What is a typical day in the classroom?

Primary children come into the school, greet the guides, wash their hands, hang up their coats, and begin their day. They move about the classroom from activity to activity, using a small rug for work on the floor or sitting at a table. They may be talking or working with a friend, choosing to work alone, or sitting back to observe if they wish. During the course of the day each child chooses materials of interest, may receives lessons from the guide on a new material, shares snack with a friend, etc. Throughout the morning the children may gather to hear a story read aloud, share news, sing songs, recite poems, or work on group projects. Part of each day is spent outside. At the end of the morning the children help set up lunch and everyone in the classroom eats together.

Elementary children start the day by greeting the adults and children in the classroom. They spend time writing in their journal and planning the day, being sure to vary the subjects and experiences each day and follow up on unfinished projects. Large and small group lessons as well as individual lessons are taking place through out the morning. The elementary classroom is lively and social and busy. Each day children eat lunch and spend some time playing outside. They have a read aloud time and a time to have snack. Weekly elementary children have PE, a meeting with their teacher, and circle of friends (a democratic conflict resolution meeting).