Montessori campers had a blast creating sculptures out of shaving cream and foam blocks this past week. Their creativity ran wild while they enjoyed the cool sensory experience. When all of this creating finished, campers started to "finger paint" on tables in all the shaving cream, continuing their creative streak!
Mrs. Hines and Ms. Briggs Montessori class enjoyed a trip to Paws Discovery Farm this past week.
There’s a reason “Old MacDonald” is one of the most beloved songs of the toddler years: little kids love animals. At Paws Discovery Farm, our children crossed paths with more than 80 different kinds of animals. The children were excited to be able to pet many animals like goats, a donkey and even a horse. The kids even fed the animals snacks, too!
The children visited barnyard animals, explored amazing play structures and tested imaginations in a hands-on, minds-on Discovery Barn where they "rode horses" and "milked cows." The farm is home to pigs, tortoises, hedgehogs, and other small woodland and farm animals, such as a beautiful peacock that they got to see up close.
The children also had their own Discovery Farm Theatre Production of "The Frog Princess":
Thelma is a lost frog who wants to explore life
outside the swamp. With a little help from her
friends, she becomes a princess and realizes
life on the bog is exactly what she was missing
In honor of Earth Day, parents sent in fruits and vegetables for a yummy and healthy snack for all the children.
Story time took place outside by the chickens and bunnies. The students loved having feathered and furry reading buddies! In addition to reading alongside the animals, students took caring of feeding their furry friends, too. Refillable feeders were created using pipe cleaners and cheerios, which were then hung on the tree and along the fence.
For more than a week, the students have been collecting paper scraps that were then used to create recycled paper. And using this paper, students will make gift tags and cards for Mother’s Day.
Painted large rocks will be used to create a garden at the top of the playground. Not only will this add color to our school yard and show off their unique creations, but it will help stop some of the erosion that can happen on that side of the playground.
The older students had so much fun helping our youngest learners. They also thought using rakes to clean up the yard was great fun.
Students showed excitement when spending their day outside, taking care of their school and showing commitment to preserving their environment! We will continue our outside studies and take care of the planet with weekly “Outdoor Classroom” themes. Next week’s theme involves learning how to feed and take care of composting worms!
As seen on Patch.com and BucksCountyAlive.com:
How much does it mean for Americans to participate in protecting their planet?
There’s a Parisian summit that meets annually in wintertime, featuring representatives from every participating country who debate on issues relating to the preservation of our planet, such as the ongoing concern of climate change. Then there’s Earth Day, known as “the world’s largest environmental movement,” which is taking place on Sunday, April 22. The latter emphasizes eliminating plastics from waste, and usage all together. Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori, both landmark educational institutions in Bucks County, PA, for more than 45 years, will honor the movement and more.
The study body will participate in Earth Day-friendly activities, eat healthy snacks and pack waste-free lunches. The school has announced new events this year to include: Cleaning the yard of unnecessary debris and leaves, weeding and mulching on-site gardens, planting donated cabbage plants, launching a kitchen scrap garden (produce that is starting to go bad that contains seed and various vegetable scraps with spoiled seeds start rooting in containers, which focuses on making the most of food), recycling relay races to sort what is and isn’t recyclable, participating in arts and crafts using only recycled paper, and last but not least, painting pre-existing rocks to make the garden even more colorful and enjoyable by all.
“The children even design and draw their own Earth Day shirts, which you can see on Trevose Day School’s website,” says Head of School Gwynne Frischmann, who has helped carry out this initiative for the so far 12 years that she’s held her post. “We love doing outdoor learning opportunities during school and for our summer camp.”
What Frischmann’s students learn about Earth Day and its true meaning parlay well into students’ summer activities, perhaps without the kids even knowing it. Nearly all summer activities will have outdoor features in the toddler and “Young Explorers” camps. A lot of this summer’s curriculum will include outdoorsy activities, many of which depend on the quality nature provides. By raising our students to be connected with nature, this creates sensitivity to their environment, and helps them want to take care of the earth, its wildlife and nature as a whole, and then the next generation could feel the impact as well. This, among other reasons, is why Frischmann ensures her students learn early on about the importance of environmental preservation.
The Trevose Day School and Neshaminy Montessori schools have been a staple of the Bucks County educational community since the early ‘70s. The former enrolls children from pre-k through 5th grade, while its sister Montessori school welcomes kids between the ages of 2.5 and 6 years old. Both also offer summer camps depending on age and activities that children are interested in. For more information on upcoming programs, visit trevosedayschool.org and neshaminymontessori.org.
Please give a warm welcome to our two new friends who arrived into Neshaminy Montessori's coop last night!
These adorable bunny rabbits even made the school's friendly chicken Daisy Sunshine super excited.
Name voting will happen next week, so stay tuned to see what these two new adorable furry friends wind up being called!
The Toddler room of Neshaminy Montessori had such great fun collecting eggs from the coop, cooking them and then dying them their favorite colors! They showed excitement when visiting the chickens and picking out their own eggs for decoration purposes.
The students of Neshaminy Montessori collected almost 200 books to donate to a local woman's shelter.
Each child went through their books at home and picked out books to donate to other children who may not have access to as many books. Many Neshaminy Montessori students picked out several of their own books to share. They were so excited and felt so good about themselves knowing that another child would get to read and keep a book that once belonged to them!
Spring might have just officially begun, but Mother Nature isn’t ready to let go of winter just yet! Despite the aftermath from this year’s fourth Nor’easter, children returned to school today – after the storm left 8-10 inches of snow, which covered Pennsylvania as well as most of the East Coast! We are happy to report that students who braved the inclement weather found themselves warm and happy, learning inside of the school building. The chickens, on the other hand, shied away from coming out to play. But “Daisy Sunshine” decided that the snow was a pretty refreshing treat! Speaking of treats, preschool student Charlotte from Trevose Day School had no interest in going out into the cold during yesterday’s “snow day”, but wanted “Ms. Gwynne” (Head of School) to see the Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Cookies that she baked. They were super yummy!