School Curriculum

School Curriculum

Our curriculum creates a a developmentally appropriate learning environment that empowers preschool children to be confident, successful, lifelong learners.


Vocabulary expands from a few hundred words to a few thousand and word comprehension takes off during the preschool years. Our preschool programs and curriculum provide children with opportunities to integrate listening, speaking, early reading, and writing into daily activities such as:

  • Recognizing letters and discriminating between sounds
  • Answering open-ended questions such as “What do you think?”
  • Participating in projects that have multiple steps
  • Playing language and rhyming games
  • Following along in children’s books read to the class
  • Dictating thoughts and ideas to teachers about artwork

Artistic exploration encourages important skills such as creative thinking, adaptation, problem-solving, innovation, and follow-through. Our preschool teachers nurture children’s own artistic abilities and help them appreciate art in the broader world by engaging in diverse creative experiences, such as:

  • Working on long-term art projects such as paper-mâché sculptures
  • Dictating stories to accompany drawings
  • Singing songs and reading books from around the world
  • Making instruments
  • Painting to the beat of music
  • Creating dramatic play areas such as a greenhouse, grocery store, or office

Whether they are counting how many marbles they have, fitting a cylinder into a circular hole, or asking for more milk, preschoolers are constantly using and experimenting with math concepts. Our preschool teachers create learning experiences that build math skills and reasoning so children can solve problems and use mathematics in real and meaningful ways, such as:

  • Sorting items by size, color, or shape during clean-up
  • Stringing beads in a pattern
  • Discussing past, present, and future events
  • Counting out small groups of items and matching to a numeral card
  • Playing estimation games such as “Which jar has more pebbles?”
  • Experimenting with measuring cups in the sand or water table

Because young children are forming attitudes and behaviors that will influence them throughout their lives, it is important to expose them to experiences that foster their ability to make good health decisions, develop a positive self-image, make healthy nutrition choices, and show respect for their bodies. At Bright Horizons, our preschool teachers provide children with varied opportunities and materials geared towards developing healthy lifelong habits, such as:

  • Making their own choices at snacks and meals
  • Identifying nutritious foods and how they help our bodies grow
  • Taking responsibility for his/her own basic hygiene such as proper hand washing and covering his/her coughs
  • Engaging in physical activities – hopping, climbing, yoga
  • Following procedures for a fire drill