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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. 

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Is too much screen time damaging your child’s eyes?

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Due to online learning students will be spending a lot more time on their devices consequently, excessive screen time can damage their eyes.  Dr. Bahareh Golbahar, an optometrist shared her helpful tips with LA Mommies about lessening children’s eye strain:

7 Tips for Reducing Eye Strain:

1. The screen should be as far away as possible. Arm’s length or beyond is a good general rule. The height of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level (not above).

2. Illumination of the screen should match that of the room. Meaning, they should not be sitting in a dark room with a bright screen or vice versa. Don’t have a lamp shining on the screen as it will glare back into the eyes.

3. The 20/20/20 rule: At least every 20 minutes, have your child look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Our eyes need breaks and don’t do well with very extended periods of near viewing without a break. This is the most important tip.

4. Blink rate: our blink rate goes down automatically about 60% every time we are on a device. This wreaks havoc on our tears leading to burning, redness, etc. You have to remind your children to blink!

5. If your child wears glasses, they should have what is called an anti-glare or anti-reflective coat on the lenses. This cuts down on glare from the screen and provides considerable relief from eye strain. Newer generation anti-glare coats also offer a small amount of blue light protection.

6. If the device your child is on has an option to lower the blue light, I would do this. We know that too much blue light disrupts our sleep cycle.

7. Lastly, make sure your child has their annual eye exam (all of your children have mandatory vision insurance through their medical insurance whether you know it or not and the copay is minimal). If they are farsighted or have astigmatism and are not corrected for this, it will just add additional strain. For those of you who are nearsighted and worry about your kids becoming nearsighted from all the screen time, this is a valid fear. Make sure your child gets adequate outdoor time once school is done each day. Studies show that outdoor time is protective against a child becoming nearsighted.

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Learning Pods and Homeschool to Facilitate Education

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Creating “Learning Pods” to Facilitate Educational Instruction During COVID-19

Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer told school district leaders they must prepare for the possibility that students would need to continue learning remotely 100% of the time at the start of the school year.

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Take control of your child’s education with “Learning Pods”:

A “Learning Pod” is a term used to delineate a small group of students learning together where a teacher facilitates the learning.

Top 5 Advantages of  Building a “Learning Pod”

  1. A customized school experience for students from Kinder to 12th grade. In a small group setting, meeting the needs of students and families by educating students according to their learning styles, interests, and educational goals.
  2. Classes are engaging, interactive, fun, safe and sanitized
  3. Transparency and Accountability: Weekly Progress Report Cards, Incredible Faculty, Sub Upon Request, Educational Director Oversight
  4. Taught by experienced, reliable, and background checked instructors.
  5. It’s an affordable alternative to one-on-one schooling

Keep your child’s education on track! 

Groza’s dedicated learning specialists are here to help support students and their families during the pandemic by providing homeschool, “Pod Learning“, and subject tutoring, online, in-home, or in-center.  Our programs are  1 on 1, interactive, engaging, individualized, and fun.  Our team of specialist will create a customized school experience for students from Pre-K to 12th grade that meets the needs of students and families, by educating students according to their learning styles, interests, educational goals, and schedules.

Are you looking for a teacher for the upcoming academic year or an accredited homeschool?  
  • 1:1 interactive instruction
  • kinder – 12th grade
  • Online . In-Home . In-CenterHomeschool
  • 7 Days a Week

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