Well this is about as rigorous as we get:
The children in the All-Day who in their first or second year play outside before lunch, then they have an hour to setup, eat, clean up, refresh in lav, socialize etc. and then most of them choose to nap or rest on a cot. If not, they choose something to do in the room right along side the children in their 3rd year. This includes all presentations, book corner, baking, music, special group events, audience members for upper level performances and also nature walks. It's not really rigorous in the sense that the child is expected to perform anymore than s/he is required to demonstrate mastery in the morning work cycle. The 3rd year of Children's House is in some ways more rigorous than the 1st but would not personally use that word to describe it. It's just that I feel the child is more comfortable and better served by spending as much time at home as possible. Though I also feel that the child benefits from participating in the morning work cycle, 3 hours away from home for a 3 or 4 year old is just about right. The All-Day was created in response to a need for both parents to work, not because of a developmental need. The Children's House should be set up in a comfortable and familiar manner, so should be homey to the child anyway but there is still no place like home!
My sweetie and I have a lovely little lady 07/02 and 3 cats