How best to give your child an Advantage for Life than to give your child the opportunity to become part of a unique, bilingual environment. At “mi casita”, or “my little house”, your child will enter a fascinating place that will become a place of comfort, belonging, and learning about life and becoming independent. Here your child can work at his or her own pace and build a foundation of skills needed for life. Depending on your child’s age and developmental readiness, your child will join our Toddler Community (18 months to 3 years of age) or one of our Children’s House (3 to 6 years of age).
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. To take advantage of this ability, our Montessori teachers carry on all the daily activities in the Spanish language while the children are free to speak any language that occurs to them. 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 useable 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.
A Montessori environment 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 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-trained teacher is a “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 both of 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.
Mi Casita, a BILINGUAL MONTESSORI environment:
Benefiting from language immersion and the Montessori experience, your child will not only learn how to read, write, compute and speak two languages but more importantly your child will learn how to learn–how to think creatively and analytically, make decisions and choices independently, be responsible for his/her own actions and environment, work within a community, and respect diversity.