Monday, August 12, 2013

My Daily Schedule and a Freebie!

I am linking up with Fourth Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.  All my 'made its' are toward the end of the post, so be patient!
Traci from The Bender Bunch is hosting a 'Show Us Your Day' linky party for teachers to post their daily schedules.  I teach two different classes a day.  My morning class usually consists of three and young four years olds who still have a year or two left before they go to kindergarten.  My afternoon class is comprised of older fours and five year olds who will attend kindergarten the following year.  My schedule is basically the same for both classes; however, the activities I do with each class can vary drastically (depending on the skill levels of each class),  
Here are both schedules:
  • Table time usually consists of some type of fine motor activity, such as tracing/writing names, cutting/gluing, playdough, shaving cream, painting, coloring, stringing beads, puzzles, etc. 
  • After table time everyone uses the restroom and goes over to our circle time area.  While they are waiting they look at books.
  • My circle time is pretty long, but I try to mix in lots of songs, games, and music and movement activities.  We start with who is at school and a hello song.  I use Jack Hartmann's "A Beautiful Day".  After our hello song, I assign jobs.  Then, it is time for the Pledge of Allegiance.  After the Pledge, we do the calendar part (months of the year, days of the week, and the date).  I use Jack Hartmann "Months of the Year Line Dance".  My calendar helper uses a pointer and points to the months as they are being sung.  The song is long so I only play about half.  I also use Jack Hartmann's "Seven Days in a Week" the same way as the months of the year song.  Weather is next.  I use Dr. Jean's 'Weather Song".  Music and Movement follows.  I alternate days, either doing colors and alphabet activities or shapes and numbers/counting activities.  
  • After circle time comes snack time.  I tend to have some fast eaters, so while they are waiting for the others to finish the morning sweeties get a dry erase board and practice writing their name, draw shapes, write number or write letters.  In the afternoon, everyone has a journal and practices  the same type of skills.  As the year progresses I require them to work on harder skills.
  • Center/free play time is next.  This is the time I can pull individuals or small groups to take data and work on specific skills.
  • Recess follows center time.
  • After recess we come back to the room for our learning time.  This usually consists of reading a story and doing a learning activity that goes along with our theme.  Sometimes we work in an art project or a science experiment.  :) 
  • When learning time is over, it is time to pack up and go home.  It amazes me how fast the day goes by.
Ok, now on to Monday Made It!  I made center signs for my class. I put mine on the large birds from Creative Teaching Press.

I also got this idea from a previous Monday Made It, but tweaked it to use it on a bulletin board instead of the table.  Here is the original post from First Grade Blue Skies.
Here is my bulletin board.  {If you are a regular follower, I apologize for putting this in another post!

Because I did not cut around the thermostat exactly straight, I hid it with ribbon I already had.
I also made bus lists to use.  Since I have morning and afternoon classes, I made two with different backgrounds so I can quickly grab the right one as we rush out the door!
I also redid one of the books of a song we sing quite a bit at circle time.  It is from Jack Hartmann's Rhyming to Read CD. {Can you tell I love him?}  If you would like a copy click HERE or on the picture!

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. Love the blue chevron bulletin board. The whole classroom looks very neat, colourful and inviting. Your students are lucky to have such a dedicated teacher!

  2. Hi Lola,

    Thanks so much for linking up for my linky party! I just LOVE your chevron bulletin boards. Those would so match my theme, and I just ordered that border a couple days ago! You did a nice job. Did you use fabric?

    The Bender Bunch

    1. It actually is shelf paper I ordered fromAmazon. If you click on the link above from First Grade Blue Skies she has the link to Amazon. Hope that helps!