West Side Montessori’s Natural Playgrounds!

Posted on by Helena Eddings

Children learn through play. As such, the importance of the role of play in the life of a child is paramount. Even more so is the integral role that outdoor play in a natural environment plays in the life of a developing child.

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West Side Montessori values the outdoor learning environment. Our natural playgrounds allow for open-ended, multi-age, sensorial play. Children are able to explore and experience nature by watching birds and bugs in their natural habitat. They also have opportunities to take part in planting, nurturing and harvesting living things.

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Our natural playgrounds also offer a setting that encourages children to utilize their imagination. When children engage in play in a natural playground setting they are provided the opportunity to engage in collaborative play. Providing children the opportunity to play outdoors gives them the ability to engage their whole body in their play as they explore. Additionally, they do not have limitations on noise or activity when playing outdoors.

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Come experience West Side Montessori’s natural playgrounds during our FREE summer playdates!



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West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school) with locations at 13587 Roachton Rd in Perrysburg, Ohio, and 7115 W. Bancroft Street in Toledo, Ohio.