Every Friday is Spirit Day at Brooksfield Montessori School , a private school located near Arlington, Virginia. On Fridays, the children in the kindergarten Montessori , preschool Montessor i and elementary Montessori programs , along with the teachers, show their school spirit by sporting Brooksfield tee shirts and sweatshirts. What a fun way to show their school pride. Go team Brooksfield! To purchase your Brooksfield gear from the school office, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org and contact the office via e-mail or phone.
By Anita Capizzi, R.N., CHC What do your Brooksfield children eat for breakfast on school days? If you say cereal, I say give other foods a chance! We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day...why is that? Our bodies and particularly our brains need the proper fuel to set the pace for the upcoming day. Many processed cereals turn into sugar very quickly in our bodies because they are made from refined carbohydrates. There is nothing in the cereal to slow down the digestion process. That means that the fuel we have given our children to start their school day, is quickly used up and gone! That causes hunger pangs and distractibility early in the day. What could we feed our children that would digest slower and help to give them lasting energy throughout the morning? Try out these different breakfast ideas for lasting...
Brooksfield Montessori School, in Northern Virginia, will host wellness speaker, Anita Capizzi , after the school assembly on March 17th. Capizzi is a Certified Health Coach and a registered nurse who will discuss the importance of moving away from the "S.A.D," Standard American Diet. Brooksfield school, which houses preschool Montessori , kindergarten Montessori and elementary Montessori programs , believes in proper nutrition and encourages healthy eating habits with things such as Fresh Fruit Fridays. After all...you are what you eat. And, we want our children to eat foods that keep them healthy, strong and happy! For more information on Brooksfield School, which is located in McLean, Virginia , please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org
Tuesday, March 15th, is Literary Arts Day at Brooksfield Montessori School, which is located just outside of Oakton, Virginia. This year’s featured author is Rosemary Wells, who penned and illustrated the well known Max and Ruby Series, among many others. On Tuesday, the children in the preschool Montessori program , the kindergarten Montessori program and the elementary Montessori program will be reading Wells' Yoko and Yoko’s Paper Cranes . In celebration of these wonderful stories, each classroom will recreate the ‘International Foods Day’ that is featured in Yoko , enjoying tasty treats from around the world. The children will also do a special origami craft project and present what they have learned at an upcoming school assembly. Let's hear it for arts and literature! For more information on Brooksfield Montessori School, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org
Stop what you're doing and READ...just for fun! That's what the children at Brooksfield Montessori school do once a week during their D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) program. Brooksfield, which is located in McLean, Virginia , uses D.E.A.R to enrich its already well-rounded reading program. During D.E.A.R., parent volunteers come into the classrooms to read with the children in the full day Kindergarten program . As they cozy up with their favorite books, the children not only gain confidence in their reading, but also bond with parents and strengthen their love of reading. For more information on Brooksfield Montessori School's full day Kindergarten program , please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org
In an effort to stay fit and learn about the importance of exercise and proper nutrition, the children of Brooksfield Montessori School , located in Northern Virginia, attend P. E. classes throughout the year. Led by their teacher, Mary, the children in the preschool Montessori program , the Kindergarten Montessori program and the elementary Montessori program participate in lively, age-appropriate, games and movement exercises. Last semester, the children worked on their jumping skills as well as on their dodge, catch and flee skills. They played games such as "skunk tag" and "stuff the turkey." And, on really cold days, students learned yoga poses and played indoor games that got them moving and shaking! What a fun way to be healthy! For more information about Brooksfield Private School or the PE program, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org
Just a short drive from Reston , Virginia, Brooksfield Montessori School offers a private Montessori preschool program, a full-day Kindergarten and a Montessori elementary program . In every classroom in this bright, brilliant, warm school, the children are respected and taught to respect. The Montessori Method focuses specifically on respect for self, respect for others and respect for environment. As such, Brooksfield's students take pride in learning to wash their hands properly, brush their teeth and prepare their own snacks. In respecting their surroundings, they are given lessons in table washing, floor sweeping, crumbing, window washing etc. And, out of respect for each other, both children and adults use manner words such as please, thank you and excuse me regularly. The children take delight in all of these wonderful activities and enjoy being a part of their classroom community. For more information on the Montessori Method, or Brooksfield Montessori School, please...
The primary Montessori and Kindergarten Montessori classes are alive with the sound of music ! In January, the children, under the direction of their music teacher, John, took imaginary trips to Africa and Japan. In Africa, the children danced a traditional African dance called, Che Che Cole and in Japan, they learned that "konichiwa" means, "hello." The children also learned about rhythm, using wooden drum sticks to play along with a variety of songs. Brooksfield Montessori private school kids have the music in them! To learn more about Brooksfield's focus on arts in education, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org
Spring is only 20 days away...and Summer's warm face is peeking over Spring's shoulder. So, sign up now for Brooksfield Montessori School's 2011 summer camp ! The camp, which is open to children ages 3-9, is located on the school's gorgeous 5 acre lot in McLean, just a few miles from Arlington, VA. The grounds include a beautiful playground, a field for sports and field games and a sprawling wooded area that is perfect for nature walks. Brooksfield's camp includes swimming lessons, outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, water play, playground time, stories, cooking, dancing, singing, friendship, indoor field trips and a boatload of summer FUN! Children in both the primary Montessori program and the Elementary Montessori program are invited to attend. Spaces are limited to call submit your camp application today! For more information about Brooksfield Summer Camp, please visit www.brooksfieldschoo.org
Learning about cultures from all over the world is an important part of the Brooksfield Montessori School's curriculum. Once a week, the Elementary Program takes a virtual trip around the world in a class that focuses on traditions from around the globe. The class uses performing arts to study the culture, beliefs and traditions of different countries. This year, the class has focused heavily on the Native American culture and Brooksfield's little globe trotters have been working on developing original adaptations of two traditional stories. The production includes poetry, chants and dances inspired by the lives of the First American nations. The elementary school children, led by their teacher, Sandra, will perform their adaptations at a school assembly in the Spring. How exciting! For more information on Brooksfield Montessori school or the private elementary program, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org