Sample Weekly Schedule

What will the school day look like?

Much in the same way that creativity can flourish within constraints, young children thrive when they have freedom to create and explore within a predictable and nourishing daily rhythm. Our teachers thoughtfully structure the school day to integrate a variety of opportunities for learning and community-building. We seek to provide the children with balance: of time spent focused on exploration and play, time spent on academics, and time spent developing social and emotional skills.

Below you will find a sample daily and weekly routine, with descriptions of the types of activities and offerings that students will experience. Some days and weeks will differ as we take fieldtrips, meet special guests, or take advantage of unique opportunities.

*Please note that Fridays serve as a special day in our week and our routine differs on Fridays

Circle dancing games build community and challenge children's physical coordination
Shared reading is an important part of literacy development

Monday-Thursday

Arrival & Greetings

8:50-9:05

  • Drop-offs, hello, and settling in

Morning Meeting

9:05-9:45

  • Connect as a community with song, cooperative activity, & ritual
  • Teachers lead students in group discussion as we plan for the day’s and week’s work

Get Dressed to Go Outside

9:45-10:00

  • Check the weather and consider how to dress ourselves accordingly

Rain or Shine Time

(outdoor free play & instructional time)

10:00-12:00

  • Work on outdoor projects in small groups that integrate academic skills such as literacy, math, science, problem-solving, and the arts
  • Play freely in the natural playspace
  • Play cooperative games to practice social skills and self-regulation
  • Mini-lessons and activities using outdoor materials
  • Visit the den-building area in the woods & other areas on the farm
  • Prepare food/tea in the outdoor kitchen
  • Build fires

Lunch

12:00-12:30

  • Children and teachers eat lunch together

Afternoon Circle Time

(in separate age groups)

12:30-1:00

  • Literacy & math skills work
  • Movement activities
  • Class discussions using floorbooks, 3D mind-mapping, and other strategies in groups to extend learning

Small Group & Choice Time

1:05-3:05

  • Work on projects in small groups that integrate academic skills such as literacy, math, science, problem-solving, and the arts
  • Play and work freely in centers that provide opportunities for a variety of academic work, dramatic play, motor development, art-making, and engineering
  • Skill-building & mini-lessons with teachers in small groups
  • Rest: listening to stories, reading quietly
  • Guests & community speakers
  • Play board games

Daily Reflection

3:05-3:35

  • Discuss and share work from the day as a group
  • Reflect on the day & whether children met their intentions from the morning
  • Goodbye ritual

Day Ends

3:35

  • Pick-up or head to after-school care

Friday

Arrival & Greetings

8:50-9:05

  • Drop-offs, hello, and settling in

Morning Meeting

9:05-9:20

  • Connect as a community with song, cooperative activity, & ritual

Nature & Entrepreneurship with Weston

9:20-10:20:

  • Group 1: Nature & Entrepreneurship class with Weston
  • Group 2: Project work & choice time with classroom teachers


10:25-10:55 Ecological & nature walk (both groups)


11:00-12:00:

  • Group 2: Nature & Entrepreneurship class with Weston
  • Group 1: Project work & choice time with classroom teachers


Lunch

12:00-12:30

  • Children and teachers eat lunch together

Friday Share

12:30-1:45

  • Extended community building through song, story-telling, group activities, & shared rituals
  • Community problem-solving and “change-up” discussions
  • Students present their work & thinking to the group for feedback and ideas

Friday Flex Time

1:45-3:15

How we use this time:

  • Programming from local partner organizations, groups, etc.
  • Additional choice time for project work, mini-lessons, and centers as needed

Goodbye

3:15-3:35

  • Goodbye ritual

Day Ends

3:35

  • Pick-up or head to after-school care