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. 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
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 email@example.com 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 Durham Discovery Teacher
Amy Blanchard, Durham Discovery Teacher
Amy holds a master’s degree in early education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. During graduate school, she found herself drawn to the Reggio Emilia model of early learning, and she saw first-hand the ways that relevant curriculum and home-like environments engaged young students. She committed herself to following NAEYC’s best practices in her teaching and creating classroom communities where all learners feel valuable, included, safe, and heard. She believes in teaching early literacy and math skills by following a student-driven, project-based curriculum.
Amy was a stays-with-children-mother for five years and has an additional six years of experience working with young children. She and her family moved to NC from New Jersey in August of 2015. They love living in south Durham! Amy considers herself a “maker” and spends her free time sewing in her studio. She is very excited to be a part of the Discovery Room!
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.
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 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.