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Sample Full Day Schedule

15 minutes

Arrival/Sign in/Table Toys: Greet families and children individually. Children store belongings, select a quiet activity, sign in.

15 minutes

Breakfast/Snack: Sit with children and enjoy a snack together or supervise the “snack bar.” Note: Self-serve snacks can be incorporated into choice time.

15 minutes

Morning Meeting: Bring the group together for an interactive discussion. It is a time to talk about the day’s activities, and talk about the choices for the morning. Consider the needs of children who are not ready for large-group activities (e.g., hold two smaller groups, have one teacher sit close to children who need extra attention).

65 minutes

Center/Children’s Choice Time: Guide children in selecting learning centers. Observe and interact with individual children to extend play and learning. Lead a short, small-group activity that builds on children’s skills and interests. Work with children engaged in study activities.

20 minutes

Gross Motor/Outdoors: Supervise the playground toys and materials (climbers, slides). Observe and interact with children as they jump rope, play ball games, blow bubbles, make nature discoveries, and so on. Extend study work outdoors, if appropriate. Help children to put away or carry in toys and materials.

15 minutes

Story Time: Read alouds and/or Shared Readings with interactive discussions. Note: Informational and literary texts can be used at this time.

45 minutes

Preparation for lunch: Children wash hands and help set the tables and Lunch: Sit with children and engage them in conversations about the day’s events, the meal itself, and topics of interest to children. Guide children in cleaning up after lunch, brushing teeth, setting out cots/mats, and preparing for rest.

45 minutes

Rest/Quiet Time: Help children relax so they can fall asleep. Supervise rest area, moving about so each teacher gets a break. Provide quiet activities for children who don’t sleep. Adjust length of rest time to suit age of group and needs of individual children.

15 minutes

Transition: Help children put away cots/mats. Encourage them to select quiet activities, such as puzzles, books, or drawing.

30 minutes

Outdoor play: Supervise the playground toys and materials (climbers, slides). Observe and interact with children as they jump rope, play ball games, blow bubbles, make nature discoveries, and so on. Extend study work outdoors, if appropriate. Help children to put away or carry in toys and materials.

15 minutes

Snack: Sit with children and enjoy a snack together or supervise the “snack bar.” Note: Self-serve snacks can be incorporated into choice time.

65 minutes

Choice time/small group: Set out a limited number of choices for children such as computers, library, toys and games. Lead a small-group activity.

20 minutes

Story/Closing Meeting/Dismissal: Lead group discussion about the day and plans for the next day. This is also a time to sing favorite songs, recite fingerplays and/or poems. At the end of this session, children are encouraged to select a book to take home, to dress themselves and to say good-bye to their classmates and teachers.