8:15–8:30The students begin the day with social activities that help them transition from home to school. Students and parents are encouraged to do activities together until school starts at 8:30.
8:30–9:30Children enjoy group activities that support our theme and the skills we are working on. Children begin by getting an introduction with a large group activity. Then the students are broken into smaller groups lead by each teacher. The children then rotate between two or three skill-based activities.
9:30–10:00Children enjoy their healthy snack brought from home as they socialize and bond with peers and teachers.
10:00–10:30Literacy-based activities are included in journaling. Emergent reading and emergent writing go hand in hand. Children will practice drawing, begin writing, listen for letter sounds, play alphabet bingo, share sight word bingo, learn blends, explore phonemes, and enjoy literature-based activities. Movement games and social activities are also planned to teach children about literacy in a way they learn best.
10:30–11:00Outdoor play is an essential part of a young child’s life. Unstructured social play has been proven to enhance academics and reinforces social skills.
11:00–11:30Depending on the day, students will participate in Drama, Art, or PE at this time. Art and Drama are taught by renowned Art and Drama teacher, Diana Ruth. The PE program is integrated and developed by the core teachers to encourage large motor control and developmentally appropriate locomotor skills.
11:30–12:00Teachers plan extra time to promote skills in computers, math and science. Activities that encourage independent computer skills, number recognition, patterning, adding and subtracting, estimating, number value, 1-1 counting, graphing, observing, making hypothesis, testing cause and effect, and learning about the scientific method are planned.
12:00–12:30Lunch time is an important time in the daily life of a child. The relationships and connections made to one another as we learn about manners, health, and nutrition are enhanced.
12:30–12:45Children practice life skills as they prepare for rest time.
12:45–1:00Time to read stories and relax…
1:00–1:30Getting enough sleep and rest is important to the growth and development of children. Preschool aged children need between 10 and 14 hours of rest in any 24 hour period.
1:30–1:45Children who do not need extra rest at this time will be offered quiet activities like journaling, art, playdoh, puzzles, and other planned projects.
1:45–2:45Learning centers are planned and purposeful independent learning experiences. Activities to promote certain skills are offered in art, drama, science, math, blocks, music and movement, computers, library, and writing to allow children time to explore and manipulate on their own and in small groups.
2:45–3:10Our Spanish teacher arrives to teach us the basics of the language, culture, and geography of the Latin American population.
3:10–3:30On a daily basis, activities that support our rhyme-a-week program are offered. Planned projects that reinforce needed skills for reading are emphasized during this time.
3:30–3:45Children greet their parents after a busy day and share what they have learned and enjoyed.