Enrichment Programs

At Early Discoveries, we value providing opportunities for children to participate in a wide range of activities that broaden their scope of experience. In order to achieve this goal at a higher level, we offer enrichment programs in several developmentally-appropriate curricular areas to expand children’s knowledge base. All of the enrichment programs are included in tuition costs. Some of them are implemented year-round; some are implemented primarily during the school calendar year and others rotate between age groups for a few months at a time.

Art Studio

  • Toddlers, Young Preschool, Preschool and Kindergarten Prep visit the art studio in small groups to study different artistic media with open-ended projects.
  • Each month, biographical information, style, media choices and works of art from a selected Artist of the Month are displayed for the children to survey.
  • A developmentally-appropriate project coinciding with one facet of that artist’s style, era or preferred medium is provided for Young Preschool, Preschool and Kindergarten Prep.
  • Each activity is intended to scaffold or extend upon the concept from the previous month or to introduce a new art concept.
  • The Art Studio is utilized year-round.

Spanish

  • Preschool and Kindergarten Prep children have a weekly Spanish class in their classroom with Ms. Dary, our very own teacher at Early Discoveries.
  • Children are introduced to basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and syntax through books, games, songs, and more!
  • Children are also exposed to Latin cultural aspects, such as:
    • Music
    • Art
    • Dance
    • Folktales
  • Many children have begun using their Spanish language throughout many other parts of the curricular day
  • They also use these skills to communicate with their teachers, classmates and parents!
  • This program runs from October through May.

Movement Matters

  • For Toddlers and Young Preschoolers, our Movement Matters instructor, gives children an additional opportunity to use their gross motor skills in combination with musical activities in their classrooms each week.
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Prep programs engage in a more structured yoga class in which they focus on body awareness, strength, balance and following directions.
  • This enrichment program is an extension of the Movement Matters curriculum provided in the classrooms, on the playgrounds and in the Movement Matters Zones.

Sign Language

  • Instructed by the teachers in the infant classrooms on a daily basis.
  • Teachers use signs in conjunction with speech for common words to supplement the infants’ development of expressive verbal language skills.
  • Children can use signs to begin to communicate their wants and needs.
  • First words include ‘more’, ‘milk’, ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and others.
  • Is often used in the toddler program as well for children still developing their vocabulary and annunciation.

STEM Lab

  • Preschool and Kindergarten Prep children participate every week in activities that revolve around the four STEM components: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.  These activities are rotated monthly centered on a STEM theme that they study for two months.
    • Many of the experiments touch on multiple STEM components.
    • These activities are designed to challenge critical thinking skills.
    • Creative problem-solving is also a key aspect of all STEM Lab topics.
    • Recycling, its purpose and process, is also a focus in the STEM Lab.
  • The STEM Lab is utilized year-round.

Fine Dining Fridays

  • Each Kindergarten Prep classroom has the opportunity to have a fine dining experience at Early Discoveries once a month.
    • Each child orders from a menu created by our Early Discoveries Abbott Food Service Staff earlier in the week.
    • The STEM Lab is set-up as a fine dining restaurant with special plates and silverware, cloth napkins, place cards and flowers on the tables.
    • Children and teachers are invited to dress up for the occasion.
    • They travel to the STEM Lab and are seated at their place. Each child is then served the meal ordered from their menu.
  • Our goal is to help children learn social skills such as manners, etiquette and interpersonal communication.
  • This program runs from October through May.

TechStars

  • Kindergarten Prep children have a weekly session in small groups with an instructor to teach and gain exposure to early computer skills, such as:
    • Keyboarding
    • Mouse Control and Function
    • Word Processing
  • Children also connect to STEM Lab learning with units on:
    • Robotics
    • Engineering
    • Coding
  • This program runs from October through May.

Around the World

  • Each month, in the Children's Library, we will feature an area of the world to help children learn about different cultures and connect with people by exploring our similarities and differences.  This area will showcase:
    • Artifacts
    • Photos
    • Informative Postings
    • Small activities
    • Thought-Provoking Questions
  • This area is available to all age groups year-round.