The Casa Dei Bambini classroom is organized into five main curriculum areas. These are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture. In addition, there is an art area and library corner. Music is an integral part of the class. Other Specialist subjects for Casa students are Art, Spanish, Music, Library and Physical Education. Children also visit the school library once a week.
The Montessori materials are designed to stimulate the child into logical thought and discovery. Apart from conveying basic educational information, they develop the child’s senses and coordinate movement in preparation for reading, writing and calculating.
The child learns through practice with presented materials. These concrete experiences lead to a thorough understanding of each step of a process, laying a solid foundation for more complex future work.
Casa children absorb everything that surrounds them. They are becoming ready for further development. Through the senses they experience the world around them and their hands are busy building up neuro-networks. It is amazing to see, when the environment is right, how a child can develop in a peaceful manner that stimulates the development of self-esteem and self-worth.
On a social front Children are becoming aware of the needs of others and are sometimes spontaneously, starting to share. The classroom enthuses them to learn to work together, help each other, make the activity ready for another child, prepare snack and so on. These activities give small messages without needing to say ‘no’. Therefore they form the base of social awareness.
The Montessori Casa programme supports bilingualism by putting in place a team of teachers in every classroom, each speaking their respective language to the child. The child receives presentations of new concepts first in the language he/she knows best. Once the concept is understood, the interaction can continue
in the other language as well, thus acquiring new vocabulary. By providing the new vocabulary in such a harmonious manner and within a concrete environment, the child does not feel uncomfortable and therefore absorbs easily.
The outcomes of Casa Program are as follows:
Increase of independence from new skills and competencies
Increase knowledge and vocabulary
Internalization of symbol systems: language and math
Patience and the ability to share
Good work habits
Ability to choose
Care and respect for the environment and others