Maria Montessori believed deeply in the power of children connecting with nature. Outdoor activity is an integral part of the Bala House Montessori program. Our staff shares a commitment to giving preschool and kindergarten children an understanding and respect for nature. Our outdoor surroundings, some of the most beautiful on the Main Line, provide a natural laboratory which strengthens the overall school experience. Our playground also encourages gross motor and social development through the use of large climbing equipment, slides, sand piles, running areas for games, mud kitchen, and loose parts area.
Realizing that free play in a nature-rich environment is important to young children, Bala House parents and staff built a mud kitchen, loose parts area, and a bean pole teepee during our annual Earth Day celebration. These new play areas foster creativity (mud, sticks, shells, can become anything!), problem solving skills (how to make soup thin or thick, how to make mud meatballs stick together), cooperative play opportunities (e.g. let’s cook dinner or have a restaurant), a growing affection for the elements that make up our earth – soil, stones, sand, and growing plants (leading to care for our planet).