Licensed Casa

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    Licensed Casa

    Ages 2.5 to 6 years old

    • 8:00am-8:30am
      MORNING CIRCLE & MUSIC AND MOVEMENT

      Morning Circle consists of gathering the children together. This is a time for the classroom community to come together and greet one another. It's a time where the teacher will review concepts such as the calendar, time and weather and introduce a new work or group lesson. Often, songs are sung, poems are recited, or bodies become aware with creative movement, music and exercises and dance. Grace and courtesy lessons and role play as well as "show and tell" (where children have a chance to speak in front of the group to develop their confidence and public speaking) is also done at morning lessons.
    • 8:30am-10:30am
      WORK CYCLE I

      Each day the children engage in a prolonged, uninterrupted 'Work Cycle" n our Montessori classroom. Throughout this period the children engage in a range of different activities, some of which are chosen independently and others that are presented by a teacher guide. The environment focuses on concentration, coordination, order and independence.

      On our ART DAYS our resource Art Teacher will turn our classroom into a professional art studio. Children engage in visual arts and are exposed to different media like watercolours, ink, stamping, clay - all while learning about the techniques and styles of art and encouraging creativity and expression.
    • 10:30am-12:30pm
      OUTDOOR TIME - Gross motor development/ Free play

      During out outdoor time teachers instruct the children in stretches, outdoor circle, songs, and teach gross motor skills like kicking, throwing, catching and running. Several stations are set up for the children to engage with, and free time is alotted for creative play. Children are sometimes taken on community walks, hikes along the rotary trail, or a walk to the park in York. The school has a large completely fenced yard that is perfect for running, jumping, playing, gardening, blowing bubbles, pulling each other on wagons and having lots of fun!
    • 12:30am-1:30pm
      LUNCH TIME

      Dr. Montessori believed that mealtime is an extremely valuable learning opportunity for children. From the time children can sit independently, Montessori children sit at child-sized tables and learn how to feed themselves. They learn grace of movement by setting the table with breakable child-sized dishes and glasses. They practice courtesy by using please and thank you, chewing with their mouths closed, serving others first and through conversation. RCMS offers homestyle meals full of variety. Raw veggies and fruits are offered at every meal. RCMS is proud of its hospitality for children and a safe place for children to expand their palate. We work closely with parents to develop eating plans that respect and meet the needs of their children. We provide vegetarian alternatives at each meal.
    • 1:30pm-3:00pm

      NAP TIME/ REST PERIOD

      Naptime is another essential component of practical life in our Montessori classroom. It allows the children to recharge and to process the experiences of the day and prevents the child from becoming overly worn-out. Children are provided with a low cot and blanket and expected to stay in their bed for 30min (children may bring their own blankets and a toy to entertain themselves if they like). After 30min the children can read books in their bed and are offered colouring sheets or other quiet activities before resuming a second work cycle at 230pm.
    • 3pm-4pm (or 2:30-4pm if child does not nap)
      WORK PERIOD 2

      Children resume into a second work period. This second work period may include a "Culture Circle" where teachers will present a group lesson on some cultural subject. This circle would include stories, songs, activie movement, and a Montessori culture lesson. On other days French is taught as a circle and children are introduced to the French language through music, audio visual aids, and montessori inspired french lessons.

    Casa Program Description

    Our Licensed Casa Class is based on the Montessori philosophy which strives to provide each child with an environment in which they learn and develop essential learning habits to be successful students.  This prepares them for the challenges of the future school years.  The children explore various areas of study, absorb independent learning and develop self-esteem and leadership with age-appropriate activities.

    Our Casa program is licenced by the Ministry of Education and we are an applicant member of the Canada Council of Montessori Administrators.  

    Growth in the Child Towards: 

    • The enjoyment of learning
    • The development of order, concentration, and coordination
    • Skills in oral communication
    • Independence and problem solving
    • Responsible group membership
    • Respect for oneself, other people, and the planet

    Learning Environment

    • A diverse set of Montessori materials, activities, and experiences
    • A schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted learning time
    • Classroom atmosphere that encourages social interaction
    • Space for personal, small group, and whole class learning activities
    • Lightweight, proportionate, movable child-sized furnishing
    • Identifiable ground rules
    • Aesthetically pleasing environment
    • Outdoor space to accommodate rigorous physical activity

    Programme Organization

    • Mixed-age groupings:  2-1/2 to 6 years 
    • Parental commitment to a three-year cycle of attendance
    • Five-days per week commitment (RCMS currently offers 3 and 4-day programs as well)
    • Personal and group instruction
    • Adult/child ratios meet local requirements
    • Observational records of the child
    • Regularly scheduled parent conferences
    • Public observation policy

    Programme Emphasis

    • To encourage intrinsic motivation, spontaneous activity, and self-education
    • To provide sensory education for intellectual development
    • To develop competencies through repetitive concrete experiences
    • To encourage co-operative learning through peer teaching and social interaction
    • To provide learning opportunities through physical and outdoor activity
    • To provide learning activities for creative expression

    Teaching Strategy

    • Certified Montessori teachers at the 2-1/2 to 6-year level
    • Continuing professional development
    • Observational skills to match students’ development needs with activities
    • Strategies to facilitate the unique and total growth of each individual
    • Leadership skills to foster a nurturing environment supportive of learning
    • A partnership developed with the family
    • Supervision and education of auxiliary classroom personnel

    Administrative Support

    • Non-discriminatory admissions policy
    • Written educational policies and procedures
    • Adherence to provincial laws and health requirements
    • Current school affiliation with CCMA and other professional groups
    • Licensed by the Ministry of Education 

     

    Curriculum Details:

    PRACTICAL LIFE

    The exercises of Practical Life are the foundation of a Montessori environment, which allows the child to develop control and coordination of movement, awareness of their environment, orderly thought patterns, independent work habits and responsibility.  The direct aim of these exercises is to master self-help skills and to build confidence and independence.  The indirect aim of these exercises is to improve and refine the fine motor skills of the hand and arm muscles in preparation for writing skills.

    SENSORIAL

    These exercises aim in the developing and refining of the senses by providing organized opportunities for contact with the environment.  Through the isolation of the senses, a refinement of the senses can be developed.  Sensorial discrimination leads form the concrete to the abstract and is a preparation for the intellectual and the logical mind.

    LANGUAGES

    Language is taught phonetically using materials which increase vocabulary, development of visual perception and correction of pronunciation.  Once a child has mastered the entire alphabet, we can begin to compose and build words in steps, finally achieving reading and writing skills.  In addition to English, the children will also learn French.

    MATH

    Children are introduced to math functions through concrete materials.  Gradually as the child absorbs the concepts, simple computations are introduced in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Math is introduced using games like – ‘snake game, bank game’ so that the child learns math concepts without realizing it.  The child’s learning is truly effortless!

    CULTURE

    Cultural subjects encompass Geography, Botany/Biology, Social Sciences and History, Art through indoor and outdoor activities, individually and in groups.

    MUSIC

    Children will be taught appreciation of music and rhythm with simple percussion instruments, singing, dancing each day.  They will be taught basic music literacy as well as trained to recognize tones.

    ART

    On our ART DAYS our resource Art Teacher will turn our classroom into a professional art studio. Children engage in visual arts and are exposed to different media like watercolours, ink, stamping, clay – all while learning about the techniques and styles of art and encouraging creativity and expression.

    Montessori teachers also prepare weekly takehome crafts for children that often are themed with special holidays and encourage the application of fine motor skills practised each day in the classroom.  Art is also infused in the classroom by teaching different skills like cutting, gluing and tracing and drawing lines etc.  RCMS is proud of its exceptional art program.

    FRENCH

    Children are introduced to the french language at afternoon circle.  French is introduced as a second language through music, audio-visual aids, music and games.  In addition to this, bilingual Montessori materials are made throughout the year and made available to the children during their regular work cycles.