Happy Thanksgiving from Villa di Maria!

Community, by admin, November 23, 2016,

Yesterday, the entire Lower Elementary building was filled with the delicious smells of Thanksgiving foods — baked apples, all kinds of biscuits and breads, warm potatoes, peas with onions, and even turkey, ham, and gravy (warmed up, but still!). There is something so comforting about smelling good things baking. Add that to the happy, thankful community … Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving from Villa di Maria!”

Third Years Visit Upper Elementary

Lower Elementary, by admin, November 22, 2016,

Yesterday, the Third Year Lower Elementary students experienced quite a treat! They spent the afternoon with the Upper Elementary class eating lunch, playing outside for recess, and then enjoying a special presentation by Thomas and Tricia Jostlein, who demonstrated different horns, including the grand alphorn, to coincide with The Kirby installation on sound distortions. How … Continue reading “Third Years Visit Upper Elementary”

The Magic of Read-Aloud

Lower Elementary, by admin, November 3, 2016,

Reading out loud to children facilitates their readiness for formal reading instruction in oral language, concepts of printed words, and phonemic awareness — the development of which provides a strong foundation for supporting literacy in the early school years. But this cherished reading time is more than academic; it’s absolutely magical. Related posts: On Spelling … Continue reading “The Magic of Read-Aloud”