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StarBright

StarBright

 

 

Our Mission

StarBright is a nonprofit language center sharing the appreciation and benefits of multilingualism to create lifelong learners that are passionate about multiculturalism and celebrate diversity within our community and beyond.

 

Multilingualism is a key step in understanding and appreciating differences because it brings educational, cognitive and socio-cultural benefits.

        - Genesee and Cloud (1998)

 

Our Learning Center in Paducah

StarBright Language Center is located in downtown Paducah, a UNESCO Creative City, in heart of the Purchase Area of Western Kentucky. StarBright offers a multitude of programs, classes and events for the entire community. Currently we offer a multilingual preschool program, baby and me classes, and several programs for older students. We continually strive to the meet the needs of our students and our community by offering a multitude of programs and classes for everyone! If you don't see something that looks right for you? Give us a call and lets us know what you are looking for! We are here to serve our community.


Our Philosophy

Most of us learn by doing and it's very much the same when learning new languages. We learn new languages by immersing ourselves in them while we engage all our senses to navigate our world. StarBright invites everyone to come learn and experience the joy of multilingual immersion regardless of their age, socioeconomic status, or family dynamic. We believe that it is important to meet a person's individual needs, goals, and learning styles; therefore, we offer a variety of programs from child-led learning environments to more structured classes. StarBright's staff utilizes a variety of tools, from music, imaginative play, games, arts and crafts, to field trips in order to immerse our students in learning about languages and culture. Students will learn new languages through real life situations. We sing, we dance, we play games, and we eat lunch - but in a new language!

 

Our Programs

Baby and Me (ages 0-24months)

This class is designed to introduce infants to languages spoken outside of the home. Parents and/or caregivers attend the classes with their babies, infants and toddlers. We will sing songs and use movement to engage our senses to expose their little brains, ears, and eyes to new languages. Baby and Me classes are offered in 5-6-week sessions for one hour at StarBright Learning Center. The first half of the class is a structured circle time type of class and then parents/caregivers are welcome to stay and explore all the wonderful activities, toys, imaginative play sets, and instruments StarBright Learning Center has to offer. Please check below for our schedule of Baby and Me classes offered.

Spanish Baby and Me - Friday, 9:00-10:00

French Baby and Me - Friday, 10:30-11:30

 

StarBright Preschool (ages 3-6)

StarBright Preschool programs are geared for children from 3 to 6. If you want your children to learn a new language this is the best place to start! Not only will your child benefit from the joys of knowing multiple languages but the cognitive and neurological impacts of learning more than one language are profound.  Our brains are a muscle - the more that we use them the stronger they will be. Research strongly supports the benefits of learning new languages at an early age; in addition, young children are less intimated and inhibited to learn new things.

StarBright Learning Center's multi-language preschool program is a 3 day a week program for children 3 and up who are potty trained. We offer half days, full days, with 1, 2, and 3-day spots; priority is given to those who enroll full time. 

Our multilingual preschool program combines child-led learning with nurturing guidance in order to explore our world. Students are encouraged to engage all their senses through art, literature, science, nature, movement, music, and drama. Our program capitalizes on children's natural curiosity of the world in order to create lifetime love of learning. By exploring our community, our neighborhood and nature we aim to awaken children's sense of themselves in a global world.

Tuesday – 8:30-2:30

8:30-9:30 – Immersion Activities

9:30-11:30 – Phonemic Awareness (Spanish/English)

11:30-1:00 – Bilingual Activities (French/English)

1:00-2:00 – Art Activities w/ MAKE

2:00-2:30 – End of the Day Activities

 

Wednesday – 8:30-2:30

8:30-9:30 – Immersion Activities

9:30-10:30 – Drama w/ Market House Theatre

10:30-1:00 – Bilingual Activities (French/English)

1:00-2:00 – Yoga w/ Mrs. Nicole, Living Arts Center

2:00-2:30 – End of the Day Activities

 

Thursday – 8:30-2:30

8:30-9:30 – Immersion Activities

9:30-11:30 – Phonemic Awareness (Spanish/English)

11:30-1:00 – Bilingual Activities (French/English)

1:00-2:00 – Robotics w/ Robo Challenge Xtreme Team

2:00-2:30 – End of the Day Activities

 

StarBright on the Go (Parents are invited!)

Who loves horses? Who loves strawberries? StarBright on the Go takes our love of learning and curiosity on the road for fun filled learning multilingual field trips. We typically schedule field trips on the last Friday of the month. These are typically free or low costs activities that allow us to explore the area of downtown Paducah. Parents, grandparents or caregivers can bring StarBright students to our field trips and stay and learn with them. We usually picnic together, giving everyone an opportunity to get to know our fabulous teachers and staff a little bit more!

 

StarBright Summer Program (starts May 14th, 2019 - July 25th, 2019)

Preschoolers are joined by school age children in the summer for a little less structure and a little more play! Our summer program capitalizes on the wealth of programs, parks and partnerships with other area organizations that work with children to create a jam-packed fun filled schedule to keeps kids playing, engaged and having a blast in the summer!

We welcome your school age kids to play and learn with us in the summer for age appropriate and engaging activities!  This summer camp will be in both French and Spanish. 

 

StarBright Adventures (K-12) 

StarBright Adventurers are programs designed for school-age children. Our Language Labs are available for French and Spanish after-school programs, private tutoring, and homeschool courses. 

Spanish – Tuesday 11:30-12:30

French – Wednesday 3:30-5:30

Level 2 Spanish – Thursday 12:30-2:00

French – Thursday 3:30-5:30

French – Saturday 9:30-10:30


StarBright Beacons

You're never too old to learn new languages. In fact, some studies attribute multilingualism with having protective effects against dementia and Alzheimers. StarBright Learning Center offers a variety of courses for adults and life-long learners. Whether you just always wanted to learn French, or you need Spanish to communicate with a new client, we are here to help you. We offer a variety of courses throughout the year as well as private tutoring. Check out our class schedule or give us a call to set up private classes!

Adult Beginner French – Saturday, 10:45-11:45

Scholarships

The mission of Pathos Inc. and StarBright Language Center is to bring the joy of languages to everyone! We never want lack of funds to keep a student from gaining the benefits of learning a new language. Thanks to our sponsors and donors, we offer a variety of scholarships for our different programs. To apply please fill out application below.


 

 

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