During this time of day the children are informed about events happening in the classroom.
The purpose of outside time is for the children to work on gross motor skills, enjoy the nature, and engage in a different sort of play than they are able to engage in inside.
Small Group is when a teacher presents an activity to the children. Although this is an adult initiated activity, children are encouraged to contribute ideas of their own or solve problems presented by the teacher or children.
Large group follows small group time and is an opportunity for the children to interact with all the children in the group. During this time the children participate in a structured game, or music and movement activity, which is usually led by the children.
In this picture the children are doing Yoga during large group time.
Planning is where the children are given the opportunity to express their ideas to an adult and see themselves as individuals with the ability to make and act on decisions of their own making.
After planning comes work time. During this time of the day the role of the teacher is not to lead the activities but to observe and gather information, interact with peers, and solve problems.
During recall the children represent their work time experiences in a variety of developmentally appropriate ways. Recall brings closure to planning and work time activities. The adult’s role during recall is to help children see the connection between their original plan and the work actually done.
Meals are served family style. With that said, we encourage children to try new foods, serve themselves, pour their drinks into a cup and pass serving containers of food to the next person. Children are also responsible for helping clean up spills and dishes after meals.
Nap allows the children to rest after a busy and structured morning.
Time for a Walk
Sometimes for a change of pace the preschool classroom will go for a walk around the neighborhood.