Our Fall Gardening Week was at the end of last month. Each class has a designated garden area outside on our playground. This event gives students the opportunity to learn about gardening, as well as to help beautify their outdoor environment. We asked that the students bring mums and bulbs to plant . The mums will look beautiful in their classroom gardens now and the bulbs will let the students see the results of their hard work in the Spring. Parents were invited to join their child’s class for planting. This is a wonderful time for parents to connect with their child’s teacher, as well as other parents, and strengthen our school community.
Gardening, especially at this young age, allows the children to learn to care for their environment. They get to be hands-on and learn the proper seasons for planting specific flowers. This helps to make our playground an outdoor classroom and leads our students toward independence in caring for their own gardens. We encourage our children to gain an appreciation for the world around them by experiencing firsthand the cycles of nature and how they relate to the seasons they observe around them.
“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.” — Dr. Maria Montessori