Category Archives: Programs

Miss Ashley’s Class Learns Stop-Motion

Last week, with the help of a generous grant, Miss Ashley’s class participated in a research study for an up-and-coming program at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. In the program, Be a Maker: Animator, the students first designed animation reels for a zoetrope and watched them come to life. They then got the opportunity to make some incredible stop-motion videos using bottle caps. Our…

Mindfulness Exercises are Helping Kids Get an Edge in the Classroom

An excellent article from Time Magazine we stumbled upon last week. Great read as we head into our second month of partnering with Growing Minds. Any teacher who’s ever prodded, begged or bribed a child to sit still and listen knows there aren’t a ton of proven ways to get a kid to tune in….

New Visual Art Instructor at DMA

Hello Parents! I would like to introduce myself as the new visual art instructor here at Downtown Montessori Academy. My name is Jenny Urbanek and I just completed my Master’s of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I have experience teaching students from 3 to 103 years old in…

Robotics Club at DMA

We’re so excited to finally have a Robotics Club here at Downtown Montessori! Robotics is open to all students in grades 7 & 8 and is run by two of our DMA parents. In Robotics Club, “students are encouraged to brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop them through a…

DMA Releases Series of Montessori Videos

If you are a part of our Facebook family then you may have already seen some of our promotional video shorts showcasing DMA. We’ve already uploaded a few to our site on our new Videos Page, but you can expect to see more in the next few weeks.     

Why Your Child Should Read 20 Minutes a Day

Hi Parents, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Barb Rankin and I am the new reading specialist here at Downtown Montessori. I received my teaching and reading license along with my Masters in Reading-Language Arts from Cardinal Stritch University. I have been teaching for about 22 years and bring to this…

Students Build Community Mural

During the month of November, a group of Lower Elementary students in the after school program worked on a mural project titled, “Constructing Community.” The students worked collaboratively as artists, designers, architects and city planners. Together they createad a cut paper cityscape inspired by their own communities. The mural is featured in the school entry…