Here are just a few highlights of what parents are saying at Discovery:
"Philosophy- learning through play. We also love the loving environment and sense of community it has brought us."
"It is a place where a kid can be a kid. They get to play and have a great time. There are a few structured things to do and then open play. Yippee!"
"It seemed like a place for kids to have fun and socialize before going to big kid school. This was when I first visited Discovery and I am still here at Discovery many years later. I was right."
"I love that there are preschools with a play-based philosophy! Plus, I get to be an integral part of my child’s education."
Friday Friends Testimonials
Friday Friends was truly awesome for both of my girls. They loved having both Mrs. Edminster and Teacher Sally as their teachers during that last year, and I know they looked forward to Friday Friends as a very special and quite different time than the rest of the week. FF prepared them for the “centers” around which many kindergarten classrooms are organized; they were quite used to completing “jobs” and then rotating around which is what they experienced the following year in “the big school.” One thing they also really enjoyed was playing on the playground with no toys out. You might think that your child would bemoan the absence of all the toys on that day, but actually it provided a very different and valuable focus to their time. They still played on the playground, of course, but relied more on peer interaction and imaginative games, which was all very very helpful. From signing in their own names, to acting in their own plays, my daughters benefited greatly from the Friday Friends program. My husband and I are confident that it helped to prepare them well for the experience of kindergarten. Thanks Teacher Sally!
— Allegra Gibbons-Shapiro
Friday Friends was my daughter’s favorite class at Discovery. She looked forward to it every week. It prepared BOTH of us for Kindergarten. As a parent, I feel totally comfortable working in groups and leading the kids in groups at her new elementary school. Oh yeah, and she is doing great as well!
— Jackie Kenyon
Friday Friends is excellent preparation for Kindergarten. Active, curious and intelligent children benefit from a transition between play-based preschool and a structured formal school setting. Teacher Sally provides a friendly, challenging environment for young students to develop the skills they will need in a larger class and to discover the joys of the ‘homework packet.’ :-) My son was ahead of the majority of his classmates when it came time to start Kindergarten and continues to work confidently 2 years later. I highly recommend the small investment in Friday Friends to receive high rewards for your child’s education.