School-Age (K-4th) Daily Schedule – Vadnais Heights

6:30-7:00  Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

7:00-8:30  Free choice activities which includes: process art, manipulatives, puzzles, sensory table, limited computer time.

8:30-9:00  Hand washing and breakfast.

9:00-9:30  Large group: theme of the day & vocabulary.

9:30-10:30  Centers: listening, math/science, creative art, sensory, writing. Additional projects were children work at their own pace to complete projects, activities and games.

10:30-10:45  Hand washing and morning snack.

10:45 – 11:00  Teacher reading.

11:00 – 11:50  Free choice activities.

11:50 – 12:00  Daily review.

12:00 – 12:30  Hand washing and lunch.

12:30 – 1:15  Large muscle development: outdoor playground or indoor gym.

1:15 – 1:40  Quiet time: books, mats, and DEAR (Drop Everything And Read).

1:40 – 2:00  Large group & sharing time.

2:00 – 3:00  Journaling & table tops: games (card and board), math, puzzles, small group work.

3:00 – 3:30  Music and movement.

3:30 – 4:00  Hand washing and afternoon snack.

4:00 – 4:45  Free choice.

4:45 – 5:15  Large muscle development: outdoor playground or indoor gym.

5:45 – 6:15  Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

Before and After School Program

Morning Schedule

6:30-7:00  Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

7:00-8:15  Games, projects, reading, puzzles, free art.

8:15-8:50  Hand washing and breakfast.

8:30-8:50  Music and movement, group games, reading time.

8:50-8:55  Backpack and coat check, bus pickup.

Afternoon Schedule

4:00-4:30  Bus drop-off, hand washing and snack. Homework help, reading, art activity, games, puzzles, free choice activities.

5:00-5:45  Group, review of the day, teacher reading.

5:45 – 6:15  Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

Note: Schedule allows time for transitions and schedule changes based on the children’s needs.

Pre-Kindergarten Schedule – Vadnais Heights

6:30-7:00  Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

7:00-7:15  Quiet activities in the school-age classroom

7:15-8:15  Quiet activities in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom: children’s choice, computers, art, manipulatives, coloring, puzzles, etc.

8:15-8:30  Classroom clean-up and bathroom breaks.

8:30-8:55  Handwashing and breakfast.

9:00-9:30 Large group: theme of the day, language activities, math, and letter of the week.

9:30-10:30  Small groups.  Students are divided into three small groups giving them an opportunity for more individualized attention.  Each child spends 20 minutes in each small group  1.) Creative group: art, games, or cooking project related to theme of the day.  2.) Discovery group: activities geared toward cognitive learning, beginners reading, handwriting, manipulatives, math, and letter of the week.  4.) Free choice play: dramatic play, blocks, science, library, listening center, computers, sensory table, or free art.

10:30-10:45  Classroom clean-up and handwashing.

10:45-11:00  Morning snack.

11:00-11:15  Large group: calendar, books, fingerplays, flannel boards, tape stories, or songs.

11:15–12:00  Large muscle development: outdoor playground or indoor gym.

12:00-12:35  Handwashing and lunch.

12:35-1:00  Sharing, bathroom break, and handwashing.

1:00-2:50  Rest/nap time.
 
          1:00-1:30 Rest time.

          1:30-2:00 Coloring or reading on cots.

          2:00-2:45 Table top activities and computers.

2:45-3:00  Classroom clean-up and bathroom breaks.

3:00-3:15  Handwashing and afternoon snack.

3:15-4:00  Large muscle development: outdoor playground.  When weather does not allow outdoor time, we’ll go to the indoor gym from 3:00-3:30 and have snack at 3:30.
 
4:00-4:45  Activity groups: table top activities, art, sensory table, or games.

4:45-5:00  Rotating small groups: music, instuments, singing, or dance.

5:00-5:30  Quiet activities in Pre-Kindergarten classroom  

5:30-6:15 Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

Note: Schedule allows time for transitions and schedule changes based on the children’s needs. 

Preschool Daily Schedule – Vadnais Heights

6:30-7:00  Drop off & free choice with all students in the Preschool classroom.

7:00-8:15  Free choice

8:15-8:45  Breakfast

8:45-9:25  Child directed play stations with bathroom breaks.

9:25-9:30  Clean up play stations

9:30-9:45  Morning group: morning greeting and message, calendar, and star of the week sharing.

9:45-10:30  Large muscle development: outdoor playground or indoor gym.
 
10:30-10:40  Handwashing and morning snack set-up.

10:40-11:00  Morning snack

11:00-11:50  Small groups.  Four rotating groups, each twelve minutes long 1.) Cognitive group (theme, literacy, math, science, & social studies.  2.) Art group  3.) Fine motor/writing group  4.) Dramatic play or building group.

11:50-12:00  Circle time: songs, book of the week, sharing on Tuesdays.
 
12:00-12:30  Handwashing and lunch.

12:30-12:45  Bathroom breaks, audio story, resting on cots.

12:45-2:45  Nap time.

2:45-3:00  Bathroom breaks and table top activities.

3:00-3:30  All students awake from nap and continue table top activities.

3:30-3:45  Handwashing and afternoon snack.

3:45-4:00  Circle time with music and instruments.

4:00-4:45  Large muscle development: outdoor playground or indoor gym.

4:45-5:00  Art activities or games.

5:00-6:15  Free choice activities.

Note: Schedule allows time for transitions and schedule changes based on the children’s needs.      

Toddler A Daily Schedule – Vadnais Heights

6:30-7:00  Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

7:00-7:45  Free play

7:45-8:00  Children’s choice literacy.

8:00-8:20  Hand washing and breakfast.

8:20-8:30  Music and movement.

8:30-8:50  Large group activity related to the theme of the day.

8:50-9:15  Small groups working on cognitive skills and an art project.

9:15-9:30  Diapering and toileting, hand washing, sensory and manipulative play.

9:30-9:45 Hand washing and snack.

9:45-10:05  Dramatic play and bathroom breaks.

10:05-10:30 Children’s choice literacy and music.

10:30-11:15  Large muscle development: outdoor playground or indoor gym.

11:15-11:30  Diapering and toileting, hand washing, and large group consisting of children’s choice.

11:30-11:50  Hand washing and lunch.

11:50-12:00  Diapering and toileting, hand washing, and audio storybook.

12:00-2:30  Nap

2:30-3:00  Waking up, diapering and toileting, hand washing, and quiet activities.

3:00-3:15  Hand washing and afternoon snack.

3:15-3:30  Large group: children’s choice literacy and music.

3:30-4:15  Large muscle development: outdoor playground or indoor gym.

4:15-4:30  Table top activities to work on manipulative skills.

4:30-5:00  Diapering and toileting, hand washing, art and sensory activity.

5:00-5:15  Music and movement.

5:15-6:15 Quiet activities in the Preschool classroom.

Note: Schedule allows time for transitions and schedule changes based on the children’s needs.

Toddler B Daily Schedule – Vadnais Heights

6:30-7:00  Arrival/Quiet Activities in the Preschool Classroom

7:00-7:15  Tabletop Activities and Manipulatives

7:15-8:00  Free Choice Activities

8:00-8:20  Breakfast and Handwashing

8:20-8:30  Music and Movement

8:30-9:15  Large Motor (Outdoor Play or Indoor Gym)

9:15-9:45  Large Group Time (Theme related learning)
Diapering, Toileting, and Handwashing

945-10:00  Morning Snack and handwashing

10:00-10:30  Dramatic Play/Building Centers/Sensory

10:30-11:00  Small Group Activities (1. art/fine motor activity, 2. cognitive activity)

11:00-11:15  Independent Reading/Manipulative Activities

11:15-11:30  Large Group Time (Children’s Choice Literacy and Music)
Diapering, Toileting, and Handwashing

11:30-12:00  Lunch and Handwashing

12:00-2:30  Nap Time (quiet activities are offered as the children wake up)

2:30-3:00   Waking Up/Quiet Activities
Diapering, Toileting, and Handwashing

3:00-3:15   Afternoon Snack and handwashing

3:15-3:30  Children’s Choice Literacy/Music and Movement

3:30-4:15  Large Motor (Outdoor Play or Indoor Gym)

4:15-4:30  Large Group Time (Children’s Choice Literacy and Music)
Diapering, Toileting, and Handwashing

4:30-4:45  Afternoon Art and Sensory

4:45-5:15  Table Top Activities and Manipulatives

5:15-5:45  Toddler Free Choice

5:45-6:15  Combine with Preschool

Note: Schedule allows time for *transitions and schedule changes based on the children’s needs.

*Transition lengths and activities may vary.

Infant Daily Schedule – Vadnais Heights

The infant schedule will follow the individual needs of each child’s eating and resting patterns.  Each schedule will be modified by a child’s individual state of development and to his or her needs.  Below is a general list of activities to illustrate a typical day at Children’s Discovery Academy.

Motor Development

Large Muscle: Gross Motor Materials such as Large Muscle Room Equipment, Push Toys, Bouncy Balls, & Outdoor Equipment

Small Muscle: Manipulative Toys (rattles, balls, busy box, pop beads, sand/water toys etc.)

Cognitive Toys (shape box, stacking rings, blocks etc.)

Language & Cognitive Development

Children will have use of equipment which will promote talking, listening, and critical thinking such as:

Music, Hard & Soft Blocks, Pictures, Mirrors, Stuffed Animals, & Musical Toys.  Infants will be introduced to Sign Language.

Social/Emotional Development

Staff will consistently model and encourage social behavior.  Dramatic play equipment, helping infants to identify emotions, and group play are some ways we help infants develop these skills. Social/Emotional development will be emphasized in all areas of the classroom.

Non-Mobile Area

This area is designed to provide a safe environment for non-mobile children while they’re involved in independent discovery time. This will include time in swings, under mobiles, in front of the mirror, access to a variety of toys with different sounds and textures, or quiet time with a teacher in a rocking chair.

Typical Daily Schedule:

6:30-7:45 Arrival

7:45-8:30 Breakfast/Cleanup

8:30-8:45 Diapers

8:45-9:15 Art/Sensory

9:15-9:45 Gym/Outside

9:45-10:15 Snack/Cleanup

10:30-10:45 Diapers

11:15-12:00 Lunch/Cleanup

12:00-12:30 Books/Music

12:30-12:45 Diapers

1:00-2:30 Nap

2:30-2:45 Diapers

3:00-3:30 Snack

3:30-4:00 Wagon/Stroller Ride

4:00-4:30 Dramatic Play

4:30-4:45 Diapers

5:00-6:15 Departure

*Schedule is only typical-times are fluid to meet individual needs.