LEARNING PODS at CATOCTIN SUN:

IN-PERSON EDUCATION DURING THE TIMES OF COVID


POD LEARNING, in the Reggio Emilia-style classroom during pandemic will align with Reggio’s mixed- age classroom philosophy. Though we share one classroom, we will rotate indoor play, outdoor explorations, and lunch groupings based on numbers of children enrolled in each pod. Activity areas and materials will be sanitized and stored in between (please see Covid Awareness & Classroom Protocol document for detailed information and teacher training updates). Instead of backpacks this year, storage buckets will be introduced.


Catoctin Sun’s learning activities, through the formation of Reggio Emilia-style “family groups” – aka your child’s pod – or number of children within the same age group. For part of our school day, we will use this pod model to build friendships, teach to differentiated learning styles, limit classroom transitions in a healthy way, one that involves fresh air, shade, outdoor exploration, provocation & learning, gardening, and a new, simply designed outdoor classroom space. Enrolled siblings, are invited to attend and receive a discounted rate


GUIDELINES for POD GROUPINGS

Little Acorns Pod

Preschool

3 yrs of age by September 1st

Sunflower Pods

Preschool

3.5 ys of age by September 1st

Pre-Kindy & Kindergarten

Kindergarten

4.5 to 5.5 yrs of age by September 1st

Maple Tree Pod

Virtual Kindergarten Support

5 yrs of age by September 1st