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Montessori Monday- Setting Up A Nature Table

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Montessori Monday- Setting Up A Nature Table

 Each Monday I will be sharing a post with Montessori flair! Be sure to check out my Montessori page with information about upcoming courses.

Spring is well and truly here and it is in full swing in other parts of the world too. Or for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere it is starting to cool down as autumn kicks in. It is the perfect time for getting outside and exploring nature with your children and, if you don’t have one already, the perfect time to set up a nature table, or if you are short on space, a nature basket.

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“Children have an anxious concern for living beings, and the satisfaction of this instinct fills them with delight. It is therefore easy to interest them in taking care of plants and especially of animals. Nothing awakens foresight in a small child, who lives as a rule for the passing moment and without care for the morrow, so much as this.”

~Maria Montessori

What Is A Nature Table?

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It is an area, either a table or it could be the top of a bookshelf or a cubby, somewhere the child can display their collection of ‘treasures’ that they find on their nature walks or just playing outside!!

Children And Nature

Children connect a lot of the things they learn about life through nature. The way seeds burst into life, flower then die. How water is an important part of our life.

Often kids will take a sudden interest in what an insect is doing or be fascinated by a shell or stone, all those things that as adults, we forget to look at. Children take time to smell the roses! Having a collection of treasure at home can spark all kinds of conversations and interests. Younger children will inspect them with a magnifying glass and may incorporate them into a game. Older kids might dig out a book and research more about the treasure. A creative child might use the treasure to make some kind of sculpture.

Whatever the kids do with it they are exploring, touch, feeling, using their senses and learning more about the world about them.

You don’t need a big area, we use the top of the bookshelf. A basket to hold treasures and a magnifying glass is a must but you can also add a plant or seasonal flowers to the display or art/postcards that fit with the theme for inspiration.

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