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8:30 – 9:15 Free Play
Children arrive to the classroom accompanied by parents who help children "sign in" and put their belongings in the appropriate places; cubbies and/or bins. The classroom is organized into interest centers such as; puzzles, housekeeping- role play, discovery, writing, reading, manipulatives, blocks, games, transportation, art and Bible. The children are free to choose any number of centers during this time period. The teacher facilitates and encourages interaction between children, and appropriate developmental play.
An art activity planned by the teacher is also provided during Free Play. The theme or another component of the curriculum is often demonstrated and expressed through different modes of art and creativity.

9:15-9:25 Clean-Up Time
After a bell is rung and children join in singing the "Clean Up Song", children are encouraged to demonstrate how to clean up and place toys in appropriate locations.

9:25-9:30 Meeting Time
Children sit on the carpet in the large group meeting area and are introduced to a simple calendar activity: month, day of the week and date. The calendar is also used to introduce and discuss patterns. The “Question of the Day” is used for counting and graphing activities.

9:30-9:45 Story Time
Literacy skills, including, book care, turning pages, cover and title of books, beginning and end, and left to right progression are all introduced and practiced. The teacher reads aloud a previously chosen book, which correlates to the curriculum theme. Comprehension skills and receptive language skills are practiced and again literacy skills are imparted.

9:50-10:10 Snack Time
Children take turns bringing a daily snack and sharing them with their friends, milk is served in individual cartons. Parents are given a list of healthy snacks to choose from to provide snack for the entire group. The teacher talks about the snack with the children noting the food group it represents, where it comes from (how it is made), and why it is good for them. Children practice self-help skills, as they wash hands, open straws and milk, wait until all are served, use appropriate manners and language when served, pray to give God thanks for their food, and clean up their space when finished with snack. Appropriate table manners and conversation are encouraged.



10:10-10:25 Bible Time
Children sit in a circle and are introduced to a weekly Bible Story, fingerplays, and songs. Puppets, flannelgraphs, books, and other instructional materials are used during this time.


10:25-10:40 Gross Motor Time
The students use the large gross motor room to engage in teacher planned large motor activities. These could include: dancing, exercising, riding tricycles, marching, movement, and large motor games. Students are taught the proper and safe way to use equipment and exercise their bodies. Weather permitting, the class goes outdoors to play organized games or use the playground area.

10:40-10:50 Large Group Time/Centers
The teacher has developed lessons to facilitate learning in a variety of areas and skills including language and literacy, math skills, science and social studies. Different instructional materials and methods are used to introduce, practice and demonstrate skills in many areas of the curriculum. Large group instruction is employed for a portion of the week and then small group centers are used to reinforce learned skills.
At times visitors will be invited into the classroom from the community representing various community helpers; firefighters, police officers, healthcare workers, clergy, or people from local outreach programs such as the zoo, nature centers, the science center, the symphony, or the library. Field trips are also planned to support specific areas of the curriculum.



10:50-11:00 Dismissal Time
Children again practice self-help skills as they dress to go home, pack up their belongings and sit at circle time to review the day utilizing memory and expressive language skills through conversation, songs and fingerplays.