Preschool Class Schedules
Each day’s schedule provides opportunities for children to explore and express themselves through art, music and movement, language, math, dramatic play, and hands-on science and creative activities. The day also includes a nature walk and guided hike on the grounds of the Nature Center. Our Preschool runs length of a typical school year, September through May. Themes reflecting seasonal changes in nature provide the basis for daily activities.
A pre-established routine is followed each day. We try to follow a similar schedule day after day so that children can easily anticipate what will happen next. We want them to feel secure and independent, able to move from one activity to another with maximum ease and confidence. When changes to these routines are made, the children will be part of the considerations of how schedule adjustments will be made.
A typical day for all ages involves arrival followed by indoor free choice time where there are multiple areas that children can choose from (e.g. manipulative, art experience, blocks, sensory, quiet area, etc.). Clean-up happens prior to Meeting Time where the class engages in story time, singing, animal ambassador visits, and other group activities. A nutritious snack prepares them for their outdoor adventure that ranges from 30 minutes to 90 minutes typically before the end of the day and pick-up time. All daily activities are age appropriate and engage the young learner in fun and exciting ways.