During a recent visit to the Upper Elementary classroom, a Lower Elementary student approached Upper Elementary Directress Rebecca Callander with an insect she had found outside on a stick.
“What should I do with it, Ms. Rebecca?”
“Why, look at it, of course! Maybe you can identify what kind of bug it is!”
After she and another student looked at it under a microscope, then researched insects in an insect identification book, she determined that it was a green lacewing. She then took time to draw the adult insect. Then, in Ms. Rebecca’s words, “released the creature back outside, but not in the garden, because that would be bad for the garden.”
Truly a Montessori moment – the freedom and space for curiosity, investigation, and truly inspired, hands-on learning!