Our dayThe Quarry Hill Day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:00. The morning session ends with lunch from 11:30 to 12:00. The afternoon session begins at 12:00 and ends at 3:00.
As children arrive, they put their things away in cubbies, determine their job at the job board, and then participate in free choice. The group then comes together in a circle for a story and to discuss the day's activities. After circle children have free choice: they may participate in a variety of activities at the project table, play outside, or engage in group or individual play of their choice. Each child is offered a snack after which he or she completes the job of the day and helps pick up. When this is done, we go outside to play for awhile. We come together again for circle and singing to complete the morning.
After our lunchtime circle and singing, children wash hands, collect lunchboxes, and sit at a table. Children are encouraged to unpack their own lunches, and to help each other if needed, but we are of course available to help with opening containers, peeling oranges, and any needed assistance. Children whose day ends after lunch are picked up at 12:00.
As children finish eating, they pack up their lunchboxes and put them away, brush their teeth, and come together for library time. Children may choose to look at books individually, in pairs, or in small, quiet groups. Teachers and/or parents may read to small groups at this time. After library time we put books away and children are offered projects as well as a snack and the opportunity to play outside. Children are picked up by 3:00.