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Program2018-10-23T13:43:59-05:00

Our Program

The school offers a Casa Montessori program, which has as a fundamental tenant, that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual’s unique development. The Montessori Casa program is a 3-year program which includes first year (preschool), second year (JK), and third year (SK). PCH offers children:

  • a carefully prepared child-centered environment
  • mixed-age groups
  • an opportunity to progress at the child’s own pace
  • activity-based learning
  • freedom and responsibility
  • co-operation and collaboration – not competition

The Montessori program provides opportunities, challenges, and experiences through which the child acquires co-operative and self-guided skills, initiative, and self-expression. In addition, there are a variety of games, songs, drama, arts and crafts, and outdoor play to stimulate the child’s interests and development. Individual progress in learning and enjoyment are keynotes of the program.

Casa Montessori

Perth Children’s House offers a genuine and high-quality 3-year Casa Montessori (preschool, Junior & Senior Kindergarten) program for 2.5 to 6 year olds.

Our program combines the Montessori philosophy with Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years — How Does Learning Happen? It’s designed to help prepare children for life — to encourage them to be inquisitive while building their confidence and creativity.

Casa Curriculum

The 5 Areas of Montessori

French

On top of providing a Montessori learning environment, we have weekly French classes for the different levels (first-, second-, and third-year students) which have prepared students for starting Grade One at the French Immersion level. Montessori students learn diverse vocabulary to emphasize fluency and comprehension as it relates to interactive themes reflecting everyday life. This is enhanced with the AIM (Accelerated Integrated Method) that incorporates gestures, songs, plays, and games to enhance the Montessori Method. The French language learning is reinforced throughout our time together to emphasize oral communication.

Music

Students take part in a weekly 45-minute group music session. The music session rotates through different days of the week and times of day to ensure that as many students as possible can take part. Music is presented live mainly through vocals with guitar accompaniment. Small rhythm instruments of professional quality are shared with the students. Basic techniques introduced throughout the year:

  • Rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Volume
  • Pitch

In each music class children are invited to listen, sing, dance, create, and play along with the shared music.

Art

The Montessori program provides opportunities, challenges, and experiences through which the child acquires co-operative and self-guided skills, initiative, and self-expression. Art and crafts are an important component and can stimulate the child’s interests and development.

Outdoor Classroom

Maria Montessori saw value and necessity not only in getting kids outdoors, but also in experiencing and learning in the outdoors. She placed great emphasis on nature and nature education and also felt that the outdoor environment should be an extension of the indoor classroom.

PCH is dedicated to fostering children’s exploration, play and inquiry by providing child-initiated and adult-supported experiences as well as planning for and creating a positive learning environment in which each child’s learning and development will be supported.

How Does Learning Happen?

The How Does Learning Happen (HDLH) document is a resource that models learning through relationships with a focus on the child and the family. Learning and development happens within the context of relationships among children, families, educators, and their environments. The four foundations of HDLH are:

  • Well Being
  • Engagement
  • Belonging
  • Expression

PCH Educators, along with the Board, strive to model these four foundations by ensuring that the points stated below are respected and carried out each day. Teachers always consider these foundations when creating policies and making decisions for the students of PCH.