NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1046219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
Let Peter Rabbit Play in the Garden: Using Beatrix Potter's Work to Integrate Ecological Literacy into Montessori Classrooms
Johnson, Kelly
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v26 n4 p38-43 Win 2014-2015
Kelly Johnson introduces a series of lessons that incorporate literacy, observation, botany, history, place studies, writing, and art, with a long-term eco-literacy goal of connectedness and a conservation ethic. Johnson's initial idea to use Beatrix Potter as a model in the Lower Elementary classroom came after extensively researching Potter's life as part of her graduate studies. Johnson begins the series of lessons by presenting "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," asking the students if they remember the story. The stories are amazingly versatile, and, by analyzing the writing, the students begin to see the tales as far more than nursery stories--they are animal character glimpses, human nature vignettes, pieces of visual art, and works of literary art. Johnson concludes that when children are allowed free time in nature, as Beatrix Potter was during her childhood summers, they build unbreakable bonds that influence their adult lifestyle choices.
American Montessori Society. 281 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010-6102. Tel: 212-358-1250; Fax: 212-358-1256; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A