One-to-one instruction has dual goals of teaching new skills (such as traditional academic skills, voice lessons, piano lessons, art classes) and providing coaching and structure to exploration of individual passions. LOFT facilitators coach students through turning their natural passions and curiosities into “entry points” for diving deeper into content and developing cognitive abilities.
Learners get to explore exciting topics in a way that doesn’t feel like they are following a curriculum. We design science labs and language arts workshops to be engaging, interactive projects. LOFT gives students minimally structured time to turn these lessons into action. Students use this space to explore Essential Questions in any way their passion guides them.
Units culminate in presentations of learning in which the LOFT community of learners, teacher-coaches, and family members learn about and ponders these essential questions together.
Project-based learning in small groups has been shown to be an effective way of retaining information by relating new ideas to ones already mastered. The Loft believes that by creating a compassionate learning environment we can help kids find a love for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
At the Club, the child is provided the space to self-direct their activity. They may choose to have quiet time reading a book, create something in makers-space, play a board game with others, join in a facilitated activity, grab some computer time, or perhaps enjoy a snack they prepare themselves.
The Club is a fun space for kids to build their connections and friendships with their peers in a safe and empathetic environment. Engaging creatively and freely with other students is a valuable stage for your children and The Loft Academy offers a social/ exploratory setting where students are guided towards self-directed projects. We believe further exploration with group projects and activities will help students develop leadership and social skills.