There is little more important to a parent than providing their children with access to a learning environment where they can achieve the greatest scholarly potential. All children have unique learning styles and not all classroom environments are conducive to all children’s needs. That is where Veritas learning studios stand out. We provide children with unique learning environments and tailored curricula based on their unique learning styles. Our studio set-up allows focus on building the cognitive, social, language, creative, and physical skills that empower students to be knowledge bearers and researchers in their own learning experiences.
Children are full of curiosity and creativity, and here, these qualities are consistently emphasized. Our emergent curriculum is always flexible and will change based on the children’s ideas, thoughts and observations. This approach also depends on a relationship-driven learning environment. Essentially, students and guides co-create the curriculum, studio environment, and learning experience.
In our studios there are no assigned seats and we use many flexible seating options to allow for comfort and movement as necessary. Children have easy access to supplies and learning material, and are consistently inspired and encouraged to direct their own learning.
“Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known.” —Loris Malaguzzi, The Hundred Languages of Children
We loosely break up our working time into blocks based on the type of learning and the subject areas we are focusing on. In the morning hours we focus on Skills time which includes Literacy (reading, writing, phonics, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary) and Mathematics. In the afternoon, we switch to Project Based Learning. Projects tend to be either History-heavy or Science-heavy, but they typically incorporate all subject areas for a complete and well-rounded look at a topic or idea.
In Literacy, we think like readers, philosophers, and authors. We work and play with words and sounds. We read great literature and poetry, and critique and discuss things that we have read. We enjoy learning about our world using books written by experts in the field. We write creatively and with a purpose, publish our writing, and support and challenge one another in our work.
In Math we think like mathematicians. We explore concepts, craft definitions, require proofs, and ask questions. We invent games, make connections, and share our reasoning. We also ponder open-ended problems and practice creative problem solving. We make sense of math, developing a deep and sophisticated understanding.
In our project block we think like entrepreneurs, scientists, historians, and engineers. All of our projects integrate various paths of study and give us a chance to collaborate with our team. We reason, research, conduct investigations, engage in discussions, and design experiments. We dive deep into our topic of study, examining it from many different angles. We share our solutions and learning with others at expos.
We set aside Fridays for exploration. Every Friday morning, weather permitting, we hit the trails! While out hiking or splashing in creeks we enjoy God’s creation, develop friendships, and get an up close and personal look at our local flora and fauna. The afternoons are spent on art, engineering, and maker-space projects. Fridays are a chance for our learners to diverge from the patterns of the week and be given the chance to try new endeavors. Our Friday enrichment program is an add-on program only available to our Part-Time (2 days) and Full-Time (4 days) students and their siblings.