Dana’s Discovery Kids: Best Pre-School
Travel Time: Preschool turns learners into virtual voyagers
Everyone loves an adventure!
Especially, as we all know, our little ones! That’s one of the themes running through “Dana’s Discovery Kids Preschool” – where lead adventurer Miss Dana (Dana Heath) presides over a series of classes and summer camps designed to infuse kids with creativity and confidence.
To that end, the school offers an Explorers Class for three-year-olds, plus a Jr. PreK Passport Class as well as an Advanced Passport Class. “We are an innovative and progressive preschool,” says Heath. “One that emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving with a creative curriculum—and uses interesting and exciting learning tools to help our kids.”
Heath, who’s been running the school since 1986, always strives to keep the curriculum contemporary, fresh and relevant. She and her teachers accomplish this by “making sure that we as a team are meeting the needs of the kids and parents that we serve each new school year.” The school also assesses and evaluates their programs and procedures on a regular basis.
Kids in the Passport Classes, for example, have exciting “travel” itineraries awaiting. November and December bring an African Safari, while January provides an Arctic Blast. Other “destinations” include the Amazon as well as the Australian Outback.
June features science instruction capped off with an exciting “all-school science fair.”
Plus, Heath says they’re already prepping summer camps for June through mid-August. “We are grateful and extremely thankful for the community of Bend, our previous and current families and their wonderful support for over 30 years.