Nature & Outdoors
"There must be provision for the child to have contact with nature, to understand and appreciate the order, the harmony and the beauty in nature… so that the child may better understand and participate in the marvellous things which civilisation creates."
What makes the Field and Study Montessori Pre-school so unique?
Our Nature based setting is the ideal learning environment for optimum learning for young children. Research has proven that children that are exposed to nature has numerous long term benefits that fosters their intellectual, emotonal, social and physical develtopmetnt. Our large open playgrounds, shaded trees with fresh green grass, colourful flowers, bird life, rabbist and bunnies allow children to experience the sights, sounds and textures of outdoors. Children look forward to their weekly nature walks in the park which includes walks to the river to look at the ducks or waterfalls , visits to the stables , collecting pine cones and picking flowers through the forests and much more
Article written by our Principal, Julia Gorham:
As the owner and teacher at a preschool located in a country setting, I have observed the benefits and wonders of nature for Preschoolers. Children who experience nature and an outdoor learning environment will find this contributes to their healthy development. With our children having access to modern technology, there is little time in their lives to connect with the multitude of delights of creation
As an educator, I ensure that the children who attend my country preschool become close to nature and are exposed to weekly nature walks, which includes river walks, gazing at fish and ducks swimming by, playing under the shade of trees, tossing autumn leaves, observing bird life, picking dandelions and wild flowers, selecting acorns, playing in the sand with sticks, collecting pine cones, running in the forests, playing hide and seek, having open ended discussions about nature and much more.
We also enjoy playing the “I spy game’; encouraging children to see the natural wonders in nature. These weekly nature activities give children great pleasure, with direct hands on experience and develop a reference for life that cannot be fostered as profoundly in any other way, resulting in a sense of calmness, increased physical activity, lifting moods and celebrating the beauty of nature. Regular family outings, where children are exposed to natural settings is essential for the well being of children.