Pleasant Ridge Montessori

We’ve started another fantastic school year at Pleasant Ridge Montessori (PRM). We are in our second year of implementing our station based approach for outdoor education at PRM. This student-driven learning based approach allows students to engage with the educational materials on their own terms and at their own pace. Our programming at PRM is structured through thematic units.

Working in the Mud Kitchen

Throughout the month of October students have been working on our Fall Gardening Unit. During this unit students have the opportunity to learn important gardening skills such as weeding, the proper use of garden tools, and working in the compost bed. These skills will come in handy throughout the entire year. Students have also been able to enjoy harvesting the  fruits and vegetables grown in their school garden and using them to make simple delicious recipes. Students have toasted pumpkin seeds, made pesto and brewed mint tea. All year long students work hard preparing and loving on their school garden. By learning to prepare and cook food from the garden, they bring their work to fruition.

Picking Herbs for Tea

Our next fall unit will focus on helping students develop naturalist skills. Like the Fall Gardening Unit, this unit is about learning fundamental skills that will serve them throughout our year together. Students will practice outdoor observation skills, learn how to use weather tools such as thermometers and anemometers, and work on developing their plant and animal identification expertise.

Outdoor Explorers

Imago’s afterschool program, Outdoor Explorers, is up and running this fall as well. We are continuing our partnership with Robert’s Academy and the Academy of World Languages and have added a new partner school, Sayler Park. Each week we meet with our Outdoor Explorer groups and have fun exploring the nature in their outdoor school yards. Students enjoy discovery activities such as hunting for bugs, fort building, and bird watching.

Imago’s school programming is a core part of our mission. We strive to bring the benefits of time spent outside to students who may not have consistent access to the outdoors. We build meaningful relationships with our students and work to instill a sense of wonder and love of the outdoors. Our goal is not only to educate our students about the natural world around them, but to also build within them a sense of stewardship towards the environment. With our work in youth education we hope to inspire and create a new generation of those who care for the environment.

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