Welcome to Mrs. McDaniel's Pre-K Classroom!
Honestly, I've been wanting to share this with you all for a long time. It just took some time to build up the nerve to invite you over...but it's time!!
With great pleasure and tremendous pride, it is my honor to share my classroom.
Wow! That was a really quick tour. You are probably thinking how does that all play out for the students and staff. Or how does all that happen in just three hours? Well, I must admit three hours go by in a blink of an eye!!
Here's what our schedule looks like:
- 8:00 to 8:10 - Arrival Jobs and Self Care
- 8:10 to 8:30 - Free Play Center Choices
- 8:30 to 8:50 - Opening Large Group
- 8:50 to 10:00 - Learning Rotations: Social Small Group, Art Small Group, Literacy Small Group, Direct Instruction, and iPad/Independent Work (The students rotate through these centers for 10 to 15 minutes per center depending on their level and ability to attend.
- 10:00 to 10:20 - Outside Time
- 10:20 to 10:30 - Thematic Large Group
- 10:30 to 10:45 - Snack
- 10:45 to 11:00-Closing Large Group
NOTE: Oops!! My stage fright got the best of me! During the tour, I mistakenly referred to "large group" as "small group". The blue rug area by the smartboard is a space that is either used for large group or block free play, not small group as indicated on the video.
Also, one area I forgot to share in the video is our Safe Place. This year it is located right by the doorway were the kiddos come in. Some years, when I have students who want to escape the classroom, the spot near the door is not ideal. However, this year it is not an issue. When a student needs a quiet calm space, he or she visits our Safe Place. With three framed walls, it is an ideal location.
|Our Safe Place: Some days it would be nice if teachers could visit it too!|
The icons and feeling buddies in that space are from Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline curriculum. If you don’t know about Conscious Discipline and the Feeling Buddies, take a look at this link. It has great potential for teaching self-regulation and calming techniques.
Extra Credit: To see specific expectations for each area, refer to last week’s post.
Well, that's it for now. I hope you will join me in the upcoming weeks as I share the specifics for each individual center and other areas in our classroom. As always, feel free to email me with any questions regarding this or any Considerate Classroom posts.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you back here again soon! :)