Category Archives: School Activities at BDS


Genius hour for 3rd graders


What is genius hour? Genius hour is one-hour-a-week that I let my Brookridge Day School 3rd graders research whatever topic they choose to research! YES! THEY CHOOSE! Every week there is an hour dedicated to just that topic. They research and prepare a project. It can be a “how-to” topic, a famous person, a state, […]

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Brookridge Day School enjoys Percussion Magic!


Last week our friends Johnny and Adam, from Percussion Magic came back to Brookridge Day School and our preschoolers loved every minute of it! They played the guitar and sang songs as we danced along. They showed us different instruments like the maracas, tambourine, claves and drums. Johnny and Adam made sure to explain and show us how each […]

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“Summer Smarts” theme weeks are a hit!


The Room 5 teachers are having a blast incorporating “Summer Smarts” into our daily summer classroom schedules. They do their best to incorporate math, science or literacy into whatever the theme is for that week. During Crazy Sock Week, the kids used socks to play a pattern matching game. During Hat Week, Preschool Room 5 […]

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Indoor (Recess) Ideas for Preschoolers


In Room 5 the dreaded indoor recess is no longer dreaded! We keep two cabinets in our classroom specifically dedicated to indoor recess only. That way, we know our kiddos haven’t played with it over and over again and they will be excited to get it out when the weather is questionable! In our cabinet, […]

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Why Building Teamwork in a Classroom is Important


I have always started my year out establishing a sense of “team” in my classroom. We begin with our classroom having a name of “Team Shonkwiler.”  That is how we refer to our class, the students, parents, and myself. We are all a team! The first day of school we work in groups to make […]

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Fridays are fun at Brookridge Day School Summer Camp


Every Friday is FUN at Brookridge Day School’s summer camp, and the Room C kiddos are loving it! On Fun Fridays, the children get to visit Room D with Mrs. Stewart, where she has set up different games and activities for the kids to do; each week brings a different theme and activity. This week […]

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Picnic on the Playground & Scholastic Book Fair


The Brookridge Day School event of the summer will be Friday, June 3rd.  The Book Fair will be open from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm while the picnic event will be from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The children must be accompanied by an adult for this event.

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Optional Summer Activities


Our optional summer activities are offered throughout the summer and help customize your child’s summer experience here at Brookridge.  With each month’s newsletter, we will include the details for that month’s field trips and optional activities. How does it work? Simply check the activities you wish for your child to participate that month, total the […]

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Celebrating the library with books


We believe in the power of reading here at Brookridge Day School!  Encouraging students to love listening to stories, putting books in their hands, and delighting them with much loved classics are just a few ways we help them along and nurture a love of reading.  There are so many life lessons woven in beautifully […]

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The Benefit of Public Speaking at an Early Age


There are many benefits that come along with educating your child through the 3rd grade at Brookridge Day School.  One of those is the leadership opportunities that the 3rd graders have in our school. Some of these include: Giving the daily announcements Study buddies with younger children Special graduation activities Mentoring and tutoring younger students […]

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Preparing for the annual Spring Music Performance


Thirteen years ago, I gave up my Happy Room teaching position to become the music teacher at Brookridge Day School. It was my heartfelt duty to carry on the traditions of the music and Spring Program that had been in place for over 30 years. If it weren’t for the leadership and coaching from Mrs. […]

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The Family Wall -not just first for the first weeks of school


In Room C we have a wall of family pictures. It is a place where the kids can come look at a picture of their parent or their sibling if they are sad and missing them. It came in handy in the first few weeks of school when some of our friends were still getting […]

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Fine and Gross Motor Skills Exercises for Preschoolers


In Room C we are constantly looking for ways to incorporate motor skills development with our 2 ½ and 3-year-old kiddos. They really enjoy playing with small finger puppets, and while it helps kids work on fine and gross motor skills, and it also provides them with much needed sensory engagement. Room C has a […]

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Library Time at Brookridge Day School


The Room C kiddos love to have their library time! They walk down the hallway to the library and hear a story that is read by Mrs. Chesher. Library time is an important part of Room C’s week, because the children get another chance to practice walking down the hallway of the school.  Additionally, being […]

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Music in the early childhood years: a time of growth and development!


Early-childhood, birth through age 6, is the most important stage of life for a child’s own musical development and growth. Music is important in the Early Childhood years, because music is part of who we are academically, physically, ad a part of our culture and socialization. In Room C our 2 ½ -3 year olds […]

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First Grade September S.T.E.M. activities during Apple Week, Sept. 21-25, 2015


First grade had the opportunity to participate in two S.T.E.M. activities this month!  S.T.E.M. stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  It focuses on creative problem-solving while planning, building, and revising projects. Our first project was apple structures.  We used chunks of apples and toothpicks to build all kinds of interesting things!  Some of the […]

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First Grade Owl Pellet Dissection


Our first grade had a great time dissecting owl pellets on Monday, August 31st!  “I liked pulling it apart!” stated one of the boys.  After studying owls and their habits, we had a chance to see first-hand just what kinds of things owls ate by taking apart the pellets that they regurgitated.  At first, many […]

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Exploring preschool through sensory activities


In Room C our 2 1/2 & 3 year olds love sensory activities! As teachers, Jordan Uselton and I try to make sure a sensory activity is part of our daily routine with the children. Sensory activities like rolling play-doh, finger painting, or tearing paper is very crucial to their developmental needs, especially during the […]

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Exploring the five senses in kindergarten


From the day children are born, they begin exploring their world through their senses. In kindergarten, we continue to foster exploration of our world through our senses in science (and all hours of the day).  Recently, our Brookridge Day School kindergartners studied the five senses: taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch, through hands-on activities and […]

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Benefits of music instruction for elementary school students


“Music provides unique and invaluable insights into human condition. Music allows us to know, discover, understand, experience, share or express such aspects of the human condition as feelings, aesthetic experiences, thoughts, structure, time and space, self-knowledge, self-identity, group identity and healing and wholeness. If the purpose of an education is to systematically develop the mind […]

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STEM: Science Thursdays make for hands-on learning!


What if? How come? Why does it do that? These are all things we discuss on Science Thursdays in our Pre-K room. Brookridge Day School has adopted the STEM program in our Pre-K classrooms. STEM stands for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through a hands–on approach. Children observe, question, collect evidence, analyze and communicate […]

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Prekindergarten Science Exploration


In our Pre-Kindergarten Happy Room, we engage our learners in weekly science experiments. We believe in a ‘hands-on, minds on’ approach. For this week’s science exploration, we observed worms. We used a variety of instruments: magnifying glasses, spray bottles, and a microscope. We used the spray bottles to dampen the dirt and observe changes in […]

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