A Typical Day

Primary Class

8:00am Primary Class opens and (morning) extended day children arrive.

8:30am Full day children arrive and begin work period.

The morning is spent working on individual activities as well as small group activities. An art, cooking or science project may be set out at a group table and the children are free to join the activity at any time, or not at all. The teachers are also giving language, math, and sensorial, practical life and social studies lessons during this time.

12:00pm Circle and transition to Lunch

The class is invited to join circle, the children welcome and greet each other and their teachers. We discuss the date, weather and any news for the day.

All children are invited to stay for lunch, even half-day children who leave at 1pm. The children bring their own lunch, which we are happy to heat up, if necessary. We request that families provide a zero-waste lunch using re-usable containers.

1:00pm Rest Time/Half day children leave

All children rest for about an hour during which time teachers read to the children. Children still requiring a nap join the “Dreamers” and nap from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

2:00pm Outside play begins.

This is a time for the children to develop their large motor skills. Art and exploration of their environment are always a big part of outdoor play. This is also a time to take care of some of the gardening, raking, pulling weeds, watering the plants and, of course, looking for earthworms.

3:00 – 3:30pm Nappers get up and join the children outside. Full day children leave for the day.

3:30 – 6:00pm (afternoon) Extended Day program begins.

Everyday (weather permitting) there is an art project set-up for the children in our outdoor classroom. Water play is offered on warm sunny days. And, of course the freedom to run around and play with friends. Afternoon tea is served at 4:30pm each day inside the classroom. Afternoon tea is also “sign language” tea! The children learn to say “please”, “thank you”, “yes”, “no” and ask for foods such as pretzels, oranges, apples, peas, crackers, etc using signs. After tea the children have a scheduled afternoon activity such as tumbling, music&movement and cooking.

5:30pm Outside clean-up time.

Weather permitting, the children go outside again and have free play until pick-up time.

6:00pm Primary Class/ School closes.


Pre-Primary Class (Rockridge only)

8:30am Pre-Primary Class opens and work period begins.

The morning is spent working on individual activities as well as small group activities. An art, cooking or science project may be set out at a group table and the children are free to join the activity at any time, or not at all. The teachers are also giving language, math, and sensorial, practical life and social studies lessons during this time.

10:00am Group Snack.

The class is invited to use the bathroom, have their diapers changed, wash their hands and have snack.

10:30am Outside Play Time

The children have free play outside. Sand box play and taking care of their babies are very popular activities!

11:25am Lunch.

All children are invited to stay for lunch, even half-day children who leave at 12:30pm. The children bring their own lunch, which we are happy to heat up, if necessary. We request that families provide a zero-waste lunch using re-usable containers.

12:00 – 3:00pm (approximately) Nap.

12:30pm Half day children leave.

3:30 – 5:30pm (afternoon) Extended Day program begins.

Everyday (weather permitting) there is an art project set-up for the children in our outdoor classroom. Water play is offered on warm sunny days. And, of course the freedom to run around and play with friends. Afternoon tea is served at 4:30pm each day inside the classroom. Afternoon tea is also “sign language” tea! The children learn to say “please”, “thank you”, “yes”, “no” and ask for foods such as pretzels, oranges, apples, peas, crackers, etc using signs. After tea the children have a scheduled afternoon activity such as tumbling, music&movement and cooking.

5:30pm Pre-Primary Class closes.

All Pre-Primary students must be picked-up by 5:30pm