Classroom Structure

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Magic Cottage classrooms are divided into interest areas where children make choices to spark investigative thinking. Each area is thoughtfully supplied with educational materials that encourage creativity, cooperation, and individual growth.
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Experiential Learning

Children learn through play and are offered that stimulation to grow at their own pace

Child painting

Art Area

The Art Area has supplies that children use to create and represent the world around them. Paint, crayons, markers, playdoh, collage, scissors, etc. let children develop fine motor and cognitive skills. As they mix, stir, cut, roll, and glue, they begin to observe chance and how they are able to affect the world. Experimenting in the art area is as valuable as creating a finished work.

Child playing with blocks

Block Area

The Block Area is spacious and well supplied. Any good block castle needs space to grow up and space to grow out. Children learn to deal with special concepts, notice shape similarities and differences, create various patterns, and make-believe using toy people and animals within their created structures. Many cognitive and social experiences are the healthy result of the block area.

Children playing with toy food

House Area

Children use the House Area for make-believe and role-playing. When a child pretends to cook, play house or dress like an adult, it helps him or her gain a better understanding of the adult world. This area provides the opportunity for children to work together, express feelings, explore new ideas, and use language to communicate.

Child playing

Quiet Area

The Quiet Area provides children the opportunity to develop fine motor skills through lacing, doing puzzles, and connecting Legos. Cognitive development is enhanced by introducing letters, numbers, shapes, patterning, and seriation.

Children playing at a sand table

Science Area

The Science Area is an exploratory zone that includes kaleidoscopes, magnifying glasses, fish tanks, plants, magnets, bugs enclosed in glass, and a sand table. This area encourages children to embrace the scientific method and tap into their natural curiosity.

Children reading

Reading Area

Sometimes you just want to chill out and look at a good book. The Reading Area contains books of various interests including fantasy, multicultural, careers, community helpers, family, animals, and so much more! After all, “Reading can take you places you have never been before.” – Dr. Seuss.

Children using computer

Computer Area

Through educationally themed games, children incorporate S.T.E.A.M activities within this innovative area. Discovery through computers is promoted and teachers guide children to exciting educatonal sites.

Child writing a plan

Writing Area

The Writing Area enriches children’s knowledge of the writing process. Using a variety of writing enhancements such as colored pencils, markers, chalk, stencils, and a dry erase board, children learn how to represent their thoughts.

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