Brooksfield School gets a new bus!

Brooksfield bus
At the end of the month, Brooksfield School located in McLean, Virginia will now have it's very own bus!  Look for the bus around town as we take it on local field trips around Northern Virginia!

My New Love: CardStar

Since I have the organizing gene, anytime I can improve a system or process or use something in a new way that saves time or somehow is better, it is always something to celebrate.  I have been singing the praises of my new found treasure, the App, CardStar. My purse got about 5 pounds lighter thanks to an organizing friend who introduced me to it.   CardStar holds digitally all of the plastic cards and key tabs that many stores and restaurants entice us with to get discounts.   Viola, my wallet is not overstuffed and my three key rings (yes, I have three) can now just hold keys because all of the plastic cards and key tags can be left home!  In addition to the convenience of not having to carry all of the extra plastic, CardStar saves us time too as it organizes the cards alphabetically so there is no more...
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Richard Louv: "The Nature Principle"

  Mary Anne with National Bestselling Author, Richard Louv. Louv is best known for his book, "Last Child in the Woods". He has just published,"The Nature Principle" which addresses reconnecting with life in a virtual age.We have an autographed copy in the office for parents to borrow. Louv's urge to us at Brooksfield is to keep up our good work AND to not only support sustainability but to also CREATE MORE NATURE.  Join us in brainstorming on this topic!    

I Got My Counter Back!

It has been really hard for me as the resident "neat freak" in our house to have cluttered kitchen counters these last few weeks.  My daughter has been working on her 1st grade assignment to create a leprechaun trap since the assignment was given a few weeks back.  Her quite large creation has been residing on our kitchen counter as she finessed it.  Today was the day that her project was due so I excitedly helped her transport it to school!  She also had a birthday party at the end of February so we have been working on her thank you notes at the kitchen table.   Of course an active 7 year old can only do a few at a time, so the box of notes has remained on the counter to be available when inspiration struck.  We finally sat down this weekend and she did a great job finishing them...
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Elementary Montessori Program in McLean

Brooksfield Montessori School which is located outside of Reston, Virginia, not only offers preschool and kindergarten Montessori programs (including full-day Kindergarten), but also an outstanding elementary Montessori program as well. Brooksfield's elementary students experience a well-rounded, exciting, experiential, highly academic program that is taught by warm, experienced, Montessori trained teachers who guide their students into becoming thinkers and problem solvers with a thirst for learning.  If you haven't had a tour of Brooksfield Montessori school yet...check out this video..and then call the office for a visit!

Extended Day in McLean Private School

Brooksfield Montessori School, located in McLean, Virginia, on five wooded acres, not only offers a truly incredible Montessori program for preschool, kindergarten and elementary children, but a wonderfully rich after-care program as well. Brooksfield's Extended Day program is led by two experienced, well-trained teachers who design activities that are age-appropriate and fun for the children in each age group. The afternoon includes arts and crafts, cooking and special snacks, stories, games, free-play, outdoor play, indoor field trips, computer time, songs and games, to name a few.  Sometimes, they even have a silly hair day or a cozy pajama day.  And, now Extended Day will be offered during Brooksfield's Summer Camp as well.  Awesome! For more information about Brooksfield Montessori's After School Program, please visit

Summer Camp Fabulous In McLean!

As the days get longer and the sun gets hotter...we are reminded that summer is a-comin'.  And, she's bringing all her warm weather fun with her!  Part of that Brooksfield Summer Camp, a seven-week program that begins mid-June and is open to children ages three through nine years.  The camp is held on the ground of Brooksfield Montessori School, which is located in McLean, Virginia, on five spectacular acres. The curriculum is centered around a weekly theme with carefully planned activities that are suited to each age group’s maturity and interest level.   Campers will enjoy playground time, snack, arts and crafts, swimming lessons, water play, cooking projects, friendship, fun, laughter and much more!  Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information on Brooksfield Summer Camp, please visit

Fairfax County- Almost Time for Summer Camp!

Brooksfield Montessori school in, McLean, Virginia offers a superb Summer Camp program. The camp, which is held on Brooksfield's five lovely acres, just outside of Reston, VA, is a seven-week program, open to children ages 3 through 9 years old.  The camp curriculum encompasses a wide variety of activities suited to each age group’s maturity and interests. Weekly themes engage each camper and enrich his/her summer experience.  And, here's the best part!  Brooksfield Summer Camp is now offering Extended Day for the 2011 Summer season. Activities will include playground time, snack, arts and crafts, cooking, swimming lessons, water play, friendship, and tons of Summer fun!  Apply early, because spots fill quickly! For more information on Brooksfield Summer Camp in McLean, VA, please visit

Northern Virginia- Private Montessori Elementary Program

Brooksfield Montessori school, located in McLean, Virginia, not far from Vienna, houses preschool through elementary school children.  The private school, unique not only for it's location on five gorgeous, wooded acres, but for it's mix of Montessori and traditional educational values, focuses on helping children develop an excitement for learning.  The children in the preschool and Kindergarten Montessori program as well as the elementary Montessori program are taught to be thinkers and problem solvers and to follow their natural curiosity. That innate curiosity is further ignited by Brooksfield School's superb teaching staff, a group of highly trained, experienced, Montessori certified teachers who guide the children using didactic materials that help them learn through experience.  Mixed with that method, is a pinch of traditional large group and "paper and pencil" activities that expose the children to group instruction and cooperative learning, helping them become well rounded students. Now THAT is a recipe...
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Washington Metro Area- Full Day Kindergarten

Brooksfield Montessori School , which is conveniently located in the Washington metro area, near Reston, Virginia, offers a full day Kindergarten that is well rounded, adding both academic subjects and the arts to the curriculum.  The kindergarten children in this private Montessori program use hands-on materials and experiential activities to learn and master concepts.  For instance, the children may visit an aquarium when studying marine life or an art museum when learning about a particular artist.  In addition, the children are surrounded by warm, loving teachers who are experienced and extremely well-trained.  Now THAT'S a recipe for success!

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