CASA Program at VRMA

Our CASA program is open to children of ages 2.5 years to 6 years. The prepared classroom environment and the use of concrete Montessori learning materials provide children the opportunity to work independently to develop their senses as they move towards abstract thinking. The multi-age grouping encourages community, mentorship and emotional development.

Our CASA curriculum is based on the following areas of learning:

Practical Life: The exercises of Practical Life are the foundation for success in all other areas of the Montessori environment.  They enable the children to develop control and coordination of movement, awareness of their environment, orderly thought patterns, independent work habits and responsibility, master self-help skills, build confidence and independence. This area also includes lessons in grace and courtesy that will enable your child to have the social interactions that underline good interpersonal relationships.

Sensorial: The Sensorial curriculum uses scientifically designed materials that isolate and sharpen each sense to support development of the intellect through hands-on exploration in the following areas: visual, tactile, auditory, gustatory, olfactory and stereognostic. They prepare the child indirectly for future learning.  Many of the sensorial activities come with ten pieces as an indirect preparation for the decimal system. Working with the concrete sensorial material lays the basis for future abstract learning, especially in the mathematics area.

Mathematics: As with all elements of the curriculum, the children build on what they already know and systematically progress from the concrete to the abstract. These specialized materials are designed to support understanding of concepts such as quantity and patterns, the decimal system, arithmetic operations, squares and cubes, fractions and geometry.

Language: The Montessori Language materials provide enrichment of the English language and lay a foundation for reading, writing and grammar analysis. The children are introduced to the sounds of the alphabet through the sandpaper letters. With their sounds mastered, they begin to build words and read phonetically. Additional language materials teach phonograms, puzzle words and other language conventions. 

Culture: Our Cultural curriculum explores areas of Botany, Zoology, Science, Geography, History, Art and Music. Children are encouraged to observe, analyze, measure, classify, experiment, and predict, and do so with a sense of eagerness, curiosity and wonder. The materials provided in the social studies area spark great interest. Some of the materials in this area are: Land and Water Globe, Continent Globe, World Map Puzzle, Classification cards, Life Cycles and so on. The classroom offers children a concrete representation of history by letting them work timelines. Various science activities are explored hands-on, indoors as well as outdoors.  

The children also have classes in French, Sanskrit, Music, Yoga and Soccer once a week.