Casa dei Bambini
Younger children possess a remarkable ability to absorb the world that surrounds them. Maria Montessori believed that the years from birth to 6 are the most critical period for nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and for laying the foundation for all future development. The goals of the IMS Casa dei Bambini programme are to foster independence and to support children in moving toward a mastery of self and the environment.
The classrooms are prepared Montessori environments designed to encourage children to discover the world. Interest-based activities encourage children to develop a love of learning and trust in their own ability to find the answers to their questions.
Fundamental to Montessori theory is the multi-age environment. Each IMS Casa dei Bambini classroom includes children aged 3 to 6. Three-year-olds typically attend the half-day programme, and 5 to 6 year olds attend a special full-day programme designed for children who are discovering reading and writing as they prepare for the challenges of the Montessori Elementary Years Programme.
Each Dual-Language classroom has at most 25 children with two teachers. In every classroom, one teacher is an English speaker, and one is a Putonghua speaker. Chinese culture and language are introduced using Montessori methods by a native Putonghua-speaking teacher and presented in an immersive language environment. Children work individually and in small groups, learning from and sharing with one another and the teacher. The classrooms incorporate the best of Eastern and Western cultures. The dual-language learning environment includes activities in Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Science, Geography, and Cultural, including music and art. Chinese culture and language are integral to the learning environment, and introduced using Montessori methods pioneered by IMS.
“The environment of the Casa dei Bambini Programme is precisely designed to meet my son’s needs. He’s drawn toward learning – it’s opened up the entire world for him. It’s so exciting to watch your child unfold.” Montessori Parent