Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Yo Yo Ma


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Here at Villa di Maria, we know just how amazing Montessori education is – how the freedom within limits philosophy helps each child to develop executive functioning skills, how the “cosmic education” component helps to make the world a better place – we could go on and on! That’s why it is  not surprising that many famous, successful adults attended Montessori school as children. Today, we explore one: United Nations Peace Ambassador, winner of 15 Grammy Awards, and famous cellist: Yo Yo Ma. Continue reading “Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Yo Yo Ma”

Teepee Town


Blocked from the view of the driveway by the pool house is a special place the Elementary children have dubbed “Teepee Town.” Take a look at the impressive structures they have built from the sticks they have gathered from the woods!  Continue reading “Teepee Town”

Open House, and What it Means in Montessori


On Friday, Villa di Maria hosted the second open house of the school year. It’s a time for parents to get a glimpse into their children’s classrooms, but more important, it’s a time for children to take pride in and ownership of their space as they guide their parents through a few special lessons. In addition to parents being present, this particular open house welcomed grandparents and special friends to join. Read more about the significance of open house below. Continue reading “Open House, and What it Means in Montessori”

Moving our Bodies


Children (and adults) need to move their bodies, especially in the winter months when they are cooped up inside for longer than they would like to be. Physical exercise is crucial to healthy growth, in addition to helping our intellectual side through stimulating creativity and increasing concentration. Get a glimpse into one of VdM’s Lower Elementary PE classes below.  Continue reading “Moving our Bodies”

Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Sergey Brin & Larry Page


There are so many wonderfully talented human beings who contribute so much to our world who also happen to be former Montessori students! We’ll feature them here, on our blog, on a weekly basis, to highlight just how amazing and empowering this form of education can be. Today: Google founders Sergey Brin & Larry Page. Continue reading “Famous People Who Attended Montessori: Sergey Brin & Larry Page”