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Our Unique Curriculum

Brookfield Academy’s Montessori school curriculum teaches children through self-directed learning, exploration, and individualized educational experiences.

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Brookfield Academy provides children with an education that helps them achieve academic success and reach their full potential. Montessori is an educational approach grounded in the belief that children learn best within an environment that respects and nurtures their individual, unique potential.

Children in a Montessori school program develop at their own pace through sequenced learning experiences provided in a carefully prepared classroom environment using specialized learning materials.

Under the direction of trained Montessori teachers, purposeful learning activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, intellectual curiosity, physical coordination, and cognitive preparation.

At Brookfield Academy children develop the skills they need to excel as learners and to succeed in life.
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From Dr. Maria Montessori
"The environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission."

Our Unique Curriculum

The Montessori curriculum at Brookfield Academy incorporates the following unique elements:

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Culture

Multicultural studies lay a foundation of mutual understanding by exposing children to geography, history, physical, and life science basics. Children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, foods, languages, and wildlife.
 

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Garden


Lessons in the outdoor environment help children develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complexity and interdependence of our living world. The children develop the skills of exploration, observation, experimentation, and conservation.

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Language

Our thoughtfully-planned classroom environment encourages growth in oral language, written expression, reading, and grammar elements. The approach to reading instruction is phonics-based and highly sequential, with additional accommodations adapted to different types of learners.

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Math

We use concrete materials to represent all types of quantities to engage your child in the basic operations of mathematics.  We use combining, separating, sharing, counting, and comparing. 
Using carefully prepared tools and manipulative materials, children are led through a logical mathematical thought process— from concrete to abstract – to understand concepts like linear counting, the decimal system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Your child will learn to love math.
 

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Music

Music is incorporated in the classrooms in many ways throughout the day. From transition times to lessons, music and song is infused throughout the day. Montessori bells and other instruments are available for experimentation and formal instruction.

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Practical Life

Purposeful activities enhance concentration and focus through caring for the self and the environment, fine motor coordination, and practicing grace and courtesy. These appeal to the child’s need for movement and order, independence, and social relationships.

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Sensorial

Montessori materials and hands-on activities stimulate sensory discovery and description, while maximizing the child’s natural desire to explore, classify, and order their surroundings. Children learn concepts of mass, width, length, temperature, and other physical properties.

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Spanish

Capitalizing on the young child’s propensity for language acquisition, foreign language is integrated into the prepared environment through individual and small group instruction utilizing hands-on materials and experiential, conversational interaction.

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Art

The art area in a Montessori classroom provides developmentally appropriate and open-ended experiences that foster creativity and sensory development. We feel that art is one of the many ways children express themselves and communicate their feelings.

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Leader in Me

Leader in Me helps schools create well-rounded learners by developing the whole-person and preparing students to become life-ready leaders. With a focus on Leadership, Culture and Academics. 
 

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S.T.E.A.M.

STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. We encourage our students to ask questions and discover answers in a way that keeps them engaged and still asking more questions.

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Physical Education

Children want to move and need to move.  Our environments allow for movement, both purposeful and playful.  From gross motor work in the classroom to running on the playground to music with movement, children can engage in physical activity throughout their day, promoting both  emotional growth and intellectual growth.