There is an oft repeated phrase here at The New School Montessori “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” This quote is from author Alfred Wainwright and applies to the way we look at recess and outdoor time.
Children bring raincoats, snow pants and extra clothing to school. It doesn’t matter if you’re 3 or 12; it’s good to be prepared for the adventures of the outdoors. In our preprimary woods, we carve out well-placed footholds on honeysuckle bushes to make great natural climbers for the little ones, and we have junior-sized trees for older children to hang out with friends on the lower branches.
Our tetherball pole and outdoor ping pong table provide year-round enjoyment as does the (3-6) sandbox and the (6-12) gaga pit where the ball can’t roll too far off. Students use the slide, climbers and rope bridges on the traditional play equipment but they often prefer to spend more of their time making huts in the woods from fallen branches or hopping on logs.