A K-5 DAY AT SLLIS
SLLIS must provide at least 1,044 hours of instruction per year. Lunchtime may not be counted in meeting the minimum instructional hours.
The Weekly Schedule
Our instructional program should help all children acquire basic skills, knowledge, and understanding in each curricular area. The International Baccalaureate (IB) program components extend basic skills by integrating topics throughout the curriculum. The schedule is sufficiently flexible to encourage teachers and students to address emergent needs and topics.
We have a representative weekly schedule for each classroom teacher encompassing experiences in reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, art/music or computer literacy (depending on the campus). These enrichment programs ensure children experience a well-rounded curriculum on a weekly basis, while giving the school flexibility in organizing the instructional program.
Learning is an integrative process, so time spent on any area of the curriculum will vary from day to day. For example, a large block of time scheduled to engage children in a science investigation, which also incorporates appropriate language arts activities, may alter the schedule for that particular day. During another day, students may spend a larger portion of their day on math and problem solving activities.
Children have many opportunities to participate in “hands-on” activities, projects involving both large and small group discussions and independent work. Assessment practices encourage integration of subject or learning experiences and are incorporated into regular instruction to guide students and teachers.
In addition to listing the curricular areas, the daily schedule also includes appropriate time for recess. Recess supports a child’s need for less structured time and to relax without having to be attentive to an instructional activity.
Whole Group Activity
All of the classrooms participate in a whole group activity that includes concepts related to calendars and weather. Through this, we practice counting forward and backward. We learn the days of the week, names of the month and about holidays and special events. Some teachers graph the weather and teach the concept of prediction, estimation, greater than and less than through the use of the graph. We read a morning message and talk about the schedule for the day. Children are also introduced to activities for the day and make a plan for their center/choice time.
Individual Exploration/Free Choice
All of the students take part in center or choice time. During this work time, they are responsible for certain work and may choose when to work on it. With the rest of their time, the children choose activities that may include: building, housekeeping, art, writing, computers, easel painting, puzzles and play dough. The teachers do individual exploration working in small groups supporting math, writing and reading and art activities. We believe that by making their own choices, children will meet our expectations and discover more through following their interests.
Teachers make time for whole group activities at different times during the day. During these times, the group may participate in a story read aloud and activity. Teachers may use this time for student sharing or storytelling. Sometimes, teachers may ask a curriculum related question and have the children graph their answers. Other times, we may play a group game, such as alphabet or number bingo. This time provides a great way to incorporate science, social studies and math into our learning experiences.
Each special class has P.E., Art / Music, or Computer Literacy (this may vary from school buildings) once a week for 40 minutes. Each class visits the library once a week for 40 minutes. The children enjoy these activities and the teachers work hard to plan lessons that build on classroom learning.