Preschool (Casa) Program
Our Casas Offer a Mixed Age Environment to Develop Coordination, Concentration, and Knowledge-Based Skills at Competitive Prices
Age-appropriate Materials with Mixed Age Benefits
A “Casa” is a “house” in Italian- Maria Montessori’s native language. Preschool Rooms in Montessori centers are often referred to as a Children’s House or Casa as a nod to its founder. And a house or home is very much what we try to create with our mixed age classrooms. Younger children, specifically those ages 3 to 4, benefit most when learning from one another rather than an instructor. Through observation, age-appropriate materials, and self-paced learning, preschoolers are able to develop skills, learn appropriate behavior, and understand appropriate classroom conduct.
Peer Modeling that Propels Development
The Montessori method of teaching promotes feedback as reinforcement and motivation for future development. In a mixed age classroom environment, preschoolers model older students to better their skills. By working individually and in partners or teams, preschoolers learn to work together to accomplish tasks.
Montessori Preschoolers participate in a practical life, while our exclusive, Montessori materials are designed specifically for our preschool classrooms. By working with these materials, students will learn:
Children thrive by further establishing their independence and by learning about nutrition, manners, positive learning and social habits, and how to care for both themselves and their environment. This better prepares them for future growth either in our kindergarten program or elsewhere.
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For over 20 years, we’ve served the Eden Prairie community with part-time and full-time preschool as well as a multicultural environment where children can learn Spanish as a second language. Our Casas each include at least 1 Montessori instructor and 2 assistant teachers, along with 24 preschool and Kindergarten students.
Our Preschool (Casa) Program Team
Ms. Tanna – Casa 2 Lead Guide
Tanna first joined us in May of 2014. During the 2017-2018 school year she completed the Primary Montessori Diploma at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota and returned to us in June of 2018 to lead the Casa 2 classroom! Tanna has additional education in both biochemistry and psychology. She has two children- a son and daughter- and is married to her husband Mike. She speaks Navajo and is learning Spanish! Her love of animals and insects is apparent in her classroom and home with all her pets, but don’t expect to an ant farm! It’s the one insect she hates!
Fun Fact: Tanna grew up in Arizona without running water or electricity.