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A day at the Lab School

At the Lab School, there’s always a busy, happy hum of activity. During our three-hour program, children take part in child-directed and teacher-facilitated learning experiences.

Every day offers a range of learning opportunities, including large and small group activities that focus on math, science, art, literacy, sensory, construction/block building, dramatic play, gym, and outdoor play.

Arrival

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. or 12:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Teachers greet children and parents.

Indoor play and gym

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. or 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Children choose from a number of activities available. This time may include individual activities or small group activities.

Individual activities

Individual activities may include:

  • art;
  • math;
  • science;
  • problem solving activities;
  • books;
  • blocks;
  • dramatic play;
  • cooking;
  • construction activities;
  • large motor play; and
  • sensory activities like play with water or sand.

Small group activities

This is the part of the day when 5-7 children meet with one of the teachers to study and learn about topics that are of particular interest.

Small group studies or projects may include:

  • reading books;
  • drawing and art projects;
  • field trips; and
  • guided small group discussion.

Clean-up and large group time

9:45 – 10:10 a.m. or 1:45 – 2:10 p.m.

This time may include:

  • music and movement experiences;
  • stories and dramatizations;
  • concept development; and
  • group discussions, as children are ready.

Snack

10:10 – 10:25 a.m. or 2:10 – 2:25 p.m.*

This time is used for informal conversations, concept development, or playing learning games, as well as a nutritious snack.

Dressing and outdoor play

10:25 – 11:15 am or 2:25 – 3:15 pm

Children choose from a variety of activities in the outdoor learning environment or large motor room including:

  • climbing;
  • running;
  • digging;
  • dancing;
  • biking;
  • woodworking; and
  • exploration of the natural world.

Our outdoor play policy

Children play outside except during extreme weather. Please dress your child appropriately to avoid discomfort. Our general policy is that all children who are in school will go outside if their class goes outside.

If very cold air causes your child ongoing respiratory distress, please provide a written note from your doctor. The note should state why your child cannot take part in outdoor play and specific temperature guidelines for us to follow. Our staff will supervise children who aren’t able to go outside.

Departure

11:15 a.m. or 3:15 p.m.

Goodbyes and brief parent-staff communications.

Note: Because the Lab School is a half-day program, naps and rest are not part of the daily schedule. Should a child need rest, a space can be provided on a classroom couch or in the school office.

Request a tour

Interested in learning more about the Lab School? Please contact us to set up a tour. Visit our new family enrollment page to find out more about the application process.

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