Friday, August 7, 2009

Montessori Primary Class: Sample Class Schedule for School or Homeschool

This sample class schedule is courtesy of Sue and Fred Eustis of The Apple Ridge Montessori School , a lovely small school based in Baltimore County, Maryland.

8:15 to 9:50 Morning extra-time

8:50 to 9:10 Arrival
Children choose activities independently or with suggestions. They also attend individual and small group lessons given by adults. Work time goes until approximately 11:00 a.m.

11:10 to 11:30 Large Group Time
Soon after 11:00 a.m. we clean up and get ready for large group time. There are songs, poems, games, stories and grace and courtesy lessons during this time. We also talk about science projects, current and upcoming events, holidays.

11:30 to Noon Outside Time
We have bathroom trips for those who need them. The children line up with a partner to walk to the playground.

Outside time ends at Noon as the children gather to walk back inside. Half day children are picked up on the playground between 11:55 and 12:05.

Noon – 12:15 p.m. Large Group Time – calendar, finger plays

12:15
We get ready for lunch with another bathroom visit. The children wait with their lunch box to be shown to a table by the child who is currently the “host” or hostess.

12:30 – 1:00 Lunch
We all begin eating together about 12:30 p.m. Lunch is over at 1:00 p.m., including individual clean up. Older children have lunch jobs such as table setting, hosting, and helping with clean-up.

1:15 – 1:35 Rest or workbooksThree-year olds are usually settled on cots by 1:15 p.m. Fours rest on rugs; fives work on workbook tasks for about 20 minutes.

1:45 – 2:00 Group for older childrenWe have a short yoga class before an afternoon group lesson and another individual work time. Nappers join the class when they wake up.

2:50 – 3:10 Dismissal
We clean up at 2:50p.m. A staff member reads to the children or conducts other group activities from 2:50 to 3:05 while children are being picked up. After-school care begins at the end of this transition time.

3:10 – 4:45 After school care

Read more about Montessori at home or at school with our Montessori Teaching Curriculum.

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