ARRIVAL, BREAKFAST AND FREE PLAY
Class begins each day inside. Adults dropping off their children take them inside and assist in putting away backpacks and extra clothes. Students then go to eat breakfast and participate in morning free play.
We gather, greet each other, review our weekly concepts, weather, messages, and sing songs.
During activity time, students gather with their teacher for a 30 minute activity. Students join in conversation, engage in music and movement activities, participate in pre-literacy and math activities, sing songs and participate in other whole-group activities. This setting also gives the teacher the opportunity to focus on a particular skill set, promoting individualized learning.
OUTDOOR PLAY AND EXPLORATION
Students enjoy supervised, unstructured play time in the outdoor classroom. They play in the playhouse, loose parts area, open grassy area or even the large vegetable garden.
INDOOR FREE PLAY
Students participate in free play while the teacher prepares for lunch.
We eat family style. Eating with the children in this manner allows us to model manners, and healthy eating behaviors.
Students gather in the reading area to listen to a few stories from books owned by the school or brought in from the local library.
Students rest each day after story time. They may chose to rest indoors or outdoors. We provide a resting cot and sheet for each student. However, children may bring a favorite blanket, pillow or stuffed animal that will fit into their individual cubbies. All students are encouraged to rest but those who do not nap will be given a quiet activity to work on.
SNACK AND OUTDOOR PLAY
After we are rested, children return their nap items to their cubbies and use the restroom. We then head outside for an afternoon snack and more supervised outdoor playtime and exploration. Depending on the weather and the children's wants, we will often stay outside until the sun goes down and skip indoor play.
Children are free to chose an activity to do or station to play at indoors. Whether it is art, puzzles, blocks, dramatic play, or any of the other areas we have.
Students gather in the front room where we do puzzles, read or play games until they are picked-up.