Have you ever wondered why natural elements are so important in a Montessori environment? Dr. Maria Montessori firmly believed in using raw materials to teach children in a way that nurtures a genuine love of nature. Through years of research and progress, we have learned how nature positively affects the human body and spirit. Dr. Montessori realized, understood, and implemented this research when she started Casa Dei Bambini in 1907.
A Child’s Love of the Outdoors
Children love to explore the outdoors. When we introduce a child to the Montessori environment, we begin to build a bridge connecting the classroom to the outdoors, one that leads them to explore and learn from their surroundings. From toddler to early childhood through elementary, the Montessori classroom incorporates raw materials such as wood, fabric, glass and metals in vibrant colors, geometric solids, etc. – all contributing to the child’s sensory development. This multi-stimulatory experience is like no other and allows the child to feel welcomed and loved in an environment that nurtures their curiosity about nature and the great outdoors.
The World Around Us
This multi-stimulatory experience is like no other and allows the child to feel welcomed and loved in an environment that nurtures their curiosity about nature and the great outdoors.
As educators, parents and humans, it is hard to pause and appreciate all the natural beauty surrounding us. Yet, we know this activity results in a sense of peace and calm that is necessary for optimal physical and mental health. When we allow ourselves to connect to the beauty, we realize there is so much to see and learn. We must find the time to practice and model this activity, so our children will learn to do the same. At Montessori House for Children, we value the importance of allowing children to explore, respect and learn from their natural surroundings.
About the Author
Ms. Rita joined the MHFC family in 2017. She soon discovered a passion for working in an early childhood Montessori environment. Inspired by her family and colleagues, Rita decided to further her education in the United States, where she earned AMS Early Childhood Montessori Credentials from Houston Montessori Center. Rita enjoys writing, arts and reading. She is a proud mom of two children. Originally from India, Rita and her family now reside in the Katy area.