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  Casa Class 3-6 years

The Casa classrooms blend practical and academic achievements with social skills in a rich learning environment. There are two Casa classrooms. One classroom has up to 24 children with a Montessori Head Teacher and an Assistant Teacher. The second classroom has up to 24 children with two teachers or up to 30 children with a Montessori Head Teacher and two Assistant Teachers. The ages of the children are between 3 and 6 years old, including the kindergarten year. The three-year age span allows for a community of children working cohesively as a group. They receive a presentation from the teacher and work individually, with another child, or in small groups. The teachers guide the children as needed allowing concentration and self-discovery to develop. They are encouraged to repeat activities until they have mastered them. Progress is based on ability and readiness, not age. Each child may develop at his/her own pace.

Five distinct areas constitute the prepared environment:
  • Practical Life enhances the development of hand-eye coordination, gross motor control, and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, development of social relations, and coordination of physical movement.
  • The Sensorial Area enables the child to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, mass, color, pitch, etc.
  • Language Arts include oral language development, written expression, phonetic reading, the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and children’s literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, moveable alphabet letters, and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols and to express their thoughts through writing.
  • Cultural Activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, life sciences, and earth sciences. Music, art, and movement education are also a part of the integrated cultural curriculum.
  • Mathematics make use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
Goals:
  • positive interaction
  • self-confidence
  • patience
  • concentration
  • self-motivation
  • joy of learning
  • neat and tidy worker
  • noncompetitive worker
  • cooperative worker
  • respect for others and materials
  • access a teacher for help
  • high self-esteem
  • completion of an activity
  • care and help for others
  • can problem solve
  • independence
  • teaches others
  • love of nature
“It is true we cannot make a genius; we can only give each individual the choice to fulfill his potential possibilities to become an independent, secure and balanced human being.”

- Dr. Maria Montessori
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