Connecting With the Environment
Outdoor Activities and Play Time
The children enhance their relationship with other children and nature through our outdoor activities.
Jackson Hole has a rich culture tied to the outside environment. We live in a special place that celebrates and embraces activities tied to being outdoors. Dr. Montessori felt the garden should be an extension of the classroom, allowing children to connect to all of the natural lessons and experiences available outside. Not only do we spend time each day in our backyard, we also hike trails located on nearby Snow King Mountain.
Our classroom activities include activities such as corn hulling, nut cracking and chopping to make special birdseed mixtures, growing our own sunflower seeds, and grinding eggshells to feed our plants. Children learn to grow flowers and vegetables, which are used for flower arrangements and snack, grow mint for tea parties, and spend time at Ms. Dee’s house helping her extensive gardens thrive. The class worm bin shows children how decomposition works and contributes to the health of our Earth.
In the wintertime National Elk Refuge sled rides provide a place to learn up close about important large animals in our ecosystem while we study migration and biomes. Past special activities have included cross-country ski lessons, snowshoeing, sledding, hikes, and boat rides in Grand Teton National Park.
“It is also necessary for his psychical development to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature.”
— Maria Montessori
“Montessori School of the Tetons was like a second home for our daughter. She was encouraged to explore, be independent, foster real world skills, and build strong relationships with the staff and the other kids. The deep pedagogical knowledge of the staff, as well as the genuine love they have for the kids, meant that Zoe’s academic learning and social growth during her time at Montessori was exponential. It was a joy to watch. I know she had the best start possible for Kindergarten because of her time at this school.”