Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Montessori Farm

When I set up The Montessori Goldmine, I stumbled across a new to me blog Montessori Genzaemon, I was surprised and happy to discover that it is in Saitama, so I sent Yasuyo and email and passed the link to a couple of my friends who kids go to a small Montessori school. Yasuyo is planning to open a kindy next April and so at the moment she is doing weekend classes which involve the parent too, which is a great idea because the parents get to learn about Montessori and get to understand about how the equipment is used and why. So, Saturday Ebi-kun and I met up with Megumi and Elena's families and went to have a look round.

This is the organic vegetable garden, the children get to garden, pull up veggies and catch bugs

 Ebi-kun looking for bugs...

 Then we went over to the Montessori house, a couple of minutes walk 
from the farm and the kids all got  some work out.

 It was lovely to see the kids settle and get engrossed in their work 

 The house has the front room and kitchen set up for the Montessori class and another large tatami room which is used for Jr high and High school students that can come and study in the evening. When I was talking to ebi-kun on the way home, he sounded really surprised about the fact that there was equipment like our in the house, I think, he thought we were the only ones with it!

After we had visited the house we went to the tomato house, which is pretty big.

And we were shown how they grow the tomatoes, each tomato plant grows from the table, one tree per table, the roots are submerged in roots in water, nitrogen, calcuim phosphate-nutrients necessary for the plant, this is known as the Hyponica Method and they harvest about 10,000 tomatoes from one tree per year! Amazing.

We got to try the tomatoes, they were delicious, juicy and sweet 

 So, before we left I bought 2 kilo's to take home. We went for lunch with Megumi's family, it was a really hot day and Ebi-kun was feeling under the weather so we turned down the offer to play and just went back home after lunch. I really enjoyed meeting Yasuyo and seeing round the farm, I would have loved to have set up a place like this. Her plan is to have the kids working outside for a couple of hours each day and then they help prepare their lunch and then in the afternoon they go to the Montessori house to work there, it is a shame that it is quite a trek for us to get there!

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