Discovery School offers a high quality environment where children enjoy learning.
The environment, adults, friends, neighbors, teachers, and so forth. have a very important impact on a child’s life. Likewise, the child effects his or her environment and those around him or her.
The following excerpt from the famous poem A Child Went Forth by Walt Whitman describes the important effect that a child’s daily environment has upon him or her.
THERE was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became;
And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass, and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird,…
The horizon’s edge, the flying sea-crow, the fragrance of salt marsh and shore mud;
These became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.
The following poem written by Shari Hendrix is patterned after Walt Whitman’s poem A Child Went Forth. It shows the effect that a high quality educational environment can have upon a child.
There was a child went forth to Discovery School. And the objects he look’d upon, these objects he became; And these objects ‘ became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day, or for many years, or stretching cycles of years’.
The first day, cheerful music in the background became part of this child. And paint, books, building blocks, science experiments, and puzzles. The young playmates laughter, kind teachers who listened well, singing, dancing, and prayers,
The back yard, The sun shining through the pine trees, the roses and wild flowers, the sweet song of robins, the fragrance of garden soil and plants springing forth.
The field trips, The windows of the discovery van, the houses passing by, the park, the art museum, the lilies by the side, a friend dancing with a doll at the riverwoods mall, the brightly colored carousel all became a part of the child.
The words and pictures of books, the words and notes of songs, the values , the joy of learning , the cheerful bright smiles of friends, the artwork of a classmate. ‘These became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.’