Lets Get Outside!

IMG_0852At Boulder Knoll Montessori, we believe in the importance of getting outside and exploring the natural world . As we believe there is no truly bad weather, only the wrong clothing, children get outside almost every day at Boulder Knoll. Our acre plus playground includes a playscape, sandbox, natural tunnels, a wooded area and open field space. Children are provided with different natural subsurfaces on which they can develop their gross and fine motor skills, and simply explore.

p013_1_02In the fall and the spring, children at Boulder Knoll work in our outdoor classroom and our classroom garden, planting seeds for growing vegetables, adding compost, watering, weeding, hunting for “bad bugs and good bugs”, harvesting, and putting the gardens to bed. Nature exploration also allows time to explore our surroundings, to learn about different types of trees, animal homes, the seasons, water, soil, and so much more.

Sap Collecting

In the winter, children learn to make giant snow balls, snow angels, track animals and manage the wonders of winter. As the days begin to warm, sugar maple trees are tapped, and sap is collected for making homemade maple syrup.

Exploring our school home at Boulder Knoll

Nature walks are a rich and exploratory time at Boulder Knoll. As research has told us, getting to know the natural environs of a place, through the seasons and over time, lays the foundation for environmental stewardship and a sense of connection to the natural world. We foster both of these  through walks along the natural trail on the property behind the playground. With support of our nature loving adult community, Boulder Knoll children observing the changes in landscape over seasons, search for animal tracks and scat, use their senses to notice the flora and fauna of the open field, the woodland area and the wetlands, and take time to sit in silence and listen and watch the world around them.