Casa (2½ to 6 years old)

The Montessori classroom is a “living room” for children.  All of the furniture is child-sized and all of the materials are scaled to fit the physical dimensions of a pre-schooler’s body.

A three-year-old, for example, may be washing clothes by hand while a four-year-old nearby is composing words and phrases with letters known as the Moveable Alphabet. Meanwhile, a five-year-old may be performing multiplication using a specially designed set of beads. Although much of the work at this stage of development is done individually, often children enjoy working on an activity with friends. Sometimes the entire class is involved in a group activity, such as storytelling, singing or body movement.