Sample Routine

Red Room Preschool Daily Routine AM Program Green Room Preschool Daily Routine PM Program

Daily Infant/Toddler

8:45-9:00 Arrival

Children arrive, wash hands, and sign-in by answering the Question of the Day.  The staff and student caregivers greet parents and facilitate the transition into program, helping children to make “plans” for exploration.

12:45-12:55 Arrival

Children arrive, wash hands, and answer the Question of the Day.  The staff and student caregivers greet parents and facilitate the transition into program.

Children participate in table activities until the start of class meeting.  

8:45-9:00 Arrival
Children arrive, parents sign in, and student caregivers and staff help each child transition to being in the classroom. Parents stay until their child feels comfortable, and then initiate their individual "goodbye ritual," supported by their child's ECL caregiver.
9:00-10:00 Work time
Children carry out "plans" for exploration.
12:55-1:05 Class Meeting

Teaching staff and children gather together to review new classroom activities, learn social skills, and engage in large-group discussion/decision making.  

8:45-9:30 Free exploration time
Children explore the environment and play individually or together, with activities, interactions and shared book reading facilitated by caregivers.
10:00-10:05 Transition
Children and teaching staff work together to tidy the indoor classroom environment.  
1:05-1:20 Small-Group Explorations

Children participate in teacher-initiated learning experiences designed to extend classroom explorations and promote the development of new skills.  

9:30-9:45 Pick-up and put away time 
10:05-10:15 Indoor Group time
Teaching staff and children gather together for songs, fingerplays, and games, followed by a teacher-initiated shared-book reading experience.
1:20-2:00 Indoor Classroom Work Time  
Children make and carry out “plans” for exploration.
9:30-9:45 Morning circle time (Toddlers only)
Adults and children gather together for songs, circle games, puppet stories and shared book reading.)
10:15-10:20 Transition
Children wash hands and transition to snack.
2:00-2:05 Transition

Children and teaching staff work together to tidy the indoor classroom environment.

9:45-10:00 Snack time
Children eat snack in groups of two or three with their caregiver, in small chairs at low table. Children are helped to do as much self-feeding as they indicate they are ready to do.
10:20-10:35 Snack

Caregivers and their target groups share a healthy snack and quality conversation.

2:05-2:20 Indoor Group Time
Teaching staff and children gather together for songs, fingerplays, and games, followed by a teacher-initiated shared-book reading experience.
10:05-10:45 Diapering and free play

10:35-11:20 Outdoor Classroom Work Time

Children participate in open-ended learning experiences in a natural setting.

2:20-2:25 Transition

Children wash hands and transition to snack.

10:45-11:25 Outdoor play
Infant and toddler groups each have their own play yards, with natural areas to explore and equipment appropriate for their developmental levels.
11:20-11:25 Transition
Children and teaching staff work together to tidy the outdoor classroom environment.
2:25-2:40 Snack
Caregivers and their target groups share a healthy snack and quality conversation.
11:25-11:30 Pick-up and put away time
11:25-11:35 Outdoor Group Time
Teaching staff and children gather together for songs, fingerplays, oral stories, and action games.  Parents/caregivers are welcome to join this community learning experience.
2:40-3:20 Outdoor Classroom Work Time
Children participate in open-ended learning experiences in a natural setting.  
11:30-11:45 Circle time (indoors or outdoors, as weather permits)
Parents who are able join their child's group for this closing time of songs, rhymes and circle games. Caregivers and staff check in with parents about their child's morning.
11:35-11:45 Departure
Children are dismissed as parents arrive. Staff and student caregivers check-in with parents and share information of the day’s events.
3:20-3:25 Transition
Children and teaching staff work together to tidy the outdoor classroom environment.
 
 

3:25-3:35 Outdoor Classroom Work Time
Teaching staff and children gather together for songs, fingerplays, oral stories, and action games.  Parents/caregivers are welcome to join this community learning experience.

 
 

3:35-3:45 Departure

Children are dismissed as parents arrive. Staff and student caregivers check-in with parents and share information of the day’s events.