Montessori Pre-School and CASA Program
The Montessori Pre-school Program – Ages 30 months to 4 years old
At around 30 months, your child is ready to be introduced to the Montessori Pre-School program. The class ratio is 1:8 and the Head Teacher has Montessori Casa (3 to 6 year old) qualifications. The Pre-school staff assists your child in developing routines, practicing good social choices and will provide stimulating, age-appropriate activities. This program has 5 main curriculum areas: Practical Life (self-help skills), Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture. The curriculum also includes toilet training.
In addition to the Pre-School curriculum, Pre-school children will receive French instruction, as well as, weekly gym visits. Music is enhanced through the Kindermusik Program. Outdoor Education and School Visits also enrich their experience.
The Casa Program – Ages 3 to 6 years
In the Casa class the ratio is 1:8 and the Head Teacher holds a TMI/AMI/MACTE Accredited Montessori Teaching Diploma. All of our assistants are experienced, some having Montessori Assistant training or an ECE diploma and others are so highly experienced as to not require this training.
The Montessori Casa classroom is organized into five main curriculum areas. These are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture. In addition, there is an art area and library corner. Music is an integral part of the class. Other Specialist subjects for Casa students are Art, French, Music, Library and Physical Education. Children also visit the library once a week. The Montessori materials are designed to stimulate the child into logical thought and discovery. Apart from conveying basic educational information, they develop the child’s senses and coordinate movement in preparation for reading, writing and calculating. The child learns through practice with presented materials. These concrete experiences lead to a thorough understanding of each step of a process, laying a solid foundation for more complex future work.
In addition to the basic Montessori program, children participate in Outdoor Education, Field Trips and a variety of School Visits. We employ a program called The Virtues Project to enhance character development and Grace and Courtesy.
The outcomes of Pre-School and Casa Programs are as follows:
- Increase of independence from new skills and competencies
- Increase knowledge and vocabulary
- Internalization of symbol systems: language and math
- Patience and the ability to share
- Self Discipline
- Good work habits
- Ability to choose
- Care and respect for the environment and others
- Logical/Linear thinking
- Sustained interest
- Elementary Program