This year, 2020-2021, has seen a dramatic change in our traditional schedule. Normally, our two-, three-, and four-year olds would spend some time together and some time in age-appropriate learning groups. This year, because of COVID-19, our students are divided by age into two separate groups that do not overlap with each other, either inside or outside.
Duck Schedule Our four-year-olds begin the morning at 8:45 am with handwashing and greetings and work together in our small classroom for about 30 minutes with manipulatives, pattern blocks, bead stringing, magna-tiles, and more - activities designed for small motor development and math skills. At 9:15 am, we go outside to play on the playground for an hour. while outside during this time, we work on science activities including our two garden beds, our "funnel wall," categorizing the many insects, leaves, bark, and plants to be found in and around the playground. We might also go for a nature walk at this time. At 10:20 am, we usually have a story or songs at our outdoor "stump circle." We then go inside, wash hands, and have snack at our traditional tables, now socially distanced. We say grace before snack. Following snack, we have meeting time where we sing or brief hymn, say a prayer, and then review the calendar and weather as well as name and letter recognition. Our bear, Cuddles, will use words to introduce the day's lesson or focus. A related story will usually be followed by an art project, music activity, science project, or dance activity. At the end of the morning, there is more handwashing and parents arrive at 11:45 am.
Rabbit Schedule Our two- and three-year-old group arrives at 9:00 am and after handwashing and greetings begin their day with free play. The children can choose from a range of activities including stories, block building, dramatic play, and puzzles and manipulatives. These are rotated on a daily basis to help develop small motor skills and math skills. An indoor structured art project might take place around 10 am. At 10:15 am, snack is served outside after handwashing and saying grace. The children then have an hour of outdoor time to play on the playground, do an outdoor art project, or go on a nature walk. At around 11:30, the children come in for their meeting time, which includes a review of the calendar, weather, names, and a daily theme. The morning always ends with a story. Then hands are washed and parents arrive at 12 noon.
St. Philip's Nursery School, 1101 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524 (845) 424-4209