Casa Program

The Casa Program at Waterdown Montessori School is designed for children ages 3 to 6 years. Classes have up to 16 children and two adults. One is a Montessori-trained and certified Directress and the other is a child care provider who acts as a Teaching Assistant. Within the “Prepared Environment” of the classroom, the Directress observes the children and focuses on meeting their individual physical, mental and emotional needs. The children are free to choose activities which interest them for the desired length of time. Materials in the classroom are divided into the following areas:  

Practical Life Children learn by performing activities that mirror experiences in a child’s everyday world. They learn care of the environment, care of themselves, working and playing with others in a peaceful setting, awareness of others’ feelings, grace and courtesy. The materials in this area develop concentration, focus, coordination, logical thought and orderly work habits. Sensorial These exercises help the child explore, order and classify their environment through the senses; visual, tactile, auditory, taste, smell and temperature. This helps the child focus her attention on the physical world, exploring with each of her senses the subtle variations. Language Language development is vital to human existence. The Montessori environment provides rich spoken language, through conversations, stories and poetry. Sandpaper letters help children link sound and symbol effortlessly, allowing them to become fully literate. To further the development of reading, children are given opportunities to explore the function of words and the structure of sentences. Math The mathematics materials help children learn and understand mathematical concepts by manipulating concrete materials. This work gives children a solid understanding of basic mathematical principles, prepares them for abstract reasoning, and helps to develop problem-solving capabilities. Culture: Geography, history, botany, zoology, art, music In these exercises, the child’s creativity is enhanced. The students learn about other cultures, gain experience with nature and learn about the environment. The entire program focuses on each child progressing at his own pace in an environment that nurtures the love of learning.   Visit CCMA website http://waterdownmontessori.com/ccma-program-characteristics/ for more information about the program and Montessori education.

Jacob is in his 2nd year of Casa, and he is thriving at Waterdown Montessori School! Sabrina Hall

We’re very happy with James’ experience! Deborah Upton