Discovery Preschool believes that children learn best through play. Play contributes to the optimal development of children, including the building of gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, sensory, social/emotional and language skills. A majority of our schedule (Open Choice Time) is set aside to allow children to immerse themselves in their play. As a visitor or parent volunteer in our classroom you will quickly notice that teachers are ‘on the floor’ and engaged with children as they play in small groups, solo or in pairs. Teachers facilitate play scenarios and conflict resolution allowing children to spend more time in play. Play allows children a chance to practice what they are learning especially in the area of social/emotional development. Self-regulation skills are learned as children take turns and wait for turns with materials and in play scenarios. Our program is enhanced by a stimulating environment both indoors and outdoors which invites children through self-directed play to think, wonder, question, problem solve and learn through their playful interactions (discoveries) with their environment.
Discovery Preschool’s curriculum relies on play-based learning. This is an active hands-on approach to learning that compliments the child’s inquisitive nature. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects form the cornerstones of our curriculum. Displaying what we have learned through stories, journals and visual arts (2 and 3 dimensional creations) promotes the integration of literacy and the arts – in effect we move from STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Children develop concepts over time using inquiry-based learning and project approach. Projects for discovery are derived from knowledge of early learners as well as from child interests and questions about the world (emergent curriculum). Curriculum is integrated across the many domains of learning.
what does a day entail at discovery preschool? play-based learning that provides a wide-range of experiences for Your preschooler. click below to read about a sample day.