A Closer Look: Pre-Casa Programme

In the UMS Pre-Casa programme, the focus is on fostering independence and learning about school life.  Using the Montessori Method, the children absorb lessons in 5 key areas: Practical Life, sensorial excercises, cultural studies as well as early work in mathematics and language.  By doing so, they develop the foundation that they will continue to build upon in the Casa programme, making the transition seamless and natural.

UMS Pre-Casa Programme Enhancements:
One of the ways in which UMS stands apart from other schools is by offering many additional opportunities for learning above and beyond our Montessori curriculum.  We enhance the Montessori programme of education by offering additional opportunities for learning in such areas as French, Computers, Physical Education, Music and the Arts.

Pre-Casa Programme Enhancements

Our French Programme is introduced in the Casa Programme, developing the fundamentals of the French vocabulary. If children are to learn another language, it is important they start at a young age. Spoken widely around the world, French is one of Canada’s official languages. The ability to communicate in French and appreciate French culture is an important component of a well-rounded education.

Computers are introduced to our students at an early age. Children learn basic computer operating skills and move on to more advanced skills by working on various educational software. Older Casa children are introduced to keyboarding skills by painting and illustrating short stories.

Development of coordination, balance and strength is an important component of our Toddler Program. The playroom invites children to explore and delight while developing control of their bodies. At UMS we believe that young children need to explore the outside world in order to develop their innate connection with nature. Weekly walking journeys allow the children to appreciate and care for the natural world. Children also interact with each other through organized games or free play activities on the outdoor playground equipment.

Pre-Casa children have the opportunity to explore and create masterpieces with such mediums as finger-paints, play dough, cutting and pasting on a daily basis. They are introduced to new art activities each week, using a variety of materials and techniques. Art is incorporated into the Practical Life/Sensorial activities to help them develop important skills such as cutting, pasting and colour recognition.

One of the ways in which UMS stands apart from other schools is by offering many additional opportunities for learning above and beyond our Montessori curriculum. One of those wonderful opportunities is our unique music classes. Using the ORFF Approach of music education, our teachers combine music, movement and speech into lessons. This approach is a “child-centred way of learning” and treats music as a basic system like language. Through participation in these classes Pre-Casa and Casa students develop their knowledge and skills through listening, performing and creating. Students learn to identify various elements of music (beat, rhythm, pitch, etc.), accompany songs using rhythmic instruments, sing songs from a variety of cultures, and communicate their own thoughts and feelings about music and what it means to them. On occasion, UMS has had special guest musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Trillium Brass Quartet among others

UMS offers after-school clubs for pre-Casa students. For a current listing of after-school clubs please contact the school.