With a new school year approaching, I’m in teacher planning mode! One of the items on my to-do list is revising my daily preschool schedule. Since I’m often asked what my schedule looks like, I thought I’d take a moment to share it now.
My Half-Day Preschool Schedule
Keep in mind I make tweaks to this schedule every year depending on my students’ needs, input from my director and coworkers, etc.
I’m a big believer in planning and scheduling in the preschool classroom, but I’m also a big believer in flexibility when teaching kiddos. So this schedule isn’t always strictly adhered to!
8:50 to 9:00 – Welcome
I greet the children as they come into the classroom. They hang up their backpacks, bring in their daily folders and water bottles, then sign in.
Related: Morning Routine Chart for Preschool
9:00 to 10:30 – Developmental Learning Centers
I used to allocate about an hour for centers, but last year I added more time. I absolutely loved having that extra time for the kids to explore and learn.
10:30 to 11:00 – Snack
Around this time, I usually take the children down to the restroom as a group. All of the children wash their hands before snack. Then it’s on to snack time together.
If they’re done early, they’re allowed to choose from a few “quiet choices” (reading, writing, drawing, puzzles, etc.).
11:00 to 11:30 – Playground
The “big” pre-k kids get to use the playground for free play during this time. We do movement and gross motor play inside if we can’t go outside.
11:30 to 11:50 – Circle Time
This is when we get together as a whole class. We do the calendar, talk about the weather, and say the Pledge. I usually read a book during this time.
We also do literacy and math games, songs, etc. during circle time. It’s a great time to connect and talk about how the day’s gone.
Related: How to Create a Classroom Community
11:50 to 12:10 – Resource
The kiddos get music or more outside time, while I get a quick break.
12:10 to 12:50 – Lunch
We all sit down for lunch, chatting and eating together. If the kids are done early, they can choose some quiet choices. They clean up after themselves and get their backpacks ready to go home after lunch.
12:50 to 1:00 – Story Time
We make sure everyone’s packed up and ready to go home. Then it’s time for one more read aloud before the end of the day.
Related: Preschool Classroom Tour
More Preschool Schedule Resources
Pre-K Pages’ half day and full day pre-k schedules
PreKinders’ current schedule
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds’ schedule for a two-year old class
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds’ schedule for a three-year old class
Teach Preschool’s daily schedule
Fantastic Fun and Learning’s collection of home schedule ideas
What does your daily preschool schedule look like? Feel free to share different ideas in the comments below!