Newtown Discovery Preschool Curriculum

Our Curriculum is rooted in a comprehensive, balanced approach to learning. Our early education 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!

Preschool Programs

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.

Infants

Our infant program begins at six weeks of age and is designed to foster a loving, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Teachers plan individual daily routines that promote social-emotional and physical development through interaction, play, exploration and movement. Infants will be exposed to enrichment programs; these include sign language to encourage positive communication while your baby is still learning words and baby yoga to increase self-awareness and create a sensory experience.

6 Weeks-1 Year Old

Young Toddlers

Our young toddler program encourages children to gain more independence as they learn self-help skills such as feeding themselves, climbing stairs, and making choices. These opportunities empower children to become more confident learners as they investigate new concepts and begin to play with a purpose.

1-2 Years Old

Older Toddlers

Older toddlers are always on the go and are like little sponges, constantly absorbing the world at their fingertips! Our toddler program encourages children to gain a sense of independence by providing them the necessary tools needed to problem solve and help themselves. For example, learning to play cooperatively alongside others, cleaning up after eating meals and making many other mindful decisions throughout the day.

2-3 Years Old

Preschool

Preschoolers are full of adventure and excitement. During this stage of development, they become very interested in forming friendships. This age continues to highlight our comprehensive theme-based curriculum, covering basic skills in literacy, such as developing a love and appreciation for storytelling, gross and fine motor skills, social-emotional skills, and basic number concepts in mathematics. Teachers devote time for modeling strategies and practicing skills over time until children feel successful.

3-4 Years Old

Pre-K

Students continue their journey of exploration and discovery in the Pre-K classroom. Teachers foster student learning through a balanced approach to literacy and provide opportunities for real-life math skills that are planned and purposeful. In addition, STEAM is an important component of the curriculum, providing ample opportunities for hands-on scientific investigations during the inquiry process. Learning comes to life through their creative interpretations of thematic units whether it’s through role-playing stories, painting portraits, singing songs, or building bridges.

4-5 Years Old

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten curriculum focuses on key skills such as reading readiness and increased understanding of number concepts, while promoting and maintaining the standards needed for first grade. Your child will be actively engaged in hands-on learning experiences by participating in problem-based projects that encourage critical and creative thinking through the inquiry process. Social and emotional development are also a key factor at this age. The children are learning to work together as a team, share big ideas, and truly feel part of a community of learners where their ideas are valued. These experiences increase children’s confidence and promote a healthy growth mindset, providing the tools they need to succeed throughout life.

5+ Years Old

Complimentary Bussing | Kindergarten students enrolled in the Council Rock School School District (CRSD) will receive complimentary bussing to and from school in the afternoon. Students who attend AM kindergarten will be dropped off at Newtown Discovery Preschool and those attending PM kindergarten will be picked up from the preschool and transported to their zoned school. CRSD provides transportation to Newtown Discover Preschool from the following Elementary Schools: Hill Crest, Rolling Hills, Newtown & Goodnoe.