Each month, an essential question guides our inquiry through experimentation, multidisciplinary/multi-sensory exploration, discussion, play, and reflection. For example, one month we may be studying “What is water?” The next month’s essential question may be “How does my heart beat?”
SMHS embraces a project-based approach to examining our monthly questions. We offer small group tutoring and support as young children examine the foundational questions of science and practice mastery of basic mathematical principles.
Students spend a great deal of time outside and various mindfulness practices/games/meditation are a part of our gatherings.
Whether we are doing yoga, gardening, or exploring maps of our world, SMHS draws upon the creative energies of curiosity, wonder, play-based learning, and experiential exploration of scientific and mathematical concepts. We balance outdoor time, free play time, music, math, and the introduction of the scientific method with the intuitive wisdom that comes from experienced teachers who benefit from a 3:1 student-teacher ratio.
Amy Wright Glenn and Simone Chin serve as teachers for SMHS and welcome parent input, teaching participation, and presence as they craft the curriculum in a co-operative spirit. Simone and Amy are both professional educators/homeschooling mothers and their notes/bios follow.
I love homeschooling my 5-and-a-half year old son. Our weekly rhythm, adventures, and discoveries inspire both my parenting and my writing. For example, check out my PhillyVoice articles on How to homeschool a 4-year-old and Seniors and children at play. I continue to receive emails from parents from cross the US and Canada about these article. It’s humbling and inspiring.
Outside of SMHS, my son and I have a wonderful homeschooling flow involving lots of play, time outdoors, gardening, volunteerism, trips to museums, theater/art shows, and snuggle-on-the-couch time to read books. I work from home and do my best to balance self care, mothering, homeschooling, and work. It’s a journey, that’s for sure.
One of the most beautiful aspects of homeschooling involves the power and freedom to network with inspiring families who also choose to share this journey. For example, my son spends time on a weekly basis with a wonderful homeschooling family and I mentor two homeschooling girls, ages 10 and 11.
When my son was 2, I ran a small Organic Play and Learn program from my home. It was open to 2-3 small children his age and I loved the connections shared between the children and parents. Now my son is older and his interest in the world, his questions, and his love for learning have only grown/deepened. I feel more and more compelled to design opportunities that support my teaching/working from home endeavors and link our family to positive and loving homeschooling families in our area.
Amy earned her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey for over a decade and was awarded the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence while at Lawrenceville. She is an author, PhillyVoice contributor, hospital chaplain, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, CD(DONA) birth doula, founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, and (most importantly) a happy homeschooling mother.
I am very happy to be a part of SMHS. Teaching with Amy and Amanda will be a joy as we share similar teaching philosophies and most importantly a love for play. I most look forward to the fun and unpredictable adventures that come with working with curious and creative young minds.
I am a stay-at-home mom with two boys, ages 5
and 2, and a dog. I’ve lived in Boca with my husband for 10 years. My husband is a computer engineer and works in IT. Together with our educational and science backgrounds, my husband and I create an at-home learning environment tailored to our children’s interests of science, engineering, and art. For example, we built a robotics lab in our house. Like many children, my son is curious about how things work in the world and why, and his interests in learning about different topics change like the weather. Like paper airplanes one month, and solar panels the next. Therefore, we explore and learn about these topics together by visiting the library, museums, speaking to experts and doing projects at home.
Our family activities include swimming, rollerblading, eating at “hole in the wall” restaurants, and traveling to multicultural cities. In my spare time, I enjoy long distance running and cooking new dishes.
Simone earned her doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Development from Florida Atlantic University. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate-level courses on Infant Development, Statistics, and Research Writing at FAU.