SHOREWOOD RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL
Classrooms for '20-'21 School Year
The Shorewood School Board has voted to hold virtual classes through the first quarter of the school year, September 8 - November 6. The hope is to bring students back for face to face instruction in a hybrid model (part face to face in the classroom and part virtual) for the second quarter. With this in mind, our Bright Beginnings staff will be working with the Kindergarten teachers to explore developing a learning model that can serve our youngest learners. Our hope would be to eventually bring the Bright Beginnings students back to the classroom sometime between the 2nd quarter and the first of the year. This will be based on the recommendation of the Shorewood School District.
Bright Beginnings Preschool focuses on the individual child, and provides an educational environment that stimulates and nurtures each child's unique growth potential. We provide numerous exciting and engaging thematic units throughout the year, allowing your child to freely explore and grow in important skill development areas, including: large and fine motor, language and literacy, science and math, art and music. Your child's social and emotional development is of prime importance. At Bright Beginnings we help each child grow in his or her feelings of self-worth, self-confidence, respect for and appreciation of others and love of learning and of school. Our curriculum reflects the most current understandings regarding child development and early education and embraces Shorewood School District curriculum goals. Your child must be at least 3 years old by October 31, 2020. If your child will be turning 4 years old as of September 1, 2020, they are eligible for Junior Kindergarten.
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
- Classrooms designed specially for the preschool/kindergarten aged child
- Small class sizes
- Field trips to various locations including apple farm, and nature center
- Smooth transition to K-4
- Spring conferences and progress reports
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS CURRICULUM
Art: children have opportunities to explore a variety of art materials as they learn about the world around them and express themselves creatively. We provide structured and unstructured experiences which enable the children to expand on and develop their understanding of our preschool curricular concepts.
Language Arts: Children engage in a wide variety of activities which develop and strengthen emerging early reading and writing skills. We immerse our students in a print-rich environment in which they have access to quality children's literature on a daily basis. We begin learning about the alphabet and letter sound connections.
Math: children learn math concepts through their exploration of materials in the classroom and through games and activities which focus on early math skills. Concepts that children explore in preschool include: counting, patterns, sorting, classifying, comparing, estimating, and problem solving.
Motor Skills: We offer children many opportunities to develop both large and small muscle skills. Children use materials such as beads, Unifix cubes and Legos to increase fine motor skills. Large motor development occurs as we practice skills such as hopping, skipping, jumping and throwing. In addition, we have daily access to a playground designed specifically for the preschool/kindergarten aged child.
Music: Music is an important aspect of each child's experience at Bright Beginnings Preschool. Songs are integrated throughout the day as a fun way to learn. Children have the opportunity to experience a variety of music and musical instruments as they participate in rhythm, beat and sound activities.
Science and Social Studies: Children explore the world around them and develop scientific inquiry by questioning, predicting, observing, comparing and describing. Preschool offers children a deeper understanding of the changing seasons and animal habitats, behavior and adaptations. Social Studies at the preschool level introduce basic concepts of self, family and community.