Welcome to my Kindergarten students. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you. Love, Miss Siino
Following is an example of a typical day in our kindergarten.
The children come into the classroom 8:00 - 8:10, put away their belongings, put their folders and messages into the basket, and choose an activity. When the morning announcements come on (they are broadcast to the whole school through the intercom), the kindergarten children "freeze" and listen to the news. Then they resume free-choice activities and planned activities. Among the activities are: computers, art, blocks, a variety of manipulatives, books, puzzles...
During this time we all meet together on the carpet and I introduce or review concepts ---Math (numbers, counting..), Phonics/reading (letters, sounds..) science, social studies, religion, color words, shapes, etc. After we meet together on the carpet the children will work together at their table on specific activities/lessons for the day.
children once again gather on the carpet for a story. We also use
this time for the sharing for our "star of the week", and
also anything else that the children or teacher may like to discuss.
Snack and Outdoor Play
The children sit at their tables to eat their snack. Milk will be served as part of the snack unless a child is allergic to milk. We say the traditional Catholic grace before meals and add “Thank you, God, for all of the good things that I have. Please help those who don't have as much as I do”. The children take turns helping set up the snack. After snack we try to spend at least 15 minutes at outdoor play, depending upon the weather.
the end of the Kindergarten day we review what has happened during
the day and what we have learned. We discuss what we will work on
the next day and if they have homework we go over the directions for
the work. Before they go home we say a prayer and sing a song or
two. We also read a story from our children's Bible.
On Wednesday and Thursday the children have music from 9:30 - 10:00. The children go to the school library on Wednesday in split groups for 1/2 hour each. They get to check out a library book to bring home and will need to bring the book back before their next library day (Wednesday).
Dismissal time is 11:30. The children will be dismissed from the door on the playground side of the classroom. The children remain in the room until I see you or the person who will be picking them up. If your child is going to our extended care then they will be picked up in the classroom by the extended care director. If for some reason a parent/carpool driver is late your child will be sent to extended care until you/carpool driver arrive.
This is generally how we spend our days in kindergarten.