Montessori Tides authentic Montessori environment for preschoolers has infinite qualities worth marveling at. These qualities extend beyond just the indoor environment and stretch all the way to the outside classroom! Their endeavor to create a free flow inside-outdoor environment is one more way Montessori education is set apart from the rest.
In conventional schooling, you will notice on a daily basis, “intellectual activities” are done inside, and “physical activities” are done outside. The only items found outside are normally playground equipment and a few balls. Montessori Tides reverses this paradigm. The former clearly separates the work of the mind and the body.
Where a free-flow inside –outside environment is established the child not only explores outdoor activities such as playground equipment, balls and sand exploration, but indoor activities , such as painting, puzzles, musical instruments, books, block building and most importantly, practical life. Maria Montessori felt the most important work is done when both the mind and body are working together to create.
When Montessori said, “Give the world to the child”, she was referring to giving the child time and exposure to the beauty of the natural world-clouds passing overhead, the sight and smell of flowers, the wind rustling the leaves in the tree. While every season has its own beauty, fall is the perfect time to extend your indoor environment to the great outdoors. If you are fortunate enough to have a screened in porch or a covered deck you can have a more permanent outdoor environment. However, with a few simple touches, you can create this same outdoor environment by just taking few choice works, displayed on blankets, in baskets, or on a small child size table.
In the video below, DeAnne Deleon, Toddler Directress, continues our Practical Life Series with an informative video blog on extending practical life to your outside environment. Simple seasonal material changes, will invite the child to repeat the work throughout the year, which helps develop their skills.
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