Environmental Education & The Cosmic Curriculum at Hilltop Montessori School
Sustainability and the instruction of environmental education is inherent in all aspects of each learner’s day at Hilltop Montessori School. Hilltop takes special pride in their “Deep Roots Gardening and Nutrition” component which actively engages learners in the practices of healthy eating. Our mission, “to provide a quality, Montessori education in an environment which fosters a child’s love of learning and a respect for self, others, community and the world” drives our environmental education program. As Montessori teachers, we embrace Dr. Montessori’s cosmic curriculum, which fits hand in hand with our environmental education initiatives. As educators, the need for a comprehensive garden nutrition program seems necessary as an extension of the cosmic/environmental education.
The mission of the Deep Roots Gardening curriculum is to create and sustain organic gardens and landscapes that integrate into the school’s curriculum, including food preparation, botany, studies of various cultures nourishment and good nutrition.
Hilltop involves all students in the aspects of gardening, harvesting, preparing and serving food as a means of encouraging healthy eating habits and appreciation of various forms of fresh, organic produce and honey from the school’s gardens and apiary.
Curriculum objectives include:
- Student instruction in sustainability, gardening and botany.
- Connectedness to land, earth and the community of Alabama.
- Personal impact of healthy food choices.
- Wellness of body, mind and spirit as it relates to environmental/cosmic education.