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BMFS offers programs for children age 24 months to eleven years (toddler through fifth grade). Our toddler and preschool classes meet mornings from 8:30-11:45am, with an extended day for kindergarten age children until 3:00pm. We provide early morning care beginning at 7:30am, and afternoon care until 5:00pm.

The mixed age groups at the preschool and elementary levels invite children to work at their own pace. Classroom environments are designed to facilitate self-directed learning, rather than teacher-centered instruction. Small class sizes and low student/teacher ratios allow for individualized learning plans, as well as one-on-one and small group lessons.

Each day at Brixham, children and teachers embrace the outdoors as an extension of our classrooms. Our vernal pool provides opportunities for exploration and discovery, changing with each season.  The Brixham chickens wander the grounds scratching and pecking.  Our large wooded outdoor space allows children to become immersed in nature—climbing trees, building forts, running or meandering through the winding paths, gathering acorns and playing with friends.

Toddler Program (ages 24 mo. – 3 years)

This program is built upon goals that will develop the child’s inner sense of self. The prepared classroom allows each child to respond to that inherent need to explore the world, to learn the boundaries that will keep them safe, and to experience the fundamentals of working well with others. The toddler environment recognizes the developmentally sensitive periods of the two and young three year old, focusing on support for emerging language, developing independence, and mastering large motor coordination.

Of fundamental importance is the gradual separation of each child from his or her primary caretaker, usually the mother. The Montessori toddler program protects this fragile stage of development by creating a very gentle and slow parting of each adult-child couple.*

Montessori Toddler curriculum overview

Preschool/Kindergarten Program (ages 3-6 years)

Our three preschool classes each offer the traditional Montessori materials in curriculum areas of Practical Life, Language, Sensorial, Mathematics and Cultural Studies. The program is enriched with explorations in nature and science, Spanish language, world cultures and geography, as well as studio art and music. With a school wide emphasis on the values of peace, empathy and kindness, students absorb the importance of taking care of their community, both small and large.

Montessori 3-6 curriculum overview

Lower Elementary (ages 6 – 9 years)
Upper Elementary (ages 9 – 11 years)

In their individualized work the children learn to set goals, to manage time, to organize projects and to use a variety of resources. In addition to using the advanced Montessori materials for math, grammar and science, the students read and discuss children’s classics, and express themselves in art, music, drama, and poetry. Creative writing is a daily activity. A foreign language, physical education and field trips are also included [in the curriculum].*

Montessori elementary programs give youngsters basic learning skills, confidence, self-esteem, an appreciation of other cultures and peaceful techniques for conflict resolution – qualities that will serve them well in any future learning situations.*

Montessori 6-9 curriculum overview

Montessori 9-11 curriculum overview

* © Copyright Aline D. Wolf, A Parent’s Guide to the Montessori Classroom – Parent Child Press (www.parentchildpress.com)
Before and After School Care

This optional extension of the school day is available by contract for the full year or on a drop-in basis. The hours for before and after school care are 7:30am-8:30am and 3:00pm-5:00pm. Care can be contracted on the hour or half hour, or as needed for drop-in care, and is usually provided in the school library or on the school playground. Games, construction play with Legos or trains, as well as reading, drawing, and arts and crafts projects are some of the activities children enjoy in before and after school care.  Classroom ground rules “respect for others and the environment” remain consistent during the before and after school care.

Summer Session

The summer session at Brixham varies from year-to-year and program to program depending on the availability of teachers. Typically the session begins the second week of July and ends the second week of August.  The summer session for 2016 will run for 5 weeks, beginning July 10th and ending August 10th.  2017 summer brochures are available to download below.

2017 summer brochure for 3-6 year olds

2017 summer brochure for 6-11 year olds