Discovery of Learning ®
At Discovery of Learning Enrichment Center, children can be found playing a board game while identifying math concepts. A student may discover a love for writing by publishing their own book or creating a script for a play.
Discovery of Learning’s Primary Program is inspired by the educational philosophies of Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. We believe in an eclectic approach to enriching our classrooms and activities, you will find our teachers hand crafting your child's experience at DOL.
“My daughter has enjoyed getting to know her own learning style and feeling like she controls where her curriculum goes at DOL. She has become more self-directed at home too! The teachers have always been supportive and encouraging during her 3 years at DOL.” ~ A grateful mom
“I never knew kindergarten could be so much fun! My daughter misses her teacher and classmates on her days off. What led us initially to DOL was my daughter's separation anxiety. Just knowing that I, the parent, was welcome in the classroom any time, and for as long as my daughter needed me there, was an instant relief to her. For the first couple of weeks, she did ask me to stay just outside her classroom. Now, she practically runs into her class when I drop her off and frequently asks me if she can stay at school longer when I come to pick her up! I'm so grateful that DOL allowed us to handle the separation anxiety in a gentle and gradual way that felt right to us. I also love and am amazed by how much her interests are encouraged by her teachers. This is truly a wonderful place for my daughter to learn and grow.” ~ Z Samuelson
Our primary program offers a multi-age classroom setting (children are typically grouped within a 3 to 4 year range) with a child-centered, developmental, project-based, hands-on approach. Learning takes place at a child’s own pace, giving students opportunities to make choices about how to approach a subject.
At Discovery of Learning, our Primary Program Classes:
When peeking in on a DOL classroom you will find children engaged in a multitude of activities and community building. Our teachers strive to introduce structure to the children through regular routines which are flexible and flow with the children's natural development and learning styles. Below is a typical daily routine:
In this unique setting, our teachers work collaboratively with students to provide guidance and individualized instruction in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. This can be done with work already begun and brought from home, or our teacher will create individual curriculumfor each child based on their abilities at that time in Language Arts and Math. Our teachers work as a team to develop Science units that are engaging and hands-on and utilize “Story of the World” curriculum to take children through a story based, historical timeline. These classes alsouse the arts to bring learning to life on a daily basis. Teachers additionally engage the children in on-going interest led projects. The multi-aged classroom provides children the opportunity to be leaders, learn from others, and collaborate with peers.
Community - Discovery of Learning was born out of a love of children and passion for educating the whole child. With a degree in Early Childhood Education and a drive to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families, Amy McCamly created Discovery of Learning to provide a program with elements she found lacking in traditional schools while building a community among homeschooling families. Discovery of Learning is unlike any other traditional or homeschool program, by adding in the key principle of Community into Our Learning Environment.
Environment - At Discovery of Learning Enrichment Center, children can be found playing a board game while identifying math concepts. A student may discover a love for writing by publishing their own book or creating a script for a play. Unlike traditional classrooms, however, the children determine what they want to write about and all their lessons come from them in addition to intentional lessons and activities brought to life by our teachers.
In our learning environment, each child feels emotionally safe to explore, discover, and learn at their own pace and their own way, with the support of a teacher who is trained in Non-Violent Communication (NVC). As our students are ready for more structured learning and deeper knowledge, our caring teachers know when to provide support and when to give that gentle nudge.
At DOL, children attend classes 2-3 full days per week (based on location), giving them the opportunity to make friends and build relationships. Those relationships are even fostered during our lunch and outdoor exploration time while they are eating and playing together. We recognize that life is about working and collaborating with others. Within our community, children and families learn to share ideas, support one another, talk through their disagreements and problem-solve together, facilitated by teachers in a safe environment. We believe discipline should teach a child to problem solve with loving teachers to guide the way. Stickers or food will not be used, but instead "real-life” problem solving skills are modeled for the children through the NVC approach. The focus is to help children communicate with one another & express their feelings.
Most importantly, learning is focused on experience and discovery; to instill a love of learning in each child!
Discovery of Learning’s Programs are designed to supplement the homeschool family and compliment what parents are doing at home, not completely replace it. Our classes are enrichment classes; they are meant to provide balance for the homeschooling family and support parents, who remain their children’s primary teachers.
DOL has built a community of resources from campus support meetings, to social media homeschool support groups, and educational/family fun fieldtrips and outing on meetup. Be sure to join the social media groups in your area, click here.
Our Junior High Program is designed for students 5th through 8th grade. These upper primary grades offer a more structured approach to help each student attend to their deepening level of educational understanding. Even at this level, we still recognize that children develop at their own pace and in their own learning style. Our goal is to help each child maintain a love for learning, as well as prepare them with the skills needed to be successful in High School whether they go into a traditional setting or continue natural learning through homeschooling. By utilizing a mix of teacher guided, child led and differentiated instruction we have created a respectful environment . The Jr. High Program allows children to delve deeply into each subject or concept independently and in groups, and providing hands-on projects and games, your child can feel inspired to be an independent and creative thinker.
Our schedule is designed to offer opportunities for:
In our Jr. High classroom you will find children engaged in a multitude of activities and community building. Our teachers strive to weave child-directed and teacher-guided lessons and activities that provide struture as subjects are brought to life.
Children enjoy their arrival time on campus with free exploration. This gives them the opportunity to connect with peers, get their creative ideas flowing and interact and strengthen their rapport with their teacher. The environment is intentionally enriched and teacher's create a daily Intrigue Table to spark new interests. This open ended time allows teachers to identify areas of interest for students and guides future activities and lessons.
Children and teacher come together to discuss classroom events and topics of interest. This is a safe space to share ideas, reflect, brainstorm and question without judgement. Teachers often use this time to introduce new ideas and topics that may be engaged in during the day as well.
Our approach to math is one in which the teachers both guide and work alongside the young learners as they explore math concepts. The teachers cater to the children’s needs and curiosities by helping them navigate through math concepts via real-world, hands-on, innovative, or traditional activities such as cooking recipes, field observation, kinetic/dynamic games, and standard calculations. The spectrum of mathematical concepts that our discoverers approach is based on their desire for exploration and teachers’ observation of their needs. Part of the focus of our approach is to develop critical thinking skills, strengthen cognitive processes through math, strengthen our learners’ abilities to perform basic, and when applicable, advanced mathematical functions, and to help our learners gain the confidence to take on higher math problems. A spectrum of concepts might include measurements, graphing, plotting, geometry, long division, percentages, multi-step word problems, algebra, and data collection, organization, and analysis.
Our approach to English is one in which teachers expose children to the various modes of language arts through independent and group reading, and encourage them to go more in-depth with the ones they want to explore. Teachers use real-world, hands-on, and traditional activities to foster student learning. In terms of reading content, teachers cover a spectrum that includes non-fiction, expository texts, fiction, and poetry. Also, the spectrum of writing practices might include several genres such as essay, journal, report, summary, poetry, narrative, and other visual expressions. Moreover, a spectrum of concepts children explore might include theme, authorship, structure, grammar, rhetoric, and annotation. Our goal is to develop critical thinking skills, strengthen writing skills, raise rhetorical awareness, and help our discoverers explore aspects of language arts they are curious about.
Children will be encouraged to engage in long-term projects that will allow them to delve deeply into the subject, build critical thinking skills as they learn, create, comprehend, and reflect on a topic. Children will work side-by-side with peers, building friendships and deepening their understanding of team work and collaboration.
Science: Students are introduced to monthly science units covering a variety of life and physical sciences including, Astronomy, Chemistry, the Human Body, Ecology, Physics, Marine Biology, Forces of Nature and Electronics. Teachers engage the students in a variety of activities to help build their knowledge of the science and participate in experiments utilizing components of the science.
History/Social Studies: DOL utilizes the “Story of the World” curriculum to bring history to life for children. The curriculum is audio story based, children participate in discussions, helping build comprehension and critical thinking skills. Teachers implement extension activities to help solidify concepts introduced each week and provide opportunities to make history hands-on.
Our High School Program is specifically designed to support your child and the whole family in setting future goals that guide an individualized program at DOL. This journey of discovering is what drives our passion for learning, exploring ideas of what the future may hold and what roles we may play in it. We want to support each child in achieving goals set for whatever career or college path they choose to take.
“We love being a part of the DOL family! As a mom of a son with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Sensory Processing Disorder and ADD we have found DOL to be a great fit. After trying several homeschool programs, we finally gave DOL a shot. DOL turned out to be a perfect fit for my son his first two years in High School. My son is an out of the box learner. His teachers are open to helping him learn using programs I ask them to use, as well as developing creative ways to keep his interest (even in History, his least favorite subject).
In my professional business, as a Dyslexia Specialist, I often recommend DOL to new and veteran homeschool families because DOL is interest led and allow students the opportunity to learn their own way, at their own pace. Students at DOL do not have to check off the boxes, follow an arbitrary curriculum or keep up with anyone.
Amy McCamly, the founder, puts her heart and soul into the school. You will see her on campus several times a week and she is always approachable. Amy and the entire staff truly care about our kids, success. DOL is amazing!” ~Jess Arce, Homeschool, mom of 4
Students build a trusted relationship with their Mentor Teacher to help them down the path of exploration and realization of their strengths, passions, life goals and desires. The Mentor teacher meets with each student regularly to set goals in their individualized Core Program and Interest Led Learning Projects. Through these meetings the teacher offers guidance, support, feedback, and most importantly a safe place to learn and make mistakes. All this while holding the child accountable for follow through and effort within the program.
Mentor Teachers will also meet with each student quarterly to discuss and review College and Career Goals, making revisions as appropriate in this long-term plan, such as helping the student become dual enrolled in a community college to complete A-G required courses on the way to the UC system, or offer opportunities to participate in community service and internships that will benefit the child's journey to a certain career.
Each family will be provided a DOL Portfolio to maintain completed work, evidence of learning through other methods, a graduation requirements checklist and current goal sheets. The student, family and teacher will work as a team to maintain this system.
Students will work with guidance from their family and mentor teacher to set core curriculum goals. On campus, student's can work toward goal completion in a variety of ways, such as working independently, with a group of peers, alongside our teachers, by participating in a teacher led workshop, or gaining knowledge from a guest speaker. Completed work will be utilized as work samples for students enrolled with a charter. Students will be expected to work independently, or with the support of their parent(s) to continue this core work at home or other appropriate learning environment to meet the goals set by the student, family and teacher.
Students will participate in on-going Interest Led Projects that differ for each child based on their interest and desire to delve into a particular topic. A student may simply want to research a topic and complete an informative report or speech. Whereas another student may want to begin a passion project that requires research, a demonstration(s) or even work out in the community to enhance the learning. For students needing more guidance or ideas for projects, our teachers have multi-subject projects ready for exploration.
No matter which route a student takes in these Interest Led Projects, the teacher is there to help the student stay focused on their big idea, while helping them break it down into manageable steps and remain educationally focused. Throughout the process, the team will track core standards and graduation requirements met through the project. At the completion of each learning project, students will have the opportunity to share their project with peers in their own unique way.
Discovery of Learning prides itself at meeting the needs of the individual child along their homeschool and educational journey. Your child's mentor teacher will meet with them quarterly to assess, discuss, review and revise their chosen college and or career goals. Goal sheets will include the desired result, requirements to reach the goal, and incremental steps to work toward the goal. The process of choosing a long term goal or plan can be daunting to a young teen. The teacher may begin the process of goal setting through journaling activities, vision board creating, or introducing role models to the student from various backgrounds and educational journeys. The DOL team will also coordinate opportunities for the students to participate in community services and internships that will help them explore career options or gain experience toward their long term career goals.
Upon enrollment, each student will begin compiling a portfolio which will serve many purposes through the child's journey at DOL. The portfolio gives each child's team (student, family and teacher) a place to work together to document the child's journey toward completing their program goals. This includes utilizing the Core Program standards and graduation requirements checklist with evidence of learning; documentation of Interest Led Projects with Mentor Meeting goal sheets; Graduation Plan worksheet and participation logs of community service and internships when applicable. The portfolio is accessible on campus and electronically as well. Students, parents and teachers alike can simply scan and upload work from anywhere.
CommunityDiscovery of Learning was born out of a love of children and passion for educating the whole child. With a degree in Early Childhood Education and a drive to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families, Amy McCamly created Discovery of Learning to provide a program with elements she found lacking in traditional schools while building a community among homeschooling families. Discovery of Learning is unlike any other traditional or homeschool program, by adding in the key principle of Community into Our Learning Environment.
EnvironmentAt Discovery of Learning Enrichment Center, children can be found playing a board game while identifying math concepts. A student may discover a love for writing by publishing their own book or creating a script for a play. Unlike traditional classrooms, however, the childrendetermine what they want to write about and all their lessons come from them in addition to intentional lessons and activities brought to life by our teachers.
At DOL, children attend classes 3 full days per week (based on location), giving them the opportunity to make friends and build relationships. Those relationships are even fostered during our lunch and outdoor exploration time while they are eating and playing together. We recognize that life is about working and collaborating with others. Within our community, children and families learn to share ideas, support one another, talk through their disagreements and problem-solve together, facilitated by teachers in a safe environment. We believe discipline should teach a child to problem solve with loving teachers to guide the way. Stickers or food will not be used, but instead "real-life” problem solving skills are modeled for the children through the NVC approach. The focus is to help children communicate with one another & express their feelings.
Elective Sessions at DOL are designed to supplement our 2 or 3 Day Programs for students K-8th grade or enhance your family’s educational path as a 1 Day Enrichment Program. Children have the opportunity to build their community of peers and feel comfortable in a classroom setting.
Elective day is a full day designed for children to enjoy peer interaction while offering a variety of classes. Parents have the option of dropping off or staying with their child. Classes offered may be subject to change based on enrollment per session. Elective Day Sessions may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met at individual campuses.
We offer 4 Elective sessions throughout the program year. Each session lasts 8 weeks, extra weeks are added to cover program closures.
During Elective Day children participate in 4 classes, covering a wide variety of subjects. As with all of our DOL programs, elective classes are designed to meet the needs of the whole child, offering hands-on opportunities in methods that reach multiple learning styles. Elective days are offered at most campuses. Classes are subject to change without notice and minimum enrollment is required each session, please confirm session with campus director.
Excited to announce our upcoming Elective Sessions 1 and 2 for the 2018-19 Program Year!
Session 1 (Thursdays, September 13th-November 1st)
Session 2 (Thursdays, November 8th-January 24th, please see calendar for closures)
Literary Adventures: Children will take a new literary adventure each week. Exploring literature by traveling into new places with exciting characters. Children will participate in a variety of activities to depict their interpretation of the literature. (geared for TK-2nd grades)
Inner Scientist: Has your child ever built something, then enjoyed destroying it one big swipe or boom? This Class will bring out your children creativity, construction skills and sense of humor as they make mind blowing experiments in a safe environment. (geared for TK-2nd grades)
Movers In Action: Children will challenge their physical skills as they create obstacle courses and enjoy music, movement and games. (geared for TK-2nd grades)
Act Up: Drama games build valuable theatre and expressive, communication skills while allowing students to have fun, build confidence and stretch their imagination. (geared for TK-2nd grades)
Exploring Our Past: Have you ever talked to your child about using a phone book or break dancing? Children will travel into the past, before cell phones or the internet. How did we call our family and friends? How exciting it was to get a letter from our mail man. (geared for 3rd-5th grade)
Seed Mosaics: Children will learn the diversity in the plant kingdom. Seeds exist in all shapes, sizes and colors. They offer a wonder of artistic possibilities and are ideal for mosaic making. (geared for 3rd-5th grade)
Keep It Fresh: Children will learn about food that is grown locally. They will also learn post-harvest treatment and how they play a role in the economy locally and globally. (geared for 3rd-5th grade)
Eco -Artists: Children will have the opportunity to be creative in using disposable objects that we utilize day to day. Recycled art will allow an understanding of the upcycling concept. (geared for 3rd-5th grade)
The DOL Reporters: Children will learn the basics of free and creative writing, photography and electronic editing. These student's creations will be a part of our campus memory book. (geared for 6th-8th grade)
Adventures In Jewelry: Study and learn the fabrication of jewelry making techniques sawing, soldering and polishing. (geared for 6th-8th grade)
Mechanics Of Writing: This class will teach children how to give a little flare to their writing. They will learn the technicalities of writing before embracing the freedom of not staying between the lines. (geared for 6th-8th grade)
Lights On Me: Children will be able to demonstrate and express themselves creatively through acting, singing, and writing. This will allow the children to interact with one another and share different ideas while expanding their imaginations and building social skills. (geared for 6th-8th grade)
At DOL, children attend classes 2-3 full days per week (based on location), giving them the opportunity to make friends and build relationships. Those relationships are even fostered during our lunch and outdoor exploration time while they are eating and playing togehter. We recognize that life is about working and collaborating with others. Within our community, children and families learn to share ideas, support one another, talk through their disagreements and problem-solve together, facilitated by teachers in a safe environment. We believe discipline should teach a child to problem solve with loving teachers to guide the way. Stickers or food will not be used, but instead "real-life” problem solving skills are modeled for the children through the NVC approach. The focus is to help children communicate with one another & express their feelings.