A daily schedule is implemented as part of the curriculum but always allows flexibility for the use of emergent teaching and learning. Our five primary daily curriculum areas include:
- Greetings and Departures
- Gatherings and Meetings
- Time to Explore and Investigate
- Snack Time
- Nature Activities and Outside Play
Greetings and Departures
Arriving and departing school is an important process where each child is greeted upon arrival, removes their shoes, puts on slippers, hangs up coats and bags, washes hands and signs in. Self-help skills and process are a valuable aspect of the child’s education.
Gatherings and Meetings
We gather each morning for circle time which presents an opportunity to listen, share, develop vocabulary and implement cognitive and social activities. Lessons may include movement, dance, weather/seasons, finger plays, felt board stories, science, reflections and daily anticipations.
Time to Explore and More
Children explore the learning centers set up throughout the school. Many will not change physically but will have rotating tools and materials while others will change to introduce or support new concepts. These may include math, science, writing, art, sensory experiences, woodworking (fine motor skills), and imaginative play (one of the best activities to develop the frontal lobe area of the brain). These are all based on ideas and interests of the children. During this time teachers gather information through observation and documentation of the children’s learning development and interests.
Children bring a piece of fruit each week for a group fruit salad and other snacks that are prepared by the teachers and children. The four year olds bring a lunch one day a week. Snack is served family style and a teacher sits with the children each day. We encourage healthy eating habits!
Nature and Outside Play
Children run, dig, ride bikes, climb, swing, pump water for hauling to drains and pipes, play in a fort, float boats in the pond or down the waterfall, and make mud to scoop and stir. Our outside environment is created with natural materials and designed to encourage interactions between children and nature. We have spaces for children to think and pretend alone and places to dig for shells, rocks, and treasure with friends. Our amazing natural outside play space provides for outside science, art, and construction.
“Our task regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible.” Loris Malaguzzi