Music/Dance in the Lower Elementary

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What is sometimes overlooked in the Montessori classroom? The music and dance, which is such a blast to watch (and, clearly, even more fun to participate in)! Here, Lower Elementary Directress Megan Eilers shares what group music is all about, as well as how music is generally approached in the Montessori classroom. Continue reading “Music/Dance in the Lower Elementary”

Who We Are: Justin Shepard

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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 Justin Shepard, the charismatic, funny, deeply adored Upper Elementary Assistant here at Villa di Maria. Continue reading “Who We Are: Justin Shepard”

The Trinomial Cube


Perhaps the best exemplification of the layering that occurs in Montessori is the Trinomial Cube. At first glance, a child appears to be putting together a puzzle in a quiet, playful manner. However, the secondary aim of this work is to introduce algebra to the child in the proof of the formula(a+b+c)3. Continue reading “The Trinomial Cube”

French with Ms. Sophie

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Once a week, the lower elementary children who have chosen to learn French are in for a treat: a French lesson from the real thing, Ms. Sophie! Elementary assistant Sophie Andre was born in Provence (the southern region of France) in Marseille, and spent most of her life in very old cities in that region, such as Aix-en-Province and Avignon. She also lived in Paris while attending the school of the Louvre (which is attached to the one and only Louvre Museum!). Sophie worked as an art registrar, taking care of art work preservation. Continue reading “French with Ms. Sophie”