Each day begins with a warm smile and a handshake between child and teacher. Then it’s time to put on indoor shoes, hang your jacket and put away your lunchbox before entering the classroom where friends and materials await.
Here is a look at what a typical day in our classroom looks like.
8:00-8:30 am – Morning Drop-Off
8:30-11:30 am – Montessori Work Time/Snack
During Montessori work time our teachers are guiding each student through the Montessori curriculum. The classroom is purposefully prepared to draw in each student to engage in meaningful work. Most lessons are presented one–on–one with the child, to meet their individual needs. Nutritious snacks are available for children to enjoy alone or with a friend.
11:30-12:15 pm – Outdoor Exploration
12:15-1:00 pm – Lunch
The children set the lunch tables and arrange their meals on their plates. Seating for lunch varies each day so the children get a chance to talk with different friends and teachers.
1:00-3:00 pm – Rest or Quiet Work Time/Snack
Children can retreat to a quiet space for naps or stay in the class to continue their work on the Montessori materials
3:00-5:00 pm – Outdoor Exploration and Pick-Up
The Schedule of the Day in the Casa
by Janet McDonell
Dr. Montessori advised extended work periods for first plane children in the Casa:
“These long hours are necessary, if we are to follow a directed line of action which shall be helpful to the growth of the child.” (1912/1972 p.120)
Early in the year, it seems impossible that a group of young children can sustain their purposeful activity for three hours. However, experience shows that, indeed, they come to love and depend upon those long, uninterrupted mornings and afternoons. What are the conditions necessary to establish a responsive schedule of the day?
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