The Montessori Method
The core element of the curriculum is the Montessori Method. When you choose Montessori as the type of education for your children you will be looking at an environment carefully prepared by the teachers. The materials are interactive and concrete in order to enable the understanding of abstract concepts, other materials are there to refine independence skills that contributes to the child’s home and school life.
From an early age, the child is able to interact with concepts and ideas rather than simply memorize facts. The child quantifies a number in math, understands place value by having a visual representation of ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands and develops his senses by tactile experiences with rough and smooth boards, sound cylinders, colour boxes, and learns land and water forms by pouring water into miniature land and water formations.
The Montessori materials naturally bring about the inquisitive nature of the child and allows them to think of new ways to do things. They open up the child to learn for themselves. It teaches them how to discover, but doesn’t give a step-by-step direction.
Montessori equips the child for everyday life, giving them practical skills which gives them purpose and enables them to be a contributing member of their family, classroom, and community. Montessori sees the child not just as a miniature person, but as a able-bodied and capable person.
In a Montessori environment, every child can meet their full potential and work at their own pace. They don’t have to wait for other students to catch up or feel like a failure for not understanding a matter. Each child learns differently and at a different pace, that’s why Montessori’s recognition of sensitive periods in the child and the teacher’s daily observation are so important.
At Casa Montessori we also use this philosophy and approach to encourage the early learning of a second language, regardless whether you choose the Spanish or French program. We will promote this by having fun, interactive and dynamic sessions for each language following the interests of the children by awakening curiosity about how children their age live in countries where the languages are spoken, by reading stories and singing songs.