By Discovery: Our Mission
We offer elementary school children opportunities for exploration and growth through creative project-based learning in art and dedicated in-person e-learning support during remote learning.
Small Pod eLearning with By Discovery
Stacey Grieff, MSEd, Early Childhood Education, leads By Discovery's Trimester 2 afternoon small eLearning pod.
In addition to supporting learning, Ms. Grieff is especially attuned to her student's social/emotional well being. As an educator and parent, she understands the challenges that may impact learning in a pandemic. In By Discovery's eLearning pod, Ms. Grieff balances structure and safety while engaging students' curiosity, creativity and interests.
Textile Artist & Art Educator Pamela Penney, BA Interior Design, MSU, also supports students' eLearning and creative opportunities each Wednesday. Pamela has decades of experience working with local youth in her former textile studio, the Oak Park Education Foundation and the Oak Park Art League. Her calm and kind demeanor paired with her quick wit allows her to create close bonds with her students.
By Discovery's eLearning Pod has a maximum of 4 students. Full time and part time options are available. Please click the green "Small Pod Registration" button to learn more and to register.
By Discovery: Our Philosophy
Through student-centered and process-based projects and activities, students learn by doing and make discoveries along the way. Multiple points of view are valued and we emphasize that there are numerous ways to solve a given problem or to approach a task.
Summer Adventures Camp
OUR SUMMER ADVENTURES CAMP is inspired by artists both past and present; the natural world; and our own experiences, interests and dreams.
Through painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, children will develop their skills and imagination, to produce innovative works of art.
SESSIONS & FEES:
Week 1: July 19-23 / Week 2: July 26-30 / Week 3: Aug 2-6
Early Morning Drop Off: 8am to 9am (add $40 per week)
Morning Session only, 9am - 12pm ($125 per week)
Afternoon Session only, 1pm - 4pm ($125 per week)
Morning + Afternoon Sessions, 9am - 4pm ($290 per week)
With Extended Day Option: 4pm - 6pm (add $100 per week)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainty of Covid, programming is conditional. Participant numbers may be reduced and cohorts may need to remain separate. A surge in Covid would prevent the program from taking place at a D97 school.
Summer Adventures Camp is facilitated by Jocelyne Adkins, Program Director and Stacey Grieff, Co-Lead Educator.
Please click the green "Summer Camp Registration" button to learn more and to register.
Imaginative... Playful... Skill Building!
By Discovery: Our Inspiration
We are inspired by children’s inquisitive and imaginative nature and wish to nurture these attributes.
After School Art Enrichment
By Discovery Philosophy, in Detail:
We believe in student-centered and process based activities that give children the opportunity to explore and problem solve at their own pace.
We believe children should have the opportunity to work collaboratively and across grade levels to be successful in a world in which multiple points of view exist and negotiation skills are key.
We believe exposure to nature and modeling respect for nature will encourage children to embrace and protect the natural world.
We believe that children should be given the opportunity to share and make discoveries outside of the school and within the community of which they are a part through exhibitions and workshops.
Finally, we believe in educating the whole child to support, challenge and engage learners in a safe and healthy environment.
By Discovery Curriculum
Our curriculum is developed with a strong focus on the arts and is organized by weekly themes. The very nature of art can propel, foster and engage us in topics that are far reaching, including service, nature, the environment, and historically and culturally important figures, in addition to artists of the past and present.
encourage curiosity and creativity
provide insights into the natural world
help our children become independent thinkers
Our Curriculum is Designed to:
Our program is structured with an understanding that children, following a lengthy day at school, need to decompress, recharge with a snack and engage in self-directed play or activities meaningful to the child before they jump into our project for the day.
Safety is a most important priority in By Discovery. Safety considerations, both physical and emotional, guide all of our interactions and activities: from how students enter the classroom and engage with each other, to how we work with materials and navigate on the playground, to behaviors and choices made throughout the afternoon.
Covid-safety measures are a top priority and we will closely follow all CDC protocols that may continue into the 2021/22 school year. These may include: wearing a well fitted mask, maintaining 6 ft social distancing, and washing and sanitizing hands as needed.
Also, PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, programming is conditional: D97 must have returned to its regular M-F full day schedule, 8am to 3pm, for By Discovery's After School Art Enrichment program to take place.
By Discovery has you covered! We follow the Oak Park District 97 school calendar and we are open every day school is in session, from dismissal through 6pm. To learn more about our programs at Beye and Lincoln elementary schools and to register, please click the green button below.