In the Montessori Children’s House, the child experiences hands-on learning opportunities through practical life activities from folding cloths and pouring water to polishing silver and tying bows. The sensorial materials also offer endless opportunities for concrete exploration and internalization of all visual and dimensional aspects needed to set a solid foundation for a mathematical mind. Think pink tower and geometric cabinet. Additionally, activities such as touch boards, sound cylinders, and baric tablets allow for refinement of the senses through the work of the hand. Language and Mathematics are both introduced with multi-sensory materials such as sandpaper letters and decimal golden beads. The self-guided learning and freedom for repetition with the materials separates Montessori from traditional learning centers and creates the optimal experience for natural development in young children.
The importance of the hand is at the heart of Montessori education. The use of hands helps the child construct himself. Dr. Maria Montessori felt strongly that the hand and brain must develop in harmony. The hand reports to the brain; the brain guides the hand; the cycle continues, resulting in the development of the intellect.
More than a century later, neuroscience is filled with evidence of the strong connection between the hand and the brain.
Many of our stellar Upper Elementary literature-lovers chimed in with their current reads and/or favorite reads! Much appreciation for their willingness to share their books with the Villa di Maria community!
Or staycation it this spring break with the St. Louis Zoo, Botanical Gardens and City Museum?
Or …even… just…slow…it…down…and…chill…and…read…and…hang with your people…
Regardless, Villa di Maria has a TASK for YOU!
Wherever you go, whatever you do, we would LOVE, LOVE, TRIPLE LOVE to receive photo ops of your family fun with a special request incorporated into photo. In some unique (or not so unique) way, weave the letters, V, D, M into your picture. Get those creative (or not so creative) juices flowing (your choice) and share those spring break moments with your favorite school!
Thanks in advance!
Gimme a V!
Gimme a D!
Gimme a M!
*PLEASE SEND PHOTOS TO:
Some “homegrown” examples to get the ideas churning for your own spring break VDM party pics!
The videographer must come clean. Apologies, first and foremost, to the students in the Upper Elementary. They were first on the pet introductions list…right in the middle of their Friday lunch. Noise level and activity level weren’t entirely conducive to videotaping. On top of that, a few other students were chiming in in the background, making it difficult to hear the speakers. The audible portion of their segments were short…too short. Awesome that they were all so willing to partake. Not so awesome on the timing of the filming (Videographer’s fault, obviously!).
Second, the VdM community should know that the children were asked on the spot during their lunch and recess break if they’d like to hop back in the classroom for a minute and share a bit about the class pets- they had zero preparation. Impressive on their part!
A first of many sketches to share for the construction of our BRAND NEW BUILDINGS AT VILLA DI MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL!
Groundbreaking shall commence this August on our new ELEMENTARY building, which will house two lower elementary classrooms, one upper elementary classroom and a large common area. The classrooms will each have designated outdoor workspaces as well. (And, yes! A fireplace is in the works for those snowy afternoons to facilitate cozy fireside reading and enjoyment of s’mores. THAT coveted tradition must continue!)
Stay tuned for an updated full site plan and news on next steps!
All things exciting happening at VdM! Sincerest of thanks for the current and continued support in this endeavor to provide beautifully updated learning environments for our children!