Bring Nature Into Your Primary Montessori Environment with a Microgreen Ecosystem

A ready-to-setup microgreen ecosystem that delights the primary child by keeping them busy and focused with daily exercises including planting, feeding worms, and eating microgreens. 

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A girl  watering microgreens
  • A Complete System

    Everything you need to guide and nurture the child while they learn to grow microgreens.

  • Easy to Introduce

    Confidently include this in your Montessori morning work period with clear step-by-step instructions.

  • Increased Child Happiness

    Grow their sense of community and purpose through hands-on nature exercises.

The Young Child Needs Real, Meaningful, Hands-on Experience With Nature

Today, a massive gap exists between the child and a tangible connection with nature. Why is that?

  • Your children have limited access to nature
  • You don’t have access to the tools and resources
  • Bringing nature indoors is complicated and messy
  • Putting together a prepared environment is time-consuming
  • You don’t have a green thumb
  • Your society is not connected to nature

We Made Introducing Nature Into the Classroom Easy

Bridge the indoor-outdoor gap between nature and the primary child using the NatureTot Ecosystem. Everything you need is included to integrate simple, accessible, and repeatable cycles of planting, harvesting, and decomposing exercises within your Casa classroom. Quick growing microgreens create highly visible cycles of life.

  • A short growing cycle for the child
  • Tasty microgreens loved by everyone
  • Connect children with nature
  • Learn alongside your class
  • All the tools and materials you need
Explore The System
  • Educator Training Course

    A computer screen with an image of online course
  • Cabinets

    A Montessori classroom with plants, cabinet and a window looking out at trees.
  • Tools

    Images of colourful containers and tools.
  • Materials

    A boy proudly looks at his microgreen harvest.

Naturally Fits In Your Prepared Environment

Our step-by-step presentations encourage children to develop independence while our carefully selected materials ensure their success. Our system's structured yet adaptable design thoughtfully guides children and adults, enriching your Montessori environment with the wonders of nature.

  1. Online NatureTot System Masterclass

    Educator Training Masterclass

    Confidently introduce nature to your class with bite-sized, step-by-step instruction.

  2. A Montessori guides gives a NatureTot Sytem presentation

    Prepare the Classroom

    With all the included tools and resources (cabinets, planters, compost, worms, tools, etc).

  3. Three children work with microgreens at the Harvesting Cabinet

    Watch the children thrive

    In the freedom and self-discovery of working with nature.

A Self-Guided Journey for the Child

The child touches and smells soil, observes wet and dry, notices growth and decay, and follows sequence and order in repeatable, practical life exercises. The 14-day growing period of microgreens provides immediate results for the child and makes repetition possible.

Explore The System
  • First They Plant

    The child begins by planting seeds. They experience the potential of life.

    A girl is planting seeds
  • They Water

    Care of the seedlings provides responsibility. Daily, observable changes.

    A child waters microgreens
  • They Harvest

    The children delight in the vibrant growth and delicious microgreens. Joy in harvesting.

    A boy cuts microgreens
  • Next They Share

    The children share the delicious greens. Loved by their peers. Confidence and belonging.

    A boy shares a bowl of microgreens
  • They Feed

    They feed roots and plants scraps to the worms. The children love the worms.

    A girl is standing by a worm composter
  • And The Cycle Begins Again

    The worms provide the compost or planting. And so it begins again.

    A girl is holding a scoop and brush

Transform Your Practical Life Exercises

Purpose embeds every activity and every organism. The youngest child tearing paper for worm bedding contributes to the community, as does the worm creating the castings for the next planting. The eldest child, with practical experience in simple life cycles, begins to observe interconnections between organisms and the role each plays in the exchange. Create a path for the child to ascend, from concrete practical life exercises to ideas of science, interrelationships, and cosmic education. Practical life exercises become a field of practice for citizens of the world, in the Casa environment.

Free 2-Week Trial

Create purpose in all your practical life exercises when you bring a life cycle into your prepared environment.

Children indeed love flowers, but they need to do something more than remain among them and contemplate their coloured blossoms. They find their greatest pleasure in acting, in knowing, in exploring, even apart from the attraction of external beauty.

Maria Montessori

Headshot of Leet Mueller

Created with Care by an AMI Montessori Educator

Leet's journey as the founder of NatureTot is rooted in over 15 years of devoted experience in Montessori education. Under the tutelage of Judi Orion at the Montessori Institute of Denver, she received comprehensive AMI training. She flourished in her established toddler program and later as a co-guide of a Casa environment, alongside other AMI-trained educators, including Mari Glynn Morris and Laurie Parker. It was here that she brought a childhood of living on the land into the Montessori prepared environment, innovating ways to bring real nature into the Montessori work period.

Our Story

Tested and Approved by AMI Montessori Educators

You are in good company. NatureTot is loved by many, educators and children alike. 

    I have been a Montessori educator for 7 years and have always struggled to bring more nature and a greater understanding of nature into my classroom. Children adore nature and its processes. It is innately fascinating to them, and they love to get their hands in everything and get dirty.

    Mari Glynn Morris AMI Primary Guide

    I love the worm cabinet. It is really cool how the children are reminding each other how to be gentle. I think it is valuable because the children are learning how to care for one another.

    Eline Huisken AMI Primary Guide

    Most striking to me as an educator was the children were the doers while I was an observer. I have done gardening many times but it requires lots of work from an educator, from the set up all the way to the follow up. The part that children were doing was very little, even though I wanted to encourage more of their work and diminish my part. NatureTot somehow encouraged children to do it on their own or as a team, making it very unique and which I’ve never seen before in other programs. Once NatureTot was set up, the adults, guides, and assistants became observers, literally acting as guides, and just a little bit of coaching, pairing, or encouragement that was all that was needed from the guide.

    Julia Kim AMI Primary Guide

    Leet has a deep understanding, of Montessori education, what we are pursuing for the children as well as the developmental needs for primary aged children. It was an absolute pleasure to work with another experienced Montessori educator who really wants to bring positive influences to the primary aged child.

    Julia Kim AMI Primary Guide

    I would highly recommend this program for any classroom!

    Laurie Parker AMI Primary Guide

    The children’s responses were “I love microgreens” and “Can I have microgreens for snack?” The parent’s responses were “Thank you. Amazing. Beautiful.” They were just so grateful to see lots of positive changes that NatureTot brought into their home and to our class environment.

    Julia Kim AMI Primary Guide