Who We Are: JoAnne & Kyle Cronan

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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 the charismatic, musical Kiley and Steve Kozel who share their sacred Sunday night tradition and what they love most about VdM. Enjoy! *Photo credit: Shannon Lee Images 

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The Timeline of Life: Upper Elementary

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“The Timeline of Life provides the child with a vision of all the life that comes on Earth before the human being.  In Upper Elementary, children enter the room having explored the timeline through retelling the story, animal research, and memorization of time periods and of species introduction.  Around the age of nine, the elementary child experiences a deeper passage into abstraction and therefore experiences the Timeline of Life on a new level, much like how when climbing a circular staircase, you can see the same visual information below, but from a new vantage point as you spiral around.  The same Timeline of Life story is told, but new information is emphasized.” Upper Elementary Directress Rebecca Callander shares what is special about the study of life through the timeline, below. All words are her own! Continue reading “The Timeline of Life: Upper Elementary”

The Fort Builders

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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 fort tour, and what is going on developmentally. Why are children so obsessed with building forts? Read about this, and what do we do here at Villa di Maria to support them, below.  Continue reading “The Fort Builders”

Who We Are: Kiley and Steve Kozel

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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 the charismatic, musical Kiley and Steve Kozel who share their sacred Sunday night tradition and what they love most about VdM. Enjoy! Continue reading “Who We Are: Kiley and Steve Kozel”

Geometric Solids

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Some of the most eye-catching materials in a Montessori classroom are the geometric solids. Bright blue and commanding, they draw children of all ages in to touch and explore them. Find out what these materials are all about below.  Continue reading “Geometric Solids”