Thursday, June 21, 2012

Half-Day Kindergarten Schedule

How many of you teach half-day kindergarten?  Next school year my school is changing from full day kindergarten to half-day kindergarten!!  I used to teach half-day five years ago but now with the common core standards and higher expectations I am struggling with trying to fit it all in!!  I have looked at so many blogs but it seems like many of you are full day.  If you teach half-day I would love to hear what your schedule is like and how you manage your time! 

14 comments:

  1. I am just confused...why would they go to a half day program. That would be so hard to teach...especially with all the expectation we have now. I hope it works out. I wish I could help more! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog

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  2. Wow! I've not heard of anyone going from full to half. That would seem incredibly overwhelming!

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com
    Mrs. I's Class

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  3. We have taught 1/2 day kinders for years. The last 2 years we have gone to full day every other day. So, some months the kiddos only come to school 7 days. It is difficult to get the kids to meet all of the standards. The most important thing I do is to make sure I know exactly what standards I am doing at all times. Ever activity is tied closely to a standard (or a couple of them). And, we just don't have the time to do some of the extended activities for each unit. If we can reach a standard using an activity that does not take as much time, that is the activity we have to choose. Good luck!! Let us all know if you find the magic answer.

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  4. Hi Michele! Glad to see I'm not the only kinder blogger that will be teaching half-day next year! Last year was actually my first time teaching full-day kinder, but before that I taught half-day for 3 years (my school offers both). I haven't quite figured out what my schedule will be for next year-but once I do I will blog about it. I guess we better rest up this summer-teaching half-day kindergarten is tough!
    ~Meredith
    Keen on Kindergarten

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  5. My district is all day kindergarten. However there are some districts around us that are still half day. Good luck! Just found your darling blog!
    Robynn
    BusyBees

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  6. I am a half-day teacher, too! I love browsing blogs, but often feel that they are all by full-day teachers, and I just can't always fit all their great ideas into half the time! I am so glad that I found your blog.
    My district offers both full and half day, and I feel like I always am trying to keep up with the full-day classes in my building. But every year I get better at prioritizing, and finding ways to integrate. For instance, when the full-day does a science activity and then writes about it, and still has time for writer's workshop- I do the science activity and then make my writer's workshop about the science activity. It isn't always perfect, but it works! And I have also learned that fewer quality lessons are always better than lots of ineffective lessons- so if we can't get through interactive writing and independent writing and do it with quality, then we do interactive one day and independent the next.
    I'll be looking forward to seeing you future blogs!

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  7. We are going from full to half because of funding. We had full day kindergarten because we were using Title 1 money and this year they have decided to use that money elsewhere. Thanks for the suggestions and support I will have to check out some of your blogs this year and see how it goes!

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  8. We just finally got all day in our district after begging for 5 years to get it! Good luck this year! Glad you found my blog so I could find yours! I am your newest follower!

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  9. Hello! I just stumbled upon your wonderful blog and I am so happy I did!! We have been on an "extended day" schedule for the past 2 years but due to budget constraints, class sizes are going up to 30 and we are going back to 1/2 day also. It will look a bit different though...we'll have "early birds" and "late birds" so that at the beginning and end of the day we will only have 1/2 of our kids. I'm still not sure how it will all play out!

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  10. I have about 2 and a half hours of instructional time with my students 3 days a week and 2 hours the other 2 days due to specialists. I spend 30 minutes on math, 30 minutes on Daily 5 (my kids only do 2 rotations and I meet with 2 reading groups a day), 10 minutes on snack/read aloud, 10-20 minutes on shared reading, 20 minutes on morning meeting/ daily calendar math, and 3 days a week we do writing when they don't have Phy ed. I squeeze in theme through integrating language arts/math/etc. but do make time if there is a special project. My first year, I wanted to do everything that the full day teachers did, but realized it's not possible no matter how much you try! I used a lot of theme activities in my Daily 5 centers (especially writing and listening centers). Hope that helps! I'm looking forward to browsing through your blog!

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  11. Just an update: my district has decided to have full day kindergarten fot the 2014-15 school year. I will be teaching full day agian. I kind of have mixed emotions on this. I really liked half day kindergarten but with the common core standards and expectations on kinder I think that full day is almost a must for kinders now. So I am back to my full day schedule. Thanks for all of your support that last two years!

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  12. Hi Michelle,
    How did you organize things in the room that had student names on them? I am moving from 3rd to half day k with two classes.

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  13. Hi Ashley, I color coded the names, folders, writing journals, etc. So my morning class was blue and the afternoon class was red. I called the morning class the early birds and the afternoon class the later gators. So on the cubbies there were two name tags one in blue with a bird on it and one in red with a gator. I don't put names on their assigned tables so that helped. They just have an assigned table but not a spot. For math and literacy centers I just took down the morning names each day and put up the afternnon names at lunch. My name wall had both sets of names, I just put the morning names on blue cardstock and the afternoon in red. The kids thought it was cool to see the other classes' names and would ask me about them:) I will look to see if I have pictures with examples. You will love kindergarten! Any other questions just ask!!

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