Daily Schedule and Activities
The students at Natural Bridges have a fabulous time playing! They don't know that they are learning, but they are! Although the curriculum is well thought out and has specific academic goals and development skills in mind, no student's work is ever negated. Everyone is successful AND Everyone is a learner!
This is a sample of our daily schedule for a morning preschool student.
8:00 Arrival & Free Choice
9:30 Clean Up
9:40 Group Time - Calendar
9:55 Workshop 1
10:15 Group Time - Music & Movement
10:45 Outside Play Time
11: 30 Group Time - Story
11:40 Workshop 2
12:00 Dismissal for part-time students.
Full time students will eat lunch, nap if needed, and then continue their daily routine. If a nap is not required, the students will repeat a similar schedule of events from 12:30-6pm.
Free Choice Time
Free Choice is the time of day when students are invited to pick what they want to play with. Glue, paint, scissors, trucks, trains, dolls, dramatic play...everything is open and anything can be used. Students are encouraged in cooperative play and teachers spend the morning getting down on their knees and playing with the kids. Positive social skills and communication skills are reinforced through small group play led by the children themselves.
Workshops are our teacher led activity times. All students are encourage to participate in whole group activities that focus on following directions, fine motor development, and academic concepts such as writing your name, recognizing letters and/or colors, and focusing one's attention. Each day our staff provides two workshops that rotate the focus between language arts and math but always include letter/phonemic awareness, independent life skills (cleaning up after yourself & asking politely for items to be passed), and fine motor development needed or writing.
Group Time or Circle Time is our way to transition students from one activity to another. We use this time to read stories or sing songs/poems that relate to our monthly theme as well as to promote rhythm & rhyming (needed for reading), develop their attention spans (needed for Kindergarten and beyond), and promote letter & number recognition through calendar, songs, and whole groups games.