Who We Are: Thomas Jöstlein

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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 Thomas Jöstlein, musician and father of two here at Villa di Maria. He and his musical family are an integral part of our community, often contributing the the musical culture of the school. On Symphony day, Thomas can be seen waving to the students of Villa di Maria (he’s the tall one in the back of the orchestra with a wide, friendly smile).  Continue reading “Who We Are: Thomas Jöstlein”

Upper Elementary Talks with Artist Mohau Modisakeng

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This year, the Upper Elementary class has had many art-related learning opportunities right at their fingertips. Recently, they had the honor of viewing South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s exhibit before it was open to the public, and sat down (quite literally) to talk with him about his moving, personal photography and videography.  Continue reading “Upper Elementary Talks with Artist Mohau Modisakeng”

Lunchtime in the Children’s House

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Lunchtime is kind of a big deal in the Primary Montessori classroom. There is so much to do to prepare, and eager small hands delight in the work it takes to set the tables, pour the water, and set out the lunch boxes before all of their classmates can sit down to enjoy their meals.  Continue reading “Lunchtime in the Children’s House”

The Magic of Read-Aloud

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Reading out loud to children facilitates their readiness for formal reading instruction in oral language, concepts of printed words, and phonemic awareness — the development of which provides a strong foundation for supporting literacy in the early school years. But this cherished reading time is more than academic; it’s absolutely magical. Continue reading “The Magic of Read-Aloud”

Who We Are: Jay Fram

img (69)As part of a series we’re calling Who We Are, we’re working to build our community by interviewing the talented, dynamic parents and staff who make up the people of Villa di Maria. Today, we meet Jay Fram, professional photographer and father of two boys who attend Villa di Maria. Jay is not only an artistic asset to the city of St. Louis, he is a thoughtful, intelligent, approachable human being who has given a lot of thought to his boys’ education (and, judging from the photo below — taken from Jay’s personal work — is not afraid to really put himself out there).  Continue reading “Who We Are: Jay Fram”