Preschool (2.5-5 years)

Preschool (2.5-5 years)

As children get closer to 3 years of age, many parents start to think about their child’s ability to “navigate life”.  Getting along with others, adaptability and following instructions are particularly good life skills for young children.  Combine that with some early learning, and children will be on the road to kindergarten readiness.   With these goals in mind, BrightStart has two programs for this age group, a full day program and a partial day program, also known as preschool.

Preschool is our 4-hour program, suitable for parents with flexible work schedules or as a supplement to other weekly activities. Parents that require longer than 4 hours of care, can check out our Full Day program or Junior Kindergaren.

A Typical Day In Preschool

This schedule is a basic framework for daily planning, as our emergent curriculum teaching style focuses on the children’s interests and passions for that day or week.  Teacher and program flexibility is the guiding principle.

Preschool is similar to our full day program; however it operates at a faster pace and does not include time for naps and multiple times for outdoor play or classroom free choice time. Preschool follows the same calendar as the local public school and is not in session when the public school is closed.

Similar to out full day program, activities are planned with specific learning outcomes in mind. For example:.

Activity

Learning Outcome

Arrival.Outdoor active play         (indoor music & movement during inclement weather)

Transition from home to school:  child learns to be comfortable with other children/adults and is happy to stay.

Active play promotes physical health, motor skills, socialization 

Hang up coats, change shoes,toilet, wash hands

Learning responsibility and hygiene.

 

Greeting Time

Listening skills and understanding about the order of the day by anticipating events.

Snack and Lunch time

Socialization, manners, nutrition, healthy habits

Free choice: art exploration, activity centres and free play

Social and problem solving skills, emotional development

Small group time: math activities & handwriting exercises

Cognitive development

Circle time: special helper, calendar, weather, emergent curriculum

Early Learning, cognitive development, learning to listen to the teacher and participate in an orderly fashion

Parent/guardian pick-up

Transition to home and talking about the day’s events.