At Bright Beginnings we want to provide your child with all the skills appropriately necessary so your child can sucessfully transition from preschool to Kindergarten.
It is important that what I provide is appropriate for age, development level and special needs of each child. My environment has been established to promote participating, engagement and learning for all children. The learning enviornment fosters all areas of development: intellectual, language, physical and social/emotional; and provides the challenge for children to learn according to their individual growth pattern.
I provide a curriculum that builds upon what children already know and are able to connect new concepts and skills.
I provide themes of interest that integrate and teach across all areas of the core curriculum (e.g. foreign lanuages, language arts including reading, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, etc.).
I provide a literacy-rich environment arranged in all areas. Each child will have a variety of activities to choose from on their own each day.
I provide exposure to a wide variety of information and literacy experiences.
I provide a safe environment designed for the developmental needs of the age group, served and implemented with attention to the requirements and differences of the individual children.
I provide a climate that is active; one in which children interact with each other and materials while engaging in cooperative hands-on learning with day-to-day life experiences.
I provide a balance of classroom activities that are teacher-directed and child-initiated. These activities may be active or quiet, performed individually or in large and small groups.
I provide an environment that is sensitive to cultural, language, and learning differences amoung all children.
Children during their early years at Bright Beginnings will explore the below concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace. This is not a complete list but a short list of the Kindergarten readiness program provided once your child enrolls. If 2 or 3 years of age, each child will still be exposed to many of these concepts while participating in them at their own level. By the time your child is 4 and has been exposed to these concepts early on, the below concepts will be much easier to master.
- Numerals 1-30
- Counting objects to 20
- One-to-one correspondence of objects
- Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
- Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
- Sizes: small, medium, large
- Shapes: Square, rectangle, circle, triangle, diamond, hexegon, pentegon, oxegon, crescent, oval, pyrimid
- Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
- Same and Different
- More, Less, Same
- Light, Heavy
- Tall, short
- Money - quarter, dime, penny, nickel
- Time: Day and Night
- Exposure to all the alphabet: learning to recognize all the letters, print upper and lower case
- Recognize, spell, write first and last name
- Hold a pencil, marker, colored pencils, crayon correctly
- Retell familiar stories
- Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences
- Answer questions about stories
- Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays
- Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up
- Build new vocabulary
- Build listening skills
- Strengthen visual discrimination
- Develoop fine motor skills: playdough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.
- Explore science tools: magnets, prisms, magnifying glasses, etc.
- Experience the world through nature walks, gardening, and other explorations
- Observe insect life
- Observe plant growth
- Observe weather and plant life during each season
- Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities
- Identify basic colors and explore color mixing
- Make observational drawings and dictation
- Explores the world with the five senses
- Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat.
- Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculptue, weaving, collage, etc.
- Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera paint, watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, art chalk, clay,
- Experiment with mixing paing colors
- Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum
- Participate in movement songs and dances
- Use scarves, rhythm sticks, ribbons, bean bags to practice rhythms
- Use a variety of children's instruments
- Participate in dramatic play
- Dramatize familiar stories
- Act out the movements and sounds of animals
- Practice problem-solving skills in social situations
- Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects
- Share classroom materials with the group
- Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners
- Communicate his/her needs
- Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, toileting on own, etc.
- State personal information: first and last name, age, city, state, country, school name
- Explore type of work and workers
- Explore modes of transportation
During the summer months:
Children can explore technology using our computer
- Use computer programs to create picture stories
- Use a computer mouse: click, click and drag
A progress report will be given out upon graduation in more detail. This can be given to your child's Kindergarten teacher before or when school starts in September. Each teacher will appreciate this information so that he/she knows your child's preschool background and their accomplishments before entering into Kindergarten.
A special graduation ceremony with cap and gown, luncheon with fellow graduates and parents are provided by me. I truly make it a very special day. Graduates work together or individually to demonstrates what they have learned throughout their years here. Check out the photo album for a peek at their special day. Some years I have four graduates and other years up to 10 or 12 graduating at one time. Changes each year.