Montessori Casa Program
Our Casa program is built upon Montessori principles.
- Make children the center of learning
- Encourage children to learn
- Observe children
- Prepare the learning environment
- Respect each child
- Introduce learning materials
Respect for the child is the cornerstone on which all Montessori Principles rest. Montessori wanted us to
understand that children can’t help but learn. Simply by living, children learn from their environment. Children are born to learn and they are remarkable learning systems. Children learn because they are thinking beings; but what they learn depends greatly on their teachers, experiences, and environments.
The Prepared Environment
Montessori believed that children learn best in a prepared environment, a place in which children can do things for themselves. The prepared environment makes learning material’s and experiences available to children in an orderly format. Classrooms Montessori described, are what educators advocate when they talk about child-centered education and active learning. Freedom is the essential characteristic of the prepared environment. Since children within the environment are free to explore materials of their own choosing they absorb what they find there. Maria Montessori was a master at creating environments for young children that enabled them to be independent, active, and self-directed.
The Absorbent Mind
Montessori believed that children educate themselves: “It may be said that we acquire knowledge by using our minds; but the child absorbs knowledge directly into his psychic life. Simply by continuing to live, the child learns to speak his native tongue” (Montessori, 1966). This is the concept of the absorbent mind.
Montessori used the phrase ‘auto-education’ to describe the innate ability children possess to education themselves. Children who are actively involved in a prepared environment and exercise freedom of choice literally educate themselves.
The Teachers Role
Montessori believed that “it is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him/her feel her presence too much, so that she may be always ready to supply the desired help but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience”/ (Montessori, 1967).
The Montessori Teacher makes children the center of learning because, as Montessori said, “The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.” (Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook)
Hours of Operation:
- Village Gate Montessori School is open weekdays 9:00 am to 2:55 pm
- Casa Class, 2 ½ to 5 years
- Half Day a.m., Monday to Friday 9:00-11:30
- Half day p.m., Monday to Friday 12:30-3:00
- Full day, Monday to Friday 9:00 to *2:55 for children aged 3 years 8 mos.
- Doors open daily at 8:45 am. Please arrive by 9:00 am. For afternoon arrival please plan to arrive as close to 12:30 as possible to help facilitate lunch time agenda.
PLEASE NOTE: CCEYA regulation require that preschool aged children may not spend more than 6 hours in our program.