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Why Connect with Nature?

Nowadays, children are spending more and more time indoors…think of all the developmental opportunities they’re missing! What can your child learn from nature? As your child observes the way leaves move and sway in the wind, he is developing his vision. As your child hears the many layers of sound in nature, her hearing is […]

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Nature Inspires Learning

Spring has sprung and new life is blooming all around us. What better time to turn our focus to the great outdoors? It has long been understood that a relationship with nature can be physically and mentally beneficial, and recent studies have further validated these beliefs. “Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature […]

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Autumn Awakenings

Ah, autumn! That tantalizing time of year when Mother Nature wows us with a variable smorgasbord for the senses: multicolored leaves, harvest moons, pecans, pumpkins, crisp temperatures, and steaming mugs of apple cider with fragrant cinnamon. Autumn is an opportune time to let nature become your educational guide. Maria Montessori understood the importance of learning […]

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Nature Journaling With Upper and Lower Elementary Children

Written by Kelly Johnson The Nature Journal–Part 2 of Weaving Nature-Study into the Montessori Elementary Classroom (Lesson adapted from the book Wings, Worms, and Wonder) The nature journal is a time tested way to document and assimilate nature experience and discovery and was a very popular pastime during the Nature-Study movement. Nature has been an […]

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Weaving Nature-Study into the Montessori Elementary Classroom

Written By Kelly Johnson For every first year Montessori teacher there is a learning curve. For me, in that first class 15 years ago, I learned that equally important as teaching reading and math, is keeping alive the children’s senses of wonder and connection with their natural world. Of course, in theory, as Montessorians, we […]

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Seven Easy Ways to Bring Montessori into Your Home

Last week, my sister and I were having a little mom-to-mom chat. My sister’s little girl is just reaching toddlerhood and she is giving her home the kid-safe-and-friendly-overhaul. I suggested that she might take this opportunity to bring some of the benefits of the Montessori Method into the mix. She agreed, so long as any ideas were both […]

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