One of the central tenets of the Montessori philosophy is the connection with the natural world of the outdoors. Is your outdoor environment garden vibrant ? engaging ? dynamically giving your children interaction opportunities to extend the classroom lessons, providing them opportunities to appreciate, respect and connect with nature?
OR, COULD YOUR GARDEN USE A HELPING HAND?
I am here to help, offering my services at many levels from the simplest start up to the involved management of the Outdoor Environment.
Level 1: STARTING A GARDEN CONSULTATION - site consultation: garden bed preparation, types and location ideas, planting variety and schedules that work in the desert , soil preparation tips, information on vegetable, flowers, herbs and fruits that children LOVE! Fee: $100
Level 2: INSTALLING THE GARDEN - work hands on with the children and teachers to perform soil testing, organically amending the soils, planting the garden, establishing a watering program, providing tasty ways to eat the garden (child proven), culturally themed garden ideas and trouble shooting any problems throughout the season. All to get your garden established and on its way. Fee: $350 for initial start-up; $250 for each consecutive season.
LEVEL 3: GARDEN MANAGER - in addition to getting the garden started as in Level 2, continue to tend to the garden with weekly half day visits working with the children and teachers to continue the planting schedule, fertilize, mulch, prune, stake, trellis, harvest and generally manage the well being and health of your garden. Fee: dependent on scope of work.
LEVEL 4: CREATE A LEARNING OASIS IN THE DESERT - integrating the indoor and the outdoor- garden/nature based activities and projects designed to address Arizona learning standards for grades K-6, hands on science stations, composting, earthworms, starting plants indoors, ecological awareness and lessons, organization of your volunteer involvement, weekly half day work days with the children and teachers.
Fee: dependent on scope of work