Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Academy of the Week - Livingston


Brightside Academy-Livingston in the Linwood neighborhood is located at 3611 Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH, 4322, near Livingston Court shopping center.

Livingston Academy strives to build strong early education skills to children ages 6-months to 12-years-old. Academy hours are 6AM-6PM, Monday-Friday. 

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Themes This Month Include:

Infants: Fine Motor Skills
Toddlers: Creative Processes
Preschool: Observing Our Environment & Culture
School Age: Team Work

The Livingston Infant curriculum focuses on building those fundamental stages of development such as fine and gross motor, cognition, and social and emotional skills. They learned that when they use their hands to create a painting, their fingers are the brush! Through finger painting, they worked on strengthening their fine motor development. Other activities for infants to participate in that develop fine motor skills include exploring different textures in a basket, picking up and holding objects of all shapes and sizes, and placing felt pieces to a felt board.



The Toddlers focused on more of their right-side brain this week with creative projects like this one, creating a stained-glass window picture using tissue paper. This project encouraged color recognition, patience, and problem-solving. The children used their creative skills to build what their interpretation of what this colorful collage should look like.



Our Preschool discussed the different changes throughout the seasons. How weather patterns change as we transition from winter to spring. Throughout the conversation, children commented how in spring they see more rainbows than any other season which introduced the idea to learn how rainbows form. They discussed the different primary colors seen in a rainbow and then created their own rainbows with finger paints. 



The busy Preschool classroom learned about African culture through art. Students designed their own African shields and discussed how different tribes found ways to protect their communities from harm. Fun Fact: African shields were developed in a variety of colors, materials, sizes, and shapes based on the tribe's purpose for it. Some used shields for protection in battle while others shields' represented their religious, political or spiritual culture (http://www.all-about-african-art.com/african-shields.html).


As part of a team-building exercise, School-agers built their own “house” out of wooden blocks. They were able to create any type of house they wanted but they had to work together as a team to complete it. 


Did you know?
Team-building exercises children are learning today can be a useful skill in their future career. According to the Houston Chronicle, team-building or team activities is a crucial development skill for future work endeavors. "A strong team can lead to major gains for every small business," said team expert, Talan Miller (What Are the Benefits of Team Building?).


Upcoming Events:
We invite family, friends and community partners to join us for our upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events below, contact us at 614-238-9470!
  • April 6 – "Light It Up Blue" DayAutism Awareness Day
  • April 7 – Pajama Day
  • April 11-15 – Week of the Young Child: Music Monday, Taco Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday 
  • April 22 – Earth Day: Children will learn about how to keep the Earth green by planting flowers and painting pots
  • April 28 – Build a Bug Day: Children will create bugs using arts and crafts materials and learn more about different insects

Want to learn more about Brightside Academy-Livingston? Visit brightsideacademy.com call us at 877-868-2273 or stop by the academy! Our staff would love to meet you!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Academy of the Week - Harrowgate

Brightside Academy would like feature their next Academy of the Week, Harrowgate. Harrowgate, located at 3528 I St, Philadelphia, PA 19134 is filled with dedicated individuals working to provide children ages 6-weeks to 12-years-old with quality educational experiences. Harrowgate Academy also offers Head Start but due to such high enrollment, is not currently accepting any new Head Start students. Academy hours are 6AM-6PM, Monday-Friday. 


Themes This Month Include:

Infants: Language and Literacy
Toddlers: Large Muscle Development
Preschool: Water, Wind, and Weather
School Age: Building Positive Relationships


Our infant program at Harrowgate focuses on building strong skill sets such as literacy, gross motor skill development, and language to help prepare them for their next stage of development in the toddler room. This week, they practiced holding books, listening to stories, and hearing sound variations in speech when teachers used different types of emphasis such as "Uh, oh!"



The Toddlers are a movin' and a shakin'! They may think they're just having fun, when really they're working on becoming stronger, faster, and more agile. Daily dance time at Harrowgate helps toddlers strengthen large muscles and further develop their balance and coordination. Learn more about how dance can help with key physical development skills - http://www.ndeo.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=893257&module_id=55419



Our Preschool students spent the week learning about weather. They learned about different weather patterns and how temperatures can affect how weather developes. During a nature walk, our Head Start students discussed different things they found outside and how temperature can increase or decrease at different times of the day in relation to earth's rotation and the sun.



Our School-aged students built strong, positive relationships with friends and family using their emotional and social skills this week. As part of their anti-bullying campaign at Harrowgate, students learned how relationships are built and sustained through a puppet show where they acted out different scenarios that they may have seen or been affected by. They were asked to explain the problem and how it should be solved in the future to avoid conflict among friends.



Upcoming Events:
We invite family, friends and community partners to join us for our upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events below, contact us at (215)-426-7300!
  • April 6 - "Light It Up Blue" Day: Autism Awareness Day
  • April 11-15 - Week of the Young Child: Music Monday, Taco Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. 
  • April 22 - Earth Day: Children will learn about how to keep the Earth green by planting flowers and painting pots.
  • April 28 - Build a Bug Day: Children will create bugs using arts and crafts materials and learn more about different insects.

Want to learn more about Brightside Academy-Harrowgate? Visit brightsideacademy.com call us at 877-868-2273 or stop by the academy! Our staff would love to meet you!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Academy of the Week: 3rd & West

This week, we'd like to feature 3rd & West for our Academy of the Week. 3rd & West academy is located at 3230 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. Brightside Academy-3rd & West is filled with dedicated individuals working to provide children ages 6-weeks to 12-years-old with quality educational experiences. Academy hours are 6AM-6PM, Monday-Friday. 

Themes This Month Include:


Infants: Gross Motor Development

Toddlers: Vocabulary

Preschool: Numbers & Math

School Age: Social Development

3rd & West's Infant program, works to develop and reinforce each infant's individual needs. Children are engaged in sensory based learning experiences, and receive positive and nurturing guidance to prepare them for the next stages of brain development. We provide fun activities that will help them build upon their cognitive, language development, emotional, fine and gross motor, and social skills. 


Pictured Above: Ms. Maria helps Roberto with the development of his gross motor skills


As our Toddler rooms start to learn concepts based around the four developmental domains: language, social emotional skills, cognitive development, our teachers encourage children to learn at their own pace to build self-confidence as they are developing new skills. Daily activities for our toddlers include: singing songs, finger plays, improving their vocabulary through identification and repetition, personal hygiene like washing hands, learning to eat on their own, and sharing with others.



Our Preschool/Head Start students focus on several areas such as language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, character education, and social/emotional development. Our Head Start program prepares children to enter into the school system as Kindergarten students and be ready as life-long learners. Our highly qualified team encourages and supports learning through play experiences so that they are ready to take on the next stage of life.

Pictured Above: Ms. Lovely assists students through number recognition games


As for our School-aged students, we provide enriching learning experiences through a fun environment. Through our before-and after-school program, students can work on homework, read, or enjoy playing and socializing with friends. This program is here to provide support to parents who may need back-up or emergency care during school holidays or closings. 


Pictured Above: Ms. Ada helps Taylin complete his homework


This Week's Events:
Children are learning about areas of science such as different weather patterns and how the Earth's rotation affects daylight savings time throughout the world.

Upcoming Events:
We invite family, friends and community partners to join us for our upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events below, contact us at (330)-785-9740!
  • March 11 - Weather Day: On this day children will explore the weather through science experiments including tornado tubes, pinwheels, and more.
  • March 17 - Wear Green Day: Children and Staff will wear green in celebration of the popular St. Patrick's Day holiday.
  • March 21 - First Day of Spring Celebration: Spring has Sprung! Teachers will conduct nature-themed discussions and activities on seed planting, birds, and other events or changes that are special to the Spring season.
  • April 6 - "Light It Up Blue" Day: Autism Awareness Day
  • April 11-15 - Week of the Young Child: Music Monday, Taco Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. 
  • April 22 - Earth Day: Children will learn about how to keep the Earth green by planting flowers and painting pots.
  • April 28 - Build a Bug Day: Children will create bugs using arts and crafts materials and learn more about different insects.

Want to learn more about Brightside Academy-3rd & West? Visit brightsideacademy.comcall us at 877-868-2273 or stop by the academy! Our staff would love to meet you!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Academy of the Week: Arlington

The next Academy of the Week we'd like to feature is our Arlington location. Arlington academy is located at 1110 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44306. Brightside Academy-Arlington provides a nurturing learning environment for children ages 6-weeks to 12-years-old. Academy hours are 6AM-6PM, Monday-Friday. 

Themes This Month Include:


Infants: Large-Motor Skills/Physical Fun

Toddlers: Community Helpers

Preschool: Black History

School Age: After-School Homework Tutoring

In Arlington's infant program, their goal is provide growth and learning experiences for children 6-weeks to 1-year-old. This month, the infants classroom explored a fun game involving being lifted off the ground and placed back down, their feet landing in paint to record each unique foot step. Teachers, Ms. Tiajuana, Ms. Danyell, and Mr.Colin posted each child's footprint to their "Physical" board to show parents what they've learned.



This week in our toddler rooms, the children learned about different community helpers and how they help others. After reading the book, "Olivia Becomes a Vet" the children bandaged up toy animals and learned how Veterinarians assist sick or hurt animals. They also learned about those who assist sick or hurt people after Ms. Patrice dressed as a doctor. The children were full of questions and curiosity.



Our preschool students learned about great figures in history like, Abe Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and more. Mr. Cornelius, a graduate from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Visual Communication, outlined a wall banner showcasing President Barack Obama, 16th-President Abe Lincoln, and Martin Luther King. After he finished, the children were encouraged to draw in the banner during free play. Each child took turns drawing in different sections of the pictures while teachers discussed the influential differences they played on our country.



After-school is a very busy time at our Arlington academy. Our teachers encourage school-aged students to do their very best to complete homework before parents arrive. Each student is given as much devoted time as possible during this time. If a child does not have homework, our teachers try to motivate them to read a book. Parents are also encouraged to bring in their child's report card to help monitor where they are academically and how and where the academy can help make improvements.

Pictured Above: Ms. Laini, school-aged teacher, assisting a student with her Math homework


Parent-Teacher Conferences were held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 and Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at our Arlington location from 6:30PM-8PM to review and discuss new goals coming up in the new quarter. Students were able to participate in a cookie decorating contest while teachers met with parents.



Upcoming Events:
We invite family, friends and community partners to join us for our upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events below, contact us at (330)-785-9740!

Parent Partnership Program - Brightside Academy-Arlington is looking to start a Parent Partnership Program called, "DIY Dads" and "Munchkins and Mom" which consists of creative workshops that allow Dad's, Mom's and other family members that increase quality engagement in the lives of their children. The goal for each meeting is to begin with reflecting in writing a positive concept gained from previous sessions.


  • March 11 - Weather Day: On this day children will explore the weather through science experiments including tornado tubes, pinwheels, and more.
  • March 17 - Wear Green Day: Children and Staff will wear green in celebration of the popular St. Patrick's Day holiday.
  • March 21 - First Day of Spring Celebration: Spring has Sprung! Teachers will conduct nature-themed discussions and activities on seed planting, birds, and other events or changes that are special to the Spring season.

Want to learn more about Brightside Academy-Arlington? Visit brightsideacademy.comcall us at 877-868-2273 or stop by the academy! Our staff would love to meet you!



    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Reading Aloud to Children Improves Crucial Development Skills

    As we continue to evolve the digital media market, we also continue to focus less on traditional values from our childhood. Values such as story time with our family members who gave us something to look forward to before bedtime every night. 



    We at Brightside Academy continue to put forth strong literacy initiatives into our academies with consistent reading or "circle time" across all age groups. Our goal is to increase literacy and motivate reading at home. According to the New York Times, "Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own" a survey conducted of over 1,000 children ages 6-17 concluded that only 31% were read a book almost daily. “I don’t think that parents know how important that time and the role that it plays in children’s lives,” Kristen Harmeling said, a partner at YouGov. Not only does reading improve vocabulary, language development, and comprehension, but reading to your child unifies the family dynamic. "Children in the survey frequently cited reading aloud as a special bonding time with their parents." 

    Reading aloud also helps children find their inner voice and develop a sense of "self" through story-telling. "Sharing books with children can also help them learn about peer relationships, coping strategies, building self-esteem and general world knowledge," according to "Reading Aloud to Children: The Evidence" from ReachOutandRead.org. 


    As well as relationship building, reading helps children develop phonologically. When reading aloud, children are able to associate sounds and pronunciation with written words by practicing sound patterns. According to ReachOutandRead.org, "When children do well at detecting and manipulating syllables, rhymes and phonemes, they tend to learn more quickly [how] to read."

    Whether your child is 11-months or 11-years, reading out loud has no age limit. Just as you would transition from pop-up, picture books to nursery rhymes to 50+ pages of a Dr. Seuss story, you adjust the complexity of what you're reading as your child grows. “It’s this idea of marinating children in higher-level vocabulary,” said Pam Allyn, founder of LitWorld.Org. Although there isn't much evidence to support improved reading comprehension among older children being read aloud to, literacy experts say that if you increase the difficulty of your reading context, children can hear and understand more complex words that build confidence to tackle different forms of literature on their own.


    So as you get your child cleaned up, dressed, and tucked into bed tonight, pull out a book, any book, and read it aloud. The long-term effects can drastically improve his/her future across all stages of child development.

    To further motivate our Brightside Academy team and families, we invite everyone to participate in our Dr. Seuss/Read Across America contest, going on now across our social media accounts. Simply post a picture of you reading to your child and include hashtag #BSAFamilyLiteracy before March 12th. Four families have the chance to win a set of NEW Dr. Seuss books!

    Wednesday, February 24, 2016

    Academy of the Week: Plaza


    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Brightside+Academy/@39.9920231,-75.1357773,19z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c6c81e94b17c89:0x32bd8d9cc2edcd03This week’s Academy of the Week comes from the Fairhill neighborhood in Philadelphia. Our Plaza academy is located at the corner of W. Lehigh Avenue and N. American St. in the Plaza Americana. Brightside Academy-Plaza provides a nurturing atmosphere for children six weeks to twelve years old. The academy is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Brightside Academy-Plaza’s Pre-K Counts program begins March 1! Click here to learn about our services and how you can enroll your child in this FREE program.



    Monthly Themes:

    Infants: Community Ties

    Toddlers: Neighborhoods and Friendship

    Preschool: Neighborhood

    School Age: Invention, Innovation, Discovery and Imagination


    Plaza’s infant program provides growth and learning experiences for children 6 weeks to one year old. This is a critical stage for babies to explore their surroundings and develop sensory skills. Our infant area features toys and objects with a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures for children to discover. Infants also learn social and communication skills while sharing toys with their friends.


    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    Academy of the Week: Belmont

    Brightside Academy-Belmont is located in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Osborn Street near many restaurants, businesses and transportation. The academy is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

    Our Curriculum
    The staff at Belmont implements an engaging and creative curriculum that makes learning fun. The kindergarten readiness curriculum encourages hands-on activities to help children develop skills and learn at every age.

    Our infants love to explore their surroundings by playing and climbing throughout the infant area. They develop sensory skills by playing with blocks with a variety of textured fabrics. They love to explore toys with different surfaces, learn about colors, and play with their friends to build social and emotional skills.


    The toddlers are learning about the winter season and their community. The lessons improve language and cognitive skills by increasing their vocabulary and encouraging curiosity about toys and art media. The children are learning about colors, shapes, and sizes and using their motor skills to stamp the markers. 

    The preschoolers at Belmont made play dough during a recent lesson on language and instruction. The children helped measure the ingredients and pour them into the container as the teacher gave sequential directions.

    They learned new vocabulary words and math skills while measuring flour, water, salt, vegetable oil, and food coloring.


    Get the recipe to make your own play dough here!

    In the preschool classrooms, the children engaged in scientific discovery as they explored objects and toys using flashlights and mirrors. They learned how different light sources cast shadows and investigated how shadows move and change.


    In the Community
    Healthy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry visited the children and families at Belmont for dental exams in January. The dentist explained the importance of dental health and made the exams fun for kids to overcome their fears of going to the dentist.


    Meet our Staff

    The staff at Brightside Academy-Belmont strives to create a caring atmosphere full of fun and adventure to develop children’s love of learning. The staff works with local business and community partners to serve our families.


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