Casa Montessori is a CCMA accredited Montessori preschool. It is licensed by the Ontario Ministry as a daycare for children aged 2.5 to 6. Our Casa Montessori includes French, Italian and Music programs.
- Social and Moral Development: developing grace, courtesy and respect for others; promoting kindness and honesty; and encouraging co-operation, good sportsmanship, and kindness.
- 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 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.
MONTESSORI EDUCATION is an aid to life, calling forth that which is within each child and providing 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 learn and grow. Specially trained Montessori staff are responsible for the facilitation and implementation of the Montessori program. The Montessori directress is the dynamic link between the children and the materials and presents the activities to the child. Children learn through repetitive manipulation and work the Montessori activities.
PRACTICAL LIFE: The children undertake practical activities that establish, preserve and embellish the environment and themselves. As with the rest of the materials, all activities are freely available to the children’s at their pleasure. This allows a mastery of their environment at an unhurried pace. These activities nurture control and coordination of movement, self-esteem, independence and concentration while ultimately 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. The Sensorial Materials isolate specific concepts that are discovered through feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling and even tasting. Consequently, discrimination of the senses is enhanced. For example, Maria Montessori discovered the child’s specific aptitude for “touch” and developed materials that nurture this sensibility. The children perceive size and weight through physical manipulation of material which lays 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 tangible, to the symbolic, to the association between the tangible and the symbolic.
CULTURE: Maria Montessori’s maxim was “give the child the universe”. The children are introduced to Art, Botany, Geography, History, Music, and Zoology. These subject areas serve as keys to open and spark interest and motivate the child to further independent exploration.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: In addition to the freedom of movement provided in the Casa Montessori classroom or gym, children enjoy two hours of outdoor time daily.
Now offering optional half-day Casa programs for the first year.
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