A Day at School

 

Please note that actual times may vary based on classroom and grade level.

 

Time Content Description
7:30 – 7:55 Arrival and Breakfast Students are greeted by teachers, staff, and friends as they arrive before beginning their day with a healthy and energizing breakfast (optional)..
8:00 – 8:20 Morning Community Meeting
Move this World
Community meeting allows students to feel a sense of belonging and to let them know school is fun. Participating in shared social and emotional learning creates a common language and helps with regulation skills. Understanding the world around us can be hard work! Meeting time builds and strengthens the classroom community by making connections among students and between students and teachers through greetings, cheers and positive messages.  
8:20 – 8:45 Calendar Math Calendar math helps students learn about the ways we organize time, temperature, and the weather to recognize patterns and review important mathematical understandings.
8:45 – 10:15 Readers Workshop Readers Workshop allows teachers to craft lessons which model key literacy and discussion skills using authentic, meaningful texts. Students have the opportunity to practice modeled skills in small guided reading groups, independently with self-selected books, and in choice literacy centers.
10:25 – 11:05 Related Arts Exploring multiple intelligences and experiential learning is an important part of Explore!’s curriculum. Explorers participate in gardening, Spanish, art, music and fitness and adventure!
11:05 – 11:35 Lunch/Mindfulness Students will enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch and then have the opportunity to rest, focus their thoughts, and re-energize for the afternoon.
11:40 – 12:05 Recess Play is essential for developing creativity and increasing academic achievement. Students at Explore! will enjoy this chance to connect with their friends, cultivate their imaginations, exercise, and have fun! (Please note that kindergarteners and first graders experience two recesses per day.)
12:10 – 12:40 Content Literacy or Writing During this time students will read and write about the world around us, exploring social studies, science and engineering through non-fiction texts and experiments.
During a writing unit teachers use mentor texts to help students develop their voice and create stories that come from their unique, personal experiences.
12:45 – 1:55 Balanced Math Mathematicians in math inspect equations, participate in number work and solve contextualized word problems on a daily basis. They play games to improve their fact fluency and collaborate to build shared mathematical understanding through the use of strategy walls and discussion!
2:05  – 2:35 Explicit Math During this part of the day mathematicians are working to master one skill a week. Teachers effectively differentiate to ensure that skills are both supported and extended throughout this important time of the day.
2:45 – 3:20 Explorations Students will engage in  purposeful project-based learning, their opportunity to take the knowledge they have gained throughout the day and apply it in authentic, hands-on activities. Students will create works of beauty and worth that they can present and be proud of.
3:20 – 3:35 Recess Play! Play! Play!
3:35 – 3:45 Closing Circle This is a time to celebrate the ways in which we have demonstrated learning and our core values throughout the day. Students are able to share compliments, point out something they have learned or articulate something they are looking forward to!
3:45 Dismissal Students leave for home or transition to after school programming or clubs! After care is available in partnership with the Martha O’Bryan Center.