Outdoor Gardening and Movement
The goals of the Primary Outdoor and Movement program at Montessori de Terra Linda are to encourage children to develop healthy relationships with one another and the environment, to stimulate their minds and bodies through physical activity, to expose them to the wonders of nature, and to provide opportunities for creative and spontaneous play.
The program promotes the development of life-long habits and attitudes to create a sustainable future. By spending time in our garden, the children participate in hands-on experiences to learn about food and the cycles of nature. This program encourages children to connect with themselves and the natural world.
The Primary garden provides an ideal way for the children to be actively involved in growing their own vegetables and flowers. Discussions about the importance of conserving water are a natural part of this process.
Composting shows children how food and plant waste transforms into rich, reusable dirt that nourishes the earth and its new growing plants. We also learn about the science of ecology and environmental stewardship through this program.
Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of movement for cognitive development. Creative Movement is a joyful way for children to explore movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity.
Primary Outdoor Garden and Movement Teacher: Annie Falk