Montessori Kindergarten vs. Traditional Kindergarten: How Do They Compare?

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It's a major milestone for parents and children alike: the start of kindergarten. But making the decision about where to send your children for the beginning of their educational career is often stressful for parents. With so many choices available today, how do you know which type of school is best for your children? Increasingly, many parents are recognizing the benefits of a Montessori education for their children. What exactly is a  Montessori school  and how does a Montessori kindergarten classroom differ from a traditional kindergarten classroom? Let's consider some of the differences below: The role of the teacher. In a traditional classroom, the teacher is typically viewed as an authority figure; she is the center of the classroom who is in charge of controlling what and how students learn. In a Montessori classroom, the teacher is viewed as a guide. Her role is unobtrusive; she observes as children work together and...
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Thank The Bees For Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

  As you gather around the Thanksgiving table there are so many things to be thankful for.   Remember to thank the bees!  The yummy food you put on your plate is made possible by the bees  (honey, bumble and solitary bees) and other pollinators such as butterflies and flies.  For example:   1.   A salad :  lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onions 2.   The veggies :  roasted squash, beans, peas, brussel sprouts, potatoes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnips and turnips, and the cranberries in the sauce  3.   The desserts :  the pumpkin in the pie and the spices that make it yummy (cloves, allspice, nutmeg), apples an apple tart and tangerines.   Who wants turkey without the rest of the good stuff?  When giving thanks this holiday, remember to thank a bee.  Happy Thankgsiving from our family to yours!    

Thank you to our Troops!

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Happy Veterans Day to all! Brooksfield has always been committed to supporting our community.  We enjoy doing community service projects through out the year whether is is doing a coat drive, raising money for childhood cancer, preparing a Thanksgiving meal for a family in need.  Today was a special day!  We spent the morning filling boxes for our troops with Halloween Candy (donated by our students) and lots of other goodies. Thank you to all who donated candy to the Douglas J Green Memorial Foundation ( DJGMF.org ), an organization that provides comfort and support to service members and their families through sending thoughtful and useful care packages during deployments and planning exciting and memorable experiences for service members to look forward to once they return home.

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop hosted by Brooksfield!

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  Come and join Pamela and Virginia, the Brooksfield School's Art Specialists, for a holiday wreath making workshop!  They  will share some beautiful wreath-making ideas with you and walk you through the construction of different wreath and garland designs.  We will have wreath forms available and lots of greenery and materials to help you create something special for  your home this holiday season.  Coffee, tea and holiday cheer will be provided!   When: Tuesday, December 1, 205 from 12:30 to 2:30pm Where: Brooksfield (Parish Hall) Cost: $30 per person (open to the public so invite anyone!) RSVP: 703-356-5437  

Why Private School?

  No matter what age your child is, it's never too late to put them in  private school . With exposure to premium education with professional staff and activities to fill up your child's day, private schools can give your child what other schools can't. If you're still on the fence about whether your child should attend private school, we've compiled a list of what you can expect from privatized education and the continual benefits it will offer you and your child.  Being Held to a Higher Standard Every parents want the best for your child and so does their school. Private schools hold their students to a higher academic standard that will show when compared to children their age of public schools. Whether your child is in elementary or just about to graduate high school, private schools demand more graduation requirements that will further prepare them for what's ahead. Along with...
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Technology and the Montessori School

  Isn't it curious that quite a few people who have gone on to impact the world of technology received an early education that did not include the use of computers? According to an article published by the Montessori Society AMI UK, many of the titans of Silicon Valley attended a Montessori School at some time during their formative years. Larry Page, one of the founders of Google, was a student at Okemos Montessori School from 1975 to 1979. Sergey Brin, Google co-founder with Page, attended Paint Branch Montessori School in Adelphi, Maryland. When the two appeared on a Barbara Walters special, The Ten Most Fascinating People of 2004, they told her they credit their Montessori schools with allowing them to think for themselves, thus fostering their creativity. Brin for his part, feels that, by giving him the freedom to pursue activities that interested him, the Montessori environment set him on the path to becoming a...
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Got Candy?

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Already wondering about what you'll do with all of the candy you acquire next week? We've got the  answer. Bring it to the Brooksfield Candy Drive!  November 2 - November 6 bring in any candy (the stuff you didn't give out, the extras you're children collected but won't - or shouldn't - eat) and hand it over at drop-off or pick-up.  Mary, our Extended Day Director’s son, Peter, just returned from serving in Afghanistan.  Although Peter is home, his unit is still overseas serving our country.  The candy will be sent to Peter’s unit in a care package to show our love and support with the help of the Douglas J Green Memorial Foundation (DJGMF.org), an organization that provides comfort and support to service members and their families through sending thoughtful and useful care packages during deployments and planning exciting and memorable experiences for service members to look forward to once...
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Montessori Kindergarten Schools-Incorporating Montessori Teachings in the Home

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When you decide to enroll your child in a Montessori School , you are embarking on a life long love of learning. This is a journey the whole family takes together. When the school day ends, it doesn't mean the learning has to end too! There are some simple things you can do at home to incorporate what your child is learning in school into your family. Not only are they educational, but they are fun too! -Movement: All humans need to move. More importantly, they need to move in a way that feels natural and beneficial to them. Do you want your child to sit down and do homework right after school, but she has a case of the fidgets? Change the schedule around! Give her some free play active time before settling down to do work. Do you want your child to play baseball, but he likes to kick...
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Singing With Your Kids

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  Both kids have shoes and coats on, backpacks and lunches in toe, and they have finally been buckled into the car. Somehow we made it through another morning and we are on our way to school, remarkably within the boundaries of ‘on time.’ I’ve just put the car in reverse and have begun to guide the car out of the driveway when it starts. “Sing the banana name song, please!!” two voices shriek out from the back seat, almost in unison. And the shrieking continues until I find it within me to raise my voice above theirs and ask what name they’d like to hear. For those not privy to our family lingo, the banana name song is more traditionally known as The Name Game song. It goes way back and I’m sure you’ve heard it, and probably sung it, at least once. But here it is if you need...
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Three Essential Back to School Tips for Montessori Children

As August nears its end, fall is just around the corner. And with that, it's time to return to school. For children and parents alike, this is an exciting time, when children are able to enter the next chapter of their educational journey. For the 5300 Montessori programs within the United States, this is particularly resonant. Montessori programs take a different approach to learning, encouraging children to engage with learning on their own terms, in a collaborative environment that fosters both intellectual and emotional growth. Here are three handy back to school tips for Montessori children and parents alike. With these tips in your pocket, your child's year of Montessori education will be both exciting and the learning experience of their life! Allow Your Children to Learn on Their Own Maria Montessori opened the first of many Montessori programs in 1907; the educational program was designed to help and enable children...
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