7:45-9:00 am GREET CHILDREN and PARENTS
Parents can relay important messages and sign in their child. Many children have their own good-bye ritual that helps them with this morning transition.
7:45-10:00 am FREE PLAY
Children can choose where they want to play. Free play allows for personal discovery and is an important part of our day. Children tend to concentrate more and extend their learning when they can choose most of their own activities.
All classroom areas are open: block corner, dress-up room, art room, science corner, outdoor play, manipulatives and books.
9:00-10:10 am ART PROJECT
Open-ended projects that inspire creativity and exploration are presented daily. Children are encouraged to participate but are not required to do so.
9:00-10:00 am SNACK PREPARATION
Children are encouraged to help prepare a healthy vegetarian snack. They can practice cutting, pouring, measuring, mixing and cracking eggs! When children participate in preparing meals, they are more likely to try new foods.
10:15-10:30 am GROUP TIME
Different activities are planned each day. Some group times involve all the children; others involve children meeting in their small groups.
The daily schedule is as follows:
Monday: Sharing. In small groups children have the opportunity to talk about a subject of their choice or bring something from home to share.
Tuesday: Kinder Gym. A group of children attend class each week at My Gym, an age-appropriate physical skills program located at 501 Minnesota St.
Wednesday: Spanish Group. With the help of Pepe, our puppet from Colombia, children have fun learning classification concepts; color, shape, size and sequence are explored through storytelling, songs and funny words in Spanish.
Thursday: Dramatic Storytelling. Children dictate stories to our Preforming Arts Specialist and later act them out with their peers on our stage.
Friday: Small Groups. Children meet with their group teacher to share their thoughts, discuss issues important to them, engage in a science experiment or go on a mini field trip.
10:30 am SNACK TIME
Children eat family style, serving themselves, passing dishes and enjoying conversation.
10:45-12:00 p.m. FREE CHOICE
All areas of the school are open. Additional options are: Monday Yoga, Wednesday Music, Thursday Dramatic Storytelling and Friday Woodworking.
11:50-12:00 p.m. CLEAN UP TIME with the children.
Teachers and children put toys and games back where they belong. This activity gives a sense of organization to the classroom that is comforting to most preschoolers. We are not perfect housekeepers yet but we try!
12:00-12:30 p.m. LUNCH TIME
12:30-1:00 p.m. FREE PLAY
12:45-2:00 p.m. CAMPERS
Children listen to story tapes, have their backs rubbed and often fall asleep.
1:15-2:00 p.m. CAVERS
This a quiet time when children can read, listen to stories or draw in their rest books while listening to soft music.
2:00-3:00 p.m. ART PROJECT
The children who are awake can participate in the afternoon art project or use materials independently.
2:15-3:00 p.m. SNACK PREPARATION
3:00 p.m. TRANSITION TIME
The “Three O’Clockers” leave at this time. Teachers help children get ready to go home.
3:30-3:50 p.m. GROUP TIME
For the Full Time program afternoon groups are more intimate. Teachers offer special music, dance, Spanish and story groups.
3:45 p.m. SNACK TIME or CAFÉ
Snack is offered in a buffet style setting at the Buen Dia Café on some days.
4:00-6:00 p.m. FREE PLAY
All the areas of the school are open for the children to enjoy.
5:00-6:00 p.m. THE LAST HOUR OF THE DAY
This is a relaxed time of day when children can enjoy quiet play and more individual attention. Some children look forward to helping teachers clean and organize the classrooms for the next day’s activities. Tea Time often take place late in the day when chamomile or mint tea and whole grain crackers are served in “real” ceramic teacups.
This schedule is a general outline and changes somewhat from day to day depending on the needs of the children, special presentations by parents or community members and on field trips. Spanish is spoken every day in general conversation between children and teachers.