A Day in the Life at RHS

Morning Session:  8:00am – 12:30pm

Children should arrive no later than 9:00 am.
Half-day morning students should be picked up no later than 12:45pm.

8:00 – 10:45      Open classroom with mixed media and outdoor activities
Children are free to choose activities, including educational toys, dramatic play, arts and crafts and pre-structured self-correcting learning materials as well as outside play.

10:45 – 11:15      Match-up time
Children work cooperatively in teams (usually an older child paired with a younger child) to pick up and store toys and play equipment.

11:15 – 11:45      Snack time
Children go with their partner to wash their hands before coming to the table for snack.  They assist, as time permits, in arranging place mats and passing out cups, napkins and food.  Preparation of snack is a frequent class activity.

11:45 – 12:30      Circle time
A combination of stories, finger-plays, songs, rhythm, dance and movement activities, group discussions and learning demonstrations make up this structured activity.

12:30 – 12:45      Transition between programs
Full-time students prepare for lunch.  Half-day morning students are dismissed at 12:30pm.  Afternoon half-day students begin to arrive for lunch between 12:45 and 1:00pm.
 

Afternoon Session:  1:00pm – 5:30pm

Afternoon students should arrive no later than 1:00pm for lunch
and be picked up no later than 6:00pm.

12:45 – 1:15       Lunch break
This large-group social opportunity around the lunch table encourages children to practice eating etiquette while building conversational skills with peers. Children bring their own lunches daily.  A choice of milk or water is provided by the school.  

1:15 – 2:15       Lunch transition and rest time
The children attend to their personal needs (bathroom; hand washing, etc.) and engage in “quiet time” on rest mats, while listening to audio stories.   Children who nap do so in a designated area.

2:15 – 2:45       Circle time
A combination of stories, finger-plays, songs, rhythm, dance and movement activities, group discussions and learning demonstrations make up this structured activity.  Although similar to the format of the morning activity, themes and story selections are not repeated in the afternoon program in order to avoid redundancy for children participating in both programs.

2:45– 4:15       Open classroom with mixed media and outdoor activities
Children are free to choose activities, including educational toys, dramatic play, arts and crafts and pre-structured self-correcting learning materials as well as outside play.  Activities from the morning program are not repeated here, with the exception of projects that are extended over time and which have multiple steps.

4:15 – 4:45       Match-up time
Children work cooperatively in teams (usually an older child paired with a younger child) to pick up and store toys and play equipment.

4:45 – 5:00       Snack time
Children go with their partner to wash their hands before coming to the table for snack.  They assist, as time permits, in arranging place mats and passing out cups, napkins and food.  Preparation of snack is a frequent class activity.

5:00 – 5:25       Circle time
A final circle of the day.  A combination of stories, finger-plays, songs, rhythm, dance and movement activities, group discussions and learning demonstrations make up this structured activity.

5:30 – 6:00       Dismissal
The children prepare to be picked up by their parents.  The school day is completed at 5:30pm.  Quiet stories are available for children who are waiting during this final half-hour.