• Tip of The Week!

    Here is a fun winter time story to work on themed vocabulary!

  • Set The Schedule

    When setting a classroom schedule you want to take several things into account...

    1. Selecting Activities for your students: Make sure you have a 1:1 work area, an art/ sensory area, a literacy area, large group area, and a pretend play area. Think about the placement of activities... such as should noisy pretend play be right next to the 1:1 work area where students need to concentrate? Should the art area be next to the sink for messy play?

    2. How much time will each activity take? Try to keep blocks of activities no longer than 30 minutes. 

    3. Order of Activities? Check with other people in your building for set in stone things like playground time, then build your schedule backwards from there. Make sure to have some type of opening and closing activity for the day. Alternate sitting activities with standing/moving activities to help manage the students energy.

    4. Grouping Children: Think about groupings of children throughout the day. Do children with similar skills need to be grouped for an activity? Do you need to make sure you have a strong peer model grouped with a child who is struggling in social skills? Do children who need 1:1 support need to be in different groups so their needs can be addressed?

    The important thing is to have a set schedule and post it clearly for everyone to see. Then follow it!!!! It may need tweaking over the next few weeks, but it is important that everyone be on the same page and know what is coming next.

    Post the schedule in pictures for the children to reference.

    Sample Schedule 1

    Time

    Activity

    8:30- 9:00

    Arrival/ Centers (freeplay)

    9:00- 9:15

    Morning Meeting

    9:15- 10:10

    Small Groups

    10:10- 10:25

    Music Circle

    10:25-10:30

    Potty

    10:30-11:00

    Playground/ Gross motor

    11:00-11:15

    PBIS

    11:15- 11:30

    Snack/Potty

    11:30

    Departure

     

    Sample Schedule 2

    Time

    Activity

    8:30- 8:40

    Arrival

    8:40- 9:00

    Morning Meeting

    9:00- 9:30

    Centers (freeplay)

    9:30- 9:40

    Story Time

    9:40-9:50

    Potty

    9:50-10:15

    Playground/ Gross motor

    10:15-10:30

    PBIS

    10:30- 11:10

    Small Groups

    11:10-11:25

    Snack

    11:25-11:30

    Departure

    Sample Schedule 3

    Time

    Activity

    8:30- 8:40

    Arrival

    8:40-8:55

    Snack time

    8:55- 9:10

    Morning Meeting

    9:10- 9:45

    Small Groups

    9:45-9:55

    PBIS

    9:50-10:00

    Potty

    10:00-10:30

    Playground/ Gross motor

    10:30- 10:45

    Storytime

    10:45-11:10

    Centers (freeplay)

    11:10-11:25

    Snack

    11:25-11:30

    Departure

     

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