The mission of Bright Stars Preschool is to provide a high quality learning experience in a natural setting while promoting healthy habits and community service. The preschool building itself was once a house and the classrooms preserve many of the features of a home. The class sizes are unusually small, either 5 or 10 students, which gives them just enough social interaction while still having a lot of attention and supervision from teachers.
There is an Outdoor Classroom with white picket fencing and raised garden beds. Students grow organic fruits and vegetables and can pick, eat, and take home the harvest. The garden beds and other plants and natural elements are linked to children’s literature to spark imaginative play while interacting with nature. Beyond the outdoor classroom is a wide open play space with bicycles, balls, play houses, sand table, and other play equipment.
The snack menu is organic and healthy. Bright Stars serves organic milk, natural juice, spring water, and as many organic and fresh foods as possible.
The curriculum is carefully written by the Director and is emailed to parents weekly with reference to the Massachusetts Preschool Learning Guidelines. In addition, a nature experience curriculum written by Project Learning Tree is used for 1o weeks of the year.
Walking field trips to the Langwater Farm take place once a week in season, and Bright Stars purchases Langwater’s full season CSA for the families to enjoy. Students visit the farm stand and take home a different organic vegetable each week to try at home.
In school programs are taught by the local librarians, community helpers, and NRT’s Sheep Pasture program.
Bright Stars Preschool can accept children from ages 2.9-8 years. It is open year round, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-5:30 pm.