“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.”

Zenobia Barlow, ?Confluence of Streams?

Spending time with children, as a Montessori guide does, one has an opportunity to witness wonder, excitement and awe, every single day. ?Their enthusiasm for life, and gusto for new experiences, are inspirational! ?They are healthy, vibrant and alive -and aspire to be constantly moving, learning and exploring the world around them.

In recent years, we have been inspired to make concrete connections between the children and families in our community, and the natural environment around them.

“To see a world in a grain of sand,?
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your?hand,?
An eternity in an hour.” ?William Blake

Augsburg Park Montessori School is partnering in a Community Garden project, which has been germinating all winter long. ?Last Fall, right before Thanksgiving, we had a beautiful fence installed, and then we waited.

Three weeks ago our students began their seedling planting project. ?As we see the first little shoots appear, we hear squeals of excitement -“Look! ?It’s a teeny tiny plant!” ?”Ooh! ?Let’s give it some water!” “Can I help?” “Sure! ?We can take turns!”

It is inspirational to watch -these teeny tiny people tend with care, respect, and awe to the teeny tiny plants they are cultivating. ?We look forward to our work day at the end of April, to install raised beds and prepare to grow food -for ourselves, and for others!
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Augsburg Park is a small, private, authentic Montessori school serving families from Richfield, Edina, South Minneapolis and Bloomington. ?We are located a short drive from the Crosstown Commons, near the intersection of highways 62 and 77 (Cedar Ave.)
We are accepting applications for the 2011-2012 ?school year. ?Contact Sinead at 612.869.8155 for information or to make an appointment to visit.

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