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Our Star Curriculum

Our Growing Up Green curriculum has been developed specifically for Bright Star Academy Schools. It was designed and developed with researched-based curriculum to ensure that children were receiving quality educational experiences and teaching.

Working in close partnership with our founder, Tonya Stump, and using the research provided by national organizations such as NAEYC, NECPA and Zero to Three, our Growing Up Green Curriculum was created. This unique curriculum mirrors our commitment to our environment by integrating activities and discussions that encourage environmental awareness into our days. In addition, it is designed to address all aspects of your child's development. It provides a road map for teachers to use while creating lesson plans that are a perfect combination of child-directed and teacher-guided activities. These hands-on activities are integrated into centers, circle time, and play.

Our Growing Up Green Curriculum's researched-based guidelines and Bright Star themes provide the strongest of foundations for future academic success, while never taking away from our teacher's ability to meet individual children's needs. We recognize the talent and knowledge that each of our teachers brings to the classroom and we have chosen a curriculum that does not replace that uniqueness but instead amplifies it.

Meet Our Bright Star Characters

Math and Manipulative

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“Mango” the Monkey

Math is so much more than counting. It is also the ability to reason, see relationships, and problem solve. Children at Bright Star Academy are given opportunities to develop these skills through hands-on activities that allow them to feel safe in taking risks and asking the question “What if…..” Our Growing Up Green Curriculum embraces the language and concepts of mathematics and helps children to discover the inter-relatedness of objects and processes. The learning experiences that our teachers create provide children with a foundational understanding of the concepts of number sense, patterns, measuring, and problem solving.

Communication and Literacy

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“Petunia” the Polar Bear

Communication is the sharing of thoughts and ideas through symbolic and verbal language. Young children love to play with language and the experiences that we provide for them helps to foster this love. Our Growing Up Green Curriculum guides teachers in providing activities and learning experiences that allow children to play with sounds and words which help them to develop a meaningful understanding of how words are used and shared. These learning experiences include Sign Language and Spanish. Your child will be given opportunities to explore the letter sound relationship in meaningful settings. Every room environment celebrates communication through labeling, environmental print, the display of children’s writings and an abundance of opportunities to talk and share thoughts.

Quality literature plays an integral part of our program and our goal is to motivate our little ones from a very early age to value a love for reading. All Bright Knowledge themes incorporate picture books, big books, audio books, and child created books.

Sensory, Science and Technology

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“Airy” the Astronaut

Young children are naturally curious; their favorite question is “Why?” Our teachers help to nurture this curiosity by providing learning opportunities for children to observe, record what they observe, make predictions and ask more questions. Learning experiences based on essential skills in our Growing Up Green Curriculum will help your child to create an understanding of how the world works.

Early explorations with technology focus on learning how to manipulate, and do not replace hands-on learning with teacher and peers in our classrooms. Our curriculum uses technology to support what children are discovering about the world and how we communicate. The essential skills for technology are based on standards developed by The International Society for Technology in Education and allow children to build a foundation for becoming technology-capable students in the future.

Art, Music and Dramatic Play

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“Rainbow” the Armadillo

Creativity is an essential part of our curriculum. Creativity encompasses more than art and music, it is the ability to adapt and be flexible in thought, to problem solve, and to communicate through symbols, whether those symbols are visual or auditory. Our teachers focus on the process rather than the product and plan for purposeful experiences with dramatic play. Dramatic play permits children to fit the reality of the world into their own interests and knowledge. These creative opportunities help children to better understand the world through their senses and provide them with the much-needed outlet for their emotions. In addition, these experiences help children to develop a sense of individuality and respect for other’s work.

Health, Large and Small Motor Development

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“Lunar” the Dolphin

Children naturally use their bodies to explore their environment, whether it is the infant who gains an understanding of objects through mouthing them, or the three year old who develops his/her understanding of boundaries by lying down during circle time. Our Growing Up Green Curriculum recognizes and respects this need for exploration and provides multiple opportunities for development, providing children with an environment where they can develop muscle control, balance, and coordination. In addition to motor development, our curriculum includes opportunities to help our little ones learn how to care for and nurture their bodies.

Social and Environmental Studies

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“Tundra” Turtle

The Growing Up Green Curriculum develops children’s awareness of community beginning with small social systems such as family and classroom and expands to communities, countries, and the world. As their learning experiences expand from their personal world to the larger world, children begin to develop an understanding of their role and responsibilities within these systems, allowing them to become responsible citizens who respect differences and understand the relationships between their actions and their environment.

Music & Spanish

Opus One Music: Our music teacher comes to Bright Star bi-weekly on Tuesday mornings. If your child does not come on Tuesdays, you are welcome to bring them for their class’ scheduled music time (a parent is required to stay with them).

Día de los Niños Spanish Enrichment Program: Our Spanish teacher comes to Bright Star bi-weekly on Friday Mornings. If your child does not come on Fridays, you are more than welcome to bring them for their class’ scheduled Spanish time (a parent is required to stay with them).

Free Play

Throughout our school day the children are given the opportunity to make free play choices. During these times, children are involved with their peer group, which encourages cooperation, sharing, and problem solving. When conflicts arise children are encouraged to use words to express their feelings and to reach a resolution with the help of a teacher if needed. The free play opportunities throughout the building include dress-up, block building, art, games, dramatic play, language arts, science, and math centers. Cooperative play is also encouraged on the playground. Recess is an opportunity to use large motor skills through climbing, running, biking, and participation in organized games.

More about Growing Up Green

Our Growing Up Green curriculum has been developed specifically for Bright Star Academy.  It was designed working in close partnership with our founder, Tonya Stump, and using the research provided by national organizations such as NAEYC and Zero to Three. Our Growing Up Green Curriculum mirrors our commitment to our environment by integrating activities and discussions that encourage environmental awareness into our days.  In addition, it is designed to address all aspects of your child’s development.  It provides a road map for teachers to use while creating lesson plans that are a perfect combination of child-directed and teacher-guided activities.  These hands-on activities are integrated into centers, circle time, and play. 

Our Growing Up Green Curriculum’s researched-based guidelines and Bright Star themes provide the strongest of foundations for future academic success, while never taking away from our teacher’s ability to meet individual children’s needs.  We recognize the talent and knowledge that each of our teachers brings to the classroom and we have chosen a curriculum that does not replace that uniqueness but instead amplifies it.

Key Points:

  • Reflects the Bright Star Academy’s commitment to the environment
  • Addresses all aspects of a child’s development
  • Understands that children learn at own pace and therefore is not a scripted program that tells teachers what to teach and when to teach it but instead offers guidelines and suggestions that allow teachers to meet each child’s needs in the classroom.
opening summer 2010