Montessori CASA Program
The Montessori Method of education was developed by Maria Montessori, the first female Italian doctor, in the early 20th century. She used her training as a scientist and doctor to carefully observe children and designed a school meant to appeal to their nature, rather than fight it.
What is Montessori?
A child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. It is an individualized approach.
How would Montessori benefit your child?
It is a student-centered approach that encourages creativity and curiosity and leads children to ask questions, explore, investigate and think for themselves as they acquire skills.
- Montessori not only focuses on academic learning, but also allows the children to expand their mind in two other academic areas; practical life and sensorial. This is in addition to Math, Language and Science.
- It is an individualized program that focuses on the development of each child and their unique way of developing.
- Children will also learn “peace education”- a form of education that is emotional and teaches the children concepts such as conflict resolution with their peers.
- This means that the children in this program will develop in a holistic way and be prepared not only for school, but for life.
A few details about the program.
- Practical life activities build children’s concentration coordination, these exercises to help children learn skills used in everyday life. For young children, this includes carefully pouring water, tying their shoes, and scrubbing a table. For older children, this includes things like budgeting and starting a small business.
- Sensorial curriculum promotes the development and refinement of the five senses. It is the education of the senses and is most prevalent in classrooms for young children. Montessori believed that children learn through their senses and there are materials specifically designed to help them refine their sense of smell, hearing, etc. Students practice these activities with the focus on visual and taste perception, tactile impression, stereo gnostic and olfactory senses.
- Language in Montessori is based on the fact that there is a sensitive period of language development and we create a rich learning environment to support it.
- Mathematical concepts are introduced to the child using concrete sensorial materials. Initial exploration with sensorial materials encourages children to understand basic math concepts such as learning number recognition counting and sequencing of numbers.
- Cultural activities lead the child to experience music, stories, artwork, and items from the child’s community, society and cultural background. The areas of geography, science, zoology, and botany are all included.
How will Montessori be a part of our facilities?
The parents will have the option of enrolling their child into our Montessori or play-based learning program. Please let the Site Director know before enrollment if you are interested in the Montessori program.