The Rhythm of the Kindergarten Day

Rhythm and pattern underpin the children’s day, with a healthy balance of child-led and adult-led times.

Free Play

Creative play is the ‘work’ of the young child, strengthening their imagination and promoting flexible thinking as they grow older. It plays a vital role in enabling physical and social development and supporting emotional wellbeing. In free play, children learn through investigation, exploration, and discovery.

They develop problem-solving and executive skills as well as an understanding of the world around them. Extensive opportunities for free play, both inside and outside, are central to the rhythm of the Kindergarten day. Teachers respect the children’s play and intervene only if necessary for safety or to promote development.

Activity of the day

Free play is balanced with opportunities to engage in adult-led experiences such as preparing snacks, baking bread, painting, and gardening. These weekly activities are complemented with a rich range of seasonal activities such as candle dipping, making butter, and felting.

Kindergarten activities are meaningful and provide a natural interface for a growing development of knowledge and understanding of the world. By watching the adults busy at work children learn by seeing, doing, and active participation.

Tidy-up Time

Tidy-up time is an integral part of the morning, helping the children feels secure in an orderly environment where everything has its place.

This is a joint activity when everyone is busy in sorting, folding, stacking and cleaning the Kindergarten space before sitting down for a relaxing snack time.

Ringtime

Led by a teacher, children come together as a group to enjoy seasonal songs and poems and to play social games.

This is an ideal opportunity to build a community feeling, listening and language skills, clear articulation, moving in different ways, awareness of rhythm and rhyme, and confidence. Children experience a range of expression and language through movement, music, and drama.

Children learn through imitation and there is no pressure for a child to do more than they are ready to do.

 

The Rhythm of the Kindergarten Day

Snack Time

After the activities of the morning, the children enjoy a healthy snack around the table together, such as organic fruit, soup, dahl, or muesli.  Snack times offer rich opportunities to develop good habits for a healthy life, as well as social, communication, and mathematical skills.

Older children develop responsibility and a sense of achievement by helping with jobs such as setting the table, passing food around and clearing up afterward.

Garden Time

The natural world and outdoor play are a key part of daily Kindergarten life.

Children in our school thrive on daily outdoor experiences in all weathers. The garden area encompasses a purpose-built outdoor shelter which can be used for woodwork and other such tasks. It also houses an earth oven where the children bake bread. We have a garden curriculum to complement our indoor activities.

Story Time

The morning ends peacefully with story time. Stories are told not read, sometimes supported by a puppet show.  This teacher led activity reflects the oral traditions that are embedded in all world cultures and are inclusive. A well-told story creates an appreciation for the human voice and the beauty and rhythms of language. It also helps to extend vocabulary and comprehension, and aids the development of a good memory.

Eurythmy

Eurythmy is an art of harmonious movement accompanied by speech and song.

Once a week all children practice Eurythmy gestures to improve their coordination and to help them to feel more at ease with themselves.