Our program has a flexible time schedule and a framework that offers plenty of freedom of choice and time to move from one activity to another. We generally begin the day with outside play in our outdoor classroom. The children are then led to our indoor classroom where they can choose from a variety of play centers offering quiet and busy activities. This is the children’s opportunity to play with other children, to manipulate objects and materials, to discover what makes things work, to make mistakes, and to imagine and create. The time span for each activity and the order of activity is up to each child. We conclude the day with a short circle time where we sing songs, read stories, and share. Below is a general outline of our daily routine and transitions:
Daily Schedule and Routines
Please Note: This times are all Approximate
9:00 am / 1:00pm
Arrival/parent drop off outside in outdoor classroom or if uncooperative weather in the Church gym (upstairs). There will be a sign on the Playschool doors indicating whether it is indoor or outdoor play.
Children have a minimum for 20 minutes of free gross motor play. Various toys, equipment or materials (prop boxes) are brought outside or to the gym for children to use, play and explore with.
Approximately 9:20 am/1:20pm or later – a group activity/game may be implemented by the teacher. If children are indicating that they are interested in playing with certain materials or games then the teachers will make the necessary adjustments to see that it can be done (whether as a class or small group activity)
9:30-9:45 am /1:30-1:45pm
Line-up and go indoors/downstairs to coatroom (remove outdoor clothes, put on indoor shoes)
Once inside the classroom we have transition to carpet time: sit quietly and read books on the carpet while waiting for entire class to enter classroom. Children can also chat quietly with the teachers or with their peers.
9:45 am/ 1:45pm
Carpet time Meeting: We introduce our lucky duck for day and parent volunteer. Class discussions are a big part of carpet time. When a group or child has indicated their interest in a topic the meeting at carpet time is when the class as a whole contributes to the topic. We use this meeting as a way to set the children up for learning through play; to invite them into the play experiences we’ve set up around the room.
10 – 11:15 am/ 2 -3:15 pm
Free play in classroom. There is a sand table, water table art center, science center and touch table, manipulative table, puzzle and games area, play-dough table, block center, dramatic play center, puppet theatre, book corner (quiet carpet), and snack center. Children are free to play at any of these centers during the entire 75-minute period. Children bring their own snack and are free to eat it whenever they get hungry. They can eat some, put it away and eat more later if they want. 25 minutes before clean up time we give a warning that anyone who has not had snack to ensure that he/she has a chance to eat it before it’s too late. If children are interested in starting an art project it will be discussed at circle time and then implemented at free-play for anyone to join in.
11:15 am/ 3:15 pm
Cleanup bell and clean up song; transition to circle time by reading books and having quiet conversations with teachers or peers.End of day carpet time: game, song, book or finger play; “best part of our day” with the lucky duck, “thank you” to the parent volunteer; Good-bye song.
11:30 am/ 3:30pm