CASA Montessori Program
The Casa program is for children who are 2.5 years of age to 6 years of age. We ask that all students are fully toilet trained before entering our Casa program.
The Montessori classroom is organized into five main areas.
The PRACTICAL LIFE activities are familiar tasks that the students have encountered in their daily lives, such as pouring, spooning, sweeping, etc. These tasks help children to develop their fine motor skills, while increasing independence and self reliance. The items in the Casa Classroom are scaled to fit the child and allow for them to master each task independently.
SENSORIAL EXERCISES allow for the children to discriminate and order the impressions that have entered through each of his senses. Scientifically designed materials that isolate each sense facilitate in the development of the intellect through hands-on exploration. The child learns to separate, classify forms, colours, textures, sounds and smells. The exercises in this area refine the senses and develop skills in thinking, judging, concentrating, comparing and sequencing. The materials offer unlimited opportunities for the development of vocabulary and the essential development of dexterity that will lead to reading and writing
LANGUAGE CURRICULUM focuses on the listening, speaking, reading and writing. The curriculum is designed to meet the young child’s innate need to acquire language. Significant emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and oral competency. Through the use of the Montessori materials, children acquire a rich vocabulary for labeling, describing, comparing and contrasting their environment and the objects within it.
The Montessori MATH CURRICULUM is firmly based on learning through experience. Children use a wide variety of carefully constructed materials to lead them to an understanding of the value and sequence of numbers. The children are introduced to the operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division at a concrete level so that they experience what these activities really mean. The program has the advantage if being able to meet each child’s individual learning style and pace of development.
The CULTURAL unit contains; botany, zoology, geography and science. The children have the opportunity to continue with the hands on approach. Experiments are a major part of the cultural program, allowing the child to make predictions, test and draw conclusions. The geography area allows the child to learn about where they live and their place in the world.