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What Is The Need For Home-Schooling?

What Is The need For Home-Schooling?

Be it a situation when your child is sick, or maybe you are going out on a business trip or a vacation, or any unprecedented situation like the corona pandemic, and your child misses going to the brick-and-mortar building, which we call a school. So, will that be fine to let your child miss out on schooling? The answer is a big NO, and here, Homeschooling comes to your rescue. During this pandemic time, it has become a common scenario in every house, children attending their school through the screen of their computers.

Homeschooling is something where your child gets his or her formal education, which is equivalent to the one they acquired at school, at the comfort of their home.

How does homeschooling help my child?

Homeschooling is a new way of imparting formal education to children by the means of modern technology in online classes and tailored 1:1 class for your child at your places, customized according to your child’s need. Some children need to be motivated to get their best output, and some like to take up challenges and prove their skills. It is the teacher’s job to understand the student’s orientation and provide them a customized approach to get their best output. But do you think it is a possible scenario with the traditional schooling method?

When do children learn the best?

When they are taught according to their pace. Well, it might sound pretty obvious, but its not something easily achievable until one has a scenario similar to home-schooling, where your child is the prime focus, his or her needs, capacity, style of learning, is kept in mind to deliver him with a course which imparts education whilst sculpting the best out of your child.

Benefits of Homeschooling:

  • Self-Paced learning
  • Easier access to the teachers
  • Easier to focus
  • Comfort of home

Other than the few aforementioned pointers, where you clearly understand how it helps your child to attain his education at his pace because every child has the unique ability to grasp up things, some do it very quickly, and some let the concept sink into them at a slow steady pace. A question might come to your mind that what is the best solution for homeschooling?

The answer is Groza, we have been providing the best home-schooling support to students, way before the pandemic existed. We have a highly qualified core team of Academic Instructors who are graduates from the best universities like Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. And they exactly know how to academically coach your child, make their path easier to attain more success in their academic and even higher studies to the colleges and universities from where they themselves belong. But at the same time making sure your child’s journey to the top tier schools like Harvard and Stanford is not a burden on them, rather it becomes a rich source of their self-paced, knowledge mining game, that they cherish. Our instructors are not on a job of teaching your child, but rather carrying a passion to impart knowledge and sculpt the best brain out of your child, at the comfort of your home, because after all, it’s home-schooling.

Don’t Settle on Your Child’s Learning Experience. FREE Education Plan Consultation. Call Groza at 310-454-3731 or text us at 424-231-5197.

Learn The Benefits Of Homeschooling: Don’t Settle On Your Child’s Learning Experience

Learn The Benefits Of Homeschooling: Don’t Settle On Your Child’s Learning Experience

This past year was unlike any other for many reasons. Many parents found themselves for the first time scrambling to adjust to having children at home and attending school virtually. Suddenly transitioning to school at home was very stressful for parents and students used to instruction outside the home. Furthermore, parents found that, more often than not, the curricula their children received at home were poorly adapted and difficult for children to follow. In fact, the sudden shift to at-home learning in the last year cost some students dearly–these students essentially lost on average five months of learning. 

What if there was a way to turn learning at home into a positive experience? While trying to make poorly designed programs work at home left a sour taste in some parents’ mouths, others who chose programs like Groza Academy saw their children move from surviving to thriving in at-home schooling. Students at Groza Academy benefited from learning in a safe space from a flexible and accredited program. The type of program that Groza Academy offers homeschoolers is entirely different from the haphazard way public schools operated virtually. With Groza Academy, parents have a choice of 1:1 live classes that students can attend in-person or online.

Homeschooling offers so many benefits to students. Homeschooled children can learn at their own pace. Studies show that many homeschool students consistently score above their public school peers on standardized testing. Often parents find their students are struggling in public school, only to see the same students excel academically with an organized homeschool program–and that academic success is more likely to carry them through completion of a college degree.

One big myth that many people believe about homeschooling is that children will lack the social skills needed to succeed beyond the academic realm. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Homeschooled children grow up to be adults who are more likely to: 

  • Score higher on indices rating self-esteem and personal security 
  • Have lower rates of anxiety 
  • Vote and volunteer in their communities 
  • Experience more effective and high-quality social interactions 

In studies, homeschool students showed far fewer antisocial traits than students attending public schools. The key is selecting a program that grows and flexes with the student and integrates wraparound academic and social care. During these vital K-12 years, providing the right opportunities can provide students with all the tools they need to succeed no matter what life brings. 

The team at Groza Academy will listen to your story and your goals and work to understand your child’s unique needs. When it comes to your child’s learning experience, you do not have to settle. We know it can be scary to try something new, but we truly believe in providing an educational opportunity that fosters growth and prepares your child for lifelong success. Because we feel so strongly about this, we offer a free Education Plan Consultation. To get your child started on the path to success, call Groza Academy at (310) 454-3731, or text us with questions at (424) 231-5197.

How To Transition From Traditional School To Homeschool

How To Transition From Traditional School To Homeschool

One of the biggest hurdles that parents worry about is how to move their child from a traditional school format and environment to a homeschool program. But after this past year, more parents than ever before were questioning traditional school methods and whether the conventional curriculum is truly supportive. Transitioning from a public-school model to private homeschooling is not as difficult as parents may fear. In fact, parents and caregivers are often only sorry they did not make the transition sooner. Let’s explore some of the factors involved in moving from a traditional to a homeschool model. 

Covid safety in the face of uncertainty 

Unfortunately, Covid continues to be a safety issue for many communities. For those students and families with young children who cannot yet receive the vaccine and those who are immunocompromised, a traditional school setting could be dangerous. In addition, as the Delta variant surges, there is increasing uncertainty surrounding the delivery method of traditional schooling. This uncertainty creates instability for families and critical gaps in education. The way traditional education attempted virtual instruction did not work for many children, who could not remain engaged in class. Often the quality of the virtual education depended on how invested the teacher was–and in too many cases, this led to children falling through the cracks. Well-rounded and targeted homeschooling programs like Groza Academy integrate individualized curricula that move with the child at their pace. Instructors work one-on-one or in small group settings, unlike cattle-call Zooms filled with 30+ distracted children. 

No hidden agenda, just learning 

Far too often, parents learn the hard way that many classrooms are not bias-free. Unfortunately, many teachers must deal with the whims of changeable school boards or local governments. This often results in inconsistent policies that inhibit classroom learning. The teachers themselves may consciously or unconsciously have a bias that interferes with the student’s educational progress. Moving to a homeschool environment eliminates that worry. Parents and caregivers can create a space that focuses solely on the learning process. 

 Homeschooling for greater freedom and flexibility 

More families than ever before have a parent or family member working remotely or in a job that requires travel. Transitioning to a homeschool program like Groza Academy can provide consistent, quality education without the disruptions the child would experience if attempting to remain in a traditional school. Many families have found that finally moving to a homeschool program opened doors for their families, giving them the freedom to travel and work from anywhere in the world without compromising on their child’s educational needs. 

You CAN do this!

If you have considered making a move from traditional school to homeschooling or become dissatisfied with the lack of attention and progress when it comes to your child, you are not alone, and you do have a better option. You can transition to a homeschool program successfully. See how Groza Academy can create a customized plan for your child. You don’t have to settle for traditional school–get a FREE Education Plan Consultation. You’ll wonder why you waited. Call Groza Academy at (310)454-3731, or text your questions to (424)231-5197.

The Importance of Kindergarten

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Every year, in the United States the 21st of April is the official celebration date of National Kindergarten Day.

Why April 21 you ask? Well, it is the birthday of the German educator Friedrich Fröbel, who founded the first play and activity institute called kindergarten in 1837. (Kindergarten’s actually a mid-19th century German word literally meaning “children’s garden.”) 

According to Fröbel, young children should follow their own interests and freely explore them. That’s why kindergartens include singing, dancing, and creative play.

Why is Kindergarten Important For A Child’s Development?

Kindergarten is important to students’ success and helps children adjust to elementary school, as well as their success in later years.

Kindergarten learning also lays the groundwork for learning in later grades.

According to developmental psychologist John W. Santrock, children experience rapid growth of their frontal lobes between the ages of three and six. This is the area of the brain that regulates organization, planning, and maintaining attention.

 Researchers believe that kindergarten teaches skills like patience and perseverance and that learning these skills early contributes to later success as an adult.

Kindergarten goes a long way in the overall development of your child. It develops your child’s social, emotional, literacy, and fine motor skills, which they need to build during their lifetime. During this period, children learn by engaging their senses of hearing, sight, smell, and touch. 

What Age Should Kids Start Kindergarten?

Historically, the starting age for kindergarten has varied widely. In the past five years, both states and districts have pushed the minimum age to start kindergarten up so that more and more kids are at least 5 years old when they start school.  In California, a child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1st.  By law, all children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday. (Please check your state’s requirements for age and cut-off dates.)

Kindergarten Introduces Your Child To New Ideas, Helps Develop Problem-Solving Skills,

Along With The Following Skills:

  • Learn to coordinate and cooperate with fellow studentsWhat do kids learn in kindergarten?
  • Become more aware of his surroundings
  • Respect for others and start understanding others feelings
  • Develop language skills, numeracy, and reading stories
  • Making friends
  • Receptible to new concepts and ideas
  • Build confidence
  • Improve communication skills
  • Express their creativity through art, drawings, and dance
  • Develop academic skills like reading, writing, and counting

 Furthermore, survey results show children who attend kindergarten classes tend to have better cognitive skills, higher IQ, better understanding, improved social interactions, and develop a deeper love for learning. 

How To Choose The Right Kindergarten Program For Your Child?

Choosing the right kindergarten school will enrich your child’s learning experience. An excellent kindergarten program would offer your student a variety of learning experiences that are fun and learning-oriented at the same time.

An article in Psychology Today reported that a good teacher and the quality of early education make a huge difference. They conclude that early education is a very good investment.

10 Tips for Choosing a Kindergarten Program.10 Tips for Choosing a Kinder Program?

  • Half-Day or Full Day
  • Are you interested in Public, Private, Private Homeschool, Small Learning Pod?
  • What has been your response to Covid-19? What policies/protections do you have in place? How do you keep kids safe from infectious diseases?
  • Do the school’s educational philosophy and values match your family’s? 
  • What background checks do you run on prospective employees? 
  • School proximity
  • School transportation, e.g. bus schedule
  • Special interests like language, arts, and alternative programs
  • School curriculum structure.
  • Talk to other parents in the community. Does the school have a good reputation?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cyberbullying: The Ugly Truth

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Cyberbullying is an undeniable truth, defined as the use of electronic communication (social media platforms, websites, apps, texts) to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature with the intention of hurting or harming another person.  Cyberbullying is even more damaging than face-to-face bullying since it can happen anytime, anywhere, across many platforms, and in front of a large audience.  Not only can the perpetrator strike at any time, but they have also added layers of protection; anonymity, pseudonyms, and distance.  Furthermore, parents are often unaware that their kids are being bullied since they may be not monitoring their children’s devices.  Kids tend to hide that they are being bulling from adults and peers because they feel ashamed, scared, or reluctant to admit to being victims.  So the question is, how do parents and educators help empower children so that they do not become perpetrators or victims.  The simple answer is, we educate, listen, watch, and support.

Sub tweeting. When you tweet or post something about a specific person but don’t mention them by name or tag them, you’re sub tweeting.

Fake accounts. Sometimes kids will create fake accounts in someone else’s name and use that account to stir up trouble or hurt that person. In most cases, there’s no way to trace who created the account, and even if it’s shut down, the person can make another one.

Sharing embarrassing posts and pics. Taking selfies and group pics are a normal part of tween and teen life. But sometimes, kids take pictures of each other that, while fun in the moment, are potentially embarrassing if widely shared or cruelly captioned.

Rumors.  Social media is a perfect venue for the rumor mill, so lies can go far and wide before the target even knows what’s happening.

Exclusion.  A kid may be scrolling through their feed and come across pictures of all their friends together — without them.

Griefing.  Many kids play multiplayer video games, and they will purposely kill the victims’ character, steal their game loot, and harass them in chat. Online, that behavior is called “griefing.”

Hate speech.  This kind of language is used across all social platforms and is intended to hurt someone based on personal traits such as race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or belief system.

Statistics:

  • Teachers report that cyberbullying is their #1 safety concern in their classrooms according to a recent Google Survey (Janurary 2019)
  • One in three young people in 30 countries said they have been a victim of online bullying, with one in five reporting having skipped school due to cyberbullying and violence, in a new poll released by UNICEF and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children. (UNICEF, September 3, 2019)
  • More youths experienced cyberbullying on Instagram than any other platform at 42 percent, with Facebook following close behind at 37 percent. Snapchat ranked third at 31 percent.
  • Girls are more likely than boys to be both victim and perpetrators of cyber bullying. 15% of teen girls have been the target of at least four different kinds of abusive online behaviors, compared with 6% of boys.
  • 60% of young people have witnessed online bullying. Most do not intervene.

 

Take time to talk to your kids regularly about online issues and let them know that they can come to you with questions and concerns.  Look for signs; victimized children are more likely to have difficulty sleeping, headaches, nervousness, stomach aches, and make excuses to avoid going to school.  Knowledge is power, and the more we educate ourselves and our kids, the better prepared we will be to face and prevent cyberbullying.

Partner Spotlight: Groza Learning Center

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As an experienced education partner, Laurel Springs recognizes that when it comes to learning options, one size does not fit all. Whether our partners want a comprehensive education program or to augment their curriculum with a few select courses, we help them find the best solution to suit their specific needs and student populations.

This additional academic support is one of the reasons why Groza Learning Center has chosen Laurel Springs to be a trusted partner for over six years. Tatyana Yukhtman is Director of this center located in Pacific Palisades, CA that offers tutoring, test prep, and other learning support to both full- and part-time students. She recently shared more about the kind of programs Groza provides and how partnering with Laurel Springs benefits all involved.

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Growing With Groza Learning Center

At Groza Learning Center, students work one-on-one or in small groups with a dedicated teacher either at the California center, at a student’s home, or online. In addition, the following programs were created to fully ensure each student and family had their unique learning goals met:

  • A program to help parents monitor their child’s learning progress
  • An in-person program for students with learning differences
  • Guiding students through their current school curriculum either online or in-person
  • Providing more time for students to master a certain subject

So, what makes Groza different from other learning centers? According to Ms. Yukhtman, “besides our 20+ years of experience in education working with students from gifted to the ones that have superpowers of ADD, ADHD, Autistic, Learning Differences, etc., to students who just need someone to listen and hear them… We believe that every student is unique, which is why we provide educational experiences that meet each student’s individual needs and we match each teacher with the student.”

Groza students not only receive the right amount of academic support, but they’re also given the tools necessary to strengthen their life skills and become more self-sufficient, strong, and self-confident learners. “For many of our students, we provide Academic Management, Executive Functioning, Foreign Language Classes (French, Spanish, Latin, Russian, Mandarin, and Japanese), and Study Skills. Our credential and experienced teachers work with each student based on their learning style, whether the student is gifted or has learning differences.”

Where Laurel Springs Comes In

For a learning center that already provides students with so much support, what else can a family ask for? Well, there’s a lot more, actually. Part of the personalized learning structure that both Groza and Laurel Springs provides caters to students from many different backgrounds, with a variety of scheduling needs, and who pursue a host of different passions.

“Over the years we have had the privilege of working with students who are looking for a flexible school schedule and rolling enrollment while having an ability to grow and excel academically and personally. Among our student body, we have students who travel the world with their parents, students who are in [the] entertainment industry, students athletes, or students who are looking for a part time or a full time alternative schooling program. We strive to provide our students a curriculum option that meets their needs…a WASC accredited, college prep, online and text-based [options], with courses approved by the NCAA and the University of California a-g. We appreciate that Laurel Springs provides our students the curriculum that we are looking for and more.”

Not only does Laurel Springs prioritize a student’s needs, but we also support our partners with a multi-faceted approach including guidance, progress reports, and more. It’s what keeps partners like Groza coming back for more. “We love having an opportunity to have a trusted partner in our corner. One that meets our goals for the family and that we feel comfortable referring.”

Tips For Mid Year Homeschool Transition

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Here’s the good news, mid-year is the perfect time to transition to homeschool! Whether you’re considering transitioning due to the current pandemic, your child is falling behind, not being challenged, struggling with on-line learning, has learning differences, or any other justification, here are tips that will help make the shift more manageable.

Deciding to homeschool is a complex one, and the switch often causes parents to feel anxious and overwhelmed. However, realizing the benefits of homeschooling, such as customized curriculums, continually updated educational plans for optimal learning, 1:1 or small group instruction, and flexible schedules, often makes the process worthwhile.

Thankfully, if this process seems daunting, there are experts you can turn to that are well versed in homeschooling and who can help make the transition seamless.

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Homeschooling 101:

1) Be aware of your state’s homeschooling rules and regulations.

Many states require:

  • Notification of your intent to homeschool to necessary officials.
  • Specific subjects that need to be covered.
  • Assessments for academic progress. 
  • Parents who homeschool have a highschool diploma or GED.
  • Record keeping and submission of students progress.

2) Withdrawing your child from their current school:

  • Contact your child’s school and school district to notify them of the change.
  • Make sure that every entity is notified correctly and on time.
  • Obtain all records and transcripts needed from your current school.

3) Explore Curriculum Options:

  • Research available curriculums to identify which work best for your family’s needs and match your child’s learning style.
  • Take into account your child’s educational goals, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Join local homeschool groups and social media groups to help answer questions.

4) Create an Optimal Learning Environment:

  • Designate a space where your child can learn according to their specific learning style.
  • Remove distractions.
  • Gather all supplies, books, teaching materials in advance.
  • Create and follow a schedule.
  • Set Goals!

Be Patient

While you are navigating this new adventure, remember to be patient with yourself and your child until everyone gets used to the change. Without a doubt, you will encounter challenges, uncertainty, and many questions but know that it will get easier, and the gratification of watching your child reach their full potential will be priceless.

 

Groza Homeschool Parent Testimonial

“He says he has done more reading in 2 days than he has in 9 months on Zoom!-eeek!!

Reading is really something he resists doing so he'[s making up for lost time;)

Aside from that, interacting with friends and teachers has made all the difference and he absolutely loves it. We are very fortunate he has this opportunity.”

How to Build Successful Learning Pods

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What is a Learning Pod?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts across the country are continuing with remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents worry that their children are not advancing academically or socially since they lack in-person teaching and are isolated from their friends. Learning pods to the rescue!  A learning pod — also referred to as a pandemic pod, teaching pod, learning bubble, or micro-school — consists of a small group of children receiving guided education outside of school through a parent, tutor, or hired teacher.

How to Build a Learning Pod:

Parents considering forming learning pods should consider the following questions: 

1.What are your academic goals?

  •  All-day coverage
  • Academic support
  •  Enhancement of remote learning
  • Learning through play

2. Are your children going to be safe? 

  • Are the other families following the same social distancing practices? 
  • Do you have adults available to lead the pod, or will you hire a private teacher?
  • Where will your learning pod be held?
  • Will you require regular testing for everyone?
  • Will you have mixed grade pods?
  • If so, are you familiar with the pros and cons of mixed grade learning pods?

Learning Pods

The Pros of Learning Pods:

  • individualized learning plans
  • minimizing health risks
  • flexible hours and days
  • socialization
  • helps kids stay motivated
  • higher concentration
  • greater confidence
  • higher course completion
  • greater engagement
  •  mental health
  • support for working parents
What parents need to be aware of :
  • Choosing the right curriculum can be stressful.
  • Researching state homeschool requirements can be confusing.
  • Is someone ensuring that your teacher is following proper CDC guidelines and social distancing protocol?
  • Does your teacher have all the necessary credentials?
  • Do you have a substitute if your teacher becomes ill or quits? 
  • Do you have insurance for all students and teachers in your home in case someone gets injured?
  • Are you receiving updates and progress reports from the teacher? 
  • Is your child learning at their pace and to their academic ability?
  • Learning Pods do not always work well for high school students since, being in the same grade does not necessarily mean you are taking the same subjects.
Groza Can Provide a Safe Alternative:
  • Fully Vetted, Experienced, Insured Teachers/Tutors.
  • 18+ years of reputable history in providing personal tutors. 
  • Learning and Grade Level Assessments
  • Customized Learning Plans
  • Customized Curriculum 
  • Learn from the safety of your home with an in-person or online teacher
  • Learn in our center, which follows strict CDC guidelines
  • Full transparency with detailed academic updates for parents
  • Regular COVID testing for teachers and staff
  • Peace of mind

 

For more information about our Learning Pods and Homeschool Programs:

Call: 310-454-3731

Email: [email protected]

Grow With Groza

 

 

Tips on How to Reduce Homework Distractions

Tips on How to Reduce Homework Distractions

In a time of digital media, a world of distractions is at your fingertips so, minimizing as many distractions as possible will help get homework off your to-do list quicker and more efficiently.   Here are a few tricks to help get you started.

Cultivating the Perfect Environment:

In order to save memory for more important tasks your brain builds associations between objects and actions.  For example, the dining room is associated with eating, the kitchen with cooking, and the bedroom with sleeping. These associations are especially useful when trying to build an environment that primes your brain for homework.  If you can designate a room in your house for homework, then you are already on the right track however, if this is not the case there are other actions you can take.  Begin with finding a desk that you will use exclusively for schoolwork and not for any other activities such as, video games.  Building a homework environment is not limited to the actual location.

Other Environmental Factors to Consider:

• Do you focus better in a warmer or colder room?

• Do you prefer warmer (orange) light or colder (blue) light?

• Do you prefer perfect silence or listening to music?

• If you prefer to listen to music, can you concentrate with or without lyrics?

Once again, these are only examples and if you stumble upon other factors that make or break your environment feel free to adjust.

Material Clutter:

Being surrounded by clutter and mess is no fun in fact, it can be quite stressful.  Having papers scattered all over your desk before getting to work is just one more distraction from getting your homework done.  It should be a no-brainer, but it is worth a mention. Everyday after you finish your homework, make sure to clean your desk and revert it back to its original state. This ensures that the next day you will get to your homework much faster. Remove everything you don’t need for your current task from your desk and ensure you have all your papers, pens, pencils and, other materials at hand.  An organized environment will allow you to stay focused for longer.

If you are constantly getting up from your desk to get something, you will begin to forget where you left off, and eventually you will have to rethink through all the homework.  Lastly, creating a filing system at home can be very useful; filing older assignments away will ensure less clutter while working and easier referencing to previous material when studying.

Mental Clutter:

Physical clutter is distracting, but the effects of mental clutter can be even worse.  Have you ever just thought about all the tests and projects in the upcoming week and felt completely stress out?  We have all been there and experienced that overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start. It is something every student goes through, but it can be avoided. Using simple organizers such as a planner, to-do list, or a calendar are all strategies for decluttering your mind. By writing things down you ease the stress level by allowing your brain to forget about it and use the energy towards something else. Want to go the extra mile and further reduce stress?  Block out the time it will take to complete each task so that you can better plan your days and weeks.

Digital Distractions:

The greatest source of distraction for students at this time is digital media. It is the phone in your pocket, the TV in the living room, and video games on your desk.  The first tip for minimizing digital distractions is, if you do not need it, put it away.  Instead of using your iPhone for math use a calculator. If you are struggling to stay focused because of your devices consider using apps such as Freedom and Anti-Social, both provide features that will limit your internet access to keep you on track with your assignments.

If you trust yourself enough, the Pomodoro Technique might be the way to go. This technique regimes your homework time into intervals of 25 minutes of intense work, then five minutes of break. After 4 repetitions of this (one hour and 40 minutes of laser focus work,) you can take a break for a longer interval such as 30 minutes. If you can hold yourself to this standard without falling into routine checks of your social media account, then your homework will be done in no time. Lastly, with most assignments being completed and submitted online it is crucial to keep organized files on your computer. Whether you use, OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox, accurately labelling and filing your work will make it easy to navigate, and  less likely that you will be frantically scrolling through folders trying to find that one paper minutes before submission.

Academic Management:

If your student is struggling to stay organized and is falling behind due to poor academic management there is help available.  A tutor or learning center can set them up for success by empowering them with specific organizational tools and tactics.  Academic management programs will teach students how to stay on task by developing new ways of thinking, habits, and routines that directly impact schoolwork and day-to-day living.

For more information about Groza’s Academic Management program:
Call: (310)454-3731
Email: [email protected]

The MicroSchool Phenomenon

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The word “microschool” or “minischool” may sound like a new concept given that most of us are accustomed to the large scale schooling system. However, the idea is not as foreign as one might think. In fact, microschools have been around for centuries! While their demand began to decline when the modern “large-scale” school system became widely adopted, microschools have recently seen a reemergence in popularity amidst the pandemic. It is now considered an alternate schooling method that manages itself quite differently from the traditional learning style that we are all used to. 

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What is microschool? 

As the name implies, a microschool is a school with a limited student population; some with as few as two students. The schools can operate as private learning institutions that create customized learning plans and curriculum or teachers can assist students with their current curriculums acting as the “guide on the side” who offers support rather than lectures. Furthermore, there are no set locations for the classrooms with many microschools taking advantage of public and community spaces. 

What are the advantages of a microschool? 

1. Personalized Curriculum

The curriculum and learning style are entirely personalized, ensuring that students are developing proper learning habits, and are comfortable with the pace and style. Students are taught according to their learning style, which can be:

  •  Visual (Spatial)
  • Aural (Auditory-Musical)
  • Verbal (Linguistic)
  • Physical (Kinesthetic)
  • Logical (Mathematical)
  • Social (Interpersonal)
  • Solitary (Intrapersonal)

2. Moves Away from Standardized Testing 

The anxiety of studying for a test, test-taking, and waiting for results is a process that most do not miss. For teachers, tests are supposed to assess a student’s skill level and understanding of a topic but, for many students, testing spells out nothing but stress. While some microschools may rely on standardized tests from time to time, most are moving students away from it. 

3.Self Organization and Adaptability

Traditional schools often enforce strict schedules; students have to go to class at a certain time, eat lunch at a specific time, or even have a free period at a particular time. Consequently, no control and little freedom often lead to behavioral issues. In contrast, microschools create student based schedules that are flexible, encourage extracurricular activity and, give students choices. Microsschools help students build self-management skills and confidence which will help them throughout their life.

 4. Reduced Homework Burden 

If you were to ask students what is the one thing they dislike about school, homework is undeniably one of the top answers. With micro schools, students can work at their own pace. This is why, unlike the traditional classroom formula where students bring work home daily, micro schools are geared towards making sure that students understand the material they’re learning. 

5. Stronger Student-Teacher Relationship

Microschools help strengthen the student-teacher relationship because the small class size allows teachers to give students the individual attention they need. Teachers have a chance to really get to know their students and focus on strengthening weaker areas.  Customized and small group learning strengthens student-teacher relationships, helps students stay motivated, engaged, inspired, and empowered.   

6. Social Distancing Made Easier 

The coronavirus has made social distancing, face coverings, and handwashing a mandatory part of our daily lives. Safety is a significant concern for parents when considering whether to send their children back to school. The bigger the school, the higher the risk. Microschools offer a safer alternative; smaller student populations allow for social distancing and make it easier for teachers to maintain CDC safety practices. 

For more information about microschools, tutoring, and support programs:

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