Featured Project: Discovering Scents

Over the holidays, Ms. Chelsie’s Pre-school B students explored the smells of the season and wondered how they could create a smell for their classroom. The students brought in several different items from home that they thought had a distinct smell. One of the items was a candle, which sparked interest by many. After watching a short video of a candle factory and how candles are made, the students wanted to role play and create a candle-making factory of their own.

The cafe/flower shop in Ms. Chelsie’s classroom was quickly turned into a “smelly store” or perfume store as others called it. The students made a list of what they needed, discussed how much the items would cost and divided up into what characters they would play at the shop.

After Ms. Chelsie noticed how much fun her students were having with candles, she decided that it would be a good idea to actually make candles. Before this began, the class visited a local candle factory to observe the process of candle-making. They learned that fragrant oils are used to give candles a scent and that dye is added to the hot wax/fragrance mix to give candles a color.

The children voted to make cinnamon and vanilla scents for their first set of candles. Cutting up wax was the first step in creating the candles. The class is currently still in the process of making homemade candles and are excited about how they will turn out!

Children’s Discovery Center Announces Opening of Second Location

Children’s Discovery Center will open its second location in Park West this summer. Located off Stockdale Road in the growing Park West community in northern Mount Pleasant, the new 12,000 sq. ft. center will accommodate children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Clearing of the land began earlier this year and construction on the new building is expected to begin this month.

“We’re grateful to have had so much success with our Venning Road center and continued to see a growing need for child care in the Mount Pleasant area,” says Lois Rosenberry, founder and CEO of Children’s Discovery Center. “We’re excited to offer Lowcountry families two options for high quality child care.”

The center will mirror the same floor plan of the Venning Road location, including children’s museum exhibits and a replica of the Ravenel Bridge, as well as other tools and décor throughout the classrooms that reflect the Charleston community, culture and surroundings. It will offer music, art and Spanish lessons weekly, and separate spaces for young infants, toddlers and pre-school/pre-K students.

Originated in Toledo, Ohio, and recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 child care providers, Children’s Discovery Center bases their methods and practices of early education on the world-renowned Reggio Emilia philosophy that empowers children and promotes physical, emotional, creative and intellectual growth. Their refined approach to learning encourages children to use their 100 languages to see, touch, and do – to draw, paint, weave, plant, write, take photos, sculpt in clay and more. Children’s Discovery Center was the first to bring this educational philosophy to the Lowcountry when it opened its Venning Road center in 2013.