AppleTree’s instructional model Every Child Ready establishes a structured and predictable set of activities that happen daily for children. The instructional day begins at 8:45 AM and ends at 3:15 PM. While each of the components happen every day, teachers can adjust the order to best meet the needs of children.
Read the 2017-18 Parent Handbook for all aspects of AppleTree Early Learning PCS, including attendance policy, student services, behavior supports, assessments and progress reports, serving children with disabilities, family involvement, health and nutrition, safety policies, and school dress code.
|Before Care||7:30-8 AM||Before Care is available for a fee.|
|Breakfast||8-8:45 AM||AppleTree participates in the National School Lunch Program and the Healthy Schools Act (see AppleTree’s Public Notification Statement – School Meals Program).|
|Morning Meeting / Centers Meeting||8:45-9 AM||Teachers engage the students in a quick community-building activity and introduce the theme and question of the day.|
|Centers I with Small Group I||9-10 AM||One teacher facilitates interactive literacy or language small groups, while remaining teachers facilitate free-choice center activities.|
|Snack||10-10:15 AM||Children receive their first snack of the day.|
|Story||10:15-10:35 AM||Teachers read aloud a fiction or non-fiction story to the students.|
|Journaling||10:35-10:55 AM||Children respond to a prompt or participate in free writing. One child’s work is highlighted during this time as part of “Author’s Chair.”|
|Outdoor Play||11-11:30 AM||Children visit playground outdoors. In inclement weather, children play in indoor play space.|
|Sounds, Songs, & Symbols||11:35-11:55 AM||Teachers lead several short activities focused on phonological awareness, phonics, shared writing, math, and word play.|
|Lunch & Nap||12-1:45 PM||Book browsing is available to students for the last 20 minutes.|
|Gross Motor & Centers Meeting||1:45-2 PM||Children participate in guided gross motor activities that reinforce core, theme-related vocabulary or social-emotional skills.|
|Centers II with Small Group II||2-3 PM||Afternoon small groups are dedicated to hands-on instruction of math and science skills and concepts. One teacher leads small group instruction, while remaining teachers facilitate free-choice centers.|
|Let’s Explore||3-3:15 PM||Whole group interactive instruction focused on science concepts or social-emotional skill development through exploration, experiments, or read-alouds.|
|Extended Day||3:15-6 PM||Extended Day is available for a fee. Teachers facilitate additional playtime and activities that reinforce concepts taught during the week.|
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