“Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their colored blossoms. They find their greatest pleasure in acting, in knowing, in exploring, even apart from the attraction of external beauty.”
Dr. Maria Montessori
Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, and watching plants grow. At Tais we know how important it is for children to be close to nature, and we foster their natural inclination with several gardening activities.
The children pick up trash, mix soil, mulch plants, feed birds and scrub rocks. They learn about worms and soil, observe sun and shade, listen to sounds and identify colors. They reflect on nature to experience an inner quiet and peace. These activities reinforce a respect for all living things and recognition that in a garden filled with millipedes, beetles, snails and slugs every being is connected to the life of others and has a purpose in the wellbeing of the garden.