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EC – Gardening & Special Needs
February 9 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:30am, repeating until February 10, 2019
This class will give an overview o the importance of including gardening as a necessary part of Practical Life and Botany in the 3-6 environments. The adult learners will participate in hands-on garden/botanical experiences as well as be given a tour of the gardens (butterfly, flowering organic vegetable) and the abundant flora on the 10 acre campus of Summit-Questa Montessori School by the middle school students. The instructor will provide examples of how to introduce gardening from the preschool years through elementary using Montessori materials, gardening materials, books and actual participation in gardening activities. Adult learners will receive numerous hand-outs pertaining to gardening and botany.
This Special Needs overview will include a general introduction to a broad range of special needs and learning challenges that may be exhibited by the students in the adult learner’s classroom. The instructor will speak to the challenges and successes that may be attained in a Montessori classroom for the children who are not conventional learners. The instructor’s qualifications and expertise in the Montessori elementary classroom will lend a supportive hand to the adult learners who may be dealing with similar challenges in their classrooms. This will be accomplished through class discussion, sharing current research in the area of brain development and special needs, (by instructor as well as by adult learners in class) hand-outs and sharing of resources in this area.