Here are some components of a typical kindergarten day.
Arrival Time - First thing in the morning you will
see an arrival time. During this time students may sign in, select
their lunch, unpack, answer Today’s Question, and then engage in a
morning activity. Some examples of morning activities might be
independent reading, journals, checking on science experiments, or math
activities. During this time the teacher may be greeting students and
families, switching homework readers, answering questions, or taking
Morning Meeting – During this time students may be
singing a welcoming morning song, reading and identifying important
features in a morning message, discussing character education traits,
and sharing important events in their lives.
Calendar Time – During calendar time, teachers are
integrating areas of math, science, reading, writing, and social
studies. Teachers may choose this time to discuss weather, days of the
week, months of the year, pattering, odd and even numbers, money, place
value, and temperature.
Word Work – This is a time for students to learn how
letters and words work. Students will focus on specific concepts in
areas such as early language skills, phonics, phonemic awareness,
spelling patterns, and high frequency words.
Literacy Centers – While students move through
centers, they have the chance to practice using skills and concepts
that they have learned in other settings. They may move through centers
such as listening, browsing box, writing, pocket chart, or ABC
Guided Reading – Guided Reading is the teacher’s time
to work with small groups of students on targeted, specific skills.
During this time, students will be reading small books on their level,
increasing their vocabulary, learning reading strategies, and
participating in mini-lessons appropriate to their level.
Interactive and Shared Writing – In both these types
of writing, students and the teacher create a message together. In
interactive writing, the students and teacher “share the pen”, while in
shared writing the teachers serves as the scribe for the message. Both
of these are times for teachers to help students learn about writing
craft, conventions, and purpose.
Writing Workshop – During writing workshop, students
take the lessons they learned during interactive and shared writing and
apply them to their own work. They may be writing booklets, journal
entries, stories, personal narratives, poetry, or non-fiction texts.
Students will have the opportunity to revise and publish their work to
share with the class.
Math Investigations – Kindergarten math is built on
the idea of students exploring and constructing their own mathematical
knowledge. They will be using manipulatives such as pattern blocks,
unifix cubes, geoboards, Judy clocks, pattern tiles, and
Read Alouds – In Kindergarten, you will see many read
alouds throughout the day. These are key for building students'
concepts about print, fluency, vocabulary, and love of reading. You may
see fiction, non-fiction, and poetry all used as read alouds during
different points of the day.
Science – Science is a time for discovery and
exploration. Students will be learning about weather, animals,
properties of everyday objects, tools, and measurement. Teachers will
create hands-on experiments and activities that inspire students to
build understanding through scientific inquiry.
Social Studies – Social Studies is often integrated
into the other areas of the day. You may see students reading a book
about citizenship or graphing favorite Thanksgiving Foods. The
Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum allows for opportunities to
learn about communities, holidays, families, citizenship, and basic
Recess – Recess is an important time for students to
build gross motor skills. They will be exploring with their new peers
in a stimulating playground environment. Some teachers encourage the
use of balls, chalk, jump ropes, and other playground toys to continue
this development. As weather permits, teachers will try to take their
students outside as much as possible. Remember to dress your child in
layered, comfortable play clothes.
Lunch – Lunch time is generally between 11 and 1 for
most Kindergartners. The students will generally eat in the cafeteria
with their teacher or teacher assistant. They will have the option of
bringing their own lunch from home or eating the school’s lunch. The
school lunch menu can always be found on the Durham Schools
Specials – Students will visit specials once a day.
All students will attend Physical Education, Art, and Music. Most
schools offer technology and media, as well. Some schools offer
additional specials as well. Check with your school or teacher for a
complete specials schedule.