Materials Needed

The HIVE, our room dedicated to reusing man-made materials, is in need of supplies.  Please consider looking around your house for materials you may no longer be using. No purchases are necessary.  The school is looking for donations of specific items in large quantities.  For instance, a box of paper or a lunch bag full… continue reading

Team Building in Discovery D

The Children in Discovery D spent their very first Movement session of the year thinking about and working together on team building and sportsmanship. We began our time in the gym and playground with a discussion about what sportsmanship meant to them and how we would use it while working and playing together in Movement… continue reading

School Wide Study Kicks Off

Teachers and children started sharing their summer provocations on the very first day of school!  Peers are making connections  and asking questions. Teachers are noting interests, hobbies and ways to connect learning in and out of the classroom.  The study topic, “The Relationship between the Inside and the Outside,” has led children to connect with… continue reading

Summer Provocation

Below is this year’s summer provocation. We included this document with our recently mailed introduction letter. However, if you require another copy you can download it here or contact Ms. Jefchak or Mr. Kleinschmit at:, 616-901-5778 or, 810-599-1861 Please feel free to email or call us if you have questions or concerns. Enjoy… continue reading

Register Now for a Reggio Inspired Workshop

Join us at the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center on August 19.  Our “Learning with Materials Workshop” is a chance for educators and parents to learn about our Reggio Emilia inspired practices.  Information and online registration can be found here.  Hope to see you there!  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah… continue reading

Michigan Timeline Productions

The Michigan Timeline Productions are 8 plays written and performed by the 2nd and 3rd graders of Discovery D. The children are retelling the history of various people who have played a role in the making of our great community. We hope you can join us on Tuesday. If you can’t make it then, try… continue reading

Final Documentation

In the most recent Innovations periodical published by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Tiziana Filippini discusses the process involved to complete final documentation; perhaps more importantly, however, is the assertion that final documentation is how we communicate our philosophy.  The communication is not just for our immediate audience.  She writes: “Our goal is to make… continue reading