Hi! Yes nice description Gr8fulmom. Calm, peaceful, lots of activity but not chaos, especially by this time of year. But sometimes there can be a bit of unsettling occuring before summer. Also, depending on what time of day you go, you will see a different aspect of the work cycle. For example, between 9 and 10 it is generally a settled period (if the work cycle goes from 8:30 to 11:30). Then there is an occurrence called "false fatigue" that hits about 10:30 (restlessness), after which the children choose work that is their biggest challenge or period of highest concentration (from about 10:45 to 11:30) for the day.
There should be a 3 hour work cycle during which the children exercise their ability to choose materials guided by the Directress who works with children individually or in small groups throughout the morning. Both the Directress and Assistant should speak in a soft voice and move slowly and gracefully about the room. There should be a wide variety of work going on: sewing, memorizing math facts, drawing maps, labeling objects, painting, singing, polishing, writing on chalkboards, scrubbing tables, geometry, the pink tower. The children should demonstrate care for the materials and one another. You should see children spontaneously helping one another without being asked, young children avidly watching an older child's work, children giving lessons to one another. The children should place materials back on the shelves in good order. This should be an atmosphere of cooperation and joyful learning.
My sweetie and I have a lovely little lady 07/02 and 3 cats