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Casa di Mir Montessori

90 E. Latimer Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 370-3073


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Sand paper letters
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori Math materials including bead chains
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Montessori sensorial materials
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • All School Sing-a-Long
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Large construction toys
Other subjects taught We have a strong cultural studies program which includes geography and the study of different peoples and cultures. We also teach peaceful conflict resolution.

From the Director:

Most Montessori materials are "self correcting," which encourages the child's own self-mastery of the subject. The teacher acts as a guide to facilitate connection with the materials.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We observe each child carefully and work to meet each child's individual needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Casa di Mir's core philosophy is to encourage and nurture the whole child, true to Dr. Maria Montessori's educational vision.

Within each child is the innate joy in learning and the tremendous desire to grow healthy and strong-intellectually, emotionally, physically.

Each child learns and expresses himself in an individual way. Montessori's highly structured academic program and hands-on materials enable children to be free to work at their own pace in a non-competitive environment, either alone or with others.

The Casa di Mir ground rules are the core Montessori beliefs, including respect for each other and the classroom environment. We operate on the principle of freedom within limits. Creativity and learning flourish in this atmosphere of acceptance and trust.

Our Montessori learning environment fosters self-esteem, enables the child to master academic skills, entices curiosity, creativity, and the love of learning. It also encourages positive social skills such as effective communication and problem solving, and acknowledges the uniqueness of each child.

A Typical Day

8:30 am: Each child is greeted with a personal handshake and welcoming "good morning" from the teacher.

After arrival children can choose from a number of learning centers:
- Practical Life
- Sensorial
- Language Arts
- Art
- Math
- Music
- Geography
- Snack

Children will receive individual or small group lessons in the above mentioned areas.

On Tuesdays, 5 year olds will participate in the "Great Books" program.

On Thursday, all students participate in a four subject rotation which includes Music, Art, P.E. and Gardening.

At approximately 10:30 children clean up, set their place for lunch and move to Circle Time. Circle includes games, songs, calendar and weather, group lessons and stories.

From 10:45-11:35 children play outside on the playground. They may choose sand play, play structure, wheel-toys, balls and large construction toys.

At 11:35 children clean up the playground and come inside for lunch.

At 11:50 children eat lunch together with the teachers. Grace and courtesy are emphasized at meal time.

At 12:30 children move into Circle which includes sharing, story and games.

Half Day chidren are dismissed at 1:00 pm.
Full Day children may stay until 3:00 pm.
Extended Day, from 1 pm - 3 pm includes individual and small group lessons, outside play time and snack. Napping time is available for children who need to nap.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-Teacher conferences twice per year or more frequently by request.

Folders are sent home every Friday with a classroom newsletter, child's school work and general announcements.

Parent education meetings are held 2-3 times per school year.

Parent Back to School Night and Student-Parent Open House meetings are scheduled in Sept. and Oct.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first two days of school are orientation days and are not full school days.