Discovery Den: The Pre-K Programs at the Discovery Den early learning center encourages activities that are about exploration and discovery; exploring with their senses, asking questions, testing theories, making plans and thinking deeply.
The Discovery Den is an early learning space at Providence in Charlotte that will allow Pre-K children to explore through a variety on hands on, multi-sensory learning opportunities.
Children can explore light and shadow with the projector, create with a wide variety of art supplies and open ended materials, mold with clay, and develop a curiosity with science and sensory materials.
At Providence in Charlotte, we use monthly provocations to spark the children’s curiosity and creativity and establish a new exploratory way of learning. The vision is for the Discovery Den early learning center to be an extension of the Pre-K classroom and home experiences.
A question that has come up is, “What is a provocation”? Put simply, provocations provoke! They provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas.
Provocations can come in many forms:
An experience in nature (finding a bird’s nest, an interesting shell or rock)
An object (e.g. flower arrangement, magnets, maps)
An interest or question that the group may have
An event (space shuttle launch, weather, a holiday)
Ultimately, the intention of a provocation is to provide an invitation for a child to explore and express themselves. It should be open-ended and provide a means for expression.
When your child’s Pre-K class visits the Discovery Den, they will see that there are three learning centers set up daily:
Working with clay
Observational drawing/easel painting
Science and Sensory.