Thoughts on Casa di Mir’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan
Holly Brown, Current Casa di Mir Parent
The Positive Impact That Casa di Mir’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan Has Had on My Child
Sophie Riss, Current Casa di Mir Parent
“My son has just finished up his first year (kindergarten) at Casa di Mir, and the experience has been everything we had hoped for. If you are unfamiliar with the Montessori teaching method, you may think Montessori is just for pre-school through kindergarten, or 1st grade, because many of them are just that. However, the Montessori teaching method is applicable to all grades up to and through high school.
The reason there aren’t many that go beyond kinder or 1st grade is that the teachers are required to be credentialed at each of the upper-grade level divisions, and that’s a very demanding requirement that not many teachers in this valley have. Casa Di Mir is one of the very few “great exceptions.” All teachers are fully qualified Montessori teachers credentialed to the grade levels they teach.
And the school offers pre-K through 8th grade! This makes for a seamless transition from elementary to middle school without having to change schools at this, particularly awkward time for children.
Apart from this, Casa Di Mir is run by a fabulous director who has poured her heart and soul into this school. She, along with the talented staff members, keep the children fully engaged with a never-ending list of activities and events that make this school much more than special.
If you are looking for a great environment for your child, with small classes, super-low student to teacher ratio, highly qualified and credentialed teachers, and a proven hands-on, project-based teaching methodology, you simply cannot pick a better school in the South Bay Area (in my humble opinion).”
– Paul, Current Casa di Mir Parent
“I love how knowledgeable the faculty and staff are in what they do. I wanted a high-quality Montessori education for my children. ‘Montessori’ can be put on any door – Casa di Mir IS a Montessori school and our family is glad to have found it.”
– Current Casa di Mir Parent
“13 years later and 6,000 miles away, I have still never really left Casa di Mir. I may no longer sit in morning circle every day, but with each new step I take in life, I continue to realize just how much I learned from my six years there. I truly am who I am today because of Casa. Every single interest, every single goal I have evolves from the core principles I learned from Casa di Mir: my decision to major in environmental studies, my choice to study in Switzerland so far from home, my dedication to volunteering both locally in California and abroad in Latin America. These all started with Casa teaching me how to appreciate the people and cultures of the world, how to care for myself, my peers, and my environment, and how to learn from my own independence, but also by helping others.
Many people assume that the transition to a large public middle school (with more students in one math class than I had had in the third, fourth, and fifth grades combined at Casa), would be a difficult one; however, for me, it was quite the opposite. Casa di Mir had given me all of the tools I needed to succeed. After years of practice with the Montessori hands-on approach, I no longer needed puff balls or beads; I had all the resources I needed for academic success embedded in me – organization, independence, and (perhaps most importantly) self-motivation. Learning was not an obligation and studying was never something I had to do. Instead, as I knew coming from Casa, each person gets out of learning whatever she puts into it, and in all my career as a scholar, this has been all the inspiration I needed to keep working hard.
And after all these years, I still remember all of the words to ‘Tis a Gift to Be Simple’ and ‘Tumbalaika.’ I can still play ‘De la puna vengo’ and ‘Everybody Loves Saturday Night’ on the recorder. I still know all the steps to the Korobushka and the Troika. Every song, every dance, every lesson, every memory I have from Casa di Mir continues to move with me through the years and past the miles, guiding me through life wherever I go.”
– Arianne Renee, Casa Alumna
“Casa was like my second home and it definitely influenced me in a way that I have learned to love education and learning. It really prepared me for the rest of my life. It gave me communication skills, problem-solving skills, and a positive attitude, all of which are important for leadership.“
– Holly Nguyen, Casa Alumna
“Casa gave me such a great foundation I build off of. It taught me how to be accountable for my own work, time management, and a good work ethic. I wouldn’t be the same without the Montessori education!”
– Kelly Hoose, Casa Alumna
“My Montessori education has stayed with me and guides me even now. Because of its holistic approach to education, I was able to experience and experiment with music, art, sports, as well as academics from very early on, and that has made me a more well-rounded person. “
– Gina Chang, Casa Alumna
The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them…. The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.