Academics
Early Childhood Center

Sample Schedule

A Day in the Life

La Jolla Country Day School’s Early Childhood Program offers half-day and full-day Tiny Torreys and junior kindergarten programs with extended care options before and after the school day. Below is a sample schedule of our students' day.


Tiny Torreys

7:50–8:30 a.m.
Family welcome and indoor/outdoor play
  • Staggered arrival
  • Morning health checks, open learning spaces and free choice activities

8:30–8:40 a.m.
Clean up

8:40–9:15 a.m.
Morning welcome circle and specialty class
  • Welcome students and share plans for the day
  • Pre-math activities, attendance, calendaring and morning stretches  
  • Storytelling and read aloud with Lower School librarian
  • Music with Lower School music teacher

9:15–9:30 a.m.
Snack time
  • Nutritious snack and milk provided for students  
  • Opportunity to reinforce table manners and healthy eating

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Indoor/outdoor exploration
  • Active, unstructured play in the indoor or outdoor learning spaces
  • Activities include imaginative play, trike riding, climbing, mud kitchen play, gardening, creative art, sand and water play, reading, writing, sensory table exploration and building

10:20–10:50 a.m.
Physical education
  • Motor skill focus and group games
  • Taught by physical education teachers  

11–11:15 a.m.
Small group activities
  • Early literacy, fine motor, math, science or character education
 
11:15–11:30 a.m.
Indoor exploration
  • Free choice
  • Unstructured activities, including block building, dramatic play, science table exploration, puzzles, manipulatives and dramatic play

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lunch
  • Students bring their own lunch
  • Bonding and socializing over a meal
  • Learning to be independent and practicing self-help skills, following directions and taking care of their items

12 p.m.
Dismissal for half day students

12:15–1:30 p.m.
Story and rest time
  • Teacher reads a story to transition to rest time routine
  • Yoga before rest
  • Listen to classical music or recorded stories during rest time
  • Recoup and reinvigorate

1:30–2:15 p.m.
Transition from rest to activity time
  • Students begin to wake up
  • Tabletop activities: art, manipulative activities and math
  • Snack

2:15–2:45 p.m. 
Indoor/outdoor exploration


2:45–3 p.m. 
Clean up and dismissal or transition to Extended Day or after-school programs
  • Students help clean up and care for their classroom and playground         
    
         

Junior Kindergarten

7:50–8:10 a.m.
Family welcome and outdoor play
  • Staggered arrival
  • Morning health checks
  • Active, unstructured, outdoor play to enjoy morning light and air

8:10–8:25 a.m.
Morning welcome circle
  • Three classrooms come together to share plans for the day
  • Students help plan the day with teachers

8:30–9 a.m.  
Physical education
  • Motor skill focus and group games in the gym
  • Taught by physical education teachers  

9:10–9:40 a.m.   
Specialty class (library, Spanish or music)
  • Read aloud with Lower School librarian, and students check out a book for the week in the library
  • Spanish lessons with the Lower School world language teacher
  • Music lessons with Lower School music teacher in the Lower School music room

9:45–10 a.m.
Snack time
  • Nutritious snack and milk provided for students
  • Time for bonding and socializing over snacks
  • Opportunity to reinforce table manners and healthy eating

10–10:45 a.m.
Outdoor exploration
  • Active, unstructured play in the indoor or outdoor learning spaces
  • Activities include imaginative play, trike riding, climbing, mud kitchen play, gardening, creative art, sand and water play, reading, writing, sensory table exploration and building

10:50–11:15 a.m.
Group Activities (Storytime, art project, music or language arts)
  • Focus on pre-academics—preparation for kindergarten
  • Pre-reading, phonics, building words
  • Pre-math activities
  • Fine motor skills through art projects and creativity

11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.
Indoor exploration
  • Free choice
  • Learning spaces: art maker, STEM, imagineering and writing center

12 p.m.
Dismissal for half day students

12–12:30 p.m.
Lunch
  • Students bring their own lunch
  • Bonding and socializing over a meal
  • Learning to be independent and practicing self-help skills, following directions and taking care of their items

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Rest time

1:45 a.m.
Snack time

1:45–2:15    
Outdoor exploration/free choice

2:30–2:45 p.m.  
Science class or character education
2:45–3 p.m. 
Clean up and dismissal or transition to Extended Day or after-school programs
  • Students help clean up and care for their classroom and playground