The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970. The idea was to raise awareness about our role in protecting our natural world and to educate and inspire people to protect the environment. Students at all levels can make a difference in helping our earth.
Upper Elementary students painted their own birdhouses and engaged with an interactive read-aloud story, Bad Future, Better Future, from The New York Times. Lower Elementary students planted a pollinator garden with echinacea and milkweed seeds; identified native weeds like mugwort, mullein and plantain in our vegetable garden and learned about their role in our ecosystem; and repurposed magazines to make seed-starter pots. They worked on hand-sewn cotton pockets to hold the Earth Day Poem that they created together and used watercolor to paint ‘thank you’ messages to our Earth. The main event was the butterfly release! It was so much fun to watch the caterpillars turn into brilliantly colored butterflies.Primary students celebrated planet Earth and discussed how they could commit to taking care of our precious home. They prepared birdfeeders,
Our Toddler children planted some beautiful flowers in celebration of Earth Day. They experienced the texture of the soil, saw and smelled the flowers, and while connecting so beautifully with nature they listened to the birds nearby. Dr. Maria Montessori stated, “The senses, being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.”