- Students are 3 to 6 years old
- Teacher to student ratio is 1:8
- Daily French and music lessons
- Classes are lead by highly experienced, certified Montessori Teachers
The Casa program establishes an excellent foundation for students to become confident, thoughtful and independent along their journey towards becoming capable lifelong learners. The children from age 3 to 6 years coexist and form a community which they share for three years. The Montessori classroom essentially becomes a thriving community where children are treated with respect and dignity and learn to treat others in the same manner. The environment is designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child.
The six principles of the prepared environment are freedom, structure and order, beauty, nature and reality, social environment, and intellectual environment. Our classrooms adhere to this as they are bright, warm and inviting, and allow children to develop independence in all areas according to his or her inner psychological directives. Classrooms are prepared with beauty and harmony; they are filled with plants, libraries, bright arrays of geometric solid forms, knobbed puzzle maps, coloured beads, nature tables, science tables which include fossils and artefacts, and specialised rods and blocks. Everything in the environment, including furniture and materials, are scaled to fit the physical dimensions of a preschooler’s body. Materials and activities are laid out in an orderly way on easily accessible open shelves that are at the children’s eye level allowing them to freely engage in any activity that appeals to their cognitive, physical, social or emotional needs.
The Casa environment is divided into five areas; Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture. Students have access to each area during the Montessori work periods. Lessons are presented to the children individually or in small groups when they demonstrate readiness and interest. The success of Montessori education is a result of an approach which begins with concrete experience then moves the child toward the abstract. The Montessori materials cater to the young child’s natural inclination to touch and do.
Our Casa Curriculum includes:
- Practical Life
- Sensorial Exploration
- Language Development
- Social Skills