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De Colores Children's Center

196 Martinvale Lane
San Jose, CA 95119

(408) 229-2000


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We are a fully licensed and insured facility that offers a Montessori Spanish Immersion Program for children under six years old.

For 25 years we have helped children to become fluent in Spanish,through our unique language immersion program. Our Montessori playing/learning/discovering activities allows children to develop confidence, practical and social skills, independence and develop their talents.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

At De Colores Children's Center we want to build: * A positive self-image. * Social and emotional growth.* Literacy and language development. * Learning through experience and discovery. * Develop creative capacity. * Stimulate intellectual potential. * Improve concentration and memory skills. * Interest in the natural world and aesthetic appreciation and expression. * Respect for human dignity, culture, and linguistics. * Diversity and the rights of others. *Motor development.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Objectives for De Colores Children's Center: • Acquire self-confidence, build self-esteem and gain independence • Develop persistence while acquiring problem-solving skills • Increase coordination and sensory motor skills • Recognize and accept the rules of socially acceptable behavior • Acquire basic academic skills in math, language and culture • Attain a sense of inner discipline, order and purposeful activity

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our teachers and staff are guided by a Lifeways-based curriculum, which blends Waldorf and Montessori education principals. We pride ourselves on a low student to teacher ratio. Our teachers develop age-appropriate activities that introduce and strengthen academic and social skills. In addition, we offer students a range of gross motor and creative opportunities including weekly music classes.
Our goal is for children to develop language skills at their own speed and make learning Spanish a positive experience.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up