Daily Routine

The typical day will vary depending on the age of the group and schedule. However, below you will find a sample of what you might see in a preschool class.

8:30-9 – Flexible Drop off, Table Toys/ Drawing/Fine Motor Activities
9-9:20 – Morning Meeting
9:20-10:25 –Learning Centers
10:25-10:30 – Toileting/hand-washing
10:30-10:45 – Snack of fresh fruit and vegetables
10:45-11:45 – Outside time
11:45-11:50 –Wash hands
11:50-12:00 – Music Time/Reflection
12:00 – Dismissal for half day
12:00-12:30 – Lunch
12:30-12:40 – Clean up/prepare for rest
12:45-2:30– Rest Time/nap time
1:30-2:30– Quiet Project Time (for those children not napping beyond 1:30)
2:30-2:40 – Clean up cots/sheets
2:40-3:00 – Music & Good-bye circle/Reflection
3:00pm – Dismissal

Early Drop Off (7:45am-8:30am)
At early drop off, children will have space to finish eating or eat any breakfast they bring with them and will have access to puzzles and games and art activities. All children dropped off early will be downstairs. Upstairs children will be picked up around 8:25 and led upstairs to start their day.

Extended Day (3:00 to 6:00pm)
3:00-3:30 – Snack, bathroom/hand washing, put on t-shirt
3:30-4:30 – Outside Time
4:30 – 5:15 – Project Time
5:15 – 5:30 – Clean up/Pack up
5:30-6:00 – Music/Read Aloud

Explanation of Routine

Table Toys will consist of various items such as play dough (which children could make with teacher), puzzles, beads to string, stamps and crayons or other age-appropriate manipulatives. This time allows children to become engaged in an activity and transition toward separating from their caregivers.

Morning meeting or circle time will consist of a participatory hello song, talking about the daily schedule and sharing ideas or happenings from the previous day. At times, a story will be integrated. We may also include theme-appropriate songs, songs including counting and days of the week. Children may recall information or ask questions and sometimes will present to the group.

Choice time will vary the most depending on the day. At times, it will consist of a typical preschool choice time where children can play in a kitchen area, puppet area, with an easel or art center, or blocks. On other days or other times, special projects or activities could be one of the choices such as making play dough, playing instruments and making music, cooking, or doing a science experiment.

Outside Time will utilize a local playground either on 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue or Slope Park.

The time for bathroom check and washing of hands is approximately one hour into the class. All children will be offered to try the bathroom if they are being potty trained, and all children will wash their hands before snack. Children do not need to be potty trained to attend, but we will assist you in this if you are working on it at home. Please let us know.

Snack time is a great time for children to socialize with each other and learn life skills. During this time, children will pass and share items, work on pouring water into cups and drinking out of them, and connect with their peers. Oftentimes some of the best conversations in toddlers and preschoolers can be overheard at snack time.

Music time will consist of singing some of the children’s favorite songs and playing instruments together. We will work on musical concepts of fast and slow and loud and soft (quiet) as well as playing on your own (solo) or with a group.