Carnegie Mellon University

Three-Year-Old Preschool Team Pictured (l-r): Cathy Roman, Danelle Belau, Leslie Johnson and Lisa Loomis

Classroom Schedule

Greeting
8:45 AM

Teachers greet each family at their car or as they walk their child into the school. This is an important face-to-face time for the teacher, child, and caregiver for hellos, goodbyes, and exchange of any pertinent information for the day.

Free Choice
8:45-9:40 AM

After hanging their coats and backpacks in their lockers, children choose from a variety of activities in their classroom. This time is good for developing independence and for engaging in self-directed activities with teachers and friends.

Young 3s - Red Room
Older 3s - Blue Room

Clean-Up
9:40-9:45 AM


Children take responsibility for the materials they’ve used and work together to put things back in containers and on shelves.

Circle Time
9:45-10:00 AM

Children meet with their teachers in their group area to discuss the school day, sing songs, listen to stories, learn about key concepts related to the monthly theme, and share experiences.

Bathroom
10:00-10:05 AM

The children have the opportunity to use the bathroom or change into a clean diaper/pull-up, then wash their hands before sitting down for snack.

Snack
10:05-10:25 AM

The friends sit together to eat a snack before playing on the playground.

Activity Time
10:25-10:55 AM

At this time, the children engage in independent and/or teacher-directed activities geared towards the current theme such as Art Activities, Playdough, Water Table, Large Motor Activities, Dramatic Play, Language Arts, Math, Science, Fine Motor Activities, Reading Center, Computers, Block Building, and Small Group Games.

Clean-Up
10:55-11:00 AM

Same as above.

Outside Time
11:00-12:00 PM

Children from all of the preschool groups go outside to play every day except in extreme cold and rainy weather. Children choose from a variety of activities including sand play, tricycle riding, dramatic play in the wooden structures, ball games, climbing and sliding on the playground structure, and other large motor games.

Bathroom
12:00-12:10 PM

The children have the opportunity to use the bathroom or change into a clean diaper/pull-up, then wash their hands before sitting down for snack.

Lunch
12:10-12:40 PM

The friends sit together to eat lunch.

Circle Activities
12:40-1:10 PM

Children meet with their teachers in their group area to discuss the school day, sing songs, listen to stories, learn about key concepts related to the monthly theme, and share experiences.

Dismissal
1:15 AM

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