Full & Half Day Programs

(Daily schedules will vary depending on the needs of the children, families, and the teacher’s lesson plans)

Time Activity Location Purpose
8:00-9:00 Curiosity and Wonder  Arts Laboratory Morning Extended Day:  Allow time for varied drop off times and free choice activities


9:00-9:15 Arrival, Greetings and Morning Meeting


  Allow time for varied drop off times and parent-teacher connections

Allows students to revisit a favorite area from the day before.

Group welcome and orientation to daily activities

9:15-9:30 Snack   Time for informal conversations with teachers and children
9:30 – 10:00 Hypothesis Time

  Discussion of learning activities, generating hypotheses for children’s experiments and play.

Whole group activities to introduce new concepts or ideas.

10:00 -12:00 Investigation Adventures

Nature Melissa

Outside – on playground or museum grounds Engage children in opportunities that support their experiments on the grounds of Heritage Museums & Gardens
Investigation Explorations

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Inside – at classroom stations


Engage children in opportunities that support their experiments
12:00-12:30 Lunch


Either inside or outside Time for informal conversations
12:30 – 12:40 Think Time


Hypothesis Station Discuss the results of experiments and plan for future ones
12:40-1:00 Outdoor Classroom

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Playground Free play to allow time for varied dismissal.
1:00-2:00 Dream Time   Opportunities for listening to a relaxing story, poetry, music, and rest
2:00-3:00 Investigation Extensions


Outside or inside at classroom stations Opportunities to extend or expand upon experiments and test additional hypotheses
3:00-3:30 Curiosity and Wonder Outside, at specified classroom stations or in Arts Laboratory Allow time for varied pick up times and rituals and for individual conversations
3:30-4:00 Transition to After School


Playground or

Arts Laboratory

Extended Day – Opportunities for informal conversations
4:00-5:30 After School Activities Playground or

Arts Laboratory

Allow time for varied pick up times with group and free play options.


Unique Enhancements to Our Program!



Curator Visits: Jennifer, Heritage’s Curator, brings items from the Heritage permanent collection monthly for students to learn about, ask questions and make connections.



Horticulturist Visits: Brian and Emma, Heritage Horticulturists, connect students to the many plants and trees on the grounds of Heritage, or bring students to the Heritage Greenhouse to learn about seed propagation and rhododendron hybridization on a monthly basis.



Museum Education Visits: Danny, Heritage Educator, brings his background in art and his experience in Hidden Hollow during his art projects. Allie, Heritage Educator, brings her experience in Heritage programs and education to her projects.



Special Guest Lunch           Carousel Ride

Special Guest Lunch: Each month, students invite a family member (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) to join them for lunch at the school. Allowing students time to have a conversation with their special guest and talk about their school has become a very special event! We always end the lunch with a carousel ride for both students and guests!

Bike Day

Bike Day: During the mild months of the year, we have a monthly bike day. Students bring their bike and helmet to school. The parking lot loop is blocked off and lots of peddling ensues!

Experts and In-House Field Trips!

Here’s just a short list from 2015-2016 school year!

  • Music with Mr.Paul in November & December
  • National Marine Life Center with Miss Kathy in January
  • Hop, Skip & Jump Fitness with Miss Kathleen in February
  • What is Kindergarten all about?  Principal Visit with Mr. Smith from the Forestdale School, Sandwich in March
  • Budding Artists with Miss Roberta in April
  • Jackson Gilman performance in April 
  • Music with Mr. Paul in May & June