Story Time by Eylah

This week we had a visit from a very talented story teller and puppeteer. She engaged the children for 45 minutes with a story about a spider in search of friends. The children benefit greatly from planned activities, where they meet and engage with new people, learn to take instruction and follow an activity through. We hope to make this a regular activity, from which the children will benefit.

Montessori and the Outdoor Environment

‘It is also necessary for his psychical development to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature.’ – Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method

We have been blessed with the ideal outdoor setting for the children to explore and grow. The idea of the outdoor Montessori setting is to encourage the children to independently explore and engage with their environment. The small gardens planted by the children are of particular interest to them, and they enjoy tending these, watering them and keeping them clean.

Being outdoors is essential for their sense of well-being, and is an important aspect of development, as it provides the opportunity to challenge themselves on a larger scale. It also offers them the space and freedom to explore their sense, to be physically active and experience the natural world first hand.

As Spring nears we will be setting up class outdoors, planting gardens, setting up nature tables, and developing their interest in their environment.

 

 

The end of an era

I am feeling quite nostalgic today. The nursery is just about packed up, and tomorrow will be our last day here. From Sunday we are starting a new adventure in our new, beautiful setting. This first group, in our home setting will always be very dear to my heart. The children have became so part of my life, become so familiar with the home, wandering into the kitchen demanding their choice meal 🙂 and even commenting that ‘this is also MY home’. Hearing those words from them has made me so happy, that they have felt so at home, so content. But I know that they will all benefit and grow from this new environment, which has so much beauty to offer them. So, sweet sorrow in bidding farewell to our little home nursery. Thank you all for your support.