Programs

Programs

Three Year Old Program: Children turning three by December 1st and who are fully potty trained are invited to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:30. The student to teacher ratio for the Three Year Old Program is 14:2.

Four Year Old Program: Children turning four by December 1st and who are fully potty trained are invited to join us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-11:45 or Monday-Friday from 9:00-11:45. The student to teacher ratio is 15:2.

Enrichment Programs:

Monday Makers is offered as an optional program for children in the Four Year Old Program. Children respond to a variety of topics through the creative process. It is offered after school three weeks per month from October-April.

Lunch Bunch is offered to the children in the Three Year Old Program and begins on Thursdays in January. This optional after school program will provide an opportunity for children to meet once a week and have lunch and play games.

STEAM Team is an optional after school program offered to the four year olds in four 5 week sessions throughout the school year. The children will explore a variety of interesting topics through the lens of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Curriculum

Our curriculum draws from the work of a variety of early childhood leaders including the nationally recognized, research based Creative Curriculum For Preschool, Dr. Jean Feldman, Deborah Stewart and Tom Hobson. At Bright Beginnings Nursery School we are committed to serving the children in our care in a manner that respects their developmental level and provides appropriate challenges for growth in all areas of learning.

We encourage exploration, choice making, creative expression and lots of messy play! We value and encourage each child to understand and express their thoughts, ideas and feelings. We provide a safe and affirming environment where mistakes are treasured opportunities for learning and where we learn "we can do hard things".

At Bright Beginnings Nursery School we are ALL learners and we are ALL teachers.

During the three year old year, we are focusing on "school readiness" and all of the myriad skills necessary to negotiate being in a school environment; sharing, taking turns, moving about safely in a school building, listening to adults and to each other, beginning conflict resolution, respecting personal space, using our manners, washing hands, cleaning up after ourselves etc. These are the foundational goals of our first year together.

During the four year old year, we revisit these learning areas and begin to establish our classroom as a community of learners who will rely on each other to learn new and different things. Our focus shifts a bit from "school readiness" to "kindergarten readiness". We begin to really understand our new abilities to solve problems with and for each other. We begin to name and relate our feelings and communicate our needs and wants in constructive ways. We feel confident in our self care tasks like putting on our coats. We begin to have mastery over fine motor tasks such as pencil and scissor grip. We find magic in our understanding of the power of the alphabet to make sounds and words like our names. We begin to see and understand patterns, we have begun to manipulate small numbers, we are understanding our abilities as confident, competent learners and community members.

During their time at Bright Beginnings, all the children are exposed to an environment in which reading, math, science and social/emotional growth are part everything we do. Children learn best through hands on, play based experiences and we are committed to this principle.

"Play is often talked about as it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." Fred Rogers