Full & Partial Day Programs

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



Time Activity Location Purpose
7:30-9:00 Before School Activities Arts Laboratory Allow time for varied drop off times and rituals and for individual conversations
9:00-9:15 Curiosity & Wonder Classrooms Allow time for varied drop off, connections with families and free choice in classroom.
9:15-9:30 Greeting & Morning Meeting


Hypothesis Station Group welcome and orientation to daily activities
9:30-9:45 Snack Either as a group or during Investigation Adventures and Explorations Time for informal conversations with teachers and children
9:45 – 10:00 Hypothesis Time

Hypothesis Station Discussion of learning activities, generating hypotheses for children’s experiments and play
10:00 -12:00 Investigation Adventures

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

Inside – at stations in classroom or hallways 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 Partial Day Pick Up Outside Playground Free play to allow time for varied dismissal.
1:00-2:00 Dream Time Classrooms Opportunities for listening to a relaxing story, poetry, music, and rest
2:00-3:00 Investigation Extensions

Outside  on playground or grounds of the museum

or inside at classroom stations

Opportunities to extend or expand upon experiments and test additional hypotheses
3:00-3:30 Curiosity and Wonder

& Full Day Pick Up

Playground, classroom stations or in Arts Laboratory Free play to allow time for varied pick up times.
3:30-4:00 Transition to After School &

After School Snack

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:

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