What Parents Say
The opinions that we value above all are those of our students and their parents. With pride, we pass along some of their comments.
- As a teacher, myself, it was very important to me to find a preschool that had a great balance of academics and developmental activities that would be appropriate for my 3-year-old son. Well, I definitely found that at Discover; I am so impressed with Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross; they challenge their students each and every day and are so kind and loving. I feel they truly treat the children like their own, and I appreciate the structure and consistent expectations they give the students, as well. My husband and I see such maturity with our 3-year-old son, now, since he started preschool. He is so eager to help us do things at home, he asks more questions, he engages with us more, he constantly wants to read and/or be read to, he cleans up, he sings, he dances, and he knows how to make believe. He comes home from school so excited to tell us everything he did, learned, played and ate. It is so refreshing, and calming, to know what good hands he is in, that he is having fun, that he is safe, and that he is learning at a high level. I would highly recommend Discover Preschool, I would not take my son anywhere else! ; )
- Discover Preschool is the best preschool I could find for my daughter. Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross provide a caring, supportive, educational environment in a classroom that is absolutely spotless and filled with fun things to do. There are always themes that motivate my daughter—from transforming the Village from a Grocery Store to Santa’s Workshop to a Medieval Castle! Each class session is very planned and Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross employ excellent classroom management skills—there is plenty of structure with opportunities for open-ended play. Parents receive a newsletter that outlines the activities for each class. In addition to this, parents receive a monthly pictorial newsletter—it’s so fun to see what your child is doing when you’re not in class for the day! I feel very safe with my daughter at Discover and I wish Discover included Kindergarten!
"We have absolutely LOVED Discover this year. Every day is an adventure! So much thought is put into each and every lesson plan which shows the hard work and dedication Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross have for the school. Discover is a warm, loving and nurturing place where my child is anxious to visit each school day."~ Brooke B.
"We have three children, ages 3, 5, and 7, who have enjoyed a total of 5 years and 5 summer camps with Julie Drake and Jackie Ross. Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross are amazing, talented, and compassionate teachers. They are detailed in their planning and organization and will astound you with their creativity! They handle difficult situations with grace and ease and always have plenty of hugs and encouraging words for all.
I would not trust my children's preschool education to anyone else. Your heart will soar as you watch your children grow and learn. Your kids will race to tell Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross about the wonderful things that happen in their lives. Your children will leave Discover Preschool with an enriching preschool education and a love of learning. Discover Preschool gets an A+ from us!"~ Mike and Kathy S.
"This was our daughter's (and our family's) first experience with preschool, and we couldn't have been more pleased with our decision to send her to Discover Preschool. The teachers have such a love for teaching and children, and it shows in ALL the interesting, yet educational activities the kids do every single day. Our daughter comes home singing new songs and proudly shows off her art projects.
Discover Preschool made learning fun and exciting for her! She'll attend Discover again this fall, where we're looking forward to seeing her grow, mature, and continue her love for school and learning. Thanks, Discover Preschool!"~ Mike and Tina C.
"Both of our sons have attended the 3- and 4-year-old programs at Discover Preschool. Although there are many options in the area for preschool education, Discover was hands down the only option for our sons. Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross are amazing teachers and it is clear every day that they have passion for what they do. They instill this passion into every child.
Routine has always been important with our kids. At Discover, this routine is continued with a morning song, followed by Mrs. Drake explaining what they will be doing for the day, and usually a visit by the kids' favorite friends, the puppets Harry and Amelia. This is followed by center based projects that reinforce the theme of the day. The second half of the school day is made up of gross motor activities in the gym, singing songs, or introducing other pre-math and pre-reading concepts like graphing, patterning, etc. There is also time for free play during the school day when the kids are encouraged to pretend in the Discover Village or play with the other toys in the classroom.
The parent volunteers are one of the key elements to success at Discover. The parent volunteers help in the centers each day. This allows the kids to learn the lesson or theme of the day using all their senses and also encourages the development of their fine motor skills. As a parent, it has also been fun to meet and get to know the boy's friends.
This year, Discover introduced Zoo Phonics. Zoo phonics introduces letter sounds and lower case letters through the use of animals and associated motions. The concepts introduced through the zoo phonics program have had amazing results and my son is well-prepared for kindergarten and most importantly is excited about learning and going to school full-time.
Overall, we couldn't have asked for a better preschool education for our children. The teachers are well-prepared every day and know how to handle challenging situations with ease. Most importantly, both Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross are always striving to improve the program through continuous education and parent feedback."~ Emily and Dan S.
"Discover Preschool is the best preschool around! That is what I tell everyone who inquires about our preschool experience, and even to those who don't ask!
As an elementary teacher, I couldn't be more pleased and impressed with the curriculum. The theme for the day is developmentally appropriate for the age of the child while the teachers creatively integrate science, math, and literacy in an engaging way. The themes range from numbers to letters, seasons to celebrations… everything important in the development of a preschooler! The well-thought out centers incorporate the theme of the day by providing multisensory, hands-on learning. Our expectations of what a preschool should be were exceeded when we discovered our daughter had developed a love for learning.
As a mother, I couldn't be more pleased with the caring and nurturing environment that both Julie and Jackie provide. Our child felt safe and she was always eager to go to preschool. They understand the whole child, and that social skills are just as important as academics, providing playtime for the children and many opportunities for preschoolers to work together.
I am always amazed how they go above and beyond with Family Fun Nights, Mother's Day Tea, Dad's Night, Spanish, Music, Gym, Art, Zoo-Phonics, and much more! They are always thinking of new ways to make this experience the best for each child by attending conferences/ workshops and taking fantastical ideas and making it a reality for our children (like building an actual circus in the preschool with each child part of a performance! Simply amazing, and only one example out of too many to write about!)
This past year, we temporarily moved out of the area. We knew it was going to be difficult to commute 40 minutes to preschool, but we didn't hesitate. It was our child's third year with Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross and we wanted nothing short of the best for her… and we knew it was at Discover."~ Lisa D.
"Our son attended both the three and four year old programs at Discover as well as several summer camps. He had the most wonderful experiences learning and growing! He loved it and is so prepared for Kindergarten. The program provides so many great things but I particularly loved all the structured activities that taught them to follow directions, transition from one activity to another and incorporated small and large motor skills into all the tasks. Everything was fun and interesting for the kids but they learned so many skills while they were doing it.
JJ did not pay attention well and was not what I would call a model student at the beginning of the three year old program, even by three-year old standards! Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross patiently worked with him and he developed all the skills we wanted him to have, and more. Once a year they assessed him on dozens of areas which gave us specific feedback on his progress as well as what would be expected by Kindergarten.
The curriculum was so well planned that you received specific information about the activities each day so you could ask good questions and hear about the day from your child. It is obvious that Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross have so much training and experience but most importantly that they love what they do and are consistently changing, improving and adding new things. Both of them put an incredible amount of energy and focus into making this the best program it can be. My older daughter went to another program which we were very happy with, but Discover Preschool was so much better, I can't imagine a stronger program than theirs.
The program is structured to have two parent helpers in each session, which means you generally have one time a month that you participate with your child. Participating in the class was a great part of the program as well. It gives you a chance to see your child in the classroom setting. This gives you so much information about how he is progressing, much better than a field trip - and makes the kids feel so special and important to share school with a parent. The commitment was minor and the benefit was much greater."~ Jack and Jama L.
"There is much to say regarding Discover Preschool and the amazing program they offer children ages two to five years old. My husband and I wanted to take the time to express our gratitude towards Mrs. Julie Drake and Mrs. Jackie Ross.
We enrolled our son in both the three year old and four year old program. He also attended numerous summer camps. We loved the program from the start. They have so many wonderful activities for the children. Those activities include art, writing, singing, music, science, and much more. Our son loved it. All the kids and parents were very involved, on a day to day basis. I loved participating in the classroom. Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross kept us very involved which was great because you could see all the activities your child was doing, and how he or she coped in a very structured classroom. If you were a helping parent in the classroom you had hands on involvement, and were able to participate with both your child and the other children, which was great!
The children's day would start with friendly "hellos" to each other, along with singing. It was kind of like a morning wake up call. Mrs. Drake would address the children's questions and then they would begin the special activities for the day. The amount of energy both Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross have is amazing and they have great patience. They really put more than 100% into the children and the classroom. They would set up different stations throughout the classroom and each child would make their way through each station. They learned so much, I felt that all the children felt very comfortable, and at ease. Our son also attended many of the summer camp programs. He was so excited after each day at camp. He would have so much to tell us about his day.
We really felt our son benefited tremendously. He was more than ready for Kindergarten, which he is attending (2008-2009 school year). He is excelling in all his classes, and we feel this is due to the wonderful program Discover Preschool offered. We have also noticed that some of the work he is doing in his Kindergarten classes he did in his preschool classes, so many activities were not unusual or foreign to him. The one thing I really loved was that they took a lot of pictures and they would share them weekly with us. We also received a "keepsake" book at the end of each year. This meant a lot to all of us. I personally really miss it. What a wonderful experience for my son, and also for us. Discover Preschool was one of the smartest choices we made for our son."~ Sam and Kim F.
"Our family has been with Discover Preschool for the past 6 years. Both our daughter and our son attended the 2, 3 and 4 year old programs, respectively. We could not be happier with the welcoming, friendly atmosphere and nurturing environment of the school. There are a wide range of age-appropriate toys that encourages development and stimulates creative and imaginative play. We have also attended 5 (and counting) of the summer camps. We have not found another experience worth the time and money!
Mrs. Julie Drake and Mrs. Jackie Ross have been extremely attentive, enthusiastic and well prepared for each of the different programs. There are always 2 parents to help with snack, table centers and clean up so that the teachers can focus their attention on the children, which we really love. The Terrific Twos program is a great introduction to school and it is also a fabulous bonding time for you, as a parent, and your 2 year old. It also makes your child extremely comfortable for when it comes time for the Thrilling Threes program and dropping your child off. The Fabulous Fours program is a great preparation for kindergarten, mentally and emotionally. My daughter made such a smooth transition to kindergarten because of the quality activities made possible by Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross. I have no doubt that my son will also make the same smooth transition, especially with the longer Friday Readiness program that included lunch!
The most important thing is that our kids both LOVED going to preschool! They both had huge smiles going to school in the morning and had even bigger smiles at the end of the day with the wonderful stories and retelling of everything that they did. From Zoo Phonics to gym time, from Yoga to Spanish introductions, and from story time to snack (and the manners that are emphasized), each learning activity provided our kids with a new experience and wonderful memory. This school is invaluable and I am so happy and grateful that we were able to find such a wonderful introduction to education in a preschool. Thank you so much Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Ross for everything that you have done for our family. You are loved and will be missed!"~ Stacey and Joe C.
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