"....a hundred worlds to discover, a hundred worlds to invent, a hundred worlds to dream." -Loris Malaguzzi
Bright Start Preschool is a private school in Grand Ledge Michigan. With a foundation built upon a strong and uniquely progressive educational philosophy influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, Bright Start Preschool upholds an image of the child as a powerful, competent, capable, and integral member of the community. Bright Start Preschool envisions each family as unique, deserving of respect, and the center of the child’s life. The school fosters interpersonal relationships among children and adults in order to provide an educational experience of the highest quality built upon the belief that children have a natural disposition for learning and an innate curiosity that, when intentionally and carefully nurtured, blossoms into a life-long love of learning.
Bright Start educators and staff are dedicated to early childhood education and it is our goal to provide a safe, loving, engaging, interesting, respectful and nurturing community for all children and their families where they can learn, grow and develop at their own pace. We believe children learn through child-led play and exploration, with materials chosen purposefully by teachers who are there to support and scaffold learning. Effort and thought goes into creating spaces for children reflecting the belief that children deserve the very best, and that a physical environment that is beautiful, clean, inviting, and full of natural materials and light is crucial in facilitating children’s experiences. All this combined with a consistent schedule full of opportunities for children to make choices, solve social problems, and gain social independence is what we believe is necessary to prepare young children for the future.
At Bright Start, we believe…
That each child is strong, competent and capable individual full of ideas and knowledge. That children are born with a natural ability to learn from their surroundings and experiences. That all children have the right to a safe, loving and nurturing environment in which to grow and explore the world. That a physical environment that is beautiful, clean, inviting, and full of natural materials and light is crucial in facilitating children’s experiences. That the educator’s job is to support and scaffold learning led by each child’s interests. In an emergent curriculum that builds upon the interests of children. Children learn best through experiences with open-ended natural materials that provide opportunities for exploration, experimentation, creativity, and play. That open and honest communication and dialogue among educators and families is a cornerstone to positive experiences for children. In the collaboration between children, teachers, parents and community.
Our Environment: We view the environment at our school as the third teacher. As the third teacher, our environment invites children to explore and create in a comfortable home-like setting. Like your home, we have created spaces that are not only classrooms but a beautiful place that reflects the interests and individuality of each child. Open-ended materials such as wood, ramps, and recycled objects invite opportunities to experiment and problem-solve. Our classrooms are furnished with natural materials, keeping in tune our desire to live an earth-friendly existence. Our classrooms offer opportunities for dramatic play, art, building, literacy, math, and science/discovery.
Our Curriculum: Our school does not use a pre-set curriculum but a process of inviting and sustaining learning. "Studies", or "projects" provide the structure to the children's learning experience. Studies are topics that stem from an event, question, idea or problem posed by one or more of the children or an experience added to the environment of the classroom. Studies can last from a few days to several months. Teachers use a tool called Teaching Strategies Gold to document individual children's learning, set goals for children's learning and to communicate progress with families. TSG is based on 38 objectives, or skills that help teachers create a learning experience that fosters development in social emotional, physical, cognitive, language, literacy and math.