3-4 Level Curriculum

TMES Casita Preschool.  A non-denominational preschool dedicated to providing a quality Montessori education in a warm loving environment.

We currently offer full time (Monday - Friday) school day and extended day programs for ages 3 - 5 years old.  TMES Casita Preschool teachers are Montessori trained, use the Montessori Method and Montessori materials.

TMES Casita Preschool is located at 5801 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM  87113.  Tours are given at 'Meet Casita' on the first Saturday in February or by appointment after a position in our school has been offered.


The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is an educational method for children, based on theories of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori in the early 20th century. The method is characterized by an emphasis on self-directed activity on the part of the child and clinical observation on the part of the teacher.  It stresses the importance of adapting the child's learning environment to his or her developmental level, and of the role of physical activity in absorbing academic concepts and practical skills.    

Montessori is not a system for training children in academic studies; nor is it a label to be put on educational materials. It is a revolutionary method of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, to contribute to society and the environment, and to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth.

Montessori introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which individual and social discipline go hand in hand.


Please contact MJ for more information about TMES Casita Preschool.



Ms. Joy Gunn

3-5 Teacher

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Mission Statement

Casita Preschool is dedicated to the total development of the constantly growing child.  Providing an environment that reflects a peaceful, safe, and secure home-like atmosphere, will foster a child’s love of learning and respect for self, and others.  This enables the child to become an independent, self-motivated and contributing, peaceful member of the global community.   We are equally dedicated to developing and maintaining a mutually respectful partnership with parents/guardians and teachers in the best interest of the child, which will help shape the perception of the importance of education.

Philosophy Statement

Our Philosophy at Casita Preschool is based on the teaching and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.  Montessori education follows the child.  At Casita, the child’s academic, emotional, social and behavioral state and needs drive the lessons, activities and curriculum.  We believe that the quality of our school is achieved through the cooperation of knowledgeable and caring teachers and parents.



Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.  - Dr. Maria Montessori