PHMS was established on September 6, 1962 on an acre of organic farmland. The farmers who were the caretakers of this land prior to Pincushion were true visionaries. They protected and nurtured the land knowing what was best to sustain this treasure. Since then we have grown to 7,000 square feet.
Pincushion has carried on the legacy of sustainable gardening. We have created many garden beds with a vast variety of fruits, vegetables, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, ornamentals, and tropical. We showcase numerous unusual plants from many parts of the globe.
Our children develop strong connections to gardening and nature. This important understanding and connection to nature, wonder, and beauty are integrated in the outdoor classroom. Through these experiences the children learn very early to make wise choices and what the human body needs to fuel itself. This is a topic we explore, observe, and discuss as we experience the diverse flora and fauna.
Pincushions outdoor environment is a rich habitat of animals. These small gentle animals are seeking basic needs to help in the sustainability of the life in the outdoor classroom.
The Nature-Study movement has gained huge popularity across America. It encompasses many themes – how humans connect with nature, education, and conservation. How many sciences directly relate to nature and the culinary arts? The Nature-Study weaves a fine thread that integrates academic curriculum: horticulture, biology, zoology, geography, history, the language arts, and mathematics.
We believe that once the child experiences conservation awareness, they will inspire others to follow.
The Pincushion classrooms are warm, inviting rooms filled with a variety of books, art displays, house plants, musical instruments, and so much more.
Our classrooms are intriguing and happy spaces where children learn, explore, and socialize. The shelving areas which contain the academic materials are filled with mathematical lessons, scientific apparatus, fossils, minerals, history materials, interactive language arts apparatus, nature-study lessons, and arts materials.
The Montessori classrooms are arranged to encourage exploration, investigation, and discovery. Our educators are more than just teachers; they are facilitators, mentors, and guides.