A write-up about our visit to the Foundry Montessori preschool in Cold Spring, New York!
November 14, 2022
Directora de Educación
The students at the Foundry Montessori preschool in Cold Spring, New York loved learning about fungi with our Education Lead, Diana. The students, ages 4-6 years old, learned all about the parts of a mushroom and the life cycle of a mushroom with scaffolded lessons from our curriculum. After a brief lesson, the children joined Diana in a fun mushroom life cycle dance, and then went exploring on a mushroom walk.
The children were eager to find some fungi on their walk, and were lucky enough to find some turkey tail growing nearby. They loved searching for mushrooms so much, they even went on another mushroom walk the following day and found so many different mushrooms!
After their exploration walk, the students created their own mushrooms using model magic. They were able to create freely and show the teachers the parts of the mushroom that they learned about, including the stalks and caps. Thanks to our grow kit donors at Smallhold and North Spore, they are now growing mushrooms to observe the life cycle in their very own classroom. Thank you to all of the staff at Foundry Montessori for helping spread Fungi Education to our youth!
The Fungi Education 2023 Year-End Wrap-Up highlights the Fungi Foundation's accomplishments, including a remarkable surge in course enrollment, the publication of a Spanish curriculum, collaborations with partners like North Spore and Syzygy Science, and impactful outreach efforts in the tri-state area. The program's success is attributed to global support, and the Foundation anticipates continued growth in spreading fungal knowledge.
The 2023 STANYS conference in Syracuse celebrated fungi education with engaging presentations by Diana Richards from the Fungi Foundation. Teachers embraced free resources and received mushroom grow kits, fostering a new appreciation for mycology in classrooms. This marked a milestone in the foundation's mission. Stay tuned for more updates on their educational initiatives.