~ Schedules and Routines ~
7:00 - 8:15 a.m. Arrival/Free Play
Children generally arrive between 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Later arrivals may be accommodated if possible. Children are free to read books or choose a large group activity until our day begins.
Large group activities include, blocks, coloring, and/or listening to music. On certain occasions, a morning video may be available to the kids.
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Circle Time
Circle time is a morning chat with friends. We welcome our playmates and discuss topics such as the weather, month, day of the week and the activities we have planned for the day.
Circle time is an excellent time to share and build social skills. Children learn to listen, share ideas, thoughts and feelings, take turns and participate in group conversation.
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Morning Snack
Morning snack is our biggest and most filling snack of the day. A majority of children do not eat a big enough breakfast to fuel them for the day so our morning snack will always consist of 3 or 4 different meal components to meet the nutritional needs of the children.
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Wiggle Time/Large Motor
Wiggle time is when we get our bodies moving and wake up our brains. This time consists of any large motor activity that includes use of full body movements and gets our heart rate going.
Outside time is our first choice for wiggle time, however weather does not always cooperate. Some examples of indoor wiggle time are parachute, musical chairs, dancing, yoga and other activities that encourage the kids to be on their feet.
10:00 - 11:15 Small Group/Centers
Small group time is the opportunity for kids to actively investigate centers that interest them. Active investigation is the focus of small group.
Some examples of small group are science experiments, cooking, math activities, writing, dramatic play, puzzles and sensory bins.
Curiosity and discovery are necessary skills and experiences for future academic success.
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Lunch
Lunch time is a time in which we practice socialization, communication and self-help skills. Lunch is always laid-back and relaxed.
Children are encouraged to try new things and experiment with tastes, however no child is ever forced to eat anything they do not wish to eat.
Christa's Kids participates with an approved USDA CACFP that provides nutritional guidelines and support for licensed child cares.
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Arts/Crafts
Contrary to popular belief, art is not creating an end product but exploring and learning about our creative sides. Art materials are available for the children to use as they wish.
There is no right or wrong way to be creative.. On occasion there will be craft activities that do have an end product but most often, children will simply be encouraged to explore and use art materials in whatever ways they wish to do so.
3:00 - 3:45 Outside/Active Play
Outside play is a priority at Christa's Kids and we will try to get outside every day, weather permitting. Children need fresh air and wide open spaces to exercise as it not only benefits their bodies but their minds as well.
Studies show that the more outside time a child gets each day, the healthier they will be. over all in every area of their development.
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Snack
Afternoon snack is smaller than our morning snack and is simply meant to refuel the children after their outside/large motor play and to tide them over until dinner time with their families.
Afternoon snack will consist of 2 of the 4 food components and often includes fresh vegetables and/or fresh fruit.
4:00 - 5:00 p.m Free Play/Departure
Free play in the afternoon is similar to arrival time. Children have access to activities that do not require lots of clean up so that when their parent arrives to get them, they aren't left having to pick up or sort through lots of pieces and/or parts.