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”

Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Beyoncé Knowles


In our continuing foray into the famous, influential, and amazing people who attended Montessori school as children, today we focus on Beyoncé Knowles. Though she certainly needs no introduction, Beyoncé is one of America’s most beloved singer/songwriters who has sold 100 million records worldwide, won 22 Grammy’s, and has been listed in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.  Continue reading “Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Beyoncé Knowles”

Why I Love My School: Elementary Essay Entries


At the beginning of spring, Head of School Laura Ceretti-Michelman asked interested Elementary students to write an essay explaining why they love their school, with the understanding that one of the essays would be published in the Webster-Kirkwood Times. The submissions were beautiful, touching, and sweet. Read excerpts from the submissions below.  Continue reading “Why I Love My School: Elementary Essay Entries”

Prepping for the Spring Concert


Can you believe that the Villa di Maria Spring Concert is only 9 school days away?! We certainly can’t. I was lucky enough to observe a short preview of one of the songs the Upper Elementary will be performing, and let me tell you, it’s going to be an awesome concert!  Continue reading “Prepping for the Spring Concert”