Day in the Life of a Castle Island Student
Children participate in storing personal items, greetings, playing with toys, and reading books.
8:30-11:30 Morning Session
Staff and children participate in Morning Meeting in English with personal news, weather, songs, and a group lesson followed by the first work cycle: children choose hands-on work from the shelves to explore and practice concepts and skills in math, English and Spanish language arts, geography, history, science, self-care and practical life. The teachers give individualized lessons. Children prepare and serve their own snack during this time. This session concludes with a repeat of Morning Meeting is Spanish.
Children have play time outside or in the gym and a bathroom break.
Children bring their lunches from their cubbies that they have brought from home and eat with friends at small tables in the classroom; they work together to clean up and prepare for reading and rest time.
1:30-2:00 Rest time
Children hear a read-aloud story in English or Spanish and rest. Younger children usually sleep for a nap while older children will be invited to quietly begin the Afternoon Session.
2:00-3:30 Afternoon Session
Children participate in the second work cycle (see description above) and,
in addition, kindergarten and elementary students participate in integrated workshops for language arts, social studies and science.
3:30-5:30 Afterschool Program
Children have a snack, play time outside or in the gym, and a bathroom break. Also, special activities will be offered including arts and crafts, yoga, drama, and dance.
To have another language is to possess a second soul.