Parent Info Night

Thursday, April 5th
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A few logistics for the meeting:

**Pre-registration: Please email back to confirm your attendance.

**Parent-only meeting: This meeting is for interested parents and is not intended for kids.  We realize childcare can be challenging and appreciate you making the effort to take care of that.

**Location: Country Lane Classroom meets at Trinity United Methodist Church (440 Maxwell Road Eugene 97404).  Please park along Escalante Street (off of Maxwell), in front of the grassy play area.  We will hold our meeting in the 5-7th grade classroom.

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New: Math for Grades 5-8

Do you have a child in 5th through 8th grade? As your child begins to do upper level elementary and middle school math, has it become more difficult to help him/her with his/her work? Would you and your child benefit from some additional support?

We are pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for the 2017-18 school year. We are offering open enrollment in our math classes for students in grades 5-8. This means that students can attend our math classes without enrolling in our full-time program.

For this school year, we will offer Math Mammoth levels 5, 6, and 7 (pre-algebra). Classes meet on Tues, Wed, and Thursdays from 10:00-11:00. The cost is only $60/month.

Spaces are very limited, so if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact us today!

Anticipating High School

Will you be homeschooling a junior high student next year? If so, you have likely begun weighing the various alternatives for high school and wondering how to transition your student to a more rigorous full-time academic schedule. If this describes your situation, Country Lane Classroom may be a good option for you. Our homeschool augmentation program, which meets three days per week, offers the structure, support, and social interaction that 7th-8th grade students need to help them prepare for a successful high school career.

Is CLC right for you?

The educational model we have implemented at Country Lane Classroom (CLC) is not always the best fit for every family. In order to help you determine if CLC could be a good match for you, we have provided a short multiple choice quiz. Jot down your answers to the following questions and then compare them to the brief analysis provided at the end of this post.

  1. The primary purpose of education is…
    1. career training
    2. college preparation
    3. cultivation of wisdom
  2. If my child does not pass a third grade assessment, then _____ is/are responsible for that failure.
    1. the school
    2. the child
    3. the parent
    4. external factors
  3. When my child tells me she has homework, I…
    1. want her to do it independently
    2. want to help, but don’t feel equipped to do so
    3. sit with her to offer support and encourage her to improve her work
  4. In an ideal world, I would prefer that my children be in school…
    1. five days a week
    2. at home exclusively
    3. something in between
  5. With regard to assessments, I want my child’s school to…
    1. not give any assessments at all since they create too much stress for my child
    2. teach what is going to be on the standardized test so that I can be confident my child will pass it
    3. teach my child how to think, not worrying too much about specific assessment results
  6. I believe that my child’s education should…
    1. include explicit teaching about God whenever possible
    2. be kept completely separate from any ethical or theological discussions
    3. hold at its core the assumptions, values, and beliefs inherent to a Christian worldview
  7. If I noticed that my child was not performing well in a certain subject, I would…
    1. expect the teacher to attend more closely to my child
    2. not worry about it
    3. spend more time at home helping my child learn the assigned material

If you answered (C) to at least six of these questions, then CLC is likely a great match for you! We invite you to join us for our Parent Info Night and/or come visit our classrooms to get an in-depth look into our program.

If you answered (C) on four or five of these questions, then CLC may be a good option. We encourage you to come to a Parent Info Night and/or classroom visitation to gain a better understanding of our educational model.

If you answered (C) to three or fewer questions, then we would not recommend CLC as the best program for your family.

Regardless of what you ultimately choose, we wish you every success as you embark upon the educational journey with your children!

We Don’t Teach to the Test

Another season of testing is complete and the results are very encouraging. Country Lane Classroom has been in existence for three years. During that time, a number of our students have taken the required homeschool assessments that test students’ knowledge of Reading, Language, and Mathematics. ALL of our students have passed their homeschool tests, the vast majority of them in the top 15th percentile nationally. These positive results are a testament to the hard work, commitment, and dedication of our parents and tutors alike.

Ironically, at Country Lane Classroom, our focus has never been on test results. Our tutors do NOT “teach to the test”. It is our perspective that if you allow a child to learn at his own rate, teach him to think, and encourage him to love learning, he will succeed. We believe these results support this approach to education.
Furthermore, even more important than test results, our children are in a place where they are loved and cared for. They are learning how to become young men and women of character and wisdom. Our tutors model and encourage in them a love of life-long learning. Ultimately, these are our goals and our measure of success.

Kindergarten Values

What is important in a Kindergarten classroom?
Written by CLC’s Kindergarten tutor, Rebecca Santin

A classroom should be a safe, warm, nurturing environment.

If children are not in a physically and emotionally safe environment, they are not able to learn. They are expending too much energy trying to calm their nervous system to take in any sort of academic learning. I have tried to create a classroom environment that is warm, welcoming and calm. I try to be very clear with my expectations so that kids are not taken by surprise and may take comfort in knowing what is expected of them.

Children should feel loved, accepted and liked.

For some children, this will be their first experience in a classroom environment and thus will equate these experiences as ‘school’. If a child does not feel loved, accepted or liked, ‘school’ can quickly have negative connotations.

A tutor’s role is to foster a child’s natural curiosity to learn.

By nature, children are eager, curious learners. They have an insatiable fire inside of them for knowledge. It is my job to help stoke that fire and show them how exciting and satisfying learning can be. I would consider it a great sadness, and true failure, if a student left my class and said that ‘school was boring,’ thus dampening that child’s fire. As tutors, we are given the immense responsibility to nurture and grow their curiosity.

Learning should be fun, creative, playful and hands-on.

Kindergarteners are little kids! They still love to sing, move their bodies and be silly. It is important to nurture these things and allow children the freedom to do this. While I definitely believe it is important to sit and have deskwork, I think children at this age learn best through song, movement, hands-on learning, and play.

Kindergarten is about the basics.

This is the time for children to learn “the academic basics.” Shapes, seasons, days of the week, letter sounds, basic addition, etc. It is also the time for kids to learn the basics of “classroom behaviors.” By this I mean, writing one’s name on a worksheet, pushing in a chair after it’s used, standing in line, sitting at group time, raising one’s hand, sharing, and listening to others.

We are laying the foundation for kids to begin reading, learning math skills, engaging in more sophisticated social relationships, and exercising both physical and verbal self-control.

Guided, dramatic play is an important learning tool.

At this age, children learn so much through play – specifically, imaginary play. Guiding children through that experience, by creating a ‘play plan’, helps them define their role and responsibilities in the game. Guided, dramatic play allows children to use real-life experiences (a restaurant, an office, a store) and make sense of them in their world. Children learn the valuable skills of communication, negotiation, sharing, and creativity.

How can three days be enough?

I get many variations of this question: How can you accomplish in three days what other schools do in five?

The answer is twofold:

  1. Class size – Our maximum student-teacher ratio is 12:1 and our average is closer to 8:1. With fewer students, there is less time spent on behavior management and transitions. There is a greater amount of individualized instruction and student participation. Our teachers get to know each student very well and are able to teach them more effectively.
  2. Parental involvement – One of the greatest single indicators of student success is parental involvement. In our model, parents are highly involved partners in the educational process.

Still not convinced? I invite you to read the following writing samples. I think the quality of our students’ work is an important indicator of our program’s success.

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4