Animal and Nature Enrichment

Care of the environment, including care of plants and animals, is part of the practical life curriculum and an important part of Montessori education. Care of pets can be a perfect way for young children to develop a number of skills along with many positive character traits. Having animals to care for helps teach responsibility, compassion, empathy, and an understanding and respect for all living things.

Students in a Montessori Children’s House and School classroom have the opportunity to care for different animal friends. Each classroom has an opportunity to be involved in an aspect of care for our environment including plants and animals.

Our care of the children should be governed not by the desire to ‘make them learn things,’ but by the endeavor always to keep burning within them the light which is called intelligence.

—Dr. Maria Montessori

Certified Butterfly Habitat

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