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8:30 Arrival, breakfast, announcements
9:00 Opening (calendar, music and movement, read alouds, games, news, morning message)
9:30 Phonics (a lot of these activities focus on phonemic awareness, though there's also letter recognition and formation and high frequency words)
9:45 Predictable chart/shared reading )Because our schedule is so full, we have to alternate each week.)
10:05 Literacy centers (writing, literature circle/guided reading, art, phonics)
11:50 Focus poetry (Much like shared reading. We work on one short poem for a week. We talk about the meaning, vocabulary, print concepts, rhyming words, letters and sight words we know, then on day 4 we act it our or move to it and on day 5 they illustrate a copy of the poem and add it to their poetry pages.)
1:00 Quiet time
2:00 Free choice centers/snack
2:30 Review the day, journal entry
At the beginning of the year, I did the Getting-to-Know-You activities and the kids responded really well to them.
The only part of the program I'm not too sure about is the writing area. We always have our kids start journals in the fall, though Building Blocks recommends waiting until January. I feel like the children aren't getting enough opportunity for writing.
Anyway, hope this was helpful!
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