Discovery of Learning ®
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 with the guidance of "Supercharged Science" curriculum and following a DOL crafted World Studies curriculum with a focus on learning about the geography and culture of each country while studying the similarities and differences to our own country. These classes also use 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.
Electives: Students are introduced to 2-3 elective subjects per week, depending on the number of days they attend campus. Each Elective course runs for 8 weeks, allowing children to explore the subject with more depth. Subjects are then rotated in 8 week sessions. These classes can be taken as part of our full day program or enrolled in as an Electives only option.