Enrolling your child in a preschool program is an exciting time for you and your family. Your child is growing out of their baby-phase and is beginning a new chapter of their lives — their education. By choosing a Montessori program, you are providing your child with the opportunity to be in a loving and encouraging environment where they will begin the work to become their personal best.
These tender years (two-and-a-half to six) are an extraordinary time as children at this point in their lives are going through tremendous growth both physically, mentally and emotionally— they’re sponges! While students in the CASA program will be learning age-appropriate materials, the key focus of this stage of learning is to foster an appreciation for their accomplishments and develop self-awareness and respect for their peers and world around them.
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The CASA program at MSK is based on the First Plane of Development where children are establishing their physical and biological independence. The majority of educators and psychologists today agree with Montessori philosophies that the single most influential and important period in the development of a person’s intelligence, occurs between birth and age six. This is called the “absorbent” years — referring to a child’s ability to absorb all the information around them like a sponge.
CASA curriculum is dynamic and intertwined in the development of the child as a respectful and mindful member of society. While students are provided the opportunity to acquire fundamental skills (i.e. numeracy and language studies), they are simultaneously developing a strong character and love of learning that will last a life time.
THE FIRST PLANE OF DEVELOPMENT
The majority of educators and psychologists today concur with our founder and Matriarch Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed that the single most influential and important period in the development of a person’s intelligence, occurs between birth and age six.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY EDUCATION
Maria Montessori suggested that from birth to age six is known as the “absorbent years.” Children at this time are compared to as being like sponges whereby they absorb everything exposed to them. Within the Prepared Montessori environment, children are allowed to work at their own pace, explore freely on their own initiative and choose their own agenda for the day, with the guidance and direction of their Directress (teacher). Learning is like an open buffet where all the Montessori materials are exposed in a neat and orderly fashion around the classroom in each of the five areas. This beautiful exposure allows for children to gain independence, fosters self-direction and develops self-discipline. It also caters to all learners.
Within the CASA classroom at MSK, students are allowed to work at their own pace, explore freely on their own initiative and choose their own agenda for the day, with the guidance and direction of their Directress (teacher). Learning is like an open buffet where all the Montessori materials are exposed in a neat and orderly fashion around the classroom in each of the five areas— practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and culture (see below). This exposure allows for children to gain independence, foster self-direction and develop self-discipline while catering to their specific learning needs.
- Care of self (i.e. buttoning a jacket and/or being responsible for one’s own belongings)
- Care of the environment (chores and being responsible for sharing others’ environment)
- Grace and courtesy (treating others with respect)