Monday, July 26, 2010

Montessori Children in Nature

The active, exploratory, and outdoor component of a Montessori education cannot be emphasized enough. In addition to child-sized environments and brain-challenging equipment, children require outdoor experiences and time to soak in their environment in a way that allows them to include their time in nature in their everyday curriculum of self-development.

This article on Planet Green by Matt McDermott, We Need More 'Free Range Children' has an article on children in the outdoors that works beautifully with Montessori ideas.

Even if you live in the middle of New York City, make sure you include time outdoors exploring your neighborhood, going to farmer's markets, and walks and drawing exercises in the local park in your daily repertoire.

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