TODDLERS, PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE
Casa Montessori is committed to helping families with their child’s development. In preschool or childcare, we work with each child at their stage of learning, building on levels of task orientation, impulse control, and self-sufficiency through hands-on learning in a bilingual environment. In addition, we always take into consideration the safety, cleanliness, and aesthetics of our environment. We currently offer classes from toddlers (1.5 years) to after school care (age 11).
toddlers & preschool
In our classes, children build on levels of task orientation, impulse control, and self-sufficiency through hands-on learning. Each child differs and progresses in areas according to individual capabilities and maturity levels.
PRACTICAL LIFE ACTIVITIES
Some practical life activities available in the classroom include water work, pouring from one cup to the other, baby washing, dish washing, hand washing, table washing, sink and float, spooning, scooping, sweeping, bread cutting, fruit cutting, spreading and orange squeezing. The object of these activities is to make use of the child's voluntary muscles with objects he/she encounters in everyday life. Many practical life activities are functions, which the child needs to master in order to live comfortably in the adult world.
Language is developed through pictures, reading stories, memory building, matching/paring, songs, pre-reading skills, vocabulary building, rhyming pictures/words, sequence, opposites and spatial relationships, listening to stories and discussing them, tracing. Other language activities include reading skills, names and sounds of letters, putting sounds together to form words (short vowel, blends, long vowel and diagraphs), use of the moveable alphabet to form words of increasing complexity, putting words together to form sentences, phonetic rules, readers and workbook pages, sight words, writing skills, dictating stories, tracing and writing letters (lower and upper case), tracing/writing. words and sentences (reading program, stories, journals, letters).
CITIZENSHIP AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
These areas are developed through class discussions for cooperative problem solving, value stories, classroom chores, courtesy and manners. We help a child develop a joy of learning through the child's emerging respect for themselves, others and their environment.
MUSIC & ART
Songs, listening, body movement and introduction to composers (Mozart, Bach, Chopin, etc.) are a part of our curriculum. Rhythm and keeping the beat are a critical component to a child's learning. Rhythm sticks, tambourines, clapping and slapping are used to develop the child's sense of rhythm and keeping to the beat. Music sessions often include dancing and experimenting with musical instruments.
Paper art, drawing, holiday projects, open art, watercolor painting, sewing, cutting and gluing, clay modeling are activities which are available on an individual basis and in connection with special projects. Famous artists and their works are also introduced.
Sensory materials help the child in abstractions and in the development of the senses. For example: these materials help to develop visual discrimination of size and shape and hand-eye coordination. In addition, they help to strengthen writing fingers, muscular coordination and visual discrimination. Some of these activities are: knobbed cylinders, threading beads, shapes, color tablets, sorting, matching objects, mixing colors, coloring, feeling different objects, smelling jars and sound boxes.
Through materials and exercises, the child learns that the symbol and the quantity are related. They develop an understanding of the relationship between the concrete material and the abstract figure. Mathematical activities include 1-10 (symbol and quantity) number recognition, number tracing and counting, 1-10 (symbol and quantity) teens, 1-100, skip counting (5,10, 15, ... ) sums and differences to 10 and 20, missing addend, place value (1's, 10's, 100's, 1000's), simple addition and subtraction, simple estimating, concrete introduction to multiplication and division, measuring, fractions, time, money, calendar and word problems.
These provide an overall framework for the study of life in our environment. Cultural topics include Geology (volcanoes, rocks), Ecology (conservation, preservation, awareness), Botany (experiences with plants, caring for our environment and how seeds grow), Zoology (experience with farm animals and pets, study of the human body, health and nutrition, sea life, insects and spiders), Astronomy (universe, stars, planets, day/night, seasons), Geography and History (earth-globe and maps, land/water forms, continents).
DAILY TODDLER SCHEDULE
DAILY PRIMARY 1 SCHEDULE
DAILY PRIMARY 2 SCHEDULE
After School & Childcare
Do you need regular support after school? Do you have a medical appointment and need somewhere for the children to play before school? Casa Montessori has the option of early morning and after school child care, as an addition to our regular programming. Talk to a member of staff about what you are looking for.
For busy families, Casa Montessori is open from 6:30am, so you can drop your children off and make it to work on time!
Summer enrichment program
Interested in an exciting and fun daycamp for your children this summer?
Register for Casa Montessori’s Summer Enrichment Programs for children ages 1½yrs to 11yrs old. Space is limited. Call today at 360-337-1400, request an information pack or schedule a tour online.