Within the field of education, there has been a long term emphasis put on unveiling what is the ideal learning environment for students, specifically those in their primary years. Studies have shown that young students are in need of a mix of flexibility and routine, as well as a mix of the different learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. This becomes a challenge for parents who choose to homeschool their children.
While homeschooling has immense benefits, it may be hard to….
1. Establish a physical separation between school and home, and work and play.
2. Develop a deep, long term understanding in different subjects being learned at once.
3. Find a credible but affordable educational tool or platform to help parents teach their children at home.
AVA solves all these hardships.
Students at AVA are …
1. Only enrolled in one course at a time to promote deep understanding and synthesis.
2. Experiencing a physical environment by using our learning platform daily and checking in with their assigned AVA advisor regularly.
3. Being offered visual and auditory learning, giving parents the opportunity to focus on fun, kinesthetic learning opportunities with their children.
4. Focusing on one course for as long as they need, giving them the time and that many students aren’t granted in a traditional school setting.
5. Enrolled in accredited classes abiding by Common Core Standards of student learning for their current grade level.
AVA has taken into account all previously mentioned challenges, and sees itself as a third party to help parents homeschool their children. AVA runs on the theory that younger aged students may possibly learn better when they focus on one to two subjects at a time.
Our theory is based on the results of block scheduling in schools, Montessori schools, and accounts from the experiences of parents who have adopted the method.
Block scheduling, or scheduling often used in schools where students are learning for longer periods, and learning some subjects on some days, and some subjects on others, has shown results superior over a daily schedule of seven to eight subjects. Students find that they have more time to absorb the content and connect different lessons when they are learning the subject for over an hour. This has been applied to our educational plan at AVA.
ACCOUNTS FROM PARENTS
There have been multiple accounts of parents who homeschool stating that they saw better results in their child’s performance when the child focused on one subject , or course, a day. AVA can provide a platform that allows for that set up. For example, parents may choose to have their child complete all of third grade English and third grade Math within a few months before moving onto the next two subjects for that grade level, alternating between the two day by day.
Montessori schools focus on doing less in a day, and making everything connect. Students in montessori schools are often allowed to work on what makes the most sense to them lesson wise, before moving onto something new and intimidating. AVA does similar by having students focus on less subjects, and having students focus more on connecting the content within one course. One course per month at AVA also gives students the confidence to go into class the next day, feeling like they are prepared for what’s to come, based on their lesson from the previous day.
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Jibai, Faten. “Benefits and Drawbacks of Block Scheduling & Integration. (c2007).” doi:10.26756/th.2007.10.
Faulconer, Jeanne, et al. “Homeschool Schedules: Arranging a Strong Homeschool Week.” TheHomeSchoolMom, 10 July 2020, www.thehomeschoolmom.com/arranging-strong-week-homeschool-schedule/.