BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL
We are open and serving hardworking families in our community. We currently have a traditional preschool setting, which offers Monday-Friday in school learning. Meals, screenings, and learning materials are provided. Contact us for more information, or for a paper copy of our preschool application. For electronic applications, see below.
Learning Through Play
Children learn through play. They do this by experimenting, observing, and participating with other children and adults.
Our teachers observe each child. They watch the children work with the materials and toys. Teachers prepare the environment
to help each child build on what they already know.
Here is what a child is learning as they play with the different materials, media, and toys.
In the manipulatives and games interest center you may see your child working a puzzle or building with Legos. They are learning:
- Small muscle control
- Eye-hand coordination
- To increase their focus ability and concentration skills
- Parts-to-whole concepts
- One to one correspondence and sets
In the writing/art center you may see your child doodling on paper with a marker or a pen. They are learning:
- Utilization of fine motor skills
- Visual discrimination
- About shape, color, space, and texture
- To express their thoughts on paper
- To experiment with letter sounds (invented spelling)
- To construct words, phrases, and sentences
- The power of print
- The importance of literacy
- The joy of reading and writing
In the dramatic play center your child may be dressing up or pretending to serve a friend food. They are learning:
- To interact with others
Empathy through role playing
To take turns and to share
Relationship of home, school, and the community
Language skills and new vocabulary
Math concepts, such as more/less
In the block center you may see your child building a “farm” or making a “road.” They are learning:
- Spatial relationships and physical properties of objects
- Problem solving skills
Math concepts such as size, shape, weight, and volume.
Our program philosophy is based on the child development model which incorporates the theories of Piaget, Erikson, Vygotsky, and others. Learning through play is the cornerstone of the curriculum.
At Bright Beginnings, we expose our children to a great variety of hands-on experiences. Painting, building, cooking and outdoor explorations
can offer a depth of learning to the young child, particularly when her experiences are supported and extended by an attentive and skillful teacher. Most importantly, each child must be encouraged to learn at his own pace and in his own way. Our early childhood program gives every child the opportunity to excel and allows each individual to feel important and valued both for himself, and for the part he plays as a member of his classroom group.
Young children learn by doing. Many children have a remarkable capacity for memorization. They can recite the alphabet and count from one to one hundred. However, for information to become truly meaningful to a young child, he must experience it concretely. Letters and written numbers are the symbols adults use to express ideas. When we stress learning the mechanics of letters and numbers in early childhood, it is often at the expense of learning the importance of expressing ideas. The symbols of written language and numerals are not as useful to children as they are to adults. Yet, children have important ideas.
Our exceptional early childhood curriculum supports the child in learning many ways to express and refine those ideas. The child who sits down on her own to draw a picture or to write out a pretend shopping list is beginning to learn about symbols and writing more significantly than the three- or four-year-old who is asked to trace letters on a worksheet. The children who gather in the classroom library to look through books together or to listen to their teacher read to them are learning literacy on a deeper level than the children whose teacher drills them with flashcards. When a child sets the snack table with six cups for six chairs, he may begin to understand that the word or symbol “6” has a constant meaning whether applied to cups, chairs or children.
Children are respected as individuals within a child-oriented environment. Activities are carefully planned and implemented daily. Our high-quality program sets the foundation for the successful transition to kindergarten and beyond.
Essential Early Literacy Skills Addressed:
- Listening & Speaking