Pre-Casa (Pre-Nursery)

This is a one-year program designed for 2-3 year olds who are ready to attend class by themselves.The primary language of instruction is English. Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua) is taught as a second language.

 

Students who have turned three will be invited to join the Casa (Kindergarten) program.

Our Curriculum

Movement

We assist the child’s optimum development by following these principles:

  • Prepare the environment
  • Provide movement opportunities
  • Make time for movement

In the Pre-Casa environment, Practical Life activities offer the child a wide range of materials which require sequential or step-by-step movements, hand and finger grip, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity. This type of work gradually isolates the three fingers used in the pincer grip when grasping, twisting, rolling, buttoning, closing and releasing which will eventually lead children to refine their pencil grip when they are ready.

Children are also offered numerous opportunities to purposefully move around the room and explore. During work time, their gross motor skills are strengthened and developed through carrying and balancing the contents in the tray, or moving slightly over-sized objects from the shelf to the work space and back. All these activities offer intrinsic motivation to work repeatedly with materials and build the sense of accomplishment that encourages longer periods of concentration and attentiveness.

Independence: “Help me do it myself”

Through Montessori work, the child gains skills, confidence, and an “I can do it” attitude. In the classroom, we support the child’s path to independence with three key principles:

  • Provide an accessible environment with child sized furniture and real workable materials (not toys)
  • Break down the activities into small steps for the child to watch and imitate
  • Provide opportunities for children to do things for themselves, working repeatedly towards mastery of new skills

Independence is the ability to do things for ourselves. Children become independent through purposeful and meaningful work.  By working on simple daily activities, they begin to understand routines, their own abilities, and their place at school and at home. We offer choices at the right times and lend a hand only when help is needed. When we slow down to match the children’s pace, allowing plenty of time for them to practice their skills, their path to independence is supported. In time, they gain the ability and confidence to do things independently.

Language

In the Pre-Casa class, we assist the child’s development of language skills by following these principles:

  • Prepare a language-rich environment
  • Connect the child with the environment through speaking, listening, and reading
  • Allow the child to absorb and practice language through speaking, listening, and reading

Montessori said, “The child discovers another fact, and that is that each thing has its own name”. The child participates in spoken language with a thirst for vocabulary and communication that is unequalled at any other period of development. The acquisition of language is a crucial phase in the first 3 years. As the child’s language skills become more refined, they begin to use language to decode the world around them, asking questions and inquiring about the names of everything they encounter. It is during this time that the Montessori classroom environment provides them with specific, accurate vocabulary and the modeling of Grace and Courtesy skills and respectful communication, with directed choices promoting the child’s own individuality while guiding them towards constructive activities.

Order

We create an environment with opportunities for the child to become involved in everyday chores and to be helpful in simple ways. The children are motivated to work because they are encouraged to do what they enjoy, while allowing space to make mistakes and learn from them. We assist and support the child’s sense of order using these key principles:

  • Create an orderly environment that fosters self-discipline
  • Connect the child to the environment
  • Respect the time a child needs to work at their own pace

In the classroom, we keep routines predictable, expectations consistent, and the children enjoy the freedom to make choices and do work they enjoy. When children develop a routine from the time they are young, they will feel comfortable and capable, and they will start to develop a sense of internal order as they grow.

ICMS is an English-medium school.
Chinese (both Putonghua and Cantonese) is taught as a second language in Pre-Nursery.

Age requirement At least 2 years old

Students who turn 3 years old will be invited to the Kindergarten Casa Program

Priority Admission Current students in the Montessori Toddler Program will receive priority admission
Campus and Session Tin Hau campus
8:30 am to 10:30 am
10:45 am to 12:45 pm
2 pm to 4 pm 

Lei King Wan campus
8:30 am to 10:30 am
10:45 am to 12:45 pm
2 pm to 4 pm

North Point campus
9 am to 12 noon

School Fees* Tin Hau & Lei King Wan campuses
$72,000 per year 

North Point campus
$76,800 per year

Uniform* Summer:
Regular Uniform: $280 per set
Gym Uniform: $220 per set 

Winter:
Regular Uniform: $380 per set
Gym Uniform: $320 per set
Jacket: $300

Advance to Kindergarten Casa

* 2019-2020 School Year