A Typical Day At Nazareth Nursery Montessori School
Setting A Peaceful Tone For The Day
Children arrive at the school beginning at 8:00 a.m. and greet Sister Lucy and the Nazareth Nursery staff with a handshake, then continue to the classroom to engage in a casual, free-play arts and crafts activity.
Provided it is not raining and no heat or cold weather advisories are in effect, around 9:15 a.m. children run and play on the large playground equipped with jungle gym, slides, basketball hoop, an assortment of balls, and jump ropes.
After a healthy snack around 10:00 a.m., children return to the classroom and settle into “circle time” with their primary Montessori Directress. This is a time for sharing stories, show & tell, going over the day of the week and month, and the day’s weather.
After the circle time discussion is over, the children are called on one-by-one to choose their work for the day. At this point the children may work on their own in one of many learning areas on a mat on the floor or at a child-sized table, they may work in ground of two or three on a subject that they are all interested in, or one of the Directresses may present a child or small group of children with new subject matter.
Around noon, the children get a healthful lunch, prepared from scratch in the school’s kitchen. Proper nutrition is a focal point in our preschool and daycare. Each meal time opens and closes with the familiar children’s prayer:
Thank you, God, for the world so sweet.
Thank you, God, for the food we eat.
Thank you, God, for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything!
The children return to the playground for more exercise, social engagement, and fun.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. the children settle down with cots and blankets for an afternoon nap. Older children can nap or simply ‘rest’ at this time.
After nap time has concluded, the classroom Directresses guide the children in group activities. Often this includes rehearsing for the annual Christmas Pageant or the annual International Day performances.
At the end of the day, children have a third opportunity to run and play in our large playground until their parents return before 5:30 p.m.
When rain, snow, heat advisory, or other circumstances prevent use of our outdoor facilities, children are actively engaged in physically challenging games and activities designed to improve gross motor skills, balance, coordination, as well as group and one-on-one social skills.