showcase of the month!
All lamb are white? But then, there is our cute little Teddy being the “black sheep of the family”!!
Many of you still have not met our lamb because they came to the farm in May. A day in the life of Teddy, Wooly and Fluffy is always wonders of green grass to eat and fresh water for their thirst. All 3 of them are boys, they arrived from Culpeper VA and are currently 3 months old. They are also the mini Babydoll sheep breed and stand about 20-24" at the shoulder in height.
Did you know that most other lamb breeds are born with a tail?! They get it 'cut'/docked in the first week after they are born. All lamb have two digit feet from birth and have four pairs of incisors on their lower jaw and a dental pad (no teeth) on their upper jaw. Baby lamb takes a long time to eat and often graze for about seven hours each day.
As lambs grow up they are called ‘sheep’ and even change their name into ‘rams’ or ‘ewes’ depending on their gender.
Fluffy and Wooly are happy living at Montessori Acres but its Teddy who will run up for a hug! They spend hours snuggling against each other and stick to each other like glue!
When dusk falls they go to sleep, but sometimes they are up again to have their late night snack of grass!
Teddy, Fluffy and Wooly make good additions to the farm because they are so gentle and love children!
Our first harvest
Montessori Academy chose to purchase most of the animals from rescue situations. Our hope is that the affection from students will restore and allow each animal to finally feel at home.
Do all Montessori educational programs actually connect to the natural environment?
Dr. Montessori placed a crucial emphasis on Botany and Zoology in the classrooms; the inclusion of nature is critical in Montessori education. Most children live in cities/suburbs and only have a vague idea of the practicality of farming and animals i.e Botany and Zoology. However, with us students have access to our private farm “Montessori Acres”;
where they have the tremendous opportunity to interact with nature, study in the classroom (pictured above) and have hands-on practical experience with outdoor learning spaces, animals, green spaces and gardens. Exposing students to the outdoors is a classroom oasis that opens a magical world of nature to them. Our Montessori teachers who visit with their class uses the natural wonders to arouse their curious minds and incorporate their classroom curriculum.
At Montessori Acres we strive to provide and enrich: motor skill activities, muscular movement, eye-hand coordination, playtime, empathy, and problem-solving ability. Montessori Acres provides the foundation for our
students to explore, touch, smell, taste and heighten their senses in a natural setting. Montessori Acres also offers insight to many concepts that are taught by the teachers in their classrooms- such as math, geometry, life cycles, measurements, shadows ,sounds, ponds and animal anatomy to name a few; all of which help to understand
our symbiotic relationship with and wonders presented by nature.
The Pediatric Association of America concluded that the present day eyesight problems are owing to the lack of use of the long sight muscle. With traditional forms of education students sit long hours in the classroom with books and staring at blackboards, monitors, smart boards or other electronic devices; instead, the Montessori Academy, in tandem with the Montessori Acres, allows students to participate in outdoor activities which stimulates our students to use and exercise all essential muscle and intellectual capabilities.
Weather permitting; students will take periodic trips to the Montessori Acres. Those students in PreK, Kindergarten
and Elementary must have a signed permission statement (available in the office) prior to participating in
Montessori Acres activities.
"The child who has felt a strong love for his surroundings and for all living creatures, who has discovered joy and enthusiasm in work, gives us reason to hope that humanity can develop in a new direction."~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Our ducks casually eating at a table !
One of our chickens laid her very first egg!
Our cuties at Montessori
It is our sincerest hope that Montessori Acres brings joy, serenity, and many teachable moments to our MAV students
Hours of Operation
Open only to our Registered Students of Montessori Academy of Virginia
Monday thru Friday
9:00- 12:00 p.m only
Closed Weekends & Holidays
We get transported from the school to the farm daily, with class rotations