Kindergarten schedule! The BEST kindergarten schedule to help you fit it all in! Academic and developmentally appropriate kindergarten activities that will keep your students engaged and learning!
Kindergarten Schedule: An overview
Here it is! That moment when you look at all of your ideas and try to figure out HOW to fit it all in! Here are my tips for the BEST kindergarten schedule!
This post will be an overview of our day… If I went into great detail in this post… whew… it would read like a novel. At the end of this post, you will find additional information that may be useful!
Kindergarten Schedule: 8:00-8:30 Morning Work
So, my students walk in the door anywhere between 8:00 and 8:30. Most of the students ride the bus, so they all arrive at a different time. We also offer breakfast from 8:00 to 8:30, so students filter into the cafeteria. I really can’t have a lesson for this time, so I have “morning work.” It has to be predictable, engaging, and meaningful. Therefore, I usually have a few options that I rotate in throughout the week.
We start with tracing the sentence at the beginning of the year. Then quickly move onto writing the sentence (around mid-September). I support them at first with reading the sentence (but I make them use the pictures to figure out the word “pencil”.) Soon, the students are independent and SO PROUD that they can read the sentences on their own. You can find a gazillion versions of these Read, Trace, Glue, Draw pages HERE… or snag the ENDLESS bundle HERE.
We also love practicing our letters (and sight words) with these editable activity sheets.
When students finish their morning work, they grab their dessert tub (thank you Cara for that term.) You can read about how these work in THIS post… Click HERE.
Kindergarten Schedule: 8:30-8:45 Calendar Time
Then it is time to do our “Calendar.” Listen… our calendar is not like your traditional calendar. We don’t spend a tremendous amount of time discussing the weather and doing… “today is, tomorrow will be…” We certainly introduce it at the beginning of the year, but it is not something you will hear me doing in October and November… they have it…! Instead, we spirally review literacy and math skills. I model it with our document camera and students also do the work with their version.
Each day is slightly different but there is a predictable pattern to this daily activity. Around November, my student of the day leads this and I walk around and support students. EVERY student is working. EVERY student is learning. No beauty shop or shoe repairman time here allowed. You can find these activities here:
Kindergarten Schedule: 8:45-9:40 Guided Reading, Small Group, and Literacy Stations
I love small group instruction. This is the time when my students do stations and I pull small groups for guided reading. I start guided reading each year around the 4-6th week of school. We spend the first 4-6 weeks learning how to work independently at centers.
We do two rotations during this time. Students spend 20 minutes at each rotation. I pull students from their stations or centers to meet with me for small group.
I start guided groups around the 4th week of school. Once my students are able to work independently in stations, they are ready to join me at my table.
At my table we do word work, read a text, and sentence work. You can find these activities and detailed lesson plans HERE. You can find additional small group activities HERE. Remember, you can turn virtually any station activity or game into a small group guided activity. Often times I introduce station activities at my table with me before I move them into independent practice.
Kindergarten Schedule: 9:40-10:30 Specials
Aww… teacher prep time… right? WRONG! This is the time to have meetings… virtually every second is filled with a mandatory task. Sigh… sometimes we even get to use the restroom! BONUS!
Kindergarten Schedule: 10:30-10:45 Shared Reading and Phonemic Awareness
We love our poetry time! Each week we start a new poem. We practice it for fluency and also work on a plethora of literacy skills. You can read more about my 5-day fluency plan here:
Check out these fun videos that match the poems! You can find all the music and videos by clicking below!
Grab your FREE sample below!
Also, here are some fun phonics and phonemic awareness poems. This is what happens when you spend two weeks with Deanna Jump! It is packed with poems written to familiar tunes that will help strengthen your students’ phonemic awareness and phonics skills. No drill and kill here!
At the beginning of the year, we spend time working on our path of motion. Students circle the one they thought was their best!
Then we move onto 1-minute timings for muscle memory practice! Minute to Win It! is one of our favorites! It makes handwriting practice fun!
This is also the time we work on phonics and word study from our Engaging Readers units.
Kindergarten Schedule: 11:00-11:45 Writers Workshop
Writers workshop is the best time of the day. There is so much to be said about writers workshop… so check out this blog post to read all about it!
Kindergarten schedule: 11:50-12:40 Lunch and Recess!
Yay! Run! Play!
Kindergarten schedule: 12:40-1:20 Whole Group Reading, Vocabulary Work, and Interactive Writing
Again… this is a HUGE topic. Check out this blog post about interactive read alouds:
TIP: Have the students come to the carpet with all of their supplies (notebooks, lapboards, crayon/pencil box). During your lesson have them sit on their notebooks and lapboards and train them to not fiddle with their crayon box. Then when they are ready to respond in writing you will not waste the transition time.
Kindergarten schedule: 1:20-1:40 Content Area Studies
Yes! We do science and social studies. Often times… our topics tie into what we are reading. Deanna and I had fun creating Science and STEM activities that match up with the Engaging Readers books.
Here is a blog post all about Engaging Readers Science, Math and STEM!
Click below to see our Engaging STEM units:
Kindergarten schedule: 1:40-2:00 Recess
Yay! Yes… you get to go play AGAIN! RUN! PLAY!
Kindergarten schedule: 2:00-2:40 Whole Group Math
Huge subject… more on Kindergarten Math in another post.
Kindergarten schedule: 2:40-2:50 Math Journals
We love our math journals… they are FAST! 10 minutes TOPS!
We have literacy journals, too! Click here:
Kindergarten schedule: 2:50-3:20 Math Stations (My intervention and small group math time)
Eek! We love math stations! This is where we “play” [um… they learn, but it feels like play.] Students over-learn skills in math stations. In this way, they don’t lose proficiency in one skill when we move onto another skill in our whole group math. Just Roll With It stations can be found here. (Students LOVE the cube!)
This activity is from a NEW unit: Math Task Cards for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten Schedule: Half Day Kindergarten?
Sigh… It makes my heart hurt to think about fitting it all in! However, I would suggest the following:
- Combine your stations into only one time. Make half of your activities literacy based, the other half math based.
- Alternate Writer’s Workshop with Whole Group Reading/Interactive Writing.
Kindergarten Schedule: Watch it in a Webinar!
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Here are some other blog posts that go into a little more detail about what I fit into my kindergarten schedule:
- How I manage stations
- How to introduce stations at the beginning of the year
- What does a guided reading lesson look like
- Literacy station ideas
- Math station ideas
- Early Finishers “I’m DONE!”
- Writers workshop nuts and bolts
- Reading workshop nuts and bolts
- Math workshop questions answered
- Classroom behavior and expectations
- Organizing for Instruction (click HERE to view)
- Guided Reading 2 Day Lesson Plans
- ANYTHING else you want help with? Just add a comment 🙂