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Author: Ayisha Hassanali

A strawberry plant growing in a topsy turvy planter, a flower growing, pale strawberries, and ripe strawberries hanging from the planter.

Growing Strawberries!

Children can help plant strawberry or other plants in any garden, planter or “Topsy Turvy” type of hanging basket. Be sure to water daily if it doesn’t rain. Fertilizing every 2 weeks also helps. Watch for the flowers, which will turn into fruit buds! Nurturing plants not only fosters a child’s relationship with nature and… Read more »

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Children planting green bean seeds, watering them, the plants getting larger, green beans growing, in a basket, and cooked green beans in a bowl.

Germinating Seeds

Germinating seeds gives a child the opportunity to grow and nurture the life around them. It also encourages the child to explore their relationship with nature. Dr Maria Montessori used the term “cosmic education” to refer to the concept that everything that has life has a relationship and purpose to life. There is a cosmic… Read more »

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A volcano mold erupting as vinegar is poured over baking soda and red food colouring inside it.

Watch a Volcano!

Let’s watch as Ayisha does a science experiment with baking soda, red food colouring, and vinegar. You can do this with any container at home. Please click to see the video!

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A child's hands holding a seedling, cradled by an adult's hands.

Love of the Environment

The love of one’s environment is the secret of all human progress and the secret of social evolution… Love of the environment inspires man to learn, to study, to work. It is up to us to construct such an environment to protect our offspring… This is the mission of education. Dr Maria Montessori

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A young person wearing a face mask and a bandaid with hands raised while dancing

COVID-19 Child-Friendly Videos

Here is a great child-friendly video on Covid vaccines, efficacy, and protection: Also more family friendly videos/info here: What does 95% effective mean for a vaccine? We head to a stadium to learn! Warning: There are seagulls overhead! (Big thanks to @mariasundaram for help with this video!) Learn more about the #vaccines find family-friendly #coronavirus… Read more »

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A child's hands holding the Earth

Harmony With The Earth

The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth. Dr Maria Montessori

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A child observing a snail on a table, a close-up of a snail, a squirrel, a caterpillar in a screened house, and a bird on a branch.

What is Cosmic Education?

Outdoor education allows children to form a relationship with nature, to enjoy and care for it, and discover our interdependence with nature. Children can be encouraged to discover and preserve the beauty around them while experiencing inner peace and tranquility, a process dr. MariA Montessori called “cosmic education”.

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Children watering plants, scootering, raking, using a brush and dust pan, using stepping stones, and shoveling.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education gives children the opportunity to enhance their equilibrium, gross motor and fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, observation skills, and to coordinate the whole body working together while developing independence. Planting, watering, weeding, sweeping, raking, and shoveling allow the child to feel productive in their community.

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Ayisha sitting near her flower planter on her deck

Spring Planting

Please click to watch the video of Ayisha planting petunias. What is your favourite colour?

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