This schedule is flexible based on the needs of the children, the weather, and any spontaneous learning opportunities. This is a sample that includes the different types of components to the daily schedule.
|8:00–10:15 a.m.||Exploration of Environmental Possibilities
As children arrive they are given the opportunity to explore the possibilities for learning that the environment offers and make choices about the materials and people they wish to engage with.
|9:30–10:00 a.m.||Small Group Work
Teachers facilitate and support the children’s play and expand the children’s interests with a wide variety of interactions and activities. Ongoing project work may also occur at this time.
|9:45–10:15 a.m.||Self-Serve Snack
Children can help themselves to an individually wrapped light snack.
|10:15 a.m.||Transition Song
Children are cued visually as lights are turned out and a jingle is sung preparing children for clean up time.
|10:20–10:30 a.m.||Clean-up Song/Clean-up Time
The children clean the room to restore order for the next work time. They learn to take pride in a neat and orderly space that affords them the confidence of knowing where things are.
|10:30–10:50 a.m.||Morning Group Time
The whole group gathers for a discussion on the current events taking place in the classroom, news of future events, children discussion and sharing, stories and songs may be shared.
|10:50–11:00 a.m.||Transition to Outdoor Time
All the children are toileted and helped to dress for outdoors (weather permitting). Materials and toys are gathered for outdoor fun. When appropriate, project work and/or small group work may occur outside.
|11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.||Outdoor Time
The children play outdoors weather permitting. Walks in the neighborhood/campus and visits to community organizations may take place at this time as well. Team members actively participate in children’s play, supporting and extending their ideas.
Lunch is a shared time. Children and team members enjoy socializing and purposefully engage in meaningful conversation. Children develop their social and self help skills during this time.
|12:30–1:00 p.m.||Transition to Rest Time
When children are finished eating, they gather in the meeting area where songs, stories, finger plays, and games are shared. The children are given the opportunity to use the bathroom before rest. Adults assist children in preparing to rest.
|1:00–2:00 p.m.||Rest Time
The room is darkened and soothing music or audio stories are played. The children are given the option of drawing and writing on a clipboard with paper. Team members encourage children to tune into their internal needs responding appropriately.
|2:00–2:05 p.m.||Transition to wakefulness and activity
Sleeping children awaken on their own. Children who are awake put away their mats and supplies, and begin to select an activity.
|2:05–3:15 p.m.||Exploration of Environmental Possibilities
Children who become self engaged or return to a previous activity continue what they are doing. Teachers will set up the environment to engage children?s interest and support them in exploring other materials and experiences.
|2:30–3:00 p.m.||Small Group Work
Teacher’s facilitate and support children’s play and work with a wide variety of activities and interactions. Project work and/or small group work may also occur.
|3:15–3:30 p.m.||Cleanup Transition
See 10:15 a.m.
|3:30–3:45 p.m.||Story Time
The afternoon meeting time focuses on a book with a story that can be enjoyed more in depth. Discussions frequently come from reflection of the story as it relates to the children and their experiences.
|3:45–4:00 p.m.||Snack time
This is served family style and shared with team members who model appropriate behavior and engage the children in conversation.
|4:00–4:10 p.m.||Transition to Outdoor Time
All the children are toileted and helped to dress for the weather. Materials and toys are gathered for outdoor fun. When appropriate, project work and/or small group work may occur outside.
|4:10–5:00 p.m.||Outdoor Time
The children play outdoors weather permitting. Team members actively participate in children’s play, supporting and extending their ideas.
|5:00–5:30 p.m.||Quiet Play / Preparing for Pick-up
Team members help children wash hands and face, share conversation, and experiences with children. Drawing equipment, books and finger plays are available.
Director, Alice Brown Early Learning Center
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
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