I will be hosting 1-2 week School Adventure Pods in response to the growing need for educational alternatives. 

Our first School Adventure Pod will be September 8-11!  Please see details below.  If you would like to join us please fill out an application at the bottom of this page and we will be in contact!

Sept 8-11 Back to School Adventure 10:00 am-3:00pm $150 (sibling discount available)              Location: Altoona, Iowa

       This year is going to look a little different, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate a new way of learning while we do our best to enjoy the things we love most about the beginning of fall and the return to learning.  This pod is designed to give our kids the excitement of that first week of school; new boxes of crayons, finding your name on your cubbie, snack time, recess, and meeting new friends.  So pack your lunch, grab your backpack, (and parents, bring your camera for that special first day of school photo) because we are going to launch a new year of learning with joy and optimism! 

 

The details:

  • Our learning pods will be led by me, Libby Weston.  You already know I'm a puppeteer but I am also former elementary teacher and arts educator.  I have 3 children of my own and hope to provide them an exciting and joyful alternative to traditional school.

  • Parents drop off children at 10:00 the morning and then pick them up at 3:00 pm

  • Pods will take place in my large climate controlled garage that has been transformed into an awesome learning studio. For maximum ventilation we will keep the door open on nice days.  During bad weather we will open the door periodically to refresh the learning space.

  • Each pod will consist of 7-10 Kindergarten - 5th grade students, and will cater to each child's level of learning. 

  • The School Adventure Pod model is meant as an enhancement to remote learning or homeschooling.  I like to think of our pods like an educational version of summer camp. We will offer children the opportunity to socialize with classmates and experience a break from learning at home.  Parents will appreciate the break from the burden of full time schooling, allowing them the opportunity to recharge and manage other responsibilities. 

  • A typical School Adventure Pod day might look like this:  

    • 10-10:15 Morning routine, circle time, student check-in.

    • 10:15-11:15 Math lesson and activity 

    • 11:15-12:15 Reading, language Arts, and Journal time

    • 12:15-1:00 Lunch and outdoor recess

    • 1:00-1:30 Social Science lesson and activity

    • 1:30-2:15 Hands-on Science Discovery lesson, experiments, and activities

    • 2:15-2:30 snack with music appreciation

    • 2:30-3:00 Art adventure

  • I hope to do 1 or 2 new school adventure pods each month.  Each pod will have a new learning theme and curriculum.  You may sign up for as many or few as you like throughout the year.

  • Students will receive individualized assessment at the completion of the pod so that parents can receive feedback on their child's strengths and weaknesses.

  • If you are interested in a particular pod please sign up by filling out the registration form.  If there is availability you will be offered a spot and sent a detailed schedule and learning plan.  Once you have accepted your spot and paid the pod fee you will receive a confirmation email and your child will be guaranteed a slot in that pod.  

School Adventure Pods

Because this year can be an exciting and joyful adventure!

Registration

To register for our Back to School Adventure Pod, please take the time to fill out the information below.