We just completed an amazing school year. Thank you to the church staff, teachers, and parents for your part in blessing students. It is so fun watching them grow academically and in their love for the Lord. We look forward to communicating with everyone in August and the 2022-23 school year! Have a super summer!
We are so excited to announce the opening of our Northland location for our Tuesday Enrichment program! For the 2022 - 2023 school year, DHA will now have locations in Pleasant Hill, Oak Grove, and Kearney to allow us to serve even more homeschool families in the Kansas City area. Enrollment will open to the public on March 1st on our website.
We are excited to announce our DHA Academic high school course options for the 2022 - 2023 school year. A la carte classes are available for grades 9th -12th. Click here for more info: https://dhacademy.org/resources/Documents/DHA%20Academic%20High%20School%20Courses%202022-2023.pdf
Enrollment opens March 1, 2022.
Discovery Homeschool Academy offers two drop-off program options to homeschool students in the Kansas City area. We would love to have you join us for the 2022 - 2023 school year!
We are excited to announce that enrollment for the 2022 - 2023 school year will open to the public on March 1, 2022. Discovery Homeschool Academy will be beginning its 22nd year serving Kansas City area homeschool families. DHA has two program options for homeschool students Pre-K through high school. Enrollment will take place on our website by clicking on the enrollment tab.
We are so thankful for a wonderful 2020-21 school year and we are so excited for the announcement of opening our second location for the enrichment program in Fall of 2021.
Families will have the option to choose which location they would like to attend on Tuesdays when filling out their enrollment form. Manna Fellowship Church (our current location) and First Baptist Church in Oak Grove will both be available choices for families. Our Academic program will still be held at Manna Fellowship Church on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Enrollment opens to current families mid February. New families will be able to enroll through the website beginning March 1st, 2021.
Discovery Homeschool Academy is excited to announce that we will meet at Manna Fellowship Church in Pleasant Hill (South Lee's Summit area off 291) for the 2020-21 school year! They have graciously opened both of their beautiful buildings to us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to host both programs at this location.
COVID-19 has brought some valid questions from parents that we would like to address. Our FAQs are listed below. Please feel free to contact us by email if you have additional questions.
Will you have temperature checks before entering the building?
We are asking and trusting each family to take their children’s temperature each day before arriving at DHA. However, if that is forgotten one day or you were unable to do so, simply stop by the nurse’s desk and we would be happy to assist with that. Our staff will also be required to take their temperatures before arriving to DHA each day.
What kind of well checks will staff be trained on?
Our staff take great pride in their relationships with students and already do a great job of identifying students who may be feeling ill. Additionally, all teachers and staff will be trained on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Teachers will check-in with all students throughout the day to make sure everyone is feeling well and ready to learn.
What will social distancing look like?
Students will be taught how and why it is important to remember personal space whenever possible; however, we know that certain student populations, including our youngest learners, will struggle with the concept and their self-control. DHA staff will do their best to supervise and reinforce the necessary safety precautions with our students.
Will students share supplies?
No. Due to COVID-19, we will lower the supply fee for the Enrichment program this school year and will ask parents to provide the supplies for each student. The Academic supply fee already reflects the discount of parents providing basic supplies. We will send out a supply list in August so parents will know what supplies are needed.
Will the car line procedure change? What will drop off and pick up look like?
To limit the number of persons in the building, we are asking that students 2nd grade and above be dropped off/picked up in car line whenever possible. For students 1st grade and below, parents are welcome to walk in and drop them off/pick them up. Please understand, there are exceptions to this rule. If you have a specific request to walk your older child in, please contact us and we will be happy to talk with you.
Will my child be required to wear a facemask?
No. Facemasks are not required and will not be required by DHA. However, if you would like to send a mask with your child, you are absolutely welcome to do so.
What are cleaning procedures?
DHA staff will continue to encourage and exhibit thorough hand washing procedures. We will disinfect high tough areas throughout each day with a product that is effective but also safe.
What if my child has a fever?
If your child has a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher, please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. We request that each parent also watch the overall health of their child and watch for the signs/symptoms of illness. If any of these symptoms are observed, please keep your child home from DHA;
If your child is diagnosed with influenza or COVID-19, please notify DHA as soon as possible.
What will happen if a staff member/student contracts COVID-19?
If someone were to contract COVID-19, DHA staff would contact all staff and parents of students who had been in contact with the infected person. That name and identifying information of the infected person would not be released. The purpose of notifying others would simply be for them to be able to look for and recognize symptoms within themselves should they be present.
DHA Enrichment Newsletter
Pre-K Monkey's - Mrs. Peek
The Pre-K Monkey's class has had so much fun in the last few months! We have spent time learning about quite an array of subjects. Included in these were snow, penguins, polar bears, valentines day and maps. It has been so wonderful to see all the kiddos thrive on Tuesdays and make such sweet friendships with all of their classmates. So thankful for every one of them!
Pre-K Otters, Mrs. Eastwood
The Pre-K Otters have learned all kinds of things this winter! We started the new year off with discovering many things about the animals that live in snowy weather--especially at the North and South Poles--like penguins and polar bears. In February, we talked about the blessings of friendship for Valentine's Day and the moms threw a fantastic party. Pets were our topic in our most recent class and we'll wrap up the month with a "clouds and rainbows" theme before diving into all kinds of weather fun in March. At this time of year, the Pre-K students have really learned our routines and enjoy playing with their DHA friends each week. The school days go really smoothly and we all laugh a lot!
Kindergarten has had a busy few months of learning! In December, we enjoyed performing at both Cookies and Carols and the Fine Arts Program as we celebrated the birth of our Savior. In January, we learned all about snow, penguins, and polar bears. We also had a fun Groundhog-themed day to learn about groundhogs, shadows, and make predictions about whether or not the groundhog would see his shadow. This month we look forward to celebrating Valentine's Day and reading about Washington and Lincoln in honor of President's Day. Kindergarten Graduation is just around the corner, and we have already begun practicing for our performance!
Music - Mrs. Scholes
In music we continue to learn and have fun each week. The younger grades spent January reading more children’s literature and incorporating music elements. We read Snowball Fight, Froggy Gets Dressed, and My Family Plays Music. Older grades spent January learning about musical genres. We talked about how they came to be, what instruments and dances might be involved and listened to several examples of each.
Beginning in February we will learn our concert music. Our spring concert is April 21. Please mark your calendars now.
Also wanted to give a heads up about our 2nd annual DHA-wide talent show. This will be during the day on a school day at the end of the year. More details will follow in weekly emails and on Facebook as that event gets closer.
Primary Art - Mrs. Wright
1st and 2nd grade, and 3 Wolves have finished up some leftover projects from before Christmas break. All projects from the beginning of the year up until now have been sent home. If your child has not brought home artwork, please search their backpacks.
Recently we started learning about the element of space and how implementing techniques such as overlapping, placement on a picture plane, and size all create the illusion of space within our artwork. We also talked about how things look from the perspective of a worms eye view and birds eye view. First graders worked on mountain landscape drawings. Second grade worked on alphabet soup paintings from a birds eye view and third grade will be putting their finishing touches on their worms eye view snowmen next week.
Last week, while several were finishing projects, early finishers did a Chiefs project. Second grade did a positive and negative space Chiefs arrowhead drawing/painting and two first grade classes made Mahomes headbands. Next month we will move on to the element of shape and talk about the difference in geometric and organic shapes.
Excel Art - Mr. Voyles
In February we continue to work on our 4 season collage. We will be creating 3D foam core pieces with these. Our classes also have two other projects we are working on. One is a self portrait character drawing and the others is finishing and surface treatment of our paper sculptures. In March we will continue to finish those projects. As always we have been discussing how we use the elements of art in finishing all of these projects.
Social Studies - Mrs. Messer
This semester in social studies has been so fun! We have learned about who Thomas Edison really was and what he truly invented (concrete furniture:). Students were able to discover how the Wright brothers tried and tried and tried again to build their aircraft by making one of their own. Last week, we read a little about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her butter making days. Homemade, churned butter and crackers were enjoyed by students while learning more about life in that time. Helen Keller was a very influential person from history. Students were able to mimic the way Ms. Keller learned to communicate to her teacher, Annie Sullivan, by "tracing" words on each others palms.
Looking forward, we plan to continue through the ages learning about life in the Roaring 20's, Dirty Thirties and the Post War Years. Blessings as we continue into February and March.
P.E. - Mrs. Morrison, Mr. Voyles, Mr. Colton
The older grades had lots of fun playing "Handball" or "3-steps and pass". We will finish this unit with a mini tournament the first week of February. Probably one of the fun things about the tournament is that the teams of three got to choose their team name. Needless to say, we had a lot of KC Chiefs related names.
We will be learning volleyball skills in our next unit. We will learn to set, pass and serve. We will be warming up with jumping rope. February is heart health month.
Thank you for remembering to send notes when your child needs to sit out of PE due to recovering from sickness or injury. Also, please send gym shoes in your child's backpack if they wear other shoes to school.
We would also like to give some overdue thanks for the thoughtful Christmas gifts!! They cards, baked goods, ornaments, gift cards, candles, personal care items, and all the unique gifts were so appreciated and heart warming! We have the best kids and families at DHA!!!
Elementary Science - Mrs. Skinner
Hello DHA parents! In science we have gone over many fun things since January! We focused on the Earth and its processes. We looked at fast changes: volcanoes, earthquakes, land slides and more. We also discussed slow changes such as weathering and erosion. Students made star burst rocks, miniature volcanoes, investigated the weathering process and more. We took a week to better understand germs and hand washing in hopes to keep everyone healthier. Hopefully you've noticed everyone taking more time to wash their hands better and more frequently.
Intermediate Science - Mrs. Champ
Students have been very busy over that last several months in Intermediate Science. Before Christmas break, they learned about electricity and got to make different circuits. They also learned about magnetism and experimented with different ones to find out which type of magnet was the strongest. Right before and after break, students completed several STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. In one activity, students had to build a “sleigh” that could hold toys and go down several different inclines without tipping over. Students also learned about optical illusions and made an optical illusion of their hand.
Currently, students are learning about outer space. We started this unit off with another STEM activity where students had to construct a moon lander that could be dropped and the “astronauts” would stay in without being launched out. Next, we studied the moon and it’s different phases. Using Oreos, students made the different phases of the moon. Students learned about stars and constellations and made a constellation out of star confetti. We will finish up this unit by learning about the different planets.
Primary Spanish - Mrs. Hesman
Mrs. Hesman’s primary Spanish class has been learning the names of pets, how to ask if someone has a pet and how to answer with what pet you have. Most recently we learned how to ask how much something costs, and how to answer with how many dollars. We put our knowledge and vocabulary into action by role-playing a pet store for two weeks. The children loved this activity and had a great time bringing in stuffed animals from home to buy and sell.
In February we will be learning the vocabulary for clothing items.
Intermediate Spanish - Mrs. Mitchell
Mrs. Mitchell's Spanish class has had a great couple of months! We have covered sports words, clothing, days of the week, months of the year, Valentine's words as well as doing a culture study on the country of Panama.
We will be reviewing these words in the coming weeks and well and working on conversational phrases and even learning some verbs!
Science/Government/Economics - Mrs. Fairman
6/7 Stingrays and 7/8/9 Ravens have done some excellent work so far this semester! For science we have just recently finished our unit on physical science. Highlights from this unit included experimenting with Newton's Law's of Motion, simple machines, learning about atomic structure, and separating water molecules using electricity. We have begun our unit on biology with learning about DNA and cells and will continue this unit by learning about the different types of living things God created! In government, we are in the middle of learning about elections and the Executive Branch. We are holding elections in each class for a "class president" so your student can experience first-hand how our U.S. election process works! Lastly, in economics, we are working on personal finance concepts such as budgeting, saving, writing checks, counting change, etc. I am so grateful to be working with your students and am excited for the learning we will be doing together as we finish this year strong!
THE BRIDGE High School program: The Bridge is an exciting new high school partnership program that is connecting certified teachers, parents, and the Metropolitan Community College! Each Monday and Wednesday at New Life church, Freshman and Sophomore students will be able to take Science with lab, Math (Algebra 1 and Geometry), English (writing included) and alternating days of History and a Life Skills/College prep class. The Life Skills/College prep class will include learning about time management, note-taking skills, how to apply for college and scholarships, and hear from guest speakers. The accountability and assisted guidance/grading from teachers is so helpful at this critical age. They will then have "heavy homework" and complete their week at home with the guidance of a parent. The curriculum will be heavy on Bob Jones, but not limited to that. As students are ready, they can take the English placement test at MCC and start easing in with one class at an early grade for dual credit at the campus. Taking it alongside fellow DHA friends will be a plus! With a solid game-plan, your student can graduate as a high school Senior the same time they receive their 2 year Associate's degree! The added amazing fact is that the dual credit is half the cost of normal community college tuition. DHA is prepared to inform and support these high school students through each step of the way!
DHA is celebrating 20 years of friendship and teaching excellence! We have exciting changes for the 2020-2021 school year that we want to share with all of our families. We are thankful for Crown Pointe and Fellowship Greenwood Church partnering with us and allowing us to utilize their wonderful facilities.
As we cast our vision for the growing DHA program needs, we looked for a church that was able and excited to host both the Enrichment and Academic programs in one place. New Life Church in Oak Grove, just 15 minutes East of our current Crown Pointe location, has offered just that. Our school days and times will remain the same. With over 20 cities represented in our current membership, the location will be better for some and more challenging for others. New Life has a full gym and can seat up to 1200 for our music concerts!
We are pleased to offer a couple of open houses so your family can check out the new location, visit with leaders about MO law/tracking hours and also visit with a Bob Jones curriculum specialist for our Academic program. We will announce the date and time for the Open House soon and would love for you all to join us! We wanted to respectfully share and communicate well as is always our goal and commitment as we partner with your family in Christian education.
We are also looking into needs and wants of families for the following:
1. 4 year old preschool Academic (2 day) program
2. High school classes
If either of these interest you, we would love to hear from you about your needs. If you would take moment to fill out the google form below we would greatly appreciate it!
We are here to support your homeschooling family!
More details and open house information will be shared soon. Our 2020-2021 re-enrollment for current families will be mid-February and March 1st will begin enrollment for new families. Until then, we look forward to serving your family in the same locations until May.
Discovery Homeschool Academy * 913.636.8290 * DiscoveryHomeschool@gmail.com