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Meadowbrook School of Weston

Farm Road
Weston, MA 02493

Phone:
(781) 894-1193

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The children are encouraged to try a wide variety of academic activities in our room that support the development of verbal, mathematical, motor, and social skills. They enjoy many opportunities for creative expression with blocks, small building materials, dramatic play props, and art media. Our goal is to inspire a love of learning. Language Arts Through experiences with big books, books on tape, reading readiness workbooks, phonemic awareness games, our daily calendar and schedule, fiction and nonfiction picture books, a print-rich environment, and class created publications, the children begin to develop invaluable language arts skills. The children are exposed to concepts of matching, locating missing items, discriminating letters and numbers, and decoding simple words. Auditory skills of rhyming and letter sounds are developed. As a class, we enjoy creative dramatics and storytelling. Mathematics Mathematics is taught using manipulatives, which allows children to develop a strong sense of number. Our math area is an exciting space for discovery where children use a wide variety of manipulative materials, such as Digi-Blocks, Unifix cubes, pegboards, pattern blocks, and geoboards. We explore concepts of patterns, sets, numbers, one to one correspondence, shapes, counting, place value, and simple computation. Children engage in many counting experiences throughout the day. Science Our science program encourages the children to use their senses to observe, to question, to wonder, and to hypothesize. We explore a variety of concepts and phenomena, including: magnetism, the seasons, weather, bulb growth, phases of the moon, New England birds, and how animals and people adapt to the weather. Social Studies The focus of our social studies program is community. We study our own classroom, the local community, and Native American culture. In addition, Open Circle is a significant part of our social studies curriculum (see below). Library In Junior Kindergarten, the children's first library experiences introduce them to books and stories through weekly read-alouds, often combined with puppets, acting, and story-related movement. Students also have the opportunity to look through a carefully selected collection of “early readers” and picture books, as they begin to strengthen an understanding of the connection between the stories they hear and the words on the pages. Open Circle The Open Circle curriculum is taught twice weekly. It is a program that recognizes the critical role that relationships play in the academic success of children. The lessons are in three major areas: creating a cooperative classroom, solving interpersonal problems, and building positive relationships. Languages Students begin the study of Spanish in Junior Kindergarten. Students primarily will learn to talk about themselves and their immediate world. Themes will be tied to social studies, science, art and music where appropriate. Some of the themes covered are: * Introduction to Spanish * Numbers, colors, shapes * Days, seasons, weather * All about me: faces and body * My family * My house * Clothing * Feelings * My community

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Meadowbrook is a school with high academic, ethical and social standards, whose mission is to provide a nurturing experience for each student in an intentionally small learning environment.

Core Purpose and Values for Educating Meadowbrook Students:

* Emphasize fundamental skills and promote creativity within the framework of a broad, challenging curriculum.
* Teach students to be responsible citizens within the context of our School, the surrounding communities, a diverse nation and a global society.
* Encourage students to participate wholeheartedly in all aspects of school life.
* Recognize the varying abilities of each child and give careful consideration to the student's stage of development and style of learning.
* Build self-confidence by setting realistic goals so that each child enjoys success.
* Develop capable individuals who are critical thinkers.
* Emphasize the mental, physical, emotional, social and ethical development of the whole child.
* Promote and support mutual respect, trust, and honesty, creating a positive and caring setting for learning and growth.
* Attract and retain a community of excellent teachers.

Core Purpose and Values for Creating Community:

* Provide an intimate welcoming atmosphere fostering a close interchange among all constituencies.
* Attract families, students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds.
* Expect parents to make a strong commitment to their child's education, Meadowbrook's mission and the life of the School.
* Promote and support a School community based on respect, trust, inclusion and life-long learning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The School encourages close contact between School and home. In the fall, and again in the spring, parents have a conference with their child's teacher. However, as the Headmaster and the faculty are committed to the tenets of the Mission Statement, they are available for conferences other than those formally scheduled.

In some cases the Headmaster or teacher, recognizing a need to share important information, will call the parent to schedule a conference.
In other cases, the parent initiates the conference by calling the School.

Written reports evaluating each young person's progress are sent home twice during the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off