AFTER CARE PROGRAM
Providing a strong rhythm to carry the children through a long, joyful day.
A seamless transition…
After lunch, Preschool and Kindergarten children enter a peaceful and cozy After Care space, where each child is offered lavender oil spray and a gentle back or head rub during this restorative rest time. Beeswax is given to children who do not sleep as a quiet cot activity. At the end of rest, children begin folding blankets in preparation for indoor activities including coloring, art, and indoor free play. A clean-up and gathering song helps transition the children for circle time. Children enjoy a group song, story, or finger play before they dress for outdoor fun. Outside, children finish their day with digging and building in the sandbox, running and playing, climbing and rope swinging, as well as helping tend the After Care garden. Time is given to parents to answer questions about the day.
Late Care begins at lower school dismissal with a handshake greeting and free play. Children are given the freedom to simply relax and digest their busy school day (or run off all their extra energy!) or they may choose to participate in daily enrichment. Children work together to set the table and then share a healthy snack. On any day of the week, you may find the children helping in the garden, creating artwork, or needle felting. Each day of the week provides a different special activity including arts and crafts, cooking, gym games, board games, and playing in the park. On cool Friday evenings, children take turns choosing stories from the library, with older children on occasion reading to younger ones around a courtyard campfire.