Our Guiding Principles
The Discovery School is a nurturing and engaging preschool for all children to learn, discover, and imagine. Our living curriculum enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills. We seamlessly integrate the curricular goals, educational themes, Jewish values, and enrichment activities to create a dynamic child-centered educational experience. A high quality early childhood program acknowledges that children learn through play. Our approach encourages children to discover, explore, and wonder through guided play. The Play Theory supports that children grow and develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally through playing with their peers. Play allows children to discover lessons about life. Our program is intentional about creating time for self-discovery, self-expression, and creating fellowship and community.
The philosophy of The Discovery School is inspired by the Jewish approach to learning which is dynamic in nature, powered by questions and dialogue, and emphasizes a community of learners.
At The Discovery School we speak a language of discovery, wonder, imagination and exploration. We utilize this language so we are true to our mission of discovery. Our mission slogan is, Awaken. Wonder. Engage. Our A.W.E. statements serve as guiding principles:
Awaken the spirit of each child. Wonder fuels a culture of inquiry. Engage with the world.
Awaken respect for others. Wonder leads to curiosity. Engage in friendship.
Awaken the joy of doing good deeds. Wonder sparks the imagination. Engage the learner within.
We Celebrate Moments of Discovery
Each child brings a unique blessing into the world. The warm, caring environment of The Discovery School at Temple Emanu-El will nurture that blessing and help it flourish.