Casa Montessori is a CCMA accredited Montessori Preschool. Though French and Italian are introduced, the language of instruction in the Casa classroom is English. The Casa is staffed by a qualified Montessori Directress and a trained Montessori Assistant who are responsible for the direction and implementation of the Montessori program. As on September 2019 enrollment for Casa Montessori is limited to children aged 2 years 8 months to under 6 years old. Starting in September 2020, the Casa will be licensed by the Ministry to also permit enrollment for children as young as 2.5 years old who are toilette trained.
Our Casa Montessori is a bright, beautiful place furnished with Montessori materials for the complete development of the child. There is a harmony of light and colour with a refinement of spirit. The children advance through the materials from simple to complex, building on previous accomplishments. The exercises encourage orderly thought, independence, and autonomy. There is a three-year age mix in the classroom. This allows the children to learn from each other while working at their own speed. Children are free to work together, in groups or alone.
The main goal of our Montessori classroom is to provide a carefully planned and stimulating environment to help your child develop the habits, attitudes and skills necessary for a healthy and fulfilling life in the true spirit of Montessori.
Specific objectives include:
- Social and Moral Development: developing good manners and respect for others; promoting kindness and honesty; and encouraging co-operation, good sportsmanship, and non-violence.
- Emotional Development: developing self-discipline, self-confidence and a healthy self-esteem; promoting good work habits and job satisfaction; and encouraging a lifelong love for learning.
- Physical Development: improving co-ordination and refining motor skills; and encouraging good health, good nutrition and good safety habits.
- Intellectual Development: developing a sense of order and logical thought; improving attention span and power of concentration; stimulating communication skills and language development; developing an appreciation for music and the arts; and stimulating creativity.
Let the child be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and, when the grass of the meadows is damp with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning…” – Maria Montessori
MONTESSORI EDUCATION is an aid to life, calling forth that which is within each child giving the opportunity for spiritual, intellectual, social and creative development. Maria Montessori believed that children have an “absorbent mind” and are driven from within to effortlessly absorb everything from their environment. If free to learn, children will joyfully select activities that develop their innate abilities. Children are naturally stimulated by the world around them and have a passion to learn that should be the pivot of their own education. A true Montessori environment fulfills this need to grow and learn. The Montessori directress is the dynamic link between the children and the materials. She presents materials and the children learn what they need to know through repetitive manipulation of the Montessori materials.
MONTESSORI CURRICULUM COMPONENTS
PRACTICAL LIFE: The children undertake practical activities that establish, preserve and embellish the environment and themselves. Here, nothing is withheld: all activities are at their disposal. This allows a mastery of their environment at an unhurried pace. These activities nurture self-esteem, independence, and a child’s ability to concentrate while indirectly preparing the child for reading, writing and mathematics. Muscular co-ordination aids writing and the mental order derived from sequences aids the acquisition of mathematics.
SENSORIAL: Montessori promotes learning with all the senses. Its about all the senses so start with :The Sensorial Materials isolate specific concepts that are discovered through feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting. Consequently, discrimination of the senses is enhanced. For example, Montessori discovered the infant’s specific aptitude for “touch” and developed materials that nurture this sensibility. The children perceive size and weight through concrete manipulation of material, laying the foundation for studies in math and geometry.
LANGUAGE: The Montessori Method maximizes the child’s sensitive period for language. The children begin with an approach to language that is holistic: seeing, hearing, and muscular movement are included in the integration of sounds. Self-expression is also encouraged through conversations, sound games, and stories. Reading and writing flourish naturally in a true Montessori environment.
MATHEMATICS: Experiences with Practical Life and Sensorial materials lay the foundation for the acquisition of mathematics. The manipulative materials found in the Math area will help the child understand the concepts of numeration, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The pattern of presentation progresses from the concrete, to the symbolic, to the association of the concrete and the symbolic.
CULTURE: Montessori’s maxim was “give the child the universe”. The children are introduced to art, botany, geography, history, music, and zoology. All areas are given as keys to spark interest, so the children are encouraged to further independent exploration.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: In addition to the ordered movement that is encouraged in a Montessori classroom, the children will have at least two formal gym classes each week. Activities will include free play, practice in gymnastics, game and balance.
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