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‘Micro-schools’ could be a way to keep Seattle kids busy and learning during coronavirus closures

With typical summer offerings likely disrupted, a new idea emerges.

A Seattle dad is trying to gauge interest in a new, coronavirus-inspired model for keeping kids busy and learning: home-based “micro-schools” for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade who won’t be able to attend their usual summer camps and classes.

Ivan Kerbel of Mount Baker describes the vision as follows: “a self-organized network of micro-schools … each conducted out of a single home and involving small, stable groups of six to eight students learning under qualified, compensated teachers.”

He has in mind starting with a summer curriculum that could include music, movement, arts and crafts, cooking, and gardening. The activities would be led by both a home teacher who would provide structure, emotional support, free play, etc., and rotating visiting teachers who would be specialists in areas such as art.

Kerbal emphasizes that the micro-school idea is still in the “visioning” stages, and he’s trying to gauge interest and support, and that it also would depend upon evolving reopening guidance for state and local officials and the ability to adhere to whatever social-distancing guidance is in place.

Parents can get more information and connect on the new Facebook page Parents and Guardians of Seattle micro-schools, and by signing up to join a mailing list here.

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