Parents At Casa Mia
The children, you and us…
Your child’s education started and will continue with you. Sending your child to a school is one of the most important decisions you make as a parent. You will have looked at the location of schools, the vicinity to your home, cost, size, facilities, the value, culture and governance.
Most importantly, you will have looked at the learning ‘pedagogy’ to assess how well yourselves, your child and Casa Mia can work in a triangular partnership. We have strived to explain how learning looks at Casa Mia and how it is facilitated to meet each child’s need in the context of a community. This requires us to critically examine the children’s activities and their development; identify problems; create solutions; trial the solutions; reflect on the results and then start the whole process again.
We invite you to join us and work with us in partnership to achieve the very best outcomes for your child. You are the most important people in your child’s life. Your input is valuable and vital to providing the best possible opportunities for your child.
Casa Mia provides many opportunities for parents to be involved without inhibiting their child’s school life.
Observing in the classroom. Come and be a ‘fly on the wall’ and watch the classroom in action. Parents are invited to observe in their child’s classroom one a term.
Casa Mia has four family open days a year. One in each term. Come and spend time in the classroom sharing activities with your child and viewing samples of their work.
Sports Carnival – Term 3, come and cheer the children as they learn to ‘hop, skip and jump’ on command and in teams.
End of term assembly – come and watch the children perform and model how to be an audience.
Coffee with your child’s teacher – come and find out how the materials are used
Parent information evening – presentations on topical child education issues and the Casa Mia approach to education
Browse the school website for information on Casa Mia
Read the fortnightly newsletter with your child and share their views and thoughts
Check out the class displays of art and craft
Put your hand up for a class task – prepare some cutting cards at home, dust the shelves at the end of a day, clean and tidy the kitchen cupboards
Put your hand up to do a class activity with the children – gardening, cooking, reading a story, singing
Read your child’s self-reflection and report with them and discuss what they feel they are strong at and where they need help
Attend the parent/teacher conversation twice a year and share information on your child’s progress
Join the Parents and Friends and become involved in the social activities of the community
You have business skills? Join the School Board and be involved in the governance of the School
Come and learn with us and become part of our community of learners. By learning in partnership with us, you ensure your child is best supported to succeed.
Four-year-old transition to five full day attendance
Transition from Early Childhood to Lower Primary
Transition from Lower to Upper Primary
At Casa Mia Montessori a child generally commences enrolment in the school:
- Starts in the Early Learning Centre, Cycle 1, 3-6years old, as close to their third birthday as is possible, to be able to take advantage of the three-year curriculum cycle.
- In the first year, the child attends school in the morning session, for five mornings a week, or in the case of the beginning of term or in weeks where there is a holiday, as many days as the school is open.
- Subject to the child’s readiness, as determined by the teacher using the Casa Mia 4year old readiness assessment, when the child turns four the family is offered two full days and three half days.
- After one term or a 10-week period which may include school holidays, on two full days and three half days, the child will commence five days a week.
- In the context of changing hours of attendance, the term ‘transition’ means the process of moving from one attendance arrangement to another.
- Transition points to the next two cycles generally occur when the child is around six and eight years old.
- In the context of changing from one cycle to the next, the term transition means to move up one cycle.
- After completing either a full three-year cycle period or the full three-year cycle curriculum as assessed by the teacher and is considered by the School staff to be socially and emotionally ready and in consultation with the parents, a child will begin the process of transitioning to the next cycle.
Before And After School Care
Casa Mia has the benefit of before and after school care within easy reach of the school:
30 Whitfield St, Bassendean
Provides day care from 7am to 6pm. Children may be dropped from 7am. They will be walked round to Casa Mia in time for school at 8.30am. Organikids will also collect children at 12 noon and 3pm.
Tel: 9279 5431
St Michael’s OSH Club (W.A)
4 James St, Bassendean
Offers before and after school care at St Michael’s School.
Tel: 08 6278 9888
Casa Mia gives the children as many experiences to practise making decisions and develop agency.
The School does not expect the children to wear a full school uniform each day to school. The wide brimmed hat must be worn daily for sun protection.
It is expected that the full uniform be worn on special occasions and excursion days. This is for three reasons:
Firstly, on an excursion, from a safety and duty of care stance, the children are easily identified by their uniform.
Secondly, on an excursion or incursion, the children wearing the uniform represent the school to the public.
Thirdly, the children are introduced to the idea there is a time and place for particular types of clothing.
The uniform consists of a blue and white polo shirt, blue jacket and a blue wide brimmed hat. All these items have the school logo printed on them and are available to purchase through the school office.
The bottom half of clothing is the standard navy blue skorts or shorts and/or tracksuit bottoms. These are purchased from well-known clothing stores. Such as Kmart, Target and Best & Less
Homework At Casa Mia
In general, in mainstream schools, homework is given to gauge whether a child has understood a lesson. This is necessary when a teacher gives a lesson to twenty or thirty students at a time.
At Casa Mia, our teachers work with children individually or in groups of three or four students and the materials are designed to be self-correcting. These two factors combined ensure that the teacher is completely in touch with the child’s individual comprehension of work and on-going requirements and therefore, school homework is generally not necessary.
Homework at Casa Mia is work that the child does at home as an extension of his or her own interests and as a member of the family. This work should be meaningful and preferably of high interest to the child; it should have a purpose. Living as a family has rights and responsibilities and it is reasonable to expect children help with the chores.
Handwriting At Casa Mia
At Casa Mia the children are taught to write in cursive otherwise called joining writing.
The decision to teach cursive writing was based on research by several neurologists. The research shows cursive writing stimulates brain synapses and the synchronicity between both sides of the brain, unlike printing or typing. William Klemm, senior professor of neuroscience at Texas A&M University, states, “Handwriting (cursive writing) dynamically engages widespread areas of both cerebral hemispheres.” He references brain scans taken during handwriting that show activation of extensive regions of the brain involved in thinking, language, and working memory.