Picture Schedule Cards

Preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten printable daily schedule picture cards.

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Daily Picture Schedule Cards

Having a picture schedule in a pocket chart is a must for all early childhood classrooms.

What is a Picture Schedule?

Our daily schedule is displayed sequentially in a pocket chart and a clothespin is moved down at the beginning of every transition to indicate what we are doing. Each activity is represented by a picture and the word on a card.

Why Use a Picture Schedule?

Using a pocket chart to display your daily schedule helps create smooth transitions by giving your students a visual reminder of what is happening or is going to happen in class.

A picture schedule can help:

  • Ease separation anxiety by allowing children to see a visual representation of the day. When an anxious child begins to see the clip moving towards the bottom they know it is getting closer to the time when they will be reunited with their loved ones. How many times have you heard “I want to see my mommy!” on the first day of school? Or how about “When is lunch?” All of these problems are greatly diminished with the consistent use of a picture schedule.
  • Those students who have difficulty “finishing” a task and moving on to the next. The two minute gentle reminder paired with the physical movement of the clip and the song helps them with the transition process.
  • Your students learn the routines and procedures more quickly. When they are familiar with the routine you will save time on transitions and gain time for learning. Just think, if you waste 5 minutes on average per transition and you have 8-12 transitions in a day (maybe more) that adds up quickly! Add up all the instructional minutes lost throughout the year and you will be shocked. A picture schedule will help you add more learning into your day so you can help your students meet the standards.

Printable picture schedule cards for preschool and kinder via www.pre-kpages.com

How to use a picture schedule

First, hang the chart in your large group area at the student’s eye level. Next, place the picture cards in the pocket chart in the order in which they occur with the first activity at the top. Then, reference the chart each and every time you transition from one activity to the next. Say something like “It’s almost time for Math; I’m going to move the clip down to Math in two minutes.” Sing a quick chant or song when it’s time to transition to re-direct the student’s attention. The following chant is simple and does the trick:

Tune: Farmer in the Dell
It’s time for math now,
It’s time for math now.
Heigh-ho, did you know?
It’s time for math now.

Just change the name of the activity each time you sing it. Soon your students will start to sing along with you as they transition.

When your students become familiar with the routine you can select a student to be the “schedule helper.” The schedule helper is in charge of moving the clip when you begin to sing the transition song.

Printable Picture Schedule Cards for Pocket Charts in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten
Each Daily Schedule Picture Card Packet is 23 pages and includes more than 30 cards for creating your own picture schedule. Each packet is offered in PDF with fillable form fields for easily adding your own text.

Cards for the following activities are included:

  • Lunch {2 versions}
  • Snack
  • Recess
  • Playground
  • Circle Time
  • Read Aloud
  • Math
  • Math Centers
  • Math Stations
  • Math Workshop
  • Literacy Centers
  • Literacy Stations
  • Letter Work
  • Word Work
  • Centers
  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Computers
  • Reading Workshop
  • Writing Workshop
  • Worship
  • Bible
  • Rest Time {2 versions}
  • Calendar
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Small Group
  • Dismissal {2 versions}
  • Morning Meeting
  • Breakfast
  • Table Time
  • Bathroom {2 versions}
  • Language Arts
  • Tooth Brushing {2 versions}
  • Arrival {2 versions}
  • Brain Break
  • Guidance
  • Hand Washing
  • Bathroom {2 versions}
  • Reading Buddies
  • Free Choice

All picture schedule card packets are in PDF format. Each packet offers boxes that you can easily type text into for customization. To type your own text, place your cursor in the appropriate box and click, then type your text and hit ENTER.
Printable picture schedule cards for preschool and kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com

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