The Earth upon and within which we live also lives in rhythmic cycles. Days are predictable: sunrise, midday, evening, nightfall, moonrise. The 4 seasons persist, year after year after millennium. We know them well.
We breathe in the warmth of spring air, as we emerge from the dark inner days of winter, followed by the exhale of summer, with outdoor play and the drinking in of the warmest sun's nourishment.
As the days shorten and cool, we return to our busy days of planning ahead for the winter. Rhythm and routines prepare us to live successfully and we begin developing the discipline of order and structure in early childhood.
Babies and preschoolers function best when they keep regular wake/sleep times, meal times, and play times. A reverent blessing of the food at mealtime teaches children the value of mindfulness and gratitude and sets the stage for a peaceful meal.
Raleigh Day School values a consistent daily rhythm of the school day and adheres to a predictable schedule the children come to anticipate.