Mathematics in First and Second Grade

Mathematics in First and Second Grade

Student 1: My mother was in the Civil War.
Student 2: No, she couldn’t have been in the Civil War.
Student 1: Well she didn’t fight in the Civil War, she just helped.
Student 2: [to the teacher] How long ago was the Civil War?
Teacher: About 155 years ago.
Student 2: I don’t think your mother could have been in the Civil War. But maybe if she was an older mother.

How much older? Find out how our teachers use “teachable moments” like these as well as structured, thoughtfully pre-planned activities to optimize math education.  

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Shout Outs: Faculty Beyond The Harbor

Shout Outs: Faculty Beyond The Harbor

Breakwater is a special and unique learning environment in part because of our recognition that it is not only the level of academic degree or training a teacher receives, but the whole of their lives, loves, values, and experience that makes a truly great educator. We appreciate our faculty's passionate dedication to our school - and we celebrate their myriad of interests, hobbies, professional accomplishments, and personal successes in their lives-at-large.

Recently several of our faculty have appeared in the media and on stage. We’d like to give a special shout-out!

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Toys That Inspire Curiosity Driven Learning

Toys That Inspire Curiosity Driven Learning

Breakwater's Parent Education and Professional Development programs offer inspiration, information and community building opportunities to new and experienced parents, caregivers and professional educators.

Our winter semester includes: “How To: DIY Toys That Inspire Curiosity Driven Learning”; and “(not) Running With Scissors- Letting Your Child Use Real Tools Safely” REGISTER TODAY

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RAINBOW leads No Name-Calling Week at Breakwater

RAINBOW leads No Name-Calling Week at Breakwater

By instituting a student initiated, faculty supported GSA group, Breakwater affirms our commitment to ensuring a safe, inclusive community that honors diversity and respects the rights of all. This year's GSA group calls themselves RAINBOW and is starting 2018 by spearheading Breakwater's involvement in GLSEN’s national No Name-Calling Week, January 15-19. 

Learn more about student led No Name-Calling Week activities... 

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Welcome Peter Wallis

Welcome Peter Wallis

Breakwater and the Breakwater Enrichment Center are pleased to welcome Peter Wallis, our new Summer Program Director. Peter is an interdisciplinary artist and graduate of Maine College of Art. He has worked with students throughout the country teaching visual arts at independent schools and nonprofit arts organizations. His experience and varied skill set will support the continuation of our unique Summer at Breakwater programming! 

Read more about Peter's background and our summer programs...

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The Breakwater Way: Showcase Days 2017

The Breakwater Way: Showcase Days 2017

See the Breakwater Way at work! What do food systems, buoyancy, inventors, rivers, biomes and tape dispensers all have in common? Showcase Days! December 13-15 students, families and extended community visit classrooms for a glimpse of the magic behind the doors. Students share with the community both the process and product of their learning in interactive, curated “Showcases”.

Why do we make learning visible in this way? Read more...

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Supporting Community through Financial Aid

Supporting Community through Financial Aid

We strongly believe enrolling a diverse and talented group of children and their families benefits all in our school community. Toward this goal, we provide need-based financial assistance to qualified K through 8 families. Aid applications for returning families are due by February 9. Due dates for newly applying families roll with the admissions process. 

For forms, instructions and about the why's and how's of Breakwater's financial aid...

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Hans Indigo Spencer + Music at Breakwater

Hans Indigo Spencer + Music at Breakwater

Music at Breakwater offers students a developmentally sound, carefully sequenced curriculum in music literacy, with a focus on singing and creativity. Music teacher Hans Indigo Spencer combines his training in Kodàly pedagogy, his background as a jazz musician and media composer with his work as a K-8 general classroom teacher to provide students with a wide range of creative musical outlets.

Learn more about music at Breakwater and this year's Winter Concert...

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Gratitude

Gratitude

"Gratitude is a sort of laughter of the heart that comes about after some surprising kindness." (David Brooks)

We are all used to the idea that learning can improve our minds. However, we may not think as much about an equally important idea - that understanding our own character, and the fact that we all have strengths of character and character traits with which we struggle, allows us to know who we are and how our attitudes impact our lives. One especially compelling trait is gratitude. 

Happy Thanks-Giving! Read about the 5th and 6th grade's study of character.

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