CASA Program

CASA Program

(approx. 2.5 to 6 years)

Aspen Grove Montessori School’s CASA program is designed for children aged approximately 2.5 to 6 years with materials and lessons ranging in difficulty and required experience. The materials within the classroom develop and foster concentration, orderly work habits, confidence and self-assurance.

The program offers an enriched Language and Math curriculum, as well as lessons in geography, history, biology, zoology and science. All lessons are individually presented to each child when they are ready and at a level suited to their learning style and abilities.

We provide children the opportunity to interact within a mixed-age environment. This presents children with a supportive social group consisting of appropriate role models to develop their sense of community and core values. The Casa environment creates leaders and mentors and develops within the child an ability for higher thinking.

Program Highlights

Focus on individual growth in all five areas of the Montessori curriculum and beyond

CCMA accredited Montessori curriculum

Enhanced Language and Math program

In-Class Enhancement Program (French, yoga)

School Trips (e.g. Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Maple Syrup Festival, Treewalk Village, Brooks Farms)

Close communication with parents through Progress Reports, Parent Conferences, Parent Information Nights

3 Year Progress

The Montessori Method emphases the importance of a 3 year learning cycle in order to reach the child’s full potential and to lay a strong foundation for lifelong learning during the “formative years”. Our Casa curriculum introduce lessons to each student gradually, and that over time, the materials become more challenging, building upon previously mastered skills. Students who complete the 3 year cycle through exploration, experimentation, and expertise, will gain the most benefit from the Montessori program as they refine their work habits and master their skills.

Math

Language

Practical Life

Sensorial

Culture

Year 1

Y1: Numbers to Ten & Teens

Y1: Sound & Letter recognition

Y1: Polishing

Y1: Pink Tower

Y1: The Skeletal System

Year 2

Y2: Decimal System

Y2: Phonetic & Non-phonetic Reading

Y2: Care of Plants

Y2: Trinomial Cube

Y2: The Muscular System

Year 3

Y3: Memorization of Mathematical Facts

Y3: Composing Journal Entries & Stories

Y3: Sewing a Button

Y3: Pythagoras Theorem

Y3: The Nervous System

Transparent Classroom Progress Plan

At Aspen Grove Montessori School, our Teachers introduce over 1000 lessons over the course of the 3-year Casa program to each student, from Practical Life lessons such as tying shoes laces, to complex Math lessons such as completing long division equations and developing understanding of geometry. Our school utilizes a sophisticated progress tracking system for each of our students to develop a customized lesson plan for each student and ensures they to reach their full potential in all 5 areas of our structured curriculum.

Casa Uniform

At Aspen Grove Montessori School, we pride ourselves on professionalism and respect. Our school has a uniform policy applicable to all Casa children. We ask our students to dress in uniform while in school, on trips, or for activities and/ or events as a means to develop a sense of belonging and community, and to contribute to our shared identity as a school family.

AGMS Casa Graduates

Upon completing AGMS’s 3 year Casa Program, our students will exhibit outstanding interpersonal skills, together with advanced academic achievements. By immersing students into our accredited Montessori curriculum and French lessons, a large number of our Casa graduates seamlessly transition into French Immersion schools, with the remainder of our graduates entering into Montessori elementary programs, private schools, public schools or gifted programs.

Our Graduates from the 3 year Casa program have an ability to:

  • Complete mathematical equations in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Read and comprehend above expected grade level.
  • Easily transition into a Grade 1 French Immersion program.
  • Exhibit leadership skills and excellent public speaking abilities, alongside highly developed interpersonal skills such as, compassion, empathy and respect.

Daily Schedule

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Before School Program
This is a supervised, non-academic program where children are free to choose their own activities.
9:00 a.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Morning Drop Off
Students are welcomed into the classroom at this time.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Recess
The children will engage in various outdoor activities.
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Yoga Class
The children will enhance their mindfulness and body awareness through stretching.
10:20 – 10:40 a.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Phys. Ed.
The children will develop their strength and coordination through gross motor activities.
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Montessori Work Period/Individual Morning Snack
Students will be given individual and group presentations with Montessori materials. Children are free to choose to work with presented materials from the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture (which include botany, zoology, geography, science and history). Children will be free to help themselves to a morning snack at the snack table. The other children will be engaged within the Montessori work period.
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Morning Circle
The children will engage in group lessons about monthly themes and current events. Songs will be sung and/or poems will be taught.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Rest Period/ Montessori Work Period
Children who do not require a nap are free to choose to work with presented materials from the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture (which include botany, zoology, geography, science and history)
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Recess
The children will engage in various outdoor activities.
3:15 – 3:40 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Group Snack
2:20 – 3:40 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
French
The children will be introduced to various French vocabulary and sequencing in a level appropriate group setting.
3:40 – 4:00 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Music Circle
The children will be introduced to various musical instruments and develop an understanding of rhythm and song.
4:00 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Dismissal
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Extended Hours Program
Children registered in this program will participate in activities, materials and games.