ask your child what they did in school and their response is, “I played!”

Here is a general guide and some background information I believe you may find helpful in your discussions with your child about their day in Pre-Kindergarten.  Our day is divided into several sections.  Some changes to our day will occur during the year due to assemblies, nature walks, and the like.

Arrival and Attendance

As the students enter the classroom they locate their name on the attendance chart and move it over from the “home” side to the “school” side.  Then they go to their cubbies, take out their folders, and hang up their belongings.

Table Time

During Table Time, the children get to strengthen their fine motor skills and their hand/eye coordination. This time includes using manipulatives such as puzzles, lacing, buttoning, zippering, building with interlocking manipulatives, and items I feel are necessary to meet a specific objective.  This is also a time for socialization with their friends. The smart board is also used to play educational computer games. The students play and take turns with a partner.

Circle Time

(Jobs, Educational Pre-K Concepts/Proficiencies, Letter of the Week, Music and Movement, & Themes)

Circle Time is when the whole class comes together and participates in a group discussion.  We start by saluting the flag, discussing the weather, and the calendar.  We sing a song about the flag, the weather, and even the calendar.  In the classroom, the students are assigned jobs that change weekly. There is a flag helper, calendar helper, meteorologist, and someone to dress the weather bear.

Educational Pre-K Concepts/Proficiencies & Letter of the Week

Each day has an assigned concept/proficiency to review. For example, every Monday we review or colors and shapes, every Tuesday is numbers, etc. Along with this, starting in November we will be doing the Letter of the Week. Each week we will focus on a different letter of the alphabet. On Friday, the students will participate in Letter of the Week Show & Tell. They are asked to bring in something that starts with the letter of the week and they have to tell the class three things about it. 

Music and Movement

Here we play a diverse selection of music.  The music presented is a “fun” way of teaching the children to follow directions, learn about their body, cultural diversity, and much more.  For some of the songs I have made up the motions; but others let the children be creative and express themselves.

Weekly Themes

Weekly themes are usually presented by a book, use of the flannel board, smart board, props, and/or by prompting questions.  Finger plays, songs, and poems pertaining to our theme are introduced.  Many times after the discussion, we play a group game to reinforce the different Pre-K concepts and taking turns. The children are then presented with the project for the day.

Snack Time

This time is a time to learn about healthy habits, manners, nutritious foods, cultural awareness, and proper socialization skills.  Snack is served family style and is asked to be provided by the parents. Birthdays are also celebrated during snack time. One of the jobs in our class is called the snack helper. The student that is chosen to be the snack helper has to make sure that everyone is sitting quietly and folding their hands.  When everyone is ready, they lead us in our snack time song and tell the students that they may eat when the song is complete. 

Work Time

During Work Time the children get to “work” in many different areas of the room. They choose between housekeeping, block area, puzzles, art table, and other manipulatives.  The smart board is also used to play educational computer games. The students play and take turns with a partner. The children can rotate as they please.  Small group instruction, Letter of the Week activities, and projects are done during this time. 

Getting Ready to Go Home

The students pack up all by themselves. They put their folder in their book bag, put on their jackets, and then get on line. To help the students remember everything, there are helpful pictures on the cubbies.  At this time we teach them “flip, flop, over the top” to put their jackets on. We also encourage them to button, zip, or snap their own jacket. As the students are on waiting on line, they receive their “good listening” sticker.

 

During the day, the children practice self-help skills, transitions, socialization, and routines.  I hope you find this information helpful in understanding what your child does during the day in school.