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Bright Ideas Learning Center

807 SE Walton Blvd
Bentonville, AR 72712-6772

(479) 273-2965

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

We alternate teach directed activities and child directed activitiers. All of the students open ended exploration is controled by them with the teacher there as a guide to lead and to help reinforce learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Stencils, markers, dry erase boards,picture library
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • scales, weights, measuring cups, beans, rice, abacus
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • you name it we probably got it.
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • magnets, earth exploration, discovery bottles,...
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • rhythm dancing, batons, rain sticks...
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • stamp pads, stamps, picture library
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • gardening, water day
Other subjects taught Sign language Social interaction skills Pet care Gardening

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

More attention and one-on-one is given to any child who needs or wants it.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are here to teach children the joy of learning. We feel this sets them up for a lifetime of success. This is done in a safe, loving, and happy atmosphere.

"Building a Brighter Futuer one child at a time"

A Typical Day

6:30-8:00 Arrival- free time/ out door
8:00-8:30 Brealfast
8:30-9:00 Journaling
9:00-9:45 Circle time
9:45-10:00 Transition
10:00-10:30 Art
10:30-11:00 Free play/small group
11:00-12:00 Lunch
12:00-2:00 Quiet time
2:00-2:30 Snack
2:30-3:30 Outside Play
3:30-4:00 Free art/table toys
4:00-4:45 Review
4:45-5:00 Transition
5:00- 6:00 Educational video/clean up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily reports are sent home in the infant room.
Weekly reports are sent home in the toddler room.
News letters/letters are sent home in the pre-school. Weekly lessson plans are posted on the walls in our class rooms. we communicate daily with parents and incorporate them in the learning process. Observations are done to show parents their child's skill level and areas for improvement.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Lots of hugs and loves. We work with each child one-on -one when they first arive and slowly encorporate them in to the activities the other children are doing.