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Chickens are the most common birds on earth. They are bred for their eggs and for their meat all over the world. Hens often live in groups and looks after their own family of chicks. They live in little houses called chicken coops. Hens begin laying eggs around 5 months of age.
Not all chickens look exactly the same – they can come in different sizes, varieties and colors. They also have scale-covered legs and sharp claws used for gripping objects and walking.
At the farm we currently have 18 chickens between the ages of 5 and 7 weeks. We have 3 Rhode Island Reds, 3 ISA Browns, 2 Black Silkie Bantams, 4 Bantam Cochins, 1 Lavender Americana Bantams, 3 Dutch Bantams, 1 Mille Fleur D'Uccle, and 2 Black Copper Marans.
All our chickens eat corn, oats, millet, grass, hay, seed, green peas, insects and worms. They need to ingest gravel or sand to help digest their food.They also need a constant supply of fresh water and air.
They prefer to perch when sleeping at night, but nap on the ground during the day in the shade. Believe it or not chickens can fly a little bit; well enough to make it over a fence or even up a tree!
They can also remember over 100 human faces and voices!
Smarter than us?!!
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 in-house Montessori Botany and Zoology teacher Ms. Tabitha, uses the natural wonders to arouse their curious minds and incorporate the classroom curriculum.
At Montessori Acres we strive to provide and enrich: motor skill activities, muscular movement, hand-eye 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 in the 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.
"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
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.
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