Starting in September 2020, we are offering your family a stable, safe educational option.
LIMITED SPACE LEFT FOR OCTOBER START DATES.
The Learning Continuity Program will provide your child (SK-2) with a transformational education in the STEAM subjects. Delivered on-site at our Scarsdale Rd. campus, or on-line when required, it will deliver a degree of certainty into your child’s education, safety and your daily routine.
Safety is our top priority with return to school, as it has been for our camps this summer. Since June, we have been effectively ensuring child safety with our facility design, protocols and the constant attention to the students by out staff. We have fine-tuned procedures and supervision on an ongoing basis, effectively being able to communicate the need for social distancing and proper hygiene to the children in our care.
At Brick Labs Inc., our mission is to build creative, curious, and confident learners. We believe these three characteristics form the basis of a life-long successful student and engaged citizen of our community.
In a year that has seen a major disruption in our children’s education, it is not hard to imagine how difficult the instability and uncertainty has been for them. In all likelihood, this situation will continue into the year ahead. Parents have continued to express that the health and education of their children are their top priorities. In response, Brick Labs is offering the Learning Continuity Program: an educational program focused on these two priorities and our mission as our guide.
Principles of the LCP
- Engagement Through Purpose: All lessons are delivered with a “why we are learning this”, and “how and where we will apply it.”. This frames topics with a purpose children can understand.
- Creationary, Hands-on Exploration: The opportunity for playful learning with hands-on exploration of topics in our unique, STEAM based, maker-space.
- Personalized Learning : All children learn differently. The LCP allows instructors and students to work together, with a variety of methods, to ensure mastery of topics.
- Discovery Opportunities: With small classes, instructors can better understand what interests each child. Together they can create discovery opportunities by melding learnings with interests.
- Mentoring Positive Learning Attitudes: Throughout the program instructors will mentor students about personal responsibility, giving and receiving feedback, collaboration, creative expression, and effort.
Format and Serials – Update
Students will participate in daily Math and Science classes. Additionally, they will have daily classes on 2 out of the 3 following subjects: Technology/Engineering, Social Studies, and Creativity. Students will have time for outdoor breaks and snacks. A variety of exercises to be completed on their own time, including reading, writing, and math repetition is recommended weekly. There will be a maximum of 8 students in the facility at any given time.
As positions have filled, we are now customizing schedules for families. We have limited availability on certain days and times. We can create a custom schedule for your family on the following days/times:
Mornings (8.30am to Noon) : Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Afternoons (1pm to 4.30pm): Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
We can create a custom schedule that works for your family. Contact us for details.
Fees are all inclusive and are based on a minimum 4 month enrollment. Full payment (4 months) is due upon acceptance into the program. Space is not guaranteed until payment is received. UPDATE – The LCP has now been assessed as being HST exempt.
3 half-days/week: $650/month (September to June)
3 full-days/week: $1050/month (September to June)
- June 2020 Applications Open
- July – August 2020 Acceptance Letters Issued/Payments Due
- Week of 14 September – First Day of Class
- 9 to 12 October – Thanksgiving Long Weekend
- 23 Dec to 3 Jan – Closed
- 12 to 15 February – Closed (Family Day)
- 12 to 21 March – Closed
- 2 to 4 April – Closed (Easter)
- 21 to 24 May – Closed (Victoria Day)
- 20 June – Last Day of Class
The LCP is a secure way of educating your child for the upcoming school year. Secure in that your child will receive instruction continuously from September to June, on-site or virtually if required. There will be no break in learning if emergency orders are enacted again. We also believe, with only 8 children in our facility at any given time, you can rest assured that your child is well looked after in an environment that minimizes transmission risks.
The LCP will alleviate the need for you to be your child’s “full-time teacher”. Your child will have a well rounded STEAM education delivered professionally and with care.
Families who will be enrolling their children in the LCP are required to inform their current school, by letter, that they will be home-schooling their child. Home-schooling by a third-party (Brick Labs) is an acceptable and legal practice in Ontario. Complete information about home-schooling can be found here, including sample letters and the ins and outs of home-schooling.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our Learning Continuity Program has just been launched, so we are answering your questions as they come in here.
What Does it Look Like? What will my child be doing day to day?
The core of the program is STEAM learning. So everyday, students will engage in Math and Science with a hands-on, practical learning approach. Having extensively delivered much of the curriculum material over the last 3 months, it is apparent that expectations in SK, Grades 1 and 2 are “light” for these subjects. That’s why we’ll bolster the curriculum with memorable lessons, exercises and projects that will help them excel to a level of mastery in their grade and beyond. With a 1:4 staff to student ratio, students will be free to accelerate their learning at a pace that is comfortable for them.
Math and Science will be supplemented with Technology (Robotics and Coding) and Engineering. In addition to their normal learning desk, students will have personal “tech desks” equipped with a robotics kit/tablet and access to various engineering builds and lessons.
We will also work creatively with social studies, geography and history using our “adventure build” format for maximum engagement. Using internet resources, they’ll learn (and share with their classmates) about a country, region or time period by creating landscape models and role play as scientists, explorers, or historians. They’ll gain confidence by being active in their own, and their peers’, learning process. Finally, we also wanted to address how does the LCP feel? For students, we believe we are creating a learning journey with places for them to stop and be curious; engage and be creative; and build confidence and self-esteem. Our staff will mentor, encourage and give feedback that is personal and effective. This will not feel like traditional school, but a safe, fun and collaborative place for children to experience personal learning growth.
Is the LCP only during the Pandemic?
No, we will be making the LCP a permanent part of our our education services. We intend to add a grade level or two each year contingent upon demand until grade 6.
How do the fees work?
Upon acceptance you will be billed for the first 4 months of the program. After that you will be billed monthly starting on Nov 1st for Jan, Dec 1st for Feb, etc. Until fees for the year are covered.
Are fees tax deductible?
Fees paid should qualify for child care expenses. Consult you tax professional for complete advice.
What about homework?
Children will be assigned reading and writing exercises. Additionally they will be provided with math repetition exercises. Ideally children should be reading about 45-60 minutes a day while they are at home. No major assignments will be sent home. Projects will be completed at Brick Labs with the assistance of their instructors.
What if we choose to withdraw?
You are free to withdraw at anytime, however any fees paid shall not be refunded. We suggest providing notice of withdraw to maximize the services you will be paying for.
Can we return to our regular school if we want to?
All children in Ontario are entitled to a free public education. You are allowed to return to a publicly funded school at anytime.
How will Brick Labs ensure my child is meeting the standards set in the Ontario curriculum?
We will maintain a spreadsheet of all the requirements listed in the curriculum for your child. As we move through the various subject areas and topics, it is our goal to ensure your child is achieving a mastery of the knowledge and skills required. We look at the curriculum as the minimum standard, and we will engage your child in a variety of activities to gain further knowledge and skills. We will provide parents and the child with regular feedback on what we are working on, and how your child is progressing.
The government recently announced they will be adding coding to the curriculum next year, what will you be doing?
We are glad to see this added to the curriculum for public schools. Technology was already part of our LCP. We have been teaching coding and robotics for the last 3 years, using 3 different robotics platforms depending on the child’s age and skills. Each child will have at least 2 classes a week working with their own robotics kit and tablet. They will be doing more than just “coding”. They will actually work on problem solving, design and building of their own robots as the year progresses.
What is covered in the arts/creativity sessions?
Creativity sessions are designed to allow children to be expressive with their ideas. Its a chance for them to showcase their imagination and work, in a positive environment, using a variety of techniques: public speaking, graphic stories, and short stop motion movies. Sharing creative ideas is where they will build their confidence.
Why the different sessions?
Sessions were created to allow for maximum flexibility in parent scheduling, comfort level, and desire to cover some learning by parents themselves. We will ensure all students will have a well rounded experience and learning regardless of the amount of time spent with us.
What would a typical day look like?
Each day will include sessions in Math and Science, not just lessons, but opportunities to explore concepts with hands on exercises. Students will also have sessions in Technology (robotics and coding) with their own robotics kit and tablet at a personalized workstation. Engineering classes will involve building devices, mechanisms and tools using LEGO education kits for mechanics, pneumatics, and renewable energy. Creativity sessions will allow students to delve deeper into subjects using their natural curiosity to explore and create passion projects in a variety of areas. Regular breaks to recharge their minds will also be scheduled. While there will be a schedule, students will have the opportunity to go “off-script” to work on areas of interests or work at mastery of a topic at their own pace. Children in our full-day program will also have extended physical activity sessions.
I have one child in Grade 1 and one in Grade 3, can you accommodate the older child?
Yes we can accommodate siblings when one is outside our posted program grades. Please contact us to discuss details and options.