Nature is an important part of the Montessori curriculum. At Saraswati Preschool, we are lucky enough to have a front and back yard. Although the yard’s not too big, every now and then, the children find interesting things, such as a chameleon, ant holes, a cocoon, and spider eggs, seeds, star fruits and figs.
To extend the children’s interaction with nature, last Friday, together with parents, we went to experience the natural beauty of the kampong at Cinangneng village. The children found snails and pink snail eggs. They climbed the big rocks and bathed the buffalo in the river. They immersed their feet in mud and planted paddy seedlings. They even followed the ducks waddle along in a row.The children also made kampong traditional rice cakes, and played the gamelan. They learned to dance the Jaipong dance and make puppets from stems and leaves. They even painted their very own farmer’s hat and learnt to play the angklung.