TMES Casita Preschool
A tuition based, non-denominational preschool dedicated to providing a quality Montessori education in a warm loving environment. Montessori introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework for their future success!
TMES Casita Preschool is a full time only program, for fully potty-trained children, age 3 & 4 years old by September 1st.
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
~Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method is an educational method for children, based on theories of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. The method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher. It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills.
Montessori is not a system for training children in academic studies; nor is it a label to be put on educational materials. It is a revolutionary method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth.
Montessori introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which individual and social discipline go hand in hand.
TMES Casita Preschool teachers use the Montessori method and Montessori materials.
“Casita” is dedicated to the total development of the constantly growing child. Providing an environment that reflects a peaceful, safe, and secure home-like atmosphere, will foster a child’s love of learning and respect for self, and others. This enables the child to become an independent, self motivated and contributing, peaceful member of the global community. We are equally dedicated to developing and maintaining a mutually respectful partnership with parents/guardians and teachers in the best interest of the child, which will help shape the perception of the importance of education.
Our Philosophy of TMES Casita Preschool is based on the teaching and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Montessori education follows the child. At TMES Casita Preschool, the child’s academic, emotional, social and behavioral state and needs drive the lessons, activities and curriculum. We believe that the quality of our school is achieved through the cooperation of knowledgeable and caring teachers and parents.
TMES Casita Preschool is structured as a learning environment where students can learn and grow throughout the year. All TMES Casita Preschool students are full time students. We do not offer part time or half day programs in order to provide consistency and structure for our students. All students must be fully potty-trained by the start of the school year and must also be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st in order to be eligible for our program.
The TMES Casita Classroom
At TMES Casita Preschool, we use a prepared environment which contributes to the child’s learning experience and love for knowledge. A day’s activities fall into one or many of the following areas, which permits each child to learn at his/her own pace, and to maximize his/her interests in specific areas. The following are work areas in the Casita environment:
PRACTICAL LIFE consists of physical tasks that help develop coordination, concentration, order, independence, and self-confidence. Absorption in these activities also gradually lengthens the child’s attention span.
SENSORIAL area consists of activities that allow the child freedom for spontaneous discoveries as the child concentrates on the training of his senses. The use of concrete sensorial materials establishes the necessary foundation for the child to later recognize abstract ideas with greater understanding.
LANGUAGE area starts with a hand-on learning environment. Language development spans all areas of the classroom and is alive with movement. In the Montessori environment children learn through phonics as well as sight-reading through labels in the classroom.
GEOGRAPHY employs not only the study of the world’s physical environment, but also the study of different cultures including their history.
SCIENCE in the Montessori environment starts with learning about the world surrounding the child. He/she explore living and non-living things, identification of plants, leaf formations, body parts, rocks, etc.
ART gives the child an opportunity to express himself/herself creatively. Various media are available throughout the school year.
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT stresses exploration of rhythm, sound and pitch. Singing, recorded music, song and dance enable the child to participate and express themselves. Supervised outdoor play takes place during recess hours. These activities are essential for the development of large muscle control.
Please visit our Application for Enrollment page to download a copy of the application. You may mail, fax, drop-off or email the application back to us. For admission FAQ's and process, please read through our Admission tab.
Please contact MJ Sams, TMES Casita Preschool Director, for more information about tuition, availability, etc. at: 505-796-0149 or via email.