PRE CASA (18 to 36 months)
Our rich curriculum for toddlers is especially designed to:
foster cognitive development and speech and language development
develop and strengthen fine and gross motor skills
develop practical life skills and foster independence
instill confidence, kindness, and grace and courtesy
allow children to learn by doing, using all their senses to explore the world
instill social skills and cooperation
We have a dedicated team of loving and nurturing teachers trained in early childhood development and Montessori education.
Spacious, well designed areas where toddlers are free to explore their environments with all their senses.
Pre- Casa Toddlers learn language from stimulating materials and activities and learn to articulate their wants, needs, likes and dislikes. All this results in a child who can express themselves confidently, which results in less frustration and an all-around happier child.
Self-esteem and feelings of competence develop naturally as the toddlers successfully engage in fun and meaningful activities.
Pre- Casa toddlers explore and engage in activities in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Music, Physical Education, Dance, Art and Nature Exploration.
CASA (36 months to 6 years)
The Casa classroom is a 'living room' for children. Children choose their 'work' (play) from among the self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves, and they work in specific work areas. Over a period, they develop into a 'normalized community," working with high concentration and few interruptions.
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.
Our belief is that learning is effective in an environment where children can grow and develop to their potential. Parents are encouraged to come and observe their child 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, for other members of the community, and for the environment.
This area provides the child with a link between home and 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 old 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, and 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 concretely operations like addition and subtraction. These exercises cater to children’s developing sense of order, sequence, one-to-one correspondence and directionality.
The culture 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 child’s integral development and helping him/her to adapt to the world.
PRE AND POST CARE
Toddlers: 7:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Casa: 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Our pre-care program meets the needs of those families who must get to work early. The doors open at 7:00 am and attending children are greeted at their daytime home by our loving staff. Upon arrival, the children are offered breakfast and the opportunity to play with a wide assortment of constructive toys and games to promote creativity and fun.
Pre-Casa: 4.00 pm – 6:00 p.m.
Casa: 4.00 pm – 6:00 p.m.
During post-care, the children play outside in our playgrounds. If the weather is inclement, the children remain inside, where they can play with a wide selection of constructive toys and games for their enjoyment.
Our post-care program also offers children (registered in post-care and who are 3 years old and older) a variety of fun and stimulating enrichment programs. Each of these programs is instructed by trained professionals who operate independent businesses. Twice a week, there is an enrichment program offered from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm such as yoga, music, art and Soccer Shots etc.
SUMMER AND MARCH BREAK CAMPS
Our camps include a variety of activities to provide the children with a fun environment during the Summer and March break! There are no formal Montessori lessons. Children explore a different theme each week as all activities are related to that specific theme
Over March Break and July & August TFM offers stimulating and fun filled camps for children. A “Camp Flyer” detailing dates, times and fees will be sent out to parents during the year.