Sample Flexible Flow of the Day*
7:30-8:30 a.m. – Shalom! Gradual Arrival for Early Care Students; Teachers support home-to-school transitions for children in a multi-age setting. A healthy kosher breakfast is offered. Children explore Discovery and Wonder Areas and greet their friends.
8:30-9:00 a.m. – Shalom! Gradual Arrival; Gradual arrivals allow families the time they need to feel relaxed as they begin their day. Teachers support home-to-school transitions for arriving children in their classrooms and greet children who are in early care as they enter their own classroom. Children explore Discovery and Wonder Areas and Provocation Tables and greet their friends.
9:00 a.m. – Morning Meeting; Communities gather to select their intentions for the day, share news from home, collectively discuss nikayon (cleanup) responsibilities and other daily classroom jobs (favorites might include watering the plants, feeding the fish, and reporting the weather), perhaps do yoga stretches, share a song or a book.
9:10 a.m. – Center Exploration/Small Group Activities; Teachers guide the children in Individual, Small and Large group Hands-on Learning Activities. Children may spend time engaging in Project Work or interacting, playing, creating and discovering in the many classroom centers (e.g. Blocks, Art, Music, Math, Science, Book Corner, Writing Table, Manipulatives, Puzzles, Dramatic Play).
10:00 a.m. – Snack; Healthy and Kosher, served Family-style, with Conversations and Connections.
10:15 − 11:45 a.m. – Outdoor Exploration; Special activities occur on a rotating basis during this time. These may include music; nature walks; garden tending; cooking; and trips to the library or the Atelier.
11:45 a.m. – Noon – Community Time; Discuss discoveries of the morning, read a book, share new ideas.
Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch; Ahava provides a nutritious, kosher lunch, served Family-style. This is an important time for Conversations and Connections; teachers eat with the children and discuss children’s ongoing projects, interests and curiosities. Connections may be made across ideas and between friends. As children finish eating, they may read books, work puzzles or explore the sand table.
12:45 p.m. – Rest Time; Teachers cover children with their blankets on their cots for resting/napping. Relaxing music plays and teachers may pat or rub children’s backs to encourage them to sleep. Non-napping children are encouraged to rest quietly, and are given quiet rest-time toys and books to occupy them after 1:30pm.
12:55 p.m. – Half Day Children move to the lobby for pick-up. Shalom!
1:45 − 2:30 p.m. – Early Afternoon Playtime; As children end their individual naps or resting times, they may quietly color, read or play outside. Loose-parts creations, games, tricycles, parachute play, gardening and exploring the outdoor classroom are a sample of the activities that will be offered.
2:30—2:45 p.m. – Wake-up time; Teachers gently wake children who are still asleep, if they are to go home at 3:00. Children who will remain at school for the Extended Day Program may remain sleeping until 3:00.
2:55 p.m. – Full Day Children move to the lobby for pick-up. Shalom!
3 – 5:30 p.m. – Outdoor Environment & Afternoon Play Time; All children gather in the Piazza for a short afternoon meeting and to plan their afternoon Independent & Small Group Learning Activities with their teachers. Indoor and outdoor play time and Independent Learning/Open-Ended Project/Explorations end our time together. A healthy, kosher snack is provided from 3:30-4:30pm and children may choose when they would like to eat their snack. Children who have not chosen to eat by 4:15 will be encouraged by the teachers to come to the snack table before snack is put away.
5:45-6:00 p.m. – Departure; At 5:45, all children will move to the lobby for pick-up. A few toys and games will be available in the lobby for children to use until they depart. Shalom!
*The teachers will finalize their classroom schedules. This one is an example of what a typical day might look like for your child. Even after schedules are finalized, all times listed are guidelines and may vary depending upon the needs of the children. If a child is hungry or tired at a time other than a designated meal or rest time, they will be allowed to eat or rest.