• Montessori Casa/Preschool program for children 2½ to 6 years
5 days a week (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
• Montessori Full Day Program for children 4+ years
5 days a week (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
• French classes for Casa/Preschool
• Before and After School Care
• Fenced-in playground
• Hot lunches provided daily for all full-day students
Our Casa/Preschool Program
Our Casa* program is designed around Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophical observations of what children need in order to develop natural tendencies toward self-motivation, control, relationship with others, mastery of their environment and independence.
The Prepared Environment, the teacher, and the exquisitely attuned sensitivities of the children produce together a community of self-sufficient, curious and joyful children who eagerly participate in the Montessori Education.
* “Casa” refers to a Montessori preschool program. It is derived from Dr. Montessori’s first class, called “Casa dei Bambini” in Italian, or “Children’s House.”
The Five Areas of a Preschool Montessori Classroom
1. Practical Life:Everyday Life Skills, Social Graces, and Movement are all part of the Practical Life Area through fun and interesting activities such as pouring, spooning, transferring objects using tongs, tweezers or a baster. Scrubbing tables, chairs and floors, as well as ironing, washing clothes and polishing, all promote care of the child’s environment by doing the things he sees adults do every day.This area also promotes concentration and attention to a task. The child learns to do for him/her self.
“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” Dr.Maria Montessori
The young child strives to be independent and to do things for herself. Through the Practical Life activities the skills needed to be independent are learned and habituated. Learning social graces, what to say and when, help the child to learn to be a part of everyday society. These are continued during our Lunch Program as well.
2. Sensorial Area: This area helps to develop the child’s senses and awareness of the world around her through the use of specialized materials designed to isolate individual qualities such as colour, size, shape, weight, texture, and more.This is a very “hands on” area, each activity involving the whole child.
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence .” Dr.Maria Montessori
3. Language Area: The Montessori Language Program is a phonetic based approach to reading. Language is such a huge part of our world, from speaking, to isolating sounds and then into reading. The Montessori child essentially “teaches” himself/herself to read through learning the letter sounds, writing words using those sounds, and finally reading those words back. It is an exciting time when a child “bursts” into reading! We use cursive letters at KMS because the formation of these letters is smooth and easy for writing. It is very easy to move from cursive to print, but much more difficult to move from print to cursive.
4. Mathematics: We begin with manipulatives, then slowly lead into abstract concepts. Beginning with numbers 1-10, 11-99, and 1-1000, the children learn linear counting and recognition of numerals, which then leads into addition, subtraction, multiplication and division concepts. This is done through fun activities which involve lots of movement, manipulatives and group work. As the child matures, individual work is encouraged and abstract learning begins to take place.
5. Cultural Area: This area introduces the child to the world beyond the classroom. Global awareness, geography, science, botany, music and art activities are all available to the child on a daily basis. Specific countries are often highlighted, with special activities surrounding those countries. Art activities are individual, and encourage experimentation. Music is expressed in song, listening, and playing rhythm instruments. The children gather in a group everyday to listen to stories, sing, or play special games.