Bush Elementary School UPK teacher Terry Smith helps students transition from Circle Time to Work Time by encouraging them to tell the class puppet, Humpty Dumpty, their plans. Mrs. Smith asks students to begin thinking about what they plan to do during Work Time by observing who completes a plan, who changes their plan and who can elaborate on their plan. Planning in the beginning can be as simple as pointing or bringing something to the circle that they plan to use. Throughout the school year, planning increase in difficulty. By the end of the year, students are writing a word for their plan, using the sounds they hear or signs found throughout the room.
Part of the Universal Prekindergarten experience is helping students learn life skills, such as how to plan their day. Students learn that sometimes plans do not work out but they discuss what happened and what can be done tomorrow, or what other materials are needed to complete the intended plan.