Casa Program

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Program Highlights

Enhanced CASA Montessori Curriculum

Children age 3-6 years are presented with an array of Montessori tools that focus on the five areas of the Montessori curriculum:

      • Practical life activities instill care of the self, care of others and care for the environment.
      • The Sensorial area is where children learn to identify and internalize abstract thoughts and concepts through exploration of senses such as touch, hearing, sight, taste and smell.
      • Language development focuses on oral language skills, listening skills, writing and reading (phonics) with the goal of students being able to decode words and comprehend the meaning of text.
      • In Math, the concrete Montessori tools help children to develop a solid understanding of mathematical concepts, prepare them for reasoning and help develop problem-solving capabilities. The child learns to add, subtract, multiply and divide and to see the numerical, geometrical and dimensional relationships within the decimal system.
      • Cultural activities help students discover ideas and concepts in geography, history, botany, zoology and the sciences.

French, Music, Gym, Arts, & STEM Programs Included

At IMS, we believe that focusing on the whole child is crucial. Hence, a comprehensive set of enhancement programs are integrated with IMS’s core Montessori curriculum to ensure each child is developed as a well-rounded individual and is well prepared for his/her next level of education. French lessons (4 times a week), music classes, gym time, and arts studies are INCLUDED in our CASA program.

Our Senior CASA (year 3) students also get to utilize our state-of-the-art STEM lab which would introduce them to the world of science exploration, coding, and robotics.

 

Individualized Learning Plan & Tracking

No two students are the same. At IMS, we adhere to the Montessori principle on “follow the child”. Unlike traditional classroom setting that assumes every student should learn the same material based on grade level expectations, each child’s lesson plan at IMS is customized based on his/her interest and developmental readiness. A specialized planning and tracking system is used to document each student’s learning. Progress report cards go home twice a year to update parents on their child’s progress.

Quality Staff and Teachers

Teacher plays an essential role in a child’s education journey, and your children deserve the best. At IMS, all our teachers are highly qualified and experienced in early childhood education. All of our teaching staff hold recognized Montessori certification and/or are fully accredited with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) or Early Childhood Education (ECE). All staff in our school facility is first aid and CPR trained. Continuing education and training is provided to all our teachers to ensure the delivery of high quality and updated programs for all of their classes. Our teacher to students ratio in the Casa program is 1:8. 

School Trips/ Guest Speakers

Fun and engaging field trips and guest speaker appearances are organized throughout the school year for children to bridge in-school learning with real-life experiences. 

3-Year Casa Program Outcomes

As a IMS Casa graduate, a student should be able to:

Math

  • Count, identify and sequence numerals to 1000
  • Perform the mathematical operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division with four digit numbers
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Language

  • Use well-developed vocabulary in public speaking
  • Read, comprehend, and write at a grade 2 level

Inter-personal

  • Ask thoughtful questions and advocate for themselves and others
  • Independently organize themselves, their belongings and their learning materials
  • Show respect, empathy, and compassion for self and others

Extra-curricular

  • Easily transition into a Grade 1 French Immersion program
  • Strong foundation of music, visual arts, and STEAM

A Day in Casa

Sample Schedule

7:00am – 8:00am

Before School Program

This is a supervised, play time for children in the before school program to settle in. Children are free to choose their own activities. Breakfast is served with organic milk for all our before school program students.

8:00am – 10:00am

Work Period

Teachers give presentations of Montessori materials in the 5 focused areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture (zoology, geography, history, botany, and science). Children are free to choose presented materials from the shelf based on interest and readiness.

10:00am – 10:30am

Washroom Break & Snack

10:30am – 11:30am

Arts & Craft + Circle Time

Children sing, read books, and create arts according to the theme of the week.

Physical Education (Friday)

Movement games, sports, yoga, & dance lessons are carried out in our indoor gymnasium.

11:30am – 12:30pm

Washroom Break + Lunch

Organic, natural hot meals are served.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Recess

The children will engage in different outdoor activities in our casa playground. If weather doesn’t permit for outdoor play, children will have physical play in our indoor gymnasium.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Rest Time, STEM Time (Year 3 Casa)

Classical music is played during rest time to help with relaxation. Those who don’t nap will be presented with quiet work activities. Year 3 Casa students will have the opportunity to work in the STEM lab on subjects such as coding and robotics.

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Project + Circle Time

Children sing, read books, and create arts according to the theme of the week. Children in the CASA program will work on projects in small groups to develop team work and communication skills.

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Washroom Break + Snack

3:30pm – 4:00pm

French (Monday – Thursday)

Music (Friday)

4:00pm – 4:15pm

Extended Hours Snack + Diaper

This is a supervised, snack time for children in the extended hours program. Children not enrolled in the Extended Hours Program are picked up by parents/guardians.

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Recess

The children will engage in various outdoor activities in our casa playground. If weather doesn’t permit for outdoor play, children will have physical play in our indoor gymnasium.

5:15pm – 6:45pm

Extended Hours Program + Dinner Service

This is a supervised, play time for children in the extended hours program. Children are free to choose their own activities. Optional Dinner is served at 5:30pm – 6:00pm

We'd Love to Hear From You!

Contact us for any questions regarding our school or to schedule your private tour.

 

Inspire Montessori

1210 Castlemore Ave Unit 7
Markham, ON
289-800-2238

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment. Dr. Maria Montessori

Contact Info

Unit 7A, 1210 Castlemore Avenue

Markham, ON

L6E 0H7 

Hours

Mon-Friday: 7:30am – 6:45pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

 

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