At St. Philip's, we believe strongly in the importance of play and in the importance of children of different ages playing together and teaching and learning from each other. These beliefs are reflected in our daily routines.
Our morning begins with an hour of free choice, or free play time, from 9:05 to 10 a.m. Children may choose any of the downstairs activity areas: the art room, the tables that hold puzzles, games, and writing materials, the block area, housekeeping, dress-ups, and the library area, as well as other special activities on a rotating basis. Children play together. Teachers facilitate play while encouraging independent choices and cooperation among the children.
At 10 a.m., children and teachers clean-up and wash hands. We then all gather together for meeting time. Meeting time is a sharing time. We say a simple prayer together, sing a song or two, share news, and expound about the rest of the morning. Meeting time is followed by snack, around 10:30 a.m. Snack is served family-style, with children and teachers sharing small tables.
After snack, the children are divided by age into smaller groups for art, music, science, dance/movement, Spanish, math, or literacy, usually based on a curriculum theme. At around 11:40-11:45, children go outside to play. In case of bad weather, our large upstairs indoors space is used for large motor activities. Children are picked up by their parents or caregivers, and are welcome to stay and play on the playground.