Because we know that children’s learning is integrated into the early years, we understand that curriculum should be integrated with, and provide transition to, the primary grades. According to current brain development and learning research, children at this age integrate their knowledge and skills from one subject area to another. Children also have the capacity to build connections across various disciplines, such as applying writing and reading skills to social study projects or using music activities to integrate mathematical skills.
Our Kindergarten Program creates a learning environment in which children extend their love of learning into academic school experiences. Therefore our curriculum is aligned with the state’s Kindergarten Content Standards and uses Developmentally Appropriate Practices (National Association for the Education of Young Children), which guides our decisions about effective teaching practices.
Montecito emphasizes learning basic academic skills through meaningful and hands-on experiences for all children. The goal is for children to build increasingly complex thinking skills and thus to successfully apply social and academic skills to real life situations.