Plant a tree! Save the earth!
Plant a tree! Save the earth!
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!
I had to capture a few photos of our friends enjoying a leaf pile. You would have thought it was the best day of their lives! They spent almost an hour gathering the leaves (by hand), making a pile, and then taking turns jumping in the pile, or throwing them up in the air. It was a great alternative activity for this cold, wintry day!
Our primary friends are thoroughly enjoying this week’s new Summer Camp 6 theme “Discovering and Creating Natural Art Projects: Good Earth Art“. Several friends are using their creativity to make natural art by incorporating items such as rocks, leaves, sticks, and other environmental resources. Our hope is that they will learn to recycle and use natural materials for art, while developing an awareness of the environment and a caring attitude towards the earth.
Our camp themes were designed to feature creative hands-on activities that build skills, bodies, and excitement. We offer an environment that fits the needs and interests of all our children, incorporating Montessori principles that foster independence and freedom with responsibility. I’m hoping to update our blog all summer long to show the children as they progress through the different themes.
Nature collages made with items found in our outdoor environmentHand-made stained glass mobiles created from twigs, leaves, grass, flowers and other items gathered from outside. Of course, these were gathered after they had fallen to the ground and were no longer a part of the plant/tree. Remember, nature stays in nature!
Natural “ice paint” art! We added a few drops of paint to an ice cube tray, placed popsicle sticks into each ice cube and put in the freezer overnight. The results were pretty cool! (pun intended)
Leaf tracing was a great way to draw and compare leaves to the ones found outside.
Sand was also incorporated into many of our art projects. The children absolutely love working with sand as it stimulates their senses in several different ways; touching the soft grains and manipulating different shapes, they’re able to challenge their visual senses as they dig for shells in the sensorial discovery box, or even just enjoying the sound of the soft grains sifting through their fingers. Using glue and sand, we created nature scenes, including flowers, trees, sunshine, and so forth.
Next week we will be exploring “art appreciation” and discovering new, great artists…stay tuned for updates!
Even on these cold days when the weather seems “gloomy”, we’re extremely thankful for the opportunity to play outside! The weather may be slightly gray, but we make the most of it. Our friends spent the afternoon collecting autumn leaves, running … Continue reading
It’s beginning to look a lot like…Autumn!
The fall season brings forth new, fall-themed activities and lessons in the classrooms. A few of our teachers have fully taken advantage of all that the season brings. They’ve incorporated fun, fall sensorial baskets in their rooms, amongst many other seasonal activities. This is a great example of how to incorporate practical autumn accessories into your classroom, while keeping the spirit of learning, creativity, and discovery alive.
A few photos from our fall sensorial basket in our toddler community…
For more ideas on DIY sensorial exercises, I would encourage you to visit our school’s Pinterest page: