Today’s work of choice: harvesting cauliflower.
Gardening is an outdoor extension to our students’ work cycle. Maria Montessori emphasized, “the land is where our roots are, the children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the earth.” Our gardens are lush with lettuce, cauliflower, flowers, and various roots. The children harvested the cauliflower, washed it, cut it and then steamed it for lunch this afternoon. What a joy it was to prepare for one another the “veggies” of our labor!
A beautiful tossed salad, of course. Complete with organic romaine lettuce and kale, topped with fresh grapefruit and oranges, and olive oil. The lettuce was home-grown here in our very own garden, and the fruit was provided from the Kiwi class’ fruit and vegetable basket (thank you, freinds!). Tasty and nutritional is how we like to keep it here at Healthy Beginnings Montessori House!
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The latest in our backyard improvements: an awesome new Gravel Works area, complete with a covered tarp to provide much needed shade; blossoming garden beds filled with flowers, fresh lemon balm and basil, strawberries, peppers, and tomatoes, and a few other projects in the making. BIG THANKS to Mr. Monty, our honorary Projects Manager and Head of all backyard renovations and improvements. Donations raised from tomorrow night’s Parent’s Night Out will go towards these and many more renovations in the near future; thank you in advance for your generous donations towards the growth of our school!
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.