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LEARN & PLAY
HALF DAY PROGRAM FOR AGES 5 & 6

LOOKING FOR A DEVELOPMENTAL HALF-DAY PROGRAM?

What is Learn & Play?

This sweet program is designed for families wanting a developmentally-appropriate, play-based, "1st school" experience for their 5 or 6 year old. This half-day program features a balance of guided instruction in reading and math, play-based learning centers, story time, and ample unstructured play time indoors and in our beautiful green space! This is a supplemental program and provides complementary academics and social support to your own homeschool curriculum.


Guided Instruction
 

Each morning, students will enjoy engaging and hands-on guided instruction in reading and math. We use a multi-sensory Orton Gillingham approach to teach beginning reading, along with hands-on math using manipulatives, games, circle time activities, and more! 

Learning Centers

Students will enjoy a variety of hands-on learning activities that support both thematic and academic learning. Centers may include matching games, writing and numeracy activities, theme-based projects, arts and crafts, dramatic play experiences, sensory bins, etc.

Outdoor Play & Socialization

Unstructured play with peers develops critical socialization skills, including taking turns, participating in creative and dramatic play, organizing games, role playing, and learning how to settle disputes calmly and effectively. We spend a minimum of 30 minutes outside each day.

LEARN & PLAY

Days

Fridays, August 16, 2024 - May 23, 2025

Note: There will be no Friday classes on the 2nd Friday of  October, December, February, March, & May to accommodate our Friday Family Field Trips!

 

Hours

Half Day - 9:30 - 12:30

Full Day - 9:00 - 2:00

Programming - What's in a Day?

Each morning provides a mix guided instruction, learning centers, and unstructured free play.

Sample Schedule (Actual Schedule May Vary)

9:00 - 9:30 - Free Play and Table Activities

9:30 - 9:45 - Circle Time

9:45 - 10:30 - Reading & Literacy Centers

10:30 - 11:15 - Snack and Outdoor Play

11:15 - 11:30 - Songs & Story Time

11:30- 12:15 - Math & Numeracy Centers

12:15 - 12:30 - Morning Closing

12:30 - 1:15 - Lunch & Outdoor Play

1:15 - 1:45 - Maker Space, Art, STEM Lab, etc.

1:45 - 2:00 - Afternoon Closing

Home Study Curriculum

Students in this program will receive approximately 30 minutes home study assignments to reinforce math and phonics concepts. This is optional, but recommended. 

Satisfying GA Instructional Requirements

Kindergarten is not required in the state of Georgia. A Declaration of Intent must be filed the year your child is 6 by September 1st. If your child has turned 6 by September 1, please submit your DOI.

UNDERSTANDING GEORGIA LAW

Georgia law requires that all homeschooling families submit an annual Declaration of Intent to Homeschool. Parents must provide their learner with instruction in four core subjects of ELA, math, science, and social studies. Students must receive 4.5 hours of learning opportunities for 180 days per year. There are no mandated instructional hours or standards in any given subject, nor are there any mandatory graduation requirements for homeschoolers aside from being 16 years old. Students must take a standardized test every three years (starting in 3rd grade) and families must write an annual progress summary. While the law provides a lot of liberties to homeschoolers, most families seeking our services generally want their child to receive quality, standards-aligned instruction in the core subjects in a relaxed, hands-on, creative setting that embraces the experience of family and childhood, while fostering independence, creativity, critical thinking, friendships, a sense of community, and self-confidence.

It is important to note that only the 5-day track meets the instructional hours requirement, meaning families must continue the learning process at home. Home learning can include our supplied home study curriculum (C4 program only), enrichment classes, or any other learning activities such as field trips, sports, cooking, reading, music lessons, language classes, reading activities, science experiments, etc. Both the Core 4 and Deep Learning programs offer instruction in the mandated subjects. The Core 4 program aligns to Georgia Standards for Excellence, while the Deep Learning programs support the standards in a more broad-scope fashion. 

 

Students enrolled in our Core 4 program will receive 2 days of home study, mid-year conferences,

and an annual progress summary. We do not currently offer standardized testing.

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