Our emblem is more than just a tree. There is quite a bit of symbolism and metaphor in it’s design. We wanted to share with you the thought that went into it when it was made, and why it is a great symbol for our school!
There are two main elements to our emblem, a book and a tree.
Our tree is growing out of a book. The book is a symbol of learning and knowledge, and the history of the written word (one of the five great lessons we teach in elementary classes). This book represents the guidance we provide to our students so that they may continue to learn and develop throughout their lives. The teachers look back on their trainings and education to guide the students through their education. This is possible mostly in part to the ability of humans to create and read the written language.
A tree is a symbol for a fresh start on life, positive energy, good health and a bright future. All mighty trees start from little seeds. Just as every mighty adult starts as a young child.
This particular tree has a shape you may be familiar with, the human brain. The symbolism and the connection of nature and humans is important in the cosmic education that we learn in all levels at Sprouting Minds Montessori School.
The trunk of the tree represents the brain stem, which controls the flow of messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Just as the trunk controls the flow of nutrients from the soil to the leaves. The brain stem trunk growing from the book represents the absorbing of knowledge as the nutrient for the brain.
The leafy crown of the tree, and the branches in the emblem are in the shape of a brain. The leaves are separated instead of one large shaded area. This is to represent that many individual leaves make up a tree. This echos back to how there are many individuals in our school and in our world, all important and responsible to the overall environment they belong in.
The leaves are all different sizes, much like our classrooms are with their mixed age group settings. Two leaves are not the same, which speaks again to the importance of individualism in education that we strive for.
We hope this brings you closer to understanding the community we try to create at our school.