Our schedule is meant to provide children with a reliable rhythm during their time with us. This allows children to know what to expect ahead of time and focus on the learning at hand. We also know that children’s needs and focused learning fluctuate and so you may find that we make modifications.
7:30 Open, before care available
8:45 All children have arrived! Welcome circle, Classroom work
10:00 Outdoor learning
3:30 Afternoon play
4:30 School ends, after care available
While at school, children are served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. These meals are included with tuition and are an integrated part of our Food and Nutrition Curriculum. As per the USDA food program guidelines, each meal includes an age appropriate portion of various food groups.
The food is cooked onsite by the teachers and seasonal, local and organic food is prioritized as well as food grown onsite. Children are invited to participate in food preparation as often as appropriate including a ritual of making soup and bread weekly. We eat “family style” and children assist in setting the table, serving themselves and clearing their place when they’re finished eating. Meals are a social time, when teachers eat with children and everyone in encouraged to enjoy the food and time together.
During meals, children are all asked to join the group at the table and put some of each type of food on their plates. However, children always get to decide which foods they try and how much they eat. At each meal we learn about the the foods being served, including the nutritional benefit of choosing to eat it. We always encourage children to listen to their bodies, especially when it comes to eating and feeling full. Everyone clears their own space after meals; composting uneaten food, stacking dirty dishes, cleaning up spills and washing their hands and faces.
We will work together with families to make a plan for a child that has a dietary restriction due to allergies, medical conditions, moral or religious exemptions.
Engaged learning can be exhausting, and a mid-day rest is the way we honor the hard work our bodies and brains do during the day. After lunch, each child is asked to spend
time relaxing quietly on a cozy resting mat. During the beginning of the rest period a teacher may read aloud, sing or play soft music. Then children will be given some time to rest independently, and sleep if they need to. Towards the end of the rest period, children who are awake will be invited to do some quiet work on their resting mat which might including reading books, writing in a journal, drawing, doing yoga, or working on a puzzle. Finally, children who are awake will be asked to clean up their resting materials and children who are asleep will be allowed to keep sleeping.
Most children will be on their way towards independent use of the toilet by the time they are old enough to enroll in our preschool program. However, we welcome children with all levels of mastery and constancy. We practice Elimination Communication (EC). Human waste will be discussed as a normal everyday part of life and children will learn about elimination as a biological response to the many functions of our amazing bodies. We will also respect the complicated task of mastering the use of the toilet and will never respond with disgust or an attempt to shame or embarrass children who are still working towards consistent toilet use. We will use the actual names of body parts involved with elimination including penis, urethra, vulva, and anus. Children at all levels of independence will be encouraged to participate and learn relevant skills during toileting. This includes removing their own clothes, cleaning their own bodies, dressing themselves and cleaning up any soiled items as they are able.