Discovery Playtown

2016-17 Preschool Information

At Discovery Playtown, we believe that play is important work for children, and that it allows them to learn about their world and practice new and developing skills. Our play-based curriculum is designed to give students a positive first learning experience and help to prepare them for Kindergarten. Through stories, songs, games, art projects, circle time, dramatic play, hands-on exploration, and science experiments, children will develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. And our unique facility combines traditional classrooms with a large, imaginative playspace, making it unlike any other preschool environment.  We have the ability to teach counting and sorting in our grocery store, food preparation and customer service in our diner, or housekeeping in our two-story playhouse.  And when the lesson is complete, all students will enjoy free play time in our one-of-a-kind Playtown.

Meet our teacher, Tracie Goeke! Mrs. Goeke has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Central Washington University. She has 10 years of teaching experience with children ranging from age 4 months to 12 years. She is excited to be the first lead teacher at Discovery Playtown.

BONUS: All day play is included on every preschool day! So if you want to stay and play after you come to pick up your child, we will not charge you regular admission! (This applies to the preschool student only. If you bring other children to play, normal admission applies.)

For the 2016-17 school year, we are offering two classes: Little Explorers (2 1/2 to 3 Years) and Little Explorers Multi-Age (2 1/2 to 5 Years).

 

Little Explorers (2 1/2 to 3 Years)
2 Days, Tues/Thurs 9am-11:30am

This is often the first school experience for three year olds. Our curriculum includes activities which are designed to develop social skills, independence, small and large motor skills, and some beginning academic skills such as counting and recognizing numbers, colors, and shapes. Children will participate in story time, group play activities, art projects, music and movement activities, and free play, all within the framework of a play-based approach.

 

Little Explorers Multi-Age (2 1/2 to 5)
3 Days, Mon/Wed/Fri 9am-11:30am

Play-based curriculum is an ideal environment for students to thrive in a mixed-age class. Children will develop social skills and language while participating in story time, group play activities, art projects, music and movement activities, free play, and hands-on science experiments. Academic skills will be tailored to the children’s readiness level and will include introducing letters and their relation to sound, colors, shapes, and basic number concepts.

The advantages and unique benefits of mixed-age class

Mixed-age preschool gives children a greater sense of security. The children have some peers who will motivate them to higher levels and some that remind them of where they used to be. Common insecurities that children often develop about what they do and do not know are lessened in this type of learning environment because there is always so much variation within the group. The potential for emotional, physical and cognitive growth can be enormous and children can truly flourish in such an environment.

Older children will develop leadership skills as they encounter concepts they have previously learned which they can then pass on to younger children. This often leads to feelings of responsibility toward the younger children, as they learn that they can demonstrate skills or knowledge to the younger children directly or by example. It also serves to increase comprehension and mastery of the subject matter, as the older child learns to explain the information to others. Younger children will be challenged and motivated in a mixed-age environment. They will learn by example as they absorb all sorts of information on social cues and behavior that this unique mix of children can provide. Many younger children will thrive around children who are a year or two older than themselves, as they watch and learn advanced behaviors and social skills.

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