Focus On Casa Montessori

by NYC Firm Schools on April 16, 2012

The only thing better than a Montessori preschool experience is a bilingual early childhood Montessori program. Casa Montessori has that covered.

The opening quote in the header of the Casa Montessori website says it all. The school’s philosophy is right on track with what a Montessori education is supposed to be all about:

No one can be free unless he independent: therefore, the first, active manifestations of the child’s individual liberty must be so guided that through this activity he may arrive at independence.

Those words were spoken by Maria Montessori herself.

The Casa Montessori experience allows children an opportunity to interact with other students and teachers in both English and Spanish throughout the day. Classes are kept small so that teachers and students get more one on one time and small group time. Despite its Montessori leanings, Casa Montessori incorporates elements of the Reggio Emilia approach.

The classroom is set up like an old-fashioned one room schoolhouse for children ages 3 to 4-1/2. Instead of having one teacher teach lessons in both English and Spanish, the students have two teachers, one for each language so that they learn to switch between languages when necessary.

Teacher Meryl is a native New Yorker while teacher Dana was raised in Venezuela. Students get a true bilingual and bi-cultural experience.

In class, children learn in 6 common areas that include practical life, sensorial, math, language, art, and science.

The program options at Casa Montessori include 5 days a week, 3 days a week (Monday through Wednesday) or 2 days a week (Thursday and Friday) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Casa Montessori is ready when you are.

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