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A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner

Journey back to the start of school and walk yourself and your child through a fun-filled day of Kindergarten learning at our tuition-free charter school. Let’s explore!

Kindergarten Morning Routine

Each and every student is greeted at the door by their teacher, with a warm smile and the child’s preferred way of being greeted–some choose a fist bump, others a hug, and some a high five. You’ll notice that even our youngest students wear uniforms unless it’s Friday, then you might notice Kindergartners wearing their brightly colored spirit gear


As we welcome everyone to our day, students begin working on small group or individual activities with the help of an instructional assistant. Routine is important in Kindergarten, and by the end of the first month of school, our students are well-versed in going about their routine independently. 


Next, we all move to the carpet for our morning meeting. This is a chance to come together and share about our upcoming day, chat about events, and celebrate (especially if someone lost a tooth last night!). We also complete our class calendar and discuss the day’s weather. This time may look informal, but very important vocabulary and community building is happening during morning meetings.

7 students at Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School stand in line while waiting to play a game outdoors.

Daily Subject Learning

After the morning meeting, we transition to subject area learning. Our native-Spanish speaking teachers teach through Spanish for 80% of our day, which means that all Kindergarten subjects, except Language Arts and PE, are taught in Spanish. 


Language Arts is taught by a specialist teacher who visits our classroom, but we travel to the gymnasium for our 30 minutes of daily PE. Art is integrated into our classroom activities and we get to visit our beautiful library, as well. 


We know that great learning involves lots of movement, singing, rhyming, and play and we incorporate these principles into the day to make learning fun and authentic. Students rotate between a variety of small and large groups, activities, and project time. We keep our youngest learners moving and engaged and our Kindergarten classroom is a lively and fun place to learn!

Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School teacher Angie Tirado smiles for a photo with 2 kindergarten students eating lunch in the classroom.


Everyone’s Favorite: Lunch & Recess

All this learning works up an appetite. Kindergarteners enjoy a daily hot lunch (or sack lunch) in our classroom. We also break for snacks during the day–5 year old tummies are small! After a nourishing meal, students head outside for 20 minutes of recess to burn off extra energy and breathe in the fresh air. 

Closing the Day

As our day winds down, we begin our end-of-day routine. Students have a rotation of classroom jobs to help develop responsibility and pride in our school. They clean the classroom, pack their own backpacks and say goodbye to teachers and friends.


Kindergarten pick-up is earlier than the rest of the school to help provide the additional time our youngest students need to wrap up their day. We also notice that a slightly shorter day is a wonderful transition to full-time school for both students and families.


Are you ready to jump into Kindergarten? How will you greet the teacher? With a fist bump, a hug or maybe a smile? We can’t wait to have you join us. If you haven’t yet enrolled, you can check out our enrollment page or chat with our office staff to learn more. School starts August 28th!


About Arco Iris

Arco Iris Spanish Immersion is a small tuition-free public charter school providing a rich, immersive Spanish language experience and robust academics in a true multicultural setting. Centrally located off 217, between SW Portland and Tigard, we serve K-5 students in the greater Beaverton area to become bilingual and biliterate leaders of the future. Come see why we’ve earned the title Oregon’s #1 charter school. We’re enrolling for Fall 2023-24.