9:00 arrival and outside play time/garden exploration
9:30 morning circle; we use this time to check in with our bodies, minds and feelings and practice sharing and listening. We also sing songs about our current topics of exploration.
10:00 walk to Mt Tabor and nature exploration in the forest
10:30 snack and forest observation break
10:45 child directed free play in the forest
11:15 Forest Circle time; This time is used for a story and directed nature study (an activity focused on our current topic of exploration)
11:45 return to school
12:00 lunch time
12:30 project time and free play
1:00 cleanup and dismissal
Some days we will vary the schedule to include cooking projects, gardening projects, and dramatic play related to stories that we are exploring.
The above schedule is for Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays we exchange forest exploration for a more in-depth group project at the school, either involving cooking or art. We still play outside in the play yard and garden on these days and will often stay outside much of the day if the weather and project permit.