Older Toddlers: Daily Rhythm

Arrival & Drop Off Outdoors

The classroom is a quiet space for parents and children to use during their drop off routine. All children will join the group out on the play yard for morning play outdoors.

Outdoor Play & Exploration on the Play Yard

Small Group Comes in for Cooking Project & Snack Preparation

Seasonal Circle (9:00am)

When the weather is nice, circle will be held on the deck. The group will transition inside at the end of circle for morning snack

Morning Snack (9:15am)

Room Play

The areas of the room are open and educators intentionally set up materials and play scenes for children to interact with and explore. All children take a turn using the toilet or having a diaper change during this time.

Play Yard / Woods Walk

In the beginning of the year, the group stays on the play yard while relationships between caregivers and children are formed. Later in the year, the group will go for a short walk through the play yard, the woods next to the center or the grassy area across the street.

Lunch (11:30am)

Book and Story Time

The children will gather together after lunch to look at books and be read to by educators. During this time they will take a turn using the bathroom/having a diaper change, brushing their teeth and readying themselves for rest.

Rest (12:30/12:45)

Wake Up Routine

As children awake they may get off their mats at their own pace, this time may include spending some one on one time with an educator, looking at a book on their mat or lying quietly . When they are ready, they have a wake up routine. They clean up their nap space, use the bathroom, and wash their face. If children wake much earlier than others they can spend time outdoors before coming in for snack.

Snack (3:00pm)

Outdoor Play

When children are done with snack they get ready to go outside. This outdoor time is spent on our play yard exploring the various outdoor activities and materials for the week. The curriculum plan each week will include outdoor plans.

Afternoon Room Play (4:30pm)

Children come in from outdoors by 4:30 to have time indoors before getting ready to go home. The room is open for play and there are quiet table top activities offered wtih a focus on fine motor play.

Good-bye Circle (4:50pm)

End of Day Routine

AFter the room is tidied up the educators and children will engage in story time and finger plays while parents are arriving. Small baskets for individual play are available as well.