Green Room – Morning Program
The Green Room morning program is for children entering their second year at The Brownstone School. These students have completed our 2/3s Red Room or Blue Room programs. New students are rarely accepted into Green Room due to class size restrictions.
Yellow Room – Afternoon Program
Our Yellow Room afternoon program is the primary point of entry to the school for new students in the 3/4s age group and for siblings of children previously enrolled in our afternoon programs.
Curriculum in Green and Yellow Rooms
The curriculum in the Yellow and Green Room classes is similar. While Yellow Room initially focuses on easing the children's transition into a new school environment, the overall curricular themes remain consistent between the two classes. Once comfortable with the routine, the program fosters their independence so that they may navigate through classroom activities on their own. Emphasis is placed on teaching the children how to learn to focus on individual tasks and to work towards project completion. Children take on additional responsibility for the management of their classroom environment with the introduction of classroom jobs - children are assigned tasks on a rotating basis, which further increases their sense of independence and community responsibility.
Many of the children enrolled in the Green and Yellow Room classes enter kindergarten programs in public schools following the completion of the school year but the majority return to The Brownstone School for an additional year or two. Daily attendance in Green and Yellow Room classes is between 16 and 18 children. The teaching team includes a dedicated Head Teacher for each class, with two to three Assistant Teachers working as part of the team based on enrollment.
Components of the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) Program are introduced. Children learn all about the letters of the alphabet, their phonic sounds, and how to form the letters using just two basic shapes - lines and curves, both big and small. Important foundational writing skills are taught through the use of manipulatives to build fine motor control. HWT tools, pattern blocks and other classroom manipulatives are utilized to introduce math concepts. Children explore curriculum topics in more detail, moving from a basic understanding of a concept to in-depth explorations.