Piccola Casa Playgroup

For: children 1 – 3 years

Casa Mia Montessori School offers a Montessori playgroup Perth for children under the age of three, who are walking, to ‘explore and discover’ in an especially prepared environment, in the company of their parent(s) and other children.

The Montessori playgroup sessions are overseen by an experienced coordinator.

The Montessori playgroup environment is prepared with age appropriate equipment and activities for the parent/carers and their children to choose from.

The parent/carer and their child work independently on self-chosen activities. The coordinator facilitates a ‘music session’ at the end of each session. With the guidance of their parent/carer the children can grow and develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially.

Snacks for children and tea & coffee for parents are provided.

When:

Monday and Wednesday during school terms.

9.00am – 11.00am.

See the school policies under Parent Resources.

Where:

Casa Mia Montessori School – Koomal

How:

Download the Montessori Playgroup enrolment form.

Register your interest by phoning administration on 08 9279 2209 or sending an email to admin@casamiamontessori.wa.edu.au

Cost:

$130 per term per child (Plus one-off $10 Admin fee). A term is generally 10 weeks.

Piccola Casa Playgroup Enrolment form

Early Learning 3-6 Years

Our early childhood centre feels more like a home than a school. The room is especially created to match the needs of each age group whilst allowing the children to flow through as they decide who and where and what to ‘work’ with.

Specially designed learning materials are displayed on open shelves, easily accessible to the children. The room includes low sinks accessible to the children, child-sized furniture, a cosy space for quiet reading, reachable shelves with work available for free choice, and child-sized kitchen utensils so the children can eat, prepare, and clean up their snack on their own. The staff gently guide the children  to help maintain the organization and cleanliness of this environment to keep it orderly and attractive, and to help your child understand how to care for materials and clean up after themselves—useful life long skills.

The Montessori Early Childhood Curriculum follows a 3-year sequence which your child will follow at their own pace and may often exceed the concepts taught in a mainstream school.

Your pre-kindy child (3years) will be enthralled in the practical life activities designed to support the development of confidence, independence and fine and gross motor skills. The children learn daily-life skills such as doing up clothing, preparing snacks, setting the table, caring for plants and animals on occasion. They also learn appropriate social interactions such as saying please and thank you, being kind and helpful, listening without interrupting and resolving conflicts peacefully.

By three years old, your pre-kindy child has already learnt much about their world through their different senses and are beginning to name their experiences of colour,  taste, smell, touch, sound and what they see. In the pre-kindy year, the children begin to classify their surroundings and create order through the medium of language. This lays the foundation for learning by developing the ability to classify, sort and discriminate – skills necessary in mathematics, geometry and language. This is all done through play-based learning.

 

In their kindy year (4yrs), your child continues laying foundations for life long learning. Through hands on activities, they will learn to identify numerals and match them to their quantity; build their vocabulary through the cultural studies and develop skills needed for writing and reading. The ability to write, a precursor to reading, is taught first. Using hands on materials, your child will begin to learn letter sound and how to use a pencil.

The pre-primary year  (5yrs) is a wondrous amalgamation of all the skills and concepts your child has been steadily accumulating. The understanding of place value begins to fall in place and the base 10 system. Your child will be introduced to addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and will explore patterns in the numbering system. Using the Montessori exploratory approach, your child will gain a firm understanding of the meaning behind the maths facts and concepts.

The exploration of letter sounds continues, and the sounds are combined to make words; sentences will be built. Once these skills are acquired, your child will, in all likelihood, learn to read spontaneously.

Throughout the three years – pre-kindy, kindy and pre-primary, your child will be experiencing a wide range of learning areas including history, geography, science, art and music. You child will learn about their community and the world around them. They will discover similarities and differences among people and places which will help them develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our world and a respect for all living things.

Pre-primary is the culmination of the Early Childhood Programme. Your child should begin to exhibit the independence, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership they have been practising and exercising them independently as they prepare to transition into the primary programme.

Lower Primary 6-9 Years

Montessori Primary Education is a natural progression from the 3-6 programme. There are a number of changes to meets the natural needs of the child. Having mastered their physical independence they now embark on their intellectual independence. 6-9 years is a period of construction.

The 6-9 year old child is identified by the ‘why’ questions and their active imaginations.

They have a decreasing need over the three years to use concrete materials in their work as they develop their abilities to reason and abstract.

This is the age of ‘dobbing’ as the children develop their moral sense and will try to work out what is acceptable behaviour and which is not. Simultaneously they will show an innate sense of compassion, justice and idealism seeing the world issues as black and white.

Socially, the children love to belong to a group. This quest for a group leads them naturally to ask questions about the universe and their place in it.

The Montessori 6-9 curriculum aims to address the children’s needs. The curriculum is holistic; it presents the ‘big picture’  through the Great Stories, stimulating the children’s imaginations and demonstrating the inter- connectedness of everything in the world.

In this cycle the curriculum is a mixture of explicit instruction in literacy and mathematics as the children develop their academic skills and opportunities to develop their capabilities in critical and creative thinking; their personal and social capabilities; their ethical and cultural understanding.

The classroom is constructed to address the children’s specific requirements. There are didactic materials, particularly in mathematics to help the children move into the abstract.

In the previous cycle, the children experienced much such as geometry, algebra and geography in a sensorial manner. Now they learn the names such as geometry, geography and algebra and start to make connections between the learning areas. They continue to develop their independence and discipline in their learning choices and outcomes.

This cycle is a construction cycle similar to the 0-3 cycle. Using explicit instruction the teacher helps the children build on the foundations of numeracy and literacy they began building in the 3-6 cycle.

These numeracy and literacy skills are given meaning in the Montessori Cosmic work – science, history, geography, zoology, botany and the arts.

The Montessori teacher is skilled in observing, monitoring and assessing each child individually to ensure the child covers all aspects of the curriculum and is progressing.

Besides the internal assessments, the school strives to prepare the children for external examinations by encouraging active participation in the Year 3 NAPLAN assessment and in internal, standardised annual assessments as a practical life skill. Examination techniques are considered an essential skill that needs to be presented and mastered in a similar manner to the practical life skills in other areas of the Montessori environment.

Upper Primary 9-12 Years

In Upper Primary, the children are entering into a stage of consolidation that is marked by creativity. Their experiences and thought processes begin to connect. Their numeracy and literacy activities continue to be pursued but now for consolidation purposes and are strongly linked to the research projects.

In this cycle, the children spend a large part of their time pursuing their own research projects and engaging in community activities for the school. As they did in Lower Primary, the work is often done in groups with the children collaborating. These activities assist the development of communication and personal skills. Their research is done using tools such as books, texts and computers. The research topics are suggested by the teacher at the start of the cycle and the range widens as the children become interested in moral and social issues.

It is considered that an experience is only useful to a child if thinking follows and it becomes meaningful. It is the reflection on the consequences that will make the meaning and help the child to grow and develop. This action of reflective thinking helps the children become responsible. It is in this cycle that there is strong development of social beings and responsible community members.

As the children explore their rights and responsibilities and their place in society, the children often base their projects on ethics and justice.

With the increasing maturity, the children take more responsibility for their learning. They will meet with their teacher for weekly conferences and a review of their personal goals. They will discuss the development of their organisational skills and their personal responsibility for achieving learning goals. Their tasks are scheduled both weekly and termly. They have daily lessons in small groups or on their own.

Upper primary children seek and enjoy taking on more social responsibility and at Casa Mia Montessori they are provided with opportunities to further develop their leadership skills. Opportunities are also created for interaction with the wider community.

The School year culminates in an end of year concert at which there is a graduation ceremony to mark the children moving on to high school.

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