Daily Schedule

At Discovery Trails, a  typical day in the life of your child will look like this…

Children marching around a room with red and blue stackable cups on their heads.
8:15–8:45 Transition – The students begin the day with social activities that help them transition from home to school. Students and parents are encouraged to do activities together at our Morning Mission Table.
8:45–9:30 Group Activities – Children 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 during this active teacher-guided time.  Emergent reading and writing, letter recognition and alliteration, patterning, estimating, counting, graphing, observing, testing and number recognition are just some skills supported during our morning group events.
9:30–10:00 Snack Break – Children enjoy their healthy snack brought from home as they socialize and bond with peers and teachers.
10:00–10:45 Outdoor Play – Outdoor play is an essential part of a young child’s life. An unstructured social play has been proven to enhance academics and reinforces social skills.

Specials – During this time, Discovery Trails has arranged for positive experiences by outside teachers and experts.  Our specials include S.T.E.A.M., Art/Drama, Sign Language, Music, and Physical Education (P.E.).

Specials Contribute to Enriching School Culture and are Valuable Enhancement to Learning, Evident in the Following Ways:

  • Art:  Increased reading, more likely to participate in social services, more likely to be good at math and science​
  • Music:  Increases listening skills, more self-disciplined and relieves stress​
  • PE:  Promotes lifelong fitness and health, stress self-management and helps children retain information longer​
  • Sign Language:  Improves communication skills, encourages motor skills, Helps children remember words because there is muscle memory involved, and the more senses involved in learning, the greater memory retention the child will have ​
  • S.T.E.A.M.: Teaches kids how to think, not what to think, prepares children for solving global problems​


11:45–12:00 Rhyme-a-Week Literacy Program– A phonological awareness program focusing on word families.
12:00–12:30 Lunchtime – This 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.  Children bring their own food that can be cold or heated in our microwave.
12:30-1:00 Children practice life skills as they prepare for rest time then settle in with some storytime shared with teachers.
1:00-1:30 Rest Time – Time to relax…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 a 24 hour period.
1:30-2:00 Children who do not need extra rest at this time work one on one with a teacher focusing on their Individual Learning Plan.
2:00-3:00 Learning Centers – These are stations set up in the classroom that 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
3:00-3:25 Literacy-Based Activities – journaling, letter recognition, and alliteration. Emergent reading and emergent writing go hand in hand.  Children 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, play!
3:15 Children greet their parents after a busy day and share what they have learned and enjoyed.