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Sample Schedule for a Preschooler's Day

Sample Schedule for a Preschooler's Day

Daily schedules are developed with the following in mind:

  • Matching the age and abilities of the children.
  • Outdoor time, both structured and unstructured, every day.
  • At least two large blocks of time for child-directed learning.

And include:

  • Morning and Afternoon Group Time
  • Small-Group Activities
  • Morning and afternoon child-directed learning in learning centers
  • Outdoor play and activities
  • Snack and meals
  • Rest time

Here's an example daily schedule for our Preschool classrooms.

Open – 9:00 a.m.

Arrival and Breakfast

Children participate in quiet activities and eat breakfast. As children finish breakfast, they can visit learning centers until most children have arrived and are finished eating.

9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Whole-Group Time & Read-Aloud

Children come together for the Morning Routine Activities as well as a featured whole-group activity.

9:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Learning Centers and Small-Group Activities

Children choose from learning center activities in these learning centers: blocks, creative arts, dramatic play, library, math and manipulatives, science and sensory, and writing. This time often includes small-group activities.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Snack

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Outdoor Play

Children enjoy structured and unstructured play outdoors.

11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch

Children wash their hands, help set tables, and prepare to eat lunch family-style.

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Transition

Children clean up from lunch and transition to rest time.

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Rest Time and Quiet Work Time

Most children nap or rest quietly. As children wake up, they can select from a variety of quiet activities, such as playing, drawing, writing, and looking at books.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Learning Centers and Small-Group Activity

Children choose from learning center activities in these learning centers: blocks, creative arts, dramatic play, library, math and manipulatives, science and sensory, and writing. This time often includes small-group activities.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Whole-Group Time & Read-Aloud

Children come together for a featured whole-group activity.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Snack

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Outdoor Play

Children enjoy structured and unstructured play outdoors.

4:15 p.m. – Close

Learning Centers

Children select from a variety of activities that are easy to clean up, such as looking at books and playing.