THE CASA PROGRAM
Enrolling your child in a preschool program is an exciting time for you and your family. Your child is growing out of their baby-phase and is beginning a new chapter of their lives — their formal education. By choosing a Montessori program, you are providing your child with the opportunity to be in a loving and encouraging environment where they will begin the work to become their personal best.
These tender years (two-and-a-half to six years of age) are an extraordinary time as children at this point in their lives are going through tremendous growth both physically, mentally and emotionally— they’re sponges! While students in the Casa program will be learning age-appropriate materials, the key focus of this stage of learning is to foster an appreciation for their accomplishments and develop self-awareness and respect for their peers and world around them.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY EDUCATION
Maria Montessori indicated that from birth to age six are “absorbent years.” Children at this time are compared to sponges as they absorb everything exposed to them. Within a Montessori environment, children are allowed to work at their own pace, explore freely on their own initiative and choose their own agenda for the day, with the guidance of their Directress (teacher). This makes learning like an open buffet where all materials are shared in a neat and orderly fashion around the classroom for each curriculum area. This beautiful exposure allows for children to gain independence, foster self-direction and develop self-discipline while catering to all learning styles.
Within a Casa classroom at MSK, students are allowed to work at their own pace, explore freely on their own initiative and choose their own agenda for the day, with the guidance of their Directress (teacher). Learning is like an open buffet where all the Montessori materials are exposed in a neat and orderly fashion around the classroom in each of the five curriculum areas— practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and culture (see below). This exposure allows for children to gain independence, foster self-direction and develop self-discipline while catering to their specific learning needs.
- Care of self (i.e. buttoning a jacket and/or being responsible for one’s own belongings).
- Care of the environment (chores and being responsible for sharing others’ space).
- Grace and courtesy (treating others with respect).