Greensboro Montessori School CASA
The GMS CASA program is a three star licensed childcare program, licensed by the state of North Carolina Division of Child Development. CASA provides before and after school care for children enrolled in the School. The CASA program is designed to accommodate parents’ busy schedules and provides an extension of the Montessori classroom philosophy in a safe and enriching environment. All children, ages 18 months and older, are eligible for CASA on days in which they are enrolled in regular classes. Children may register on a permanent contracted basis or use drop-in services when space is available.
Early Bird CASA
Early Bird is available from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. prior to the beginning of each school day. See registration form for fees.
After School CASA
After school CASA is available as an extension of all Montessori programs beginning at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. All children are divided into age groups and each teacher will provide structured, enriching, and age-appropriate activities that children enjoy. Upon dismissal, children must be signed out by either a parent or person(s) authorized on the student emergency/transportation form. If an additional person needs to pick up a child, a written permission to pick up must be submitted by the parent. It can be emailed to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 665-9531, attention: CASA Director.
Young children who stay after lunch will take a nap. After lunch, children will rest on mats provided by the School. If your child prefers a blanket for napping, you may bring one from home. During naptime, teachers will provide a peaceful environment for the children. Children are not required to go to sleep, but they must lie quietly on mats during the rest period. We request that children not be picked up early from the napping rooms so as not to disturb other children. Children are awakened from their naps between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. Children 4 years or older, will be grouped with other all-day students,a teacher from their morning classroom and one other teacher until 3:00 each day. They will be given time to have a rest on a mat, use Montessori materials, spend time outside, and develop other skills.
CASA fees for permanently enrolled children are based on actual school calendar days. Payment for CASA services may be made on a monthly basis, over 9 months, or one-time. If monthly payments are selected, payments are due on the 1st of every month beginning September 1 and ending May 1. A one-time payment is due on or before September 1. A late charge of $20.00 will be assessed for all payments received after the 10th of the month.
CASA registration forms are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please fill out the Registration Form and return it to GMS as soon as possible.
As a convenience to parents, the school provides snack for all the CASA students.
Drop-in CASA may be available at the rate of $10 per hour for regular school days and $50 per day for All-day and Half-day CASA on all teacher workdays, conference days and certain school holidays as noted on the school's academic calendar. Reservations must be made in advance by telephone, email or in person at the front desk, subject to availability. Drop-in students will not participate in weekly enrichment classes. No permanent Drop-In reservations will be accepted. Any care needed on a regular basis must be contracted for one, three or five days per week.
Payment must be made by check for Drop-In CASA at the time service is rendered. Cancellation of Drop-In reservations must be made in person or by phone. Reservations will be billed if cancellation notice is not given in advance.
CASA registration may be cancelled or changed by submitting a written request to the office and related rate changes will be effective the first day of the following month.
Special CASA Days: School Closed – CASA Open
On days when the School is closed and CASA is open (teacher workdays, parent-teacher conference days) parents may sign up their children for CASA on a drop-in basis. Children must be pre-registered for those days so the School can provide appropriate childcare staff. To pre-register a child for these “special” days, please call the office prior to the day of special CASA. Child care for teacher work days and conference days are available at a per diem rate of $50.00 per child, per day.
All day CASA for regularly 1 and 3 day contracted students is $50.00 per child, per day on days when school is closed for conferences or professional development. Students enrolled in the 5 day all inclusive CASA program receive coverage for all teacher workdays, conference days and some holidays at no extra charge.
Late Pick-ups/Early Arrivals
Children must be picked up from school or CASA at designated times. If you realize that you will be late picking up your child, you must call the office in advance. Drop-in CASA may be available to extend your pick-up time. Children picked up after scheduled dismissal will be billed at a rate of $10.00 per every 15 minutes late.
Greensboro Montessori School
Ages three to six years.
(Includes the Kindergarten year)
The goal of the Primary program at the Greensboro Montessori School is to help the child develop independence and discipline from within while learning new academic and life skills. Children in this program explore basic concepts and discover their own uniqueness in a carefully prepared classroom environment that provides developmentally appropriate materials and activities, along with the right balance of freedom and limits. Well-trained teachers observe children individually in order to see which areas of the classroom they are drawn to and what their interests are. The teachers keep careful records of the child's activities so they may plan lessons accordingly to meet the child's sensitive periods for learning.
Practical Life activities are the foundation for the child's learning in the Montessori classroom. We offer the children opportunities to take care of their own needs, such as polishing their shoes and making their own snacks, and to take care of the needs of their classroom environment; such as watering plants, dusting, and washing their dishes. Learning how to manage these practical life skills bridges the gap between home life and life at school and helps build the child's self-esteem. Carrying out these activities also builds the child's concentration, coordination of movement, sense of order, ability to complete a task and aids the development of the will. These qualities are key to the child's success as she/he grows older and develops more academic interests. Grace and Courtesy lessons, which aid the child's communication skills and social development, teach the child respect for themselves, others and their environment.
Other key components of the Primary curriculum include:
Sensorial Materials: Hands-on, manipulative materials and exercises that stimulate sensory discrimination, observation and descriptive language. These exercises aid the child in organizing and categorizing the sensory impressions she/he receives from the outside world. In many ways, sensorial materials help lay the foundation for introduction to mathematical concepts.
Beginning with phonetic sound recognition, the child learns to read and write by connecting the letter symbol(s) to each sound, de-coding and rebuilding words using movable letters of the alphabet, and by developing the coordination of the hand and wrist with specifically designed materials. There are many opportunities for the child to develop her/his receptive and expressive vocabulary in the Montessori classroom.
Activities include counting and number symbol recognition, basic exercises showing the function of the decimal system and the processes of the four basic mathematical operations. Meticulous design of the sensorial and math materials lays the foundation for the child's later understanding of geometry and algebra.
Central to the primary classroom are experiences which provide the child with opportunities to learn about geography and various cultures, history, music, art, science and nature. In the spirit of inspiring Dr. Montessori’s ultimate vision of peace in the world, the cultural activities help the child respect differences by showing the basic similarities of human beings and other living things.
In order to expose children to a second language during what Maria Montessori called “the sensitive period” for absorbing languages, all GMS Primary classes have Spanish lessons 4 times a week, taught by a native speaking teacher. Kindergarten classes have an additional Spanish class each week in the afternoon.
Children at this young age are enticed by nature. Studies have shown that giving a child the time for unstructured play in nature, enhances a child’s concentration and observation abilities. Children at GMS are given many opportunities to play in the School’s wooded area and gardens. In the Spring and Fall, primary children have gardening classes once a week. They create garden beds, plant, weed, water, harvest and prepare food from the bounty of the gardens. Children gain an understanding of the life cycle of plants, the seasons and the source of the fruits and vegetables they eat. Children at GMS go outside in most any kind of weather. Maria Montessori said, “There is no inappropriate weather for children. There is only inappropriate clothing. “
By spending time in nature, children at this age gain an appreciation for the natural world and, later in their development, are ready to work to preserve it.
Learning to communicate with others in difficult situations is an important life skill and is taken seriously at GMS. As a toddler, the children are taught the words to express their feelings and needs to each other. When children enter the Primary level at the age of 3, they are guided by the teachers or older classmates to use a conflict resolution model when a conflict with their peers arises. The children involved gather at the classroom “Peace Table” to tell their stories about the situation that happened and to initiate ideas for resolution. By the time a child is 5 years of age, she/he is usually able to go through the conflict resolution process independently of a teacher’s help. This process for resolving conflicts is used in the primary through upper elementary classes. In middle school more of a peer mediation model is used if necessary.
There are opportunities for longer lessons and more advanced extensions of work. The afternoon is when those deeper lessons are usually given. The older children are expected to do work each day in reading, writing and math. They may have a “work plan” to finish by the end of each day to prepare them for the expectations of the Lower Elementary level. Cultural and science studies are taken to a deeper level in the afternoons as the older children are more able to understand a larger world and more complex concepts.