Blog – Casa di Mir Montessori

Community Update for May 3

Dear Casa di Mir Families, As spring winds its way towards summer, we have a clearer vision for what school will look like in August! While there are still some unknowns, our hope is that we are nearing the… Read More

Community Update for April 2

Dear Casa di Mir Families, In grappling with enormous challenges, holding a balanced perspective on the whole of a situation is difficult, to say the least! The current pandemic is no different, and many of you may find… Read More

Community Update – 21-22 School Year

Q&As About the 21-22 School Year Dear Casa Families, Thank you so much to all of you who’ve submitted questions about next year! Below, you will find a series of videos addressing some of the questions we’ve received so… Read More

Empathy and Conversations With Our Children

This blog post was prompted by many observations I have made and comments parents have shared with me about conversations they have with their children. How do we encourage the conversations we wish to have? How do we receive what… Read More

Growth Mindset and How To Nurture It

In “Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs”, author, Ellen Galinsky, identifies the ability to take on challenges as one of the seven essential life skills children need for success. In discussing this… Read More

Casa di Mir’s Distance Learning Program Has Evolved!

The 2019/2020 school year presented us with some of the most trying conditions ever, with the pandemic ramping up in March, lockdowns, and a lot of uncertainty. Our family had to decide between on-campus pods or the continuation… Read More

Community Update for February 12

Dear Casa di Mir Families, Slightly over a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic turned school life upside down. We know our community has felt added stress and anxiety over this past year. I am thrilled about our school’s… Read More

Casa di Mir’s Middle School Recently Performed the Classic Play “Our Town”

The Casa Middle School recently performed the all-time classic play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. All students acted in the play and most of us also worked behind the scenes in the staging, costumes, video, editing, and directing… Read More

Asking Questions: Critical Thinking, an Essential Life Skill

Young children ask the most wonderful questions! Their questions are windows into how their mind is working!  As adults, we can’t help but love the ease of agreeable, obedient children.  It is so comfortable!  At the same time,… Read More

Fun Walks Are a Part of Casa Di Mir Middle School’s Physical Expression Curriculum

A few weeks ago, we went on a power walk to the municipal rose garden. We walked a total of about 8 miles in around 3 hours. Cassidy, a 7th-grade student, originally planned this walk to be a… Read More

Community Update for January 22

Dear Casa di Mir Families, Over our years of working with children, we have each witnessed an interesting pattern that appears during the winter period, particularly during January and February. There can often be a predictable slump in energy… Read More

Freedom and Choice: Key Tenets of Montessori

Freedom is the opportunity to have choice. Children’s emotional, social, and academic development improve when they are empowered through choice. At the same time, children need to have appropriate boundaries and limits to feel safe and secure. Montessori’s… Read More

Casa Middle School Creative Expression Pencil Drawings

The Casa Middle School curriculum includes creative expression, a subject in which Middle School students have been practicing pencil drawings. Middle School students have created a number of drawings, including studies and portfolios. One of the portfolios was… Read More

My Journey Through Mindfulness and Parenting

Many years ago, I attended a talk by Dr. Laura Markham, a clinical psychologist renowned for her parenting blog based on child-development research. I came out of that talk with a mantra “stop, drop, and breathe.” This meant… Read More

Casa di Mir Welcomed Our Family and Enriched Our Lives

Casa di Mir Montessori welcomed my son during a challenging transition period for our family. He had just finished Kindergarten at Montessori of Westfield when my husband got a job interview with a big tech company. The interview… Read More

The Relevance of Casa di Mir’s Montessori Education During Distance Learning

Casa di Mir’s educators are well-instructed in the developmental stages of children. While our students are engaged in Distance Learning, their development remains a critical focus and top priority. Casa guides maintain a connection with their students in… Read More

The joy of being back in school with your children!

Community Update Dear Casa di Mir Families, I would like to share the joy of being back in school with your children!  As you know, most of our classes are operating as Distance Learning programs, and it has… Read More

Excitement is building for the beginning of school!

Community Update Dear Casa di Mir Families, We are in the midst of a heatwave, right at a time when excitement is building for the beginning of school! The teachers have been hard at work preparing the classrooms, both… Read More

Tracking Media Stories and Data Points

Community Update Dear Casa di Mir Families, While I’m not of the generation that is made up of ‘digital natives,’ I have grown (slowly) accustomed to internet technologies over the years, as well as the gifts and challenges that… Read More

Happy Independence Day!

Community Update Dear Casa di Mir Families, In considering the imagination of our community, I have no doubt that each of our families is making the most of a holiday weekend during our physically distancing era! I’ve heard… Read More

Happy Belated Summer Solstice!

Community Update Dear Casa di Mir Families, Happy summer to all of you! Gratefully, the world is still spinning on its axis, and the sun rises and sets. Thank goodness for the seasons that bring us reminders of… Read More

Critical Information From You via Survey

Dear Parents,

We realize you are all waiting for more detailed information. It is an intricate dance for our community as our plans depend on you – and your decision about your child returning depends on our plan! This letter is to give you a deeper view into our planning to help move us along in the dance. We do need to hear from all families in order to make decisions regarding staffing for our modified schedule, as well as an online learning option, if possible.

We see coming back to school as a community effort. We all have a role to play in keeping us safe. Careful choices by all of us while away from school makes a difference to the whole community. At school, we will closely follow the guidelines from the CDC and local agencies in order to keep our whole community safe.

Working Together to Find Success and Balance

Dear Casa di Mir Families, With the burst of heat and wildflowers, I hope you feel an injection of hope and optimism.  As we continue the journey working together to find success and balance in your child’s Continuation… Read More

First Month Under Continuation of Learning Plans

Dear Casa di Mir Families, For many of you, this may be the moment when the novelty of staying home starts to wear thin. This week marks a month of operating within our Continuation of Learning plans.  While… Read More

Reviewing, Planning & Learning

Dear Casa di Mir Families, You know who isn’t following the governmental ‘shelter in place’ orders?  Hummingbirds, bluejays, fruit blossoms, and the monstrous bean plants in our raised beds on Lower Campus.  They have no regard for such… Read More

Happy Spring Break!

Dear Casa Families, While our students and teaching faculty take a much deserved Spring Break, I’d like to pause to thank you all for your perseverance. Assuming that many people had plans, be they travel or rest, interfacing… Read More

Second Week Under Continuation Learning Plans

Dear Casa di Mir Families, Today marked the beginning of our second week with our Continuation of Learning plans! First and foremost, I want to express all of our gratitude for the work you parents are doing at… Read More

First Week Under Continuation of Learning Plans

Dear Casa di Mir Families, Welcome to the first full week of operating under our Continuation of Learning plans. Let me shout from the rooftops to all of you parents, “We see you working hard to make this… Read More

Continuation of Learning Plans Implementation

Dear Casa di Mir Families, Our faculty have taken Monday and Tuesday to collect our thoughts and materials in order to implement our Continuation of Learning plans. The information for each program level will be sent out to… Read More

Learning from Mistakes: A Critical Life Skill

Let’s face it, making mistakes is not fun.  Owning mistakes is even harder.  It isn’t surprising that kids, like adults, want to be seen as competent.  They don’t want to feel embarrassed, and they definitely don’t want to… Read More

I Interrupt Your Normal Programming for…

The first time I ever worked in an elementary school was as a Kindergarten class intern within the public schools in Washington state. Over that year, I was asked to take on more responsibilities from the Lead Teacher, so I’d slowly grow more comfortable with the increased expectations of guiding and supervising a classroom of students. There were ample reasons to love the experience: joyful children, supportive faculty, and the space to ask questions and experiment with ideas.

Casa di Mir Students Raise $7.2K to End Youth Homelessness

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Diane Dunning Casa di Mir Montessori School Students Raise $7.2K to End Youth Homelessness CAMPBELL, CA, May 22, 2018 – Casa di Mir Montessori School preschool through 8th grade students recently held a jog-a-thon fundraiser… Read More

Encouraging Independence in Children

The journey that a child takes towards independence is a huge part of a Montessori education. Much of the material in the Montessori classroom calls for independent work; and we Montessorians often say, “Never do for a child… Read More

Leadership Changes Coming to Casa June 11

Casa di Mir leadership will change on June 11, 2018. Wanda Whitehead, founder and long-time head of school, will transition into the role of Director of Education and continue her work as Music Teacher. Dr. Jeff Beedy will… Read More

The Developing Child and Our Wonderful Montessori Classrooms

By Wanda Whitehead The Montessori classroom is a fertile ground in which children can meet their developmental needs, and thus grow in leaps and bounds academically, socially, emotionally and physically. Our Primary and Elementary classrooms reflect the developmental… Read More

Montessori Leads the Way

By Wanda Whitehead Montessori schools have always emphasized intellectual development, creativity, social-emotional well being and an education that follows the immense curiosity of the child. As education is being reinvented around us and public schools are implementing the… Read More

What Makes Casa di Mir Special and Unique

By Wanda Whitehead “From the very beginning, Casa di Mir taught me to think differently about education.” –Aaron Shuler What makes Casa di Mir a unique school community, a treasure in the sea of many schools? Let me… Read More

Alumni Update: Q&A with Niuniu Teo

Last grade completed at Casa di Mir: 5th grade What memories from Casa di Mir still make you smile? Aikido, the peace making table, Wanda’s Buddhist singing bowl, warm fuzzies… everything! What skills do you still draw on from… Read More

The 2016-2017 Annual Report: Our Vibrant Community

The 2016-17 Annual Report: Our Vibrant Community is now available as a pdf. Thank you to all our supporters for making last year another fantastic year of learning and growing the Casa di Mir way!  

What is play? What is work?

By Wanda Whitehead Montessori provided guidance in creating learning environments that are both work and play at the same time. She did not see them as opposites. I often get asked the question, is the Montessori primary program… Read More

2017 Parent Survey Results

In April 2017, Casa di Mir’s Board of Directors conducted a survey of parents. The Board’s goal in undertaking the survey was to better understand: what parents value, what is needed to make Casa the most remarkable school… Read More

Montessori: Creating a World of Peace One Student at a Time

By Diane Dunning In an authentic Montessori classroom, peace education is as much a part of a Montessori student’s curriculum as math or language.   Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori Method, lived through the tragedy of World… Read More

Infographic: What is an Authentic Montessori School?

It’s the 4th Annual Middle School Holiday Cafe and Boutique!

One of the finest shopping experiences of the holiday season is at Casa di Mir on Monday, December 11! And it’s open to the public. Find handmade one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Or treat yourself to… Read More

Silent Auction Cutting Board; 800 Pieces Hand Laid

Don’t get cut out of the chance to take home this one-of-a-kind handmade cutting board. It may be yours if you make the winning bid during the silent auction. Here are the details: Made by Casa di Mir… Read More

Yoga Improves Executive Functions in Students

The introduction of yoga into Casa di Mir’s curriculum was based on recent studies showing that exercise and mindfulness such as yoga, increase the development of executive functions… By Cathy Zoeckler, Casa di Mir Lower Elementary Teacher Have… Read More

Jan 6 Parent & Child Preschool Open House

Experience the Montessori difference at Casa di Mir Montessori School’s Parent and Child Preschool Open House on January 6, 2018 from 10:30 am to noon at our campus on 90 E. Latimer Avenue in Campbell. Visit our authentic Montessori classroom… Read More

How Montessori Helps Children Realize Their Full Potential

By Wanda Whitehead The notion that the child is an empty vessel to be filled and to fit in a specific place is still behind the structure of conventional schools. The basic premise of this model disregards the… Read More

So Much Fun It’s Scary: The MS Spookfest and BOO-tique!

It would be ever so frightful if you were to miss Casa di Mir’s first annual Spookfest and BOO-tique. Created by our very own middle school, the students there have been hard at work crafting Halloween-themed games and… Read More

The Value of Mindfulness Practices in the Classroom

By Wanda Whitehead A strong connection with our inner self is absolutely essential to a peaceful life. It is a positive support to us when we are faced with all of life’s challenges. Maria Montessori, founder of the… Read More

Join us for Parent & Child Preschool Open House Nov. 11

Experience an authentic Montessori classroom with your preK thru K child at Casa di Mir’s Parent and Child Preschool Open House on Saturday, November 11 from 10:30 am to noon at our Latimer campus. Full-week and part-week openings… Read More

Casa di Mir Fall After-School Math Enrichment

Casa di Mir’s after-school Fun Math Club begins Wednesday, September 13! See the flyer below for full details or download this pdf.    

Article: Parenting for Independence

By Wanda Whitehead Parenting can be considered the hardest job on the planet. How do we do it so that our children can become the successful, independent, responsible adults we so want them to become? According to Madeline… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #10

Noticing and Wondering As summer winds down and families turn to the start of school and fall activities, our last summer mathematics adventure is neither a destination, nor an activity, but rather a journey to a mindset of… Read More

Casa di Mir Middle School Students Gain Global Perspective at MMUN

Casa di Mir Montessori middle school students developed their voices as global citizens during their trip to the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) 11th Annual Middle School Conference in New York City early this year. They stepped into… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #9

Fibonacci Nature Walk Summer provides many opportunities to reconnect with nature. Did you know that, even on a nature walk, there is mathematics all around you? Grab your camera and put on your counting hat for a safari… Read More

Alumni Pens Article That Sheds Light on Marine Pollution

Casa alumni are an amazing group who are passionate about improving the world. Here’s just one example: a recent alumni wrote an excellent “XYZA Kids News” article on The Great Pacific Garbage Patch called “Cleaning Up a Sea… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #8

The Magic and Mathematics of Bubbles No summer is complete without at least one afternoon spent on the magic of bubbles. The small, classic spherical bubbles that are made using a plastic wand and a bottle of bubble… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #7

Orienteering Have you ever gone orienteering? Orienteering is a recreational, outdoor adventure that involves finding a set of points in a landscape using an accurate, detailed map and a compass. It can be approached as a fun walk… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #6

Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Have you ever made a kite before? There are many different models of kite,s and even small children can make some of the easier models with help from a parent. An excellent resource… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #5

A Day at the Beach              Has your family been to the beach yet this summer? Many elements of the beach experience are surprisingly mathematical. Sea Level. The beach is a place where your kids can get first-hand experience walking… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #4

Star Party Have you ever looked at the stars and planets through a telescope? You can do just that at a local star party, sponsored by the San Jose Astronomical Association, and guess what? Stargazing is actually quite… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #3

Symmetry Salad “Mommy, I’m eating symmetry salad – and it’s DEEE-licious!” Truthfully, I’m not sure my kid really cared all that much about the symmetry part – she was starving and that’s what I was making at the time. What,… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #2

Summertime Lemonade Opportunities for counting, measuring and calculating abound in the kitchen. In my family, lemonade is a regular summertime treat when we have friends and family over. Our favorite recipe is designed to make 1 gallon of… Read More

Casa di Mir Summer Mathematics: Adventure #1

Welcome to Casa di Mir Montessori School’s Summer Mathematics Adventures created by our very own middle school math teacher, Miss Trisha, who says summer is a great time to focus on real-world uses of mathematics. “At its core,… Read More

Student Fundraiser Makes Headlines in Campbell Express

The student fundraiser for Humane Society of Silicon Valley was featured in the May 24 issue of the Campbell Express weekly newspaper (p. 2).  Check it out:   To see a related blog article, click here.

Casa Mom’s Blog Post Makes Local News!

Read all about it: Theresa Cooper’s article, which was first posted on this blog, has now made its way into print. Campbell Express printed Theresa’s story as a full-page article in the May 31 edition, page 7. If you’re… Read More

Reconnecting: One Mother’s Tale of Limiting Family Screen Time

Have you ever found yourself reading a VERY important online article about being a better parent, at a time that you could be helping your kids with homework or making dinner? Sadly, I caught myself doing this often… Read More

2017 Jog-a-thon Raises $9,000 for Humane Society of Silicon Valley

Casa di Mir students held the annual Jog-a-thon charity fundraiser on May 3 with great success. This year–with the help of Casa’s Girl Scout troop, which helped identify the charity–they chose to raise funds for the Human Society of… Read More

Nurturing Our Growth, Strengthening Our Roots: The 2016-21 Strategic Plan

Over the last five years, Casa di Mir has seen a tremendous amount of growth and change. We have expanded our program to include middle school, and graduated our first class of 8th graders. We’ve opened new classrooms,… Read More

Community Service: Casa di Mir 6th Years Making a Difference through Action

With topics including autism, social media, poverty in Silicon Valley, and more, Casa di Mir 6th year students completed their year-long service learning project (SLP) at Speaker’s Night on the evening of April 28, when each gave a… Read More

Casa di Mir Founding Philosophies

Established nearly three decades ago, these essential concepts continue to beautifully serve Casa di Mir students, the school and our community. Casa’s Founding Philosophies: Education flourishes when children love to learn and feel connected to their community. A… Read More

Alumni Update: Ashley Lam

Casa di Mir regularly reaches out to alumni to see where they are on their journey. Ashley Lam was once a Casa di Mir first grader with a love of art. She is now a UC Davis student… Read More

The Importance of Sewing Skills as Practical Life for Ages 3 to 6

Sewing is a part of the Practical Life work available to Casa di Mir students in the Primary program. Students begin with lacing cards and move on to sewing embroidery thread on plastic forms using a plastic needle… Read More

Reflecting on Education and Society

I joined Casa di Mir’s board of directors in April of 2007 as Secretary, eager to serve a school that was working so well for my children. I had previously served on a non-profit board. I became Board… Read More

Ilana Dover: Montessori Leader, Teacher and Friend

As some of you may know, Ilana Dover, one of Montessori’s best, came to the end of her battle with cancer on March 7. Ilana dedicated herself to Montessori education for 35 years. The past 7 years, she was Owner,… Read More

Casa di Mir is in the News! Check out this article by Bay NVC

Casa di Mir has been featured in the Bay NVC article, NVC Schools: Is this a thing or a movement? by Sura Hart and Jared Finkelstein. Be sure to check it out. Non-Violent Communication (NVC) is a key… Read More

Where is the Science? Everywhere!

By Wanda Whitehead In today’s educational climate the focus on math and science is heightened. When we think of science and math, stereotypical visions of lab coats, test tubes, and formulae often come to mind. More important than… Read More

Media Rules: Healthy Connections in the Digital Age

By Wanda Whitehead I recently attended a talk by Catherine Steiner-Adair hosted by Challenge Successes on the Stanford campus. Catherine is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist who has been researching the impact of technology on children, families and society. Her… Read More

Casa di Mir Parent to Parent Group on Facebook

The parents of Casa di Mir Montessori school are a warm, caring bunch who are fun to rub elbows with. They also live in multiple zip codes, and need a place to connect and converse with one another… Read More

Keys to Enhancing Your Child’s Innate Drive to Learn

By Wanda Whitehead During orientation meetings for parents, I receive many thoughtful questions. Two of the many questions are the sparks for this article: “How do we bring out the best in a child?” and “How can we… Read More

“I Am From” Collaborative Poem

by Casa di Mir Montessori School Middle School Students for Grandfriends Day Nov. 22, 2016 I am from Lavender and Redwood From the immigration to America, the start of this family, and the courage that runs through this… Read More

NVC Workshop Inspires New Ways of Connecting at Home

Nonviolent Communication has been called a language of the heart, a transformational process, and an amazing tool for improving relationships. People who practice Non-Violent Communication (NVC) have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict… Read More

Developing Children’s Leadership Skills at School–A Montessori Perspective

By Wanda Whitehead For over 25 years, Casa di Mir Montessori School has nurtured the characteristic of leadership in the more than 400 students educated here. They have gone on to be leaders in our community and across… Read More

7 Essential Life Skills for Children: The Keys to Successful Transitions

By Wanda Whitehead I am often struck by how often questions from parents focus on two key things: testing and homework. Both of these have become known to be the least important indicators of joyful learning and success… Read More

Bringing Out the Best in Your Child

By Wanda Whitehead Growth Versus Fixed Mindset: How to Help Children Become Strong, Resilient Thinkers In Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, author Ellen Galinsky, identifies the ability to take on challenges… Read More

Run, Jump, Play, Grow that Brain!

By Wanda Whitehead Physical movement has been a brain changer from the time of early humans to our children today. Throwing a ball, jumping, playing with clay, or dancing to a favorite tune are all brain developers for kids…. Read More

Welcome to the Casa Di Mir Montessori School Blog

Hello, and welcome to the Casa di Mir Montessori School blog, where you will find articles and information on the Montessori method, peace education, childhood development, things we find inspiring, and the many wonderful happenings at the school…. Read More