Welcome to Discovery Preschool!
Thank you for your interest in Discovery Preschool! We are excited that you are planning to join our preschool family. We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.
Our preschool is an integral part of the School of Education and Psychology at Walla Walla University. The university students teamed together with Teacher Stacy, provide an excellent learning-enriched program for children ages 3-5 from our local community.
Our Mission Statement
Our mission at the Discovery Preschool is to immerse young children in hands-on learning experiences that will allow them to learn in a natural, playful, and social environment. Our goal is for children to experience the wonder of discovery and to enhance their innate love for learning so it will continue throughout their entire lives. The spiritual emphasis of our program focuses on promoting Christian values common to most religious faiths—such as honesty, kindness, love, patience, and sharing.
Our program is governed by the following beliefs:
• All children are born knowing how to learn.
• All children can learn.
• All children learn at different rates.
• The development of a child's social, physical, mental, and spiritual growth is of paramount importance.
• Children learn naturally when they are allowed to make many of their own choices, set their own pace, and be directors in their own learning process.
• Play is a child's work.
• Learning for young children should be structured within play and self-expression.
• Teachers are facilitators of the learning process. Their role is to provide materials that encourage learning through hands-on experiences.
• Parents, as the child's first teachers, are a key part of the learning process.