Constructive Triangles

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The constructive triangles are a sensorial material that are beautiful, versatile, and useful. As with most Montessori materials found in the Children’s House, the constructive triangles invite continued repetition by the children and are also used in the Elementary environment. Heather Steinman, P3 Directress, welcomes us into her classroom and explains the work of constructive triangles.  Continue reading “Constructive Triangles”

On Spelling


I have a confession. While driving home from school recently, it dawned on me that our youngest, who is five years old, probably didn’t know The Alphabet Song. Though we read to him every night, and he looks at book after book after book just before falling asleep, we don’t sit around singing the ABC’s in our house. Sure enough, when one of his older brothers started singing it, the youngest chimed in, getting most of it, but definitely not all of it. We worked on it, and it didn’t take long for him to grasp the song, but it made me think about how different the approach of learning to spell is, and learning about letters and words in general, in Montessori versus a traditional educational setting. Continue reading “On Spelling”

Why Dirt is Good for Your Children


Springtime is perhaps the muddiest of all seasons. And leave it to children to find the muddiest spots and make themselves comfortable! But aside from the inconvenience of cleaning up (or hosing off) a bit of dirt, it turns out that children are drawn to it for a reason; it’s good for them. Continue reading “Why Dirt is Good for Your Children”

Who We Are: Richard Laforest & Qiaoni Jing

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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 Qiaoni Jing and Richard Laforest, parents of Antoine, an energetic little boy currently in Directress Heather Steinman’s Children’s House. Continue reading “Who We Are: Richard Laforest & Qiaoni Jing”