Happy Summer, and One More Good-Bye

34493845022_9176bb01d3_hWe’ve wrapped up another year for the books here at Villa di Maria, and we hope you’re already enjoying the start of summer. On a personal note, this is my final blog post before passing the baton to the next Montessori blogger. The past two years (and exactly 270 posts!) have been a wonderful, enlightening experience, and I’ve learned and fallen even more in love with the Montessori method and with this school – something I didn’t think possible. As a last farewell, I’ve compiled a list of my personal favorite blog posts from the past two years – I hope you enjoy them! Thank you for the opportunity to contribute here, for your support, for the opportunity to learn more about this incredible method of learning. Most of all, thank you for reading.
Lauren Knight
Blog Manager 2016 – 2018

  1. Loose Parts Play: A Montessori Playground (November 14, 2016)
  2. On Peer Conflict (February 16, 2017)
  3. 6 Ways to Foster the Nurturer in Your Child (February 23, 2017)
  4. Why Dirt is Good for Your Children (March 30, 2017)
  5. An Introduction to Practical Life (July 24, 2017)
  6. On Climbing Trees (September 21, 2017)
  7. Why Your Child Falls Apart After School, and 5 Ways to Help (October 19, 2017)
  8. The Role of the Adults in the Montessori Environment (November 17, 2017)
  9. The Benefits of Handwork for Children (November 30, 2017)
  10. On Independence: Allowing the Young Child to Dress Himself (January 18, 2018)
  11. Advice to Culminating Primary Children (From First Year Elementary Children) (January 22, 2018)
  12. Parts of a Flower: An Introduction to Reproduction (February 5, 2018)
  13. On Sharing (February 22, 2018)
  14. Development of the Will: Movement in the 0-3-Year-Old Child (March 8, 2018)
  15. 7 Ways to Show Respect to Children (April 12, 2018)

A Tribute to Anna Schwind


Our beloved Lower Elementary Guide Anna Schwind is moving on to fill a new position at the Montessori Lab School, where she will serve as a Guide in the new Elementary classroom. While we will miss her deeply, we are also very proud of her and know she will continue to bring the magic of Montessori to so many children. On our last day of school before summer break, here is our tribute to Anna.  Continue reading “A Tribute to Anna Schwind”

Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Devi Sridhar


Today, in our quest to feature the amazing, brilliant, and influential people who attended Montessori school as children, we feature Devi Sridhar, the youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar, author, Oxford research fellow, and professor on global health politics. Her latest book, Governing Global Health, was co-written with Chelsea Clinton (who was also a former Montessori student!).  Continue reading “Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Devi Sridhar”

Squid Dissection: A Third Year Lesson


One of the most anticipated rites of a Montessori Third Year student is the opportunity for squid dissection. Equal parts fascinated and squeamish, the children explored all the anatomy and beauty of this fantastic creature with the help of their Guides Megan and Anna. See many wonderful photos by the talented Melinda Smith below.   Continue reading “Squid Dissection: A Third Year Lesson”

On Outdoor Work Space, and Why Your Child Needs to go Outside


Being outside is a joy to the senses, and can do wonders for one’s mood! Here at Villa di Maria, we recognize all the major benefits of being outside, and have accommodated our children by providing lovely outdoor work environments. Read all about the benefits of children being outside in nature below! Continue reading “On Outdoor Work Space, and Why Your Child Needs to go Outside”