School Age Program

School Age: Sharks and Minnows

School Age: Sharks & Minnows

Bright Light provides transportation to and from several local elementary schools for students enrolled in our school-aged programs. All school-age programs take place in the Shark room, our 2,500 square foot wing that includes a large classroom for homework, art projects, and meals, as well as a multi-purpose room for dramatic play, science exploration, large motor development, and other activities. The Shark room also has a separate outdoor playground for basketball, kickball, hopscotch, and other outdoor play. Bright Light offers two main school-age programs.

Sharks: First Through Fifth Grade

For our older school-age students, our primary focus is homework. After Bright Light picks the students up from their elementary school, we come back to the center and take a short break for snack and play. One of our teachers will then meet with each student to discuss his or her homework for the day. Our teachers will provide individual assistance and tutoring to school-age children on an as-needed basis. We will ensure that school-agers use their afternoon time productively so that homework is complete by the time you arrive to pick your child. Older school-age children will also have time for inside and outside free play.

Minnows: Kindergarten

Bright Light provides before-and after-school care for kindergartners who attend local elementary schools. Students may attend Bright Light before school and take the Bright Light Bus at 8:30 am to their school. We will pick them up after morning kindergarten and bring them back to the center.

The children will eat lunch and participate in a three-hour curriculum designed to complement and reinforce the lessons they learn in school. We use curriculum guidelines form the Downingtown Area School District. We focus reading and pre-reading skills, emphasizing the alphabet, letter sounds, and sight words. We also reinforce math and pre-math skills, such as graph fluency, number sense, sorting, shapes, measurement, and telling time. All of our programs are organized around weekly themes. In the later afternoon, our kindergarten students enjoy free play as well as teacher-directed games, activities, and art projects.

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