Curriculum @ Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes childcare program offers engaging activities for all age groups. Even the infants get to participate in the occasional art project.  We are all about encouraging the kids to be passionate about learning through creative methods.  Art and music are highly incorporated as well as reading, science, math, dramatic play, manipulatives and much more!  All activities are geared toward developing the child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs.

Preschool & Pre-K Philosophy

A Bright Eyes student perfects his masterpiece.

Bright Eyes preschool & pre-k diverse curriculum is teacher-framed and based on the children’s interests.  Our teachers are facilitators of learning through encouraging the children to be active and creative explorers. Our teachers help guide the children to achieving independence, self-confidence, enthusiasm, and inquisitiveness.  We believe each child learns at their own pace through hands-on experiences, active thinking and experimentation.

A Bright Eyes student examines a pumpkin

Learning Experiences

Each Bright Eyes teacher aims to foster every child’s creativity, curiosity, confidence, independence, initiative and persistence as they solve problems and engage in a variety of learning experiences including, but not limited to:

Bright Eyes student experimenting.

Art & Art Appreciation

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 & Music Appreciation

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 / Sensory (including predicting & hands-on exploring)

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 emphasized.

Bright Eyes student taking the helm.

Pretend & Dramatic Play

Free play is crucial to early childhood development, which is why pretend / dramatic play is part of 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, using natural items in nature and exploring outside are all ways in which Bright Eyes kids foster their connection and love for nature.

Emotional Intelligence

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. 

Story Telling

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.


Healthy Living Techniques (including physical activity & healthy food choices)

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  ◘

Communications to Parents

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 always 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 ◘


Contact Us

Bright Eyes Daycare

7101 South Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108

(605) 275-2232


Open today

06:30 am – 06:30 pm