-Set up centers
-Have classroom decorated/student finished work display set up
-Have calendar time supplies on board
-Create discipline chart
-Have class rules poster ready to go
-Label student cubbies
-Make attendance chart pieces
-Have blank rules poster ready to go
-Place circle time supplies in teacher chair
-Prepare and place supply buckets at tables
-Set up morning work
-Put on student name tags
-Make trifold for hallway that contains a place for weekly newsletter, calendar, etc.
-Place attendance chart in the hallway for parents to sign in/out on
-Set up “turn in” basket on teacher table
-Review lesson plans with teacher aide
-Gather supplies needed for day
-Make a seating chat and tape it into teacher cabinet
-Make picture schedule of daily schedule
-Make popsicle sticks with student’s names on them for calling on students
-Cut up letters in each student’s name and clip together for weekly king/queen activities
-Make sticky nametags for each student for first 2 days of school
-Put together daily take home folders for each student
8:50 Greet Parents/Students at Door
-Greet parents/students as they drop off and enter classroom
-Place sticky nametag on each arriving student and reintroduce self
-Make sure parents know how to sign in properly
-Help students with morning procedures (wear to place belongings/lunch, placing attendance picture in correct spot, and getting started for the day)
-Remind student where he/she sits
-Teacher’s aide will help them to get started on morning assignment
9:10 Transition to Circle Time
-Introduce bell signal
-Practice responding to bell signal (stop working, place assignment in turn-in tray, quietly walk to carpet with body still, find an empty animal to sit on
-Model correct/incorrect way, have students model correct, and incorrect ways….and then practice as a class (calling one table at a time) this procedure. Repeat practice as needed.
9:15 Circle Time
-Explain what we do during circle time
-Explain behavioral expectations for circle time (empty hands, crisscross applesauce, raise your hand to speak, be an active listener)
-Pray as a class
-Play name game to have everyone introduce themselves and practice names
-Students and teacher together create classroom rules chart. Go over expectations and model as needed. Teach the negative/positive consequences of behaviors and have students practice moving clips or getting “happy rocks.” Be sure and go over the importance of learning.
-Hang chart on wall for the rest of the year
-Sing first day of school songs
9:30 Academic Centers
-Introduce daily picture schedule
-Have teacher’s aide model/teach what the centers are for the day
-Teach behavioral expectations while at centers (you may whisper while working, when finished you may go to reading or literacy center (for today…just reading center; will teach about literacy center later in the week). Go over and model expectations for behavior at reading center.
-Teach procedure of going to tables from carpet (teacher and students model correct/incorrect ways…and then practice as a class, calling one table at a time to get started)
-While students are working at centers, help as needed and monitor to make sure they understand both academic and behavioral expectations. Praise praise praise those who are doing well in either.
*After each center is over with, teach procedure of how to transition from one center to the next, how to clean up their entire center, and where to place work when finished- practice, practice, practice
10:20 Bathroom Break
-Teach lining up procedures (pencil straight, hands either at sides or behind back, lips zipped, walking feet only)
Teach bathroom procedures (wait quietly in line, 2 students are allowed in bathroom at a time, use toilet, flush, wash hands, and return to end of line)
-Have students take a bathroom break
-Teach students walking in hallway procedures (one behind another, hands either at sides or behind back, lips zipped, walking feet only)
-Chapel teacher will go over behavioral expectations for chapel and teach chapel lesson
11:00 Calendar Time/King &Queen
-Practice entering classroom from chapel and walking to carpet, finding a seat, and waiting quietly for teacher to begin instruction
-Go over calendar time rules (raise hand to be called on, empty hands, crisscross applesauce, be an active listener)
-Introduce “Days of the Week” on calendar and the “Days of the Week” song. Sing this song as a class.
-Introduce “Months of the Year” on board and corresponding song. Sing this song as a class.
-No letter this week or King & Queen (go over these things later as introduced in the weeks to come)
-Read story, First Day Jitters. Have a student discussion about emotions they had this morning as they got up for their first day of preschool this year. Model and teach corresponding activity. Review expectations of table behavior, early finishers, etc.
-Release students to centers to complete activity
-When students have completed the activity, transition them back to carpet for songs on Dr. Jean CD and fingerplays
11:00 Reading Instruction
Mrs. Melodie will come in and do literacy instruction with the students. She will teach her behavioral expectations and teach lesson.
-Teach lunchtime procedures (follow teacher directions, wait until called to get lunchbox, walk, return to table quietly, wait for hand sanitizer, do not open lunch until after lunchtime prayer, teachers will assist with items hard to open, must remain seated until teacher tells you to get up and dispose of trash). Model correct and incorrect way to retrieve lunchbox, have students model, and then practice by table.
-After all tables have their lunchboxes, go around and put hand sanitizer on the students
-Talk about showing respect for God during lunchtime prayer. Pray as a class.
-Students may begin opening lunchboxes (help them as needed with food items).
-When lunchtime is over, have them throw away trash and place lunchboxes in cubbies
-Put together students backpacks as they are eating today (will teach them how to do this procedure on their own later this week)
12:00 Recess/Bathroom Break
-Teach students procedures for recess (staying quiet as we walk by toddler classrooms that are napping, review hallway behavior expectations, play safely, play kindly, don’t throw rocks, when you hear a teacher whistle come line by gate, when recess is done stop by playing immediately to line up, don’t run until past entryway of gate, if someone is alone…invite them to come play with you, if you don’t hear my whistle but you see your friends coming toward me go with them, do not tattle)
-Have students go to recess. After they have lined up, review bathroom break procedures. Have them take a bathroom break on way to classroom.
-Review carpet procedures
-Share Math expectations (only talk about math, be an active listener, raise your hand to speak, take care of the math center manipulatives, do your best thinking)
-Introduce Estimation Jar. Discuss what the word “estimate” means. Practice as a class estimating the number of items I have placed in the jar today.
-Introduce counting chart and practice counting to 10.
-Practice doing 10 of various exercises to get out some of those first day of school wiggles for students who have not had to maintain stamina in school yet.
-Review hallway behavior expectations. Ms. Julie will teach behavioral procedure for music and teach the music lesson.
1:30 Bible Story
-Teacher’s aide will review carpet expectations and teach bible story
-Review transitioning back to tables and have students go back to their tables for snack
-Teach snack procedures (do not say that you do not want something…if you don’t want the snack that someone has brought…you may quietly dispose of it, teacher will place hand sanitizer on your hand before you may eat, when finished dispose of ALL of your trash or unwanted food, students may do a free center when finished.)
1:50 Free Centers and Dismissal
-As student’s parents arrive, tell them what a great day his/her child had and compliment their child on at least one thing
-Make sure parents know how to sign out their children
-Teach student how to grab belongings out of cubby before leaving the classroom
-Hug student and tell him/her how happy you are that he/she is in your class
-Be sure students are cleaning up center items they played with as they leave
-After all students have been dismissed, tidy up any remaining areas of the classroom that need attention, wipe down tables with Lysol, and spray down centers and toys with rubbing alcohol.
-Turn in attendance sheet to office