ring bells to signal transitions. A
large, simple schedule is posted in each room with times, pictures and arrows. At the bells, staff move the arrows to the
next picture. This simple process virtually
eliminates child/staff power struggles at transitions while it helps children visualize
what’s coming next.
7AM Open Children play with each other and staff. Rooms are opened as staff and children
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Present children are seated at 8:00. Arriving children are invited to eat. When each is finished, they are excused to
free play with staff in the rooms we have open.
9:00 Circle Time Group time with stories and
songs. This is optional. Children who don’t enjoy sitting for stories
or songs may opt out and continue to play.
It is counterproductive to “force” an uninterested child to participate
(and, of course, it doesn’t work). We
have found that happy and engaged kids are a much better inducement. It is not uncommon for children to
participate sometimes and opt out other times.
We find that giving children as many genuine choices as possible during
all parts of the day results in less push back on non-choice events like diaper
changes and hand washing.
11:30 Morning Play When we are playing inside, children move
freely between our staffed activity rooms. All activities are child centered
and open-ended. When we are playing
outside, children move freely between all the areas. They may come and go from the playground to the
Table Room in order to do table activities, have a change of pace, get a drink or
use the bathroom. (Moving indoors and outdoors is NOT an option when we’re
playing inside.) Each year we play outside
for as long as we can, usually about 5 months.
We come indoors to play for about 5 months then we follow the weather
for about 2 months.
11:30 to 1:30 Lunches/Nap/Rest We do not allow
visitors at this time. “First Lunch” is served at 11:30 to the children who take
long naps (usually younger ones) and/or who leave at noon. By 12:15, children and staff are upstairs in
the Block and Reading Rooms. These are now comfy nap rooms, with individual
cots and the children’s personal items like blankets, pillows and snuggle items. (They are always a happy sight for tired
children.) We sing the same songs and tell the same story every day. Children are usually asleep by 12:30 and we begin
waking them up 2:30. Sharon and staff are with the first lunch
“Second Lunch” is served
at 12:20. By 1:00, children and staff are in the Housekeeping and Front Rooms
with their comfy cot set-ups. There
is a pleasant story routine each day. Children
who nap have @ 1 – 1 ½ hour to do so. Those who don’t may finish their rest
after 30 minutes. Awake children play in
the unused downstairs rooms or outside.
Lunch groups are assigned by the Directors. We have 14 kids upstairs and 14 kids downstairs. Jill and staff are with the second lunch
2:40 First Snack Served to the second lunch children in the
Table Room. When finished, these
children either go outside or play in the downstairs rooms until the first
lunch nappers come downstairs at 3:00.
3:00 Second Snack Served to the first lunch children in the Table Room. The other children may play in the five
remaining rooms (or outside). As
children finish their snack, they join their friends at play.
3:15 – 5:15 Afternoon Play Same as morning play. The
rotating 4 week Activity Schedule is posted on the Parent Board.
5:15 – 6:00 Wind Down If we are outside, we clean up the yard @ 5:15 and go back inside @
5:30. We clean up and close rooms as
staff and children leave. It
is our strict policy to always have a minimum of two staff in the yard
and/or on each floor of the house, at all times of the day.
6:00PM – Close Late fees apply after 6:00. UNDER CONSTRUCTION