A Typical Day at Mary’s Schoolhouse
A typical day at Mary’s School House is busy and ACTION packed with a combination of structured learning activities, free play, meals, naps, special days, celebrations and much more! It’s great fun for all and we know exactly how to encourage the children to learn while having fun at the same time.
Our days are consistently structured without being boring. The children are kept busy with organized activities throughout the day. We have free play in between the academic activities of course too. There is very limited TV.
Toys & Special Projects
With the exception of the kid favorite legos, we know it’s best to rotate different activities and toys in and out of the home, sometimes seasonally. The kids love our special projects, especially hatching baby chicks, turning caterpillars into butterflies and growing our vegetable garden. Keeping playtime and activities fresh is the best way to keep the children interested.
We also teach the children by using special days to learn in different ways. We create memorable days mixed with activities to help build positive memories and in turn, the children associate the day of activities with something they have instinctively learned.
We have so MANY fun themed days and could never list them all. We’ve had themed days for Cruella & the 101 Dalmatians, Mardi Gras, Circus Day, Super Heroes, Chocolate Fondue day, Star Wars, Western day, etc. You name the theme, and we’ve probably done it.
We celebrate each child’s birthday, complete with inexpensive gifts, cake, ice cream and a special lunch. We celebrate Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, St Patty’s Day, Memorial Day, The 4th of July. We take full advantage of the change in seasons. The children love simple activities such as collecting leaves in the fall and stomping their feet in puddles on a rainy day.
Daily Schedule Varies
Our typical daily scheduled activity throughout the week includes specific periods of academics, free play, organized outside play, art, music, reading, writing, etc. Although it can and does vary, see the example below of what our day might be like.
- 7:00 – 8:00am – Arrivals & quiet indoor play activities
- 8:30 – 9:00am – Breakfast served
- 9:00 – 9:30am – Clean up, bathroom & prepare for outdoor play
- 9:30 – 10:30am – Organized and free indoor or outdoor play
- 10:30 – 11:30am – Art / Music
- 11:30am – Noon – Lunch
- Noon to 2:00pm – Nap time
- 2:00 – 2:30pm – Snack time
- 2:30 – 3:30pm – Outdoor or indoor play
- 3:30 to 5:30pm – Story time, free play and educational TV while waiting for child pick ups
Curriculum Based On Years of Experience
Our curriculum is comprised of a variety of years of educational material. We teach letters, numbers, shapes, simple science, politeness, character development, physical fitness and age appropriate skills. Children have an opportunity to work on their large and fine motor skills daily. Art projects are fun and displayed proudly. Some children learn how to read and write proficiently before they leave to Kindergarten. This is all done in a relaxed environment since all children develop and mature at different rates.
We have special invited guests come visit and share. We’ve had super heroes, hockey players, train engineers, fire fighters, police officers celebs and more. Of course, if you ask the children they’ll probably tell you their favorite visitors are Santa and the Easter Bunny. They also REALLY love Frank, the policeman. We’ve even had a few well known celebrities visit here in the past.