La Casa Montessori School offers part-time and full-time language immersion education for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and elementary students up to fifth grade. We are committed to providing a world-class Montessori, child-centered education for all enrolling students that focuses on the needs of the whole child: cognitively, physical, socially and emotionally
In addition, we offer summer camps and after school programs for children throughout the near west Chicago suburbs.
Ages 15 months - 2 years Leyla Classroom
In La Casa’s 15 Month to 2 Year old program, a great emphasis is on preparing an environment where each child has the ability to move and explore, which supports the development of the child's self-knowledge. Freedom is given within limits in order for each child to become organized and learn respect for others. The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development.
This is a sensitive period for language and movement. It is an ideal time for the child to work with materials, songs, and activities that encourage development. It is also also a time for the child's guardians and teachers to work together to help create a sense of community for the child.
Ages 2 - 4 Rosa and Amarillo Classrooms
In the La Casa Toddler Community there is great emphasis on preparing an environment where each child has the ability to move and explore, which supports the development of his or her self-knowledge. Freedom is given within limits for the child to become organized and learn respect for others.
The environment is prepared in a way that appeals to the senses through order, balance, and harmony, allowing children to follow their natural curiosity through developmentally appropriate activities and experimentation with materials. Most importantly, they feel a sense of community and environment of caring for others.
The classes are led by trained, experienced bilingual Montessori paraprofessional with additional guidance by a certified Montessori Lead Teacher
Ages 4-6 Primary Program Azul Classroom
Montessori is a continuum of education that allows children to build upon their experiences each year.
In the first year of the Primary Program, the days will be filled with activities centered around “Practical Life”. Here, children learn to sweep the floor, set the table, and clean the leaves of plants. They experiment with sensorial materials bringing to life visual, auditory and tactile senses. They play vocabulary sound games, sing, and dance when gathered for group activities.
As children continue in the Primary Program, they are introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the groundwork for reading and writing in the future. They are introduced to numbers and the decimal system as well as land and water forms, geometric figures, and the political countries of the world. They learn about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art – all at their own pace, in their own time.
It is during the Third year (the traditional Kindergarten year) that everything culminates - reading, writing and mathematical understanding blossom from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless.
La Casa Montessori's Primary program is designed for Preschool and Kindergarten children ages 4 to 6. The classroom is led by a veteran bilingual Montessori certified Lead Teacher.
The Montessori Elementary program offers an unparalleled opportunity for the ongoing development of your child who has been nurtured in the Primary program. They are entering a new period in life where the creative, social, and even imaginative needs of children require a planned environment and expansive course study to support their independence.
La Casa Montessori's Elementary program is designed to meet the needs of your child in this phase of development. Montessori elementary students study both broadly and deeply, covering many subjects not attempted in traditional schools. The children often develop expertise in a subject that is especially interesting to them. Because there is not a rigid schedule or prescribed curriculum that the whole class must follow, children can focus intensely on their self-chosen work, with minimal interruption. At the same time, they will collaborate with the teacher to ensure that the basic skills for each grade are mastered. A version of the public school standards is available to the class, and the teacher facilitates each child’s use of these standards as a guide to thier work choices. To support each child’s individualized plan of study, the teacher meets with him/her regularly to plan and assess progress.
La Casa Montessori's Elementary Program is designed for 1st-5th grade children, ages 5-11. The program is led by a bilingual Montessori certified Lead Teacher.