Thursday, July 19, 2012

A New Schedule

I am working on a schedule for next year. Our kindergarten "specials" time has been moved to the morning. I have always started with a Morning Message and then right after Whole Group Reading and Literacy Centers. I was able to finish all that before lunch. Now I will not have enough time. So, I was thinking about starting with Mathematics. My recess time has not been confirmed yet, I am just using it as an example. I can always work around recess!

There was one problem-when to do Morning Message?  But, mom solved it! Instead of doing it in the morning, we will do a "Daily Review" right before dismissal. That way we can review the day, write about things we learned,  review skills ("list 3 words that begin with the letter m", or "How do we spell the?") I did this my very first year of teaching, except I wrote the students' responses in a composition book that was carefully covered with country blue contact paper. Good idea, but the presentation was all kinds of wrong.
Here are two possible  schedules:
Mathematics in the Morning
Reading in the Morning and after Lunch
Have you ever done Mathematics first?

23 comments:

  1. Last year I did my calendar and moved into math and math stations in the morning. I was able to get calendar, math, math stations and the whole group part of reading done before lunch. Then we had the rest of the afternoon for reading stations amd rti. It worked for me.

    Lindsey

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    1. I really think that is what we will have to do, unless we want to stop and start reading 3 different times, I am just not sure that would be a great idea. Thanks for letting me know how it worked for you!

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  2. For the past 2 years I've had my math in the morning. I would start with calendar, whole group minilesson, math journals, and then stations. It worked out for me...but this year my reading will be in the morning. It always happens..once we start getting comfortable with something...it's bound to change. Oh well...we have to be flexible. :)

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    1. I am so glad to hear of more teachers scheduling math in the morning. I am feeling more comfortable with this!

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  3. Math in the morning works well, it is mandatory at our school.It works great to start with calendar and go straight into Math.I have a question for you though. Could you explain snack and pack? I teach Pre-K and we eat Brunch (10:20) I always struggle fitting snacks and packing up into my schedule. Thank you.

    http://zantiisprekpad.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sure, I pass out snack and as soon as they finish eating, they get their folder and Study Buddy from their mailbox and put it in their backpacks. They take their backpack and sit back down in their seats. This works great because the students finish eating at different times and I don't have a bunch of students at the coat racks or mailboxes.

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  4. I did math in the AM while interning with 2nd grade. I thought it worked out well.. :) Best of luck!

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    1. Okay, looks like it is something that might work!

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  5. Math in the morning sounds like a great way to solve this problem!! Crossing my fingers your specials in the morning will only be for a year!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  6. My grade level did math in the morning last year too & it worked out very well. I thought that my students performed better doing math first thing rather than waiting until later on in the day.
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. I know that morning block is the best time for learning!

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  7. Since Common Core wants us to get away from doing calendar, I am cutting that completely and just doing a math journal (will briefly talk about the day, etc.), but with that not being a standard, I didn't want to spend too much time with it - plus, I am adding in Number Talks. We, too, this year have specials first thing in the morning... yikes! We do not set up our own schedule, as there is a master schedule we go by and have to teach those subjects within that alotted time. Math in the morning sounds great if you begin with Number Talks.

    ~ Kimberlee ~

    Two Fulbright Hugs

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    1. I know I would like to drop calendar, too. Our county has included it and I do a Notebook format. We don't set our schedule either, bummer.

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  8. Stop by my blog; I nominated you for a couple awards! :o)
    LeAnne
    Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper

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  9. I think I am going to be doing math in the morning, starting with calendar. Are we being required this year to do calendar notebooks? Also, when did you get your recess time? I still haven't gotten a confirmation on mine. I'm ready to figure out my schedule!

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    1. Oh I am just pretending with the recess..I requested that time as my first choice. No we do not have to do the notebooks, but mom and I figured out an easier way to do them. It will be my freebie tomorrow (I hope). The pacing guide include calendar.

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  10. The second schedule is similar to what I did last year. I liked having literacy centers split in half because there was never a transition between centers! Ahh, easy!
    -Carol
    Mrs. Cobb's Kinder Sprouts

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    1. Now that is a thought...I like that idea!

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  11. I have done Math first for the last three years. I love it. We have morning specials as well. We are required to do Calendar and Number Talks in the morning. Because I can vary the time those take from day to day (song choices etc...), it works well rolling into Math. They also seemed fresher. I then did the rest of Daily News after lunch leading into Sounds and Letters. I have had recess in workstations/guided reading and the kids liked how it split up the time. They knew after recess they had to finish up. Now our district is pushing calendar time with common core next year bc they feel it hits many of the standards.

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    1. Your comment was so very helpful for me. I like how flexible you are with your schedule. I appreciate you taking the time to share!

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  12. LOVE the idea of Snack and Pack! We start school at 8:45 and and my lunch time is exactly at noon so I have been trying to figure out the best time to do snack time. We have specials from 9:05 - 9:55 and then go right into our reading block and I just felt that 10:00 was too early for a snack when they just had breakfast most likely just a couple hours earlier. SO I like the idea of doing snack time at the end of the day when they are ready to pack up. My only concern would be my slow snackers LOL You know the ones... they take FOREVER to eat one of those little packs of fruit gummies that has like 5 little gummies in them and yet their parent sends them with an entire ziplock full of cheerios I would be afraid that one would still be there when I got there the next morning, still munching on his/her cheerios LOL

    Cindy
    Krazy Kindergarten Teacher

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    1. I am so glad that you could find something that you can use!

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