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Bright Futures Early Learning Center

2860 Albers Dr
Whitehall, MI 49461

(231) 893-0088


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Previously a Montessori School, Bright Futures houses a large majority of Montessori tools which are still used. Although our program has a mixed approach, we believe that it is this that makes us different.

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
  • Handwriting Without Tears Certified, all HWT tools are used and made available to the children
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Shape sorting, patterning, Math songs and rhymes
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
  • Outdoor Garden
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music Class, Theatre
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Summer Art Camps, ex. Pottery
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 Music Exploration classes are held on Wednesday afternoon for Preschool and Toddler classrooms.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school