A Day at Bluff View
Every minute counts!
When we all begin together, we are better able to
remain engaged and maximize our day.
Here is a sample of important social and educational skills taught in the first hour of either the morning or afternoon program:
Welcome to School
The teacher personally greets each student as they arrive to help the children relax and make the transition of separating from parent and connecting to the teacher. Teachers assist individual students with writing their name, focusing on areas of difficulty for each individual student. After this personal time with the teacher, students then proceed into the self-selection workstations in the class where their friends are currently working. This time allows them to connect with their peers, adjust to the class environment, and prepare for the next activity, which is a whole group participation activity requiring them to sit still and focus on the teacher and lessons.
The teacher reviews information of the day such as: days of the week (including yesterday, today, tomorrow, month, date, year), counting to 30, weather, American Sign Language, listening and speaking skills, months of the year, student of the week, colors, alphabet, phonics, story sequencing (including prediction and retelling and recall of details), vocabulary development, mathematics, and discussion of the seasons and holidays, among other topics. The lessons of the week are also taught during this time. Circle Time concludes with an explanation of what they will be working on and the supplies they will be using in Center Time.
The students cycle through several educational center activities in small groups. At some centers the students work independently practicing skills taught previously in Circle Time activities. Other centers involve the teacher introducing new lessons, or aides working on specific skills with the individual students. Working one-on-one with each student ensures mastery of the skills necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond. Additional class activities include: music, Spanish and Sign Language, library, snack and recess, stories, singing, etc. Each of these elements helps to set the tone of the day.
An Example of our Student's Daily Schedule*
7:00-8:15 a.m. Early Arrival Program in Library with Welcome and Singing
8:30-9:00 a.m. Sign-In and Free Choice Centers
9:00-9:30 a.m. Circle Time, Pledge, Calendar, Houghton Mifflin Curriculum, Literacy, Sharing, Singing and Dancing
9:30-10:30 Centers: Literacy, Math, Art, Sensory, Dramatic Play, Snacks
10:30-11:00 a.m. Morning Recess
11:00-11:30 a.m. Library, Spanish/Signing, or Studio for Music & Movement
11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch and Recess
12:30-2:30 Optional Naptime
12:30-1:00 p.m. Afternoon Sign-In & Free Choice Centers
1:00-1:30 p.m. Circle Time: Houghton Mifflin Curriculum, Literacy, Sharing, Singing and Dancing, Art classes
1:30-2:15 Afternoon Centers: Literacy, Math, Art, Sensory, Dramatic Play
2:15-2:45 p.m. Afternoon Calendar, Signing & Spanish
2:45-3:00 Little Ninjas
3:00-3:15 Snack & Afternoon Recess
3:15-3:30 p.m. Closing Circle Time
3:30-5:30 p.m. Afterschool Program: Recess, Library for Story Time, Dancing & Songs, Computer Lab
*Schedule subject to change.