K-2 Multi-Sensory Classroom / Montessori-Lite
Starting Sept 10, 2020
Welcome Mary Lightheart as a new Network Day Teacher!
We are thrilled to make available some of the beautiful tactile lessons of the Montessori classroom complete with the many years experience of our certified Montessori guide, Mary Lightheart. Together with assistant teachers, Debra Shepherd and Amy Chiodo, we are looking forward to providing a sampling of what we hope will become a full time resource classroom for homeschool families providing quality materials for a multi-sensory approach to learning.
Children ages 5-9 (approx K-2nd grades or ages needing these levels) are invited to take part in our once per week "work cycle."
NOTE: We are inviting a limited number of Pre-K4 to work along side our older children, but they will have their own dedicated lead teacher.
*Please note that part of the classroom training will include how to clean materials before returning them to the shelf per covid materials sharing regulations. Non toxic products in containers specifically designed for younger children to safely handle will be provided along with proper training and supervision.*
Morning Session: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This fall we will offer month-to-month enrollment instead of semester commitments in an effort to provide flexible enrollments during these uncertain "covid times." Please register in advance whenever possible so we may properly plan for our classroom. NO refunds can be offered once the first class of each month has met. Plans for virtual lessons to complete the month are in place should temporary shut-downs take place.
New Price Structure for Fall 2020:
This class may be a "stand alone" class for $40 per month OR may be selected as part of our Network Day Family Flat Rate at $80 per month per family if additional classes/additional students are enrolled. NOTE: The Flat Rate will NOT reflect during your initial registration and will be adjusted in our back office by our administrators. ALL families are capped at $80/per month.
10:00: Gathering Time - We'll enjoy simple songs, read alouds, and provide a chance for "show and tell/presentation" type sharing activities. This is also the time any new/special materials are introduced and children learn how to use and care for the item(s). September's themes will be around friendship and "getting to know you" activities to help initiate new friendships.
10:30 - 12:00: We will have "centers" containing many hands on activities in language arts, writing/cursive, math/math games, science/nature studies, US history, continents and geography, sensorial lessons, general art and featured craft/art project and practical life skills.
Each month special themes will be brought into the classroom to help simplify the amount of materials packed in and out each week/month and to provide new experiences for the children to look forward to in the new month. Children are encouraged to complete activities and lessons from each center at every class.
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED! This classroom is MATERIALS HEAVY! Having a dedicated set-up and break-down team will help us more than anything. If you're in a position to come early/stay late please come help us.
CLASSROOM HELP: We aim to have a 1:8 ratio. Our classroom lead, Mary Lightheart, will work her way around the class providing 1:1 and small group instruction while our assistant teachers, Debra Shepherd and Amy Chiodo, help lead and demonstrate other lessons and help keep eyes on the class. Parents may be asked to help supervise certain areas, assist with materials prep/cleaning, etc. Please let our teachers know if you're available to help IN the classroom. (Due to the small parts and sometimes sharp tools used with some of our materials, NO siblings under the age of 4 are permitted in the classroom).
We appreciate everyone's patience as we all work through new classroom management protocols, especially where our younger children are involved.