Bright Eyes childcare program offers engaging activities for all age groups. Even the infants get to participate in the occasional art project. Through our encouraging and creative methods, the children develop a healthy passion for learning in the subjects of art & music, reading, science, math, dramatic play, manipulatives and so much more! Such activities are geared towards developing the child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs.
Bright Eyes teacher's aim to foster every child's creativity, curiosity, confidence, independence, initiative and persistence as they solve problems and engage in a variety of learning experiences that include, but are not limited to:
In our art room, children explore various mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, and more. Children are introduced to multiple early development concepts through art such as handwriting, numbers, letters, emotions, and much more. In addition, teachers review types of art and artists. The children are encouraged to replicate different styles to gain further appreciation and understanding of art.
Music is often heard playing throughout every room. Specific songs and genres of music are reviewed with the children. Music is heavily featured in our Music/Movement room during physical activity.
Science and sensory activities are woven into daily lesson plans in an exciting way. For example, in the art room, we frequently rotate sensory materials for the sensory table. Cause and effect concepts and the fun of predicting “what comes next” are often emphasized.
Free play is crucial to early childhood development, which is why pretend / dramatic play is part of our weekly lesson plans. This type of play is facilitated by the teachers who provide a framework for the play, but the children have the freedom to create their own “world.”
Understanding and having respect for nature and the world around us is an important concept to incorporate at a young age. Taking nature walks and exploring outside are just some of the ways in which Bright Eyes kids connect with nature.
Emotional literacy is as important as learning the ABC’s. Teaching children early in social-emotional skills helps them with aggression and anxiety while also becoming better social problem solvers. Learning these skills makes for a more peaceful educational environment; but the benefits carry far beyond their time at Bright Eyes.
At every age in our preschool program, writing is incorporated. As the children grow closer to kindergarten, a greater focus is placed on handwriting. Children start out by trying to write their first name, then advance to first and last name as well as a handful of basic words.
Whether it’s during a transition time, circle time, small group, art or music, books are part of the lessons. Developing comprehension and appreciation of the written word is crucial at a very early age.
Books are an essential component of the Bright Eyes preschool curriculum. Not only do the teachers read multiple books throughout the day, but the children have the opportunity to create their own stories and illustrations. Some of these stories / books are then incorporated into the Bright Eyes library.
Physical activity is included in daily lesson plans and often takes place in our Music / Movement Room or outside. Physical activities include games such as Duck, Duck, Goose, Musical Chairs, Relay Races, Parachute games and much more. In addition, we have a private walking trail behind Bright Eyes which the children access frequently(weather permitting).
Healthy food choices are encouraged daily through homemade meals with appropriate portions being served. Snacks are carefully chosen with the goal of eliminating (or at least greatly minimizing) the amount of corn syrup, food dyes and food additives. In addition, we often incorporate a healthy food activity. For instance, the children may taste test and explore an unusual fruit or vegetable and also see how it may be used in new/unexpected ways.
Live reports of activities and progress are supplied to parents via a handy mobile app and then again at the end of the day via email.
Your pre-k child's progress is reviewed in detail during an annual parent conference. Conferences, although focused on pre-k students, are made available for all ages upon request. We are actively monitoring your child's development at every age and milestone. If on the way, we experience a concern, we will quickly notify the parents so that we can, together, develop a strategy for improving your child's trajectory. In addition, parents are encouraged to speak with their child’s lead teacher as well as the Director of Education & Child Development (Shelly) or the Owners (Mandy or Nate) about any questions or concerns they may have throughout the course of each year.
7101 South Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108
07:00 am – 06:00 pm