Casa Dei Bambini (Pre-school): 3 - 6 years
In the Casa (Pre-School) the children are helped and guided by 2 directresses and 1 assistant as they develop into “conscious creators”. Independence is encouraged so that children learn to make their own choices, and in doing so understand the importance of the responsibility that goes along with making those choices and completing something they have chosen to work with.
“The child has to acquire physical independence by being self-sufficient; he must become of independent will be using in freedom his own power of choice; he must become capable of independent thought by working alone without interruption. The child’s development follows a path of successive stages of independence.” (The Absorbent Mind, p. 257)
The environment is beautifully prepared to spark their interest and motivate natural learning experiences. Children acquire Practical Life skills, Language, Mathematics, Sensorial and Culture through many practical activities which allow them the freedom to acquire life and learning by using their little hands.
“The hand has now become the instrument of the brain; and it is through the activity of his hands that he enriches his experience, and develops himself at the same time. – Maria Montessori.”