Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Gift of Routine

There is a lot to be said for routine.  Routine builds a sense of safety, security and healthy control through predictability.  When children know what is coming next, either through conversation about the schedule or following a similar routine everyday, their world feels safe and understandable.  Without having to question when and if things will happen – like meals when hunger sets in or connection through play or daily routines – children are able to relax in the environment and relationships.  This relaxation allows for play, exploration, wonder, creativity and joy!
Just as a musical piece is best enjoyed when the melody is played in sequence, our days in Cohort 8 feel the best when our simple routine or rhythm is followed.

Here is what our daily routine looks like:

Morning Snack


Nap/Rest Time




Play




















Lunch



Outside Time

                              


Nap/Rest Time



Afternoon Snack
                      


Play
       

But routine does not mean sameness everyday.  We flow through the day, following the sequence of events, taking time for experimenting with new discoveries.

Painting



Drawing


















Waterplay

            


Playdoh


 


and Exploring the Garden


                               

What wonderful, busy days!!

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