At 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.
In 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.
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.