We are so close to the first day of school it is time to talk about the daily schedule. It is amazing how we fit it all in and get it all done all in a day and with a class full of students. Most of my career I had flexibility in my schedule and I loved that. For the last few years I have had a mandated schedule but flexibility within each block...thank goodness. No matter how you look at it, it has to get accomplished so the way I look at it now is totally different than in the beginning of the mandate.
The Literacy Workshop
I am fortunate to have the flexibility to move the components around within the workshop and if I need a little more time one day for something I can use it. Even knowing that, I do my best to honor the amounts of time for each piece and make decisions based on the needs of the children I teach.
It is a balancing act...
What are the components of the Literacy Workshop?
I follow this format each day of the week except for my computer lab day. Having the lab day break up the week really helps me because it is just once a week and we look forward to it. So the rest of the week we follow the breakdown.
Focus Lesson 5-10
Guided Practice 10
Independent Practice and Focused Small Group 20
Independent Practice and RTI 20
Number Talks 10
The Science Workshop
One of the biggest changes over the last couple of years has been in the area of science. We used to have a flexible schedule rather than a mandated schedule. Before the mandated schedule science could be integrated into other subjects and the actual time was flexible. It was a freedom I enjoyed for well over a decade. I always had science embedded into my day before but it was flexible and if I needed a little more time for something I had it. So naturally I was not thrilled when we were on a mandated schedule and science was limited to 30 minutes at best and at the end of the day. Honestly I struggled and struggled a lot finding solutions that covered the standards and left enough time for hands-on exploration. Sometimes what I normally would do in one session, I had to spread over a couple of days. Last year smack in the middle of the year, our actual school day was increased 9 minutes and that was added to science. I made adjustments and moved on. This year I now have an hour! In response to the added time, I now envision a science structure that will actually work with enough time for hands-on learning!
What are the components of the Science Workshop?
Focus Lesson 10
Guided Practice 5
Independent Practice/Small Groups 30
Kindergarten Daily Schedule
8:20-8:30 Independent Workstations
8:30-8:40 Read Aloud
8:40-8:50 Word Study
8:50-9:00 Writing Demonstration
9:00-9:20 Independent Writing
9:20-9:30 Reading Demonstration
9:30-10:10 Guided Reading/Workstations
10:10-10:20 Shared Reading
11:50-12:00 Calendar Time
12:00-12:10 Math Focus Lesson
12:10-12:20 Math Guided Practice
12:20-12:40 Math Independent Practice and Focused Small Group
12:50-1:10 Math Independent Practice/RTI
1:10-1:20 Number Talks
2:35- 2:45 Science Focus Lesson
2:45-2:50 Science Guided Practice
2:50-3:20 Science Independent Practice
Social Studies is embedded into Language Arts
Check back with me to learn more about each component of our day!