Who We Are: Annie Sauget Miller and David Miller

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As part of a series we’re calling Who We Are, we’re working to build and connect our community by interviewing the talented, dynamic parents and staff who make up the people of Villa di Maria. Today, we meet Annie and Dave Miller, and their four children: Tiernan, Seamus, Oscar, and their newest addition: Poppy. Below, they share their introduction to Montessori, what they love about Montessori, and the sweetest story about how they met! Continue reading “Who We Are: Annie Sauget Miller and David Miller”

On Imagination

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“Human consciousness comes into the world as a flaming ball of imagination. Everything invented by man, physical or mental, is the fruit of someone’s imagination. In the study of history and geography we are helpless without imagination, and when we propose to introduce the universe to the child, what but imagination can be of use to us? The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core.” (Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential)

Grace & Courtesy: Making Tea

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We briefly discussed Grace and Courtesy in the Montessori classroom in a blog post about making coffee for the adults in the classroom (whether they are the regular grown-ups or special visitors); here, we will discuss the subject a bit more in depth, including defining “Grace and Courtesy,” as well as its significance in a child’s development, below. Continue reading “Grace & Courtesy: Making Tea”

The Benefits of Handwork for Children

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During the course of your child’s week, he will most likely engage in some form of repetitive, relaxing, even hypnotic work that results in a seemingly mile-long loop of finger-knit yarn, or perhaps a painstakingly detailed Gods-eye weaving, or even a useful potholder that he has woven on a loom! What’s behind all of these creations, and why do we love handwork so much here at Villa di Maria? The answers, below.  Continue reading “The Benefits of Handwork for Children”

Who We Are: Carrie Tallon

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As part of a series we’re calling Who We Are, we’re working to build and connect our community by interviewing the talented, dynamic parents and staff who make up the people of Villa di Maria. Today, we meet Carrie Tallon, Villa di Maria’s new(ish) Director of Education; you have surely already met her smiling face in the drop-off line bright and early, but she was also here 21 years ago as an Assistant in P2! Also, her two sons attended VdM years ago. She is currently focusing on professional development, curriculum, AMI compliance, recognition and consultations, parent education and overseeing parent-conferences. Read more about Carrie and her deep Montessori roots, and what her favorite part of the Prepared Environment is, below.  Continue reading “Who We Are: Carrie Tallon”