OUR SCHOOL YEAR
The Chickpeas school year runs from early September through July. Chickpeas generally follows the NYC DOE calendar (e.g., the first day of the school year), though there are fewer days off than in the public school calendar (e.g., Winter Break, and, it’s worth saying again, July!). Click HERE to view the calendar for the school year.
Our full-day starts with drop-off between 8:45 am and 9:00 am and ends at 3:20 pm.
EARLY BIRD & AFTER-SCHOOL
Chickpeas offers an after-school program from 3:20 pm to 6:00 pm and early bird care from 8:00 am to 8:45 am. Families sign up for after school/early bird care over the course of the year during our 3 separate enrollment periods. Folks have the option completing applications that allow them to choose how many days of care (3 to 5 days) and which days a week they need. Invoices are completed and sent out for each period by the executive director, and payment is expected in full before the end date of each period.
A TYPICAL DAY
8:00-8:45am - Early Bird Care: Parents who sign up children for early bird care drop off during this period. Kids play with toys in the block area and the rug, using a variety of materials each day.
8:45-9:00am - Arrival/Sign-In: Teachers greet families and children individually as parents sign in. Children use bathroom, wash hands, store belongings. Parents sign in their child each day and help transition children into the classroom.
9:00-9:15am - Free Play / Snack Prep: Children select an activity such as table toys, fine motor, puzzles, building in the block area, or books at listening center. Teachers prepare for snack and morning meeting.
9:15-9:40am - Morning Meeting: Bring the group together for a song, story, and interactive discussion. It is a time to talk about the day’s activities and choices for the morning. Teachers will consider the needs of children who are not ready for large group activities (e.g., hold two smaller groups, have one teacher sit close to children who need extra attention).
9:40-10:00am - Bathroom/Wash Hands/Snack: Children wash hands and prepare for snack. Snack is served at 3 tables. Children are guided in cleaning up and composting food waste.
10:00-11:40am - Work Time: Opportunity for child-initiated work/play in interest areas. Children choose the area in which they like to work, child with whom they would like to work, and the materials they would like to use. Teachers observe, ask open-ended questions, and make suggestions to extend children’s play and support their learning. Find opportunities to invite children to small group work. All centers are open.
11:40-12:00pm - Semi-Circle/Collective Clean-Up: Children gather on the rug in a semi-circle shape and three of them get a turn to show and talk about something they used or did at Work Time. Children are assigned teams and jobs and work to clean up materials from Work Time.
12:00-12:30pm - Lunch: Teachers sit with children and engage them in conversations about the day’s events, the meal itself, and topics of interest to children. Guide children in cleaning up after lunch, setting out cots/mats, and preparing for rest.
12:30-1:00pm - Work Time: Opportunity for child-initiated work/play in interest areas. Children choose the area in which they like to work, child with whom they would like to work, and the materials they would like to use. Teachers observe, ask open-ended questions, and make suggestions to extend children’s play and support their learning. Find opportunities to invite children to small group work. All centers are open.
1:00-1:20pm - Story Time: This is a time to sing favorite songs, recite finger plays and poems before the story. Teacher reads story and leads an interactive discussion about the text.
1:20-2:20pm - Rest/Quiet Time: Help children relax so they can fall asleep with music and back pats. Supervise rest area, moving about so each teacher gets a break. Provide quiet activities for children who don’t sleep. Adjust length of rest time to suit age of group and needs of individual children and time of year.
2:20-2:40pm - Clean Up/Wash Hands/Snack
2:40-3:15pm - Outdoor Play: Teachers supervise the playground toys and materials (climbers, slides). Teachers observe and interact with children as they play ball games, blow bubbles, make nature discoveries, and so on. Teachers may design some small group activities children can choose. Teachers may extend study work outdoors, if appropriate. Teachers help children put away or carry in toys and materials.
3:15-3:20pm - Closing Circle: As parents and caregivers arrive, they are welcome to visit with class and observe their child playing in yard with peers. When it is time for students to leave, student may choose to have special “announcement” made by teacher, High 5's, hugs with peers. There is also a brief transitional time to extended day for a portion of the children.
3:20-6:00pm - After school: Parents can sign up for additional child care during three enrollment periods during the year. After school consist of outside time, games, extra snack, and playing with a variety of toys and manipulatives.