Mission and Vision
The mission of Casa Montessori is to create an authentic Montessori learning environment for children in grades TK-6th grade. We do this by incorporating the Montessori hallmarks into each classroom.
Montessori philosophy believes in each child’s innate willingness to learn, allowing children to work at their own pace, with a balance of teacher-selected and student-selected activities. As such, Montessori schools are designed to help each student discover and develop their unique talents and possibilities. They treat each child as individual learners and do not rely on rewards and punishments to motivate. Rather, children are encouraged to “learn how to learn,” thus gaining independence and self-confidence.
- On-Site Instruction Days – Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Homeschool Days – Monday, Tuesday
- State-Credentialed Teachers with Montessori Certification
- Assistant Classroom Educator in each classroom
Multi-Age Classrooms – Dr. Montessori observed a natural progression of three-year developmental stages and designed classrooms to address these stages.
- Primary – Kindergarten only (5-6 year-olds)
- Lower Elementary – 6-9 year-olds (1st – 3rd grade)
- Upper Elementary – 9-12 year-olds (4th – 6th grade)
Individualized Learning – children have assessed formally and informally to gauge readiness for concepts
Small-Group Lessons – children receive direct instruction in small groups based on readiness for subject matter
Integrated Curriculum – lessons are integrated across the curriculum. There are no set times for instruction (ex—math time, language arts time)
Freedom of Movement – children are free to choose where and with whom they work as long as distractions are kept to a minimum
Work Periods – the schedule is set so that as much as possible each class a large block of time between one and a half hours to three hours to work and receive lessons. This gives children time to really explore subjects and concepts at a deep level.
Independent Learning – after lessons children complete follow-up works designed to foster mastery of concepts and skills
Community Building – teachers and students work diligently to create a cooperative learning environment where children take care of each other and treat each other with the utmost respect.
Time Management – children learn to manage their time between lessons, follow-up work, and projects of their own choosing
Montessori Materials – manipulatives developed by Dr. Maria Montessori which allow children to grasp difficult abstract concepts with concrete materials
How Do We Personalize Learning for Each Student?
- Individualized Learning – children are assessed formally and informally to gauge readiness for concepts.
- Small-Group Lessons – children receive direct instruction in small groups based on readiness for the subject matter.
- Students are given the opportunity to choose among a variety of ways in which to demonstrate understanding as well as to pursue their own interests.
- Students are given the opportunity to engage in their interests and create projects to demonstrate their understanding. Students learn a variety of techniques in order to understand, analyze, and synthesize new knowledge. The Power Tools were designed using time-tested techniques and process which help students choose the tool that will best help them learn new material.
Students are encouraged to work with the teacher to design their work and to discuss their progress.
The Community is our Classroom
Students have the opportunity to engage with the greater community through educational field trips, community service opportunities and through school-wide events.
A Day at Casa Montessori
Work Periods – the schedule is set so that as much as possible each class a large block of time between one and a half hours to three hours to work and receive lessons. This gives children time to really explore subjects and concepts at a deep level. We believe in allowing each student’s natural curiosity to be satisfied at the child’s pace instead of moving from one topic to another on the teacher’s schedule.