Handcrafting Your Own Micro-Exploratorium
You, as a parent already know your reasons for wanting to start your own GEAC Micro-Exploratorium and after you have created your Parental Organization Group (POG), Set Your Intention, clarified your vision for your micro-school, and made your Vision Board, you are ready to actually begin the process.
Before you dive into uncharted waters, check to make sure you are legal to teach children, outside of the government-sponsored system. In the United States, check here: Home School Laws by State. And for outside of the US, check here: Countries which have restrictions on home schooling. Our intention is that very soon, you won’t have to worry about governmental oversight and will be able to educate your children however you see fit!
Before you dive into uncharted waters, check to make sure you are legal to teach children, outside of the government-sponsored system. In the United States, check here: Home School Laws by State.
Outside of the US, check here: Countries which have restrictions on home schooling. Our intention is that very soon, you won’t have to worry about governmental oversight and will be able to educate your children however you see fit!
- Have your child take a “Learning Preference” survey.
- To help you know if you are ready to teach your children at home, take the “Homeschool Style Quiz”.
- What is your method of how you will teach your child? Watch this short video to see what works for others:
- Figure out what YOUR teaching style is. By understanding how you can teach, you will be better equipped to facilitate others on their learning journeys.
- To assist you in deciding WHAT to teach, check out these GEAC-approved resources:
a. The Montessori method of home schooling is the GEAC’s favorite model for home schooling and for building an Exploratorium (100+ students).
b. The Kahn Academy: this includes free, interactive online lessons with an emphasis on math & science
c. Curriki is a free (donations) toolkit with lots of design-your- own activities.
d. Homeschoolfree is a Facebook resource for parents who are willing to give you their home school resources. Make the connections here and just pay postage to receive their materials.
e. Freehomeschooldeals has tons of freebies to use in your Micro-Explo!
f. Worldschooling is the concept of traveling the globe and teaching your child at the same time. While it would be the best way to learn history and culture, for example, it may come with a large price tag!
g. Eclectic homeschooling is where parents pick and choose the best parts of several homeschooling resources.
h. And, do your own internet search with key words such as:
- *What is a micro-school?*How to set up a Montessori space in your home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8jnIKmesQI
- Montessori Method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZEdP_RZhhI
- Montessori Individual Learning Plans https://articles.noodlefactory.ai/5-steps-to-developing-an- individual-learning-plan , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL6iI3jfNCo
- How to start up a home school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp7iH4qhPtM
- Montessori Resources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=218dF1MF6t4&list=RDC MUCDs6BiaaXKiPy28wNpyUpoQ&index=13
- Homeschooling for beginners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8peErGArMw
- Montessori for children with special needs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIQm_vfkaHc
- How to evaluate mastery in a home school, etc.
Where to hold your GEAC Micro-Explo? Your Micro-Explo needs only a few basics, such as;
- Room enough for children to move and be active,
- Access to restroom and potable water,
- Secure area for supplies and materials,
- And, room for grounding in nature.
Your Micro-Exploratorium is your children’s space and should be set up accordingly. It could be a designated room in someone’s home or apartment, a room in a commercial building, a public building such as a library, a museum, a nation park or reserve, or anywhere that allows children the freedom of movement and grounding with nature.
The financial aspects of opening your Micro-Explo shouldn’t be a deterrent to teaching your children at home. All of the above resources are free and there are thousands more available. If someone in your POG Family can house the “school”, that’s one less financial encumbrance, otherwise, decide on a “ballpark” figure for each family to contribute for major expenses. Keep a detailed Excel sheet for your income and expenses and be prepared to show and discuss it at each POG meeting. In addition, consider whether you will hire a facilitator (teacher) or teach the children yourselves, depending on your interest inventory and who can work when.
Materials and supplies can take up as much or as little of your budget, as you allow. Before making any major purchases for your school, talk about it at your POG meetings. Communication and creative input are essential to a successful Micro-Explo.
Plan your lessons around the local, state, provincial or your country’s required skills, then get creative. Learning geometry can be taught while building a bird house, science can be explored while at a pond or ocean, languages may be taught on-line, by students in another country, and art can be made literally out of anything. It’s up to you to find those resources to make learning a Discoveration for each child.
All of this can be done, cooperatively, with all ages learning different aspects, simultaneously. It takes planning, effort and cooperation, but together your POG Family can do it. Each one must actively take part in all aspects of this project, while working independently to research and plan each day for the children. Through good planning and cooperative thinking, you can do it!
We are committed to helping you launch your Micro-Exploratorium. Watch for our upcoming website for many more resources for being a successful parent.