The Grasshoppers Class: Inquiry-Based Learning for highly capable preschoolers who are 30 months through 4 years old
- 1:4 teacher-child ratio
- Small homerooms (maximum of 12 children) to build a caring community
- Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-1:00pm
- Around 90% of Bellevue Discovery preschoolers have moved on to gifted programs
The Grasshoppers Curriculum
Skill-Based Instruction: art, science, math, reading, writing, fine motor skills and kindergarten readiness, with small group hands-on activities and weekly Building Block classes (Drama Club, Math Games, School Skills and 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 Grasshoppers: The children engage in a multiple projects during the year, building their problem-solving and presentation skills and moving toward more independent work.
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 Grasshoppers Flexible Schedule