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A child planting and watering tomatoes, the plant growing, green tomatoes forming, and ripe orange-red tomatoes.

Growing Tomatoes!

Children gravitate to science and nature activities like planting. They will enjoy helping to plant tomatoes or other plants in a garden or “Topsy Turvy” type of upside down hanging basket. They can help to water, pull off the side shoots to yield larger tomatoes, and keep the area weed free. If you are not… Read more »

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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 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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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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Children pulling weeds, cleaning toys and windows, planting, and watering flowers.

Montessori Outdoor Practical Life

Montessori Outdoor Practical Life activities allow a child to participate in keeping our environment beautiful and well maintained, and to feel like an active participant in their community. These activities can include cleaning, collecting yard waste, planting, watering, and tidying up our materials.

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