CASA (30 months to 6 years)
CASA (36 months to 6 years)
The Casa environment unifies the psycho-social, physical, and academic functioning of the child. It is an important task to provide children with an early and general foundation that includes a positive attitude toward school, inner security and a sense of order, pride in the physical environment, abiding curiosity, a habit of concentration, habits of initiative and persistence, the ability to make decisions, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility to other members of the class, school, and community.
We believe that learning is effective in an environment where children can grow and develop to their potential. Parents are encouraged to come and observe their children at work.
Peacemaking and conflict resolution are a daily part of the Montessori curriculum. At the "Peace Table "teachers help children to be good listeners and forge mutually agreeable solutions to conflicts. It is also a place where children can choose to go to enjoy a peaceful moment alone.
Grace and Courtesy
In our Casa classroom, children and adults take care to be gracious toward and courteous of one another. This area of the curriculum encourages respect for oneself, other members of the community, and the environment.
This area provides the child with a link between home and the classroom. Practical life activities allow the child to take part in the activities of daily life. This provides them with essential skills to function independently in the adult world and at the same time enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order.
The Sensorial manipulative and materials are designed to help children learn about qualities like color, size, shape, length, texture, and sound. 3-6-year olds are increasingly able to make finer discriminations of the many stimuli all around them. Sensorial activities assist children in refining these skills and becoming good observers of the world.
The children are introduced to the names of things, sounds, and letters, language materials are often tactile, taking advantage of the 3 and 4-year old’s sensitivity to learning through touch.
Concrete materials are used to introduce mathematical concepts in the Montessori classroom. Children build their abstract mathematical reasoning skills on these early concrete experiences. They learn how a numeral represents an amount. They manipulate objects to see concrete operations like addition and subtraction. These exercises cater to children’s developing sense of order, sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and directionality.
The cultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and life sciences. Music, art, and movement education are part of the integrated culture curriculum, complementing the child’s integral development and helping him/her to adapt to the world.