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Old 06-16-2010, 02:11 PM
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My schedule goes like this:

drop-off to 9:25 - Free play
9:25 - 9:30 - Clean up toys
9:30 - 9:45 - Circle time.
9:45-10 - Wash hands for snack
10 - 10:15ish - Snack
10:15-10:20 - sunscreen, shoes
10:20-11:20 - Active play - outside - walks - park trips, etc.
11:20-11:30 - Clean up toys and head inside.
11:30-11:45 - Scheduled potty break. Clearly the kids can go potty whenever they need but this is one of the only times during the day that I tell them to go. Wash hands, get ready for lunch. While waiting for their friends, they get to look at books.
11:45 - noon - making lunch
12:00-12:20 - lunch
12:20 - 12:35 - Thomas. The only TV time they get for the day.
12:35 - 3 - naptime. And they use every minute of that time. Honestly.
3:00-3:15 - Potty, wash hands, upstairs for snack.
3:15 - 3:15 - snack
3:15-3:20 - sunscreen, shoes, etc.
3:20 - pick-up - Outside play.

We read tons of books and do a lot of other "educational" stuff during free play, it's just not structured. I don't have a curriculum, but parents always compliment me on how much the kids are learning with me. Leearning is a consequence of play.

PLEASE don't use a stop watch to stay on schedule. Do you really want to be in the middle of a teachable moment and have to revert to something totally different? I've changed my schedule every time I've gotten a new child. Different energies combine in different ways and you will probably find it will take you a while to find a routine that flows nicely with your group.
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