This past week at Seminole Montessori the children harvested sweet potatoes out of our garden. They also cleaned and scrubbed the sweet potatoes and then will get a chance to taste their hard work.
Gardening activities are part of the Seminole Montessori curriculum. Much like their indoor work, the children work outdoors with child-sized tools and self-directed lessons.
“The observation of nature has not only a side that is philosophical and scientific, it also has a side of social experience that leads on to the observations of civilization and the life of men.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori achieved great long term success in her Philosophy and Method’s ability to blend science and sentiment seamlessly while helping the child understand his place in the current world and future peaceful world. Montessori strongly believed that a peaceful world will come though a new style of education which teaches compassion of and connection to all living things and observed that “When individuals develop normally, they plainly feel a love for all living creatures.
“Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their colored blossoms. They find their greatest pleasure in acting, in knowing, in exploring, even apart from the attraction of external beauty.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori