Should we partner in our home school journey?
Homeschool Pod Program
Since I began homeschooling, I’ve received numerous requests to include additional children in the co-op and am often asked about my background beyond my degrees, I have a Ph.D. in Environmental Health, Science, and Policy, and an MA in Sociology, and regarding my vision for the co-op. I am one of the original students in the AVID, advancement via individual determination program, and had the great privilege of being one of Mary Catherine Swanson’s, the founder, original students, and continue my mentorship with this amazing teacher.
The original idea behind AVID was to create opportunities for low-income, first-generation immigrants, that would allow students to build cultural capital, provide college readiness, and create a pathway to successful postsecondary education.
Since the program began in 1980, AVID has extended its reach into approximately 4,800 schools in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and 16 countries/territories and serves more than 425,000 students in grades 4–12 (AVID, 2012). During the summer of 2012, more than 22,000 educators from 44 states as well as Australia, Canada, Europe, the Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Department of Defense schools took part in AVID professional development training.
AVID recognized that a lack of exposure and understanding of some students of the particular skills that a postsecondary education requires create barriers to success. Therefore, AVID students took a rigorous course of study within a structured and supportive environment that led to students’ college acceptance and success. The goal for our twin daughters is a degree from a tier-one university in the United States. Our approach to our girls’ education became AVID centered, and so it was within this context that the homeschool co-op evolved and later the Homeschool pod program.
Homeschool pod fully assimilates AVID’s original precepts: create an environment in which the kids take learning seriously, see themselves as scholars, become critical thinkers so they can edit each other’s work and eventually their own, and support one another’s academic efforts. Every subject challenges the students to meet high expectations within a supportive environment in which students are always encouraged to make their own decisions with an eye towards their ultimate goal whatever that may be. I make every effort to engage students’ interests, to spark their curiosity and joy of learning with the above context. As Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently put it:
Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
I agree and respect that there are multiple paths students can take to fulfill their dreams, desires, needs, or various goals. Families that join our Homeschool pod Program need to understand the vision and determine that our approach is a good fit for their family.
Our tutoring program provides educational services in a variety of content areas and in learning-related skills.
Tutoring Sessions. Tutoring sessions at home some very advantageous points!
There is no safer place than home right now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Being able to adhere to social distancing while learning is a major online tutoring benefit!
Online learning or online tutoring can happen anywhere in the house your child is comfortable! And, your child is probably more comfortable at home than anywhere else, so naturally, this is an empowering and relaxed environment to maximize the benefits of online learning.
Learning in small-group contexts enhances students’ overall learning experiences in several ways. First, it can address gaps in students’ knowledge. Second, it allows students to discover and engage with a range of perspectives, ideas, and backgrounds. Third, it assists students in clarifying their attitudes to and ideas about the subject matter, as they test their own ideas and attitudes against those of others. Fourth, it also helps students develop a sense of academic rigor. Fifth, students develop a willingness to share ideas and provide opportunities for students to receive feedback on their learning. Sixth, online learning in a small group setting encourages students towards self-directed and independent learning. Finally, it helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork, team leadership, and lifelong learning skills.
Your child can go from learning to lunch or playtime straight to online tutoring. The classroom is in your house!
Students are able to control their online learning or online tutoring environment and reduce distractions at home much better than they are able to in a noisy class with classmates to chat with.
Your child is not alone working on a computer! They are interacting with a small group of kids both helping each other learn, developing cooperative skills, team building, getting feedback from their peers, and making friends!
Session Length. Tutoring sessions are a minimum of 3.5 hours and a maximum of 4 hours a day, five days a week, scheduled breaks excluded, and cover Language Arts (grammar, literature, composition, vocabulary, and spelling), Math, History/Social Studies, and Science.
Updates. Parent(s) will be provided with quarterly updates of the student’s progress.