Please welcome our guest bloggers this week, Julie & Amanda. These two parents from Via Vita narrowed down their reasons for choosing us for their child's education and decided to share their thoughts with you today! We are thrilled they took a moment to write it all down! Enjoy the read! Perhaps give us a call afterwards, you know, if you'd like...
Every parent knows that feeling... whether you're sending your "baby" into the world of school for the first time or it's time for a change and you want to get it right. How do you choose? In today's day and age there are many options, so how do you figure out which school is best? How can you choose a place where your child will spend the majority of his or her time ? Which school will teach them in such a way that they flourish, excel and accomplish what they need to in order to succeed and be happy in life?
Hard questions.... Unfortunately there are no easy answers but after all our lists of pros and cons, interviews, open houses, discussions and family meetings WE chose Via Vita Academy, and here's why.
SMALL CLASS SIZES!!
This was a real deal breaker for us with other schools. Upwards of 20 students to a class with 1 teacher does not work, even for the best teachers with the best intentions. What often ends up happening is behavior problems get simple discipline instead of someone working with them to figure out what happened today, kids who "get it" just get another book to read instead of being encouraged to learn beyond the class level and the ones in the middle ...well maybe they taught a bit. Via Vita Academy comes in at 10-15 students per group of multi grade levels (more on that in Reason #2!) individual attention ABOUND!!
MULTI GRADE LEVELS!!
We really don't know how this can go wrong, there are so many benefits. Children can take on leadership roles they may have never been exposed to, benefit from more review if needed or have the ability to continue to learn beyond their grade level. They can pre learn things simply by listening when the older group is being taught or reinforce skills by explaining them to the younger classmates. Another win-win for us.
INQUIRY BASED THEME LEARNING!!
What a way to learn, asking kids questions instead of delivering the information to them like a traditional classroom. Engaging the child and challenging them to think, basically learning how to learn, this is something that will be a huge asset for them in a world that keeps changing. This will give the children confidence and a sense of independence knowing that they can figure things out for themselves. Not to mention the hands on side of this, as we all know that there is no better way to learn than actually doing!
LIFE SKIILS AND DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES!!
If all of the great education they will already be getting isn't enough they will also be taught life skills that everyone could benefit from. Things like how to cook, fix basic things, how to grow your own food and the one thing I think we all wish had been taught in school; money management. Skills that will change their lives and have them better prepared to step into the "real world". Now add in physical activity everyday to help keep healthy, also helping them be focused and attentive during school time. What more could you ask for in a school... wait there is one more thing you could ask for....
Last but not least..... Reason #5
MEGHAN and ADELE!!
Ok, so we had an advantage in knowing these amazing teachers before signing up. Thankfully all anyone else needs to do is attend an open house or request a private tour to see how passionate they are about teaching. They lead by example and are truly some of the most patient, positive and enthusiastic teachers we've ever met. To hear them talk about their plans and how it will directly benefit YOUR child is worth the drive over.
Hopefully our list makes your life a little easier because whatever school you choose, you owe it to your child to make the most informed choice possible!
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