Our Classroom
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Extra Curricular Activities

Yoga

yoga iconOnce a week the children participate in a professionally-led yoga class, which helps with movement, coordination, and concentration. Kids can benefit tremendously from many easy-to-follow Yoga poses. Yoga has great benefits for growing children and it is a lot of fun. Children learn to stretch, breathe deeply, relax and concentrate. Yoga can enhance a child’s health, inner peace and desire to exercise. This also gives children the benefit of correct body posture, body awareness and self confidence. Many of the elements in the practice of Yoga are relevant to the fundamental teachings of Montessori.

Gardening

gardening iconAll of the children at Chesterbrook, including the infant/toddler class, are part of this special program. Chesterbrook has several small gardens on the two campuses that include flowers, plants and vegetables. The children learn how to grow plants from seeds, while nurturing and caring for them as they grow into mature plants. These lessons include an understanding and respect for nature and the gifts that it brings all of us. All of the vegetables grown on campus are part of the Arlington Food Bank's "Plot Against Hunger," which helps to feed local families in need. Many of the older children spend time volunteering with Arlington Food Bank to help with these teachings.

Music

music iconMusic is a very important part of our daily life in the classroom. Our founder has created a culture of music within the setting of both Chesterbrook campuses. Each campus has a piano that is used regularly with the children. The music is a part of their daily world and it spills over into an understanding of planets, nature, social teachings and so much more. Many of our songs are educational and come from well-known Montessorian Sanford Jones. If you would like to sing along at home, he offers a book and CD for purchase. Sanford has been a frequent visitor to our school where he works with children and their families. Our annual holiday showcase is a tribute to our students' passion for music and they way it enriches all parts of life.

Art

art iconThroughout the classroom different stations are set up to allow the children to create art. A child can always find an easel with paint, scissors that help with coordination, pages to color and different writing utensils that all encourage expression and practice. Chesterbrook teachers also use art as a way to teach different cultures to our student; these teachings include examples of created works and customs. The older children are given creative lessons in art that focus on understanding shapes and colors in order to create visions that are fueled by their personal inspiration. Many Montessori tools throughout the classroom are designed for the purpose of developing muscles and movements that will aid our children in their ability to create shapes and figures with their own hands.

Spanish

spanish iconSpanish lessons are offered in the classroom by integrating the language into everyday experiences. One of our Montessori teachers speaks fluent Spanish, as well as other members of our staff. Our teachers find natural ways to bring Spanish alive to the children through speech and English/Spanish Montessori materials.

Science

science iconWe conduct science experiments and observations throughout the year in the classroom. Our science teacher, Marion, has worked as a Montessori teacher with Chesterbrook for over 25 years. Science is a key contributor in sparking a love of learning in children and Chesterbrook believes that enhances our community with specific Science teachings gives the children a valuable head-start.