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I’m teaching kindergarten this year at a private school. The curriculum they chose is My Father’s World. I love that it is very hands on! The first two weeks were a little tough – it focuses on creation which is fine, but they allow one school day for each day of creation, plus a park day after day 4, a review day after day 7, and then another park day. That works for homeschoolers, but I don’t have the freedom to take my class (all four of them) to a park. Plus it’s still very hot in SWFL! Also, I was having aÂ hard time filling a full school day (7 hours) with material that is made for 60-90 minutes of instruction.
We managed (with lots of free time and extra story time) although I will make a few changes next year. The main one being I’ll wait until later in the year to do creation so that we can be outside without melting into a pile of sweat. I’m thinking it would be perfect to do near Christmas when there are lots of craft ideas that I can use for the extra time.
Now that we’re into the units, it’s much easier to fill they day. Obviously the curriculum is geared toward homeschooling and it would also work well for half day kindergarten, but because it’s kindergarten, play time is still very important so it works for a full day kindergarten with lots of play/free time.
Our current schedule looks something like this:
8:30 – 9:00 – Opening – pledges, prayer, memory verse, calendar, 100 chart
9:00 – 9:30 – Lesson
9:30 – 10:00 – Movement activities (think poems with motions, songs like head & shoulders), story time
10:00 – 10:30 – snack, free time
10:30 – 11:00 – activity
11:00 – 11:30 – recess
11:30 – noon – lunch
noon – 12:45 – nap/quiet time
12:45 – 1:00 – nap mats away, clean up
1:00 – 1:30 – activity
1:30 – 2:00 -movement activities (think poems with motions, songs like head & shoulders), story time (if we didn’t get to it earlier, otherwise this is free time)
2:00 – 2:30 – snack, story time
2:30 – 3:00 – review – memory verse, pledges, lesson
3:00 – 3:30 – clean-up, pack-up, recess
Our morning story time is usually a couple books from the list of books for the unit. The afternoon story time is a longer chapter book (currently we’re reading Little House in the Big Woods). During quiet time, they are allowed to have some books to look at on their mat. I do spend a lot of time reminding them to not talk and keep their whole body on their mat. Also, because it’s kindergarten, there’s lots of breaks/free time throughout the day.
As the year goes on, I plan to share what is and isn’t working for us along with ideas for crafts, other read aloud books, how our classroom is set up, and anything else I think might be interesting.
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