Sandy Spring Friends School

 

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Preschool Daily Schedule

A typical day in preschool includes opportunities for structured and unstructured play, child-directed learning, and outdoor exploration. Our values-based curriculum helps children develop strong social-emotional skills as they learn and play together.

What's a Typical Day At Preschool Like? Watch Our Video To Find Out!

 

Our Schedule Includes:

  • Morning & Afternoon Meeting Time
  • Music & Movement Activities
  • Spanish Classes Twice A Week
  • Physical Education Classes Twice a Week
  • Snacks and Meals
  • Rest Time

 

Example Daily Schedules

Times on the schedule are estimated times. Activities—and timing of those activities—may be different depending on the day. For more details, come visit us in person or chat with Ashaki Todman, our Director of Admission for PK3-Grade 5.

Preschool (Age 3)

Early Exploration • 8:10 AM–8:30 AM
Preschool students explore the classroom and get ready to start the day.

Morning Meeting • 8:30 AM–8:45 AM
Teachers bring the classroom together for morning greetings and to discuss the schedule for the day.

Centers & Guided Activities • 8:45 AM–9:30 AM 
From Dramatic Play to Math and Science Centers, preschoolers can participate in a variety of unstructured and structured activities around the classroom that help each child become more self-aware and develop their social, emotional, and academic skills.

Continued Center Time OR Co-Curriculars • 9:30 AM–10:00 AM
Depending on the day, preschoolers will either continue to build their skills through center time or participate in co-curriculars, which includes physical education and Spanish classes (twice a week), and visits to the SSFS library!

Snack and Outside Time • 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Students enjoy a health snack and then spend some time outside for unstructured play on our natural playground!

Music and Movement • 11:00 AM–11:30 AM
Every day, preschoolers have fun through singing and dancing— helping preschools enhance language development, build motor skills, strengthen memory, and practice self-expression.

Lunch Time and Recess • 11:30 AM–12:45 PM
Preschoolers get ready for lunch (wash hands, use the restroom) and then visit the Westview Dining Hall for a healthy hot lunch together. Then, it's time for more play on the playground! 

Transition From Lunch • 12:45 AM–1:00 PM
As our preschoolers begin to wind down, our teachers help them transition smoothly from play time to rest time.

Rest Time* • 1:00 PM–2:15 PM

Free Choice Or Community Building • 2:15 PM–2:45 PM
Depending on the day of the week, preschoolers participate in free choice time, Meeting For Worship with the Lower School, or Community Time with their classroom.

Pack Up • 2:45 PM–3:00 PM
Preschoolers get ready for dismissal by packing up all their belongings.

Closing Circle • 3:00 PM–3:15 PM
Teachers bring the classroom together for one last check-in to reflect on what the students have learned that day.

Dismissal At 3:15 PM*

*Due to early dismissals on Wednesdays,  rest time is from 1-2 pm. Students pack up, participate in closing circle, and are dismissed by 2:15 pm.

Preschool (Age 4)

Early Exploration • 8:10 AM–8:30 AM
Preschool students explore the classroom and get ready to start the day.

Morning Meeting • 8:30 AM–9:00 AM
Teachers bring the classroom together for morning greetings and to discuss the schedule for the day.

Pre-Academics Or Co-Curricular Activities • 9:00 AM–10:00 AM
Depending on the day, preschoolers may participate in a pre-academic play-based activities, or they may attend co-curricular classes in Spanish and Music ( offered twice a week.)

Snack And Outside Time • 10:00 AM–10:30 AM
Preschoolers enjoy a health snack and then spend some time outside for unstructured play on our natural playground!

Physical Education Or Pre-Academics • 10:30 AM–11:00 AM
Twice a week, students participate in a physical education class that offers a variety of fun opportunity to play—including a dancing and rock wall climbing unit! On the other days of the week, students continue to build their academic skills through fun play-based activities. 

Centers & Free Choice Or Library* • 11:00 AM–11:30 AM
From Dramatic Play to Math and Science Centers,  Preschoolers can participate in a variety of unstructured and structured activities around the classroom that help each child become more self-aware and develop their social, emotional, and academic skills. Each week, students also have an opportunity to take a trip to the SSFS library!

Lunch Time And Recess • 11:30 AM–12:45 PM
Preschoolers get ready for lunch (wash hands, use the restroom) and then visit the Westview Dining Hall for a healthy hot lunch—often featuring food from our farm.  Then, it's time for more play on the playground! 

Transition From Lunch • 12:45 AM–1:00 PM
As our preschoolers begin to wind down, our Teachers help them transition smoothly from play time to rest time.

Rest Time+ • 1:00 PM–1:45 PM

Extended Learning • 1:45 PM–2:00 PM
During extended learning time, teachers are able to take a deeper dive into subjects explored during the week with their class.

Life Skills or Community Building • 1:45 PM–2:00 PM
Depending on the day of the week, preschoolers will attend in Meeting For Worship with the Lower School, participate in Community Time with their classroom, or build age-appropriate social and emotional Life-Skills.

Pack Up • 2:45 PM–3:00 PM
Preschoolers get ready for dismissal by packing up all their stuff from the day.

Closing Circle • 3:00 PM–3:15 PM
Teachers bring the classroom together for one last check-in and to reflect on what the students have learned that day.

Dismissal At 3:15 PM+

*On Fridays, student's participate in a Family Share time.

+Due to early dismissals on Wednesdays,  students do not take a rest time. Instead, they participate in Science Centers & Exploration time, pack up, and closing circle.  and are dismissed by 2:15 pm.

Preschool Videos


Our Play Spaces 

At Sandy Spring Friends School we offer numerous places for your child to PLAY! Watch our video to see how our preschoolers play—from the classroom to the playground.

 

Preschool Musical Performances

As a part of our Arts program, preschoolers practice music and drama. They then perform in front of a supportive audience at various assemblies throughout the year as well as in their class play. Watch our "Preschool Musical Performances" video for highlights!