Carnegie Mellon University

Kindergarten Team Pictured (l-r):  Julie Sweet, Holly Blizman and Krissy Opferman

Classroom Schedule

Greeting at the Rotunda
8:30 AM

Morning Routine: Handwashing and Sign In Tasks

8:35 AM

After hanging up belongings and washing hands, the children begin their kindergarten day by completing two Sign In Tasks: answering the Question of The Day and placing their photo on the attendance board.

Each day a new question is put on the Question Chart. Questions vary from simple Yes/No questions such as "Do you have an older brother?" or "Are spiders insects?" to theme-related multiple choice questions such as "What is the largest bone in your body? Tibia or Femur?"  The children write their name on a piece of chart paper and place their name under the appropriate answer.

The Question of the Day fosters several skills: practice in writing their name, recognizing sight words, decoding simple words, reading simple graphs, counting using one to one correspondence, simple adding or subtracting.

In addition to the Question of the Day chart, the children need to place their photograph onto our magnetic attendance board, which is a replica of our group time rainbow rug.  The space on the chart corresponds to the child's group time spot on the rug. The children find the colored square with their name on it and place their photo accordingly.  This activity requires children to recognize their name (first names in the Fall, last names in the Spring) and to use mapping skills to find their seat on the rug.

Free Choice-Independent Learning Centers/*Roving Snack
(reading, loose parts, small world, blocks, games, puzzles, extended projects, sensory table)

8:40-9:30 AM

The children begin their day with an independent learning time. This one-half hour allows the children time to socialize with their friends or just warm up to the day. During independent learning time, a variety of activities are available to the children. A board or card game is set up to encourage turn taking and cooperation. A teacher may initiate play but the children are eager to play together with peers.

Social interactions take place easily when the children build together in the block center. Cooperation and sharing are naturally fostered during this time. Architectural theories and problem-solving skills are tested through trial and error.

*Roving snack is offered at the child's choice and follows The Children's School monthly snack menu.

Whole Group Time
9:30-10:00 AM

(theme content, story, letter of the day: worktime activities are explained, daily calendar and weather)

Work Time
10:00-11:00 AM

(teacher directed activities focusing on math, language arts, artistic expression, communication skills, discovery, and exploration. Daily Work, Challenges, Photo Journals, and independent learning centers, journal dictation) teachers work in small groups or with individual children

Daily Work is an important part of the kindergarten day. Each day the Orange table is set for the Daily Work activity. Tracing and cutting, drawing a birthday page, and creating patterns are some of the simple tasks the children are expected to independently complete.

The Daily Work activity is explained and modeled by the teacher during morning Circle Time. The children are then responsible to complete this activity independently during work time. When the task is completed, the child places the work in the Daily Work basket and makes an "X" next to his or her name on the Daily Work chart.

Whole Group Time
11:00-11:20 AM

(Story, Music, and Movement)

Bathroom/Hand Washing/Lunch
11:20 AM-12:00 PM

Playground (Outdoor Exploration)
12:00-1:00 PM

1:00-1:20 PM

Whole Group Time/Journals/Activity Time and Free Choice Exploration
1:20-2:20 PM

(After a story, teachers model the journal prompt for the day, usually related to our monthly theme.  Journals are done as a whole group with teachers moving about helping individual children or small groups)

Daily Journals - Daily writing is one of the foundation blocks of our language arts philosophy. Each day, the children have a set time to write in their journals. Your child will be bringing his or her journal home at the end of the month. The journal serves as a valuable learning tool. The children are beginning to get their ideas on paper and learn first-hand the power of words. Research shows that journaling is one of the most effective ways to teach and learn phonics.

2:20-2:30 PM

Children take responsibility for the materials they’ve used and work together to put things back in containers and on shelves.

Dismissal at the Rotunda
2:30 PM