Montessori classroom visit!

I spent the better part of the morning with some pretty incredible 4th-6th graders at Montessori Private Academy, who created thoughtful, well-designed presentations about the “Nature’s Makers” series. The class’ two dozen or so students translated the text into visuals that showed the step-by-step process of taking a natural resource and turning it into a product. One group even created a four-tiered diorama to illustrate the “ingredients” needed for honey: flowers and plants at the base, which sourced the honeycomb on the next step. Atop that rested the tools that humans use to harvest honey, and at the pinnacle, a market scene.   

Beyond the presentations, we had a great dialogue — facilitated by their incredible teacher (and beekeeper!), Crystal Bachman — on topics ranging from the environmental impact of fireworks to the importance of dandelions.

Cheers to this great group of student-educators who are taking informed action on a host of sustainability-related issues!

Oh, and did I mention . . . newly-hatched chicks!?! Ok, ok, this visit wasn’t the better part of my morning . . . it was the BEST part of it. Thanks to these outstanding kiddos for their hospitality.