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ERIC Number: EJ867852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1054-0040
Montessori by Nature
Gilder, Sharon Allen
Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, v21 n4 p34-37 2009
This article discusses the Beyond the Walls outdoor education program at The Franklin Schools in Rockville, Maryland. Under the expert guidance of Maryland outdoor education specialist Amy Beam, Franklin's staff has been guided to reconnect to the landscape, understand native plants and animals, and reclaim a sense of gratitude for the environment that they can readily and enthusiastically share with the 285 children, ages 2 through 6, who attend the school. Beam advocates combining nature and nurture to meet the needs of the whole child and restore the balance between indoors and outdoors. Her pathway to environmental literacy is a welcome companion to all other literacies encouraged in Montessori classrooms. Franklin's three-acre campus, named a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, provides ample opportunities for the children to establish an early appreciation and stewardship of the area's natural resources. In the backyard of the campus is an area affectionately called, "The Back 40," where vegetation has been deliberately kept wild for the children to observe what is occurring in their immediate environment, and to investigate plants common to the area. In this article, the author provides some simple ways to connect children to nature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland