34 Months To 6 Years Old

The Casa program at My First Montessori School revolves around building and strengthening the foundations learned by the students in the Toddler program. They are encouraged to be independent learners and get a strong grasp of educational materials at their own pace and ability. We maintain a 8:1 student to teacher ratio, while each Casa classroom has Montessori trained teachers and Registered Early Childhood Educators.

What your child will learn

My First Montessori School’s unique Casa program uses the Montessori philosophy along with the Ministry of Education pedagogy on early learning to help children achieve their fullest potential.  Please click below to find out more about the domains and skills that the children will work towards.

  • Making friends
  • Conflict resolution
  • Peer group entry skills
  • Helping skills
  • Co-operation
  • Empathy
  • Interacting with adults
  • Self-concept
  • Identity formation
  • Self-esteem
  • Recognizing and expressing emotions
  • Positive attitudes toward learning
  • Using verbal & non-verbal communication
  • Vocabulary
  • Conversing with peers and adults
  • Using descriptive language to explain, explore and extend
  • Listening to others
  • Enjoying literacy
  • Phonological awareness
  • Reading 
  • Familiar conventions of print
  • Writing skills
  • Self-regulation
  • Problem solving
  • Representation
  • Questioning
  • Observing
  • Collecting and organizing information
  • Reflecting and reaching conclusions
  • Classifying
  • Seriating
  • Determining quantity
  • Identifying patterns
  • Measurement

Gross Motor

  • Walking
  • Jumping
  • Hopping
  • Galloping
  • Throwing 
  • Riding

Fine Motor

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Tool use
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Casa Curriculum

Children enrolled in the Casa program have the potential and opportunity to work on diverse materials.  Our classroom is warm and welcoming, encouraging children to feel supported and enjoy their time at our school. The Montessori style of ‘directing’ rather than ‘teaching’ means that we enhance and nurture the inner ability of each child to learn instinctively.

Practical life activities provide the groundwork for physical, mental, and social development, and are the foundation of a Montessori environment. The main purpose for this area is for the child to develop independence, coordination and concentration. The real life experiences that come from the practical life area such as pouring, transferring and dressing help children with their daily life routines.
The sensorial materials in the classroom allow the child to refine their sense of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.  The sensorial area builds the child’s concentration for a wider awakening of the senses and perception for distinguishing different qualities and patterns. Many of the exercises in this area are also indirect preparations for later mathematics and language work.
The Math area of the Montessori classroom encompasses the use of concrete materials for the recognition of numbers and the recognition of quantity as well. Mathematics activities are divided into six categories : counting and the decimal system, memory work, concrete abstraction, arithmetic tables and geometry. Children are introduced to more complex mathematical procedures and concepts, as they are individually ready.
The Language area of the Montessori classroom encourages development of early-literacy. Language skills are acquired in steps.  Speaking, learning the phonetic sounds of letters, word building and recognition, writing and reading.
The Culture area of the classroom gives children the ability to learn about a variety of subjects in a hands on way that gets kids excited about learning.  It also educates them about their culture and the culture of others and respect.  The classroom encompasses a variety of subjects which include: Geography, Zoology, Botany, Science, Art & Music and Languages.
Practical LifeSensorialMathematicsLanguageCulture
Care of Self

- Dressing frames
- Folding clothes
- Polishing
- Locks & keys
- Sewing

- Cylinder blocks
- Pink tower
- Brown stairs
- Red rods
- Binomial cube
- Trinomial cube
- Geometric cabinet

Numbers to 10

- Number rods
- Sandpaper numbers
- Spindal box
- Numbers and counters

- Identifying sounds
- Matching objects and pictures
- Rhyming words

- Sandpaper globe
- Water & land forms
- Puzzle maps
- Introducing directions
of Environment

- Washing tables
- Washing windows
- Polishing
- Sweeping
- Caring for a plant
Tactile (Touch)

- Touch boards
- Touch tablets
- Touch fabrics
- Thermic tablets
- Mystery bag
Decimal System

- Golden beads
- Associating quantities and numbers
- Matching quantities & numbers
- exchanging


- Sandpaper letters
- Metal insets
- Moveable alphabet
- Writing on chalkboard
- Placing letters between lines
- Writing on paper

- Living & non-living
- Vertebrates & invertebrates
- 5 classes of animals
and Courtesy

- Greeting people
- Manners
- Table manners
Olfactory (Smell)

- Smelling bottles
The 4 Operations

- Addition
- Subtraction
- Multiplication
- Division
- Stamp game
- Word problems


- Pink scheme (3 letter phonetic words)
- Blue scheme (4-5 letter phonetic words)
- Green scheme (phonograms)

- Magnetism
- Cause & effect
- Volume
- Light & colour
Control of Movement

- Rolling mats
- Walking on a line
- Carrying a tray
- Transferring with a spoon
- Using tongs

Gustatory (Taste)

- Taste bottles

- Small number rods
- Snake game
- Addition & subtraction charts
- Strip board
- Multiplication bead board
Part of Speech

- Noun and verbs
- Grammar
- Conjunctions
- Prepositions

- Parts of a plant
- Parts of a flower
and Concentration

- Lacing
- Sorting
- Order
Auditory (Sound)

- Sound cylinder
- Silence game
- Montessori bells

FractionsSentence Analysis (Structure)History

- Family tree
- 4 seasons
- Calendar
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Sample Casa Schedule

7:00am - 8:30amBefore School ProgramThis is a supervised activity period (not Montessori) where children are free to choose from numerous activities set up by the classroom teacher
8:30am - 10:30amMontessori Work Period & Morning SnackChildren will explore the prepared environment in the 5 areas of the classroom. They will also be given presentations by the teachers at this time. Individual Snack is available to children up until 10:30am
10:30am - 11:00amFrench & CircleUsing the Montessori philosophy, children develop the French language through music and visual aids. (French classes will be twice a week)
11:00am - 12:00pmOutdoor PlayChildren will engage in a variety of play that will promote gross and fine motor skills. Children also develop social skills (weather permitting)
12:00pm - 12:30pmLunchtime Preparation
Children wash hands and enjoy a healthy lunch
12:30pmDismissalChildren enroled in the Morning Half Day Program must be picked up at this time.
12:30pm – 3:00pmRest time or Montessori Work PeriodChildren who do not require a nap are free to find materials from the 5 areas of the classroom they would like to work with. Children waking up after a nap will join the work period.
3:00pm - 3:15pmCircle TimeChildren engage in songs, themes and culture presentations.
3:15pm - 3:45pmAfternoon Group SnackChildren help prepare the snack table and enjoy a healthy snack as a group
3:45pm - 4:15pmSpecialty Programs
These activities will include art, dance, yoga, martial arts, and physical education.
4:15pmDismissal/After School Program BeginsChildren not enroled in the After-School Program must be picked up at this time.
4:15pm - 5:15pmOutdoor PlayChildren will engage in a variety of play that will promote gross and fine motor skills. Children also develop social skills (weather permitting)
5:15pm - 6:00pmFree Play & Evening SnackTeachers develop a program for children which includes free play, drama, blocks etc. Children will enjoy a variety of activities they can work at as a group to further develop their social skills. A light snack will be provided.