Casa de Niños Montessori Programs
Nido Infant Community (2 months - 17 months)
“To Aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator."
Dr. Maria Montessori
The NIDO environment is a special environment meant to replicate the home. In the NIDO, the children will be met with warmth, love and care while developing their hand eye coordination, grasping skills, coordination of their body through movement and are able to explore their world in a safe and caring place.
The word "Nido' is derived from the spanish word meaning 'nest' and it conveys the spirit of the infant environment.
The comforting, warm and inviting Nido environment is prepared to enhance the development of your infant through calm and nurturing stimulation. The simplicity of the aesthetic order meets the varying developmental needs of infants.
We welcomes infants ranging in age from 8 weeks to 16 months.A unique aspect of all Montessori environments is that children of mixed ages are brought together to benefit and naturally learn from one another. The younger, non-mobile infants watch with intense curiosity as the older children begin to roll-over, crawl, pull-up, walk, etc.
The Nido staff work with parents daily to determine individual feeding, sleeping and diaper changing routines as each infant is unique. It is important each baby’s natural rhythms that are observed and respected.
Pre-Primary (17 months - 2 1/2 years)
"do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves."
Toddlers Community serves children who are comfortably walking. It has two program options, either half-day or full-day care. The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development.The Toddlers Community is carefully prepared to aid the toddler in achieving independence and reach their full potential. The freedom experienced in this carefully prepared environment gives the children the opportunity to discover and follow their own interests, and to become inspired by all they touch, see and feels. Children in this age group have a strong drive and desire to do what they see adults do. The sense of pride children feel in learning to care for themselves and their environment is a true thing of beauty. Hearing a child proclaim, "I did it!" is one of the best feelings a Montessori guide or parent can ever experience!
The Montessori toddler classroom will be made up mostly of Practical Life materials and cultural lessons are generally included in the language part of the classroom; this would include learning about weather, the calendar, and basic names of objects in the classroom and in nature.
The practical life area includes materials necessary for preparing and serving a snack, setting and clearing the table, sweeping, caring for plants and animals, dish washing, clothes washing, polishing, hand washing, window cleaning, flower arranging, and so on…….
The language area includes real concrete objects, language nomenclature cards such as parts of the body, family members, pets, components of the neighborhood, the school and the home, books that are fiction and poetry, spoken vocabulary enrichment exercises, and other activities including art and music experiences.
Primary Children's House (2 1/2 years - 6 years)
Realizing the peculiarly absorbent nature of the child’s mind, the sensitive periods and the human tendencies, Montessori prepared a special environment, then, placed the child in it and
allowed him the freedom to live in it, so he could absorb whatever he found there. We must give the world to the child.
We need to make the world accessible to the child “Montessori “incarnated” the world in the prepared environment of the Children’s House and allowed freedom to the child’s human tendencies to become operative within this environment. She realized that the world was color, size, dimension, shape; it was sound, taste, touch, perfume; it was carpeted with grass, trees, flowers; it was decorated with insects, butterflies, birds; it was walked on by animals, great and small; it was watered by rain and snow, by rivers and lakes; it was sun and moon, night and day, and stars. And this world was inhabited by beings just like the child, who had made a life to be lived, as he had to live his life, from the first moment of their inception on earth.”