Wooden blocks become roads or train-tracks… anything they can imagine! Children include parents in their play according to their fluctuating needs. Those parents not engaged in child-led play may work on a simple craft project provided by the teacher, or help with tasks for the class time.
The morning begins with unstructured outdoor play. The group circle activities delight the children through much repetition of seasonal songs, nursery rhymes, and finger plays.
A story is told with the aid of wooden blocks or branches, woolen animals, and handmade people, all placed on cloths draped to create a natural scene. Stories are repeated throughout the season in acknowledgment of young children’s developmental need for and pleasure in repetition. They are generally chosen to reflect the current cycle of nature.
Each week the same flow of activities takes place so that even the youngest children experience the morning routine and begin to participate as part of the larger group.