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Texas Agriculture Department Grant!
Super exciting news for Cypresswood Montessori! Our school has qualified for a Grant from Texas Agriculture Department for the year September 2016-2017!!
This award is a recognition that will support Garden based Learning, nutrition education classroom lessons, physical activities enhancement, and other learning opportunities allowing children to have a positive attitude towards food and physical activities. The school is planning to have a planter for each Primary Class, and the students will be involved from preparing soil, to seeds, to taking care, to harvesting and then to enjoy what they have grown. The physical activities will involve having a projector to project “youtube activities” done by Jack Hartmann and all students will exercise together morning and afternoon to get their workout for the day. Please check out Jack Hartmann! You will love his exercise program!
The classrooms will also have added resources (books, puzzles, etc.) to help the students understand and learn more about nutrition and exercise. We will do various activities throughout the year. You can follow us on Facebook to know about them, and enjoy all the pictures we post of our wonderful Cypresswood Montessori Garden! Please contact us about this exciting adventure — and how you can get involved!
Thank you from your very excited and motivated team at Cypresswood Montessori!!!
Gardening with Small Children
Students are holding caterpillars from this beautiful butterfly garden. Thank you Ms. Kim for creating this!!!
Gardening is not only a soothing and relaxing hobby for you, it’s also a great way to stimulate your baby’s or toddler’s senses and instill in them the love for growing things. Gardening with your children doesn’t have to be a large or long and drawn out process – in fact, this can lead to a feeling of overwhelm for both of you. Starting with a small garden, maybe only a few pots on your porch or if you live in an apartment where space is limited, a few plants under a grow light works too. In order to keep your young and up and coming gardeners interested and excited about their budding new hobby, choose plants that are colorful, flavorful and fragrant. Use plants that come from large seeds so that little hands are able to easily sow them into the soil and choose plants that you will be able to harvest quickly so that your child doesn’t lose interest.
Children like to imitate what mommy and daddy or grandma and grandpa are doing so be sure to include them in the garden, even if it’s just a small corner in the garden rather than the pots on your porch. You can give them jobs like weeding small areas, give them a spray bottle with water to spray plants that aren’t to be completely saturated. Your older children can even go slug collecting in their new garden. Keep in mind that when you are teaching your children about gardening and they become much more regular at it, you’ll want to make sure that there are no poisonous or other harmful plants in the general facility of the plants you are allowing them to “tend” to.
Teach your children right from the beginning that it is never ok to put any plant into their mouths – even organic gardening can have harmful plants.