Bright Beginnings offers a developmentally appropriate early childhood education program that meets the needs of the "whole child" and encourages the power of play. Play is the primary occupation of a child. The curriculum respects both the age and the individual needs of each child. We provide a safe, healthy learning environment that will advance your child's physical and intellectual competence, communication and creativity. Social and emotional development is encouraged to nurture self-esteem, social responsibility and pro-social skills.
What is developmentally appropriate practice? Developmentally appropriate practice means that preschool activities and the program takes into account what each child is ready for. Children ages 2-5 should be offered a wide variety of hands-on opportunities to explore the world around them.
Daily routines at Bright Beginnings motivates children to engage in many active learning experiences. These experiences enhance children's development in cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, social competences, language and literacy skills, creative expression and sensory integration.
The physical environment at Bright Beginnings is well organized and safe. Safety and nutrition are incorporated into the developmental curriculum. Each week both parents receive a detailed themed lesson plan for the week. The learning environment is designed to offer larger and smaller spaces for learning. Gross motor movement is encouraged through a variety of indoor and outdoor play equipment. Daily small and large group times are implemented which includes - calendar, weather, discussion, exercise, rhymes, music, dance and much more.
Daily activities encourage learning and problem solving, as well as logical thinking skills such as classifying objects, comparing/measuring, arranging objects in a series, pattern recognition, awareness of time concepts and sequence, awareness of position in space, one-to-one correspondence, and using numbers and counting. Opportunities are given to encourage representational and symbolic thought either through creative expressive activities such as art activities and projects, but also through unstructured opportunities for dramatic play. Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori inspired ideas are implemented in my program.
For language, activities encourage oral self-expression, answering and asking questions, following oral directions and conversations. Reading and writing skills are also included, such as listening to stories and participating in story time discussions, understanding of print concepts, beginning knowledge of the alphabet, phonic concepts, the use of emerging reading skills to make meaning from print, and writing letters and words. Activities are provided in a fun and creative manner both in large and small group settings.
Teacher-child interactions communicate acceptance, respect, and trust with each child as well as respect for basic group expectations. Postive guidance strategies are utilized to encourage respect, care, and social responsibility for each other. We stress the importance of positive interactions and the appreciation of one another.