Elementary School Students Are Out Of This World!

Learning about cultures all over the world
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

Music in the Private Elementary Program

Students in Brooksfield Montessori School's Elementary music program have been learning many exciting musical concepts.  In late Fall, they studied the history of the Orff instruments, including the xylophone and the glockenspiel.  They even learned a new folk song and played along with the triangle and the drums.  Most recently, the children in the Montessori elementary program were introduced to the instrument families: Brass, Woodwind, String and Percussion.  If music is the universal language, these private school kids are talking up a storm! For more information on Brooksfield School's focus on the arts, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org

Brooksfield Montessori School - Seeing is Believing

Children from all over the DC metropolitan area come to tour Brooksfield private Montessori school , which is located in McLean, VA.  What they find is a warm, happy, industrious atmosphere where children and parents alike are welcomed with friendly greetings and the happy sounds of children.  They peek into classrooms in the lower school to see children in the Montessori preschool program and the Montessori Kindergarten program spooning lentils, counting objects, washing windows, having snack, painting, doing multiplication with beads, learning to read using the movable alphabet, writing creative stories, classifying living and non-living objects, studying the continents of the world, for example.  Or, they pop into the Montessori Elementary program to find students labeling parts of speech, working on "infinity street," writing poetry and studying iambic pentameter, studying respected artists, or making human element chains while learning the periodic table, for instance.   Touring parents are able to see the...
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Montessori Education with a Traditional Flare

Brooksfield Montessori school, located a few miles from Arlington, VA, offers a Montessori education that incorporates some traditional activities and other beneficial educational experiences.  In the classrooms on their lovely 5-acre campus, children are taught to work independently as well as in small groups.  They are taught to manage their time and play a part in their own education by moving about the classroom, choosing work that interests and intrigues them. They are also encouraged to explore new concepts and ideas through teacher-recommended activities.  However, Brooksfield teachers also sprinkle-in large group instruction as well as opportunities for children to put pencil to paper in a more traditional style, sometimes making use of workbooks and printed worksheets to supplement the hands-on curriculum.  It is this kind of flexibility, open-mindedness and forethought that makes Brooksfield a leader amongst private schools and helps prepare the children for any kind of school they may encounter...
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Breaking Family Routines

Of course, as a professional organizer I am a big believer in routines, but I think abandoning routines once in awhile can be a good thing. I include our family in the group that doesn't take advantage of all of the wonderful museums, free and low-cost recreational park activities and the many other enriching family programs that are available every weekend in and around D.C. We tend to fall into our regular a.m. routine of reading the shrinking paper and enjoying our coffee while the kids watch cartoons, before all of the normal weekend activities start like b-day parties, sports practices and play dates. This weekend we diverged a bit from our routine mainly because our youngest had been cooped up all week with an especially harsh stomach virus, and I think we all needed to do something different. We went down to the Building Museum on Saturday because they have...
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Finding the Balance between Green, and everything else

green living road sign
It's been way too long since I connected with the Brooksfield community and so today I want to share some personal and professional thoughts on green living. When I started my business in 2008, I wanted to provide a service that helped people make better decisions for their own personal health and the health of our planet. I also wanted to help businesses build a culture of green so that they could implement green practices that made sense, reduced their environmental impact, and boosted employee morale and retention. After a couple years of providing those services, with great success in some areas, and not so great in others - I have just this weekend had what I think is an insightful revelation on where I may have gone wrong, and where I need to go from here.  The revelation: Most people just want things to be simple. Most people buy products...
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Extended Fun for Extended Day!

Brooksfield Montessori school, located a few miles from Vienna, Virginia, will be closing for winter break next week, but their Extended Day program will remain open and loaded with fun!  Next week, the after school care program, which encompasses children in the primary Montessori , Kindergarten Montessori and Elementary Montessori programs , will include a magic show, special cooking projects, arts and crafts and lots of playtime. They will also include "Hat Day," "Crazy Hair Day," and "Pajama Day," which always brings smiles and laughter.  What a joyous way to spend a week!  For more information on Brooksfield private Montessori School's Extended Day program, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org.

Mise En Place for Organizing Success

Good chefs and organizers have something very important in common. We both employ a technique that is commonly used by professional chefs called mise en place, which means "everything in its place". Designating a place for everything is at the core of organizing because without this important element proper systems can't be set up. Something I see a lot as an organizer is many clients will pile things or stuff items in places because either they aren't sure where the items are suppose to go, a home was never identified for the items, or they intend to put it away and the put away pile becomes daunting. The ramifications of not employing the mise en place philosophy is that organization will be elusive, never ending, and overwhelming when it doesn't have to be. Also, you will probably re-buy things you already have because you either can't find the item when you...
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Learning & Laughing in the Montessori School

Brooksfield private Montessori School , which is situated on 5 gorgeous, tree-covered acres a few miles from Oakton, VA, knows that learning is a fun!  The children in both the preschool Montessori program and the full day Kindergarten program enjoy the the hands-on, experiential learning that is typical of Montessori schools.  However, Brooksfield School takes it one step further mixing art and music into much of the curriculum.  Take a peek into any of their classrooms and you will see students quietly concentrating on their "work," but you will also see them singing, dancing, painting, writing poetry, laughing, and socializing as they work together on everything from science projects to the multiplication beads.  Brooksfield Montessori School believes in letting kids be kids and in letting them find joy in learning, something that will benefit them well past their Kindergarten years.   To experience the joy that is Brooksfield Private Montessori School,...
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Montessori Upper

The private elementary program at Brooksfield Montessori School, which is located a few miles outside of Washington, DC , is alight with learning, creativity, friendship and adventure.  Their highly academic, warm and wonderful program includes not only the usual subjects taught in grades 1 through 3, but also Spanish,  Anthropology, Dance & Movement and Outdoor Adventures (canoeing, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, kayaking etc.).  Further, the children in the Upper School have the opportunity to join Brooksfield Players, the school's long-established theatre program, as well as after school activities such as Chess Club, Cooking Class and Woodworking.  And, best of all, this Fall, Brooksfield is thrilled to be adding 4th grade to their unparalleled Montessori elementary program.  Now, the love of learning encompassed by all of Brooksfield's students, will reach even further. For more information on Brooksfield Montessori School's private elementary program, please visit http://www.brooksfieldschool.org/upper-school-Montessori-education
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