Discovery Program for Ages 4-6
This program is for families considering homeschooling that have children ages 4-6. Discovery is a full Pre-K and Kindergarten experience that takes your child’s individual developmental needs into account. Discovery is a Montessori-based, play-centered learning experience, focused on self-control, love of learning, connection to family, and beginning friendships.
There are two sessions per day. A normal session schedule is as follows:
- Welcome and journal
- Circle time: talk about our day, theme story time, movement and music
- Free choice centers: books, art, writing, housekeeping, blocks, science, math manipulatives
- Restroom break and snack
- Theme activity: science, social studies, art
- Free choice centers
- Circle time
Your child will be engaged and learning while playing. If you have an older child and are concerned about academics, we can assure you that your 5 -or 6-year-old is in the right place here!
To enroll in Discovery:
Meet Our Teacher
Aisha Sanders holds a B.A. in International and Area Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has more than 20 years experience working with ages 0-18 years in teaching and administrative roles. Aisha’s diverse experience includes multi-age classrooms, varying learning abilities, and public and private schools, including familiarity with Montessori and nature enrichment programs. She homeschooled her now adult children for several years. Aisha is also extremely passionate about sustainable agriculture, local arts, and building community and spends much of her free time volunteering.
Pricing and Schedule
Discovery has two, three-hour sessions available for participation. Each session is priced separately.
- Morning Session: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Afternoon Session: 1:00pm to 4:00 pm
Discovery fees are all-inclusive and include the materials fee.
- 2 sessions per week: $90 per month + membership
- 3 sessions per week: $125 per month + membership
- 5 sessions per week: $200 per month + membership
Lunch Supervision and Care
All families are welcome to stay for all-school lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. There is an additional cost of $10 per day per month for supervised care during lunchtime for Discovery students if a parent is not on-site, which must be added to your account at the time of registration (there is no drop-in lunch coverage). For example, if you need lunch coverage on Mondays and Tuesdays, your fee is an additional $20 per month.
Discovery is not a licensed preschool or daycare center. It is a supportive learning experience for our youngest homeschooling members. Volunteering in the classroom allows you a peek into their world, and helps you to implement similar strategies that are happening in the Discovery room.
Parents are welcome to volunteer one day out of every five that their child attends the program (younger siblings welcome!) in order to get to know your child’s friends and learn the classroom routines. Volunteering is how the teacher can best support the parent! Parents that attend are expected to be involved in the class under the direction of the teacher, lending a hand with an art activity or wiping down a table when needed. Also, bringing younger siblings allows for future transitions to go more smoothly when they are ready for Discovery!
Dimensions is primarily a member-based organization. We ask you to volunteer in the main facility because we strive to create an intentional community of committed families, where parents and children know one another and form close relationships between families. This task need not be onerous. Help out at a special event, chaperone a field trip, supervise an art project, be on call as a substitute teacher, plan a fun family gathering.
Can We Come Play Other Times?
You may use the Dimensions Family Lounge during our open hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, or use our art/tinkering room with your little ones. You may also come to special events. The use of Discovery Room is limited at all times to families that are enrolled for the time they have signed up for.
You must be a member of Dimensions to enroll in Discovery programming. If you are already a member, you may register through Rec Desk for the sessions you would like.