Discovery is pleased to offer an assortment of enrichment classes that help supplement our core programming. Please explore our offerings to get a more in depth review of what each program has to offer.
- World Languages
- Art Education
- Physical Education
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
An important part of the IB Program is to foster “International Mindedness” and to promote a love for language learning. Students learn to appreciate and better understand other cultures by studying their language and traditions. Having access to different languages provides students with access to different perspectives, thereby enriching their personal development and facilitating international-mindedness. In order to develop multicultural awareness and gain a global perspective, students study two World Languages at The Discovery School: Spanish and Japanese.
Spanish is taught to the Toddler, Primary, Kindergarten, Foundational Elementary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary classes. These classes occur once a month for Toddler classes, once a week for Primary classes, and twice a week for Kindergarten, and Foundational Elementary for 30 minutes. Lower Elementary meets 4 times a week for 30 minutes, and Upper Elementary meets 5 times a week for 30 minutes.
Japanese is also taught at the Foundational Elementary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary levels.
The Spanish Language program goal at the Discovery School is for students to acquire the Spanish language rather than learn about it. During class, the teacher speaks in Spanish 90% of the time, but this language is sheltered and supported with visuals and gestures to ensure full comprehension. Throughout the year students’ vocabulary will grow and develop and they will acquire the language naturally.
- Foundational Elementary
- Lower Elementary
- Upper Elementary
- Middle School
The Sonrisas and Story Time Program for children is the foundation of the Kindergarten Level Spanish curriculum. Each unit is designed to practice vocabulary, cultural concepts, and language structures. The lessons are simple using stories, games, songs, and creative visual aids to help students understand the target language. They are challenged to practice and retell the content.
The Foundational Elementary Spanish curriculum focuses heavily on the “Super 7 Verbs.” These “Super 7 Verbs'' have been carefully selected by language specialists to enable language learners to communicate in the greatest number of contexts. High-frequency vocabulary themes complement the curriculum, as does the exploration of Spanish-speaking countries, their cultures, and their traditions. Comprehension is the major goal of this program level, but students do begin to use the language to answer familiar questions and in familiar interactions.
The Lower Elementary Spanish curriculum builds on “Super 7 Verbs” with the introduction of the “Sweet 16 Verbs.” These “Sweet 16 Verbs” have been carefully selected by language specialists to provide language learners with the foundation for communicating about almost any topic in a language. High-frequency vocabulary themes complement the curriculum, as does the exploration of Spanish-speaking countries, their cultures, and their traditions. The goal of this program level is for students to confidently comprehend the language and to begin to feel comfortable using the language in familiar interactions.
The Upper Elementary Spanish curriculum focuses heavily on the “Sweet 16 Verbs.” High-frequency vocabulary themes complement the curriculum, as does the exploration of Spanish-speaking countries, their cultures, and their traditions. The goal of this program level is for students to confidently comprehend the language and to use the language to spontaneously create sentences and ask or answer questions about familiar topics.
The Middle School Spanish curriculum continues to focus heavily on the “Super 16 Verbs.” High-frequency vocabulary themes complement the curriculum, as does the exploration of Spanish-speaking countries, their cultures, and their traditions. Direct grammar instruction is incorporated into the curriculum in preparation for future language classes. The goal of this program level is for students to confidently comprehend the language and to use the language to spontaneously create sentences and ask or answer questions about a variety of topics.
In this course, students will be introduced to Japanese culture and other Asian cultures. Students will be able to recognize Japanese characters and familiarize themselves with various Japanese cultural customs and traditions. Through exposure to the Japanese language and the culture, students are provided with the opportunity to embrace the IB attribute to be internationally-minded people who can contribute to create a better world.
Students are introduced to Japanese culture and other Asian cultures through various in-class activities. Children will be able to greet people, introduce themselves, and understand basic classroom instructions in Japanese. Through listening to Japanese children’s songs, students develop listening comprehension. Hearing words in songs helps students become familiar with the pronunciation and intonation of spoken Japanese.
Students continue to develop their understanding of Japanese culture and other Asian cultures through various in-class activities. Children can greet people, introduce themselves, and understand basic classroom instructions in Japanese. Vocabulary is developed through the use of children’s songs and digital class materials. In addition, students start learning the basic Japanese alphabet, Hiragana, and Kanji (Chinese characters). Students will have an opportunity to connect and share our culture with elementary students in Japan.
Students continue to develop their understanding of Japanese culture and other Asian cultures through various in-class activities. Children begin to learn the basics of Japanese grammar. In addition, students learn how the three types of Japanese alphabets, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, are used by Japanese people. Students begin to develop basic Hiragana writing skills. In addition to written assessments, students engage in research projects to develop a love of learning and understanding about different cultures.
Toddler art curriculum focuses on 4 areas: Fine Motor Skills, Exploring Textures, Movement/Dramatic Play, and Creative Expression. Each area is explored for 3-4 sessions before moving on to the next. Emphasis is placed on process and sensory experience as toddlers engage in self-directed play with materials.
Kindergarten focuses on 4 areas: Recognizing Colors, Art Techniques, Exploring Textures, and Puppetry. Students are exposed to a variety of art-making materials including paint, watercolor, oil pastels, chalks, and more. Students are encouraged to engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.
Foundational Elementary art focuses on integrating with the classroom IB curriculum to allow opportunities for students to make art connections across disciplines. Students engage in art projects that support the lessons in their home classrooms as well as in other enrichments. Projects encourage students to make art with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.
Lower Elementary art focuses on integrating with the classroom IB curriculum with added opportunities for collaborative small-group projects. Student projects support material being learned in their home classroom as well as in other enrichments. Students are given more opportunities to apply their knowledge of art-making tools/technologies to investigate their personal ideas.
Upper Elementary art focuses on integrating with the classroom IB curriculum with further opportunities for small-group work and independent studies. Students explore larger-scale art projects as well as service-learning projects. Students are encouraged to brainstorm multiple approaches to a creative art or design problem. Emphasis is placed on creating artwork that is meaningful and has a purpose for the students.
Middle School Middle School art focuses on integrating with the classroom curriculum and engages students in art projects that encourage innovation and risk-taking. Students work both individually and in small groups while developing persistence with methods and materials for design and art-making. Middle School art also focuses on developing students' ability to reflect and explain important information about their personal artwork.
The Discovery School students are encouraged to be critical and effective thinkers, makers, and communicators by reading diverse and engaging books available in the school library. Students are provided the opportunity to check out and read a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books, with those resources promoting reading for learning and personal enjoyment. To deepen their understanding of the world, students explore various month-long literary-themed events including Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Poetry Month.
- Foundational Elementary
- Lower Elementary
- Upper Elementary
- Middle School
Toddlers are encouraged to be attentive listeners through the reading of age-appropriate fiction, non-fiction, and picture books. Students explore literary themes throughout the year that reflect seasonal topics as well as promote Montessori themes used in the classroom: peace, independence, and exploration.
Primary students are encouraged to be critical and attentive listeners through the promotion and reading of selected picture books. The literary themes mirror the Montessori themes and International Baccalaureate Units of Study used in the classroom. In addition, students learn about the proper care of books.
Foundational Elementary students explore a variety of literary themes that support the International Baccalaureate Units of Study presented in their classes. Concepts of Digital Citizenship are introduced and students demonstrate skill acquisition and conceptual understanding through discussions and projects.
Lower Elementary students explore literary themes throughout the school year that enhance the International Baccalaureate units they are studying in the classroom. Library classes empower students to confidently and successfully utilize technology by promoting the effective use of educational technologies and creating awareness of Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety. Students demonstrate skill acquisition through discussions, presentations, and projects.
Upper Elementary students explore literary themes throughout the school year related to the themes they are discussing and learning in their classes through the reading of a variety of fiction and nonfiction books. Library classes empower students to confidently and successfully utilize technology by promoting the effective use of educational technologies and creating awareness of Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and scholarly research guidelines. Students demonstrate their skill acquisition through discussions, presentations, and projects.
Middle School students are empowered to confidently and successfully utilize technology by promoting effective use of educational technologies and by modeling effective Digital Citizenship. Internet Safety and scholarly research guidelines are emphasized. Students demonstrate skill acquisition and conceptual understanding through discussions, presentations, and projects.
The goal of the music program at The Discovery School is to encourage students to have a wide appreciation for all kinds of music as well as to help students reach musical goals that are meaningful to them. Students become acquainted with a variety of genres of music and the work of specific musicians.
- Foundational Elementary
- Lower Elementary
- Upper Elementary
- Middle School
Lower Elementary music focus of music instruction is for students to learn basic music theory and apply it to real instruments such as ukuleles, guitars, pianos, drums, and percussion. Through the exposure and study of a variety of different instruments, students will have the ability to make an informed decision about the instrument they would like to play when they reach Upper Elementary.
Upper Elementary students engage in detailed discussions about a variety of genres and the work of specific musicians. Also, students will study music theory and apply it to the instruments of their choice. Students coordinate their efforts to create a fully functioning band that writes, records, and performs music. The music the students play is a mixture of cover songs and original material.
Middle School music focus of music instruction is to have in-depth studies of music theory and appreciation and apply these concepts to create musical content that reflects the students' creative ideas. Students collaborate and produce musical content of their choice. The music the students play is a mixture of cover songs and original material.
Kindergarten framework focuses on movement, which is a vital part of the core content for all students. It is the basis for developing, expanding, and refining children’s range of motor skills and awareness. Students will experience a wide variety of applications of fundamental movements that are learned through various instructional tools, collaborative games in addition to traditional sports.
Foundational Elementary students will focus on primary and complex movement patterns. They will improve on their physical fitness, and begin to develop their throwing, catching, and striking skills. Through various competitive sports, they will build upon their personal and social growth development as well as become more aware of healthy lifestyle choices.
Lower Elementary students will build upon their basic and complex movement patterns. They will improve their physical fitness levels, and continue developing their throwing, catching, and striking skills. Through various competitive sports, they will learn about sportsmanship and fair play. Their personal and social growth development will continue to mature, and they will become more responsible for making healthy lifestyle choices.
Upper Elementary students will use their fundamental movement skills through multiple team sports. The expectation of physical fitness grows significantly as they will be expected to be in better shape. Student throwing, catching, and striking skills are becoming more proficient and accurate. They will become leaders and display appropriate sportsmanship and fair play. Personal and social growth development will continue to mature, and students will take ownership of their lifestyle choices, with their health in mind.
Middle School students will continue to demonstrate their fundamental movement skills throughout all team sports. Physical fitness will play a vital role in daily life. Their development of spatial awareness and mental understanding of the game improves. Their leadership and sportsmanship of fair play are evident at all times. They will be responsible for choosing their teams, running their classes at times, and troubleshooting any frustrations together as a group. Personal and social growth development will continue to mature, and students will take ownership of their lifestyle choices, with their health and hygiene in mind.
The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for all students to be proficient in working within the STEM 4.0 framework utilizing their skills to find solutions to real-world problems. Students will employ Microsoft Hacking STEM kits, OzoBot EVOs, Lego We Do 2.0 kits, field experiences, and data collection in order to collaboratively work through the engineering design process toward solutions
Kindergarten students will be able to collaborate, problem-solve, and test possible solutions. They will also learn to use the engineering design process to improve their creations. Once students have mastered the design process, paper airplane, bridge building, and tower building challenges will allow students to demonstrate their understanding and have fun while doing it.
Foundational Elementary students will experience a variety of contexts within the world of STEM ranging from STEM in Sports and Robotics to Engineering Design challenges. Students will be asked to think in a collaborative, transdisciplinary mindset in order to grow in their understanding and development.
Upper Elementary students will be able to effectively utilize data, the engineering design process, and collaborative learning to solve real-world problems. The course will also integrate core classroom topics of study into problem-based learning while challenging students to design and refine solutions. They will also discover how science allows us to enjoy the many modern amenities we now have.
Middle School students will enjoy a student inquiry-led transdisciplinary STEM course. Students will participate in engineering challenges based on expressed interests and grounded in real-world problem-solving. Students will utilize the engineering design process and collaborative learning to engage in activities that allow them to effectively employ prior knowledge in an effort to create solutions. Microsoft Hacking STEM projects and teacher-generated activities along with Lego We Do 2.0 will provide a platform for this exploration of STEM principles and best practices.
Ecodiscovery teaches students about the plants and animals found in the various ecosystems throughout Florida. The activities are hands-on and take place outside, where students get to explore their environment by observing and conducting experiments. Ecodiscovery encourages students to look closely at their surroundings and develop a respect for nature.
Kindergarten students focus on guided outdoor exploration. By making observations and identifying living things, students develop their understanding of the natural world. Kindergarteners take part in scavenger hunts, collaborative games, and sorting activities. Lessons incorporate International Baccalaureate units of study and the Montessori framework used in the classroom.
Foundational Elementary students discover similarities and differences of living things. By comparing and identifying local animals, students develop a deeper understanding of the natural world. Students participate in collaborative games, guided outdoor exploration, and sorting activities. Lessons incorporate International Baccalaureate units of study used in the classroom.
Lower Elementary students apply knowledge of living things when introduced to the topic of adaptation. By incorporating studies of habitats, form, and function, students make connections between various aspects of the natural world. Lessons incorporate International Baccalaureate units of study used in the classroom.
Upper Elementary students explore hands-on ways of identifying behavioral and structural adaptations of local animals. They participate in various comparative dissections with the goal of identifying key components of body systems across species. Lessons incorporate International Baccalaureate Units of Study used in the classroom.