Documentation Documentation of the children’s work in progress is an important tool in the learning process for children, teachers, and parents. Staff takes pictures of children engaged in experiences, their words as they discuss what they are doing, feeling, and thinking, and the children’s interpretation of experience through the visual media are displayed as a wonderful presentation of the dynamics of learning.
Play Play is a dynamic time of discovery, creativity, and self-awareness.
Play is the vehicle through which children not only learn best, but also develops key parts of their brains. Play is necessary for future academic and social success. Play makes children think, grow, and learn.
The Cathedral Oaks Children's Center playground (both upper and lower yards) is designed for children to take physical and social risks.
Teachers supervising the playground are fully engaged in watching for children’s physical safety as well as their social and emotional wellbeing. Children are given the proper tools to solve conflicts and other issues that arise during outside playtime, which allows us to teach values of kindness and compassion. Outside time provides imaginative play which instills exploration and cooperation in children.
Outside play fosters friendships, exercises the body, releases energy, balances the mind, and interacts with the natural world.
A TYPICAL DAY AT SCHOOL A.M. Schedule: 7:30 - 8:30 Arrival and greeting time with indoor activities.
8:30 - 9:00 Half day program children arrive - Outdoor play in Upper and Lower Yards.
9:00 - 10:15 Planning meeting (essential tool for learning), then time for small group work in the classroom, art studio, kitchen, garden, greenhouse, etc. and snack time.
10:15 - 10:30 Reflection Meeting (revisit our projects and work from the morning) story, music, and sharing.
10:30 - 11:45 Outdoor activities in the Upper and Lower Yards for all children; Science, Drama, Construction play, Swings, Sandbox, Water play, Music, Slide, Tire swing, and Monkey bars.
P.M. Schedule: 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch time
12:30 Half day children are picked up.
12:30 - 1:00 Transitions, toileting, and story time.
1:00 - 2:45 Relaxation and rest time.
2:45 - 3:00 Wake up routine.
3:00 - 5:00 Outdoor Play in Upper and Lower Yards, Small group work, snack, clean-up, transition to inside.
5:00 - 5:30 Story time and quiet inside play while parents re-connect with children.