Discovery Program for Ages 4-6

Durham Location

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.  Unit studies are integrated into each month (for example, farming, author studies, and astronomy) with activities to match the theme.

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
  • Dismissal

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

Session selection is first come, first served. We will likely have limited flexibility for session changes as slots fill up so please choose thoughtfully. We will maintain a waitlist for filled sessions and notify families as space becomes available. You must first become a member of Dimensions at either the program or full membership level to reserve a spot. Membership information is found here.

Current members: Ensure your balance 2016-2017 balance is paid in full. Then, once you become a member, contact registrar@dimensionsfamilyschool.org to select the schedule that works best for your child in the 2017-2018 school year.

New Members: Apply for membership and the registrar will contact you to set up your sessions.

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.

Durham Pricing and Schedule

Discovery has morning and afternoon 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

Optional lunch care from 12-1 is available each day.

Registration Options

A one time materials fee for the year (based upon number of sessions) is charged at the time of enrollment. This payment reserves your child’s place in the program.

  • 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 / Wondertime Forest School for Ages 4-8

Chatham Location

This program is for homeschooling families that have children ages 4-8. Forest School is a complete learning experience that takes your child’s individual developmental needs into account. The program is a Montessori-based, play-centered learning environment, focused on self-control, love of learning, connection to family, and beginning friendships. Forest School will feature both inside and outside learning experiences, utilizing principles of child-centered learning. The program will run 10am-3pm each day and will have a daily rhythm similar to what is described below.

-Welcome and art invitation
-Circle time: calendar, show and share, theme story time, movement and music
-Free choice centers: books, art, writing, housekeeping, blocks, science, math manipulatives
-Outside exploration and nature discovery
-Lunch
-Theme activity: science, social studies, art
-Centers and Project Work (students will do one-on-one work as needed here)
-Outside work: gardening, tending to animals, maintaining their play space, decorating/sprucing
-Circle time and tidy, final reading, write our daily news
-Dismissal

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 6, 7 or 8-year-old is in the right place here! Curriculum may be matched to at-home work as desired by the parent. This program is equivalent to the Discovery and Wondertime programs at DFS Durham, and activities are matched to your child’s unique developmental level.

To Enroll in Discovery/Wondertime Chatham

You must first become a member of Dimensions at either the program or full membership level. Membership information is found here. Once you become a member, contact registrar@dimensionsfamilyschool.org to select the schedule that works best for your child.

 

Chatham Pricing and Schedule

Discovery has morning and afternoon sessions available for participation. Each session is priced separately.

  • Morning Session:  9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session:  12:00pm to 3:00 pm

Registration Options

A one time materials fee for the year (based upon number of sessions) is charged at the time of enrollment. This payment reserves your child’s place in the program.

  • 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 Durham Shuttle

Lunch care is included in Discovery / Wondertime Forest School fees at the Chatham location. A shuttle from Durham is also available at the rate of $80 per quarter / per transport day (i.e. all Mondays in the Quarter). You must register for each day of the week that your child will ride the shuttle; you may only purchase rides per quarter, not per individual day. Please email registrar@dimensionsfamilyschool.org to register for the shuttle.

Members may sign up for sessions at BOTH locations!  For example, your Discovery or Wondertime student may be registered in Durham on Mondays and Chatham on Thursdays. Mix and Match!

Session selection is first come, first served. We will likely have limited flexibility for session changes as slots fill up so please choose thoughtfully. We will maintain a waitlist for filled sessions and notify families as space becomes available. You must first become a member of Dimensions at either the program or full membership level to reserve a spot.

Current members: Ensure your balance 2016-2017 balance is paid in full. Then, once you become a member, contact registrar@dimensionsfamilyschool.org to select the schedule that works best for your child in the 2017-2018 school year.

New Members: Apply for membership and the registrar will contact you to set up your sessions.

Volunteering

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.