2 - 3 years
Our Shooting Star Room Is All About ME!
Encouraging independence helps our terrific twos gain autonomy and experience confidence in themselves.
Our Shooting Star room is all about ME!
Encouraging independence helps our terrific twos gain autonomy and experience confidence in themselves.
Boundless Opportunities For Autonomy
Our Shooting Stars have an amazing amount of boundless energy and an innate sense of curiosity of the world around them. Children know who they are and feel confident in making their own choices. Your Shooting Star works towards several self-help skills. Introducing potty training, encouraging parallel play, promoting self-feeding with spoons and open cups are only a small part of the autonomy that your little one accomplishes.
Positive, Encouraging, Energetic Teachers promote excellence
Energetic teachers are eager to foster and support this need for independence while providing numerous opportunities for the children to make safe choices in a stimulating environment. In addition, our positive reinforcement, hugs, praise, and kind words help make this journey to independence both encouraging and successful.
Communication Helps Teachers Work Closely With You
Communication is important during this advancement in learning and self-care habits. Teachers work very closely with the family and the child to make sure there is consistency between home and school. Keeping you up to date daily about your child’s feelings, what they ate, when they slept, diapering, potty training and curriculum activities provides steady assurance for your early preschoolers’ care.
Working With Words Empowers Children's Learning
Our Shooting Star curriculum supports empowering children with words and developing self-help skills. Teaching vocabulary that lets them express themselves, resolve conflict and get along with others is fundamental in achieving independence. Their rapidly emerging abilities require constant curriculum challenges in order to keep them engaged and busy.
Low Ratios Ensures Plenty Of One On One Time
Maintaining low ratios ensures plenty of one on one time. Weekly, themed lesson plans with teacher directed, hands-on activities based on language, social-emotional, cognitive and physical development skills reinforce our academic standards and provide a sound foundation for elementary readiness.
Freedom Of Choice Helps Your Little One Mature
Part of helping our early preschoolers become more independent is providing them with the freedom of choice. Our students are encouraged to express their creativity through free-choice play in the dramatic play area, block center and art station. Our teachers are aware of this fundamental need and strive to create academic learning centers from which children can choose and participate in daily.
Expanding Their World Through Enrichments and Continued Spanish
Giving the children opportunity to experience as much in a day as possible is our primary goal. Starting in the early preschool room, the children have scheduled weekly times for enriched academic learning opportunities in art, science, home economics, literacy, media and dramatic play. The continuation of our daily Spanish program expands to build your child’s vocabulary enhances early understanding of diversity and cultural awareness.
An Environment That Supports Independence And Discovery
Custom designed for your early preschooler, a eco themed classrooms offer an early learning adventure with a multitude of independent opportunities for our Shooting Stars. Two spacious, bright, beautiful classrooms with natural lighting and ecofriendly amenities help create a pallet of early learning potential. Teachers encourage discovery and independence through large rotational learning centers full of educational toys and equipment. Child-height toilets, sinks, windows, tables and chairs with half walls for diapering and potting help support successful independence and allow safe monitoring children.
Shooting Star Interactions
Our Shooting Star Interactions creates opportunities for more structure while helping build emotional vocabulary. This combination allows your little learner the tools to express themselves, resolve conflict and play well with others.
Building a trusting relationship with others is an essential part of our Shooting Star program. Our teachers are aware of this need and strive to create an environment that not only encourages academic development but also fosters your child’s social and emotional development as well. Below is a sampling of the many ways this is accomplished:
Developmental Goals and Milestones For
Our Shooting Stars
Our Shooting Star curriculum goals help our early preschool children develop the skills necessary to become independent learners. Busy as the two’s may be, our teachers can keep up and cherish the opportunity to be a part of your early preschoolers’ bright independence.
- Uses words to tell what an object does
- Answers simple questions
- Asks for things by name
- Uses language for complex purposes
- Follows simple directions
- Builds vocabulary by participating in conversations
- Listens to a short story
- Participates in songs, stories, and finger plays
- Understands that symbols and photos can be read
- Can provide first name
- Fills in missing pieces of familiar rhymes
- Connects stories and events to own life
- Begins to explore the letters of the alphabet
- Expresses a wide range of emotions
- Takes turns and helps others
- Participates in group activities
- Demonstrates empathy
- Attempts to interact with others
- Begins to control emotions
Social and Environmental Studies
- Demonstrates an awareness of being part of a family and a class
- Identifies members of immediate family and discussing the importance of family
- Begins to recognize that there are other cultures with different traditions and languages
- Identifies community members that keep people safe
- Describes rooms in the home and demonstrates a familiarity with the classroom
- Develops a basic understanding of nature
- Begins to develop an understanding of how trash is created
- Becomes aware of waste and personal usage
- Uses creativity and imagination to think of new ways to use old objects
Math and Manipulative
- Matches shapes and colors
- Assembles 4-8 piece puzzles
- Demonstrates one-to-one correspondence
- Uses math in daily routines
- Repeats numbers correctly
- Begins to count
- Extends simple patterns
- Develops vocabulary to describe
Sensory, Science and Technology
- Participates in science observations
- Explores objects using five senses
- Develops an understanding that animals and plants are living things
- Discusses objects in the sky
- Tracks daily weather
Art, Music and Dramatic Play
- Identifying loud and soft sounds and fast and slow tempos
- Moving to music
- Holding crayon to make scribbles on paper
- Making prints using a variety of material
- Expressing a preference for music and art
- Participating in dramatic play experiences that begins to mimic real world experiences
Large Motor Development
- Walks forward and backwards
- Stands on one foot
- Jumps in place
- Copies simple body movements
Small Motor Development
- Unwraps packages with help
- Stacks five or more blocks
- Begins to use scissors
- Laces large beads
- Folds paper
- Dumps and pours
Health and Safety
- Demonstrates understanding of safe and healthy habits
Hear What Parents Have to Say…
"They gave us the most precious gift a working parent could ever ask for"As a parent, there's nothing more reassuring than to see your child confidently walk to their classroom and almost forget to hug you goodbye because they're ready to play and learn.
"There is also an app that the teachers document diapers/potty, meals, naps and even pictures"We LOVE bright star! When we lived in San Antonio before moving to the Austin area, we took our daughter to a daycare there where unfortunately we learned that you get what you pay for.
"they have an actual CURRICULUM; the teachers are INVESTED"We started bright star in the fall of 2019, and it is a complete turnaround. My daughter is excited about school, she never wants to leave at the end of the day, and she adores her teachers.
"The school is so organized with their lesson plans and theme days"The teachers are top notch! The facility is bright and fun. I love that they get to spend time in the library, theatre room, art room and cafeteria instead of staying in one classroom the whole day.
"I love the reports and pictures I receive from the teachers throughout the week"We appreciate how clean the school is kept, and for us, that is a huge plus. It is so difficult to keep germs under control with kids, so we are happy the school makes an extra effort to keep the facility clean.
"They accommodate for what we need and want for our child Two weeks in at Bright Star Academy and my 3 year old was caught up on counting"The teachers, administrative staff, chef, and everyone that works there feels like family.
"Bright Star has already helped so much with her socialization skills"The way they are able to tend to every baby’s need and keep track of who needs to be fed, changed, needs a nap, wants to be held or rocked, who has a food allergy, etc. is simply amazing!
"They are organized and put together and you can tell"They are organized and put together and you can tell everyone is very well trained and that is something that is reassuring when you decide to leave your brand new baby for the first time.
"I absolutely believe we made the right decision with Bright Star."The Infant teachers have been so wonderful to our family. I absolutely believe we made the right decision with Bright Star.
"Very cooperative and friendly staff"I love their toddler team. Very cooperative and friendly staff! My kiddo is doing great there and it seems like he is learning so much each day.
"We’ve had experience with other places and Bright Star has been our favorite"Our son loves his teachers and is always smiling when I pick him up at the end of the day. Teachers from other classes know his name and it makes it feel more like a family.
"BrightStar staffs and principals worked hard to welcome him"You can get a daily report through their app, with photos and all details about your kid at school. Definitively, I do recommend BrightStar to all families that care about your kid security, health, development, and care.
"she has learned more than I can imagine a 2 year old would know!"Bright Star has completely erased any doubts I've had and provided such a loving, educational, and nurturing environment for my baby girl! I am truly grateful for the caring, energetic, and kind staff that works here and would recommend them to anyone looking to get their child into a schooling program.
"The teachers are amazing & the place is clean."The teachers are amazing & the place is clean. Can't ask for much more than that! Oh & my 2 year old already knows his alphabet, numbers, colors & shapes! That's all thanks to Bright Star.
"my children have had a wonderful, loving experience"Thanks to the wonderful staff, from the principal to cooks to teachers, my children have had a wonderful, loving experience.
"Thank you for all you do for Starboard Academy to providing a great learning environment for our children, with the right people."We hope Starboard has an awesome teacher appreciation week - You are all so very appreciated, especially in a time like this with a pendamic.
"We are so happy that Starboard Academy opened up in Plymouth!"We couldn't imagine another facility being so considerate and conscientious about mackenzie's food allergies. You have gone above and beyond to make sure mackenzie has healthy meals, snacks, and treats that she can enjoy safely.
We can't say enough good thing and this card isn't big enough. We love the communication, photos and updates from the Kangarootime App. Both of my kids have grown so much and excited more than we could have imagined. Mackenzie comes home singing a new song each week, and can even identify some letters and numbers and she's not even yet! Jamison can identify all of his letters and numbers in reading and writing and knows his letter sounds. He is really going to miss your school, especially the infamous PIRATE SHIP PLAYGROUND. Thank you for all you have done!