The "Cajitas Viajeras" project was born to protect the right to an education that contributes to academic and social development, even in times of a global pandemic. This initiative also supports the guides (Montessori teachers) in their task of serving their students that now are working from their homes.
Most of the content of this "Cajitas Viajeras" was prepared by our amazing Montessori assistants and consists of homemade "Montessori materials" adapted for the students to use at home. These kits also included books, pencils, paper and other school supplies depending on the student level. Through these educational tools, students were able to work with literature, geography, geometry, psychomotor skills, movement, practical life, music; and as a priority, language and mathematics.
Thanks to your donations through GlobalGiving, alliances made with local entrepreneurs and many other allies we have reached the fundraising goal for this initiative and, until September, Instituto Nueva Escuela (INE) has delivered more than 2,000 "Cajitas Viajeras" and continues to do so.
In the name of the children and youth in the public Montessori schools, we thank you and encourage you to continue supporting all the work that INE is still doing for our communities.
Instituto Nueva Escuela's (INE) mission is to accompany, train and servecommunities in Puerto Rico through public Montessori education to develop prepared human beings that contribute to the common good.
We train public school staff in Montessori curriculum, work hand in hand with the communities and provide them resources and strategies to empower them and to help them thrive.
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you INE has faced the challenges of the pandemic and continued to be there for the Montessori public school community in order to give continuity to the high quality education all its students deserve. The collaborative work with the communities have strengthened successful initiatives, such as:
Montessori at Home: This project that was born out of the Covid-19 emergency keeps growing stronger and now includes educational guides to help the teachers, assistants and even families in the important task of working with children and youth in their home environment. These guides are available online for all the levels from Infants to High School.
Cajitas Viajeras: Thanks to many donors and alliances, our amazing assistants could make "Montessori materials" adapted for the students to use at home. These materials, mostly made out of laminated cardstock, replicate the ones available in the classrooms and support academic areas like geography, geometry, psychomotor skills, movement, practical life, music, language and mathematics. The packages also includesd books, pencils and other instruments depending on the student level.
Virtual Montessori Courses: For the first time in INE's history Montessori courses were taught online. An evaluation made by the participants show that 94% were satisfied with the work of the facilitators and resources, highlighting as positive aspects their punctuality, commitment, fulfillment of the agenda and the offer of rich material while 99% evaluated the virtual courses as a good experience.
"Casa Familiar" Online: Through the Casa Familiar strategy INE has been serving families who have been impacted by any circumstances that affect their wellbeing. During the pandemic professionals from Casa Familiar have been offering music therapy, recreational activities, yoga, telepsychology among other services using the technology. This summer the project was selected by the Director of the External Resources Division, Mrs. Mariela Cabán from the PR Department of Justice as one of the most successful projects.
Now more than ever, the continuity of the education of the students in public Montessori schools is a matter of social justice and equity and we are gratetful to have you in our side for this important task.