At Sprouting Minds Preschool, we follow a schedule which allows structure to the day. Preschoolers need structure to know what’s expected of them, to give them a sense of order and security, and to help them learn to follow a routine. Structure can make children’s lives feel safer and more dependable. That being said however, we believe that it is equally important to be flexible with the schedule based on how immersed children are in a particular activity or what their energy level is like. This flexibility, which lies at the heart of the Reggio philosophy, allows children time to be free to explore something that really interests them. I firmly believe that this balance helps children a lot more than a really strict schedule.
9:00 – 9:30
Arrival and Class exploration. During this time, a variety of classroom materials are available, such as blocks, sensory materials, the library, art studio, puzzles and manipulatives, and the dramatic play center.
9:30 – 9:45
Group / Circle Meeting. This meeting marks the start of our day together. Ideas are shared within the classroom community and children will identify their choice of activity.
9:45 – 10:30
Group Work, Investigation, and Project Time. Children engage in small group activities that take place in the various areas of the classroom (such as: projects based on their interests, sensory table activities, art work, light table investigations etc.)
10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:45
Outdoor Time/Gross Motor Time.
11:45 – 12:00
Group / Circle Meeting. This meeting marks the end of our day together. We read stories, reflect on the day, share ideas and say goodbye
*This schedule is only an approximate except for the start and end times, and is mirrored for the afternoon classes.