Preschool & Kindergarten

Daily Activities

The Preschool/Kindergarten schedule is based on our Montessori-inspired approach to learning, which incorporates long blocks of time to allow children to explore and engage deeply with projects, peers, and play.

 

 

Early Morning Extended Care 7:30-8:45am 
Children play, read, draw, and participate in teacher-led activities like yoga. 

 

  

Morning Work Time 8:45-10:30am
Families and caregivers may drop children off in the classroom between 8:45-9:00. Students begin with self-selected or teacher-selected activities, including Montessori curriculum materials, books, beginning sound or math concept games, painting, or science activities. Teachers circle the classroom and work with individual children and small groups. Each class also has a community meeting time that includes songs, calendar activities, stories, and other routines. Starting around 9:45, children have the choice of playing inside or outside.

 

 

Snack Time 10:30-11:00am
Children eat a healthy snack while talking quietly. Before they resume active play outside, all students set their own tables for lunch, one of many sequential activities that allow children to develop concentration, coordination, memory, and grace in the Montessori curriculum.

 

 

Outside Play 11:00-12:00pm
Weather permitting, all children head outside for a variety of independent and teacher-led choices. Teacher may offer an art projects and a variety of gross-motor activities, and students might play in the sandbox, build with crates and boards, play basketball, ride a trike, swing, or climb on the climbing wall. Different age groups also attend Music, Art, Spanish or PE classes during this time.

 

 

Lunch 12:00-12:30pm
Students help teachers pour the milk, and wait patiently until each child is served. After lunch, children clear their own dishes and clean up. The older ones play outside while the youngest ones gather for reading time, followed by a teacher-led circle time. 

 

 

Naptime (for the youngest group) 12:50-2:00pm
All children in the youngest group take naps or rest at this time, supervised by a teacher from their class.

 

 

Afternoon Period 12:50-2:40pm
Older students gather for a curriculum-focused circle time, followed by individual and group activities. The nappers rejoin the class at 2:00. At 2:30, all of the children work together to clean up the classroom, then have a closing whole-group time to sing songs or share thoughts about the day. 

During the second half of the year, the Kindergarteners have their own circle times to prepare for First Grade. At 2:00 the nappers rejoin the class. In order to get ready for carpool or Extended Day, the children take care of cleaning up the classroom. The teachers present the sound-of- the-week activity and share last thoughts about the day to help students transition out of their day at school.

 

 

End of the School Day 2:40-3:00pm
If they are headed home, children listen to stories outside while waiting to be picked up. Children continuing on with Extended Day have a snack and story with the teachers in their classrooms. Preschool/Kindergarten Extended Day runs until 6:00pm.