The Cottage Garden





...a unique garden where your children will blossom...

The Cottage Garden Daily Rhythm

  • Arrival
  • Inside creative-free play and occasional artistic activity
  • Tidy up time
  • Toileting
  • Snack
  • Tummy Rest with Story time
  • Toileting
  • Outside Playtime
  • Lunch
  • Dismissal for the half- day children
  • Nap
  • Toileting
  • Snack
  • Playtime
  • Dismissal for the full day children

Arrival • 8:00
Children and parents are greeted and welcomed. Our door will be open at 8:00. Please come in through the porch door-it will be open. When you arrive please help your child hang up his/her coat and put on indoor shoes.  We will be there to help with the transition into our playroom.

Inside creative-free play/artistic activity • until 9:00

Play is the most important time of our morning as this is the children’s “work”. This is when they learn to be together and socialize, to learn about out sharing, taking risks, role modeling for each other, and resolving conflict. These are all worked out and explored during free play under the watchful guidance of their teachers.
Occasionally we will bake a birthday cake or bread, craft or do some water felting.

Tidy up time and Toileting • 9:00 - 9:15
Every toy, cloth, soft animal or doll has a place in the room and the children soon learn that tidying up is just as pleasant a part of the day as any other. We sing all the toys back into their baskets and sing the dollies to sleep and we sing ourselves to the bathroom for hand-washing etc.

Snack • by 9:15
We eat organic, mostly vegetarian foods in our program. For morning snack we may have oat porridg or rice porridge with fresh fruit. Milk, herbal tea or filtered water will be served. We will clean up all together, with the children participating as much as they are able.

Tummy Rest/story time • 9:45-10:00
The foundations for literacy are laid through singing songs together and storytelling. Stories are told in the oral tradition, using simple handmade, felted or silk puppets. Both singing and storytelling develop vocabulary, memory and creative imagination.

Toileting • 10-10:30

Changing diapers and potty time before we go out.

Outside Playtime • until noon
Our lovely, fenced in backyard has a sandbox, cut logs for climbing and balance, and a small slide. We will garden in the spring. We go outside in most weather: the children find joy in the vibrant colors and windy days of fall, the snow and ice in winter, the blustery breezes of March and the lovely colors of spring.

Lunch • 12:00-1:00
As stated above, we eat organic, vegetarian foods in our program. Lunches are a variety of hearty blended vegetable soups with a different grain each day. Milk, herbal tea or filtered water will be served. We will clean up all together, with the children participating as much as they are able. Morning children will be picked up at 1:00

Nap • 1:00-3:00
Each child will have a cozy down quilt and mat or a playpen to curl up in/on while the teacher sings lullabyes and plays the kinder lyre.

Toileting & Afternoon snack • 3:00-3:30

Changing diapers and potty time. We will play quietly until all the children are awake and then have a snack all together.

Inside creative-free play/artistic activity • 3:30-4:30 This is when we will color, read books together, take out some of our quiet table top toys, maybe do some watercolor painting, more indoor play or outside play if the weather allows.

4:30 • Dismissal for the full day children.

Celia Riahi

the cottage garden

The Cottage Garden • Celia Riahi • 135 Cottage Street • Amherst, MA 01002 •