Making learning second nature.
At Learning Brooke, the curriculum evolves and emerges as the children develop. This reveals their inner interests and theories about the world.
In addition, we consistently document and display each Learning Brooke Explorer’s journey through photos, written and art samples, recorded narratives and transcribed conversations.
For the children, this reinforces the fact that their work is truly worthwhile — while allowing them to revisit their learning processes and expand on their knowledge. It also helps to build community among the children — creating a climate of acceptance and respect for their thoughts, feelings and ideas.
Infant (6 weeks up to 18 months)
1:3 teacher-to-child ratio
Strongly influenced by RIE’s Educaring™ Approach, these supportive and respectful rooms allow infants to develop warm, positive relationships through interactions with their educarers and peers. As the infants work with open-ended materials, these relationships continue to grow and strengthen, instilling a sense of competence and trust in the world around them.
Teachers closely observe the interests and passions of the children, responding environmentally to their need to explore. A range of multisensory and movement explorations support the Reggio Emilia belief that children construct their learning through over “100 languages.” Sign language is also used to help the children connect cognitive and receptive language to their own expressive languages.
1:4 or 1:5 teacher-to-child ratio
In these exciting and active spaces, children are encouraged to continue developing their motor, communication and cognitive skills. This new knowledge is tested through various forms of self-expression along with social interactions, climbing and building activities, and the movement of objects. Careful observation allows teachers to facilitate meaningful explorations to foster each child’s development.
Older Toddler & Transition Room
1:6 teacher-to-child ratio
These rooms provide a place for children who are ready for a fresh new set of challenges. Teachers extend the learning process by introducing more stimuli and by providing the opportunity to refine existing skills. By responding to the children’s interests and need to move, teachers cultivate learning experiences through active investigations. Naturally, the children become more independent and are encouraged to tackle complex self-help skills. The teachers challenge them by drawing out language and supporting active connections between vocabulary and social skills. As a result, this promotes more active participation in the conflict resolution process.
1:9 teacher-to-child ratio
In preschool, investigations take on a life of their own — often lasting days or months depending on the children’s interests and learning paths. Since Learning Brooke teachers are concerned with the entire process, rather than the product of a particular event, time is provided for exploration. In addition to small and large group experiences, the children are also encouraged to explore individual interests. A sense of community and mutual respect is always at the forefront, highlighting the health and safety of all students.
Note: All children in the preschool program should be successful with the toileting process.
1:10 teacher-to-child ratio
Our prekindergarten program offers a rich learning environment that is both safe and developmentally appropriate. Teachers collaborate to bring the emergent curriculum to life, based on current interests of the children. Investigations can involve the integration of one or all of the following areas: language & literacy, math, science, creative representation, music & movement, social relations, and initiative. At this stage of development, children are continuing to construct a body of knowledge and a strong desire for a lifetime of learning.
1:12 teacher-to-child ratio
We offer a positive balance between socio-emotional growth and physical/cognitive development. Children are encouraged to actively participate in their learning as they question, theorize, research and form connections about their world. They are further inspired to construct personal and collective meaning through sustained inquiry and deeper investigations that follow their emerging interests.
These investigations provide structure to the learning experience for both children and teachers. Observation and conversation with children serves to develop and deepen the curriculum. They are encouraged to explore, test new ideas and express themselves through many different languages, including oral and written. In this way, children are given the respect, time, value and space to own their learning — acquiring reading, writing, math, science and social skills in a very organic way. This is a trait they’ll bring to each new context along the path of their educational career.
1:12 teacher-to-child ratio
Learning Brooke also offers quality enrichment experiences for children attending half-day kindergarten programs. Supporting the inquisitive nature of children and encouraging hands-on learning, this unique and multifaceted program is designed to spark children’s interests and enhance what they are learning in kindergarten. The program provides a balance of small group, large group and individual investigations, both indoors and out.
Before & After School*
1:13 teacher-to-child ratio
Our after school programs are safe, fun and educational sessions that complement the school day, while helping the children to take what they’ve have learned to the next level. Learning Brooke teachers provide homework assistance, while directing and supervising an engaging variety of indoor and outdoor activities. The children are encouraged to explore their interests and ideas within learning centers, while working cooperatively in small groups.
* After school session includes a light, healthy snack.
Please see the Director for more information about our summer programs, which typically run from June to August. These programs enhance and extend year-round learning by supporting children’s creative interests in an active and engaging environment.