By definition “ A playground, is a place with a specific design for children to be able to play there. It may be indoors but is typically outdoors. Some playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the seesaw, merry-go-round, swing set, slide, jungle gym, chin-up bars, sandbox, spring, monkey bars, overhead ladder, trapeze rings, playhouses, and mazes, many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment.” When I was teaching I always wanted to have a playground where the children could have an extension from the inside, a place for the children where they could have things to do. Not always the children are in the mood for be running or chasing each other, which I know they love to do it. Sometimes they just want to do something quieter and enjoy to be outside. That’s why we designed a playground that meet all this. In our playground, the children can choose from more than 20 activities. We have practical life lessons where they can wash a toy boat or a baby, or maybe do some pouring or sorting. We have for the gross motor skills, walking shoes, walking on a wood beam, and many other different lessons. The can paint or maybe do some arts if they feel this is what they want. If they want to do some sand, they can just jump in the sand box and play in there. Maria Montessori had a quote “ A child needs freedom within limits” based on that we want to follow the child instinct, and helping him with some discipline to make his own decisions.
Our playground invites the child to admire, respect and take care of the environment as an area of the Montessori curriculum, in our little garden we have planted tomatoes, cucumber, and even some corn, that children need to water.
That is why our playground is more than a designed place, it is a place where we help to build stories and memories, is a place where the imagination goes beyond.
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