Lunches (Part 2) … The Bridge to Independence

Community, by Cab Yau, September 19, 2018,

A child’s path to independence is neither straight nor necessarily expeditious. But with preparation, we can foster environments that provide support on this path. Having covered the basics of lunches at school, let’s explore how to use this everyday activity to promote independence.  As with almost every skill children acquire, independent lunch-making is a gradual … Continue reading “Lunches (Part 2) … The Bridge to Independence”

Transition Time…

Community, by Cab Yau, September 11, 2018,

For many in our community, the joy of starting the school year comes with the challenge of adjusting to a new environments and new routines. The initial moment of transition – drop off – is often fraught with emotions both from parents and children. Making drop off quick and consistent is the best way to … Continue reading “Transition Time…”

Lunch… (Part 1)

Lower Elementary, by Cab Yau, September 1, 2018,

The topic of packing lunches often elicits a deep sigh. One more thing to do, one more thing to remember. Let’s try to shift our perspective by looking at lunches through a Montessori lens. Like most things in the Montessori classroom, lunch is a multi-faceted opportunity for growth. It provides occasions for choice making, self-sufficiency … Continue reading “Lunch… (Part 1)”

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

Community, by lauren, May 17, 2018,

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! Related posts: Montessori … Continue reading “On Outdoor Work Space, and Why Your Child Needs to go Outside”