One of the most important part of child development is introducing them to the natural world by helping them to connect and explore the beauty of it. Giving them enough time to walk barefooted in a fresh green grass, play and chase the adorable butterflies, touch those colorful flowers in the garden, sniff a piece of wood, smell a flower, feel the roughness of a rock or watch the bamboo tree sway. This activities will give them the opportunity to experience the beauty of nature and at the same time appeal to their developing senses.
As a first time mom and preschool teacher, I want them to discover the beauty of the world by showing places they can play, observe and explore. This moment is an opportunity for a child to understand the connectedness of the universe.
“Scientific observation then has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” Dr. Maria Montessori
This photos was taken from our family trip at San Francisco Botanical Garden. This garden is a perfect place to learn about nature such as plants, trees, flowers, pond, woods and plant nurseries.
The beautiful and huge lily pads at the pond.
“Since it has been … necessary to give so much to the child, let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality, and an answer to all questions…. All things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. The idea helps the mind of the child to become focused, to stop wandering in an aimless quest for knowledge. He is satisfied having found the universal centre of himself with all things.”– Dr. Maria Montessori