One of the core aspects of the Montessori philosophy is the importance of a connection to the natural world for children. Typically the outdoor space is an extension of the Montessori classroom and children are encouraged to experience the outdoors regularly throughout the day (weather permitting – of course!).
Natural materials do lend themselves to structured activities, but it is with real life experiences that outdoor activities in the Montessori environment show their brightest colours. Digging, planting, sweeping, watering, tending our vegetable garden – all these things are encouraged at Armidale Montessori Preschool – along with climbing, jumping, riding, building … the list is endless!
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