Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. As an AMI Montessori-trained guide, mother of 4 children, and founder of Casa De Niños Bilingual Montessori School, it is our goal to provide a prepared environment for each child as a whole. The love of work is the most precious gift we can give our children, it is the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, by fostering an environment prepared to meet each of their learning needs. We value every human’s basic needs physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. A child’s desire to work represents a vital instinct since he cannot organize his personality without working: a man builds himself through working. To describe the exactitude of the human mind, Maria Montessori borrowed the term “Mathematical Mind”.
"Of all the things LOVE is the most potent."
At Casa de Niños we strive to ensure that our students enjoy the beauty and love in our Montessori-prepared environment. Everything in the classroom environment, down to the finest detail, is prepared well in advance with the intention that it will be used to enhance a specific aspect of the child’s development. Children appreciate beauty and organization. The desire for beauty in the environment is not a luxury, it is a need for the child; a way for them to connect to the environment. Dr. Maria Montessori’s works were created with the intention of doing just that; to create materials so that they are beautiful and enticing to the child. She believed that objects should be fragile and beautiful. At Casa de Niños, we make the world accessible to the child by having a prepared environment and allowing freedom for the child’s human tendencies to become operative within the environment.
To encourage the development of the whole child by providing a Montessori education. We prepare children to thrive. We educate them with peace and prepare them for life. Casa de Niños exist to serve children; we continually ask how we may better serve each child. We provide a dynamic environment to encourage personal growth, academic accomplishments, and intellectual curiosity. We establish within a child the intellectual, emotional, and physical rigor needed to become a self-directed learner, flexible thinker, creative problem solver, and support their ever-increasing curiosity about the world in which they live.
A Day at Casa de Niños
When you enter a room at Casa de Niños it is pleasant with natural lighting, lovely photographs and framed paintings hang in view for the children, magnificent and scientifically informed Montessori materials fill the room. Each exquisite work is carefully fashioned from superior natural materials and resembles a piece of artwork. Different plants and flowers decorate the room, the room is busy with children working with assorted materials either sitting at child-sized tables and chairs or on the floor with small rugs. A few children purposefully walk around the room considering different works or activities arranged on the child-sized shelves. Each child, whether working independently or quietly in pairs, is happily absorbed in the task in front of them.Is a unique and fascinating place where multi-aged children actively engage in a myriad of purposeful activity. Each child chooses his/her own “work” whether it be polishing, painting, preparing a snack, watering a plant, matching, grading the knobbed cylinders or pink tower cubes, touching and sounding out the sandpaper letters, labeling a map of the world, or learning about quantities with the spindle rods. They are able to enjoy considerable freedom of choice and activity because of the carefully “prepared environment” tailored to their sizes, abilities, and needs and because of learning how to live within a community of respect, LOVE and order. The Montessori guide who follows the individual child’s development by linking the child to an activity or material depending on his/her need, interest or readiness. Thus, the children progress at their own pace and build a foundation of skills needed for life. In our mixed-aged communities, social interaction spontaneously occurs, benefiting all the children. The younger children are inspired by the advanced work they see, and the older children reinforce their skills and enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem by teaching the younger ones. All the children learn to become an important and contributing member of their community.Having a Spanish immersion environment helps the child learn multiple languages naturally and simultaneously.
It is during the sensitive period of language (birth to age 8) when children can learn any language with minimal effort in a natural way. The “absorbent mind” of the child picks up the language by making associations with what is heard to the daily routines and to the materials the child is seeing and using. In addition to developing a usable fluency in Spanish, the children develop the ability and willingness to tolerate ambiguity and to search for meaning. The exposure of a second language not only stimulates and challenges the brain but builds an extra mental capacity and further develops concentration, listening, analyzing, and verbal skills. Our staff is mostly bilingual (Spanish-English). Spanish is an integral part of our curriculum. Children hear Spanish throughout the day. Teachers introduce Spanish through songs, games, instructions, greetings and special lessons.
What is AMI
AMI was formed in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to ensure that her philosophy and approach to education would be carried on as she intended. Dr. Montessori’s goal was to foster the full development of the human being. A school or teacher that carries the AMI certificate is continuing the tradition of quality first established by Dr. Montessori, a tradition that incorporate standards-baseded directly on Dr. Montessori’s work.