Classroom and Day

In Fall 2016, River Canyon will be offering the following programs for young children:

1.  A mixed-age Kindergarten class with children ages 3-6.  Monday-Thursday 8:30-12:30 with a 2-days/week and 4-days/week choice.

2.  A parent-child class with children ages 1-5.  Fridays- every quarter, 9-11am.  See Little Daisies Class for more details

Note:  Extended day (12:30-3:30) is available for option 1.

In our school, most learning occurs through play, which is often imitating adults.  Children plant seeds and tend the garden, build and demolish, mold beeswax and paint with watercolors, sing, listen to and enact nursery rhymes and fairy tales.  The toys they share are simple and natural, leaving room for the child’s own imagination.  Outdoor play is an important part of the day.

The effort in kindergarten is to create a harmonious, orderly environment in which children can develop confidence in themselves and a natural respect for others and the world in which they live.  The teachers accomplish this peaceful tone through a carefully planned, rhythmical program that balances periods requiring more and then less concentration, group and then individual participation, and indoor then outdoor activity. Following is the rhythm of the day in the classroom:

Our  current kinder daily rhythm is as follows:

8:30am-9:30am Outside Time
9:40am-9:55am Circle Time
10:00am-10:30am Snack Time
10:30am-11:30am Creative Play
11:30am-12:00pm Story Time
12:00pm-12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm-1:00pm Outside Time
1:00pm-3:30pm Extended Hours

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