Description of Pre-School Routine

Jr. Kinder – Kinder 

1-      Arrival, Welcoming and Sign-in

During arrival time students are welcomed by a teacher aide at the school door and accompanied to their corresponding classroom where the homeroom teacher awaits them. Children sign-in their names to mark their presence in school, and then move on to interact with others and get ready to begin their first group encounter of the day. 

2-      Circle Time

Circle time activity is the first formal encounter between the teacher and the students every morning. The group sits on a rug forming a circle shape next to the teacher; they start with a welcome song and the “Our Father” prayer. The students are motivated through songs to discuss the calendar and the day’s weather. They also review vocabulary, concepts topics such as: numbers, letters, colors and shapes. After a brief informal conversation, the teacher asks open questions to identify previous knowledge of students and they talk about subjects that will broaden the knowledge of their social and natural world. This moment promotes open communication, contributes to language development and the comprehension of natural and social surrounding.  It develops self-confidence through the expression of feelings and previous experiences. 

3-      Math Time

During math time, the children as a whole group will be exposed to instructions from the teacher using different materials. These short lessons will include logical mathematical objectives to cover throughout the school year. After the teacher has worked with a specific concept, the children will divide themselves into smaller groups. 

4-      Small Group Activities

Refers to the time when the teacher is in contact with a smaller group of children, allowing more individualized attention. During this period the teacher develops teaching and learning strategies that allow children to act at their own pace. The teacher creates the conditions for children to do several activities in coordination with the objectives that are planned. Small group activities can be handled by both the Teacher and the assistant. Small group activities include: Response activity after shared reading, math activity after the large group lesson and writing journal activities among others. 

5-      Large Group

This activity takes place at the same time of the small group. This moment is guided by the teacher’s assistant. During this activity all children who are not working in the small group participate. Children perform group activities that develop their sense of belonging and solidarity, as well as enriching skills and abilities.  Large Group activities include: Shared Reading and Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Group Mat. 

6-      Shared Reading

This is one of the most important activities of the day. During shared reading the teacher will use a “Focus Book” to read to the children. They follow a routine in which children learn how to predict, confirm predictions, and learn about author, title, characters, illustrators and the different parts of a story book. We use this Focus book repeatedly, with different organized cognitive purposes. We give the children reading strategies so they can develop strong thinking skills. The learn about beginning, middle and end, they learn about problems and solutions and they work their way up into dramatizations, role playing, changing characters and more. 

7-      Snack Time

Children make a small prayer. Then, this is the period when children eat a light and nutritive snack. They put into practice their eating habits: hygiene, order; self care, as well as rules of courtesy, independence and cooperation. The teacher stimulates the participation of children and asks them to look for their lunch boxes, shows them how to open their containers if necessary; and stimulates them to cooperate. Children must bring healthy snacks. A list will be provided to parents of possible snack ideas. 

 8-     Hygiene

Cleanup activities are part of the daily routine. They are developed during, before and after the different periods. They also include the use of the restroom, washing hands, face and drinking water. 

9-      Outdoor Play

During this period child, teachers and assistants play and interact in outdoor areas. Activities that take place here stimulate the development of large motor skills, language, socialization, solidarity, exercise, decision making, cooperation, leadership, as well as the development of creativity, problem solving and contact with nature.  The teacher is located in a place where she can watch children play freely. There are times in which the teacher promotes a game or participates in a game that was initiated by children. Before time is up teacher announces the game is coming to an end, by ringing a bell, singing a song or blowing a whistle. 

10-    Writing Workshop and Journals

This is an organized lesson that gives the children knowledge about how we write, what we write about and what tools we need to write. Lessons include: dividing words by syllables, separating words in a sentence, identifying beginning, and middle and ending sounds, learning about sentence structure, etc. After the small Writing Workshop lessons, the children have a Journal with white pages to draw and write freely, using the strategies provided by the teacher. 

11-    Mini Gym

This is where children develop their large motor skills. They do a series of games and exercises that will promote their physical and mental development. In contrast to the outdoor games, these are performed in a room called “Mini Gym”, equipped with all the necessary equipment to develop large motor skills, so important for Preschool children. At the Mini Gym we can find a psychomotor center assembled with several steps, a little tunnel, balance bars, crawling tunnel, balls of different sizes, hop-along, parachute, rings, jump ropes, hopscotch rug etc.  Floor and walls are covered with a rug that muffle falls, guaranteeing child’s safety. 

12-    Resting time

This is the period where calm activities take place. The main objective is to allow time for relaxation after the conclusion of outdoor activities which required a lot of movement. 

13-    Centers Activities

Our classrooms are divided into Work-Play Centers. These centers include: Art, Reading, Writing, Math and Table Toys, Drama, and construction. The teachers prepare weekly activities in each of the centers. The children have the opportunity to choose which center they want to visit. These activities are previously plan, attending to specific objectives of the grade level. 

14-    Theme/Project Activities

Our preschoolers will be working with different general big themes throughout the school year. These big themes will subsequently subdivide into other smaller themes. For example, a big theme for the school year is “All about me”. This can subdivide into themes like my family, my school, my neighborhood, etc. 

15-    Science

Teachers will prepare hands on science activities related to the themes as well as other external factors such as weather and climate. 

16-    Social Studies

Social studies will include direct experiences and things that are related to our culture as well as different American culture, festivities and special days. 

17-    Spanish

Kindergarten will have a Spanish teacher twice a week. She will be in charge of helping the children with Spanish vocabulary comprehension and grammar as well as basic Spanish reading and writing rules. 

18-    End of the day Circle

All groups have a final encounter of the day in which they wrap-up by singing songs, preparing the children for the next day, giving reminders and explaining homework for the levels who have homework.  

Note: Kinder uses the full Guided Reading Program, works with the Language Arts set called “Journeys” and the Math Book and Workbook, “Go Math”. They receive language arts reinforcement and take, every year, the standardized test for Kinder called “DIBELS”.