A Living Curriculum
A living curriculum is a way of teaching and learning that requires teachers to observe and listen to the children. Teachers ask questions and listen for the children’s ideas, hypotheses and theories. Learning at The Discovery School is seen not as a linear process but as a spiraling progression.
Learning by doing is of great importance. Discussion in group settings, revisiting ideas and experiences is the premier way of learning. The learning process is a creative adventure that leads the children to pose questions, explore ideas, culminating in moments of discovery. Learning at The Discovery School is about the journey not the destination.
The Environment: A window to the world
The classrooms, hallways, communal spaces within the school as well as the Temple are considered to be a third teacher. The daily schedules are planned to ensure that there is a balance between individual, small and large group activities, child directed and teacher initiated activities and inside as well as outside experiences. Each classroom should reflect the spirits of the children who inhabit the space each year as well as be a space to develop their sense of wonder and engagement.
Our learning spaces inspire and promote creativity, self-expression and theme-based learning. It is also important to our teaching team that the classroom environment develops throughout the year based on the themes and the student’s curiosity.
We are Mishpacha, family.
The Discovery School family is one that supports, nurtures and cares for one another. We are blessed to partner with our teachers, parents, and students on an educational journey to inspire our children to be lifelong learners.
Why Choose The Discovery School?
· Degreed teaching staff.
· Low student/teacher ratios.
· Our large classrooms are child-centered spaces for learning with large windows and natural light.
· A beautiful playground that resembles a park with open spaces and quality equipment.
· Hands-on, engaging curriculum that develops the whole child.
· We ascribe to best practices in Early Childhood Education and emphasize spiritual development through Jewish tradition.
· Building Blocks to Healthy Eating lunch program provided by PJ Ellis, Nutritionist.
· Music, dance, Hebrew, Spanish, and science.
· Weekly Sabbath singing and celebration.
· Educational programming offered by McWane Science Center, The Birmingham Zoo, Children’s Dance Foundation, and more.
After-school program offerings
· Aces and Birdies: Tennis and Golf
· Soccer Shots