The Montessori Casa program provides a prepared environment for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years. The didactic materials used in the classroom are based on the pedagogy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, and aid the child in the learning process. Spontaneous and self-directed learning is fostered in this non-competitive environment. Children are free to work independently or in collaboration with peers, gaining important social skills. Self-esteem and confidence develop as children explore with the materials and master important developmental skills.
There are 5 different areas of the curriculum in a Casa environment.
Practical Life exercises are an essential part of the Montessori classroom. The activities form a comforting link between home and school and provide the child with essential life skills. Performance of these simple, everyday activities meets the child's need for independence, development of fine motor skills and coordination, as well as fostering self-esteem.
Sensorial Education activities help the child make sense of the impressions they receive from the world around them. Exploring with these materials will develop and refine the child’s senses while providing a foundation for math and writing.
The Mathematics materials provide a concrete understanding of number concepts and operations. The materials allow the child to explore the two aspects of a number - quantity and symbol. There are opportunities for further discovery of the Decimal system, and the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Cultural Activities open the child’s eyes to the dynamic and diverse world around them. These materials include the subjects of Geography, History, Zoology, Botany and Science. We also include activities such as music, art, physical education and field trips as part of our curriculum.
Language is an integral part of Montessori classroom and is fostered through encouragement of self-expression, lessons and freedom of conversation.
The language materials introduce the phonetic sound of each letter in the alphabet. Using these sounds, the child is able to build words, thus begins the process of reading. Along with preparatory exercises in Practical Life and Sensorial Education, language materials also foster muscle control for printing.