The classroom climate is also very different in a great way. Students are free to roam the classroom, eat, and play at almost anytime that does not involve direct instruction. Windows are left open for fresh air and students can wave outside the windows to their friends playing outside. Many of the teachers use some sort of chime to get the attention of the class. To my amazement, this works very well! The control that the teachers have is impressive. They never have to raise their voice to anyone either.
The day is generally no more than four hours long so students bring a lunch or snacks but only eat it throughout the day. They do however have a lot of play time! Students go outside on the playground for twenty-plus minutes at least once a day. That goes along with all the free time that is in the classroom itself. Overall I love the schools! I hope to see more schools like this in America full of happy and healthy children!