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Outdoor Community

Embracing all ages

“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.” Maria Montessori was adamant that the power of the natural learning environment was vital to the proper growth and well-being of children. She advocated for children to have unrestricted access to the outdoors and encouraged breaking the barriers between the indoors and the outdoors.

With over 5,000 square feet of fenced in outdoor space, Kay Shell Montessori School offers children of all ages a safe place to explore, imagine, and rest. From the wooden seesaw and the climbing tires to the old oak trees and (sometimes muddy) puddles, the outdoor environment encourages students to learn about and engage with the nature surrounding them. We believe that seeing the beauty in nature also encourages children to appreciate the beauty inside of them.

As part of our Montessori program, students also work in our children's garden: planting, watering, and observing. Children have the opportunity to cultivate their own plants and take ownership in their work.  Their independence blossoms as brightly as the flowers they plant.

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