Our days vary with the rhythm of the seasons and weather conditions. We strive to spend as much time as possible outdoors throughout the entire year. More indoor time occurs during the winter with dropping temperatures. We will not meet outside if hail, thunder, or lightning are present or if the temperature, including wind chill is 0 degrees F or below.
The times listed below are not intended to be implemented as “hard and fast” transitions during the day. Our daily rhythm offers teachers, parents, and children a sense of how we move through our time together, but it is not intended to be a “schedule”. Children find comfort knowing what comes next, but the exact time frames are based on the energy, interests, and needs of the children. This rhythm is a flexible framework, not a tightly prescribed timetable.
9:00 am: Arrival
9:00– 9:55 am: Soft Start: provocations/invitations for play
9:55 - 10:15 am: Morning Snack
10:15 - 10:25 am: Circle Gathering: welcome song, thanksgiving/gratitude practice, talking/listening time, “What do you notice? What do you wonder?”, mindfulness, storytelling
10:25 -11:45 am: Explore The Beyond or Adventure
11:45 – 12:30 pm: Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 pm: Lunch clean up, free journaling
1:00 -1:30 pm: Story time/Quiet time
1:30 - 1:45 pm: Gentle wake up
1:45 - 3:00 pm: Adventure: nature exploration either on the Hugging Tree property or at another site
3:00 - 3:15 pm: Afternoon Snack
3:15 - 3:25 pm: Closing Circle
3:25 -3:30 pm: Gather belongings
3:30 pm: Dismissal