In Montessori Education, connecting with nature helps drive the child’s innate curiosity and allows for exploration that also provides rich sensorial experiences. Dr Maria Montessori believed that the outdoor environment was an extension of the indoor classroom, because nature provides endless opportunities for experimental learning.
The Montessori curriculum expands children’s interest for the Natural world and offers opportunities to engage and learn about Botany and Zoology. In our Cycle 1 classrooms, children learn how plants grow, which extends to learning about the life cycle of plants and the life-cycle of animals.
Last year, the children connected to an online incursion by Taronga Zoo. The children learnt about different animals and how they live in their natural environment, and how to protect animals. As a follow-up to what they had learnt, and to further their interests the children created animal habitats using recycled materials – in this picture a Cycle 1 child has created a Possum habitat.