Structured and predictable so that children feel safe, comfortable, and at home. Yet flexible enough to adapt for visitors, special activities, and unique needs. Our baseline schedule goes like this:
Arrival, Attendance, and Welcome
9:00 am – 9:15 am and 12:30 pm- 12:45 pm
We greet children as they arrive. Children wash hands. We introduce the day’s theme and activities on the daily routine picture board. Job Chart: Each child gets a different job to do each day to build responsibility, self-confidence, and teamwork.
Free Choice Playtime, Academic & Creative Learning Activities
9:15 am – 10:00 am and 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
An opportunity to use toys that promote thinking, learning, and creativity: table games, puzzles, fine motor manipulatives, role playing/pretend area, blocks, science center, cars, trucks, Legos, and more. Our academic and creative learning activities focus on understanding language arts, math and science, social studies and creative arts, through hands-on project-based learning. Art projects enhance creative learning and provides a sense of accomplishment and pride.
10:00 am - 10:10 am and 1:30 pm – 1:40 pm
Children learn to take care of the classroom toys, to respect another’s property, and how to clean up as a team.
10:10 am – 10:30 am and 1:40 pm – 2:00 pm
Children learn new songs and fingerplays that pertain to the weekly theme. They may use this time for “Show and Tell.” Children participate in circle games, music, musical instruments and rhythm exploration, stories and flannel board activity. We discuss our themes, special days and activities, the calendar, months, days of the week—and we chart the weather.
Quiet Time, Snack Time
10:30 am – 11:00 am and 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Children listen to quiet music, choose a book, and relax. As children finish their books, they individually use the restroom and wash hands before a snack. At snack time, children learn table manners, taste different foods, and socialize.
Activities Outside or In Gym
11:00 am – 11:25 am and 2:30 pm – 2:55 pm
Children learn new skills, develop large muscle co-ordination, learn to play fair and share, either outside or in the gym depending on the weather.
End of the Day
11:25 am – 11:30 am and 2:55 pm – 3:00 pm
Time to say goodbye. We prepare to leave, gathering jackets, backpacks, artwork, and parent information to take home.