Preschool - Daily Rhythm
Arrival and Drop Off Outdoors
The quiet classroom is available for use for a family's drop off routine while the whole group is starting the day outdoors. All children will join the group out on the play yard for morning play when their parents leave.
Outdoor Play & Cooking Projects
Children can choose between staying outdoors on the play yard or coming inside to participate in the daily cooking project. The cooking project coincides with the snack that day and is rhythmic in nature so children can grow accustomed to the cooking procedures.
Morning Seasonal Circle
A seasonal circle takes place for the children to start their day as a group. This also marks the transition from outdoor play to snack.
Snack will be served indoors around 9:15am. See snack schedule for daily offerings
When children are done with snack they will begin their transition back outdoors. They will clean up their space, use the bathroom and get any gear needed for more outdoor time.
Outdoor Play or Walking Trip
Most days the group will go out for a walking trip on campus. The weekly activity plan will include the destination for these trips. During the beginning of the year, when children will benefit or when the weather is poor, the group may stay on the play yard for this time.
Lunch / Story Time
A short oral story is read to children as they eat to help focus their attention and ground them for eating.
Transition & Group Story Reading
After lunch children engage in a transition routine which includes cleaning up from lunch, using the bathroom and then being with the group for story book reading.
Rest time starts with an oral story told to the children who are resting on their mats followed by the educators singing rhythmic lullabies. All children rest for about 45-60 minutes. At 2:00pm children who are awake will transition to quiet play either in or out of the room.
Wake Up Routine
As children awake they can get off their mats at their own pace, this time may include spending some one on one time with an educator. When they are ready they have a wake up routine which includes cleaning up their mat space, using the bathroom, brushing their teeth and washing their face before moving to the snack table.
This outdoor time is spent on the play yard exploring various outdoor activities and materials for the week. The weekly activity plan will include outdoor plans.
Afternoon Indoor Play
The children come indoors for play to get their energy ready for the transition home. During this time there are art activities available as well as invitations for fine motor play.
Afternoon Loft Circle
The group ends their day together as a group in the loft. During this circle time, the children sing songs, participate in finger plays and read a story. As parents arrive to pick up during this time, they will be greeted by an educator in the cubby area and the child will be called down from the loft. This allows the parents and educator to have a moment to catch up before greeting the child.
Tidy Up Jobs and Departure
After the loft circle the children come down and help close the room by helping with some special end of day tasks such as emptying water bottles, dusting, washing tables with warm soapy water or folding laundry.