Category Archives: Casa

The Montessori Path to Mastery in Math


The hot topic of our recent Parent Night on November 15th was “The Mystery of Montessori Math Unraveled”, so we thought it would be fitting to showcase through photos this Montessori Math in action at the Casa level this month.

In the Casa Program, children are busily laying the CONCRETE foundations for numeracy upon which all of their subsequent understanding of Math will be built. To facilitate this endeavour, we spend a lot of time and have a multitude of wonderful hands-on, concrete, Montessori Math materials that really solidify a child’s understanding of the relationship between numeral and quantity that constitutes a NUMBER.

  • 5 = NUMERAL
  • ***** = QUANTITY
  • Numeral + Quantity = NUMBER

When you understand the relationship that forms the number 5, then think of all of the amazing things that you can do with that 5! You can compare it with other numbers; you can use it in a pattern/sequence; you can use it to measure ingredients when baking a cake; you can use it to do addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, etc. In fact, by the time a child graduates from the Casa Program they will have experience with numbers into the thousands and will have been introduced to all 4 operations with our concrete materials.
As a natural byproduct of using the concrete Montessori Math materials to cultivate a concrete understanding of core concepts in math, our penultimate goal for a Casa child is to have them see the amazing potential in a 5, and the rest of its number friends for that matter. This sense of wonder with numbers is what forms the sturdiest component of a foundation in Math!

 

 

 

Reflecting on an Awesome October in Casa Two

As we entered into our Mid-Term Break at MBTS, we wanted to reflect on the first weeks of school in Casa 2…

Many new friends were made, new routines were introduced, and lots of new lessons were enjoyed and absorbed by the children!

We have learned to work alone and in groups, and have helped our friends when needed. We have practised and developed our manners and our grace and courtesy (and we even lost some teeth along the way!).

And… as you can see, everyone was ready for some rest and relaxation :)

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We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Mid-Term Break! Enjoy the remainder of the holiday, and see you back at school on Monday!

A Super September in Casa One!

September in Casa=

Fun to be had,

Friends to be made,

Work to be done,

Games to be played,

Routines to learn,

Foundations to lay,

So much packed inside each day!