7:45 - 8:30 Teacher preparation of environment and discussion
8:30 - 9:00 Children's Arrival/Discovery Time
Teachers walk children into school and help them start the day. Children choose activities in the front of the room: art, sensory table, playdough or clay, science center, library, writing center, puzzles, games, building sets, blocks, or the "caves."
9:00 - 9:15 Morning Meeting/Large Group Time
The whole class comes together to share music, movement, puppets and literature as well as new information relating to class activities, interests and projects.
9:15 - 9:30 Focus activities and Gym
The teachers will divide the children into groups to facilitate an activity at a learning center or in the gym. The activities and groupings are chosen based on curriculum goals as well as the individual goals and interests of the children. Teachers may bring an open ended question to the group to spark curiosity and encourage exploration and inquiry related to the activity. At times a specific skill will be addressed through play based activities. One group will start in the gym before their focus activity, and others will rotate in throughout free play after their focus groups. Large motor skill development is facilitated by teachers through encouragement and engagement in motor challenges and games.
9:30 - 10:15 Free Play
Children and teachers play together in learning centers throughout the classroom. Teachers observe, facilitate and support children's play and interactions.
10:15 - 10:25 Clean up, bathroom, and handwashing
10:25 - 10:45 Whole group snack and dress for outdoor play
10:45 -11:15 Outdoor play on the playground
The teachers intentionally set up the outdoor environment and plan activities that incorporate the children's play preferences while providing motor challenges. Specific large motor skills are addressed through group games.
11:15 -11:30 Pick-up time/End of day story reading
Teachers wait with children and read stories until parents arrive. Children are brought to their cars for departure.
11:30 -1:00 Teacher clean up and discussion
When small groups begin, they will meet from 9:15 to 9:35 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.