A Day in the Life of a Strelitz EYP Student
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Students arrive*.
9:00 a.m.- Morning Circle serves a number of purposes. When the school day begins it is a great tool for signaling the start of the morning. Each class develops a welcome routine at circle according to age. They may sing songs or play greeting games. It is an opportunity to set the focus for the day and remind children of that day’s schedule. The length of the morning circle depends on the age and attention span. After circle time the morning is divided into a combination of the following activities. The time for each activity varies according to our Specialties schedule.
Project time/Center Time – Project time is when many of our art/science activities take place. Depending on the age group students are involved in both product and process art. Sometimes there is an end product expectation that reinforces skills like following a set of directions and motor planning. Other times the focus is on the process as a child expresses their creativity with mixed media materials. Project time can be a collaborative, whole class effort or it can involve individual projects. Since children work at varying rates, this time can also include exploration of classroom centers where students can choose activities that include open-ended materials to develop problem-solving, collaboration and readiness skills (example: Magna tiles, blocks, play dough, writing center or sand table)
Snack – A schedule of snacks is planned monthly. Mondays through Fridays children have respectively- cereal, fruit, vegetable, grains, and challah with a special Shabbat treat on Friday.
The specialty of the day Two to four-year-old students participate in physical education, music, library, and swimming*.
Learning Circle: An additional circle or gathering time is used for stories or holiday songs. Sometimes it is a designated time for a special classroom visitor. Often a learning circle is used for a group lesson relating to a particular thematic unit.
Outside play- Age-appropriate playgrounds or large motor activity in the preschool or campus gymnasium during inclement weather
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
Closing Circle: With children being on various schedules we feel it is important to bring closure to those children who leave at noon. During the brief closing circle, children might sing a goodbye song or recite a goodbye rhyme to classmates leaving after the morning program.
12:30 p.m. – Dismissal or transition or Strelitz Extended Day programming.
*Swimming available for our three and four-year-old children.
12:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Nap Time
12:45 – 1:30 p.m. – Outside play for children who do not nap.
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Inter-age play for three and four-year-olds who are not napping
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Extended Day Enrichment for three and four-year-old students, including language arts activities, cooking, science exploration, outside gross motor activities, movie day on Fridays.
Children dismissing at 3:30 have a snack before leaving.
3:30 p.m. – Dismissal or transition to Full care.
3:30 – 6:00pm* – Full care is the name of our extended care program for all students from toddlers through EY4. This program includes:
- Motor activities
- Art projects
- Free play
On days that the preschool is closed but the Fullcare program is open, we provide care.
*Fullcare students must pick their drop off and pick up times: 8am – 5pm/ 8:30am – 5:30pm/ 9am – 6pm