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Allana Cardenas leads her students through an exercise to focus their attention at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff Allana Cardenas leads her students through an exercise to focus their attention at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.

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Teacher Allana Cardenas works with Kennedy Chaffee in a mathematics activity at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. 'I really like to count,' Chaffee said to Ms. Cardenas with a smile. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.
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In preparation of reading the book, Johnny Appleseed, teacher Allana Cardenas has Caroline Harrison and other students take a bite of an imaginary apple at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.
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The 4- and 5-year-old students at Discovery Day Academy learn using a hands-on, constructive learning method on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under.
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Lucas Perkins interacts with a computer program inside the STEM Lab at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is a part of the curriculum that uses hands-on activities to improve interaction and learning in children 5 and younger. The school aims to maximize critical-thinking and constructive activities.
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Allana Cardenas leads her students through an exercise to focus their attention at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.
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Allana Cardenas, who teaches 4- and 5-year-olds at Discovery Day Academy, often utilizes programs available on the iPad to interact with the students. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.
  • Dania Maxwell/Staff
The 4- and 5-year-old students at Discovery Day Academy learn using a hands-on, constructive learning method on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under.
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Allana Cardenas leads her students through an exercise to imagine the words she will soon speak at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.
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Matthew Roszkowski teaches Danni Haddock about butterflies while inside the STEM Lab at Discovery Day Academy on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The school uses a research-based approach to teaching critical-thinking skills to children, ages 5 and under. A STEM program utilizes hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities to improve interaction and learning with pupils.

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