Our Cognitive Curriculum:
BRIGHT START – an early intervention program with a proven record of remarkable success – is what makes LITTLE LIGHT BULBS different from other educational child-care facilities. BRIGHT START supports the educational curriculum relevant to our South African context by helping students “learn how to learn” through a unique mediational teaching style. Family participation is a fundamental part of BRIGHT START – ensuring continuity and generalization across the child’s environments.
“Bright Start is an educational program designed to help young children acquire, elaborate, and apply fundamental thinking skills that are essential for learning the academic material of the primary grades. It also helps them to perceive the need for such strategies, to generate their own, and to know when and how to apply them to new learning and understanding.”
Bright Start is proven to:
- Develop verbal, auditory and fine motor skills for early academic success
- Improve self-control, responsibility and sharing,
- Accelerate the development of basic cognitive functions and remediate deficient cognitive functions
- Develop task intrinsic motivation
- Develop representational thought
- Enhance learning effectiveness and readiness for school learning
- Accommodate diverse abilities, backgrounds and developmental levels
- Reduce the need for special services in later years
International research indicates that Bright Start students show:
- Significant IQ gains of 10-12 points in one year compared to no gain for control groups
- More enthusiasm for learning, improved language use, and increased confidence in problem solving
- Sustained academic achievement in subsequent years
BRIGHT START translates research about young children's development into practical teaching strategies that result in measurable gains. The program teaches thinking processes through metacognitive strategies that help students generate, select, and apply appropriate cognitive processes in specific situations.
BRIGHT START has seven cognitive units of classroom-validated activities that were designed to be taught in small group lessons lasting approximately twenty minutes per day. Students apply and discuss these processes throughout the day, at school and at home.
Bright Start units include:
- Self-Regulation (learn behavioural control in a social context)
- Number Concepts (ordinal and cardinal number, correspondence, conservation, counting)
- Comparison (compare on single and multiple dimensions)
- Role Taking (taking on different perspectives)
- Classification (group according to similarity, label, identify by position)
- Sequence and Patterns (introduce cumulative, alternating, and repeating pattern and sequence)
- Letter Shape Concepts (identify and generalize alphabet characteristics)
BRIGHT START allows the teacher to provide an on-going record of each child's progress as a means of tracking results, setting goals, and reporting to parents. The program also includes easy, clearly organized home activities for follow-up and reinforcement.