Going to a big school for the first time can be scary… and boring. Adults keep asking you to sit still! Our activities for Pre-K students puts the focus on cooperative activities which allow the expression of their natural energy, while helping to explore social skills and making a big world less intimidating.
Kindergarten through Second Grade
A K-2 student’s world keeps getting bigger and bigger. They might be going to a bigger school for the first time, going to new areas in the school for the first time, expanding their social experiences by leaps and bounds each and every day. They are starting to see others’ perspectives on things and put themselves in their shoes (even though they may not be able to tie their own!). At this age, our curriculum activities aim to keep their worlds expanding by showing them as many of the amazing things in it as we can fit into a couple of hours each day.
Third through Fifth Grade
Third through fifth graders are often the most surprising students – they can in one moment strike you with how sophisticated their thinking and ability is in one subject, and then still walk around with their shoes untied, tripping over their own feet. In subjects they are interested in, they are developing deep, rational and concrete thinking, and it is our goal to provide them with the tools they need to take their intellectual interests to the next level. On the other hand, we are still introducing a number of topics outside their own personal sphere of experience to help make their world a much bigger place.
Sixth through Eighth Grade
Students in this age group are mentally very close to being young adults in their own right – they are practiced in thinking hypothetically, abstractly, and logically. Our curriculum at this age group is geared more towards student-led inquiries with our instructors acting more as mentors and guides than as leaders of the activities. Students at this age will have considerable intellectual resources at their disposal to tackle subjects they are interested in – our instructors are taught to harness, channel, and refine our students’ abilities into work they will be proud of.
Our Approach to Diverse Age Groups Within Our Program
A mingling of age groups for common activities is a great way for kids to make friends, mentors, and mentees outside of their immediate social circle. While many of activities in Team Humanity feature this dynamic, as much as we’d like to introduce calculus to our Kindergartners, it would probably be a tough class for everyone. Depending on the class size, it is typical for us to completely separate the age groups during enrichment activity time, pairing each group off with a separate instructor.
For smaller classes (usually 12 students or less) our instructors will use their discretion in creating groups for the enrichment project. It is important to note that we will often do the same general activity, but at different levels of sophistication. This gives our older students practice at mentoring younger students, and our younger students a chance to learn from older students. We also have group activities where different age groups are responsible for different aspects of a project, which each age group taking on a task that both contributes to the group and is appropriate to their grade levels.
Our Educators and Site Directors employ a variety of positive classroom management techniques to keep the students engaged and prevent negative behaviors from occurring by addressing them before they become bigger issues. Staff will provide positive reinforcement for good behavior to encourage students to be on their best behavior. If a problem is elevated past the point where it is in clear violation of school rules and general standards of behavior, then our step-by-step process is as follows:
- Removing the children involved from the environment where the problem occurred, and discuss the issue in a way that all parties get to voice their concerns. Students are encouraged to put themselves in each other’s place and understand each other, apologize, and return to class after the Educator has reiterated the expectation of behavior. Parents will be notified of the incident after class.
- If negative behavior is repeated, a meeting is arranged between the parents and the Site Director where the behavior is discussed and a plan for addressing the behavior is established. Parents are notified of the next steps that can be taken if the behavior should fail to be corrected.
- If the behavior still continues to affect the course of the class, students can be suspended from the program for a period of time.
- If all of the above fails, the student will be removed from the program.
- Site Directors will create Incident Reports for all behavior actions taken and submit to the parents, school administration and Apollo management for their records.
Our core schedule for Team Humanity After School consists of an attendance process, a healthy snack, homework time, physical activity time, an enrichment activity, supervised free-play, and a safe and secure check out procedure.
Our core schedule for Team Humanity Enrichment Programs consists of an attendance process, the enrichment activity, and a safe check out procedure.
Through Team Humanity, Verticals offers several different supplemental enrichment curriculums, which are offered throughout the school year. Through fun activities, our students’ gain skills which supplement their academic development and provide exciting new experiences which they might not be able to fit into a busy school day.