Nature is the best teacher. We want our children to spend time outside as much as possible. The Montessori garden should be an extension of the classroom, so our goal is to create a Montessori garden with the "prepared environment", which is inspiring, pleasant, supporting learning and physical activities, encouraging both relaxation and active recovery.
Our “Montessori Garden” project is a logical continuation of the process that began as early as our first Montessori class was opened 9 years ago. The environment, in which children spend most of the day, is of the utmost importance for successful education. We started with the interior, today we are proud that every day children are in an inspiring and pleasant environment supporting the application of the Montessori method of learning.
Last year we began, in a more systematic manner, to direct our attention towards our outdoor space, the garden. Children spend a lot of time there as well, they are in the garden every day only with the exception of really bad weather. Also teachers would like to use the outdoor space for instructions more often. That is why more than a year ago we started to prepare plans in terms of combining school aims and objectives with outdoor instructions. But in order to use our garden in line with the Montessori concept, for instructions as well as for activities in the after-school center in the afternoon, we also need a "Montessori garden"!
The complete garden reconstruction will be challenging. It's not just that we want to install a lot of new pieces of equipment in the garden, but the existing infrastructure is really worn out. The land is burdened with dated structures, the removal or reconstruction of which will be expensive (paved areas, shelters, sandpits ...). All parts must gradually be subject to reconstruction, including surfaces, vegetation, water and sewage pipelines. At the same time we want to install such elements across the entire area, which will be attractive to children and suitable for learning and physical activities. Some parts of the project will be entrusted to professionals (playgrounds, climbing structures) and some will be subject to self-reconstruction.
That’s why we will appreciate any amount higher than CZK 500 which will help us carry out this project.