Licensed Casa

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    Licensed Casa

    Ages 2.5 to 6 years old

    • 8:30-9am
      MORNING CIRCLE & MUSIC AND MOVEMENT - Outdoor when possible

      Morning Circle consists of gathering the children together. This is a time for the classroom community to come together and greet one another. It's a time where the teacher will review concepts such as the calendar, time and weather and introduce a new work or group lesson. Often, songs are sung, poems are recited, or bodies become aware with creative movement, music and exercises and dance. Grace and courtesy lessons and role play as well as "show and tell" (where children have a chance to speak in front of the group to develop their confidence and public speaking) is also done at morning lessons.
    • 9:00am-11:00am

      Each day the children engage in a prolonged, uninterrupted 'Work Cycle" n our Montessori classroom. Throughout this period the children engage in a range of different activities, some of which are chosen independently and others that are presented by a teacher guide. The environment focuses on concentration, coordination, order and independence.

      On our ART DAYS our resource Art Teacher will turn our classroom into a professional art studio. Children engage in visual arts and are exposed to different media like watercolours, ink, stamping, clay - all while learning about the techniques and styles of art and encouraging creativity and expression.
    • 11am-12:00pm
      OUTDOOR TIME - Gross motor development/ Free play

      During out outdoor time teachers instruct the children in stretches, outdoor circle, songs, and teach gross motor skills like kicking, throwing, catching and running. Several stations are set up for the children to engage with, and free time is alotted for creative play. Children are sometimes taken on community walks, hikes along the rotary trail, or a walk to the park in York. The school has a large completely fenced yard that is perfect for running, jumping, playing, gardening, blowing bubbles, pulling each other on wagons and having lots of fun!
    • 12:00pm-1:00pm

      Dr. Montessori believed that mealtime is an extremely valuable learning opportunity for children. From the time children can sit independently, Montessori children sit at child-sized tables and learn how to feed themselves. They learn grace of movement by setting the table with breakable child-sized dishes and glasses. They practice courtesy by using please and thank you, chewing with their mouths closed, serving others first and through conversation. RCMS offers homestyle meals full of variety. Raw veggies and fruits are offered at every meal. RCMS is proud of its hospitality for children and a safe place for children to expand their palate. We work closely with parents to develop eating plans that respect and meet the needs of their children. We provide vegetarian alternatives at each meal.
    • 1:30pm-3:00pm

      Work Period 2 / REST PERIOD if requested

      Much like our First work period, students move into a second work period for the afternoon.

      On request children are provided with a low cot and blanket during this time.
    • 3pm-3:30pm
      Outdoor Dismissal/ Free Play

    Casa Program Description

    Our Licensed Casa Class is based on the Montessori philosophy which strives to provide each child with an environment in which they learn and develop essential learning habits to be successful students.  This prepares them for the challenges of the future school years.  The children explore various areas of study, absorb independent learning and develop self-esteem and leadership with age-appropriate activities.

    Our Casa program is licenced by the Ministry of Education and we are an applicant member of the Canada Council of Montessori Administrators.  

    Growth in the Child Towards: 

    • The enjoyment of learning
    • The development of order, concentration, and coordination
    • Skills in oral communication
    • Independence and problem solving
    • Responsible group membership
    • Respect for oneself, other people, and the planet

    Programme Organization

    • Mixed-age groupings:  2-1/2 to 6 years 
    • Parental commitment to a three-year cycle of attendance
    • Five-days per week commitment (RCMS currently offers 1/2 day programs Monday to Friday 8:30-11:30am)
    • Personal and group instruction
    • Adult/child ratios meet Ministry of Education requirements
    • Observational records of the child
    • Regularly scheduled parent conferences
    • Public observation policy

    Programme Emphasis

    • To encourage intrinsic motivation, spontaneous activity, and self-education
    • To provide sensory education for intellectual development
    • To develop competencies through repetitive concrete experiences
    • To encourage co-operative learning through peer teaching and social interaction
    • To provide learning opportunities through physical and outdoor activity
    • To provide learning activities for creative expression


    Curriculum Details:


    The exercises of Practical Life are the foundation of a Montessori environment, which allows the child to develop control and coordination of movement, awareness of their environment, orderly thought patterns, independent work habits and responsibility.  The direct aim of these exercises is to master self-help skills and to build confidence and independence.  The indirect aim of these exercises is to improve and refine the fine motor skills of the hand and arm muscles in preparation for writing skills.


    These exercises aim in the developing and refining of the senses by providing organized opportunities for contact with the environment.  Through the isolation of the senses, a refinement of the senses can be developed.  Sensorial discrimination leads form the concrete to the abstract and is a preparation for the intellectual and the logical mind.


    Language is taught phonetically using materials which increase vocabulary, development of visual perception and correction of pronunciation.  Once a child has mastered the entire alphabet, we can begin to compose and build words in steps, finally achieving reading and writing skills.  In addition to English, the children will also learn French.


    Children are introduced to math functions through concrete materials.  Gradually as the child absorbs the concepts, simple computations are introduced in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Math is introduced using games like – ‘snake game, bank game’ so that the child learns math concepts without realizing it.  The child’s learning is truly effortless!


    Cultural subjects encompass Geography, Botany/Biology, Social Sciences and History, Art through indoor and outdoor activities, individually and in groups.


    Children will be taught appreciation of music and rhythm with simple percussion instruments, singing, dancing each day.  They will be taught basic music literacy as well as trained to recognize tones.

    RCMS currently has a specialized Music program taught with our own Music Resource Teacher.


    On our ART DAYS our resource Art Teacher will turn our classroom into a professional art studio. Children engage in visual arts and are exposed to different media like watercolours, ink, stamping, clay – all while learning about the techniques and styles of art and encouraging creativity and expression.

    Montessori teachers also prepare weekly takehome crafts for children that often are themed with special holidays and encourage the application of fine motor skills practised each day in the classroom.  Art is also infused in the classroom by teaching different skills like cutting, gluing and tracing and drawing lines etc.  RCMS is proud of its exceptional art program.


    Children are introduced to the french language at afternoon circle.  French is introduced as a second language through music, audio-visual aids, music and games.  In addition to this, bilingual Montessori materials are made throughout the year and made available to the children during their regular work cycles.