The Outdoor Classroom


“How often is the soul of man – especially in childhood – deprived because he is not allowed to come in contact with nature?” Maria Montessorioutdoors-1

Dr. Montessori was a scientist who had a profound reverence for the intricacies and mysteries of the natural world. Nurturing a deep connection to nature and inspiring wonder are integral to her educational approach. Dr. Montessori’s vision for schools was always a combination of indoor and outdoor classrooms. She believed that if children can see themselves as part of a greater universe, they can begin to understand the interconnectedness of all things.

Time spent outdoors deepens every child’s awareness of interconnections and respect for all living things. Children who feel comfortable in nature also outdoors-2demonstrate reduced stress, an increase in curiosity, creativity and problem-solving abilities, and improved physical and emotional health.

At New World Montessori School, each classroom has direct access to our safe, fenced-in outdoor space. Our children love to spend time in those outdoor classrooms, which they do regularly as part of our Nature Study Program. In addition, our school is minutes away from the 438-acre Mequon Nature Preserve which offers forests, wetlands, fields, an observation tower, nature center and many programs.