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Casa

Our casa programme for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds prepares children to reach their full potential in all areas of life. In our calm and happy classrooms,
students blossom academically, socially, physically and emotionally. At Kew Park, we value the unique qualities of every individual.

This atmosphere of respect encourages confidence and independence in all our students and develops an early foundation of skills and attitudes for later learning.

Casa students are grouped in mixed age groups of 3 to 5 years. This multi-age grouping encourages community, mentorship and emotional development. Younger children are inspired to do more advanced work by having older children working in the same environment. Older children, meanwhile, learn how to be leaders and reinforce their own knowledge by sharing it with younger ones.

The prepared classroom environment and the use of concrete Montessori learning materials provide children the opportunity to work independently and concretely to develop their senses as they move towards abstract thinking.

The complex and extensive Montessori curriculum spans three years and children learn at their own pace and according to their own abilities. During the three years, teachers have the opportunity to really get to know their students and identify individual learning styles.

Our casa curriculum is based on the following areas of learning:

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Our school’s academic program is enhanced by many additions to the Montessori curriculum, such as French, music and physical education. [read more]

Our dedicated and experienced teachers act as facilitators of learning and closely observe the students in order to meet the children’s needs. Teachers develop individual lesson plans for all students and maintain detailed records of their progress. Parent-teacher conferences are held three times yearly and report cards are issued for third year students.

Practical Life

Our Practical Life curriculum supports and facilitates children in their innate desire to become independent and take care of their needs and those of their environment.

The Practical Life component of our Montessori early childhood curriculum is the foundation for success in all other areas.

Specific tasks enable your child to gain independence and develop a sense of order, coordination, an ability to concentrate and a sense of responsibility. The freedom and confidence children gain through these tasks allows them to engage in individual and cooperative situations successfully and prepares them for later success.

Our Practical Life curriculum includes exercises that develop your child's fine motor skills, preparing him/her to work with writing tools. It also includes lessons in grace and courtesy that will enable your child to have the social interactions that underlie good interpersonal relationships. Conflict resolution skills are also taught, and attention is given to making good choices.

Sensorial Education

Our Montessori Sensorial curriculum trains children to discriminate and order the impressions received through each of their senses. Your child will learn to separate and classify forms, colours, textures, tastes, sounds and smells. This prepares them for more complex learning in language, math and cultural studies.

The Sensorial curriculum uses scientifically designed materials that isolate and sharpen each sense to support development of the intellect through hands-on exploration in the following areas: visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, olfactory and baric.

Exercises in this area refine the senses and develop skills in thinking, judging, concentrating, comparing and sequencing. The materials offer unlimited opportunities for the development of vocabulary and the essential development of dexterity that will lead to writing and reading.

Language

Our Language curriculum is designed to meet your child's innate need to acquire language. The enrichment of language skills is deeply embedded in the Montessori approach,
and is a focal point of lessons in all of the other curriculum areas.

Significant emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and oral competency. Using Montessori materials, your child will acquire a rich vocabulary for labelling, describing, comparing and contrasting the environment and the people in that environment with precise terminology.

Discussion is encouraged and the children are given the appropriate language to engage in a meaningful exchange as they work. Small group and circle activities are organized on a daily basis. These are opportunities for the children to enjoy a wide variety of language activities that enrich their oral expression and strengthen their listening skills.

The children are introduced to the sounds of the alphabet through the sandpaper letters. With their sounds mastered, they begin to build words and read phonetically. Additional language materials teach phonograms, puzzle words and other language conventions. Written language is introduced to children through progressive exercises that lead them to early levels of competence in writing skills.

Math

Our Montessori early childhood Math curriculum is firmly based on learning through experience. As with all elements of the curriculum,
the children build on what they already know and systematically progress from the concrete to the abstract.

They discover number patterns, sequences and rules by handling the materials.

To begin, children use a wide variety of materials that lead them to understand the value and sequence of numbers from 1 to 10. Once they have mastered this, they are introduced to larger quantities and learn the decimal system by making groups of tens, hundreds and thousands.

Number notation and place value are taught as the child demonstrates readiness. They are introduced to the basic operations: addition, multiplication, subtraction and division at a concrete level so that they experience what these activities really mean. Gradually, they move toward an abstract understanding of the concepts.

Geometry is introduced in the early childhood programme through the use of materials that are classified according to size and shape. Your child will learn to discriminate, classify, and name various shapes and solids.

Fractions are introduced, again in concrete form, and an introduction to the concept of equal parts of a whole lays the foundation for future work at the elementary level.

Cultural Studies

Our Cultural curriculum explores areas of science,
social studies, geography, art and history.

Children are exposed to a rich, stimulating variety of work experienced through hands-on learning.

In keeping with the Montessori philosophy of education, the children first experience general rules of the universe, such as the division between land and water. Over time, children learn to break these categories into smaller parts: continents, oceans, and countries. Stories of animals and children from other lands help the children to understand fundamental needs and how these are influenced by climate, environment and lifestyle. Working with the cultural materials helps children become aware that they are part of the greater family of humanity.

The hands on science materials introduce such concepts as buoyancy, magnetism, and animal classification. The children learn to name and label the parts of animals and plants and discuss the cycles of various aspects of nature, such as the water cycle or the life cycle of butterflies.