Here is a copy of my daily schedule. Please note that we are flexible with our times. Mealtimes are the only times that we need to be prompt.
Our doors open at 6 a.m., and full-day children can arrive anytime. We ask that all full-time children who need breakfast arrive by 8:00. Actual ‘preschool time’ is from 8:45- 11:15. Some of our children come for this time only. Even though that is ‘preschool time’, we know that learning happens all day.
6 – 7:30: Quiet play in our ‘gathering room’.
7:30 – 8:00 – Free play in our classroom
8:00 – 8:40 – Clean-up, bathroom visit, and breakfast
8:45 – Songs, Calendar, Story and Daily Discussion (We talk about our main topic and then hear what Center Choices will be.)
9/9:15-ish – 10:10 – Center Time (Blocks, Housekeeping, Books, Science, Writing Table, Painting, Sensory Table and three rotating Centers)
10:10-10:30 Clean-up and Jesus Time
10:30 – 11:00 Outside Time
11-11:25 Stories, bathroom visit (morning-only children get picked up at 11:15)
11:30-12:00 – Lunch
12:00-12:30 – Bathroom visit and get ready for nap. (Children watch a video while cots are set out.)
12:30 – 2:00 Nap
2:00 – 3:30 – Wake up, Free Play, Snack
3:30 – 4:30 – Outside Time
4:30 – 6:00 – Free Play
A simple stick-figure calendar is posted in our room so the children can see what is coming next. At home visits, I bring a copy to the child to go over and keep. (There is a short version for Preschool Only children and the longer version for All Day children.)
What works well in our room is that we try to limit transitions. Our center time is a good long hour where children can become deeply engaged in their work, and don’t have to start and stop so often.