RHYTHM OF THE DAY
In a fast-moving world, each day at our Nursery-Kindergarten unfolds in a consistent, child-paced routine which provides children with security and confidence. Beginning with warm morning greetings, each day follows a rhythm of free play, song, painting and crafts, storytelling, purposeful work, healthy food, circle time, and ample time in nature on our lovely campus..
In well-guided free play, the children create a busy, imaginative world that fills the classroom with singing, building, discussion, and laughter. Surrounded with raw materials for play, the children can transform their world into whatever their imaginations suggest. Each morning the classroom becomes an ever-changing "laboratory" offering new challenges in the realms of physics, construction, human relationships, and artistry. Through these experiences, each child has the opportunity to grow and develop in their actions, thoughts, and feelings. The qualities we value in adulthood are fostered here: creative and flexible thinking, inner conviction, self-discipline, personal freedom, and self-knowledge.
During cleanup time, all the play materials return to their "homes" on shelves and in baskets, as the children sing and help alongside the teacher. The atmosphere is one of cooperation and lightheartedness. Many parents find that the children proudly bring these helpful habits home with them!
At circle time, we come together as a group to act out stories through verse and song and to play universal children's games. This is also a time to experience the rhythms of the seasons through special circle activities.
We gather together around the table to share conversation and a healthy snack of fruits or vegetables, whole grains, and a vegetarian protein prepared by the teacher and children together each morning. Snack is served family-style: a happy mood and warm conversation are encouraged!
A story is told each day. The children listen as the teacher tells a fairytale, folktale or nature story. Our nature stories form a basis for science through their vivid, penetrating images of the natural world in all of its cycles. Often these stories later weave into circle time, free play and puppetry.
We journey outdoors together every day to tend our garden, walk in the woods, run and play. We dress for the elements so we can fully experience and celebrate the seasons and changing weather. Our 12 acres of meadows, woods and streams host our many seasonal activities including apple cider pressing, maple sap collecting, and vegetable harvesting.
At noon, we close the morning with a circle of verses and seasonal songs, followed by lunch. The children bring their lunches from home and enjoy a family-style meal around the table. Our fist pick-up takes place after lunch at 12:30.
The afternoon begins with quiet time, flexible to the needs of each child. While our younger students nap soundly after lunch, older students take time to rest and regroup after a busy morning, in preparation for an afternoon of play.
Following their rest, the children enjoy a snack, then spend the afternoon engaged in relaxed free play with friends indoors and outdoors. Our afternoon pick-up options—at 3:30 and 5:30—meet the needs of our diverse families.