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Color Me Brilliant Preschool Academy

11415 S. Fountain Hills St.
Parker, CO 80138

(303) 552-4075


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Color Me Brilliant Preschool Academy curriculum has been designed to not only meet, but to exceed the Colorado Core Knowledge ® Sequence and Standards for preschool. Most students from Color Me Brilliant Preschool Academy will enter kindergarten far above the level of their peers and, in my experience, most will also be reading! Early reading skills are emphasised throughout the curriculum. Besides continually teaching letter names and sounds through Zoo Phonics®, we expose students to Concepts about Print knowledge; letters vs words, parts of the books and, reading for meaning. Through shared reading and guided reading we devolop beginning reading comprehension through predicting, story retells, sequencing of events and connections to the text. The Color Me Brilliant Preschool Academy curriculum maintains high expectations for children while incorporating social development, character development, lots of creativity, love, and fun! Having taught kindergarten for the past 11 years, I saw first-hand the importance that a quality home or center preschool program can make in a child’s life. Not only did I, and my colleagues, observe year after year that our highest, happiest, and most confident kindergarten students were those who usually came from a quality preschool program, but this success that we witnessed was tracked though out their elementary school years. I observed over and over again how important even 1 or 2 days of preschool socialization and skill development is for young children. I am a full believer of giving children as much as you can in their first 5 years. Studies all show that during ages 0-5 years as language is developing, our brains absorb a vast amount of information, so why not expose them to all that we can? Preschool truly does help children to excel in their future years, especially when they’ve attended a program that allows them to learn, think, explore and play at their instructional and developmental level. The curricular programs that have been chosen for Color Me Brilliant Preschool Academy have been so chosen due to their tried and true effectiveness. The teaching strategies used are engaging for students and are incredibly successful for student learning and retention. Lessons taught, based on the Core Knowledge® sequence and philosophy, build upon knowledge that has been previously acquired in life or prior lessons. Student individual progress is continually assessed in order to proficiently develop lesson plans which meet each student’s developmental and academic needs.

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
  • Zoo Phonics, Handwriting without Tears, Phonemic Aweness, Concepts About Print, Every Child a Writer
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Abundance of Math Manipulatives, Math Their Way, Saxon Math
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Children's CD's, songs and dance
Visual arts more

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

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  • 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
Other subjects taught Preschool/Pre-Kinder Programs Used Zoo Phonics® (click for program link)- Letter ID and letter sound instruction; phonemic awareness Handwriting Without Tears ® (click for program link)- Letter formation/printing Saxon Math®- Manipulatives based math activities Math Their Way®- Counting, calendar concepts, days of week, months, patterns Every Child A Writer-beginning writing Words their Way®/Making Words® - Beginning level for phonemic awareness ...and a combo of many other tried and true programs, activities and best teaching practices!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Observation, formal and informal assessment is used to determine each child's instructional level, strengths and needs. From the results of assessments, lesson plans are created and modified to accurately challenge each student at his or her own developmental/academic level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Color Me Brilliant Preschool Academy, is located just outside of Denver in Parker, CO. We are a caring and nurturing, Colorado home preschool created to provide students with a solid social and academic foundation in their early developmental years so that they may experience a happy, healthy and successful kindergarten year, as well as to develop positive social skills and character which will remain with them throughout their lives.
Our preschool provides an enriching and loving program which engages students in creative, fun, and hands-on preschool experiences based on the Core Knowledge® Curriculum and utilizing highly effective curriculum programs and supplemental materials. Our mission is to instill in children a deep love of learning, to foster children's naturally curious and creative spirits, and to help students to flourish socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
Students receive quality, dedicated, individualized instruction from a state licensed/credentialed, and highly experienced, former kindergarten teacher. Christine Krainock holds her Masters Degree in Education, and is highly knowledgeable and skilled in successfully teaching young ones the essential core content and skills they need to ensure a successful kindergarten year and beyond. Color Me Brilliant Preschool Academy is a place of positivity, fun, and love. Due to it's intimate setting, student groups are limited to only 6 children to 1 teacher, in order to meet each child's individual instructional needs, as well as to enhance each child’s strengths.
Come join us and watch your child learn and grow!

A Typical Day

Basic Daily Schedule

Disclaimer~ The following is a TENTATIVE half-day schedule. Full-day program also available. In the world of little ones, one must be flexible. Situations will arise, special activities may be scheduled, or teachable moments may occur, when we will happily deviate from our "schedule". :)

8:45-9:00 Student Arrival- Hands-on table activities.

9:00-9:20 Circle Time- Calendar, Math Their Way Activities, ZooPhonics, Phonemic Awareness Instruction, Morning Message

9:20-10:15 Introduction of Theme, and Learning Centers based on Core Knowledge Standards- Centers include name writing practice, beginning reading skills, number writing practice, math activities, letter I.D. activities, phonemic awareness skill development, art, science, cooking, and educational computer games.. Students will work individually or in very small groups with the teacher at this time with activities designed around their own specific instructional level.

10:15-10:30 Read Aloud/Poems

10:30-10:45 Snack- Good Manners are reinforced, Children practice good verbal communication with their peers.

10:45-11:05 Outside/Inside Imaginative Play/Nature Walks- Nature walks around the neighborhood and outside play is weather permitting.
*Poor Weather= Independent Center Activities- dramatic play, math tubs, library, and computer

11:05-11:25 Math Instruction/ Hands-on Saxon Math Activity (utilizing manipulatives)- number ID practice, colors, shapes, patterns, sorting, number sense

11:25-11:45 Handwriting Without Tears (letter printing practice)

11:45-12:00 Read aloud, music and movement

12:00- Student Dismissal to Parent

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are always welcome at Color Me brilliant Preschool Academy! Parents receive constant communication about the school and their child's progress through newsletters, emails, website, parent teacher conferences, etc.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year