Our daily schedule in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 28, 2014

in Classroom Management, Classroom Set-Up Ideas, Our Daily Preschool Schedule

Daily Preschool Schedule

I always find it interesting to learn how others run their classroom day. I suppose you could say that our daily preschool is fairly typical but perhaps it is typical to me because it is what I have always implemented.  I wanted to share it with you but I hope you will share your schedule with me too so I can compare what we do with how others approach a typical day in preschool…

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First, it is important to note that my students come two to three days a week and three hours on each day. We have two classrooms that we use throughout the school year which includes an outdoor and an indoor classroom. The outdoor classroom is closed during the really cold months of winter because it has no heat or windows to help protect the kids from the really cold days of winter.  When our outdoor classroom is back up and running our daily schedule will be modified just a bit to allow us time for the outdoor classroom…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

This is a general overview of our daily schedule just to give you an idea of how our days are structured. I won’t go into every detail because this would be a very long blog post if I did but I will link up to some parts of our day that I have written about in detail as I go along.  We start our day by coming into the classroom, putting coats and back packs in our cubbies, then signing in on our sign-in sheet

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Then we head over to begin our morning circle time.  My students now tell me it is called “square time” because we are sitting on a square rug and not on a circle.  Our morning circle time includes our helper and weather routine and then highlighting any concept we may be focusing on like a letter, shape, color, or number…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

And then we dive into our morning story, music, and whatever else is going to be the central focus of our circletime experience

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

After circle time (or square time) we spend a few minutes talking about any thing we have prepared for the children to explore at our tables and then the children are free to choose what they would like to do in all of our centers.  We call this our morning center time – I will show you a few of our everyday indoor centers in action here…

Art Table

We set out different materials and tools everyday for creative art experiences. We also have a creative art shelf with markers and paint and glue and paper and scissors and yarn and so on for the children to use in their own way as they wish…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Block Center

We change the kinds of blocks and materials throughout the year but always have it set up next to our largest carpeted area on the floor for play…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Water Play or Sensory Play Tub

Our large water and sand play areas are out in our outdoor classroom so we set out a tub in the indoor classroom for this kind of play during the cold days of winter time…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Writing Center

We have different materials available all the time to promote writing in the classroom including clip boards, paper, pencils, crayons, stamps, stickers, envelopes and so on. We rotate the materials by listening to what the children would like us to add or observing what they seem to have lost interest in…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Other Centers

We can’t possibly fit everything into our small classroom environment at once that we would like so we rotate this shelf from being a light table center to a music center to a puzzle center throughout the year and you will notice that our books are kept just above this shelf....

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

We rotate other materials through the classroom centers  as we go along. When the materials are not in use, I keep them in my storage room or garage.

After Center Time

After our morning center time which lasts as long as the children seem to be staying interested in things then we clean up, wash hands and sit down for snack time…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

After snack time, the children clear their own table then pick out a book to read or look through while the others finish up…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

And then we get on coats, hats, mittens, scarves and head outdoors for play.  We may stay outside for five minutes or 45 minutes depending on the weather and what the children have going on outside. Often times, if a few children are ready to head inside before the others, then they can come back inside with me and help set up for the last part of our day and Mr. Hayden will bring the rest in shortly after…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

You will notice that I didn’t put any times down for our daily schedule for you. This is because we have a general idea of the order of our day but we genuinely try to keep the schedule open for change but the order the same. By the time we head back inside, we can have about 30 to 40 minutes left to finish up our day. This last part of our day changes almost daily. So we might use it for large group math bag time

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Or for our Scholastic Magazines

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Or a special science or sensory play activity…

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Or journals…

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But almost always, the last part of the day includes some kind of large group experience…

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Or the children come up with some new experiment they want to try like making pyramids…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

And then the children head off to gather their things, put on coats and gloves, and it is time to head home…

Our daily schedule in preschool by Teach Preschool

Does your schedule look anything like ours? Totally different?  I’d love to learn about it so please share in the comments below…

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