Our school, a small, private, non-profit cooperative, provides a creative, loving and relaxed environment for young children. Linda Beach offers a traditional approach for development of the basic social and physical abilities that every child needs prior to entering elementary school.
Children arrive at 9am. After placing their belongings in their cubby, they are encouraged to play at any of the available tables which may include play dough, puzzles, writing tools, manipulatives etc.
This time allows for any late arrivals to begin their day without feeling they have missed something.
By 9:15 first circle begins. During this time several songs are sung, teacher reads story (usually connected with the art project) finger play rhymns may be done, 'news events' are shared--whose birthday is it today, the name of a new sibling, what is the art project for the day etc.
After circle time the students begin doing their art project, continuing with play they started before circle time, going to the book nook for another story, choosing other areas of interest--dress-up corner, truck area, kitchen area, 'CEO' area (paper, scissors, glue, tape, hole punches etc.)
By 10:15 first recess is beginning but only after a brave attempt has been made by all to clean up. Outside time can include scooter riding, tryke riding, sandbox play, climbing structure activities etc.
By 11:00 children return to classroom for bathroom time, another story and snack time. For the older children (4-5 yr.olds) there is a sharing time before they go out for the final recess.
Dismissal is 11:45am.