The Dragonflies Class: a Junior Kindergarten Class for highly capable 4 and 5 year olds
- 1:4 teacher-child ratio
- Small homerooms (maximum of 12 children) to build a caring community
- Monday-Friday, 9:30am-1:00pm, with optional early care starting at 9:00am
- More than 90% of Bellevue Discovery preschoolers have moved on to gifted programs
The Dragonflies Curriculum
Skill-Based Instruction: art, science, math, reading, writing, and kindergarten readiness, with small group hands-on activities and weekly Building Block classes (Art Studio, Directed Drawing, Drama Club, Phonics & Journals, Science Lab)
Play-Based Exploration: fostering social-emotional growth, divergent thinking, executive function skills and foundational learning about our world
Inquiry-Based Learning: nurturing the 21st Century Skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative production
Project-Based Learning with the Dragonflies: The children engage in a year-long project, with weekly problem-solving challenges. Each child will present their culminating project to our entire preschool community at the Dragonflies Project Presentation in the spring.
Best Practices: Bellevue Discovery teachers follow NAEYC and NAGC best practices (National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Association for Gifted Children). We work closely with the admissions directors at local independent gifted schools to ensure our children are fully prepared to thrive in kindergarten.
See the Dragonflies Flexible Schedule