Outdoor facilities and inclusive playground – Virtual tour
Greenleaves Montessori American School is an international center designed for the educational stages of Infant (1-6 years) and Primary (6-12 years), configured under 3 pedagogical pillars: Educational neuroscience, Montessori pedagogy and bilingual education.
Through this virtual tour, we want to show you how our exterior and inclusive playground is configured:
One aspect that really worries us and we consider necessary to offer comprehensive learning to all boys and girls, is the direct contact with the natural environment.
At Greenleaves, in addition to organize numerous trips, we also attach great importance to leisure time.
The playground and outdoor environment of our school are the educational contexts where social skills are developed and interactions with other peers are favored.
Specifically, play time is one of the richest human experiences and, furthermore, it is a necessity. Through play, children learn to cooperate, to share, to connect with others, to care about the feelings of others and to work to progressively improve themselves.
Based on these ideas, at Greenleaves, we have wanted to design our outdoor facilities and playground considering four key pillars: participation, social inclusion, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.
In this way, and as you can see on this tour, we have created an inclusive outdoor environment where, children not only can spend time working outdoors with our garden and bunnies, but also, they can enjoy the different Smart Play Corners that you can see in this video: art, music, multi-adventure to do physical education and sandpit-construction area.
Developing an inclusive outdoors facilities and playground allows us to break with expected roles for each gender.
In addition, we offer possibilities and alternatives to boys and girls, facilitating the use of available spaces and proposing various activities.
In our garden, children will internalize that the main space belongs to everyone, favoring that they are accessible spaces and that they can be used by people with reduced mobility, without losing direct contact with nature.