Times are approximate and vary according to individual and group needs
Arrivals and morning greetings.
8:30am to 10am
Free play with optional art or science activity. Our outdoor learning environment promotes free exploration with guided play, while offering a light, play-based academic component to appeal to the children with emerging desires for literacy and mathematics concepts. Teachers rotate learning materials to align with children's interests and engagement. Some children need a little more guidance as teachers facilitate their acquisition of self-initiative and autonomy. Teachers observe carefully to ensure that all curricular and developmental areas are represented. Children seem to thrive most when they are given the opportunity to engage in interest-driven activities offered in a developmentally appropriate way.
We believe the following learning arenas are crucial to development:
block play (important for mathematical learning, executive functioning like predicting, planning, problem-solving)
art (open-ended art materials always available)
pretend play (make-believe has many benefits socially, emotionally, and cognitively)
science (we often have books and play materials based on a scientific theme we are collectively exploring)
literacy (we rotate books based on children's interest at that time)
developmentally appropriate materials (our toys and materials appeal to a range of developmental levels)
spatial reasoning (puzzles, block play, other works involving use of space, angles, density - all of these concepts contribute to broader mathematical understanding)
free, open-ended play with loose parts (engaged children's creativity and unhindered expression)
Circle time. Lots of music, lots of participation, lots of movement, lots of self expression. Circle time can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 30, depending on the children's engagement, interest and attention span on that particular day. Like everything else, we watch them carefully and follow their lead.
Snacktime and continued outdoor play. The outdoor classroom has the added benefit of enhancing learning through organic play:
large motor (bikes, sand box play, climbing, swinging, running)
sensory (sand, water and mud play)
nature and science (finding bugs, collecting leaves, digging in soil, playing in water, finding "treasures" like pebbles and seeds)
social (group games often emerge outdoors)
pretend play (making food in the mud pie kitchen, acting out stories with friends)
art/science (we tend to do messier, broader encompassing art and science activities outside)
Lunch! This has been a great social hour for the children and a time when they all come together and engage in planning, sharing what's going on for them, or just being silly.
Half day pick ups
Children who attend our half day program are walked outside, where their parents and caregivers are waiting.
Starting August 2022, we will have storytime at 12:30 and half day pick-ups at (or before) 1pm.
Story time often relates to the curriculum topic and will lead us into the afternoon activities as well as reinforce what all of the children are exploring in the current curricular theme.
Begin waking up, snacktime and more free play, usually outdoors.