Newtown Discovery Preschool Curriculum
Our Curriculum is rooted in a comprehensive, balanced approach to learning. Our educational programs foster creativity, while also developing critical thinking and social/emotional skills. Newtown Discovery Preschool supports a diverse, multicultural environment in which we recognize that students learn differently and have various areas of interest. Specifically, we implement a Global Education curriculum, which incorporates all the best methodology from around the world and is supported by the latest research in implementing a rich, high quality early childhood education program. Our pedagogy and teaching philosophy is based on the world-renowned philosophies of Reggio Emilia, Maria Montessori, David Elkind (author of The Power of Play) & Howard Gardner (The Multiple Intelligences). These theories are embedded into our curriculum and incorporate the Pennsylvania Learning Standards.
Key Learning Areas
- Approaches to learning through play
- Creative thinking and expression
- Cognitive thinking and general knowledge
- Mathematical thinking and expression
- Scientific thinking and technology
- Social studies thinking
- Health wellness and physical development
- Language and literacy development
- Partnerships with families and communities
- Social and emotional development
NDP also implements the Orton Gillingham approach in reading and spelling – an evidence-based literacy approach that is diagnostic/prescriptive, multisensory, cumulative & individualized for students. This teaching method is supported by the latest research in best practices for how children learn language as well as how to scaffold instruction for struggling learners and students diagnosed with dyslexia.
The “Handwriting without Tears” curriculum is used in our pre-kindergarten classes to develop fine motor and literacy skills as well as weekly journal writing. Tablets are available to all children and are used for educational games and interactive storytelling. The growth of human excellence is developed through a Kindness Curriculum, which includes taking time to teach young children to communicate with and appreciate each other.
Families are an integral part of the curriculum, as they bring their careers, cultures, and dynamics into the classrooms. Parents and grandparents are welcome partners at Newtown Discovery Preschool!
Our content-rich programs are customized to your child’s readiness level, areas of interest, and learning profile (how they learn best). Early childhood is a magical time when the brain develops the vast majority of its neurons and is most receptive to learning. We know that the first five years are the building blocks for the formal years in education that lie ahead, so why not give your little one a head start?
Our teachers provide meaningful experiences that naturally foster your child’s intellectual potential through individualized instruction to meet the developmental needs of each child. Teachers also encourage students to explore their passions, take risks to try new things, and learn from mistakes in a safe, supportive environment.