Why Your Child Falls Apart After School, And 5 Ways to Help

Parenting, by lauren, October 19, 2017,

While I recently sat with a group of friends, all mothers with children ranging from 3 and 10 years old, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities between all of our stories about the dreaded after-school slump. Regardless of the school – public, private, Montessori, language immersion – all of us had experienced the 3:30/4pm … Continue reading “Why Your Child Falls Apart After School, And 5 Ways to Help”

Modeling and Facilitating Conflict Resolution: What Parents Can Do at Home

Community, by lauren, October 12, 2017,

During the first Elementary Parent Education Night here at Villa di Maria, Directresses Megan Eilers, Anna Schwind, and Rebecca Callander discussed “Conscious Social Growth of the Elementary Child,” including the complex characteristics of the 2nd plane child. While an attempt to recap the fantastic, informative (and indisputably entertaining) evening would certainly fall short, an important … Continue reading “Modeling and Facilitating Conflict Resolution: What Parents Can Do at Home”

The Fort Builders

Community, by lauren, October 5, 2017,

The Fort Builders use muscle and mental power, individual and communal strength; they make rules, break rules, argue, agree, build, and imagine. There is more involved than first meets the eye in building these forts – these spaces that children return to, build on to, and take pride in time and time again. Below, a … Continue reading “The Fort Builders”

On Climbing Trees

Parenting, by lauren, September 21, 2017,

One thing you cannot help but notice when visiting Villa di Maria’s campus is the abundance of trees of all shapes, sizes, ages, and stages. If you happen to arrive during recess time, you will likely spot at least one or two Lower or Upper Elementary children hanging from a branch, peeking up through the … Continue reading “On Climbing Trees”