A glimpse into our backyard renovations and gardens. This is always an exciting time of year, as our backyard blossoms new flowers, and fresh, green plants. The gardens are fully maintained by our students, all the way from planting the seeds to harvesting and eating the fruits and vegetables.
Gardening is something that each of our children participate in almost every day. It is an activity that is productive, enjoyable, and purposeful. Maria Montessori placed great emphasis on nature education. She felt that the outdoor environment should be an extension of the classroom. She said that “there must be provision for the child to have contact with nature; to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature”. When a child plants seeds, waters and nourishes the soil, and harvests the vegetables to fee their fellow classmates, they learn that this work serves a purpose and is very important to the community as a whole.
I would encourage everyone to plant their own garden at home! Even a small potted plant is a great start. There is nothing more that the child enjoys that a tangible, productive work such as this.