Sunday, 6 November 2011

Awe and wonder in the garden


Awe and wonder is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) ‘menu’ for young children’s learning in England. So how do children experience this? Well, sometimes it ‘just happens,’ if we let it, but at our Montessori school the kitchen garden is a source of endless inspiration. 


A few days ago a young boy, let’s call him John, was helping us discover what was under some bunched green leaves. He was well impressed to find two big white roots and he and his friends helped to dig out them out. They experienced the whole process: digging up the parsnips, scrubbing them clean, washing and cutting them, arranging them on a baking tray and smelling them all roasting hot from the oven. Finally, having them for a snack.


How’s that for a magical multi-sensory Montessori experience?


Leaves next . . . . . . . . :) 


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