A Typical Day

  • Arrival Routine 

    Children will arrive and hang up their belongings,  they will change to indoor shoes, and practice greeting each other and teachers as they prepare to say goodbye to parents and caregivers. The transition from home to school include these practical life skills as well as early math and literacy rituals, like being read an arrival message and participating in a question of the day

    Welcoming Reggio Stations 

    Children will begin exploration in a variety of centers where thoughtful proposals are staged by Guides (Teachers) these will include art, sensory, science, math, literacy, blocks, sand, and water. During this time, teachers assess, observe, and document each student’s progress and interactions.

    Morning Meeting 

    Children gather in circle to build a responsive classroom in which Guides set expectations and children get in charge of certain responsibilities for the day. We will include music and poems every day as part of their meeting. Children will then engage in early learning activities that integrate counting, rhyming, and patterning

    Outdoor Play 

    Children develop large motor functions through group games, outdoor play, dancing, and community walks. Appreciation for the natural world is developed through gardening, observation of seasonal changes, and exploration of living things. 

    Teaching Life Skills 

    Any practical life, safety, and care rituals are incorporated in their day. Children take responsibilities of their toys and materials, they are responsible to create play stations in the room simulating jobs such as Doctor, Super Market, Bakery. They learn about this responsibility and routine. As they play with stations they are building on materials they think will be useful. Parents get involved by taking home materials and work on these over weekend with their children. This sets and bonding between daycare and home for the child. 

    Snack & Lunch Time is a Ritual 

    Children will come together for a nutritious snack provided by Gardengate, this will include fruits, vegetables, crackers or cheerios and water. Using real glasses and plates, they practice trying new foods, table manners, and having thoughtful conversations. Teachers may play classical music during snack times. Snack Time is a great time for Teachers to practice math concepts such as division, counting or fractions.

    Small Groups 

    Children will make decisions about the center or group that will allow them to do their exploration. Each small group will be guided by “Leaded” and observed by a Teacher. Leaders will practice leadership while explaining young ones and Teachers will observe, document and encourage children to take their process farther