Humbervale Montessori Casa Programme: Our curriculum

Our three-year Casa programme has an age mix of children from 2 ½ and 6 years old.  This mix allows the children to learn from each other.  Each air-conditioned and above-ground classroom is furnished with Montessori Materials and is staffed by Association Montessori Internationale and M.A.C.T.E. trained Montessori directresses.  Our programme is licensed by the Ministry of Education and we are an Accredited Member of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators.

Practical Life

The children undertake Practical Life activities that establish, preserve and embellish the environment and themselves.  They are basic activities of everyday life, which allow the child to become a more active part of their home lives, while gaining independence and co-ordination of movement.  These exercises include dressing frames, drawing, sweeping, washing and greeting.


The Sensorial Materials isolate different concepts that the children discover through feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting.  These activities increase the child’s ability to discriminate sensorial impressions.  The children perceive size and weight through concrete manipulation of the material, laying the foundation for future studies in math and geometry.

Language Arts and French Classes

Language is a form of human expression and communication.  The children begin by learning to express themselves more freely through exposure to a variety of materials and activites.  They work towards spelling, writing and reading in an environment enriched with new vocabulary.  The Language Programme seeks to stimulate self-expression and confidence within the child.  The morning and full-day children will also partake in French classes. The students have French classes, where they participate in a variety of games, songs and activities that encourage the children to learn the new language and expand their vocabulary.


The Mathematics Programme begins sensorially.  The children begin by learning quantity, name and symbol for the numbers from 0 to 10 and gradually progress through to place value and work with numbers up to 9,999.  This hands-on approach to mathematics allows the child to experience, rather than memorize.  The children work through exercises that lead to a more abstract understanding of mathematical operations, terminology and concepts.


The children are introduced to botany, geography, geometry, history, music, zoology and art.  All areas are given as keys to spark the child’s interest and encourage further independent exploration.  Different themes are incorporated throughout the year.  The themes are complemented by special guests, workshops and field trips to enhance the child’s living experience.

Reading Programme

The children are enrolled in the Scholastic Book Club.  Interested parents can purchase books to add to their home library, while helping the school expand its own library through a bonus points programme.


A music programme is offered to students enrolled in the full-day and afternoon sessions.  Classes include singing, dancing, movement, and instrument games that help develop a sense of beat and rhythm.

Special School Programming and Services

Extra Days and Extended Hours

Parents who wish to have their children attend additional, unscheduled days of school can do so if they notify their teacher in advance.  A nominal fee applies.

An Extended Hour Program is available between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.   An extra fee applies.

March Break and June Camps

March Break and June Camps are offered to all students.  A theme is chosen and activities are designed around the topic.  Special visitors and a workshop bring the theme to life for the children.

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