Racine Montessori School
Rita Lewis, an administrator from Racine Montessori School, a certified Green school in Wisconsin and a nationally recognized Green Ribbon School, provides some helpful tips:
Nature comes naturally at Racine Montessori School. Whether it’s planting flowers or vegetables, tapping maple trees for syrup, caring for classroom pets, or hatching and raising chicks, the natural world is an every day part of every classroom. Maria Montessori instructed her teachers to “follow the child” and that usually means following the child into our world where they learn by experiencing life in all of its forms. We don’t use pre-packaged curriculums but instead guide students to care for their world by following their own interests and questions.
We believe that nature has to be more than an exceptional event in a child's life. It must be a part of everyday life. When we venture into nature with children, we want them to make connections and to become familiar with the natural world -- to touch, feel, and experience. The world around us is a classroom without walls.
When the grounds need a little sprucing up, whether it’s picking up garbage, weeding or planting, our students are usually the first to notice and come up with a plan. Our Nature Center, rain garden, Monarch Way Station, and native areas are familiar territory for our students to explore and maintain. Every day is Earth Day at Racine Montessori School!
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