A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A KINDERGARTEN CLASS
AT THE AIR AND SPACE ACADEMY OF SAHUARITA, ARIZONA
A regular day for a kindergarten student begins at 8:30. They do the
Pledge of Allegiance, they sing a patriotic song, and keep 1 minute of
The teacher calls attendance and guides the class to the classroom. There,
the students put their backpacks and other belongings in their assigned case.
They also give homework papers to the homework helper and put their
planner books in a tray.
Once on their sits, they start their penmanship assignment. At kinder, they
trace over one sentence of two to three lines that is already printed on the
paper. Then they have to copy it one more time in the other lines. It takes
them about thirty minutes to end this work. They put their finished paper
in a designed tray and get their notebooks to write the words of the week.
The Spelling words are written on the board; they are 15 to 20 words that
they copy on their notebooks. Then, they have to go to the books area and
read for 15 minutes. They select an alphabet book (To learn words that
begin with a specific letter); after this, they choose an easy book to be read.
and if they haven’t done their 15 minutes, they can choose any other book of
After this assignments they return to their tables and they color, or use an
individual white board to draw. At ten o’clock students and teacher go to
wash hands to the bathrooms. Downstairs in the lunch area, they spend 15
minutes eating a snack. Back in the classroom, it is writing time. Students
write on their journals or on any assigned worksheet. The teacher walks in
between the tables, to help students to built words and sentences. If it is
necessary she seats with one or another student that requires more help.
At 10:45, it is time for phonics, either the teacher gives a lesson or uses
videos of phonics, songs, etc., At 11:00 o’clock students play using
educative toys. At 11:25, they go to wash their hands and get their lunch
cards. They eat their lunch (Aprox.20 minutes,) and play outdoors for about
It is time to return to the classroom. The class helper passes the English
books. Teacher and students work together on this guided English lesson .
Reading aloud or Story Time at about 12:30 p.m. At 1:00 p.m. they get
their Math workbooks and work on them for about 30 minutes. Sometimes
they uses manipulative to reinforce a Math concept., or work on an assigned
Math worksheet. Two days of the week, they have a Social Studies lesson
at this hour. Other days they take a lesson of Sciences that includes a
simple experiment. At two thirty students and teacher go to the yard, and
play for about 20 minutes, if the weather is extreme, they play in the
classroom. Then they return to work on any unfinished paper of the day or
they have Art. They paint, cut, paste, model. or do anything to express
their creativity. At 3:30, students clean their tables, and get ready to go
home. Once they have their homework papers and their planner books, they
pack up and get out of the classroom. At 3:45 they are dismissed and one
more school day, is over.
Maria L. Rocha