Day in the Life of a Castle Island Student
Sample schedule for 3 to 6 years olds:
7:30-8:15 Before Care
Children play with toys and read books.
Children store personal items and greet their teachers and classmates.
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 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.
Children have play time outside in the courtyard or inside in the auditorium.
1:00-3:00 Rest time
Younger children usually sleep for a nap while older children have a 15 minute rest and then are invited to quietly begin the Afternoon Session.
1:15-3:15 Afternoon Session
Children participate in the second work cycle (see description above) and, are dismissed at 3:15.
3:15-5:30 After Care
Children have a snack, play time outside in the courtyard or inside in the auditorium.
To have another language is to possess a second soul.