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Each class at Montecito School has a set of daily activities that provide a consistent routine for children that is predictable and promotes a sense of security and confidence. Children quickly learn the routine, becoming comfortable in their environment and are able to engage more deeply in play and learning activities.
Opening Circle: To begin the day children meet in Opening Circle where they sing greeting songs, enjoy stories and finger plays, and are introduced to the day’s art, science, language, and pre-math activities.
Children’s Choice: Children choose from a variety of activities in each classrooms learning centers; dramatic play, books, blocks, art, pre-math, pre-writing, and science. As children play, interact, and create they develop fine and gross motor and social and language awareness skills
Small Groups:At this time we spit the children into small group activities with one teacher per group for sharing, literacy, pre-math, and science activities.
Bike Time: This is oneof the children’s favorites! Children go out into a space we call “Bike Circle.” This is a large, shared circular open space in the front of the school where children develop gross motor, social, language and cognitive skills as they choose bikes to ride, wagons to pull, play on the tree swing, walk a balance beam, build cooperative structures with blocks, look for insects, visit the animals, or water the garden.
Group Circle: Songs, finger plays, flannel board activities, music and movement activities are led by a teacher to provide opportunities for children to use and develop cooperation, listening, and language skills in a playful and fun group atmosphere.
Hand Washing and Snack: Children wash their hands and sit together at large tables to enjoy a healthy snack with opportunities for children to build their language and social skills with teachers and children.
Outside Time: Children play outside on a playground that is interesting and developmentally appropriate for each age group. There are lots of choices for outdoor activities – digging in the sand, running, jumping, climbing, sliding, swinging and enjoying the outdoors and playing with friends. Outdoor play supports language development and builds social interaction as well as physical skills.
Closing Circle: When it is time to go home, the children wait for the parent(s) to arrive in a whole group while they do a variety of music and movement activities.