Mother Goose Time gives a suggested daily schedule for your preschool day. My preschool is half day and I use a variation of their half-day schedule (which can be found here.) I do not use this exact schedule. I have adopted it to meet the needs of me and my students.
Meet and Greet (10 minutes)
This is the first part of the day when we are waiting for all the students to arrive. Mother Goose Time suggests letting the students freely explore all activity areas. I am not a big fan of starting off the day this way. In my opinion, it gets the kids worked up and creates a little bit more chaos for the morning then I would like to have when they all arrive. Instead, I have the students come in, sit at the table, and work on a morning packet that has coloring pages and writing practice. I feel they are focused and ready to learn by the time everyone arrives. Mother Goose Time offers great coloring pages online under “member resources“. Check them out!
We walk in a line every where we go. It’s a lot safer that way. My students like to run if they are not in a line.
Circle Time (20 minutes) We sit in a large circle and discuss the theme question of the day. We talk about the weather, the calendar, and learn a new rhyme or song that goes along with the theme.
Investigation Stations (15 minutes)
This is a time for the students to explore and figure out answers for themselves. I always ask the students a question that gets them thinking. A few days ago, I used one of the activities in the teacher guide book called “Carry Gently”. I asked the students the question, “What does gentle mean?” None of them could explain it. I explained that some baby animals get carried in their mama’s mouths. The mamas have to be so gentle while the babies are in their mouths so they don’t hurt them. We pretended we were mamas carrying babies in our mouths. I gave each of them a piece of bread to carry in their mouth for a minute around the room. When we were done, we examined our pieces of bread for teeth marks. They were all gentle. I asked the question again, “What does gentle mean?” They started giving me answers like, “being careful, soft, and don’t bite.” They came up with those answers on their own instead of having me tell them what the word meant.
Mother Goose Time has a list of STEAM Stations at the beginning of the Teacher Guide book. I often use these learning stations for our investigation station. These are stations that kids can explore freely on their own while practicing a skill.
I also use science experiments for our investigation stations if there is one listed in the activities for that day.
Story Time (5-10 minutes)
Each day, there is a suggested story to read to your children that goes along with the theme. I make sure that I always read a story each day. Eventually, they get used to the routine and their stamina for listening to stories grows. They are able to sit for longer periods of time and listen to the whole story as the year goes on. Sometimes I’ll let them take a picture walk before I read the story. I can ask questions as I read as well, to check for comprehension.
Art (20 minutes)
The art project goes along with the theme for the day. This is either an “Invitation to Create” project or a “Make and Play” project.
Snack (15 minutes)
Snack is the first break we take during the day. They make sure to use the bathroom and of course, eat their snack. Sometimes, if the weather is nice, we will go play with some of the outside toys after snack. I encourage free conversation while we eat. Sometimes I try to work a math or science lesson into snack time, but most of the time I just let them chat and be silly.
Phonics and Reading (15 minutes)
After snack, we learn about the letter of the day. There are 3 letters that we learn a month, but I like to break them up and do 1 a week and review all 3 of them the last week. We sing songs, play games, and practice the sound to learn the new letter.
We also learn new stories and work on reading comprehension. We retell stories by using the storytelling set provided with given stories in the curriculum box.
Some days, we read from the I Can Read Book and point out sight words we are learning.
Wrting/Journals (5 minutes)
Sometimes we practice writing our letters on whiteboards or with worksheets, but most of the time we use the journals that Mother Goose Time provides. The journals help the students develop their writing skills and provides them with opportunities to practice letter formation.
Free Play (20 minutes)
Students free play at the different centers during this time.
Math or Movement Activity or Small Group (10 minutes)
During this time we work on counting, number recognition, colors, shapes, and gross motor skills.
Clean-Up (5 minutes)
At the end of the day, the students reflect on what they learned and answer a few more questions.
Outside Play (10 minutes)
The students run around outside and play while they wait to be picked up.
Daily routines are important in helping a child learn. They need predictability in their day. I hardly ever have behavior problems because the children know the routine. They are not worried about whether they are going to get play time because I give it to them every day. It is part of our schedule. Most days, they are all able to stay focused and finish all their work with no complaint or struggle. My students love to learn and are excited about the activities from Mother Goose Time that we do each day. They know that they get to do fun things at school while they learn. It makes teaching them really enjoyable.
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