HANDS ON LEARNING
Greenhouse Montessori provides learning experiences for the students. The more alive and applicable learning is, the more it sticks with the child. We constantly include live animals, bugs, science experiments, and more.
PARTS OF THE ANIMAL
Greenhouse Montessori provides a live animal enrichment program. Every other Tuesday, a local farm brings animals for us to learn about, care for, and interact with. This program is an incredible way for kids to get up close and personal with animals such as horses, llamas, alpacas, sheep, rabbits, and other domesticated farm animals in a small setting. See the photo albums for pictures of the next best thing to having a farm. The kids and parents love this program.
Our bug unit that we do in the spring is amazing. The students watch as many different types of insects that we can get. Last year we watched praying mantis, ants, worms, ladybugs, and butterflies. We even had our own butterfly tent that the students could go into individually and sit with the beautiful insects.
This year we hope to add even more.
As much time as we can spend outside, the better. Our facility is located on an acre lot, with much space to play, learn, and explore. During outdoor environment, parent volunteers are encouraged to help and the children time to work outside doing classroom extensions, science, cooperative games, nature exploration, and more.
Here are some links that help better explain the goals and plans for our new Natural Playscape here at Greenhouse.
Understanding our role in nature starts in our own backyard. Our garden got a facelift this year so we have much more space to plant. We have several garden boxes for our vegetables as well as a few flower beds entriely planted by the children. For a child the see how one seed provides a feast is important at Greenhouse Montessori. They plant the seeds and are shown how the roots grow and the leaves sprout as they peacefully tend to the plants.
Our sitting area within the garden yeilds to sounds of birds and many animals from the farm next door.
Other School Enrichment Opportunities
Family involvement makes such a difference in a community. We plan a family night once a month for our school community. These events include food, games, activities, and quality time spent together. It is very exciting for me to watch fathers holding babies that belong to another family, and the whole night of mingling that looks more like a family reunion than a school party. This is one of my favorite parts of our school.
OPTIONAL PROGRAMS BROUGHT ONSITE
Showing children how to be good citizens and contributing members of society begins young.
When children are given different ways that they can help others, it becomes a part of them. Numerous times throughout the year we participate in different events that show the students many ways to help others. From stuffing animals by hand for kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital to making place mats for friends at the assisted living home, our students are familiar with ways to help make someone's day brighter.