Daily Schedule for Classroom 3
7:30-8:30: Early Arrival: After parents’ sign-in (located in each child’s classroom) children wash their hands, child signs-in at the clip board, a health check and verbal check-in will be conducted by one of the classroom teachers with the child and whoever is dropping off that morning. Children have free play until classroom teacher picks them up.
8:30-9:25: Outside Play/Big Yard time: The children are welcome to participate in open activities in our yard. There is a stage/deck, rocket ship, and other props and spaces to support dramatic play. We have a large sand box and often dig lakes, rivers and mountains. The beehive, monkey bars, tricycles, scooters, balls, spider web, all offer opportunities for large/gross motor movement and development. Children also have opportunities with sensory activities.
9:30ish-10:00ish: Morning Meeting: As we transition from outside into the classroom, we gather together as a community to enjoy songs, participate in games, word of the week, weather chart, different jobs from the ‘Job chart’, story, Family culture share shelf and talk about our day. It is a time were the children have an opportunity to listen, learn about each other and develop an ability to focus in a large group setting. We will share the myriad of activities being offered in each of the area of the classroom and then children are given the opportunity to choose where they want to start their day.
10:00ish-11:10: Inside Choices: Children choose from the learning materials and areas of interest in the classroom. We offer special projects and materials which foster growth in the carious developmental domains. Children participate in sensory activities, build with manipulative materials and blocks, and use their imagination with dramatic-play props, books, art and writing. Numerous opportunities from community building and problem solving occur during this time.
10:00-10:40: Hand washing and morning snack: A healthy snack is one of the choices offered. Children are welcome to come to the snack table as they wish throughout this period. We encourage everyone to eat if they feel hungry. Sometimes we also utilize this time and space for initiating cooking projects.
11:10ish-11:45: Clean-up and Small Group time: Together we restore the classroom! We aim to make clean up both fun and brief so children can be successful without feeling overwhelmed. Small Group time: Children are divided into 2 groups. For the children it is an opportunity to take turns, listen and participate in a smaller group discussion. Some of the activities the children will participate in are Tree observation, Yoga, Meditation, personal journals, cooking, science, writing without tears, science, outside play and many more activities.
11:50-12:20: Hand washing and Lunch: We gather together to eat our lunches.
12:30 PM (half day) children are picked up.
12:30-12:45: Rest time stories (Author of the month)
12:45-2:30: Rest/Nap time: Every child has a mat and a rest space. We play soft music and turn off the lights. Our hope is that children have an opportunity to rest their bodies, and whenever appropriate, take a nap.
1:25: Afternoon Program: The children who are awake will join the afternoon teachers in the big yard. Those who are asleep usually asleep until they wake up on their own, however, if they are still asleep at 2:30, they will be gentle woken up and transition outside with the afternoon group. From this point of the day forward the children play in a mixed age setting.