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PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM

Educational Philosophy

Journey Discovery Center's educational philosophy focuses on the academic, social, emotional and developmental needs of every child, enabling them to meet their full potential.

We understand that all children learn differently, and should be provided experiences that allow them to progress at their own individual pace. Journey will be intentional to provide unique experiences which come from our understanding of child development and how children acquire knowledge.


We also understand the important role parents and families play in their children’s education and encourage their involvement to enhance their child’s early childhood education.

Learning at Journey Discovery Center

Throughout their years at Journey, your child will accomplish significant academic growth on an individual basis.
To achieve academic and developmental growth, Journey’s teachers will provide developmentally appropriate curriculum which offers varied opportunities for exploration and hands-on-learning.

As a “discovery” school, we will focus on learning through observation, exploration, and experience. Journey’s teachers reference the Early Learning and Development Benchmarks while planning curriculum, and interacting with the children.

These benchmarks are a guide to children’s learning and development that are categorized into 5 domains:

  • Physical Well Being, Health, and Motor Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Approaches Toward Learning
  • Cognitive and General Learning
  • Language, Communication, and Literacy


Journey's teachers implement student-initiated curriculum by observing what their students are interested in learning about, and how their students would like to learn. Our teachers will use a variety of assessment tools to guide the children through their learning.

Curriculum

Our curriculum at Journey Discovery Center will always focus on each child’s path to “school readiness”.

The activities listed below, by age group, are just a few examples of how your child will learn at Journey.

Click the age group below to see a sample schedule:

  

Infants - Our littlest learners

1 Month-1 Year Old
Sample Curriculum Activities

  • Physical Well Being, Health, and Motor Development: Tummy Time, Push/Pull Toys, Roll-the-Ball
  • Social and Emotional Development: Lap Time, Friendship Circle, Peek-a-Boo
  • Approaches Toward Learning: Hide the Toy, How does it Work, Balancing
  • Cognitive and General Learning: Build it Up-Knock it Down, Shake it Up, Color Mixing, Texture Exploration
  • Language, Communication, and Literacy: Nursery Rhymes, Board Books, Sign Language, What’s That?, Object Naming

Infant Sample Schedule
PLEASE ASSIST YOUR CHILD IN HANDWASHING UPON ENTERING THE CENTER!

6:30-9:30am-Welcome!
  • Drop-off and make your baby comfortable. Please be sure to take your child out of their car seat and give them to their teacher (even if sleeping).
  • Please take them time to wash your babies hands and face
  • Breakfast or a morning snack
  • Morning stories and songs (circle time)

9:30am-2:00pm
  • Tummy time
  • Lap time
  • Music and Movement
  • Sensory play
  • Lunch or afternoon snack
  • Object exploration
  • Outside time

2:00-6:00pm
  • Afternoon stories and songs
  • Tummy time
  • Lap time
  • Afternoon snack
  • Object exploration
  • Pick-up time


  

Toddlers

1 year-29 months
Sample Curriculum Activities

  • Physical Well Being, Health, and Motor Development: Head Shoulders Knees & Toes, Climbing, Mealtime Manners
  • Social and Emotional Development: I Am Special, Expressing Ourselves, Sharing, Independence and Cooperation
  • Approaches Toward Learning: Try, Try Again, Curiosity Leading to Discovery, Follow the Leader
  • Cognitive and General Learning: ABC’s and 123’s, Shapes and Colors, Who’s My Family, Music and Movement, Cause and Effect
  • Language, Communication, and Literacy: Taking Care of Our Books, Sign Language and Building Vocabulary, Fingerplays and Interactive Storytimes

Toddler Sample Schedule
PLEASE ASSIST YOUR CHILD IN HANDWASHING UPON ENTERING THE CENTER!

6:30-8:00am :   Welcome & exploration of centers
8:00-8:50am :   Diapers,Wash up, & Breakfast (children done eating will have alternate activities)
9:00-9:15am :   Learning Circle
9:15-9:45am :   Table Time Activities (fine motor practice)
9:45-10:15am :   Artistic Exploration and Diapering
10:15-10:45am :   Outside Discovery Time
10:45-11:00am :   Wash-up and set the table
11:00-11:45am :   Lunch
11:45am-12:00pm :   Clean-up and diapers
12:00-2:00pm :   Nap/rest time
2:00-2:30pm :   Diapers, wash-up, afternoon snack
2:30–2:45pm :   Afternoon Friendship Circle
2:45-3:15pm :   Outside Discovery Time
3:15-3:30pm :   Table Time Activities or Artistic Exploration
3:30-4:00pm :   Science Exploration
4:00-4:30pm :   Diapers, wash-up
4:30-5:00pm :   Afternoon Stories and Songs
5:00-6:00pm :   Exploration of centers


  

Pre-Kindergarten

30 months-5 years old
Sample Curriculum Activities

  • Physical Well Being, Health, and Motor Development: Team sports, Climbing, Cooking & Nutrition, Puzzles
  • Social and Emotional Development: Interactions in the Community, Developing Friendships, Self Control, Independence, Peer Learning, Accepting Diversity
  • Approaches Toward Learning: Being a Leader, Investigating, Inventing, Observing and Reflecting
  • Cognitive and General Learning: Math Readiness, Science Concepts, Artistic Expression, Problem Solving, Community
  • Language, Communication, and Literacy: Sharing, Story Re-Telling, Making Predictions, Parts of a Book, Pre-Reading & Writing Skills

Preschool Sample Schedule
PLEASE ASSIST YOUR CHILD IN HANDWASHING UPON ENTERING THE CENTER!

6:30-8:00am :   Welcome & exploration of centers
8:00-8:50am :   Wash up, & Breakfast (children done eating will have alternate activities)
9:00-9:15am :   Learning Circle
9:15-9:45am :   Table Time Activities (fine motor practice)
9:45-10:45am :   Artistic/Scientific Investigation
10:45-11:00am :   Clean up and classroom responsibilities
11:00-11:45am :   Outside Discovery Time
11:45-12:00am :   Wash-up and set the table
12:00-12:45am :   Lunch and conversation
12:45am-1:00pm :   Clean-up
1:00-2:00pm :   Nap/rest time
2:00-2:30pm :   Wash-up, afternoon snack
2:30–2:45pm :   Afternoon Social Studies Circle
2:45-3:30pm :   Outside Discovery Time
3:30-4:15pm :   Continuation of morning investigations
4:15-4:30pm :   Clean-up and classroom responsibilities
4:30-5:00pm :   Literacy appreciation
5:00-6:00pm :   Exploration of centers


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