Program

The Bright Days Preschool students graduate our program knowing how to read, write, add, subtract, and count to 100!

All of our classes are furnished with learning centers as outlined by the Creative Curriculum: Art, Writing, Music, Math/Science, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Manipulatives, and Library. Our two playgrounds are filled with safe, developmentally appropriate slides, tunnels, climbers, and tricycles to promote gross motor skills and physical health. We provide large group and small group activities to our students throughout the day, building social skills while also focusing on the needs of each child. Children 2 years and older are evaluated 3 times per year by our certified teachers in order to set goals for each child and involve parents in the learning process. Please see below for more detailed information on each of our programs:

Infants

The Bright Days Preschool, we create an environment and plan activities that support the rapid development of infants. Infants need to move, stretch, wiggle, turn over, push up, pull up, and walk. The role of our teacher is to support, challenge, and encourage these emerging large muscle skills. We believe infants should be exposed to as much language as possible to support emerging language skills. Our teacher is talking all the time, describing what they are doing, what is happening next, repeating what the infants "say", singing, and reading.

Program Highlights:

  • Loving, caring, nurturing atmosphere
  • Clean, sanitary environment
  • Shoe covers are required to be worn to go into the classroom to ensure clean, hygienic floors
  • Soft play-mat area for crawling and activity time
  • A variety of materials are provided for infants to grasp, shake, and pull apart.
  • Beautiful, bright classroom
  • Our teacher has been in the infant class for over eight years; she is nurturing, loving, and ensures the highest quality of care for our youngest learners

Toddlers

Toddlers are just beginning to engage in pretend play and we plan engaging opportunities to inspire their play. The environment we provide is full of activities perfect for toddlers. It allows them to discover and play independently or with others. The introduction to The Creative Curriculum begins here. Toddlers "learn" language naturally by hearing it used in context. They learn vocabulary by being spoken to, read to, listened to, and then encouraged to communicate their thoughts. Our teachers closely observe each toddler and individualize their teaching to challenge each child. Our program is designed for children who have just turned one, while our Toddlers program is designed for older one year olds.

Program Highlights:

  • Loving, caring, nurturing atmosphere
  • Bilingual class, taught in English and Spanish
  • A variety of materials are provided that support emerging concepts such as colors, shapes, and sorting
  • Sensory play allows toddlers to experiment and discover by using their senses
  • Our toddlers discover the connection between spoken and written words by observing and experiencing them being used in the classroom
  • Gross motor skills development is supported through activities such as jumping, marching, running, and kicking and tossing bean bags and balls.
  • Children begin learning to eat on their own and transition drinking from a sippy cup to a regular cup
  • Music is played throughout the day to promote creative dance and movement, as well as to stimulate brain activity
  • Art activities are planned to support creative development and self expression
  • Children play learning games that teach social skills, turn-taking, and following directions

Pre K-2

Our two year old program is focused on helping students develop independence and basic skills through learning centers, large group activities, and outdoor play. The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos is used to teach social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. With this curriculum, teachers can respond to the individual needs and learning styles of all children. It is one of the only curriculums and assessment systems that are inclusive of all children – those developing typically, children with disabilities, and English language learners.

Program Highlights:

  • Bilingual class, taught in English and Spanish
  • Loving, caring, nurturing atmosphere
  • Fine motor skills are developed through the use of painting, cutting, threading, tweezing, completing puzzles, and through the use of buttons, zippers, and snaps
  • Pre-writing skills are taught through using a crayon for drawing scribbles and lines (vertical, horizontal, curves, and circles)
  • Introduction to letter recognition and beginning word sounds
  • Language development includes an enriched vocabulary through literature and thematic units such as transportation, animals, insects, weather, seasons, holidays, and opposites
  • Word recognition through color words, first name, classmates' names, and environmental print (Sight word count: 10+)
  • Music is played throughout the day to promote creative dance and movement, as well as to stimulate brain activity
  • Art activities are planned to support creative development and self expression
  • Math skills taught include recognition of basic shapes, colors, and numbers 1-9, and counting numbers 1-25
  • Gross motor skills are supported through throwing, kicking, climbing, balancing, jumping, running, marching, and playing outdoor games
  • Potty Training

Pre K-3

The Bright Days Preschool, our Pre K-3 program is catered to children 3-3 ½ years old. Through the use of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool children are enabled to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. The students are encouraged to use their thought process to solve everyday occurrences in the classroom. Teachers give students the opportunity to elaborate and explain their ideas, opinions, thoughts, predictions, needs, works of art, and actions. They are also constantly presenting them with questions and situations that enable them to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Program Highlights:

  • Bilingual class, taught in English and Spanish
  • Pencils are used for beginning handwriting of letters, numbers, first name, and shapes by tracing and replication
  • Language development includes an enriched vocabulary through literature and thematic units. Other topics include matching capital and lower case letters, and an introduction to syllables and rhyming words
  • Word recognition through color words, number words, classmates' names, and over 40 additional sight words. (Sight word count: 50+)
  • Recognition of all letter sounds and identification of vowels
  • Upper case and lower case letters are both taught due to research that suggests that lower case letters are seen 80% of the time
  • Math skills taught include recognition of numbers 1-20, counting to 30, use of a number line, sorting by color and size, one to one correspondence (matching one set to an equal set), AB patterns, sequencing, and simple measurement
  • Lesson plans are customized to strengthen the weak areas of every child
  • Art projects are created by all of the students using a variety of materials and supplies
  • Fine motor skills are developed through the use of gluing, printmaking, cutting straight lines and figures, sculpting, pouring, and threading
  • Gross motor skills are supported activities sucha as throwing over hand, catching with two hands, and balancing on one foot
*All children must be potty trained to enter Pre K-3

Pre K-4

The Pre K-4 program at The Bright Days Preschool is intended for children who are 3 ½ - 4 years old. Using the Creative Curriculum, we prepare children for their journey into the academically intensive VPK Classroom and help them become independent and feel they are an important part of our community with lots of exposure to social experiences. Throughout the year teachers help children to negotiate, interact with peers, and make good choices. We provide lessons and activities in the areas of art, music, science, dramatic play, pre-math, pre-writing, and pre-reading skills.

Program Highlights:

  • Bilingual class, taught in English and in Spanish
  • Pre K-4 class is taught at a faster pace than Pre K-3
  • Children begin writing letters, numbers, first name, and shapes independently in smaller print
  • Language development includes an enriched vocabulary through literature and thematic units. Other topics include matching capital and lower case letters, identification of environmental print, syllables, and rhyming words
  • Word recognition through color words, number words, classmates' names, and over 60 additional sight words (Sight word count: 80+)
  • Recognition of all letter sounds, identification of vowels, and two letter blends
  • Upper case and lower case letters are taught due to research that suggests that lower case letters are seen 80% of the time
  • Math skills taught include recognition of numbers 1-20, counting numbers 1-50, use of a number line, comparing data on a graph, one to one correspondence (matching one set to an equal set), AB patterns, sequencing, simple measurement, concept of half and whole, and numbers before and after
  • Homework is sent on a daily basis to reinforce what is being taught in class
  • Enriched vocabulary through the use of literature and discussion
  • Lesson plans are customized to strengthen the weak areas of each child
  • Art projects are created by all of the students using a variety of materials and supplies

VPK

A Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program utilize Creative Curriculum. In school Our VPK program is an intensive workshop which centers on academic excellence in the subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Our VPK program has a school readiness rating of 100! That means that 100 percent of our graduates are ready for Kindergarten. We are proud to stand out as one of the top VPK providers in our area!

Program Highlights:

  • Creative Curriculum
  • The Book-of-the-Week is used to build vocabulary and integrate words into sentences and complete thoughts. The Book-of-the-Week is also sent home to reinforce what is being learned in class
  • Language development includes an enriched vocabulary and literacy through the use of the Breakthrough to Literacy curriculum coupled with thematic units. Focus on sentence structure, compound words, deletion, punctuation, and rhyming
  • Word recognition through color words, number words, shape words, classmates' first and last names, and over 100 additional sight words. Reading through blending three or more sounds, word families, long and short vowel sounds, and special sounds such as ch-, th-, -ck, etc. (Sight word count:180+)
  • Math skills taught include recognition of numbers 1-100, counting numbers 1-100, use of a number line, comparing data on a graph, one to one correspondence (matching one set to an equal set), patterns (AB, ABC, ABB). measurement in inches, numbers before and after, counting by 5's and 10's, telling time to the hour, money values (penny, nickel, dime, and dollar), addition, and subtraction
  • Circle Time games and activities which review phonemic awareness skills and print knowledge.120
  • Handwriting skills include writing letters, numbers, first and last name, vocabulary words, and sentences independently
  • Hands-On activities such as cooking projects where students discover different uses for everyday items
  • Art projects are made by all of the students using a variety of materials and supplies
  • Homework is sent on a daily basis to reinforce what is being taught in class
  • 3 Formal Assessments Per Year inform parents of their child’s progress and allow teachers to customize lesson plans to meet the individual needs of each child
  • Class taught in English only