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About Us

It's never too early to start the learning journey!

B.S.L is an early educational learning program that is held outside in nature with parents and their children.  By providing an enriched learning environment that helps many students engage, develop and grow; learning becomes easier and more enjoyable. Our lead instructors are passionate about what they teach and the families and children they impact. They bring great enthusiasm into their classes and continuous learning through play and discovery. Using daily routines to bond with babies, toddlers and children, Instructors provide cognitive stimulation through song; puppets, verbal cues & communication, memory games, word identification, and so much more. 

Our unparalleled curriculum and teaching methods help students to embark on an exciting and imaginative life of learning. Parents who choose our programs give their children open-ended ways to obtain knowledge; view the world, play and connect with others socially, emotionally and  academically as they approach the future with confidence.​

The age groups that we currently cater to are ages 6 months to 3 1/2 years old. These age groups are separated into two mixed age groups for learning. Group I for 6 months - 1 1/2 years of age, and group II, for 1 1/2 - 3 1/2 years of age. Our younger groups are set up as mommy and me learning experiences, or as we like to say (my guide and I.)  Groups I and II require an adult caregiver to be present to guide them on how to navigate their initial educational journey. Our instructors facilitate this educational experience outdoors at City Parks, State Parks, Ranches and other outdoor settings.  Programs for our older age groups referenced below do not require parental involvement, but it is encouraged. 

The art of play has been identified as an essential tool in education. It engages minds and promotes developmental growth.  Research proves playing outside increases attention span, reduces stress & anxiety, promotes social skills and improves holistic wellness. The art of play has been framed in every aspect of our curriculum. Using this powerful tool along with music; art, movement, featured toys, instruments, and puppets, we engage their minds and interests as they learn and grow together. Activities that incorporate structured learning, etiquette, free play, and self guided learning are also included in every class. 


The experience begins with a joyful greeting as each Instructor takes their class on a journey, introducing songs, stories, group activities, and exploratory nature walks.  Sensory learning opens the curiosity of each child as they feel, smell, scout, and invent through specialized planned activities. 

This year we will also be providing a fitness camp for the age group of 4 - 8 years old along with B.S.L Birthday packages to our local families.  Updates about these upcoming programs will be available here on our site.  


In order to achieve community connection and provide a strong network of support and relationship building for our students and parents; we encourage families to commit to the programs full cycle or the entire school year so that we may reach these goals more effectively.  


As more families show interest, it is our goal to provide our program in various languages such as Hebrew, Spanish, Japanese and Russian among others.   


We are honored to teach and touch the lives of your children in Miami Beach, and Central Florida. If you’re new to our community and would like to learn more about our programs, values, Instructors or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Enrollment has begun for the 2020-2021 school year.                                                  


Our Mission

We enable learning through play in nature!

We strive to better our students through educational experiences both during our group times, and during scheduled trips and events.  At Brighter Side Learning we connect, nurture, teach, and prepare children for a brighter start in life and in education by providing a safe; fun, inventive and interactive learning experience in an organic environment. We offer a variety of learning tools, activities and opportunities to every child so they can be the best version of themselves, while having fun along the way. We aim to make a lasting impact that allows the light of each child to shine brighter.


Our Philosophy

The Passion of Education

We’re here to enhance and encourage


  • The WHOLE Growth of the Child.

  • Continued Adult Growth/Education.

  • Community Involvement.

  • Facilitating Learning Play with Families.


We connect, nurture, teach, and prepare children for a BRIGHTER future education and life.


  • Connect: We connect to each other, nature, and the world around us.

  • Nurture: We nurture (encourage and shape) developing minds.

  • Teach: We teach life skills, not limited to problem-based learning (critical thinking), adaptation, attitude learning, sensory learning, early education,  and nature learning through easy, clear, fun experiences, modalities and evidence base designs. 

  • Prepare: We prepare children to become innovative, successful, and productive individuals and students. We prep them for VPK-12 academia. The lessons learned in BSL will prepare children for any institutional setting of higher education.

Our unique approach provides students with the proper support system that will help lead them to a successful path.


Our Team


We look forward to getting to know you and your little one.


Esther Futch


B.S.L was founded by Esther Futch, affectionately known as (Mrs. Essie) to her students and parents. Referred to as one with a childlike spirit, full of playful and loving energy; Essie has always had a love for children, and children of all ages draw to her naturally. A loving wife of 17 years, and a mother of 3 nature loving boys, she works to provide a program that embodies all that she has learned and accomplished for her own family and for individual families throughout the years. With her experience working as a Nanny of over 9 years, she has provided services, curriculum's, and activities for children and their families that kept them engaged; and encouraged a blossoming love of learning while giving them the tools needed early in life that would help them to become a flourishing member of society. Using this and many of her professional skill sets, Essie has come to provide this program. A safe place that will allow children to excel, while building a network of support for parents and families as they grow together in their local community!​