A Typical Day at Children’s House

We understand the importance of maintaining a fairly consistent schedule for the health and emotional well-being of your child. The following schedule is used on a daily basis, with changes occurring on special days such as holidays and in-house program days.

8:00 – 11:00
Great Period – Children spend this time working on individual activities at a table or on a rug on the floor. Snack is available until 10:30 AM. There is something on every shelf for every child. Many activities require a lesson from the teacher before a child can use them. Others, such as puzzles, can be used without a lesson. A child who chooses an activity that is too difficult for him is offered something that better matches his ability.

11:00 – 1:00
Transition Activities Circle Time – This group activity will include calling the roll, grace and courtesy lessons, stories, songs, games, or lessons on new activities in the classroom. Sometimes, circle time is given over to a Peace Ceremony. Children help set the tables for lunch, feed the animals, water the plants and perform other chores.
Outside Play – Climbing on the play apparatus, sand play, and gardening are a few of the activities available in our Natural Playscape playground. Part-Day Preschoolers are dismissed at 11:45 AM.
Lunch Time – The children wash their hands, wait until all are seated before beginning, concentrate on manners and pleasant conversations at the table, take a taste of everything, pack up leftovers, throw away trash, and remain seated until everyone is finished and excused. After lunch, children help clean the tables and sweep the floor.
Outside Play – Climbing on the play apparatus, sand play, and gardening are a few of the activities available on the playground.

1:00 – 3:00
Separate Activities Depending on Age
Preschool – Children go to the bathroom, gather their sleepy toy and blanket that they brought from home, and lie down on their assigned mat. Then we turn off the light and play soft music to help them fall asleep. This process takes about 30 minutes.
Pre-Kindergarten – Children who are not yet 5 years old will rest quietly for 30 minutes while listening to a story, and then join their peers to continue work begun in the morning.
Kindergarten – Children who are 5 years old by Sept. 30th, and are ready for the kindergarten experience, continue to work on the lessons that were begun in the morning; they also have lessons in geography, science, art appreciation, writing, and music. School-Day children are picked up at 3:00.

3:00 – 5:30
After School Fun – Activities include snack, outside play, and an additional short work period in the classroom to include creative arts and games.

End of Day – All children should be picked up by this time.

For additional questions please call us at 703-481-6678 or use the email form below.

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