“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry
We kicked off summer camp with an exciting and hands-on gardening theme, which of course, went successfully!
Over the past few weeks, we have been studying gardening. Our Apple classroom conducted a lima bean experiment to see how the bean sprouts and grows. Try it at home to see how big your bean will sprout!
We also pin-pricked various flower patterns, placing them on our wall-garden.
We’ve also been participating in plenty of garden care through watering the soil and harvesting the fresh vegetables and herbs.
Our students officially have green thumbs!
Next week’s summer camp theme “United States of America”, is sure to be just as exciting!
Baby peppers, cantaloupe, tomatoes, fresh basil and beautiful flowers continue to grow in this tremendous summer heat! Thank you to our young friends for making sure our plants get plenty of water to drink each day!
This morning, we got a lesson on mirror polishing. Through this work, we’re given the fundamental principles for cleaning other objects in our environment. Our concentration is developed through order and sequence as we learn each step of this careful process.
“He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.” – Dr. Maria Montessori, the Absorbent Mind
One of our infant community members decided he wanted to help fold laundry this morning; a favorite work for many of our young babies.
“Among the revelations the child has brought us, there is one of fundamental importance, the phenomenon of normalisation through work…Man builds himself through working, working with his hands, but using his hands as the instruments of his ego, the organ of his individual mind and will, which shapes its own existence face to face with its environment. The child’s instinct confirms the fact that work is an inherent tendency in human nature; it is the characteristic instinct of the human race.” (Dr. Maria Montessori, ‘The Secret of Childhood’, Orient Longman Limited, 195)
Pictured above, a few of our toddler friends helping one another to transfer laundry to/from their community. They depend on one another to properly carry the heavy basket in order to complete this necessary task. What a beautiful illustration of Montessori students working together for the good of their community.