The CASA class is a Montessori education environment designed for children aged 3 – 6 years.
Young children have a unique capability to absorb information from the surroundings like a sponge—an ability that Dr. Maria Montessori named “The Absorbent Mind”. However, this ability is very transient and only present in children aged 0 to 6 years. At around 6 years old, this ability disappears and will not reappear in the future.
Therefore, we have especially designed a child-oriented “prepared environment” for children, which allows children to use all sensory systems to continuously perceive, explore, practice, and learn. Our teachers act as a guide, and encourage and inspire children to achieve growth and development.
Children in this age period also have an intrinsic developmental need which leads them to be particularly sensitive to certain things in the surroundings. For instance, at one period of time, a child might show a great interest in colors, and at another period of time (which might overlap with the first one), the same child might show a great interest in languages. Dr. Maria Montessori named these periods the “sensitive periods”, and they are a critical educational period, as well as “golden windows” for children to acquire knowledge, master skills, and develop habits.
In order to support the children in these sensitive periods, our teachers have prepared proper teaching materials and activities to guide children in a caring and respectful manner to achieve rapid and full development in every sensitive period.
Montessori education also advocates a mixed-age education environment, where younger children learn from older children and experience new challenges through observation, and older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. They develop leadership skills, and serve as role models to younger classmates. This arrangement mirrors the real world, in which individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.
We provide an authentic and high-quality Montessori education environment, in which children can freely choose meaningful and challenging work depending on their own interests in the following five major fields: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language and Culture. Through these activities, children will strengthen their concentration and independence, as well as acquire the love of learning and the ability to learn on their own.