A structured schedule is essential for children to feel safe in their environment. Children need to be able to predict what is going to happen next.
Although there are many variations of preschool schedules for children 2 to 4-year olds, here is the one we use with my class daily.
For most lessons, 30 minutes are scheduled. While the actual activity usually only takes about 15 minutes, the scheduled time allows for the activity to be introduced, the activity itself, extra time for children who take a little longer and cleaning/tidying up afterwards.
Some children finish a lot faster than others, so let them do something quietly (read a book, draw a picture) while waiting for their classmates.
9.15-10.00: Free Play
10.00-10.15: Circle Time
10.15-10.45: Snack time
10.45-11.15: Teacher-guided play
11.15-11.45: Math activity/Theme related activity/outdoor Play
11.45-12.15: Music, P.E., Science, Cooking, etc.
12.30- 1:00 :Lunch
1.00: Pick up time for 3's on hal-day schedule
1:00-2:00 Rest time
2:00-2:15 Independent reading
2:15-2:30 Language Arts activity
2:30 : Pick up 3's and 4's full day