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Daily Schedule Handout

Russell Yates and Heidi Mattern

To help parents visualize what a "typical day" would look like, my former teaching partner and I made a copies of the following tentative daily schedule for them. It was not long before it was modified substantially, but at that first information meeting it really helped parents see that the class wasn't going to be some sort of "free-choice playtime."

Of course now I use a current student schedule for an example of what the day looks like and it is equally effective.

Daily Schedule


8:45-9:00 Arrival

9:00-9:30 Opening

  • attendance
  • pledge of allegiance
  • daily planning meeting

9:30-10:30 Math Time Block

  • Math Baskets & math centers
  • small groups with teachers
  • self-paced math activities

10:30-10:45 Recess

10:45-11:30 Communication Arts Time Block

  • journal writing
  • spelling
  • Daily Oral Language (grammar)
  • writing projects
  • keyboarding & computers

11:30-12:00 Theme Studies (Science, Social Studies, etc.)

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45 Reading Time Block

  • Instructional Library
  • small group reading (teacher and parent led)
  • independent reading

1:45-2:15 Specialists (P.E., Music, Library)

2:15-2:30 Recess

2:30-2:50 Menu Time (student choice between teacher-created options)

2:50-3:15 Daily Debrief and classroom clean-up

3:15 Dismissal

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