Happy Last Day of School!


Today is the last day of school here at Villa di Maria, though we still have a lot of fun events to look forward to: from the Spring Concert tonight to Field Day tomorrow, followed by our annual Dad’s BBQ to our beloved 6th Years’ Graduation. And just like that, summer is here! We look forward to hearing about (and sharing) your adventures, travels, and funny summer stories. Be sure to check back for posts on parenting, introductions to Montessori for those new to our school, and glimpses into summer in St. Louis and beyond!

LE to UE Visits


Some of the most highly-anticipated days this spring have been the visits of culminating year students to the classrooms they will join this fall. During these visits, children have the opportunity to get to know the Directresses and Aides with whom they will work for the next three years, making for a more seamless transition in the fall. And just as important, they experience the current classroom dynamics and have the much-needed opportunity to socialize with the older children they will join in a few months.  Continue reading “LE to UE Visits”



In every classroom at Villa di Maria are some very tiny, very cute visitors: tadpoles! When Directress Jessie Braud discovered an abundance of the tiny creatures at her parents’ unopened swimming pool (and after a month straight of record-breaking rainfall in St. Louis), she took it upon herself to save as many as she could. The mass email exchanges that followed between Jessie and the other Directresses and Assistants was heartwarming; everyone agreed to adopt the tadpoles, giving them homes in every classroom for children of all ages to observe, care for, and learn about.  Continue reading “Tadpoles!”

The Best St. Louis Summer Camps


Are you ready for summertime? It’s just around the corner for Villa di Maria students – can you believe it’s the very last week of school?! If the end of the school year has snuck up on you (as it has for many of us), and you’re scrambling for summer camp ideas, rest assured that the St. Louis area is full of them. Below, a comprehensive list of the best summer camps in the area.  Continue reading “The Best St. Louis Summer Camps”

Gardening with Children


It’s officially planting season in St. Louis! The risk of frost has long since passed, along with a very wet early spring. The benefits of gardening on people of all ages are many; getting out into the garden on a regular basis keeps you active and improves hand strength and dexterity, can boost your mood, reduces stress levels, and even help regulate your immune system. Gardening teaches responsibility and cause-and-effect, as well as a great appreciation for nature and its workings. Plus, if you decide to grow vegetables, your children are more likely to eat them if they aided in planting them in the first place! Below, some tips on getting into the garden with young children.  Continue reading “Gardening with Children”