“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”

‘Environment’ can be defined as the totality of surrounding conditions, the area in which something lives, or exists. ?The human child experiences ever widening environments; ?from the womb to the family home, to the school to the world.

We must consider that from birth the child is working to construct himself. ?Construction cannot go on without resources and building materials -so what is the child using? ?For physical development the child uses the food he eats to build his ever-growing body. ?Quality sleep routines are vital, as are ample opportunity to test and challenge his muscles through gross- and fine- motor activities. ?For mental development, the raw materials are experiences. ?In a Montessori learning environment, the child is immersed in opportunities for experience. ?Rather than telling him the answer, and expecting him to memorize it, we offer him ways to discover this for himself. ?We do not ‘teach’, rather the child ‘learns’.

A child is learning all the time, not just when they are at school. ?To facilitate optimal experiences and learning, Augsburg Park Montessori School strives to build strong, supportive partnerships with parents. ?Through a comprehensive Parent Education program, monthly coffees and regular parent-teacher conferences, we share how the Montessori philosophy of human development applies to children of all ages.

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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