Classes at Bright Start
All our classes at Bright Start are using a non-denominational, developmentally appropriate curriculum that emphasizes readiness and interpersonal skills. Our goal is to foster self-esteem and independence, giving our students the confidence to conquer the world outside our school.
Classrooms are organized by "centers" that promote the various skills necessary for the room's age group. Children are able to explore these centers throughout the day, developing the specific skill for each area throughout the day. These centers may include:
- Dramatic play to develop their social and communication skills
- Arts and crafts to explore their creative sides and work on their fine motor skills
- Building to develop their counting, sorting, and reasoning skills, along with strengthening their gross and fine motor muscles!
- Reading to allow children to look through books and practice their early literacy skills.
- STEM (including, but not limited to, computer time) to develop reasoning skills that will have a real-life application when they finish their schooling.
- Puzzles to encourage fine motor development and eye-hand coordination. Additionally, students develop higher-order thinking skills that can be applied in the math and sciences.
Our classrooms also emphasize project based learning, rather than a firm focus on worksheets. Children are more motivated to learn when the final project is something they built on their own in a creative and engaging way. Students are proud of the work they accomplish, and want to show it off, creating self-esteem in a way worksheets just cannot. Not to mention, it's just more fun!
Under 2 and a Half Years Old
This class is structured to look like an in-home program, with a small teacher to child ratio. The Under-Two-And-A-Half Class provides physical activities that will support large and small muscle development. Goals include learning to sit well in a chair, walking and running, playing with a ball, using a crayon or paintbrush, washing and drying hands, and drinking from a cup. We will provide a safe and attractive environment for the children by arranging the classroom to stimulate their learning skills and explore the world around them. We also have emotional goals of nuturing students to feel safe and secure away from parents and asserting themselves positively as they gain language skills.
Two and a Half Year Olds
The Two and a half-year-old room is filled with art, music, dance, books, and play. The children are introduced to their colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. The class has various themes throughout the year, including books, seasons, and holidays. The teachers focus on the children’s social skills, gross motor abilities, potty training for those children that are ready, independence from their parents, and communication in a language-filled environment.
Three Year Olds
The Three year-old room emphasizes learning through play, fostering a strong sense of self-esteem. Children continue building their gross motor skills in this classroom. Children are intoduced to fine motor skills through crafts and hand strengtehing activities that include the use of play dough, crayons, scissors, glue, paints, puzzles, and manipulative toys. Controlled movements of the fingers and hands enable the child to master the muscles necessary for writing. Social skills develop as children learn how to take turns, play, and share with one another. Using our words to effectively communicate is stressed. Beginning sounds and ABC's are intoduced. Children learn to identify letters and their names. We begin to practice writing our names. Circle Time activities include the days of the week and the calendar, re-enfircing colors, shapes, letters, numbers, singing, dancing, and story time.
The goal of the pre-kindergarten class is to adequately prepare the children for the following academic year. The two teachers work in tandem teaching Language Arts and Mathematics through small-group instruction based on each child's individually achieved academic milestones. Goals for the Language Arts include learning story skills, how to write our names in upper and lowercase letters, our letters, and our sounds. In Math, students will learn one-to-one correspondence, how to work with numbers one through ten, two- and three-dimensional shapes and how to use them to learn pre-math skills like patterning and comparison.
Students will work on their fine motor development, starting with cutting and progressing later on to holding and writing with a pencil. Additionally, students will learn about a variety of Science and Social Studies topics throughout the school year, including Earth Science, Astronomy, the United States, Cultural Diversity, the Human Body, Animals, Artists and Musicians, and Dinosaurs. Lastly, we hope to foster independence and good self-esteem in our students by teaching them to take care of their basic needs in the bathroom and in dressing, along with classroom skills like sitting for Circle Time and routines for working in whole and small group instruction.