What's A Typical Day At ORNS?

a typical day

Our teachers vary each day based on the needs and interests of our kids, but here’s what a typical day at ORNS looks like:

Meeting Time

  • During meeting time, each class gathers to make plans, discuss special activities for the day, and introduce new
  • Depending on the group’s age, children may do daily graphing activities, talk about the weather, or
    discuss what is going on in the children’s lives outside of school.

Choice Time

  • Children are encouraged to independently and collaboratively explore during free-play time.
  • Teachers carefully prepare each classroom with developmentally appropriate learning centers, daily projects, and activities that support the children’s current interests.
  • Teachers spend their time working one-on-one in small groups to encourage learning as the children play.
  • The teachers also help children with social problem solving and ask open-ended questions to make play and learning come alive.

Group Time

  • Group time allows children to gather to hear daily stories, play a group game, or sing songs.
  • It also allows children to ask questions, listen to other children read their own stories, or plan future activities.
  • Teachers help children build on what they know and focus on the evolving interests of the group.
  • Teachers also use this time to read to their children every day.

Snack Time

  • Before sitting down for a snack provided by the school, children wash their hands and help prepare the table for one another.
  • They are then encouraged to pour and serve their own water and snacks.
  • During this time, children talk with each other and the teacher, allowing them to practice table manners and learn about sharing and passing food.

Outside Play

  • Weather permitting, children at ORNS spend time outside each day.
  • The playground has several slides, monkey bars, tunnels, and other equipment appealing to young children.

Gym Time

  • Each classroom spends twenty minutes running, laughing, and playing in the gym each day.
  • The physical environment, including ride-on toys, balls, giant blocks, and climbing structures, is changed every week by a parent helper.
  • Teachers also facilitate music and movement activities during gym time.
  • At ORNS, we believe that large motor skill development is essential for our students’ day.
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