Linda Pryor is Head of the Lower School.
Levels 3, 4, and 5 are located in Liberty Hall.
Upon entering Level 3, students experience the thrill of moving
into Liberty Hall, where the excitement of learning is enhanced by
a family of supportive, caring teachers who continue to reinforce
perseverance, while fostering students' growing independence as
At Levels 3, 4, and 5, the curriculum builds with extensive
grammar instruction, writing essays and reports, studying Greek and
Roman history, developing an appreciation for America's heritage,
and understanding the role of scientific inquiry. Young scholars
develop self-reliance as learners, while reading independently and
pursuing topics of personal interest.
The fine arts program develops both individual creativity and an
appreciation for musical and artistic history. To further develop
language skills, French is introduced at Level 3 and studied
through Level 5.
Students develop an ear for French while acquiring correct
French pronunciation through the repetition of songs and poems, as
well as daily dialogues. Using context clues students acquire a
basic conversational vocabulary.
Because of the emphasis placed on grammar at BA, the fundamental
principles of French grammar are readily taught. Students are
easily able to note similarities and differences in the structure
of the two languages. This creates a solid base for all future
foreign language learning.
Students participate in individual, partner, and group learning
activities designed to have them using and responding to French in
meaningful ways. The primary focus is on speaking and listening
comprehension. The secondary focus is on recognizing the written
Math is a core subject at Brookfield Academy, beginning with the
fundamentals in all levels of the Primary and Lower School.
Math concepts are taught in an engaging yet traditional manner,
with the focus on learning and mastering basic facts of addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division in the early years.
Singapore Primary Mathematics materials are used in Levels 1-5.
Math instruction includes students working with manipulatives in
sample problems for each new concept. This is followed by visual
representations of concrete examples of how number operations work.
In solving both one step and multi-step problems the Singapore math
method of model drawing is used. Logical reasoning is emphasized as
students develop into abstract mathematical thinkers.
At Brookfield Academy, the history and geography curricula
motivate and excite students to learn. Throughout the Primary
and Lower School, students explore a wide variety of topics.
The lessons range from colonial American life to famous Americans
to immigration to an intense study of the framing of the US
Constitution of the United States. Democratic principles of freedom
and a focus on the star of heritage are themes throughout the
Primary and Lower Schools. Map reading skills are introduced
and developed during these years and every Lower School scholar
learns US geography with an emphasis on Wisconsin.
In Levels Four and Five the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome
are studied as well as the early civilizations of Mesopotamia,
Egypt, India, and China, attentive to their influence on western
civilization, particularly in the United States.
At Brookfield Academy, reading and writing are at the core of
learning in the Primary and Lower School. Acquiring this skill,
which is a pre-requisite for so much later learning, receives a
great deal of attention in the Academy's foundational divisions.
All teachers share literature with their students each day.
Students are taught to read using phonics, and comprehension
skills are fostered through direct instruction of reading
strategies. Reading time-honored classics extends each student's
knowledge of good literature. Vocabulary lists are generated from
the classic books read at each level. The weekly spelling words
used in all levels emphasize the relationship between phonics and
spelling. The Six Traits of Writing are the foundation for the
writing curriculum which includes creative writing, personal
narratives, research papers, and 'how-to' compositions. Grammar
instruction is rigorous and includes the eight parts of speech.
Understanding grammar usage, including clauses, verbals, and
gerunds, is demonstrated by diagramming sentences.
Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science are explored
at each level in the Primary and Lower School curriculum. Teachers
seek to capitalize on the student's innate curiosity about the
Our experience has taught us that enthusiasm for science is
driven by observation and experiments and our students have plenty
of opportunity with both. The scientific method is taught and
followed whether with plants or planets, simple machines or the
laws of motion, ecosystems, electricity, or energy. Scales,
microscopes, telescopes, electrical circuits give the "hands-on"
experience students love and from which they learn about the world
Students in Level 3 continue to develop library search skills,
which include sequencing, alphabetical order, the Dewey Decimal
System, and using the computer catalog. Levels 4 and 5 develop
research skills that incorporate the use of print and electronic
media. By the time they leave Lower School, students can find
magazine articles, use an almanac, utilize an atlas, and search
through printed lists and the computer catalog. Most important,
they become responsible and capable library users and lovers of
Given that technology plays an expanding role in modern life,
Lower Schoolers are exposed to computers through meaningful games
and skill driven exercises which engage their growing minds.
Students use laptop and desktop computers in both the computer lab
and their classrooms. In Levels 3 through 5, students work on
keyboarding and word processing. Here, as elsewhere in the Academy,
computer technology supports the curriculum and student work in the
Homework is an important part of the Brookfield Academy program.
Parents in Lower School sign their children's homework, so they're
aware of their child's progress through the curriculum and can help
encourage good study habits. All parents are welcome to visit
classes to share special knowledge and skills with students.
Brookfield Academy's small classes and family atmosphere make it
a nurturing and safe environment for learning. The teachers are
caring. They strive to model good citizenship to their scholars and
a genuine concern for the needs of others. Outside the classroom,
students learn to play together and build lasting friendships.
The Narnia program provides supervised care and enrichment from
3:15 pm until
6:00 pm. After-school lessons in foreign languages, music, and
enrichment activities are available in the After-School Enrichment
Program. Click here for more
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At Brookfield Academy, the curriculum is challenging, yet
teachers are there to support students along the way. Experienced,
caring, creative teachers inspire successful young learners!
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