Various contents of the curriculum your child will encounter throughout their formal learning years is taught at the early childhood levle. Subject areas such as math, art, music, science, language and social studies are distinctly a part of our curriculum. We also work with the children on their critical thinking and problem solving skills and fine/gross motor skills.
As well as fostering a development of one's imagination, is an essential part of any preschool program. Play has many advantages for the preschool child. Through play, children are allowed to assume roles, act out life situations, express feelings in a safe and acceptable environment all while combining the two worlds of fantasy and reality.
Play allows children to become creative and to use problem solving skills.
At Bright Beginnings, we offer your child a safe and interesting environment in which to grow. The various centers in our classrooms represent avenues for situational development and use of imagination. There are various centers such as housekeeping, block corners, and sand tables, as well as an indoor and outdoor playground.
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
Young children are born curious and very capable of finding solutions to various problems. Here at Bright Beginnings we offer children activities that will stimulate their natural ability to think critically. Under the directions of our qualified staff they are taught to learn how to identify the problem and next encouraged to think of more than one solution to the problem.
Fine & Gross Motor Skills
Activities that allow children to develop the small muscles of the hand are a continual part of our curriculum. Children are encouraged to paint, both on an easel and with finger painting. Materials, equipment and activites that make a child manipulate with their fingers and hands will develp the small muscles of the hand. Puzzles, string beads, interlocking toys, and play dough are some examples of these materials.
Fine motor skill development is what allows a child to master the skill of writing in the primary school years.
Gross motor activities allow for the development of the large muscles of the body. This is accomplished through the use of indoor gym facilities and outdoor playground. Children need space to run, jump, throw balls, apparatus to climb on, and swings and slides to play on. All of this is offered in our program.
Programs rich in the language arts offer young children activities and experiences that encourage listening, speaking, writing and reading readiness. During circle time and story time our students are given activities that encourage speaking and stimulates listening. In its boradest sense, story telling and book reading is critical to the development of language. Through stories, not only do children increase their oral language; they also learn to make a connection to the written page. Language is a natural part of all other content areas just as it is a natural part of all other life experiences.
Language Arts Skills
The primary purpose of any art program in a preschool is to allow children an avenue in which to explore different media and express their creativity. We strive to encourage the child to create their own "masterpiece". "Process is not product" is our philosophy. What often may look messy or incomplete to an adult, is a representation of the world as the child sees it and expresses it. Every child sees it and expresses it. Every child's work is valuable enough to be displayed and they are encouraged to talk about their work, once again fostering greater language development.
The young child learns science by exploring the world around them. We provide our students with varied materials so that they can see how things work. We offer them opportunities to experiment, question and manipulate. Incorporated in our curriculum are physical science, earth and environmental science and life science.
Social Studies at the early childhood level begins with the individual child and the development of their sense of self-esteem. A child processing a good self-image is one that will succeed. The teacher is a key element in helping a child foster a good self-esteem. Discipline is done in a calm but firm manner. Positive reinforcement works better with young children. To help children develop an understanding of the societal units of life, various topics such as family, community, and friends are discussed. Simple rules of following directions, obeying rules, respecting the property of others, and taking care of toys and materials, are all part of the social development of all our preschoolers.
At the early childhood level is found in all the nursery rhymes, finger plays and songs we do with the children. Just as our teachers cultivate literacy in their students, they use multiple opportunities during the day to help child build competence in math. THrough these skills our students will learn all the necessary math skills that will allow them to succeed in later school years. Concepts such as numbers, patterns and relationships, geometry and spatial sense, measurement and data collection and graphing. Everyday experiences such as these provide the context for preschool children to progress in math.
An early childhood program that includes music and movement gives the children an outlet for their high spirits and creative energy. It helps develop both sides of the brain as well as contributes to their social/emotional, physical, cognitive and laguage development. It is an activity that can be shared and makes children feel part of a group. Through music and movement children can use their bodies to express different kinds of emotions.