Casa program: Age 3 to 6 years
This is an exciting and important time in your child’s development. Our Casa program for children 3 to 6 years of age is based on the educational principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Our environment and philosophy nurture and educate the whole child. The child centered classroom has been prepared specifically for children to provide them with opportunities and experiences which contribute to their intellectual growth, and their social, physical and emotional development.
In the Montessori classroom, there is an emphasis on learning through all five senses. Children learn at their own pace and according to their own choice of activities. They are introduced to reading, math, history, geography and science. Outside the classroom, children participate in a variety of fun and educational field trips. Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self discipline, and a love of learning.
With a low teacher to child ratio, our accredited Montessori teachers are able to lead your child to sound work habits, independence, responsibility and well developed social skills. With a sense of order and the ability to think in logical patterns, your child is well prepared for the transition to elementary school and to meet the academic challenges of up coming years.
Program Focus and Curriculum
The focus of our Casa Program is to nurture the intellectual growth and the social, physical and emotional development of each child. At age of 3, children generally attend for a half day, however, many 3 and 4-year-olds benefit from the full day experience. All five-year-olds attend school for the full day. The curriculum is supported by the prepared environment.
These are essential to the Montessori classroom. Activities such as spooning, pouring and polishing help children acquire a sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.
Sensorial activities allow children to make sense of the myriad of impressions they receive daily. The activities allow children to explore with the senses while learning basic concepts.
In addition to aiding in the development of reading, using phonics and writing skills, language exercises develop vocabulary, enhance verbal and communication skills and stimulate self expression.
Mathematics ensure that children have a concrete understanding of number concepts and operation.
Stimulating children’s natural curiosity about the world around them, cultural subjects are divided into four major fields of study; geography, history, zoology, botany and art.
Our french program is designed to build vocabulary and enjoyment of another language. The children absorb the French language without effort through daily French instruction.
The music program (Musik Garten) uses music, movement, singing, games, storytelling and listening activities to connect with young children.
Library and Gym
Children visit the in school library weekly and have the opportunity to sign out books. They also participate in a weekly physical education program in our full size gymnasium.
Our two children have graduated from Wheatley’s Casa Program. We are confident that we gave ourchildren the best start!