Philosophy

Discovery Trails prepares students to be lifelong learners.

Children at Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy enjoy emotional and academic challenges through interactions with the world around them and through self-reflection. We recognize education is not limited to the four walls of the classroom. We have listed below some of the field trips we will take during the school year.

How Do We Nurture a Passion for Lifelong Learning?

At Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy we believe early childhood education is not a precursor to school as much as it is the first step in the journey to self-realization. Early learning is a gateway to future learning. An appropriate early learning environment is a threat-free atmosphere that enables children to grow and develop at his or her individual pace. Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy demonstrates sensitivity to children’s individual needs, creates opportunities for students to express themselves and motivates individuals to demonstrate what has been mastered. Learning is an adventure of discoveries and teachable moments. A paramount goal of our school is to develop a true passion for learning within the security of a fun, safe and nurturing environment.


• Experiential Learning

The students at Discovery Trails are offered ample opportunities for experiential learning. When developing curriculum, our experienced and degreed teachers create ways in which children are participating in the lesson, not just listening. Whether it is using estimation, preparing graphs, utilizing language (both spoken and written), or exercising problem-solving skills, students determine what path the lesson will take. Each teachable moment emphasizes active involvement in physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development. At the same time, academics are encouraged in mathematics, visual and performing arts, social studies, science, foreign language, physical education, computers, and emergent reading and writing in a developmentally appropriate way. Our curriculum is a balance between planned activities that help children progress toward a defined goal and those unplanned experiences that emerge from a child’s interest. This is achieved through theme-based instruction that promotes interdisciplinary learning, active problem solving, cooperative-based activities and independent exploration in learning centers. Individualized attention is also offered to capitalize on each child’s strengths and challenges.

 

• Problem Solving and Life Skills

A good portion of the curriculum at Discovery Trails is in life skills. This provides a solid foundation for the academic curriculum. Challenging students to find their own solutions to everyday problems helps them to develop life skills. This idea fosters confidence. The more the children believe in themselves and practice these skills, the more confident they become. As a child asks questions or requests help, our loving and patient teachers guide them to find their own answers. This theory enables children to learn to communicate effectively and listen to others, to take care of their physical and emotional well being, to encourage self-awareness, to make appropriate decisions and to help children learn to identify goals and understand which tools are needed to reach them.

 

• Learning Centers and Theme-Based Curriculum

In addition to teacher-directed instruction, Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy makes use of learning centers within the classrooms. Learning centers encourage children to make their own discoveries in the way they learn best. Learning centers are recognized by current research as being the most effective way for young children to gain knowledge. Each center in the classroom is purposefully planned with activities that promote exploration and skill development.

Self-learning and peer teaching actively support problem-solving, independent exploration and social interaction.  Our two-year rotating themes are vehicles to entice interest and encourage academic skill building.  Our themes vary from biology, physics, literature, health, math and social studies.

• S.T.E.A.M 

Children today will one day be our world’s problem solvers, innovators, and leaders. Through S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) students at Discovery Trails use inquiry, curiosity, and creativity to find solutions and real-life connections in this learning approach. 

 

 

Contact Info

Discovery Trails
Early Learning Academy

Call Us

(719) 599-4370

Our Location

3925 Centennial Boulevard, Suite 150,
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

}

Hours

Mon-Fri:
8:30am-3:30pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Follow Us

Come Visit Us!

2 + 15 =

Discovery Trails Early Learning Academy © 2019