Children Need Role Models

A top benefit of a daycare or preschool program is the social skills children learn. Every day, your child plays and learns beside peers who think, talk, and play differently than them. This exposes your child to new ideas, inspires them to play in new ways, problem solve, incorporate all playmates, and so much more. However, one benefit of daycare and preschool that isn’t talked about as much is the importance of role models in a child’s life. In order to grow into a well-rounded adults, children need a variety of role models. Oftentimes, children have a limited number of influential adults in their lives, such as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or school teachers. However, children benefit from a diversity of adult role models to shape their experiences, learning, and thinking. Additionally, whether we have control over it or not, children are also exposed to adults we don’t want them to emulate. That’s why it’s so important that kind, caring, thoughtful adult role models play an influential role in their childhood. Our daycare and preschool programs offer this stability! Children who learn to trust and respect their classroom teachers develop positive relationships with adults. This will benefit them their whole lives as they encounter teachers and employers. Children also learn by the example of their teacher how to ask thoughtful questions and develop meaningful relationships. Teachers inspire children to try new things, encourage them to persevere, and cheer them on when they succeed! Luckily, we have some wonderful, creative, and caring teachers at Bright Start Louisville! Your child will receive excellent, quality care in our daycare or preschool program.     Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards. If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

3 Communication Skills Your Child Learns at Daycare

As children grow from babies to toddlers to preschoolers, their communication grows exponentially. However, their environment plays a huge role in the development of their communication. Children who are in a stable and supportive environment with peers and teachers have the best chances of excelling in communication.

At Bright Start Louisville, we nurture each child’s unique growth in communication. Here are just a few skills we emphasize.

Well-Rounded Communication

Everyone knows that communication is more than talking. In any conversation, each person needs to take turns talking and listening, as well as expressing interest through nonverbal cues. These are skills that children must learn and cultivate, and there’s no better place to practice than with peers under the instruction of an engaged teacher!

Discussion Time

As a part of developing well-rounded communication, we encourage children to share stories, tell about their hobbies, share their dreams, or tell their favorite foods and desserts. Sharing these experiences with one another enables children to practice their communication skills. In turn, the children will bond with each other and have relationships for years to come.

Asking Questions

Asking good questions is an acquired skill, and it’s one our teachers encourage every child to gain! Although questions may seem simple, such as “what’s your favorite color?”, these questions reveal curiosity. Fostering this curiosity is how children grow from asking simple questions to asking questions from deep thought. It is a skill that has lifelong benefits.

Again, this skill is best practiced with a group of peers under the instruction of a teacher. It’s even better when children have years to practice this skill before starting school, so they can ask good questions of their school teachers.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

Consistency and Child Development

Consistency is one of the most important aspects of parenting. Although they may push back, children feel secure and safe when they know their routine, boundaries, and expectations. A predictable schedule and relationships help them appropriately internalize, rehearse and repeat behaviors, which fosters maturity.

While stay-at-home parents may boast about their relaxed schedule, this is not necessarily best for the child. That is why children who attend daycare or preschool can grow in so many areas. They fall into a predictable schedule, learn to anticipate parts of the day, build valuable relationships, and so much more:

  • Storytime
  • Music and movement
  • Arts and crafts
  • Imaginative play
  • Outdoor time
  • Preschool curriculum

Additionally, children who attend daycare or preschool transition to school much better than their peers who have stayed at home. Children who have no routine or schedule may have a very hard time transitioning to a structured school day. This may even impede their ability to make good grades and relationships at school!

On the other hand, children who are adjusted to a structure and routine are ready to make the transition to school. They are able to adapt to new routines and build relationships faster, which can significantly improve their learning skills and educational experience.

At Bright Start Louisville, your child will benefit from the consistency of our daycare and preschool program for years to come.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

Check Out Our New Books!

Stories play a powerful role in the life of a child. Books guide children in how to view themselves and others, how to respond to someone who looks or acts differently than them, how to be respectful and kind, and so much more.

Illustrations are just as powerful to the child as the words in the story. Every child delights in finding an illustration that represents them, their ethnic background, or their religious dress. Unfortunately, many stories don’t include the multicultural diversity of today’s children.

But not anymore!

Antiracism Books for Children (ABC) is a non-profit organization that supplies classrooms with books that support positive diverse representation. These books allow children to delight in characters that represent them and their ethnic background, as well as being exposed to perspectives outside their cultural identity. ABC’s hope is that its books will promote inclusion and equity, even at a young age.

Bright Start Childcare and Preschool is thrilled to partner with Antiracism Books for Children! Children enrolled at our preschool will benefit from the diverse stories and beautiful illustrations that celebrate differences and encourage inclusion amongst their peers.

There’s nothing quite like the joy on a child’s face when they see a storybook character that looks like them. Every child deserves to see themselves represented in a storybook that embraces the differences that make them unique. ABC’s books do just that!

 

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

How To Make Your First Parent-Teacher Meeting Successful

No matter your child’s age, visiting your child’s classroom before their first day of daycare can be helpful for easing drop-off jitters. Letting your child see their classroom space, meet their teacher, and observe their classmates help your child visualize their day.

One of the most important relationships to establish in their classroom is with their teacher. While peers are important to development, the teacher is the primary caretaker of your child. This is why it’s so important to help your child feels comfortable or warm up to their teacher by the end of their visit. Here are some tips to help your child connect with their teacher.

Show Your Own Enthusiasm

Your child is very perceptive. When you show your own approval of their teacher, your child will be more inclined to connect with them. Ask good questions of your teacher and try to find some common interests between child and teacher.

Encourage your child to speak with their teacher, being a mediator if necessary. For example, asking your child “tell your teacher what you found at the park yesterday!” opens the door to profitable conversation.

Ask Questions About Daily Routine

Ask the teacher specific questions about their daily routine, such as:

  • When do they play outside?
  • Do you assign seating?
  • What are your class rules?
  • Do you have a rest time?

While you may already know the answers, it helps your child to hear the answers directly from the teacher and may encourage them to ask their own questions.

Share Your Child’s Interests and Strengths

When possible, share what your child is interested in, their strengths, and their struggles in a positive light. For example, your child may like crafts and coloring but need help with scissors. Or perhaps your child loves to play dress-up but needs help joining a group of children. Sharing these details with your teacher will help them know how to give your child a successful transition to preschool.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

What Are the Benefits of a Preschool Program?

If you’re considering enrolling your child in a preschool program, then look no further than Bright Start Louisville! Our preschool program is beneficial to your child in many ways, but here are just three of them.

1. Children Have Quality Playtime with Peers

Children play differently at home than they do with peers. When children are with peers, they are able to explore and play at greater levels than playing alone or with siblings. Teacher-prepared activities give opportunities for children to develop gross and fine motor skills alongside their friends. Peer playtime also helps children develop essential skills for school such as executive functioning.

2. Children Learn to Follow Directions

Children enrolled in a preschool program are given opportunities to practice following directions–a skill that is crucial in kindergarten and beyond. Whether it’s staying in a straight line, raising your hand before asking a question, or the rules of a group game, preschool lets your child practice following directions so they can be successful in school.

3. Children Learn Social and Emotional Skills

“Preschool provides a safe but challenging environment for children to learn how to manage the loss of a toy to another child during play or sit quietly and listen to a short story without interrupting,” President of Amslee Institute Elizabeth Malson says. “These experiences help them explore different feelings and create the foundation for self-regulation.”

As children play and explore together, they encounter a variety of social and emotional challenges. Establishing social and emotional development before kindergarten can help ease your child’s transition to a school environment and foster a better learning experience.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!