Full-time MicroSchool for up to 10 children
Monday - Friday, 9am - 2pm
Learn, play, grow! In this full-time pod, Heather will create a compelling, hands-on curriculum that meets and exceeds Department of Education standards. Material is individualized to each student in the pod while we work toward common academic, social, and emotional goals.
Using an interactive guided-level-reading approach, I create a love of reading in children while bolstering decoding and comprehension skills through a series of book club projects. With a solid foundation in the Wilson FUNdations program, I focus on instilling strong encoding (phonics and spelling patterns) skills in young children, then progress through vocabulary building and dictionary work.
I love the Teachers College Writers Workshop approach which allows children the freedom to find their own inspiration within topical areas of writing such as personal narratives, fiction, biography, poetry, and journalism. Through each project, children learn to brainstorm, plan, draft, edit and publish their work.
I like to combine a traditional math program such as Eureka math (used by most DOE lower schools) with hands-on mathematical games, activities, and applications such as logic problems, card and dice games, and building projects. This gives children a strong foundation in how they relate to and play with numbers while building confidence in concrete algorithms for problem solving.
One of my favorite parts of the school day is afternoon Makers Lab where I can tailor hands-on experiences to children’s areas of interest through science, art, and engineering projects.
I believe outdoor recess is as integral and important to the school day as classwork. A child’s work is play and when they play they learn how to co-exist.
Once I've met with the families of my pod, I determine best practices for curriculum design based on the common academic, social, and emotional goals we set.
9:00 - 9:15 am Morning meeting and read aloud
9:15 - 10:00 am Reading workshop book clubs
10:00 - 10:30 am Word work (individualized phonics patterns, trick word spelling, dictionary & vocabulary skills)
10:30 - 11:15 am Writers workshop (10 minute mini-lesson then free write)
11:15 - 12:00pm Math workshop (10 minute mini lesson, problem set, individualized supplemental work)
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch and outdoor recess (rain or shine!)
1:00 - 1:45 pm Makers lab (projects rotate through science, art, and engineering or wherever children’s interests take us!)
1:45 - 2:00 pm End of day meeting and read aloud
About the Teacher
Masters of Education, Indiana University / SchoolHouse 2nd grade full-time classroom teacher for 10 children / PS 154 After School Program, Creative Director / Brooklyn Friends School, 3rd grade lead classroom teacher / Sawara Japan Public School, middle school English as a Second Language classroom teacher / Private tutor / Parent of 2 high-school age NYC DOE students / Published children’s book author