Satellite Program

  • How does this program work?

    Every day for the four-day Voyager program, and one day a week for Odyssey, 1/4 of the class will be assigned to the Satellite room while the remainder of their class is in the main classroom. This will allow for a 6 to 1 teacher student ratio in Satellite. In Voyager, one teacher will teach in Satellite the same lesson for four consecutive days to four different groups of children. In Odyssey, it will be one small group a week that rotates throughout the month. This provides an excellent opportunity for children to work in a small group with a teacher presenting activities and concepts in a more individualized way. It lends itself as well to closer observations and teacher guidance when necessary.

    What are some units that are taught in Satellite?

    The emphasis on science, math and language arts lends itself readily to this small group experience. In a smaller group, there is greater opportunity for individual attention, material and concepts to be discussed in more depth and allows for greater time in developing critical thinking skills. An example of a one week-long unit was studying and observing pumpkins incorporating STEM and STEAM exploration.

    Does my child have an assigned day?

    For Voyager, every child will be in Satellite one day of the week. The remaining 3 days will be in the classroom. In Odyssey, the small group will change week by week. Teachers do not assign children a specific day or even have a specific set of children that are together each time. Someone may be out sick or away on vacation so our teachers go day to day in the process of selecting children to be in Satellite for that day. This allows children to have the opportunity to interact in a small setting with various combinations of classmates over time.