Extended Day is Tons of Fun!

The After School Care at Brooksfield private Montessori school, in McLean, Virginia, is exceptional.  The Extended Day teachers, who exude warmth and fun, plan wonderful activities for the children.  Making special snacks is a child favorite.  Recently, the children made their own ice cream. Yummy!  They also enjoysongs, games, stories, art projects, outdoor play, in-house field trips and free-play.  Children from both the Montessori primary program and the Montessori elementary program at Brooksfield School are welcome to join the Extended Day Program and experience the after-school FUN! For more information on after school care at Brooksfield Montessori School, please visit https://www.brooksfieldschool.org/programs/organic-gardening or call the school office to inquire. 

Art in the Montessori School

Art in Montessori Education Art is an integral part of both the Montessori primary program and the Montessori elementary program.  At Brooksfield Montessori School, students of all ages experience both formal art classes , with a highly qualified art specialist, and free art in their individual classrooms.  Brooksfield school knows how important it is for preschool and elementary school children to be exposed to the arts and be given time to explore and create.  So, next time you have a play date with your child, pull out the tempera paints, grab a brush...and let your imaginations soar!  To view some of the art work created by the children in our private Montessori program, please visit http://www.brooksfieldschool.org and click on Arts and Crafts Gallery .

Green Montessori School

Brooksfield Montessori school, in McLean, Virginia , has spent two years working hard at becoming a green Montessori school.  The school has made significant changes in the way it uses resources such as electricity and paper, making sure to recycle materials, send emails instead of paper notes and turn off computers during downtime.  They have also switched to eco-friendly paint and are teaching the children to plant organic vegetable gardens .  Brooksfield is helping create a cleaner, greener future for the children!   To learn more about Green Montessori schools, please visit our website.

Music in the Montessori Primary Program

The children in the Montessori Primary Program at Brooksfield School have been learning through music!   During music class, the children have been singing songs that are not only melodic and catchy, but also teach them about Washington, DC and Virginia .  What a great way to learn history and geogrpahy ! For more information on Montessori education, please visit www.brooksfieldschool.org

Why Am I Getting Organized?

We are heading towards the end of January and the end of "Get Organized Month". Yes, there really is such a month, and of course my professional association, The National Association of Professional Organizers has designated it so. Being organized is a resolution that many of us have because we know that we will be able to do more things in 2011 if we get organized. In fact "Getting Organized" is cited as one of the top 10 resolutions for Americans each year. If getting organized is your resolution, I recommend that you write down at least 10 reasons for why you want to achieve this goal. Read your reasons daily and it will be a motivator, a coach and a visual reminder that will help keep you on track. Break down your big goal of getting organized into manageable smaller organizing tasks and projects. And better yet, instead of making...
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Organic Food, Fitness & Fun: Brooksfield School Green Day a Huge Success

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Washington Home & Garden Article for Brooksfield School October 27, 2010 Organic Food, Fitness & Fun Brooksfield School Green Day a Huge Success More than 500 people were on hand Saturday, October 23 for the first McLean Green Day event brought to the city by The Brooksfield School. More than 30 green vendors and activities for kids transformed the five acres of grounds and St. Dunstan's Church where the school is located. There was Halloween fun, pony rides, a climbing wall, fitness demonstrations, and face painting. For adults there were organic food samples, fitness tips, gardening and cooking demonstrations. The event also showcased dozens of green business vendors, plus builders, architects, nutritionists, farmers and businesses that provide local, green and organic products. For instance, Whole Foods did a raw food dessert demonstration. A sculptor showed distinctive animal sculptures made from recycled plastic. At the same time, local musician John Henry had...
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Optimizing Storage So Your Home Can Breath

If you are like me and you haven't put your seasonal decorations away yet, take a little time to take a peek this weekend (yes, we will do it this weekend) at what else is in your storage area, and try to edit a little out.  This exercise will help you use your storage space more effectively this year so that you don't dread as much retrieving something you need out of there.  You will have a sense of accomplishment knowing you didn't just cram the seasonal boxes up there like most of us usually do.   Also, part of organizing any space, both storage or living, requires creating available space by making decisions of what to purge out because of condition, redundancy, or not needing or wanting it now. I don't do this kind of inventory in my main storage space (our attic) every year, but this year I intend...
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Happy New Year and Happy Organizing!

I think one of the main reasons there is an urge to get organized at the start of the year, is the desire to do more and to do it better. In order to do anything better and to accomplish more, we have to figure out how we may be wasting time, and we need to determine how to use our time more effectively. Time is a commodity that everyone wants more of, but it seems to allude us. We live in an age where advances in technology make us available 24/7 and the expectations of people are that we should be responsive almost immediately. We pride ourselves in being supreme multi-taskers and some how doing it all and most times doing it well. Over time this takes a toll and most people start borrowing time from leisure or sleep and inevitably come up short. The best kept secret to achieve...
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Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping Here it is December 10th and I don't have my holiday shopping list together. What? A professional organizer who doesn't have her shopping done, wrapped and ready to go by December 1st? I am a little bit behind this year, but being a very practical person, I tend to give practical gifts, so I figure it isn't going to take me too long to do my shopping. I also have been known to buy in quantity, if I like something, and then give it out as my signature gift. One year I gave everyone a coupon, saving Entertainment book tailored for their part of the country and another year everyone got a pizza stone with pizza fixings. Here are some ideas to wrap up your shopping quickly to minimize stress so that you can really enjoy this special time of year. 1. Think about giving some high quality chocolate,...
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Shopping Nirvana

What is the most exciting place for an organizer to hang out, relax, take in the sights and shop? Of course, The Container Store! I just got back from what I wanted to be a quick excursion to shop for a client, and pick up a few things for me, and of course it wasn't quick at all. We all know that there is no such thing as a quick in and out for an organizer in the mecca for organizing products. I find the Container Store to be an uplifting store, because the under-lying promise of a sense of order, stress reduction and control come with the purchase of the tangible products. I found most of what I needed, and a very helpful associate brain-stormed with me some ideas for categorizing quilt patterns, (my whole reason for being there in the first place), for my client's quilt studio. Together we...
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School Closing Alert

Weather Update:  Due to icy road conditions, Brooksfield will be CLOSED today, Friday, February 19, 2021.  All child visits are canceled and will be rescheduled.  Stay warm!