Discovery of Learning Interest Led Programs
Discovery of Learning’s interest led programs are inspired by the educational philosophies of Bev Bos, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia.
- Classes address the whole child and adapt to multiple learning styles.
- Children learn valuable problem solving and critical thinking skills when teachers and/or parents support the social and emotional development of each child.
- Learning takes place at a child’s own pace, giving students opportunities to make choices about how to approach a subject.
- Teachers provide the children with immediate feedback, working collaboratively to make changes to their work and learn from it.
- Students are able to move around the room, interact with each other on the floor, and make decisions together.
- Classes are not divided according to child age or grade level, but grouped together in grade ranges, giving children an opportunity to learn and work to the best of their ability.
- Diversity in age allows children to learn that there are multiple solutions to problems.
- Lunch and outdoor exploration time are considered an extension of the learning environment and are crucial to the child’s social, physical, and intellectual development.
- Suggestions and recommendations via “Family Feedback” Sessions are vital to the growth of the Learning Center and children participate in this interactive process.
Our Programs and Environment
Interest Led Homeschool Programs
In these Core & Elective Programs (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science), our teachers work collaboratively with students to provide guidance and individualized instruction. This can be done with work already begun and brought from home, or our teacher will create individual curriculum for each child based on their abilities at that time.
Discovery of Learning's Core & Electives Programs consists of multi-age classes where children may have the opportunity to be leaders, learn from others, and collaborate with peers.
*Why “teacher” and not “facilitator”? At Discovery of Learning, a teacher is someone who works with children; together, the child and teacher create a learning experience that is based on the child’s own interests. Our teachers are knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects to keep the children engaged in the learning process. They bring a passion for education and a spirit of inspiration to our learning environment.
Community & Consistency
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 public schools while building a community among homeschooling families. Discovery of Learning is unlike any other traditional or homeschool program in Orange County, with two key guiding principles: Community and Consistency.
At Discovery of Learning, children come to class 2-4 full days per week (based on location), giving them the opportunity to make friends and build relationships. We recognize that life is about working and collaborating with others. At DOL, 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.
Discovery of Learning’s teachers provide a consistent method for handling disagreements. 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. The focus is to help children communicate with one another & express their feelings.
Our Learning 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 the learning environment, each child feels emotionally safe to explore, discover, and learn at his or her own pace and in his or her own way, with the support of a teacher who is trained in Compassionate Communication and Positive Parenting.
At Discovery of Learning, children and families are able to build their own community of friends and relationships during lunch and outdoor exploration time while they are eating and playing together. Children are given daily opportunities to problem solve and use conflict resolution skills between themselves, in a safe and nurturing environment.
Most importantly, learning is focused on experience and discovery; to instill a love of learning in each child!
Discovery of Learning‘s Primary Core & Electives Program consists of multi-age classes where children are grouped together based on skill level rather than grade. The Core & Electives Program focuses on Mathematics & Language Arts while incorporating Science and Social Studies. Children can also learn about zoology, hip hop, or engineering and receive 6 electives per year!
Our Junior High Core & Electives Program is designed for students 5th through 8th grade! These upper primary grades offer a more structured block scheduling to help each student develop and enhance a deeper level of educational understanding. Children will gain knowledge in and move toward skill mastery in Language Arts and Math areas while incorporating Science and Social Studies.
Our High School Core & Enrichment Lab Program is specifically designed to support your child and whole family in setting future goals that guide an individualized program at DOL, celebrate the journey of discovering what drives our passion for learning, exploring ideas of what the future may hold and what roles we may play in it, and supporting the child in achieving goals set for whatever career or college path they choose to take.
Discovery of Learning's Summer program embraces the idea that learning happens at all times of the year! Families enrolled with Inspire Charter School may attend this session tuition FREE, grades TK-8th and currently serves in 3 locations: Costa Mesa, Yorba Linda, and Riverside.