A Day in the Life of a Pillars of Peace Student

What does a day in the life of a Pillars of Peace student look like?

Our goal is to remain flexible while helping parents and students stay accountable. We know it is often easier to motivate a student to do work when it isn't just the caretaker expecting the work to be finished. We also know (from experience!) how easy it is for a day off to become a week or even a month off. But when others are expecting to see work completed, it gives us that little extra push to give school its proper place on our priority list.

At Pillars of Peace Primary Partners, students attend virtual group lessons with their teachers and peers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lessons are recorded so students can review lessons as needed. The main goal of lessons is to review the general topic most students are currently working on to provide an opportunity for group projects, collaboration, socialization, and enrichment. For this reason, lessons are student-focused and interactive, not lecture-based.

Students also attend fun, brief, fluency practice lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays. Of course, not all students need fluency practice to the same degree. That's why fluency practice lessons are optional. You can come to some and skip others or watch the recording. This allows families a higher level of flexibility while still offering these essential opportunities to those who need them.

Fridays are left open to allow students time to attend a co-op, go on field trips, or catch up on assignments. We know students often learn best while in motion. To accommodate this need for movement, we give students a whole day to move. Of course, this day can be swapped with another day if, for example, a student has some extracurricular activity they are involved in such as a sport or music lessons. In that case, lessons assigned for the skipped day should be completed on this "catch up" day.

When students are not in lessons with their teachers, they are assigned work to do with their caretakers which is submitted to teachers for review and grading to ensure students are understanding essential concepts.

Teachers are available for questions and private tutoring when not conducting lessons. However, since this is a homeschool hybrid, students conduct the majority of their work with their parents.

Once a student is able to read on his or her own, we like to begin teaching them how to complete work independently so that students become more self-governing as they get older.

The calendar below notes all days school is closed.

Below is the suggested daily schedule for students. Students who finish early are free to take longer breaks. Students who move at a slower pace may need to spend additional time working through lessons.

Remember that this is a suggested schedule, not required. Caretakers are the ultimate authority on their day to day schedule.

Attendance is optional but encouraged, and lessons are recorded for later viewing.

**Blue, italicized times are done virtually with their teachers and peers.

Students are grouped into grades K-2 and grades 3-5 for reading and math and K-3 and 4-5 for science and social studies based on their *academic levels* rather than their ages.

Suggested Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays

9:00 am - 9:20 am Midline/Core Exercises

9:20 am - 9:40 am Break/snack

9:40 am - 10:30 am Fluency Practice

9:40 - Reading (K-2)

Math (3-5)

10:00 am - 10:10 am Break

10:10 - Reading (3-5)

Math (K-2)

10:30 am - 11:15 am Math

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Play/Lunch

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Reading

15-minute break

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Science (4-5)

K-3 Writing

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Science (K-3)

4-5 Writing

15-minute break

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Alternating Specials

M: Health and Safety


Suggested Schedule

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:00 am - 9:20 am Midline/Core Exercises

9:20 am - 9:40 am Break/snack

9:40 am - 10:25 am Reading (K-2)/Math (3-5)

15-minute break

10:40 am - 11:25 am Reading (3-5)/Math (K-2)

11:25 pm - 12:25 pm Play/Lunch

12:25 pm - 1:10 pm Social Studies (4-5)

K-3 Catch-up time

15-minute break

1:25 pm - 2:10 pm Social Studies (K-3)

4-5 catch-up time

20-minute break

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Alternating Specials

T: Music

Th: Art

Fridays are left open for students to catch up on assignments or to have a day out for hands-on learning. (Students located in close proximity are encouraged to meet in person if desired.)

However, students struggling with learning challenges are encouraged to attend Friday's Brain Training at 2:00 PM EST to help them work through blocked learning gates that make learning hard.