Okotoks Montessori PRESCHOOL
The Casa Montessori Program
The word “Casa” means “child-size.
Upon entering the classroom this is what parents and
children alike will notice, everything is child-sized.
The tables and chairs, shelving and materials are
all small enough for children to carry and manipulate.
The room is bright, clean, organized and cheery. All
materials have their place, and to the amazement of
most adults, there are no toys.
When children attend the preschool for
the “Casa” program, they are under the
impression that because the materials are hands on
and they get to work with them as many times as they
like, based on their skill level and interest at the
time; they actually think they are playing. When parents
ask, “what did you do at school today?”
most kids say “play” others say “work”
as the teachers refer to it. When parents spend time
in the classroom observing they are amazed to see
their three or four year old completing the map of
Canada, doing fraction circles, organizing smallest
to largest cylinders, practicing small metal alphabet
sounds, or just simply observing other students working.
are able to work independently, or with a small group
within the classroom. Teachers act as facilitators,
directing children to appropriate work, based on each
of their levels. In a Montessori classroom, we don’t
believe in frustrating or pushing a child. We watch
for mastery of a previous building skill and then
move a child forward to the next skill. We don’t
base our teaching on a child’s age; we base
it on what he or she is able to do. We do not compare
children, as each child is unique and special. Because
the Montessori program is basically a three year program;
two years in preschool and one year in Kindergarten,
we see our window of mastery as three years. All students
end up completing the program successfully in the
end, but master different skills at different times.
This is one of the best things about Montessori, the
children do not feel stressed, performing ahead or
behind of their peers.
The classroom is set up in different
areas with foundations using fine motor skills, organization,
sequencing, building and process. You will see a large
Math section that ranges in skill levels from pre
K to grade three, with multiplication and division
materials. In the language section, you will see a
lot of emphasis on the phonetic alphabet where sound
is taught before letter name, to encourage the natural
step of putting sounds together to spell, for example
“a (ahh) t(tuh) – spells at. A science
area is changed regularly where children can use magnifying
glasses, magnets, the incubating of chicks, the worm
aquarium, the plants growing as they learn the different
parts, and many other interesting things for them
to do. The sensorial area is popular with the brown
stairs to be built and the pink tower. The students
love to create large, tall towers and use their imagination
of a towering city with the color tiles below acting
like a raging river!
Whatever stage a child is in, whatever
peaks their interest, your child will find something
to cause creativity, satisfaction and a love for learning
in the Montessori classroom. Our circle times are
fun, entertaining and enjoyable for everyone. The
children are given the opportunity to listen to stories
pertaining to the theme for that week, learn songs
and actions, and just an opportunity to build relationships
with everyone around them.
Besides the benefits of the academics,
most importantly, children are taught to respect their
environment and each other. Teasing, bullying, running
and disrespect is never tolerated, and rarely an issue.
All children are treated equally, and our staff have
always been commended for their compassion and love
shown towards the children. The administrator, Mrs.
Brown, often tells new parents when they are enrolling
their child, “ if you are not comfortable with
hugging, then this isn’t the place for your
child, for if your child needs a hug, we will hug!”
It is an atmosphere rare in this world today, one
that is safe and caring, for your most precious, your
||8:30 or 9:00 - 11:30 am
||12:00 or 12:30 - 3:00 pm
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