Country Day School
Schedules & Tuition
What's Happens at Hogarth?
A child wants some kind of undisrupted
routine or rhythm. Abraham Maslow
What Does A Typical Day at HCDS Look Like?
need consistency in their day-to-day lives. A schedule and routine upon which
they can rely decreases stress and avoids confusion. This is not to say that
children need unbending rigidity day in and day out. Spontaneity can add a bit
of spice and tons of fun, and the teachers are always ready to follow the
children down an interesting path.
is a typical day at HCDS:
EK, PK and CPG children wash
up first thing.
move into our circle time-type activities. By 8:20 a.m. for EK, 12:05 p.m.
for PK, and 8:35 a.m. for CPG, we are singing our greeting song, Hello, Little Friends,
which is followed by Pocket Chart Attendance. Beginning
in October, immediately following Pocket Chart Attendance, EK and PK
children work with The Message and CPG children work with
The CPG Notes. (Arriving within the
designated drop-off time is SO important. Children who are consistently late
for school miss this most important part of the HCDS curriculum.) Starting
in March 2010, the Messages and CPG Notes will be posted on the Blog page in
advance of the school week. This allows parents to ask their little one
informed questions about his or her day in school. Here's a sample set of
CPG Notes, with related questions:
was The Picker (or Mystery Kid)? What color highlighter did The Picker (or
Mystery Kid) choose today? Did you work on letter G yet? Did you name a wild
animal yet? What shape did The Picker pick today? Which letter didn't
belong? What story did you read today? What songs did you sing today? Who
did you play with today? What did you play with today? Did you get a chance
to do everything you wanted to do today? What do you want to do next time
you go to school? Who would you like to play with next time you go to
school? You could even sit down at the computer with your child and
enlarge the Message or Notes to look at together.
Beginning in October, EK children conduct daily Weather
Observations and work with a daily Calendar.
PK children work with a Countdown Sheet
starting in the spring.
During the course of
the EK, PK or CPG class, the group comes together for more singing and story time.
EK and PK children work with
our 100 Book Party activities.
in all classes will have a snack in either small groups, or with the entire
group, depending on our activities that day.
Children in all classes have
the opportunity for self-directed and/or teacher-selected playtime
may do work sheets to reinforce concepts introduced during circle time or
playtime. (Skills are never taught in isolation through worksheets.) The
paper work your child completes in school typically carries an explanation
box at the bottom of the page. Don't forget to scan down to see what skills
were reinforced through these seemingly simple pages.
Depending on the weather and
our scheduled activities, the children may play on the playground during the
fall, early winter, and spring months. Please keep in mind that HCDS is NOT
a daycare situation with children in attendance for 8+ hours 5 days a week.
If that was the case, the children would be outside for big chunks of time
everyday the weather allowed. The children are in attendance between 5 and 9
hours a week. In order for the teachers to complete an art
project, or work 1-on-1 with all 14 children in attendance, there will be
many good-weather days when your child does not make it out to the
playground. Rest assured that all of the children have ample opportunity to
play in the classroom, and are not being deprived of that most important of
all preschool pastimes, free play.
Classes end with our departure
song, So Long, Little Friends.