Ready. Set. GROW! The children's garden is a special place where the children at Cross of Life Christian Montessori School come together to plant, tend and sow the benefits of their hard work through out the year. The garden allows the children an opportunity to not only sharpen their practical life skills but to explore the worlds of botany and zoology.
Gardening introduces the children to some of the living creatures in the soil, under rocks and on plants. Teaching children the names of the plants, vegetable and flowers, especially those that have a smell or taste allows them to make the connection between what they've grown and the food on their plate. It's a great way to teach respect for even the smallest things.
Ms. Oana and the children discovering a worm.
It was the first of many worms we found that morning!
No job is too tough for these guys! Gardening is a tangible and positive way for children to get involved in caring for the environment.
Weeding and digging helps prepare the raised bed for summer vegetables.
“Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health (and, by the way, in our own).”
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
"The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the earth." - Maria Montessori
Along with the fun of getting dirty, gardening helps children learn valuable lessons about patience as they wait for vegetables to grow, responsibility as they see how necessary their care is to the garden, and even loss when flowers die at the end of a season. Children are natural nurturers and understand the importance of caring for plants and other things in the garden. We are so grateful at COLM to have a beautiful garden and amazing volunteers to help us take care of it!
We are an AMI accredited Montessori school growing daily in spirit & intellect!