Montessori is a child-centred method of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Using scientific methods of observation, Dr. Montessori forged a theory that children learn best when given autonomy and independence. This theory of child development is now being borne out by emerging research on brain development.
CHILD CENTRED LEARNING
AGES: 18M – 3 YR
EDUCATOR RATIO: 1:5
The toddler program is designed to meet the needs and natural interests of children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. Young children are instinctually motivated to learn and adapt to their surroundings, soaking up knowledge through sensorial experiences. The toddler classroom offers a rich curriculum fostering independence in movement, communication, and self-care.
Activities of purposeful play form the basis of the daily work cycle toward cognitive development, receptive and expressive language development, and the strengthening of fine and gross motor skills. The toddler program focuses on four curriculum areas: Practical life (Including self-care skills such as toileting and dressing themselves) Movement through gross motor activities, Sensorial and Language.
In addition to the gross motor activities available in the classroom, the children enjoy two hours daily of free play including walks in the community. Toddlers learn to engage and cooperate with other children as well as continuing to enjoy independent activities in parallel with their peers. We respect each child’s individual personality and create a curriculum based on their interests and skill level. Children may enter the Toddler program when they can walk confidently, sit independently, and feed themselves.
AGE: 3 – 6 YR
EDUCATOR RATIO: 1:8
Our 3-year Casa program is designed to follow your child’s individual needs. Through manipulation of specific materials, children develop important life skills, co-ordination, concentration, and self-confidence.
Teachers present lessons individually as well as in small groups. Students are encouraged to explore and experiment so that their curiosity is both challenged and rewarded. The materials are attractive and inviting so that they capture the interest of the child.
Through repetition of the materials students refine their skills and can teach themselves. Upon completion of our Casa program children are independent and goal oriented.
Along with our ‘Work cycle’ our daily Casa schedule provides a music and art program and ‘Peace time’ where children can reflect on their day, have a rest, read, or engage in a quiet activity. We also include 2hrs of Outdoor play and walks in our community. Children entering the Casa program must be at least 3years of age and fully toilet trained.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
– Maria Montessori