Author Archives: Liz Becerra

The ‘Big Kids’

Once a student at Downtown Montessori reaches 7th grade and begins their final two years in the Montessori Adolescent program they are officially a “big kid”, at least that is the word on the playground. I’ll often see the younger students looking at my students in awe, and some with a hint of intimidation. They…

Raising Responsible Children

Would you like your children to put their backpacks away and unpack their lunch boxes at the end of the day without you asking? How about having them put their toys away when they are done without even thinking twice about it? Wouldn’t it just make your heart explode if they handed you paper work…

Language in the Upper Elementary

Language is a huge area of study. It includes “learning to read” and then” reading to learn”, grammar & syntax, plus factual and creative writing. Each of these categories is in itself huge. Montessori’s language curriculum is consistent with her principles of following the child, giving key lessons and independent follow-up work according to the…

Independence Within the Child

The Montessori classroom fosters independence. Maria Montessori observed a drive in a child to do things on their own. We recognize that drive by providing safe opportunities for exercising it. Independence does not mean abandoning the child to their own devices. Fostering independence in Montessori classroom happens through showing a child how to use carefully…

Love Nature

The influx of technology has provided us with so many opportunities. With the swipe of our fingertips we can look up anything, order rare items, and our children can independently learn and play quietly. Although these things fulfill some of our need for forward momentum and intellectual growth there is another human need they cannot…

DMA 2017 Summer Camp

Summer brochures are now available online. Registration for the camp is due by May 5th and is open to all students. We hope you can join us this summer! DMA Summer Camp: Children’s House DMA Summer Camp: Elementary  

Cultivating Creative Confidence Through Conversation: Talking With Your Children About Their Artwork

“A little confidence in creativity leads to a lot of confidence in everything else” –David Kelley, Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All As an artist and art teacher, I spend a lot of time engaged in conversations about creativity. So often, in my discussions I hear adults say “Oh, I’m not creative”…

Key Points of Montessori Philosophy

Freedom: A child in order to develop his physical, intellectual, and spiritual powers to the fullest, must have freedom – a freedom that achieved through order and self-discipline, a freedom with responsibility. Prepared Environment: A Montessori classroom is one that possesses a certain order and so disposes the child to develop at her own speed,…

3rd Graders Presented with Giveback Check

John Rosetto, owner of Transfer Pizzeria, stopped by to present the third graders with a check for the amount that was raised for the giveback week in January. The boys and girls are very excited for their trip to Camp Minikani at the end of the month. They would like to thank both Transfer and…

Wisconsin Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Contest

We are extremely proud and honored to have two students from DMA receive awards for their flag designs for Youth Art Month! Stella (Ms. Beth’s Class) and Lucy (Ms. Kelsey’s class) were chosen to receive Honorable Mention awards in the Wisconsin Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Contest. They are invited to attend a closing ceremony to receive recognition…