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Casa Level

The primary division of a Montessori program is called Casa dei Bambini or "Children's House" and is often referred to as simply 'Casa.' The program is designed for children who are 2  to 6 years of age. The prepared environment reflects the areas of a child's world at this stage of development. It is a "living room" for children where all furniture and materials are scaled to fit their small bodies and to accommodate their activity and movement.

The KMS Casa classrooms are interactive and interdisciplinary. They are designed to blend freedom and focus. The children learn to take responsibility for themselves, each other and their classroom. The classroom becomes a community where mutual respect, dignity, and courtesy thrive among children of varying ages and abilities.

At KMS your child's classroom is a calm, orderly space filled with light and colour and is divided into five distinct areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, and Culture. Although these areas represent parts of the curriculum, no subject is taught in isolation.

Practical Life

The KMS Practical Life exercises instill a sense of care for oneself, for others, and for the environment. Exercises for the development of fine and gross motor skills are carefully developed as part of the Practical Life curriculum. The exercises provide child-sized working equipment that allow the child to perform the same activities as adults do such as pouring, sweeping, polishing, and gardening. These skills are all taught as separate exercises that are designed to give children the freedom and confidence they need in order to work at their own individual pace and in the classroom. Exercises in Grace and Courtesy are presented daily during circle time and in small informal group lessons. The children learn how to behave in certain situations and acquire the social skills essential for everyday living in society. The children develop a sense of personal dignity, an understanding of their own culture, and awareness and respect for people of all ages and traditions. Having appropriate social and language skills enables a child to engage positively in the classroom community and beyond. Conflict resolution is taught early and attention is given to making good choices.

Sensorial

The Sensorial curriculum allows the child to discriminate and order the impressions that they encounter through each of his senses. Scientifically designed materials that isolate each sense facilitate in the development of the intellect through hands-on exploration. The child learns to separate and classify forms, colours, textures, tastes, and smells. Exercises in this area refine the senses and develop skills in thinking, judging, concentrating, comparing. and sequencing. The materials offer unlimited opportunities for the development of vocabulary and the essential development of dexterity that will lead to writing and reading.

Language

Language in the KMS Casa Classroom focuses on the following areas: Listening, Oral Language, Writing, Reading, and the Informal Introduction to Grammar. The curriculum is designed to meet the young child's innate ability to acquire language. Significant emphasis is placed on building vocabulary and oral competency. Through the use of the Montessori materials children acquire a rich vocabulary for labeling, describing, comparing, and contrasting their environment and the people in it. Listening to stories and reciting poems, singing and conversing with others is encouraged. Small group and circle activities are organized on a daily basis. These are opportunities for children to enjoy a variety of language activities that are carefully designed to enrich their oral expression and strengthen their listening skills. Specialized materials introduce the child to sound and letter recognition beginning at 3 1/2 to 4 years of age. Exercises in letter formation, phonetic blending, word/picture matching, and sentence formation lead the child to competence in reading and writing.

Mathematics

Children at the primary level have innately mathematical minds. They are very aware of quantity and love to count. Montessori designed tangible math materials such as beads, cubes, rods and counters that permit children to manipulate the numbers in their hands. They move beyond merely counting, and are given opportunities to experience addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to fully grasp the meaning of the operation. Geometry and fractions are introduced as the children progress from a concrete to abstract understanding of math concepts.

Culture

The Culture curriculum is based on an integrated study of science, the social sciences, and the arts. Children are exposed to a rich, stimulating variety of activities based on hand-on learning. In keeping with Montessori philosophy, children first experience general rules of the universe, e.g. the division of land and water. These are gradually broken down into smaller parts: continents/oceans, provinces and territories of Canada. Stories of animals and children from other lands help the children to understand fundamental need and how these are influenced by climate, environment and lifestyle. Culture differences and similarities are explored through music, dance, costume, and food. Festivals and traditions are celebrated through the arts, stories, and geography. Work with the cultural materials helps the children to become aware that they are part of the larger family of humanity. Simple science experiments that demonstrate the qualities of matter: sink/float; magnetic/non-magnetic; solid/liquid; living/non-living are made by the children as part of the study of their environment. Materials are available to help children to label, compare, and classify the parts of plants and animals.

In the KMS Casa program small group French lessons, physical education classes and all forms of the Arts are integrated into the curriculum.

French

In the KMS Casa program all students receive small group lessons in French. They learn the language through vocabulary and conversation by way of interactive activities and visuals.

Physical Education

Children participate in active physical education classes designed to build physical skills and introduce them to cooperative games and dance. Children work with a variety of equipment and our outdoor playground provides a large space for structured and unstructured games.

The Arts

Art, music, drama, and storytelling are all explored through a variety of materials, activities, and structured programs.