Our classroom schedule is a series of pictures taken by my co-teacher with the characters used in our curriculum. I love this idea! I think they came out so cute! My favorite part is that it is easy to see exactly what time and part of the schedule we are at. There is a little star that we move from picture to picture that indicates the block we are in. The schedule is at student eye level and really all of us teachers refer to it throughout the day. Do you like this idea? What would you do different?
Special Education Teacher Schedule
I’m the ECSE Teacher (early childhood special education teacher) in my classroom. I have a schedule for my teacher assistant and I. I also have a schedule for students who come half day to preschool. My school offers part time for our ECSE students and depending on their needs they may do a morning session or part time self-contained in the afternoon. Does you preschool or elementary except half day students?
The staff schedule let’s my teacher assistance and I know what we are doing throughout the day. In addition, it helps if either one is absent as doubles as substitute plans. My administrator can also look at my schedule and see where I am at/what I’m doing at that time to support students. It is still very early in the school year therefore the schedule its very generic at the moment. As soon as we start getting more students with high needs, these schedules will become a little more detailed.
Individual Student Schedule
Schedules vary on student needs. I love this visual schedules bundle for those students who need more detailed visual schedule. I use a lot of FIrst, Then Boards for my students to help them stay on task,and focus on the goal. In Pre-K the classroom schedule is a big help for all students and the classroom is covered in so many visuals which benefits all students. I have a circle time visuals for my p.m. students in the afternoon. Do you have mini visual schedules throughout your room?
A big one in self contained pre-k is the 1,2,3 workstation visual schedule. The assignments or activities are labeled 1, 2, and 3. Then, the cards have visual pictures with numbers 1, 2, and 3 on them that they then attach to the velcro board sheet as soon as they finish the assignment. This type of schedule promotes organization and independence.
Lastly, the student daily schedule is laminated, and is provided to students with a dry erase marker. The student is responsible for checking off throughout the day. This helps with independence, self help skills, anxiety, provides structure and helps keep the student on track. This picture schedules are perfect for non readers. Do you prefer real pictures?
Check out this blog post to see another take on Pre-K classroom schedules!