Daily Schedules vary a bit from room to room, but generally, this is what a day at Chai Tots typically looks like:
We offer early and after care programs, from 8:00-9:00 am and 3:00-6:00 pm.
Arrival, Greetings, Informal conversation.
Discovery time: Free choice among a variety of activities in the learning centers: literacy, reading, writing/listening, manipulatives, dramatic play, cooking, science, sensory, art, music, etc.
Clean up and Snack.
Circle time with music, stories, and games to introduce the daily theme and concepts.
Music and Movement. Music has been shown to improve memory, fine motor skills, focus, and can help develop imagination and self-expression. Music also promotes confidence and self-esteem in a healthy and positive way. (This includes aerobics, gymnastics, dance, and instrumental play)
Project time: Opportunities for children to choose between 2 or 3 projects to further explore the theme and sharpen specific skills. Children who finish early have a chance to pull out our “magic carpet activities” which provide them a chance to choose a transition game they can play on their own.
Washing hands, lunch, and conversations.
Story Time: The children look forward to this time when they can hear a great story and ask questions.
Rest and Quiet Time for the younger kids: Lying down and stretching out. Listening to soft music, looking through books.
This is when we sit together to introduce work and play time to the children. This helps create an easy transition into the next part of our day.
Work/Play: A Small group project time with table activities and learning centers.
2:30 – 2:50
Discussion: Review of the highlights of our day’s activities and planning for the next day.