While it’s hard to pin down a typical day at our bustling preschool, the daily routine offers children lots of choices within a familiar and comforting structure. Each class puts its own personal spin on the day, and there are special activities like Friday morning Shabbat service and music programs that alter the schedule, but here’s what a normal day might look like:
9 to 9:20
v Parents or caregivers escort children to their
v The lead teacher and assistant teacher are waiting
to greet the children and check in with parents or
caregivers as they sign in, put away coats, snacks
& lunches and wash hands.
v There’s free play and settling in until “circle time”,
when the class gathers to formally mark the start of
the school day and discuss what’s ahead.
9:20 to 9:40
Circle time gathers everyone for a story, a song, show-
and-tell or another whole-group activity.
9:40 to 10:30
Children go on to activity centers of their choosing or
take part in an art or exploration project for 45
minutes to an hour (as consistent with our five-star
rating), followed by clean-up time—everyone pitches
10:30 to 11:00
Lunch or snack. In some classrooms, lunch is held first
to ensure the kids eat the most nutritious and filling
items packed in lunches, with snack left until right
11:00 to 11:30
Playground time – the kids get physical activity and a
chance to play with their friends outside. This
encourages cooperative play among the children and
helps them build gross motor skills.
11:30 to 12:30
v Back inside, there’s time for books, activity centers
or small group projects.
v The class might work on a subject under recent
discussion, such as an upcoming holiday, the arrival
of spring or an upcoming visit from the firemen to
discuss fire safety.
12:30 to 12:50
Lunch or snack – whatever wasn’t eaten earlier!
v A final gathering in circle time marks the end of the
day together, with the teachers escorting the
children back out to the lobby at 1 p.m.
v Teachers walk the children out one or two at a time
to personally hand them off to their parents or
caregivers and let them know how the day went—
and while there’s no typical day, typically the day
Note: Each day, for a small fee, parents may choose to have their children remain for the Extended Day program until 3 p.m., which consists of play, rest, snack and outdoor play.