Earth Day, recognized yearly on April 22 as the commemoration of the modern environmental movement, shares many strong connections to the Montessori educational philosophy. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that experiences in nature are a fundamental part of the education process.
“There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all of the life to be found around them in a real forest.” – Dr. Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence.
Each year, La Prima Casa Montessori holds an annual Earth Day Assembly to celebrate our Planet, promote environmental consciousness and inspire our young students to take action in protecting Earth.
Earth Day History
Founded in 1970, an age where leaded gasoline created growing amounts of air pollution, Earth Day emerged from an outcry of concern about the state of our environment. For more than half a century, April 22 has served as a day where the world can collectively reflect on the importance of environmental stewardship and take actions to benefit Mother Nature.
Earth Day Celebrations at La Prima Casa Montessori
Environmental consciousness promoted on Earth Day is a fundamental part of the Montessori educational philosophy. Each year, our students join in on Earth Day celebration as part of a global community estimated to be as large as 1 billion people.
This week, our students came together for the annual Earth Day Assembly on Thursday, April 22.
Earth Day Activities for Montessori Children
There are a lot of different activities that students can do to celebrate Earth Day, every day. From planting seeds to sorting recycling to cleaning up a local nature walk, there are many ways to begin to teach even the youngest children important Earth Day lessons.
One clever idea is to create a scavenger hunt where children get to seek out and identify plants, animals, geographic features and other parts of the natural environment around them. The ideas are countless, but almost any activity that gets the kids outside and helps clean up or improve the environment offers a way to deliver a Montessori-inspired Earth Day celebration.
Small Steps, Big Results
Earth Day provides a great opportunity to teach Montessori students about threats to the environment and encourage them to act and be a part of the solution. Earth Day teaches that tiny actions can help lead to big results, which means the efforts of a child really matter and can be linked to bigger things. This helps make children feel connected to the larger world.
Every Day is Earth Day at La Prima Casa
From planting a garden to going on nature walks, there are a lot of ways that La Prima Casa Montessori incorporates the environment into its educational philosophy to help improve children’s understanding of, and respect for, their natural world.
To learn more about our school garden and other benefits of Montessori education, please call us at 305-854-8001 and schedule a tour. It will give you a chance to witness the Montessori philosophy in action and see why it is that La Prima Casa alumni consistently move on to Miami’s top schools and gifted programs!
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