Casa Program

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Program Highlights

Enhanced CASA Curriculum

Children age 2.5-6 years are presented with an array of tools and activities that focus on five areas:

      • Practical life activities instill care of the self, care of others and care for the environment.
      • The Sensorial area is where children learn to identify and internalize abstract thoughts and concepts through exploration of senses such as touch, hearing, sight, taste and smell.
      • Language development focuses on oral language skills, listening skills, writing and reading (phonics) with the goal of students being able to decode words and comprehend the meaning of text.
      • In Math, the concrete tools help children to develop a solid understanding of mathematical concepts, prepare them for reasoning and help develop problem-solving capabilities. The child learns to add, subtract, multiply and divide and to see the numerical, geometrical and dimensional relationships within the decimal system.
      • Cultural activities help students discover ideas and concepts in geography, history, botany, zoology and the sciences.

French, Music, Gym, Arts, STEM, extra-curricular Programs

At IMS, we believe that focusing on the whole child is crucial. Hence, a comprehensive set of enhancement programs are integrated with IMS’s core curriculum to ensure each child is developed as a well-rounded individual and is well prepared for his/her next level of education. French lessons, music classes, gym time, arts, and other extra-curricular activities are offered in our CASA program.


Individualized Learning Plan & Tracking

No two students are the same. At IMS, we adhere to the principle on “follow the child”. Unlike traditional classroom setting that assumes every student should learn the same material based on grade level expectations, each child’s lesson plan at IMS is customized based on his/her interest and developmental readiness. A specialized planning and tracking system is used to document each student’s learning. Progress report cards go home twice a year to update parents on their child’s progress.

Quality Staff and Teachers

3Teacher plays an essential role in a child’s education journey, and your children deserve the best. At IMS, all our teachers are highly qualified and experienced in early childhood education. All staff in our school facility is first aid and CPR trained. Continuing education and training is provided to all our teachers to ensure the delivery of high quality and updated programs for all of their classes. Our teacher to students ratio in the Casa pre-school program is 1:8. 

School Trips/ Guest Speakers

Fun and engaging field trips and guest speaker appearances are organized throughout the school year for children to bridge in-school learning with real-life experiences. 

3-Year Casa Program Outcomes

As a IMS Casa graduate, a student should be able to:


  • Count, identify and sequence numerals to 1000
  • Perform the mathematical operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction and division with four digit numbers


  • Use well-developed vocabulary in public speaking
  • Read, comprehend, and write at a grade 2 level


  • Ask thoughtful questions and advocate for themselves and others
  • Independently organize themselves, their belongings and their learning materials
  • Show respect, empathy, and compassion for self and others


  • Easily transition into a Grade 1 French Immersion program
  • Strong foundation of music, visual arts, and STEAM

A Day in Casa

Sample Schedule

7:00am – 8:00am

Before School Program

This is a supervised, play time for children in the before school program to settle in. Children are free to choose their own activities. Breakfast is served for all our before school program students.

8:00am – 10:00am

Work Period

Teachers give presentations of materials in the 5 focused areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Culture (zoology, geography, history, botany, and science). Children are free to choose presented materials from the shelf based on interest and readiness.

10:00am – 10:30am

Washroom Break & Snack

10:30am – 11:30am

Arts & Craft + Circle Time

Children sing, read books, and create arts according to the theme of the week.

Rotary Programs

French, Music, Gym

11:30am – 12:30pm

Washroom Break + Lunch

Organic, natural hot meals are served.

12:30pm – 2:30pm

Nap/Rest Time, Quiet Work

Classical music is played during rest time to help with relaxation. Those who don’t nap will be presented with quiet work activities. 

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Washroom Break + PM Snack

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Outdoor Play

Supervised outdoor play

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Extended Hours Program 

This is a supervised, play time for children in the extended hours program.


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Thank you for your interest in IMS! Our tour spots are booked up for the next few weeks. If you want an earlier tour, please email us at and we can set up a custom time for you.

Contact Info

Castlemore Campus

Unit 7A, 1210 Castlemore Avenue

Markham, ON

L6E 0H7 

Unionville-Milliken Campus

7828 Kennedy Road

Markham, ON

L3R 5P1


Mon-Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm


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

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