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Selle Valley Bright Beginnings

1185 Selle Rd
Sandpoint, ID 83864-7532

(208) 265-8531

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Computers with childrens phonics games
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • blocks, counting manipulatives, and computers with childrens phonics
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
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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  • 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
Other subjects taught SVBB has a certfied Music instructor who comes in once a week; a certified P.E. teacher who comes in once a week; and a certified Sign Language teacher who comes in once a week.

From the Director:

CURRICULUM: SVBB uses curriculum and instruction strategies that will strengthen children’s ability to achieve the standards. These strategies are based on knowledge of how children develop and learn as well as what they already know and what they need to know and be able to do. Planning acknowledges that learning is playful, interactive, interdisciplinary, and connected. It also recognizes and provides for a balance between individual and group needs, between active and quiet times, and between teacher-directed and child-selected activities. Teachers influence what children learn by preparing the learning environment and providing an array of materials and equipment students may use to explore, investigate, solve problems, and find answers to their questions. Throughout the school year Christian values and biblical teachings will be incorporated and will include stories, songs, celebrations, prayer and service projects.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are assessed at the beginning of each school year. From these assessments we break the students up into small groups based on academic development. During centers these children are worked with in their individual groups so they are constantly being challenged, but not being discouraged. The students excelling will continue to excell, the students behind, are engaging in areas where they need extra help. And as a whole they are all getting their needs met. We assess the children in the middle of the school year and at the end so we can continue to map their progress.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

SVBB is committed to providing a positive learning experience that will be the cornerstone of your child’s future success. Our focus on a child’s overall growth enables not only academic readiness and preparedness, but also their social, emotional, and physical growth. Children get the opportunity to explore, question and learn – within a fun and supportive environment. We believe that each child has unique and individual talents and interests. Our teachers honor these differences with customized attention and activities to help each child learn and grow at their own pace, in their own style.

At SVBB our teachers base their daily lessons on the following philosophy

★ Children learn through active exploration. – SVBB programs encourage children to explore, experiment, and discover solutions through an active array of projects and materials.
★ Children initiate their own learning. – At SVBB children spend a major portion of their day exploring freely while supported and guided by teachers.
★ Learning comes from open-ended experiences. – SVBB teachers encourage children to exercise their imaginations and reasoning skills through creative problem solving. We believe the process of finding answers is infinitely more valuable than the answers themselves.
★ Adults are facilitators of childhood learning. – SVBB teachers and parent volunteers are encouraged to ask children questions and initiate discussions. We plan and create learning environments that are stimulating and enjoyable.

A Typical Day

Our Typical Day
8:30 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.

8:30-9:00 attendance/class jobs/pledge /daily news/weather/calendar

9:00-9:30 themed project

9:30-9:40 snack

9:40-10:00 recess

10:00-11:00 centers (math, writing/reading, science, art)

11:00-11:15 story time

11:15-11:30 D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read)

11:30-11:50 lunch

11:50-12:15 recess/ P.E.

12:15-12:30 Computer centers/ individualized time

12:30-1:00 Phrase of the week/ daily recap/ prepare for home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters will be distributed to inform you what we will be working on for the month and any important information and reminders SVBB Teachers may have. Each child will have a folder which will be used to distribute any paperwork, newsletters, or notices to parents. Also this is where any projects will be placed when it’s time to be taken home. It is the parent’s responsibility to check them on a regular basis, and read through all information to ensure you are aware of all special days, events, subjects of study, etc. involving your child.
During the school year SVBB will schedule quarterly parent teacher conferences with those families SVBB staff feel it necessary.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year