Our Daily Rhythm 

Plan B: 50% Outdoors, 50% Indoors

ARRIVAL Adults must accompany children to the school’s designated check in area and make contact with a teacher.   The teacher checking the child in will review your morning survey responses related to COVID-19 and take your child’s temperature.  Please maintain a 6 foot distance from others during this time.  Next you will support your child in putting on any necessary weather gear then help your child wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds at our outdoor hand washing station. Read the message board with your child, then guide your child to the outdoor classroom threshold and say goodbye.  


GATHERING This is a "settling in" time. Children and their small group teacher start the day together with an informal gathering time where children choose a book or chat with their teachers and friends while waiting for the welcome song to begin. 


OUTDOOR PLAY   Our playground provides for choices of sand area, mud kitchen, balancing logs, stage, art experiences, big body play, loose parts play, books, as well as a bridge over a small stream and woods for observing and exploring with guidance and support from adults.


MEETING TIME At this time the small groups will enter the school building, remove outerwear, put on indoor shoes and have a meeting time.  Each small group will remain in one room:  The Monkey Room, the Middle Room or the Monet Room.  The group will have a morning meeting to discuss the experiences available for indoor exploration. The teacher may present a new material or activity, share a song or story, offer a mindfulness or music and movement experience depending the day’s dynamic. Part of the time is used to further reflect on the day's earlier activities.  We often discuss our ideas and feelings about other relevant things. 


TIME TO EXPLORE AND INVESTIGATE  Choices during this time may be made from any or all of the following learning areas.  In the Middle Room: SENSORY TABLE, WATER TABLE, BLOCK CENTER, DRAMATIC PLAY, the LITTLE DESK and a BOOK NOOK, In the Monet Room: STUDIO ART, EASEL PAINTING, BEAUTIFUL STUFF/COLLAGE, “MUDWORKS”/CLAY, LIGHT TABLE, SCIENCE DISCOVERY & RESEARCH CENTER, MATH CENTER, DRAWING/WRITING CENTER. In the Monkey Room:   BIG BODY PLAY, MANIPULATIVES, BUILDING/CONSTRUCTING, WRITING/DRAWING TABLE, MUDWORKS, LOOSE PARTS .  Teachers plan for and vary the materials within the areas weekly to support the program goals and to stimulate continued interest of the children.  Two tables will be designated as snack tables during the first half hour and children will eat when they choose, physically distanced.  Teachers will ensure each child has the opportunity for snacking.


CLOSING MEETING   Children and their teacher join on the meeting rug for an opportunity to reflect on the day.  Children will have the opportunity to share their favorite part of the day, something they are grateful for and maybe ideas for the next time they are together again.  Plans are made for cleaning up the environment.  This may flip with clean up time depending on the group and the day.


CLEAN-UP TIME    (A time is chosen which is a natural breaking point in the children's play). We sing our clean-up song together.  ... ♫ Time to clean up now, and put away our toys. ♫..  Children all help to put away the toys, sweep the floor, wipe tables, etc.  When the classroom is ready, children put on necessary outerwear and backpack.  Children who are finished may look at a book while they wait for their classmates.  This may flip with closing meeting depending on the group and the day.

DISMISSAL   It is important to arrive early to anticipate time for parking and the walk to the pick up place.  To ensure the safety of all, a parent or a designated pick-up person is required to wait at the pick up place until the teacher with a clip board has released your child to you.  Remember to maintain 6 feet of distance from others and masks for adults are mandatory.  Pick up is expected promptly at your child’s small group’s designated time. Children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian when leaving the premises.  You (or your designated pick-up person) are responsible for your child's safety and whereabouts once contact has been made. 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
School for Preschoolers
274 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 224-8218

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