Nature Education in Montessori Schools

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Dr. Maria Montessori stressed the importance of outdoor time for children. She felt that connection with nature was a key part of childhood that should never be skipped or pushed aside. That's why students at Brooksfield School are always given plenty of time to explore their outdoor environment. Quiet times spent simply thinking and feeling in nature, rowdy times spent climbing rugged trees and rolling down soft, grassy hills, and curious times spent investigating, exploring, and discussing the plants and animals around them are all integral parts of a child's education. In a Montessori environment, students are allowed all of these special times outdoors and are encouraged to take advantage of every opportunity to spend time outside. When young people spend time outdoors and have a true and deep connection to nature, they gain a desire to protect what they discover to be so very wonderful and magical. Because of this...
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Water, Water Everywhere; Exploring in our Outdoor Classroom

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This year Brooksfield created an oudoor classroom area for our students to explore nature, dig for worms and learn about the world outside of the classroom walls.  Led by our our Outdoor Education teacher, Anne McLaughlin, students have had fun getting dirty rain or shine!   “Water, water everywhere” was the theme this week in the outdoor environment! Undaunted by the weather, we trekked outside and were lucky enough to have some cover and protection from the rain underneath the big green tent over the picnic benches. The children appropriately dubbed our work “the water kitchen” as we noticed just how much rainfall had collected in 3 separate basins set out for water play. The children experimented with various natural objects to see which ones would sink (such as river stones and seashells) and which ones would float (Iike leaves and sticks). We even made a boat! Many children used practical...
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5 Principles that Set Private School Students Up for Success

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Created in the early 20th century by Maria Montessori, the Montessori private schooling system has and continues to benefit children across the globe. In the U.S. alone, more than 5,000 public schools currently employ Montessori methods , and private school students are reaping the benefits of this education. Across the board, Montessori children are reported to better demonstrate abilities in the realm of social justice and fairness and score higher on social and behavioral exams. Additionally, kindergarten Montessori students are reported to be better equipped for elementary reading and mathematics, as compared with non-Montessori students. But what is it about Montessori that sets these private school students up for excellence and success? The natural learning process is key to any Montessori education, and with that comes 5 vital principles: Every child learns differently The Montessori education recognizes that every child is unique and responds differently to different learning environments. Each child...
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What You Need to Know About Montessori Education

Education is one of the most hotly-debated topics in the United States, and many parents are concerned about whether their children are getting the best education available. Of course, every person has a different learning style, so what works for one student may not be best for his or her peers. Because of this, many alternative education programs have arisen to help children of all backgrounds get a quality education. One of the most well-known of these programs is the Montessori education. Montessori Education Characteristics Montessori education programs are unique in that they allow students to learn at their own pace. Classrooms include students of all ages, allowing the older kids to mentor younger children, and allow students to choose what to work on during long time blocks. Quizzes and tests are rare, and students receive both individual and group instruction on social skills and academia. While Montessori education is still...
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Montessori At Home: The Ordered Environment

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  Do you have a ‘big kid’ living in your home? By ‘big kid,’ I, of course, mean a small person who cannot reach his own socks without the aid of an adult but who will insist from the minute he wakes until that precious moment he falls asleep, that he is ‘big.’ So big, in fact. Or maybe you live with a legitimately big kid whose desire to do all the things all around the house still far exceeds her height and current capabilities. Whichever kind of big kid you have, chances are they long to do things like fix their own breakfast, help you make dinner, and dress themselves without any assistance. And, chances are, you’re ready to let them do a little more in this very busy early-school time of year. The only hiccup in this grand plan is that your house is not set up to make...
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Montessori in the Home

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When your child is enrolled in Montessori School, they spend their days learning with hands-on activities. Montessori students are encouraged to learn by doing and are given opportunities throughout the day to do just that. Children are also given the freedom to explore topics that are of interest to them. A huge variety of tools and activities are available for students to choose from as they see fit.  Knowing this, it is easy to see why a child may come home with questions and even more exploration on their mind. Instead of sitting your child in front of a television set, why not offer them a selection of activities and take advantage of their curiosity? Below are just a few of the many simple activities you can put together for your child in five minutes or less. These are perfect for entertaining the little ones while you prepare dinner. Locks and Keys...
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Brooksfield: A Montessori School Founded on Excellence

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Brooksfield School is a Montessori school founded on shared experiences and a joy for life and learning.  We employ outstanding teachers, specialists, administrators and assistants who dedicate themselves to inspiring and nurturing the children every single day. Over 30 years, Brooksfield has refined its vision of what a Montessori school should offer children. Our focus on art, nature, and mindfulness enhances the Montessori principles at the heart of the curriculum. Let’s take a look at those principles. A Montessori School is Student-Run In a traditional school system, the teacher dictates the lessons of the day and the students follow along, regardless of the pace of learning or how well the student comprehends the material. In a Montessori school, however, the teacher acts as more of a facilitator , while the students learn to work together at different stations. This is proven to be a great method for teaching kids valuable social...
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Making the World a Better Place: Brooksfield Partners With Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots Organization

Brooksfield is excited to announce that we have joined Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots organization which helps young children understand how they can help improve their communities for humans, animals and their environments. This past weekend our Kindergarteners, as well as other Brooksfield students, attended a Roots and Shoots event called the Tomorrow & Beyond Tour which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Jane Goodall Institute. Our students have been working on numerous Roots and Shoots projects for years including organic gardening, making blankets for the children’s hospital, collecting candy for troops, creating lavender sachets for retired veterans and making Thanksgiving dinner for a family in need. Brooksfield’s latest project, to help make our community a better place, is the adoption of Bryn Mawr Park, located behind the Balducci’s shopping center. The park is a lovely and peaceful place with a footbridge and a stream with many old hardwoods and...
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How the Montessori Method Prepares Your Child for First Grade

When your child has experienced the benefits the Montessori method has to offer at Brooksfield School, they feel prepared to take the next step to first grade, and you should too! The impact of a Montessori education and a child's love of learning will be greatest the earlier the child has started being taught using the principles in the Montessori method. It is for this reason Brooksfield School was founded; to provide the best possible start for each child prior to beginning their elementary education. While every child comes to first grade with different learning and social skills, children that have been taught the hallmark Montessori traits of independent thinking, problem solving, curiosity, and respect for everyone have increased abilities and confidence to begin the next stage in their education. When a child begins first grade, they will be in a class called lower elementary, composed of first, second, and third...
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The Montessori Method: a Proven Learning Experience

When education becomes more than a cookie-cutter curriculum, it develops into a true learning experience. The Montessori Method embodies this idea with a proven system used in diverse cultures across the globe. Focusing on a child's natural curiosity and desire to learn about their world, Montessori programs create a learning environment like no other. Developed by physician and educator Dr. Maria Montessori, the method that bears her name has been used successfully for over 100 years. Dr. Montessori developed this method with scientific observations of her students from childhood to adulthood. With this information, she was able to develop a perfected style of education with three key components: Student Choice A Montessori trained teacher will create a classroom with a range of activity options and the ability to move freely about the room. This learning environment encourages student independence and freedom, while the limits retain a sense of order and prevent...
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Gift Ideas for Toddlers That Will Complement a Montessori Education

If you've got a special toddler in your life, there are probably times when you want to buy him or her a gift, whether it is for the holidays, a birthday, or just because. While there are a lot of choices that make noise, light up, and seem like fun, those are often the toys that are quickly discarded. Sometimes some of these simple gifts are used the most, and they complement a toddler Montessori education, based on the premise that children learn through hands-on, self-directed learning. Blocks. Any type, whether they are small wooden ones, large cardboard ones, or even some you make yourself out of milk cartons are terrific for toddlers. Not only can they have a blast making simple structures, they will love knocking them down too. They will also use them in a variety of ways, lining them up, grouping them, and pretending they are something else...
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Kindergarteners Get Creative With Monoprinting

Julie introduced the Kindergarteners to monoprinting this week and after exploring the basics of the technique, offered them each a maple leaf to add interest to their printing process. The children showed great delight and intrigue as they tried different strategies and observed the results.
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Kindergarten Art Inspired By Nature

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This week our eager, creative kindergarteners happily re-examined some beautiful autumn leaves while we read Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf Yellow Leaf. Then I handed back the colorful tissue collages they had made two weeks ago. They were skeptical when I  asked them to turn over their papers, trace two leaves on the back, then cut them out. I was most impressed with the tenacity and determination with which each and every child tackled both the tracing and the cutring, as neither was an easy task. The best thing of all was the way friends stepped up and offered to help one another, by holding the leaves steady for each other as they traced. There was a true spirit of cooperation and focused effort in the room all morning. When the children flipped over their cut leaf shapes, they were delighted by the colorful suprise on the other side. The final step was...
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Exploring Art at Brooksfield!

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Last week in art class we were inspired by a book of poems about the seasons called "Red Sings From Treetops." The poem about fall got the children thinking about fall colors and their associations to them.  The children learned about the "wet on wet" watercolor technique. Each group started with one of the primary colors, then did a second painting where they added a color to create a secondary color.  The children learned how to use a delicate touch while experimenting with brushes, sponges, cotton swabs and paper towels, and learned or reinforced  what they knew about color mixing.  These fluid watercolor paintings will be used as backgrounds for future work, so stay tuned.  I told the children to be keen observers of leaves in the weeks ahead. You can help them notice the various shapes, sizes, and colors.  We will be incorporating these observations into our art during our...
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Digging For Potatoes

Brooksfield sits on about 5 acres and we are very fortunate to have organic gardens throughout our campus.   Gardening is webbed into our curriculum on a weekly basis.  Last week some of our students got to dig for potatoes with Mary, our gardener! We dug up quite a few red and white potatoes (the larger ones are at the bottom of the pots). The students did a great job digging and washing the potatoes. Students played the one potato two potato counting game, and read the story Two Old Potatoes and Me.  We then got to eat smashed potatoes with olive oil with our lunch! Thanks to Virginia and her students from last year for  planting these potatoes in the spring for us! They grew well over the summer and are fun to harvest and eat in the fall!  
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Still Time to Enter in Kid's Post Summer Challenge

Not traveling anywhere this summer? Or have you just recently gotten back from your vacation? You could win a prize from the KidsPost by submitting photos of all your summer fun! Don't be shy! What better way to start the school year with a prize pack!  See the link below for full article on the The Washington Post . Check out the details here!
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Pre-School Fun at Brooksfield!

  Arts education is an important part of Brooksfield’s mission. Exploring rhythm on drums and percussion instruments encourages students to develop their ear for music. By making music together, we have fun and build a sense of community. Often students take turns making music for each other, with one group dancing to the original musical creations of their friends. Children are encouraged to teach their parents the dances they are learning as “homework” on the weekends, and report back on how everyone danced together at home!
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Creative Time in Brooksfield's Junior Players!

Every week throughout the school year, young artists at Brooksfield gather  to dance, drum, sing and express themselves. Fall and Spring, we use puppets and masks to turn the Pine Grove & Peace Garden into a magical land where animals play and make friends. When we depart, faerie houses and elf forts dot the landscape! During the Winter months, we stay cozy and create indoor environments for imaginative play, including a tiny trampoline, a loooong cloth river & waterfall, and music from cultures around the world.     
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Brooksfield is Expanding Its Before and After Care Program to Local Public Schools

Brooksfield is happy to announce it will now be offering BEFORE and AFTER care to students attending Chesterbrook, Haycock and Kent Gardens Elementary schools!  The afternoon Extended Day program has welcomed students from Chesterbrook Elementary school for the last several years.  With the purchase of Buster, our school bus, we are now excited to expand the program and offer BEFORE and AFTER care to students at Chesterbrook, Haycock and Kent Gardens in grades K through 6th.  Buster will be able to drop off students in the morning to the three schools and pick the students up from Kent Gardens and Haycock.  Chesterbrook students will continue to ride the county bus to Brooksfield in the afternoons.  Extended Day hours will be from 7:30am to 9:00am and 3:30-5:55pm. Brooksfield's Extended Day program is designed to provide a home-like setting with activities that are fun in nature including arts and crafts, cooking, field games,...
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Teaching Grace and Courtesy with Animals

  Claire and Ceyda's Class started a six-week program that combines both grace and courtesy and mindfulness in the classroom. This program fosters positive outcomes of love, kindness, and empathy through interacting with furry friends and reading books about a dog named Little Dude. The series of books focus on different topics: feelings, empathy, respect, kindness, manners and courage. Over the last few weeks, the children have had the opportunity to read or talk to Brownie, our class guinea pig! Brownie’s cage was set out on a rug and children were able to sit on “The Brownie Rug” and read, talk or just sit beside Brownie. Today, Claire's class had a special guest visit Brooksfield. Coco, Carlie’s dog, came to Brooksfield for the morning! The children took turns reading, walking and playing with Coco. The children practiced using gentle hands, being kind to Coco and showing her respect. As an act...
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Brookfield's New Bug Hotel is Open for Business!

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When supporting the biodiversity of our environment, it is easy to overlook the contributions of the smallest creatures that inhabit our gardens.  Insects are one of the most successful living organisms and constitute almost half of all species on earth.  Too often we kill them without realizing that they are actually our allies.  Some help decomposition by eating large amounts of dead leaves and spent organic matter while others eat caterpillars and small snails that attack our vegetables and flowers.  Our bug hotel provides lots of different habitats for different kinds of helpful creatures to live in the summer and hibernate throughout the winter.       Here are some of the materials we used to provide habitats for specific creatures: The hotel structure was made from recycled wooden pallets and off-cuts donated by Home Depot in Merrifield. Hollow stems, such as old bamboo canes, and holes drilled into blocks of...
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Celebrate Earth Day with Brooksfield School and LŌKL Gourmet

Join Brooksfield School and LōKL Gourmet on Friday, April 22nd for fun-filled day of Earth Day activities including recycable arts and crafts, music, nature scavenger hunts, pansy planting and more!  LōKL Gourmet will be here to give out free food samplings!  The event runs from 9:30 to 11am and is open to the public!  Hope to see you there!  
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Brooksfield's Elementary Chefs "Knocked It Out Of The Park"

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  Tuesday was our third “Farm to Table” cooking adventure in the Upper School.  Our chefs for the day prepared lunch for their classmates and teachers.  The menu was our first “international” offering – Coconut beef and vegetable curry Cucumber-Mint Raita Chapatti / steamed rice Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting  All three chefs were very responsible in the cooking area, chopping, measuring, pouring, stirring and blending with care. Working cooperatively and respectfully meant that everyone was permitted to use all of the cooking utensils, even the pointy ones, and take turns working at the stove. The smells wafting up the stairs from the Upper School were fabulous as the curry simmered to perfection.  The squash we used was grown in our summer garden and we harvested the potatoes minutes before we dropped them into the pot!  Mint and onion greens, the first few herbs offered up by the gardens this...
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The Lower School Helps Brooksfield's Birds Transition Into Spring!

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The Lower School helps Brooksfield’s birds transition into Spring The children in Julie and Beth’s class have been helping our wild birds as they transition into spring. Birdseed is still needed to help female birds build up strength before nesting season is upon them.  Julie’s class made two different types of feeders:  one that filled egg cartons with a combination of shortening, sunflower butter and bird seed, and the other which coated a small bird house with wild bird seed.  We hung them on the garden loom and watched the birds (and squirrels) feast.  Beth’s class spent the morning cutting up pieces of soft yarn and felt, and mixed them with pillow stuffing and dryer lint.  Then we stuffed wire balls with the soft nesting material and hung them in the trees outside the classroom window.  We’ll watch the birds that make our forest their home, take the material to build...
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The Magic of Green

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In art, the color green symbolizes growth and transformation. In nature, it is evident in the way fragile yet strong green stems emerge from the ground in the Spring or how green buds blossom on the trees, signs of more to come, of growth and life. For one three-year-old boy, the color green and its symbolism took on a personal meaning. It was my first year of teaching art at Brooksfield. One of my students, James, a quiet three- year- old, had a favorite color: green. Whenever I offered a colorful selection of oil pastels, he would use a green one to draw a spiny dinosaur. He would paint green mountains. He would choose green yarn for weaving projects. His artwork was usually on green paper. We all knew he loved green. A few weeks into the year, I was teaching a lesson on primary colors. We used white paper for...
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Brooksfield Nurtures the Need for Nature

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Let's face it: We know that being outside provides a plethora of benefits -- but factors such as weather, busy schedules and lack of outdoor opportunities keep us from spending as much time outdoors as we know we should. Experts agree that spending time outdoors delivers a range of physical and mental benefits. According to author and clinical psychologist, Kay Redfield Jamison, time spent outdoors stimulates creativity, reduces anxiety, promotes problem-solving and leadership skills, helps children recognize patterns, increases vocabulary and improves immune systems.  Brooksfield's charming five-acre campus provides an outdoor classroom where children profit on a daily basis from opportunities to engage with nature: nature walks, spontaneous outdoor investigation, art classes in the gazebo or in the garden, wildlife observation, playground time and gardening - a chance to literally reap what they sow.  "On Brooksfield's peaceful trail, we ask the children to pay attention to the sounds they hear: birds,...
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What is Brooksfield's Anthropology Express Program?

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  Here in Brooksfield’s Upper School, students are busy preparing for their annual Anthropology Express!* production. Through the lens of the performing arts, a culture area is explored using scene work, movement, texts and songs. By studying traditions, myths, belief systems, relationships to landscape and cultural history, students develop heightened awareness of diverse cultures and appreciation for our global neighbors. This creative laboratory approach utilizes discussion, enactment, brainstorming and rehearsal, yielding a fully realized theatrical production each spring. Ancient Greece / Minoan Crete is our culture area this cycle, with scenes underway depicting Odysseus & the Sirens, Poseidon’s Ocean, Demeter & Persephone, and appearances by Artemis, Apollo, Hermes, and a host of other characters. Our finale includes chanted poetic text translated from The Hymns of Orpheus. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the Upper School’s production at an all-school assembly on Thursday, May 12, at 10:30 AM. *Anthropology Express!...
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Next Brooksfield Parent Coffee: Emotional Intelligence February 4, 2016

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Brooksfield Alumni Parent, Francine Ronis, is presenting a workshop on Emotional Intelligence.  Francine has done several mindful parenting workshops here at Brooksfield.  Her workshops are full of information and great ideas to practice at home.  Below are the details about her next workshop here at Brooksfield!  Check out her website at  http://francineronis.org Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some people believe the EQ is more important than IQ, however many of us never develop their EQ and don't know how. Learn the main tenants of EQ, why it's important, and how to develop a higher EQ for yourself and your child. Join alumni parent and child/family therapist, Francine Ronis for our next Parent Coffee at 9:30, February 4 at the Brooksfield School, 1830 Kirby Road, McLean, VA 703-356-5437. Admission is free, but please RSVP.
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Thank The Bees For Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

  As you gather around the Thanksgiving table there are so many things to be thankful for.   Remember to thank the bees!  The yummy food you put on your plate is made possible by the bees  (honey, bumble and solitary bees) and other pollinators such as butterflies and flies.  For example:   1.   A salad :  lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onions 2.   The veggies :  roasted squash, beans, peas, brussel sprouts, potatoes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnips and turnips, and the cranberries in the sauce  3.   The desserts :  the pumpkin in the pie and the spices that make it yummy (cloves, allspice, nutmeg), apples an apple tart and tangerines.   Who wants turkey without the rest of the good stuff?  When giving thanks this holiday, remember to thank a bee.  Happy Thankgsiving from our family to yours!    
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Thank you to our Troops!

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Happy Veterans Day to all! Brooksfield has always been committed to supporting our community.  We enjoy doing community service projects through out the year whether is is doing a coat drive, raising money for childhood cancer, preparing a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need.  Today was a special day!  We spent the morning filling boxes for our troops with Halloween Candy (donated by our students) and lots of other goodies. Thank you to all who donated candy to the Douglas J Green Memorial Foundation ( DJGMF.org ), an organization that provides comfort and support to service members and their families through sending thoughtful and useful care packages during deployments and planning exciting and memorable experiences for service members to look forward to once they return home.
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Holiday Wreath Making Workshop hosted by Brooksfield!

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  Come and join Pamela and Virginia, the Brooksfield School's Art Specialists, for a holiday wreath making workshop!  They  will share some beautiful wreath-making ideas with you and walk you through the construction of different wreath and garland designs.  We will have wreath forms available and lots of greenery and materials to help you create something special for  your home this holiday season.  Coffee, tea and holiday cheer will be provided!   When: Tuesday, December 1, 205 from 12:30 to 2:30pm Where: Brooksfield (Parish Hall) Cost: $30 per person (open to the public so invite anyone!) RSVP: 703-356-5437  
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Got Candy?

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Already wondering about what you'll do with all of the candy you acquire next week? We've got the  answer. Bring it to the Brooksfield Candy Drive!  November 2 - November 6 bring in any candy (the stuff you didn't give out, the extras you're children collected but won't - or shouldn't - eat) and hand it over at drop-off or pick-up.  Mary, our Extended Day Director’s son, Peter, just returned from serving in Afghanistan.  Although Peter is home, his unit is still overseas serving our country.  The candy will be sent to Peter’s unit in a care package to show our love and support with the help of the Douglas J Green Memorial Foundation (DJGMF.org), an organization that provides comfort and support to service members and their families through sending thoughtful and useful care packages during deployments and planning exciting and memorable experiences for service members to look forward to once...
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Singing With Your Kids

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  Both kids have shoes and coats on, backpacks and lunches in toe, and they have finally been buckled into the car. Somehow we made it through another morning and we are on our way to school, remarkably within the boundaries of ‘on time.’ I’ve just put the car in reverse and have begun to guide the car out of the driveway when it starts. “Sing the banana name song, please!!” two voices shriek out from the back seat, almost in unison. And the shrieking continues until I find it within me to raise my voice above theirs and ask what name they’d like to hear. For those not privy to our family lingo, the banana name song is more traditionally known as The Name Game song. It goes way back and I’m sure you’ve heard it, and probably sung it, at least once. But here it is if you need...
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Three Essential Back to School Tips for Montessori Children

As August nears its end, fall is just around the corner. And with that, it's time to return to school. For children and parents alike, this is an exciting time, when children are able to enter the next chapter of their educational journey. For the 5300 Montessori programs within the United States, this is particularly resonant. Montessori programs take a different approach to learning, encouraging children to engage with learning on their own terms, in a collaborative environment that fosters both intellectual and emotional growth. Here are three handy back to school tips for Montessori children and parents alike. With these tips in your pocket, your child's year of Montessori education will be both exciting and the learning experience of their life! Allow Your Children to Learn on Their Own Maria Montessori opened the first of many Montessori programs in 1907; the educational program was designed to help and enable children...
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Three Ways that Montessori Will Benefit Your Child

The Montessori education was created to help children succeed in their own way, encouraging children to learn through their own natural and creative processes, and absorbing knowledge from their surrounding environment. In the early 20th century, Maria Montessori created the Montessori curriculum in order to cultivate a school environment that encompassed the needs of every child, including those who were economically disadvantaged and had learning disabilities. Today, those fundamental tenets remain true. To date, more than 5,000 private schools employ Montessori programs, and the curriculum held in place is helping children grow and learn in ways they never thought possible. So, what about Montessori is so special? Here are three ways that Montessori can enrich your child's life: The Montessori Method Inspires Creativity As part of the Montessori curriculum, children are permitted to choose their own activities and means of learning and understanding the lesson. Finding their own educational way inspires...
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Giving Parents a Break With Summer Camp

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For many parents, sending their children to camp is an inevitable part of family life. Summer camps for elementary school students are a great way to get children to go outside and be active instead of sitting in front of the TV all summer. Sending children away to camp gives parents a much-needed break, too. Finding the right summer camp for elementary or middle-school age children may take a little work, but the benefits to your child are indisputable. Many summer camps for elementary school students place an emphasis on the arts, with music and theatre programs and arts and crafts. Studies have shown that creating and viewing art positively impacts a child's emotional, social, and intellectual development. The benefits of keeping music in schools and at home can begin even earlier: children who sing or play music regularly before kindergarten do better in math and reading, have higher self-esteem and...
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How Montessori Schools Promote Learning

Every parent wants the very best for their children, especially when it comes to education. While many parents wait until college to begin looking around for particularly top-notch facilities, others take a more proactive route, and try to find the preschool that will give their children the best advantage in life. For many parents, the best advantage often comes from sending their children to a Montessori school. A preschool Montessori curriculum can be very inclusive and innovative. Montessori children are exposed to letters, numbers, and shapes in preschool, and are encouraged to learn at their own pace. By allowing the children access to activities of their own choosing, private Montessori schools encourage the development of self-discipline and social skills. Montessori children have been shown to possess higher motivation and more undivided interest, and place greater levels of importance on their schoolwork than their non-Montessori peers. Parents who are concerned about keeping...
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Why You Should Consider Montessori for Elementary Education

Early childhood education, including day care and preschool, has been shown to help children's emotional, personal, social and economical development. More than two-thirds of four-year-olds and over 40% of three-year-olds were enrolled in preschool in 2005, according to The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). With preschool such a vital part of a child's life, many parents want to be sure their children are getting the best education possible. More and more parents are turning to schools that offer a Montessori curriculum for their child's early elementary education. Maria Montessori developed the first Montessori school in 1907 to serve children with mental disabilities, or those who were economically disadvantaged. There are many factors that distinguish a Montessori elementary education from a traditional elementary school. Special educational materials and the absence of grades and tests are the most obvious. Because of the environment of multi-age classrooms, Montessori children benefit from a...
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Ways to Encourage Thankfulness this Week

Ways to Encourage Thankfulness this Week During my everyday, there are a handful of phrases that I may as well record myself saying and play on repeat. Gems like “Put on your shoes.” and “Put your toys away.” and “Be nice to your brother/sister!” escape my lips more times than I care to think about. But the one that seems to come out the most? “Say thank you.” People seem to do things for my kids pretty often—things like hold doors for them or offer them free stickers. I do things for them all the time. They even do things for each other. I want them to be polite, to learn the proper social graces they’ll need as adults, so I encourage them to say thank you. But encouraging our kids to say thank you is just that, it’s a lesson about social graces. Lessons about real gratitude go much deeper...
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Compassion: what it is and why it’s important

Compassion: what it is and why it’s important If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~Dali Lama When I first heard that Brooksfield’s theme this year is compassion, I was pleased, impressed and, to be honest, a little surprised. When it comes to the qualities that I believe are important to plant in young minds and hearts early, the ones that I, without a doubt, want my children to know well, compassion is definitely on the list. But it’s a tricky one, isn’t it? Gratitude, kindness, politeness, all of these sort of roll of our tongues as we guide our children through hellos and pleases and thank yous. Teaching these comes naturally as we coach social interactions every day. Compassion, however, goes several levels deeper. It’s not a quality we can easily reinforce by a social grace or quick phrase. It...
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Feel Better About Dinner

    What’s for dinner in your house tonight? If you’re not quite sure, I promise you’re in good company! Dinner: a time when we want everyone to come together to pull off a meal during the busiest hour of the day. It’s a perennial family paint point. Everyone struggles with some aspect, be it getting everyone to sit down for a meal at the same time or getting the pickier family members to give the green foods a try. We struggle with all of the above here but have picked up a few tips and tricks along our roller coaster ride with family dinner. Here are some things we do in our home that help us feel better about our nightly meals. Plan a menu I have an on-again, off-again relationship with meal planning. When the school year begins and I fall into full on nesting mode, I dutifully sit...
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Getting Back Into The School Rhythm

If you peeked into my kitchen at about 7:30am any morning last week, you would have found me lazily moving about, sipping my coffee, slowly fixing breakfasts, acting as if we had the entire long day ahead of us. If you then peeked back in at 8am, you would have found me scrambling to get shoes on feet, gathering forms and lunch boxes and, most importantly, people, and breathlessly pushing us all out the door. Somewhere between 7:30 and 8:00  it would occur to me that summer is over, school is in session, and a whole new routine needs to get moving. That’s how it is this time every year. We get so comfortable in our summer swing that adjusting to start times and end times, drop offs and pick ups, is rough. It all feels so uncomfortable and unnatural at first. Of course, we all know that by the end...
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Montessori - The Three Year Cycle | Great Falls, VA

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Every year, parents of five year old Montessori preschool  children are faced with the decision of sending their children to kindergarten or to the third year of Montessori education.  Many send them back, but a few opt for kindergarten.  The latter decision may work out well on the face of it for a number of reasons.  After two years in a Montessori school a child is generally well-adjusted, alert, broadly stimulated intellectually, muscularly coordinated and has refined sensory perception.  Such a child is adaptable and, thus, performs well wherever he finds himself. This is, of course, quite pleasing to teachers and parents, and makes the child feel good. What is completely overlooked is that the child misses the fulfilling completion of the three-year cycle in a Montessori  program.  During the third year everything he has been doing for the past two years comes to maturity, resulting in exciting leaps in reading,...
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Baking with the kids: Your Kid Can Do It Banana Bread

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Spending time with my kids in the kitchen is one of my favorite stressful activities! The potential for disaster is great when you mix messy ingredients, heating elements, and excited little people on step stools wielding blunt objects. But the potential for fantastic memories, not to mention the little self-esteem boost your little one will get from having made something? Those are most definitely greater. One of my favorite recipes to make with my kids is this banana bread recipe, adapted from one found on my all-time favorite recipe blog, Smitten Kitchen . Her recipe is just lovely and delicious so feel free to just follow it. Our adaptations below have come about through dozens upon dozens of trials and errors and ultimately aim to make it just a tad healthier. The brilliance of this recipe is that my four-year old can more or less make it with very little help...
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Montessori School Social Development in Multi-Age Groupings | Falls Church, VA

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                                     Excerpt from “What is Montessori Elementary?” by David Kahn Parents often ask whether the Montessori elementary  program, with its emphasis on small-group activity, provides enough opportunities for social development.  Moreover, they may wonder whether a multi-age class affords enough same-age peers for each child to have a wide choice of friends. Like Montessori preschool , Montessori elementary is based on three-year age groupings.  Students in the first, second, and third years are grouped together in the same classroom, just as three-, four-, and five-year-olds are together in the preschool.  At both levels, the multi-age grouping provides children with opportunities for broad social development. Friendships developed in a multi-age setting have depth.  Children make an effort to get along together because they know they will be together for three years.  Moreover, the presence of...
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Follow the Rhythm of the Child: The Montessori Method | McLean, VA

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               Excerpt from Brook’s Field of Dreams, 1996 Your child is like a seed growing into a flower.  The Montessori Method allows the child to grow at his or her own natural pace, and we should therefore try to let go and not be so concerned with instant results by digging out that “seed” to check on its daily development. This quote of Maria Montessori captures the beauty of her method.  She believed that children learn on their own and the goals of early childhood education  should be to cultivate a child’s natural desire to learn.  To her, learning to read, write, and do math should be as natural to the child as learning to walk and talk.  The Montessori  environment and equipment invite children to learn these  sk ills during their own periods of interest and readiness.  Teachers show their respect for the rhythm of...
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Bring On Spring!

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The weather is growing warmer. Really, I promise it is. For the first time in months I see nary a snowflake in the ten-day forecast. Get ready, friends, winter is fading! I love spring. It has long been my favorite season and I ache for it more this year than I ever have. Everyone creeps out of hibernation and takes to the streets. Early morning walks for coffee, playdates at the park, impromptu sidewalk parties right outside your front door… springtime is when we all come alive. Throughout the winter, my daughter and I wrote up a list of our favorite things to do in the spring. We run through the list on our rides to school, dreaming of the days when we’ll finally be able to turn dreams to reality. Here are a few of our favorites: A day at the park Swings and slides. Games of tag and hide-and-seek....
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Literary Arts Week: Learning About Margaret Wise Brown

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    “Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light and the red balloon.”   It didn’t take long after my daughter was born for the little bunny and his goodnight routine to become part of our goodnight routine. The little toy house and the kittens and the mittens. Before long we could recite it from memory, a blessing when bedtime found us with achy, tired eyes. We marked our children’s growth by its pages: the first time they reached out a chubby little hand to flip the page, the first time they engaged with the story, the first time they excitedly pointed out the red balloon. And, eventually, the day when my daughter could also recite the routine from memory.   Though her words are now solidly imprinted on my brain and in my heart, I had never taken a moment to learn more about Margaret Wise Brown....
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Let’s Talk: How To Find Out What Your Kid Did All Day

  We push through the door and she’s off. She loves to run. So she bounds around the corner and hops up the steps. Unsurprisingly, I don’t have quite that much energy reserved for the last few miles of my day, so I trail behind.  I catch up with her at the parking lot and finally have a chance to ask.     “How was your day?”     Her typical, ambivalent, “Good.” escapes as she works to catch her breath. And that’s it. Most days, nothing more comes out unprompted.     And I’ve tried all of the versions of, “Well, what did you do today?” But we all know those don’t work. That sort of open-ended question isn’t going to lead us anywhere. And it makes sense, how would you answer such a question?     So over the past couple of years, I’ve developed a few tricks to...
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Why Do We Hop?

Why we hop “Are you going to die?” Charlie Brown asked. “Good grief!” Linus shouted. “What kind of a question is that!” I read Why, Charlie Brown, Why? to the students of Brooksfield this week. Four readings to each of the four different classes. And each time I got to that part, I looked up to see how the little faces in front of me would react to that one line. My oldest is four and this territory of heavier topics in books is still somewhat new to me. I’m still the mom who skips over the piece about death in books when it isn’t relevant to the story. I’m still the mom who ducks out to buy a new fish when the old one dies. I’m still the mom who can’t quite find the words to talk about the big, scary topics. But when reading this book to our children...
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When Cabin Fever Strikes

When cabin fever strikes So far, it has not been the prettiest winter. And with at least another six weeks to go, our chances for another several snow days are looking pretty good. Back in December, snow days were a breeze. But now, as so many of them have stacked up, we’re all starting to run out of ways to stay entertained and keep from going stir crazy. So here are a few infusions of inspiration as we face another snap of cold weather and threat of storms this week. 1. Rearrange a room It’s technically still the beginning of the year. What better way to create the feeling of a fresh start and pass those house-bound hours? Put on some music and start pushing furniture around. For added fun, choose your child’s room and let them be creative with how they want to arrange their space. Added bonus for you:...
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Seven Reasons We Love Brooksfield

  Seven Reasons We Love Brooksfield   To be quite honest, I could write this list every week and every week find seven different reasons that we love Brooksfield. After just a year and a half, we’ve made so many friends, created so many memories, and all of us have grown so much. Long after we’ve moved on to other schools and friends, we will all still look back on our Brooksfield years with such fondness.   Here’s a quick roundup of reasons we love Brooksfield this week.   1. We bought a new game called Zingo this weekend. After one glance, our daughter exclaimed, “I know this game! I play it in Spanish class!” And then she proceeded to teach us how to play.   2. The smile on her face when she wakes up on Friday and realizes it is John Henry day!   3. That we have a...
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Healthy In The New Year

Healthy in the New YearDid you put ‘get healthy’ on your list of resolutions this year? How about ‘eat healthier’? Are you hoping to feed your family better food this year and improve everyone’s health?These are fantastic goals, and pretty popular resolutions. But they are so tough to achieve. Large and nearly all-encompassing, it’s no wonder that many of us drop these resolutions just weeks into the year and feel lost as to where to turn next.If you want to eat healthier this year, try starting with small steps. Pick just one of the items below and give it a try for a few weeks. Then add another. A series of small steps is so much easier to accomplish than a big, scary resolution.1. Replace just one meal a week with something homemadeBy the end of last year, we had gotten into a bit of a blue box of mac ‘n...
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And Mom and Dad Can Hardly Wait....

And Mom and Dad Can Hardly Wait
Yeah you know the rest of that line: “ for school to start again! ” Holiday break is just about here and more than two weeks of school-free days are weighing on my mind. I always think about this time with excitement and a healthy dose of fear. I love the more relaxed schedules and knowing that my daughter gets a little break and time to rest. I love that we spend more time together as a family and that we have the opportunity to plan some fun outings and trips. But then I worry about what to do with the long winter days. How to keep her calm amidst a flurry of routine disruptions and over-the-moon excitement. We all know that most children thrive on routine and predictability but these weeks can bring anything but. Here are some thoughts to help us all enjoy the holiday break and ease our...
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Involving Kids In Holiday Prep

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  On any given weeknight at our house, dinner tends to come together in a bit of a rush. Setting the table is often the least of my worries and so forks and napkins find themselves tossed haphazardly onto the table, never on the right side, forks often hiding under napkins. So, just before dinner on the afternoon of Thanksgiving, I decided that I’d enlist my daughter, Maya, to help me set the table and that we’d set it well. No forks hiding under napkins, no utensils pointing every which way. I’d show her how to properly set a table.   I pulled out the fancy napkins and napkin rings and set out the silverware and plates and called her into join me. With her baby brother settled on my hip and feeling very much the matriarch, I picked up a napkin and a napkin ring and began to show her...
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Brooksfield Players Perform!

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Brooksfield Players, an afterschool drama class run by our very own dance teacher, Sandra Kammann, spent the last 8 weeks putting together a drama production and finally performed it today for the entire school and parents whose kids were involved! " Mystery of the Magic Lake, Adventures In A New Land " was enjoyed by all. The costumes and set were designed by Sandra and her drama group. The play took place in a land filled with princesses, knight battles, talking animals, magic and more! The children developed and choreographed the play and came up with the characters, script and even the title all on their own (with a little guidance from Sandra). Congratulations to all on a job well done!
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Medical Alert—How to Protect Your Family During Flu Season

Medical Alert—How to Protect Your Family During Flu Season
Every time I see one of those medical alert emails, my heart sinks just a little bit. I warily read, scared of what illness might invade our family next. We don’t end up catching them all, of course, but just knowing that we’ve circled strep throat or hand foot and mouth disease, not to mention the flu and a hundred common colds… well it all makes me want to secure us in a bubble until spring blooms again. With no such bubble available, I’m looking for other ways to protect my family during this season of illnesses. The good news is that most of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness are common sense things that we do naturally as part of our daily routines. The bad news is that these are also some of the things that we forget or forgo when times get busy, as days during...
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Why We Chose The Dragonfly As Our Logo

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We love our dragonfly logo and so many people ask us why we selected the dragonfly. The dragonfly represents change in many cultures.  At Brooksfield our change is reflective of self realization.  A process of emotional and intellectual maturity and an understanding of the deeper meaning of life. Dragonflies can fly up to 45 mph and in all directions.  This ability reflects simplicity, grace and mastery.  They also have eyes that can turn 360 degrees which implies that we can see from all perspectivesWh and reach beyond our limitations.  Dragonflies also live a short life span and cover a lot in a few months time. They live in the moment.  A great reminder for us to live in the NOW.  They also have iridescent wings that catch and reflect colors… I like to think of that as the magic life can bring to us!  It was a sunny day many years...
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When We Bring Montessori Home

When We Bring Montessori Home
Whenever I spend a bit of time at Brooksfield and get the chance to observe my daughter in action, I always come away amazed at the things she can do on her own. Putting on her coat and gloves. Unrolling, and then nicely rolling back up, a rug, without being asked. Following simple directions without a ton of oversight.    It’s all pretty amazing.    And, of course, once we get home on those days, there’s a new world order. I’m less likely to rush in to help and more likely to sit back and marvel at what happens when I leave her to her own devices. After just a year at Brooksfield, I’m a Montessori convert. I love the emphasis on independence and freedom and the child-led nature feels so right to me.    A few weeks ago, in one of her Night Time Reading about Montessori emails, Sarah sent...
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The Season of Getting & Giving

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Christmas trees now line every store and commercials urging you to think about your 'list' now fill the space between every TV show. The season of giving has begun. For our kids, however, these late fall and early winter months often become the season of getting. Getting candy, getting toys. New books and clothes. Things they need and some things they probably don't. And it's so easy to get swept up in it all. Buying gifts for small people is fun. Clothes we wish they made in our size and toys we wish were around when we were small call to us and our family and our friends. But, before we know it, our kids are asking for the next present and tearing paper like it's a job. If you want to turn this season of getting into a season of giving for your little ones, here are a few tips...
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Heartfulness for the Holidays

Heartfulness for the Holidays
Several years ago an experiment was conducted in Washington, DC in which a group of people decided to practice mental focus for several weeks to affect crime rates. The hope was that crime levels would drop. Before the group began their exercise of positive mental focus, they contacted local officials to inform them of their intent. They were told that nothing short of a severe snow storm would decrease the crime rate. After 6 weeks of up to 4000 people practicing kindness in their thoughts (and it was the middle of summer) the crime rate dropped by  nearly 25% (Hagelin, et al 1993). So let's try some heartfulness in our own community! November is a time of letting go as we see the leaves turn and release themselves. We experience loss of sunlight, loss of warm days, and the sense that winter is coming soon. We are in the season of...
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Healthy Options in the Season of Snacking

Healthy Options in the Season Of Snacking
It has started. With Halloween barely a week ago and Thanksgiving less than a month away, the season of food has begun. If your house is anything like mine, you have Halloween candy spilling out of every nook and cranny (why didn’t we give out five pieces instead of two to every trick-or-treater!?) and small people asking to eat it a dozen times each day. And, if you are anything like me, you want to say yes to at least half of these requests so you can have a piece too, rather than waiting to sneak one at nap time. Oh, sugar. At this time of year, I often worry that our family’s nutrition takes a deep dive into the land of high fructose corn syrup and that we not only pack on a few pounds but develop some pretty poor eating habits along the way. So, as the season of...
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Chef Tom From Harth Comes To Cook At Brooksfield!

Chef Tom From Harth Comes To Cook At Brooksfield!
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This week, we had the great pleasure of being visited by Chef Tom, a "real, live" Chef from  Harth , a new restaurant located at the Hilton in McLean/Tysons Corner. During Chef Tom's visit he gave Room 2 a hands-on cooking class. We made a delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake and learned about: how to follow a recipe how to use a sifter measuring spoons how to use a spatula several spices that we now all love:  cinnamon ginger and a combination called all-spice!   We thank Chef Tom and his assistant Christina for coming to our class, and look forward to cooking with Chef Tom again in the future :)
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Pumpkins, Hayrides, and More!

Pumpkins, Haryrides, and More!
Yesterday was Brooksfield School's annual Lower School  field trip to the pumpkin patch. We all hopped on school buses (which was fun in its self) headed out of McLean, Virginia and drove  to Ticonderoga Farms in Chantilly. With slides, corn maze, moon bounce, farm animals, and the ever-so-popular spooking hayride that even went through the water, a ghostly time was had by all! We completed the day by picking out a pumpkin to take home. I don't know who was more exhausted the kids or the parents! What a great day!
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Delicious Autumn Veggie Medley Recipe For Hungry Kids

Delicious Autumn Veggie Medley Recipe For Hungry Kids
It's Autumn so celebrate with this colorful and healthy veggie medley! Bake a big batch and have plenty for leftovers! Veggie Medley Recipe A quarter of chopped: sweet potatoes beets mushrooms onions cauliflower Brussel sprouts Yukon gold potatoes Any other veggies you like Parsnips, carrots, rutabagas are great too! Mix in a bowl with olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar to simply coat the mixture and add flavor. Then ad sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Spray your baking dish to help prevent sticking. Sprinkle fresh Parmesan cheese in between layers as you fill baking dish with all the veggies Bake at 400-425 degrees until done!
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Brooksfield will be represented at the McLean Project for the Arts Annual Artfest

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McLean Project for the Arts Annual Artfest will be held at the McLean Community Center on Sunday Oct. 6, 2013 from 10 am - 5 pm.  Brooksfield School will be represented with 12 pieces of art created by our students in Kindergarten through Grade 4. Find us in the Children's Art Walk.  Click here for more information about MPA's Artfest
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Peace Day At Brooksfield

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The month of September is special at Brooksfield School here in McLean, VA. We begin a new year at our Montessori school and have so many new friends and families that have joined us for a Mindful Year. New friendships are budding on the playground. Excitement is in the air and so is PEACE! International Day of Peace The International Day of Peace was celebrated at our school last week and our children will now learn about personal peace in the practice of Mindful Meditation. Give yourself permission today to sit for just one minute with your eyes closed, allowing your attention to go to your breath. Breathe in slowly and relax with an exhale. For just 60 seconds allow your mind to unplug from all the many distractions of your day and simply, BE. As you try to put this practice into your day, remember that in a heated moment,...
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Literacy Arts Week Begins March 11th

Literary Arts celebration begins March 11 th Did you know that the well-known children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems kicked off his career as a writer and animator for Sesame Street and earned six Emmy Awards? During Brooksfield School's annual Literary Arts Celebration, students in both the Lower and Upper Schools will learn this and much more about Willems, whose books have awarded the prestigious Caldecott Honors. On  Wednesday, March 13 th , the students will hear how local children’s author Susan Stockdale approaches the writing process. Be sure to attend the  Assembly on Thursday,   March 14th  to see the children's Willems-based art and presentations. Also, Brooksfield will host a  book   drive all week . Please help your child choose some gently-used books for the boxes we will have stationed at carpool from the  11 th through the 15 th . We will be donating the books to INOVA...
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Expansion - Leadership Levels

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  Leadership Giving Levels Help set the pace for Brooksfield’s Annual Fund by making a tax deductible leadership gift.           $10,00 plus Journey Club $5,000 to $9,999 Naturalist Circle $2,500 to $4,999 Green Gardeners $1,000 to $2,499 Peace Circle $750 to $999 1987 Club $500 to $749 Adventurer's Club $400 to $499 Dragonfly Donors Less than $400 Brooksfield Booster If you would like to make a tax deductible leadership gift, please download and complete the form below.  Please mail form and your check to: Brooksfield School 1830 Kirby Road McLean, Virginia 22101   Brooksfield Annual Fund Form  
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Brooksfield School Experience

At Brooksfield Montessori School we offer extended day - after school care to enhance your child’s learning experience for parents from McLean, Arlington, Great Falls, Falls Church and other parts of Northern Virginia. A Brooksfield School Alum supports the Montessori experience. Read more about what this Brooksfield School parent says… “ Brooksfield recognizes each child’s unique strengths and offers fun and challenging opportunities to explore, develop, imagine, create and laugh. I was drawn to the quiet magic of engaged and enchanted children busily exploring their materials and environment. I learned about Brooksfield from other happy Brooksfield parents. I love the wide variety of materials, activities, and methods used to open kids mind to all that is possible for them to experience and the connections that they build with each child and their surroundings. The staff is attentive, cheerful, and taught our children positive ways of relating to us and to each other...
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International Montessori Students

At Brooksfield School we have many International students from china, Japan, india and other asian communities in our McLean, Virginia Campus   This Brooksfield School, www.brooksfieldschool.org , parent has good things to say. Read more below about Brooksfield School…   The entire staff is very nurturing.  My daughter looked forward to going to school every day.  An added bonus was a large parking lot that makes it easy to do drop offs in the morning (hard to appreciate until you are backed up on the street at other schools who do not have such generous real estate).   To see more about Brooksfield School’s Pre-K, Kindergarten and Elementary go to www.brooksfieldschool.org .   At Brooksfield School we have many International students from china, Japan, India and other asian communities in our McLean, Virginia Campus.
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Dutch Students of Montessori Education at the Brooksfield School in McLean, Virginia

This Brooksfield School, www.brooksfieldschool.org , parent is happy with their son’s education. Read about Brooksfield School below…   English:   “Our son really enjoyed Brooksfield because it is learning in a natural way in a safe and loving environment.”   Now read about our Dutch students of Montessori education at Brooksfield School in McLean, Virginia in Dutch.   “Onze zoon had een geweldige tijd op Brooksfield. Het is leren op een  ongedwongen manier in een veilige en liefdevolle omgeving.”   To see more about Brooksfield School’s Pre-K, Kindergarten and Elementary go to www.brooksfieldschool.org and meet our Dutch students and their parents!
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International Montessori School Students in the Northern Virginia suburbs of the Washington Area

This Brooksfield School, www.brooksfieldschool.org , alum remembers…   “I have very fond memories of Brooksfield and still remember my teachers very well. I still see a lot of the teachers, because now it is my brother's turn to attend Brooksfield. We moved away before I could attend the Upper School, but I still know that I missed a lot, because of my brother who is a very proud Upper School student now and he adores his teachers and I can understand why! I still know my friends from Brooksfield and I will now be a CIT at Brooksfield for the second year!”   Now read about our international Montessori students in the Washington area in Dutch!   “Ik heb geweldige herinneringen aan mijn tijd op Brooksfield en ik herinner me mijn juf ook erg goed. Ik zie nog steeds veel van de leerkrachten op Brooksfield, want nu gaat mijn jongere broer naar Brooksfield....
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Brooksfield School…Elemenary School, McLean, Virginia

This Brooksfield School, www.brooksfield.com , parent recommends pre-K, Kindergarten and Elementary School in McLean, Virginia. Read more about Brooksfield School in our parent testimonial:   “We can highly recommend Brooksfield! The teachers and staff are very professional and dedicated, caring and loving and they provide the children with a balanced and nurturing environment! Our oldest son (13 years old) is a Brooksfield alumnus and has very fond memories of his preschool and kindergarten years at Brooksfield. He wished he would have been able to also have attended the elementary, like his younger brother. He now spends part of his summer as a CIT at Brooksfield summer camp! Our youngest son (8) started at Brooksfield as a pre-k and now is very proud to be an elementary student! Both are doing very well academically, but are also kind and balanced. We are truly grateful that our sons have been blessed with the wonderful education at Brooksfield!   Now...
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Private School McLean, Virginia

This happy Brooksfield School parent was happy with her daughter’s Montessori School experience. Read more below about Brooksfield School…   “At Brooksfield School, I could feel the joy, love and enthusiasm. The students loved to learn, the teachers nurtured, cheered and challenged them and the parents embraced it all enthusiastically. My daughter started when she was 2 years 9 months. Encouraged to explore – from outside the window to around the world - she developed a love for nature and an appreciation for other nations and cultures.   With a country like setting in the suburbs, there was enough acreage to explore without being overwhelming or requiring me to extend my commute.   She effortlessly became well-rounded – loving music, art and dance, attuning her ear to Spanish, exploring geography and science, developing foundational math skill resulting in her understanding/using multiplication and spelling words, reading and writing stories – all by the time she completed kindergarten.  ...
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Preschool Montessori program Mclean, Virginia

Brooksfield School in McLean, Virginia gives an education like no other.  Here is what education means to those in McLean, Virginia at Brooksfield School, www.brooksfieldschool.org . Spring Has Sprung at Brooksfield Montessori School! March 21st is the first day of Spring.  And, the children of Brooksfield Montessori School , located in McLean, Virginia, are making the most of the temperate weather. Children in the preschool Montessori program , the Kindergarten Montessori program and the elementary Montessori program spend time working not only inside the classroom, but outside on the five gorgeous, sprawling acres of the school campus.  The school grounds provide the perfect place for nature walks, soccer games, scavenger hunts, outdoor dance and movement, P.E., playground play, art and all kinds of exploration.  So, as the flowers bloom and the sun begins to warm the earth, take a page from Brooksfield's book...get outside with your children and explore the beauty...
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Private Montessori School in Mclean, Virginia

Brooksfield School in Arlington, Virginia gives an education like no other. Here is what education means to those in Arlington, Virginia at Brooksfield School, www.brooksfieldschool.org . Brooksfield Private Montessori is Reaching Out Brooksfield Montessori School , located near Arlington, Virginia, includes outreach in their curriculum.  The children in the elementary Montessori program make sandwiches for a homeless shelter nearby, for instance. The school is also doing its part to help raise money for the people of Japan.  At the next school assembly, Brooksfield school will pass around a collection basket for families who choose to donate to the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children’s Emergency Fund. in support of Save the Children's responses to children's ongoing and urgent needs.  Children in the Kindergarten and preschool Montessori program also get involved by donating used books and learning daily about respect and empathy for other people.  To learn more about Brooksfield Montessori School , please visit...
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Montessori Kindergarten in Mclean, Virginia

Brooksfield School in Vienna, Virginia gives an education like no other. Here is what education means to those in Vienna, Virginia at Brooksfield School, www.brooksfieldschool.org . Hooray for Montessori Kindergarten! Brooksfield Montessori School , located a few miles from Vienna, Virginia, offers a wonderful full day Montessori Kindergarten program . The children work in mixed-age groups in the morning and then with just their kindergartners in the afternoon, while their younger classmates are resting or napping.  Full day Kindergarten students work with hands-on Montessori materials, learning math, science, language & reading, writing, geography, history, art  & art history, music, dance, Spanish and theatre, among other things.  They also spend time in both small and large groups, exposing them to all types of teaching styles and classroom situations.  All of this industry is wrapped in a warm, laughter-filled, joyful setting.  Now THAT is something shout about! For more information about Brooksfield Montessori School's...
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Brooksfield School Summer Camp in Mclean, Virginia

Brooksfield School in McLean, Virginia plans more than education. Visit www.brooksfieldschool.org to see what they have in mind for your child in McLean, Virgina. Summertime in Virginia On the winds of Spring, blows a glorious Virginia Summer. Hot and humid, perhaps, but also filled with splishity-splashity fun!  The children of Brooksfield Montessori school, as well as children from around the community, will be laughing and playing and swimming their way through the summer heat at Brooksfield Summer Camp , a 7-week summer program open to children ages 3 through 10 years. The summer camp boasts a well-qualified, well-trained staff that that plans age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, water play, field-trips, outdoor adventures, cooking, swimming lessons and much more. Don't be left out in the cold...or should we say, the heat!  Spaces fill quickly, so contact Brooksfield Montessori School today to reserve your spot! For more information about the Brooksfield School Summer...
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Montessori School in Mclean, Virginia

Brooksfield School in McLean, Virginia gives an education like no other. Here is what education means to those in McLean, Virginia at Brooksfield School, www.brooksfieldschool.org . Growing Brooksfield for a Greener tomorrow. Brooksfield Montessori School Gives Back At the last assembly, Brooksfield Montessori School decided to raise money to help the victims of the Japan tragedy.  With the help of parents and staff, the school collected $186 to send to Save The Children's Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children's Emergency Fund.  Also, this private school , which is located just outside of Vienna, Virginia, collected 5 boxes of gently used books that will be donated to Books for America .  Brooksfield is routinely involved in outreach and impresses upon their preschool , Kindergarten and elementary Montessori students, the importance of giving back and reaching out.  For more information on Brooksfield Montessori School in McLean, Virginia please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org
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