3 Ways Montessori Childcare Gives Your Toddler a Head Start

When you choose a school with a Montessori approach to childcare, you are choosing to give your child many advantages over other types of preschools and daycare environments. Here are three big boosts you are giving your toddler when you choose the Montessori method. The Montessori approach builds self confidence. Kids in a Montessori environment are taught to focus on what they can do rather than what they can't. The Montessori education model encourages teachers and other adults to allow children to try new things and not be afraid of failure. Kids and their parents are often surprised by how much children can accomplish when they are given the opportunity. The Montessori approach encourages working together. A Montessori classroom is set up with several different age groups learning together. This is important because older children learn to teach and younger children get the benefit of the experience of older kids that...
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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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Preschool Critical Learning Moment for a Child's Growth

Children are quite curious from the ages 3-5. It is critical in this timeframe to develop a child's eagerness to learn which will greatly benefit them down the road as they get older. A Montessori preschool program will develop their social and emotional skills. This is a very important key to academic success before they enter elementary school. Preschool will be the driving force behind helping a child learn to read and love to learn. Check out the entire article on Herald & Review  about preschool being the foundation for a child's academic growth. Contact us today!

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!  

So Many Daycare Services in Mclean! How do I choose?

Your toddler is your world. Yes, the sun does rise and set in him, at least in your universe. He is walking, starting to talk, and gaining a degree of independence. Now is the time to consider enrolling him in a daycare program. Many reasons present themselves for considering a toddler daycare program . Mclean offers a wide variety of choices. Sorting through each one is both time-consuming and essential to the health and well-being of your little one, as well as to your personal peace of mind. No reason for this process is more important than assuring you choose a quality program that fits your goals for your child and your child's future. Look for quality indicators in these areas: health and safety considerations, appropriate teacher-child interactions, child-directed learning, aesthetically pleasing environments, parent involvement and program philosophy. It is always a good idea to seek references from like-minded parents. How...
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4 Ways Montessori-Based Daycare Will Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Selecting toddler daycare services in Mclean, VA is an important process. You want to be sure that your child will get the most out of their daily time in daycare, offering vital skills that will prepare them for kindergarten. The question, however, is how you'll know that you've selected the right daycare for your child. If you're thinking about a Montessori school, there are several benefits that your child will reap as early as kindergarten. Improved Concentration It's hard for any child to sit and concentrate on a task they aren't interested in--especially when that task involves filling out a worksheet or completing another educational assignment they don't understand or have no interest in. When your child attends Montessori preschool, however, they'll gain the pieces to enhance their concentration in several different ways. They'll be encouraged to continue the learning process when something catches their interest, rather than having their learning...
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National Parks Celebrating 100 Years

Did you visit a National Park this summer? KidsPost has a picture contest ending August 30th for some of the best photos taken this summer in America's National Parks. Celebrate 100 years of family trips to National Parks across the country. Take advantage of the several National Parks, memorials, monuments, and historical sites that the Washington DC area has to offer and send your pictures in! Photo shots must have been taken following May 26th, 2016. All entries due by August 30th! Be sure there is at least one person in the image age 5-13. Check out the details here!

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!

Maria Montessori: The Woman Who Changed Education

The Montessori curriculum is a unique educational method that has been changing the lives of children for over a century. This method of education is distinguished for its multi-age class structure and exploratory methods. Rather than adhering to high-pressure traditional schooling methods with grades and tests, Montessori programs give students educational tools appropriate to their age groups, and allows students to choose their own work and learn in a collaborative environment. With more than 5,000 private Montessori schools in the United States that employ the method, it's clear that the educational movement is alive and well. While we may know about Montessori schools, many do not know about the woman behind this movement. Maria Montessori was a groundbreaking woman of her time that pushed the boundaries of her gender and the education system as she knew it.  Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. She was an exceptionally smart and...
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