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The Holland Marsh Montessori School Casa Program offers a transformative and individualized educational experience designed specifically for preschool-aged children. The Montessori Casa Program, often referred to as the Children’s House, is a comprehensive approach to early childhood education based on the principles and philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori

The program supports children in their natural development and fosters a lifelong love of learning. The program encompasses complex learning experiences, including academic concepts, social interactions, and problem-solving. The Casa Program builds upon the foundations gained through the toddler years and introduces more advanced Montessori materials and activities that cover areas such as math, language, and cultural studies (i.e., geography, history, botany, zoology, and science). The curriculum in the Preschool/Casa program includes a wide range of subjects and concepts, preparing children for more formal academic learning in the future.

The Casa classrooms are also designed to be child-centered, engage children’s senses, promote independence, and cultivate their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth. The Preschool/Casa program promotes more complex social dynamics, collaboration, and cooperative play. Preschoolers have the opportunity to engage in group projects, work together on tasks, and develop social skills such as empathy, conflict resolution, leadership, and self-resilience.  

Preschoolers benefit immensely from a Montessori Casa Program in several ways. First and foremost, the program nurtures their natural curiosity and love for learning. Through a child-initiated approach, children are encouraged to follow their interests, passions, leading to a deep engagement and enjoyment of the learning process. The Montessori materials and activities are designed to be appealing and accessible, allowing children to explore and discover concepts at their own pace. 

The Montessori Casa Program stands out from other educational philosophies due to its unique principles and values, such as respect for the whole child. The Holland Marsh Montessori Casa Program prioritizes the holistic development of the child. We recognize that education is not just about academics but also encompasses social, emotional, physical, and moral growth. The Montessori approach values and respects each child’s unique strengths, interests, and pace of development, fostering their self-esteem, confidence, and overall well-being.

How is an Montessori Casa Program's daily schedule structured?

Montessori Casa Program Daily routine sample:

6:30-8:30 – Arrival commences and Breakfast. Self-directed Activities and Collaborative Play
8:30-9:00 – Morning Welcome Routine. O Canada. Circle Time
9:00-10:00 – Outdoor Play
10:00-11:00 – Academic Program
11:00-11:30 – Language and Literacy
11:30-12:00 – Lunch
12:00-2:00 – Nap and Rest
2:00-2:30 – Afternoon Snack
2:30-3:00 – Academic Program
3:00-4:00 – Outdoor Play
4:00-5:00 – Enrichment Activities
5:00-6:00 – Departure. Self-directed Activities and Collaborative Play