Welcome to Mi Casa Montessori
Mi Casa Montessori preschool is located in the community of Lakeview in Calgary. We respect each child’s uniqueness and aspire to create a nurturing environment which provides opportunities for every child to experience the excitement of learning by following his or her curiosity. Within our prepared environment, each lesson has been carefully chosen to encourage the optimal physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth of your child.
The Montessori method is an educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in Italy. Montessori schools view the child as a dynamic learner and therefore encourage self-directed learning rather than teacher-directed learning. As the children work independently, they develop self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and perseverance. Most importantly, the students acquire a sense of internal (self) motivation.
Toddler Program Ages 2-3 years
Parents registering their child in the Toddler Program may choose one of the following schedules:
- Monday/ Wednesday and Friday mornings
- Tuesday/Thursday and Friday mornings
Casa Program Ages 3-5 years
Parents registering their child in the Casa Program may choose the 4 days during the week they would like their child to attend.
In this area, children develop their coordination and motor skills while becoming absorbed in every day activities. Lessons focus on caring for oneself and the environment, social behaviors and movement. As they work in this area, the children become confident, independent, and gradually lengthen their attention span. They also learn to pay attention to details as they follow a regular sequence of actions.
A young child meets the world around him or her through the use of all his or her senses.
This area refines the child’s powers of observation or discrimination. The sensorial materials help children to distinguish, to categorize, and to relate new information to what they already know. This is the beginning of conscious knowledge. It is developed by intelligence working in a concentrated way on impressions given by the senses.
Children like to touch and move items as they develop their sense of number. The materials in this area allow the child to represent and manipulate representations of quantities and numerals from 0 to 9999. Later by combining, taking away, sharing and comparing these materials the child can demonstrate to himself or herself the basic operations of arithmetic.
Children are also encouraged to touch and move items in this area as they develop their understanding of language. The sandpaper letters and movable alphabet allow the child to feel and manipulate sounds as he or she develops his or her understanding of the sounds associated with the letters of the alphabet. As the child combines the sounds together he or she begins to spell words and later to read words.
Our students wear a uniform. The uniform consists of navy bottoms and a white top. Boys may wear a white t-shirt and blue cotton pants of their choice (no jeans please). Girls may wear any white top and a navy skirt, skort, tunic or pants.