Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?
September 8, 2011
While visiting Prince Edward Island this summer, Sarah Lougheed-Gill, Director of Admissions, leaned over to her husband during the second act of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical to whisper, “Miss Stacy would be a great Walden teacher!” Set in 1908, the story of Anne Shirley, the imaginative orphan looking for a home, is a beloved children’s classic written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The one-room schoolhouse teacher introduced mid-way through the tale is an enthusiastic, progressive teacher who holds multi-age classes outdoors exploring the woods and meadows of Prince Edward Island. She asks questions and encourages the children to use their five senses to discover the marvelous world around them: “Look at the sunlight! What is it made of? How can it make the flowers jump right out of the ground?”
This joyful approach to life and learning is evident here at Walden as the new school year opens today. Children are happy and excited to be back on campus and there is a buzz of excitement in the community. Parents are gathered in conversation over bagels and coffee; teachers and students are re-uniting; new students are being welcomed to the Walden family.
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“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”
– Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables