October is a great month to visit a farm, an apple orchard, or a pumpkin patch. Planning a trip to the farm is a great way for your Montessori students to get outside and experience nature first hand. From picking apples and pumpkins to sampling local foods, a trip to the farm provides a memorable, hands-on learning experience for all.
Visiting a Farm in the Fall: A Perfect Montessori Going Out Opportunity!
Before You Go
Before embarking on your going out activity, consider how a trip to the farm fits in the Montessori curriculum and all the cross-curricular presentations it can inspire.
- Life cycle of apples and pumpkins
- Parts of the tree
- Parts of the leaf
- Parts of a fruit
- Fall equinox
- Common Needs of People
- Fall and harvest celebrations and festivals
- Peeling, coring, and slicing an apple
- Cooking – applesauce, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds
Did you know that the two age groups at greatest risk for injury while visiting farms are children 3–4 years old and teens 13–14 years old? (Kidshealth.org) Here are some tips on helping keep your students safe when going out to visit the farm.
Calm, respectful behavior is not only reserved for the Montessori classroom. Ensure that your students understand the importance of being calm in the animals’ environment. Animals are easily frightened and if they panic, they can accidentally injure young children. Using a calm, peaceful manner can prevent injuries before they happen.
Animals can transmit diseases and infections to humans. Be sure that you and your students wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after touching or petting animals.
Children should not play near or on farm equipment. While the temptation is great, children should treat heavy machinery like any other automobile and stay clear of it. They should also not touch farm tools unless they are shown how to properly use the tools by an adult. With any tools, proper adult supervision should always be practiced.
Montessori teachers take care to prepare the environment prior to the children’s arrival. Visiting an orchard or pumpkin patch should be no different. A well-prepared field trip will ensure that all goes smoothly, allowing both you and your students to enjoy the outdoor environment.
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.