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Bright Beginnings

1221 Stoney Ridge Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902-8703

(434) 979-8585


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The experiences and encounters that occur during the early childhood years have a profound effect on later attitudes about self and school. Bright Beginnings is committed to providing the highest quality experiences though a developmentally appropriate curriculum presented in a nurturing and creative way.
A developmentally appropriate curriculum offers children the opportunity to develop and experience life at their own pace. A positive self-image and a core of knowledge result from the opportunities to grow in any environment rich in all elements of mathematics, literature, science, music, drama, art and movement, Bright Beginnings is not alone in this mission. Working together, parents and teachers can provide the best possible environment."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Routine
Maintaining a consistent and predictable daily routine is a wonderful way to create a secure environment. Young children enjoy the security of knowing that, for example, circle time is right after snack. Each classroom teacher works hard to establish a routine that is right for his or her group.
A typical pre-school day begins at 9:00 am.
Art - Children are encouraged to explore and develop through a wide variety of mediums including painting, glitter, glue, fabric, play dough and crayons. At Bright Beginnings, we love to make messy, fun art projects so expect to see finger painting, pudding art and sand sculptures throughout each week. We emphasize the joy of the art process rather than the product.
Circle Time, Math and Science - During this time, the teacher and children sit in a group and discuss a variety of topics. Math, science, finger plays, songs and exposure to quality literature are some of the things that happen at this time. On any given day, you may see children weighing themselves, take a sense tasting test, counting fish, listening to a story or just singing songs. This is the time when the children and teacher get to know each other better. Through sharing and spending time together, they develop a special bond of friendship.
Outdoor Play - Our playground is equipped with a variety of gross-motor equipment designed to offer opportunities for climbing, jumping and running. We also do a number of other activities outdoors. Outside time is a great time to practice gross motor and large muscle development. Bubbles, parachute games, nature walks and dancing are fun ways to enjoy the outdoors."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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