Montecito classrooms are designed to provide the optimum learning experiences for children. Upon entering the classroom it can be observed that there are at least six (6) learning centers: blocks, dramatic play, science, listening/writing, music and story/quiet corner.
Each of the learning centers are furnished with age-appropriate materials displayed in order to promote exploration-- a skill that is known to support language acquisition and cognitive development.
Children develop at different rates so materials in each learning center reflect varying degrees of challenge and are rotated to provide new challenges and to support children’s intellectual growth.
Children are always connected to their outdoor environment, even when in the classrooms. Large classroom windows let in natural light and expose children to the ever-changing skies and seasons of nature. Animal cages, terrariums, fish tanks and bird houses can also be found inside each classroom or playard. Children name the animals, learn about life cycles and the types and groups of animals found in nature. If they desire, children learn to gently hold the animals and may help feed them.