Parent Information Meeting Highlights

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The classroom ready for the meeting

Last night we had our Parent Information Meeting. It was great to meet everyone who came!

If you missed it, no worries. Here are some highlights.

1. Our Vision and Goals

Big picture. We love where homeschooling is headed. Homeschool is evolving beyond the walls of homes, and expanding into communities. Parents can now do what they love at home, and do the rest from the buffet of opportunities in their community. Students get to work at their pace on the stuff they love. And the growing financial support offered through charter schools is awesome for unlocking so many opportunities.

Learn to love learning. Our goal as teachers is for students to learn to love learning. If we can help a student learn how to learn, flex their personal creativity, and enjoy the process, we consider it a success.

2. Inquiry-Based Learning

What It IsWhat It Isn't
Hands-on investigationPassive learning
Environment designed for discoveryStep-by-step instructions
Students and teachers asking questionsTeachers telling then quizzing
Teachers guiding studentsHigh pressure to perform

3. Our Classes

Classes Comparison Diagram

 

4. Family Support

Communication. We’ll send out weekly emails highlighting our class activities and learning. This will help parents discuss the classes with their children, and provide parents with work samples to submit to their charter schools.

Time Together. We’re planning occasional family events, like rocket launches and trebuchet flings, for children to show off their new knowledge and skills.

Affordability. We’re working with charter schools to make tuition payments easy (and free) for parents. If you have questions about enrolling through your charter school, send laura@wasatchlearning.com an email, and we’ll get it done.

FAQs

At the end, we opened it up for questions. If you have additional questions, please ask it the comments below.

What is your background?

Laura graduated from BYU in 2006 with a B.S. in Physics Teaching. She taught Physics for one year as a student teacher at American Fork High School, and 8th Grade Integrated Science for one year at Lehi Junior High School before becoming a full-time mom.

Spencer graduated from BYU in 2007 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at BYU, he competed on the Formula SAE racing team, and participated in two years of Mini Baja racing teams. After graduating, he worked 5 years at Hewlett-Packard and then one year at Mark Andy as an R&D engineer in digital commercial printing.

Are your classes already approved by any charter schools for tuition to be paid by them?

Yes. As of today My Tech High and AISU@HOME have already approved our classes for paying tuition. Partnerships with Lumen, Canyon Grove, and Harmony are in the works and seem promising.

Can you give an example of how a lesson might go?

The lesson on Jupiter, for example, will begin up in our planetarium room on the planetarium projector where we’ll see Jupiter up close, as viewed from one of its moons. Instead of listing facts about how big Jupiter is, what it’s made of, or what it would be like on the surface, we’ll break into exploration groups and discuss how we would investigate Jupiter if we were the scientists who didn’t know anything else about it. Facts are fun, but even more impressive is how scientists learn what they learn. How do we know what Jupiter is made of? How do we know how heavy it is? Then, to simulate what it might be like for a group of scientists to investigate Jupiter, we’ll investigate what’s inside the Mystery Box. The class will break into groups and use the same set of tools to describe the mystery object inside. They’ll use magnets, mirrors, flashlights, marbles, sticks, etc. to learn what they can through the small holes of the Mystery Box. Then the teams will compare and collaborate on what they’ve observed, and finally, compare what they observed with what was actually inside.

Will you do worksheets?

No. We will not have students all complete identical worksheets. Instead, our “worksheets” will be their notes, calculations, observations, schematics, and planning for the task at hand that day.

Will you assign homework?

The High School Physics class will have some homework, but not a lot.

Of course, if any students want homework, we’d be thrilled to give them the additional material they are craving.

Can I enroll my children of different age groups into the same class?

Yes. The age ranges are flexible suggestions to give you an idea of the dynamics for each group. We leave it up to the parents to decide which age range is best for their child, all things considered, such as logistics and sibling rivalries.

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