Children flourish when the natural order of life is reflected in their everyday activities from the simplest daily activities like breathing in and breathing out to their sleep and meal rhythms. Children are receptive to the world they live in, that includes their time at home and in school. That’s why the school day is organised to strike the right balance between structured activities and creative free play involving the whole group. All kindergarten activities share a resemblance to ‘breathing in’ and ‘breathing out’ from active moments of creative play and artistic work to the quieter activity of storytelling.
A child’s regular day at the kindergarten starts with arrival and playing outdoors while the teachers engage in purposeful activities. The children are on the climbing frame, or on the swings and sandpit and some may even join the teachers in the activity they are involved in. Transition to the indoors begin with children washing up and following the teachers inside. They all assemble on the circle mat and greet each other and the morning in song. They also sing and dance to the songs of the season. They then drink warm milk and eat fruit and enter artistic work like painting or weaving or other purposeful work like helping with the meal of the day. At the same time children are also free to join their friends in creative free play.
All the children are involved in the upkeep of the classroom by putting away all the toys and setting the table for lunch. They gather around for finger rhymes and then offer thanks for the meal they are about to eat, and sit down at the table. With the children sitting to quietly listen to a story, the morning rhythm is complete.
This rhythm is maintained throughout the year and rarely changes. This creates that sense of calm and stability that is required in a child’s life. He knows what is coming next on a daily basis and is not surprised with any sudden changes. The child builds his confidence, whether it is with grating, cutting, weaving, tying his shoelaces or even pouring a dosa on his own. It also gives the child a sense of “I did this” providing that all-important sense of purpose.