"Earth education is the process of helping people live more harmoniously and joyously with the natural world." Steve Van Matre, The Institute for Earth Education
Very few of us live in an environment that is not man-made. In fact, many children do not know where the food they eat or the fibers of the clothes they wear truly comes from. In an effort to educate the child so as to promote responsible environmental stewardship, educators and parents play an important role in helping children to understand, love and respect nature.
There are many things we do at Nature Walk Montessori School to promote and encourage stewardship of our planet. The more we model and practice ecological respect and responsibility, the more children will follow our example.
By learning to connect with nature, our students learn to respect, protect, understand, and enjoy the natural world. Earth education is about more than just talking about saving the planet. It is about going outside and exploring the beauty of the earth. It is about learning about human’s place on the earth and the role we play in both the preservation and desecration of the planet. It is about learning to work together to protect the earth and the living things that inhabit it.
Some of the activities the students will enjoy in our school are:
Practicing responsible disposal of waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Composting organic waste to fertilize our gardens
Encouraging families to provide no-trash lunches
Collecting rain water in barrels to be used for outdoor activities
Creating and maintaining community gardens: vegetable beds, butterfly garden, rain garden, flower beds, peace garden
Participating in nature hikes to observe and appreciate natural life
Playing in our natural playscape which makes use of our land resources to provide entertainment and physical activity
Studying animal and plant life through classroom activities such as life-cycles, plant and animal care, classification of species, nomenclature cards, etc.
Learning about bee-keeping
Apple picking and care of the apple trees
200 Footpath Lane at 481 W. Wildspring Rd. Round Lake, IL 60073 (224)225-9224