how it works:
- In 6th and 7th grades, we’ll build on the solid foundation laid in the elementary grades. As our children grow, Learnwell’s program facilitates a beautiful hand-off of a child’s education from parents to the students themselves. In 6th and 7th grade, the hand-off begins.
- Similar to our elementary program, 6th and 7th grade students will attend Learnwell two days a week and homeschool with their parents at home two days a week. Your teacher, who is a grade-level expert, will write your lesson plans for those at-home days.
- Very intentionally, our 6th and 7th grade students will begin to assume more responsibility for their schoolwork, using tools such as Google classroom. Increasingly, our teachers will provide opportunities for the students to begin assuming the responsibility for their schoolwork.
- Over time, students will need to rely on their parents less and less as together we teach them to find, use, and practice new skills and learning.
About Learnwell’s Middle School Program
The Learnwell model of scaffolding independence for our students over the course of middle school is one that prepares students well for high school. We are intentional in the ways that we teach and guide students so that they move successfully from working with a parent for most of their schoolwork in fifth grade to being able to operate somewhat independently on their at-home days by eighth grade.
Why? By allowing students more independence in eighth grade, they learn to work out what it means to own their education before the stakes are too high. In ninth grade, every grade “counts” on their high school transcript, and we believe that ninth grade is too late to begin training them in critical self-management and study skills.
In the middle school years, we provide students with opportunities to serve at home, at school, and in the local community. Through these opportunities for service, students understand better how God has wired them and explore how He might be calling them to serve in the future.
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Days on Campus (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
You’ll bring your middle schooler to campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They’ll have the opportunity to continue learning new skills alongside their peers and under the highly-qualified and experienced guidance of their teacher.
At-Home Days (Mondays and Wednesdays)
You’ll log into your myLearnwell portal, where you will find the lesson plan for the week, as well as any supplementary materials you’ll need.
You’ll also find videos from your teacher, especially when they want to provide extra support for you in what you’ll be teaching your child that week.
Your middle schooler will experience an increasing amount of independence as gradually, they find more and more of their assignments in Google classroom. In partnership, you and their teachers will work with them to shoulder this responsibility.
In the spring before your student enrolls, we’ll send you a linked list of the curriculum materials you’ll need. Our team of experienced educators has selected the best of parent-friendly homeschool curriculum for you, and you’ll gather all of the materials you’ll need before school begins in August.
Request the Learnwell curriculum list HERE.
- Each grade level aligns with the “best of” state and national academic standards. These are wrapped into the Learnwell Scope and Sequence.
- Learnwell has developed its own curriculum in science and social studies. This helps you in two ways:
- It makes your life easier – you can teach all of your children at the same time.
- You can rest assured knowing that each child will get the proper exposure to history, geography, and scientific exploration.
Teaching in Partnership
- You are NOT a homework helper for your children on your at-home days. You are a valuable co-teacher alongside your Learnwell teacher.
- Our teachers invest time helping you be the best teacher you can be for your child. That’s why they develop weekly coaching videos and support you via email during the week when you have questions pertaining to your child and his/her learning needs.
- We know that students thrive academically when they’re also thriving socially. These two needs are not opposing; they’re both valuable for student growth.
- At Learnwell, we know that community for parents is also vital. We will give you opportunities to connect with other parents in your child’s class, in your child’s grade, and in the broader Learnwell community.