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.
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: 8:30-8:40 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.0
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 morning activities here:
Kindergarten Schedule: 8:40-8:50 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!
Kindergarten Schedule: 8:50-9:20 Phonemic Awareness & Explicit Phonics Instruction
We start this block of time with some phonemic awareness practice. We love following Deanna Jump’s program.
We then move onto our explicit phonics instruction. Students learn letters, path of motion and how words work!
Kindergarten Schedule: 9:20-9:50 Science of Reading
This is the time we practice our fluency drills, dictation, and learn new high frequency words. We do a ton of blending and segmenting of words. We also work on orthographically mapping words.
You can find this instruction here:
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: 10:30-11:10 Small Group Reading, and Literacy Centers Round
I love small group instruction. This is the time when my students go to their literacy centers and I pull small groups for reading instruction. I start small group each year around the 4-6th week of school. We spend the first 4-6 weeks learning how to work independently at centers.
Students spend 20 minutes at each rotation. I pull students from their stations or centers to meet with me for small group.
At my table we do word work, high-frequency word work, blending practice, and read a text. We also work on decoding and encoding words.
Here is a peek at our decodable readers. Small group is a great time to practice these skills. Research tells us that students need additional time practicing these skills to make them permanent and transferable. So we need a variety of books students can use to gain confidence with applying the phonics skills they learned in our whole group instruction.
We also know that some students may need to see a skill 3-5 times, while others with language learning differences might need 20-30 exposures to a skill.
In addition to blending and reading the text, we also want to include vocabulary development. We also want to be sure we are encoding and not just decoding words. We include dictation practice.
You can learn about our decodable readers by clicking here:
In between rotations, we add a quick handwriting practice.
After all of the letters have been taught, we move onto 1-minute timings for muscle memory practice! Minute to Win It! is one of our favorites! It makes handwriting practice fun!
Kindergarten Schedule: 11:10-11:50 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.
Kindergarten schedule: 2:00-2:30 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 Centers (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!)
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.
FREE EDITABLE KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULE
Don’t panic! You’ve got this! You CAN fit it all in!!!
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 🙂