A Typical Day

A Typical Day at GNS

When families arrive in the morning, they gather in the cubby room to read books and socialize. Children, parents and younger siblings then enter the classroom where they are greeted by the teachers who have set up a variety of activities and projects in each area. Parents and siblings participate for the beginning and then say their goodbyes.

Free play lasts for at least an hour, giving the children ample time to join in open ended activities at tables, building in our spacious block area, developing their social play skills in our dramatic play space, exploring art and science in our popular Mess Room, or finding more cozy spaces such as our Peace Corner and Book Nook. After cleaning up, the children come together for our Dance Party while the parent helper of the day gets things ready for snack. Snack follows, and then the children head outside to play in our backyard.

When the children come back inside, they split into more structured small groups to work on projects or activities. The children then eat lunch together and the day ends with a goodbye meeting before departing for home.

Some children stay on for an optional extended day program which includes a rest period and quiet afternoon play.


Early Bird Drop-Off

New in 2017-2018 is an optional "Early Bird" drop-off program that starts 30 minutes earlier.

Contact the GNS office at office@gardennurseryschool.org if this program might be of interest to your family

Our Routine

  • 8:30-9:00: Optional Early Bird program drop-off
  • 8:45-9:00: Arrival and family reading in the cubby room
  • 9:00-10:00: Free Play
  • 10:00-10:20: Clean up and Dance Party
  • 10:20-10:50: Hand washing and Snack
  • 10:50-11:00: Bathroom/Diapering
  • 11:00-11:45: Outside time
  • 11:45-12:15: Meeting and Small groups
  • 12:15-12:25: Story
  • 12:30: Lunch
  • 12:55-1:00: Goodbye Meeting
  • 1:00-3:00: Optional extended day program

NOTE: The times above are approximate and change to meet the needs of the children.

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