Discovery Kids Preschool
A Friday Morning Enrichment Class for 4-Year Old Preschoolers Friday mornings, 8:45-11:15am

Classes begin the week of September 19, 2016

Enrichment programs at HCP provide the perfect blend of academic, cultural and artistic exposure to help enhance children’s natural curiosity and growing awareness of their world. And if your preschooler likes a little bit of this and a little bit of that, then HCP has the perfect class for you!

Discovery Kids Preschool offers four-year old preschoolers a valuable learning experience through hands-on exploration of literacy, science, social studies, music, drama and art. Each week teachers send home a lesson plan detailing your child’s adventure and how their activities meet the Illinois Department of Education Early Learning Standards.

Children will be challenged and energized by this project-based class, learning by what they do best – play! Each week the class rotates topics: Geography, Science, Music, Drama & Art with literacy activities woven into each lesson. The classes flow from one to another, such that a geography lesson on Florida’s peninsula leads into a science lesson focusing on oceans and creating waves in a bottle.

Students journey across the U.S and “explore” different locations via books, maps, cuisine, videos and art, which are brought to life in the classroom. The Science activities will channel your child’s enthusiasm in a high-energy, hands-on manner through age-appropriate experiments. They might learn about simple machines and make their own cars studying Michigan (Detroit), or create and then dig their own fossils learning about South Dakota’s Bad Lands. The curriculum emphasizes the child’s role as an active learner and experimenter, allowing students to learn by doing.

The Music, Drama and Art lessons help students identify, describe and respond to their own, and their peers’, works of art. Students will write original plays, choose the accompanying music and design and create costumes and set pieces. This hands-on approach to the arts, particularly at this young age, provides the added benefit of bolstering self-expression and self-confidence.

Discovery Kids Preschool puts students in the driver’s seat for the literacy portions of every class by engaging all their senses to aid in comprehension. This delivers a creative experience that not only fosters an appreciation for music, poetry, drama and rhyming in literature, but also helps children develop techniques for problem solving, conflict resolution and handling emotions. Additional activities challenge students to identify and comprehend important building block language skills such as word families, rhymes, and sight words. The class is primarily divided into small-groups for project-based learning, after which they gather as a whole class to share their discoveries with each other.