At RMM a Casa class is a joyful, peaceful community of children from 3.5 to 6 years. RMM’s full-day program for all Casa children begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. The classroom environment is carefully designed to meet the needs of students this age, who are described by Dr. Montessori as possessing “absorbent minds.” The teacher acts as a nurturing guide and facilitator. Children are given sequenced lessons designed to increase their skill and independence. Once they have been introduced to the activities and materials, children enjoy choosing their own work.
The Casa program focuses on these areas:
We, at RMM focus on Montessori activities such as polishing, buttoning and pouring strengthen motor skills and concentration of kids.
Hands-on materials such as Pink Tower, Color Boxes and the Sound Cylinders help children refine their senses and classify their world.
Concrete materials like Number Rods & Golden Beads teach about size, length & prepare children for abstract concepts such as decimals.
Sandpaper Letters & Moveable Alphabet lay foundation for reading & writing. Children explore all aspects of language with emphasis on communication.
Maps, flags, water and land forms and books bring to life the world’s geography and people.
Art, Music and Movement
Drawing, painting, singing and dance are incorporated into daily classroom activities.
Grace and Courtesy
Respect and empathy are practiced daily in the Casa community.
Casa children are engaged in a wide variety of work throughout the day. They may practice skills to care for themselves or the classroom or work on writing words. Some children may work together to solve a large equation with manipulative math materials. Others may care by watering the plants. The Montessori materials, create a strong foundation for reading, writing, creativity, critical thinking and participation in an active, diverse community. By the time children have completed their time in Casa they have become poised, and compassionate leaders for the younger children. They have learned to think for themselves and self-regulate their emotions for social harmony.