We start our day with morning circle, consisting of verses, nursery rhymes, songs, and circle games often based on a seasonal theme. Using song, rhyme, movement and dance, children learn about weather, animals, nature and craft (cooking, building, cleaning, etc.). Morning circle incorporates language acquisition, fine and gross motor skills, creative exploration and self-discipline through play.
The morning circle is then followed by a period of free play and a guided activity – baking, painting, drumming cleaning and other focused hand work. Many of the classroom materials are handmade and come from nature, with an emphasis on objects that have multiple uses and stimulate imaginative play. In our 4-5 year old and kindergarten classrooms, “academic choice” materials build upon foundational concepts in math, art, science, language, writing and practical life with hands-on exploration.
Daily outdoor time, rain or shine, in New Day’s expansive play yard and gardens, provides opportunity for the children to explore and imagine in a natural setting. Natural playscape, sturdy climbing structures and bountiful gardens create many playful options and challenges for the children.
7:30 School opens. Arrival, welcome and greetings by staff, inside / outside play
9:00 Teachers gather the children for Morning Circle
10:00 Planned activities and free play
11:00 Outdoor time
12:30 Children‘s rest time
2:00 Afternoon Activity
2:30 Snack/clean up
3:00 Outside play
4:30 Evening program and circle (late fall through spring)
5:30 School Closed