New preschool opens

Casa Montessori opened its doors earlier this month as a new destination for preschool and child care using the Montessori method of teaching.

The school will be accepting applications for registration any time this month and thereafter, offering deals to families that register on or before 31 January.

“The importance of a preschool like this in Cayman is that many of the other schools are filled to their capacity and have long waiting lists for children at this age,” said Sarah Parchment, programme director of Casa Montessori. “Casa Montessori gives the opportunity for children to come and learn in a safe and enriched environment where they learn through the educational materials as well as enjoy our one-acre playground to run, play and make new friends.“

The toddlers’ programme is open to two- and three-year-olds, while the preschool programme is for three- and four-year-olds.

The school hours, which cover half-day and full-day programmes, are 8.30am to 3.30pm, with an early drop-off time of 7.30 am and an after-school pick-up at 4.30pm. Parents pack a lunch for their child on full days.

Casa Montessori is located at 491 Crewe Road in George Town.

For more information and prices, call 924.5846 or visit www.caymancasamontessori.com.

Beginnings

Maria Montessori came from Italy, where she founded Casa Bambini in Rome in the early 1900s, a school where children became engaged at an early age in the basics of learning.

Many schools worldwide continue to use her highly successful methodologies, according to Casa Montessori.

Casa Montessori aims to develop in children a lifelong love for learning through self-directed activities which support the nature of the child, school organisers say.

They provide an environment which encourages independence, self-control and concentration in a creative classroom setting.

“The Montessori method is effective in child care because it was developed to reflect the child’s true nature of how they learn,” Ms Parchment said. “The whole personality of the child is developed in this process. The environment is created to naturally encourage the child to ‘work with the materials’ and in the process teaches lessons indirectly.”

She said concentration, patience, manners and independence are a few of the skills developed in this method.

“One of the major goals is to give the child the ‘I can do it’ attitude that leads to good self esteem and future success in all aspects of life,” she said.

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