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  1. Greeting and Meeting Time: These are brief blocks of time that may take place one or more times during the day. The children and teachers meet together to talk and share. Conversation may focus on preparing or planning for a special event, sharing a personal experience, laying the foundation for the day’s activities, answering the “Question of the Day”, or group resolution of a classroom issue.

  2. Planning Time: Children break into two or more groups to develop their Interest Area “work plan” for the morning or afternoon. Teachers use different strategies to help children come up with plans. Sometimes children draw pictures of what they will do and dictate their plan to the group leader. Other times they may record their plans into the tape recorder. Having a plan gives purpose and direction to children’s play.

  3. Work Time: During this large block of time, children carry out their plans in the Interest Area of their choice. Teaching staff move among the children, asking open-ended questions about what they are doing, encouraging them to expand their work idea, or helping “jump start” a child who seems to be floundering.

  4. Clean-Up Time: Children learn about their responsibility to help maintain and care for their rooms as they put materials they have used back where they belong. This activity also promotes pre-reading and organizational skills because all storage places are labeled with pictures or drawings of the items that belong there.

  5. Recall Time: After cleaning-up, children break-up into small groups to review their work accomplishments. The group leader may use an activity such as drawing a picture, recording their explanations, an experience chart, or inventive writing to guide children in the sharing of the plans they carried out.

  6. Large Group Time: These are short periods in the day when the whole class is involved in an activity, often times involving gross motor skills. During Large Group Time, children may be asked to crawl like a baby, march to the music, or parade around the classroom playing musical instruments.

  7. Small Group Time: This period of the day revolves around a short, teacher-directed activity that introduces a new concept, piece of equipment, material, or game. Children have supervised time to work with and explore the material, equipment, or game.

  8. Story Time: Teachers make themselves available throughout the day to read with individual or small groups of children. Story time enables the teacher to introduce new vocabulary, expand listening skills, stimulate expressive language , and promote higher order thinking skills by asking open-ended questions about pictures, predictions, the order of events, and reactions to the book’s theme or message.

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