Lower Elementary students had a wonderful time spending two full days at the Duvall farm! Morning work periods inside the barn were novel, but the students were proud of their productivity and success despite the change of scenery! Being surrounded by beautiful countryside, we spent most of our time outdoors. Students enjoyed spontaneous nature collection, hiking, and using our trowels to excavate and analyze earth as part of our biomes lesson. Roasting food over a fire, visiting the horses, and a jump course-turned obstacle course were the “cherries on top” of a wonderful two days spent adventuring and exploring.
2020 has certainly thrown some curveballs, but we are thankful for the adaptability of our students and families, enabling us to take the time to get away and enjoy the quiet serenity of the country and the organic learning that arises from such a landscape.
“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 marvelous things which civilization creates.” -Maria Montessori