Heart Centered Multi – Age

Daily Schedule

 

7:00 – 8:00 Extended Day Hours

                Children arrive and have an opportunity to eat breakfast and socialize before starting their day.  Children have a variety of choice activities available for them at this time.  Many activities are sensory based or special holiday/seasonal activities that the children enjoy doing independently.

8:00 – 8:30 Morning Meeting/Calendar Math

                Morning Meeting sets the tone for our entire day.  We greet each other and choose an affirmation for that day.  We observe any special occasions within our community such as a birthday or the arrival of a new pet.  We may sing a song together, read a book, or play a game.

                The calendar and seasons are so important in developing children’s awareness of the world they live in.  Understanding natural rhythms in nature make children feel more secure and comfortable in their lives.  Not only do we do the typical calendar activities, but we also chart the passage of time with the cycles of the moon.  When a full moon is present, special stories such as Owl Moon are shared.

                Children learn many math concepts through calendar each day, including patterning, predicting, counting, and recording.          

9:00 – 11:00 Snack

Snack is open and available to the children continuously during the morning work time.  Children may go to snack once during this time as long as there is a space available.  There may only be two children at snack at any one time.

8:30 – 11:00 Mathematics Work Time & Thematic integration of Science and Social Studies

                Mathematics work time starts each day with a whole group lesson and is then followed by independent work time.  Children are given a block of time in which they may choose to work in depth on one work or choose several independent works to do.  Each student must complete one math workbook page each day during this session.  While most children work independently, small groups of children and individual children are meeting with the teacher on specific skills.

11:00 – 11:50 Outside Play

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 12:45 Free Time

12:45 – 1:30 Guided Relaxation/Yoga and Rest Time

1:30 - 3:00 Literacy Work Time & Thematic integration of Science and Social Studies

                The classroom is differentiated to meet the needs of all of the children.  Children who need work on letter formation and sound correspondence can find these activities to include sand tracing and initial sound sorting, more developed readers will find more challenging word sorts and reading material.  Lots of work copying and tracing precipitates spelling and reading.  As in the mathematics work time, children are working independently while the teacher pulls certain children to work on necessary and specific skills.

3:00 – 5:00 Extended Day Hours

During this time children have their afternoon snack and an outside play time.  The last hour of the day is dedicated to special works the children would like to continue investigating and additional time to use art and craft supplies.

*Science and Social Studies Thematic Integration

Depending on the unit of study there are always science and/or social studies works on the shelves for the children to engage with.  For example, during the study of the apple in September, children have opportunities during the day to do an apple puzzle, sequence the life of an apple tree, and make a book that also depicts the life cycle of an apple tree.  An outing in September will include apple picking followed by apple pie making.  This study of the apple and apple tree will be used to generalize the concepts of plants and life cycles.  Stories about apples will be read and math problems including apples will be introduced.  The apple and the principle of life cycle will infuse our classroom work for a few weeks.

Tuition includes before and after care for students from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The academic day begins at 8:30 and adjourns at 3:00.