A typical day at Natural Start Preschool begins at 9:00am when the children arrive for preschool. This is a time when parents or caregivers drop off their child and help them transition from home to preschool, with support from the teachers as needed.
Our daily preschool routine unfolds in a number of settings, both outdoors and in the classrooms, with a range of developmentally appropriate activities. A typical schedule is as follows:
9:00 AM Welcome to Preschool
Sign in, greet teachers and friends, transition into day with free play
Free Choice Time
Free play at various learning stations to include sensory and fine-motor activities, arts and crafts, dramatic play, and teacher-led small group activities to explore letters and numbers
“Good Morning Song”, weather, calendar, Letter of the Week, and introduction to our daily theme which may include a story, song, music and movement, or exploration with natural materials
Clean-Up, Restroom Break, Snack Time
Nature Exploration and Play
Outdoor activities may include a hike in the woods to observe and listen, playtime in the meadow to support independent discovery, group games and activities with a focus on exercise and cooperation, as well as activities using natural materials to sort, count, and have fun while learning!
Closing Group Time, “Goodbye Song”, 12:00 PM Dismissal
"Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health"
- Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods