Dr. Montessori had a deep respect and reverence for nature. She believed that we
should use nature to inspire children.
We have a unique opportunity to infuse young children with an appreciation for
enjoyment of the natural world, to connect them to nature, and to immerse them in the
mysteries of the great outdoors. We strive to extend the lessons and student interest to
the outdoors through use of our nature trails, labyrinth, gardens, and outdoor classroom
The Prepared Environment
Dr. Montessori’s idea of the prepared environment was that everything the child came in
contact with would facilitate and maximize independent learning and exploration. This
calm, well-ordered environment has a lot of movement and activity. Here, they
experience a combination of freedom and self-discipline, as guide by the environment
has a lot of movement and activity. Here, they experience a combination of freedom
and self-discipline, as guided by the environment.
There are generally six aspects to the prepared environment: Freedom; Structure and
Order; Beauty; Nature and Reality; Social Environment; and Intellectual Environment.
Scenes from Summer Camp 2015