French for Kids!

Daily Rhythm

Our classroom space is configured so that children can move freely between three different rooms, each staffed with a teacher. The space, materials, and school routines and rhythms are designed to support our curriculum goals and encourage a high degree of student autonomy. Each day, children have ample opportunities to be engaged with materials and experiences that stimulate learning in our major curriculum areas. This table illustrates the daily activities in which children engage, either with a teacher, on their own, in small groups, or together with the whole class.

Sample Daily Rhythm
(see descriptions of our activities below)
Time Curriculum
Work / Play
Small Group
Work / Play
Whole Class
9:00-9:15 Children Arrive / Welcome      
9:00-10:45 Language Arts / Literacy Readiness
  Math Readiness  
  Creative / Social play  
  Fine Motor  
  Gross Motor  
  Science / Nature  
  Arts & Crafts  
  Tactile Play  
  Snack Preparation  
  Problem Solving / Cognition  
  Circle Time    
10:45-11:15 Snack Time    
11:15-11:45 Dedicated Small Group Time    
11:45-12:30 Outdoor Play    

Language Arts / Literacy Readiness: poems and rhymes, storytelling, puppetry, interactive book reading, book corner (book browsing), group discussions, show and tell, printing work, learning letters, and letter / sound correspondences, phonetic reading and spelling support, book-making

Math Readiness: counting, sorting, ordering, measurement and weight concepts, learning numerals and one-to-one correspondence, printing numbers, counting by tens up to 100, simple addition.

Creative / Social Play: kitchen corner, doll corner, monthly theme play area, dress-up, puppets / small figurines area, block play, board games, outdoor play

Fine Motor: arts and crafts, scissors work, stringing, pinching, pouring, sewing, pounding, scooping, gluing and taping, tracing, snack preparation

Gross Motor (inside classroom): weekly creative movement classes, obstacle courses, ball play (throwing, catching,rolling), jumping, hopping, skipping games

Outdoor Play: Children play outside everyday, except when the weather is too frigid or too wet, in natural settings located just behind the school.

Science / Nature: animal and plant studies, experiments (observation, deduction, cause and effect), growing plants, hatching chicks, hatching moths and butterflies

Arts and Crafts: painting, drawing, coloring, clay work, collage, murals, recycling art, mobiles, papier mache, sewing

Tactile Play: manipulative play with water, flour, seeds, ice and snow, soil, shaving cream, washing stones and gourds

Snack Preparation and Snack Time: Every day a few students volunteer to work with a teacher to prepare snack which involves cutting and / or chopping fruits, vegetables, cheese, bread; spreading toppings (butter, honey, jam) on bread, scooping yogurt, cereal etc. into bowls, setting the tables and pouring water into glasses. Students and teachers sit together at tables to enjoy a healthy snack. Snack is a joyful, social time for the entire class which provides many opportunities to learn table manners, to eat slowly and to converse in a small group.

Problem Solving / Cognition: puzzles, board games, block play, construction games, science experiments, memory games

Circle Time: singing, poems, movement, games, teacher demonstrations, calendar, stories, sharing

Dedicated Small Group Time: After snack, the class is divided into 3 smaller groups to participate in teacher-led activities such as educational show and tell, mystery bag games, book time or construction games.