All these time chunks that I talk about in my Instagram stories have caused a lot of questions about what does my daily schedule look like and how do I find the time to get all of it in.
First let’s start off by saying that our routine is the same every day, but the time that we do it is flexible based on the needs of my students on any particular day.
Morning Worktime or Table Top Activities
This is the time of the day as the children arrive. My children come in at random times based on the need of their family. So, with that being said I like to have activities out for the children to do that doesn’t require me to open up my whole classroom since we will only be at this time for a small portion of time.
I like these activities to be activities that children can do on their own with little to no help from me. They are usually activities that we have already done before, and this time gives them the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge and extend their own learning through play.
Worktime or Center Time
Center time is the time of the day that all areas of the classroom are open for children to explore and interact with their friends for long period of time that is uninterrupted.
During this time of the day we also set up learning provocations for the children to explore, usually in the area of sensory play, process art, play dough and writing activities.
Small Group Activities
This time of the day is only for 15 to 20 minutes a day of teacher directed activities based on children learning goals.
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I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.