The Story School has created online homeschool classes for families where:
Our mission is to enhance your student’s learning and inspire them to become lifelong learners.
Based on our mission of inspiring life-long learners, our belief that education is a voyage, and our desire to help our heroes pivot to a world of digital learning, we are presenting a full semester of STEM-based, story-centered, and essential skill-integrated curriculum adventures. The curriculum is designed to motivate through the use of stories and discovery-based learning; engage through interdisciplinary studies; and energize through interactive and play-based activities.
We also offer an online afterschool program that runs later in the afternoon for both homeschool and non-homeschool students who wish to have an online social experience with other kids and teens while they navigate interactive adventures run by our instructors.
Our teachers and instructors have been running our story-based STEM Summer Camps for over 20 years in Massachusetts and we now have online versions for students that wish to experience their learning adventures from home.
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How can it be applied in their life? What benefit do they believe they can get from it? If they don’t have ideas about this, we ask them questions about what they are interested in, and we help them see how the topic can benefit their interest. This comprehension of personal application can pique curiosity and help motivate the student.
This input lets us know what the student may already know about the topic and what they don’t know but want to know. This helps the teacher and the student define a beginning point for knowledge and determine progress at the end of the course.
Lateral Learning means that if a student begins to learn the topic but discovers something more applicable and interesting to them that is directly related to the topic, we allow them to focus on this aspect. This is important because lateral thinking and learning can inspire innovation by allowing students to experiment with tangents. This process also engages students, because it provides autonomy in the learning process.
The students play the role of a hero in a dynamic story and have to work together to overcome the challenges using the knowledge they have acquired. This team approach inspires a sense of belonging. As well, the stories provide a narrative context for the lesson which can improve comprehension and retention of the knowledge.
Our teachers are not “sages on stages”. Instead, we are “guides on the side”. We see our job as inspiring students to become lifelong learners. This term has become a buzzword that many institutions claim to embrace but rarely enact or support in daily practice. Every step of the way, our objective is to empower students to expand their knowledge by using their own interests as a stepping stone. We do this by providing them with challenges that engage their curiosity, interest, and even passion, and then we walk beside them through their educational journey.
We partner with them to find additional resources and help them establish connections between their interest and a wider set of topics. This approach allows them to expand their focus and include subjects that they may not have considered of interest before they started.
Students discuss how the knowledge they acquired has changed their perspective, or opened up opportunities for them in their previously stated objectives. This process improves two specific outcomes: It promotes a growth mindset that allows a student to change their mind about a previously held idea, and it improves the transfer of knowledge into their personal life by making it directly applicable to their own objectives.
Our definition of success is not to end up with a predetermined outcome. Instead, it is to show progress in overall knowledge. As such, failure MUST be acceptable. This attitude is illustrated by Thomas Edison’s reply to Mr. Mallory, who expressed regret that the first nine thousand and odd experiments on the storage battery research had been without results. Edison replied, with a smile: “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results! I have found several thousand things that won’t work.” We don’t just subscribe to Edison’s idea, we teach it wholeheartedly by allowing for failure and revise it to mean “steps towards success”. This perspective is what builds resilience when a student isn’t able to immediately achieve their desired outcome.
Studies that show the importance of our specialties:
Emotional Engagement and Motivation: https://jime.open.ac.uk/articles/10.5334/jime.472/
Curiosity enhances learning and retention: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0079612316300589
Influence of Emotion on learning and memory: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5573739/
Emotional Design improve learning and outcome: https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fa0026609
The Story School approaches STEM learning in a unique manner: Through the context of story. Often, STEM education is presented in project manner without much context as to the problem that the project can solve and why it is important. This is a key difference from formal education which promotes learning for the sake of learning. Our method is to offer learning that provides a solution to a problem the student wants to solve because they are emotionally engaged in the larger context.
STEM and story are a perfect union. And over the decades, we have perfected that process.
It’s not enough for our students to just learn about STEM or other academic subjects. Processing this information and applying it to their lives outside of school is necessary… as well as developing vital skills that will help them with whatever endeavor they pursue later in life.
The Story School has selected a number of essential learning skills that we are certain will be both applicable and important to our students, whether they wish to become computer game designers, scientists, authors, inventors, artists, or any other career path.
Essential learning skills will help them forge a path when there isn’t a teacher available to tell them how.
Whether your student is attending in-person school, remote school, or our online homeschool program, they may desire a social experience that has the safety of staying remote while also being engaged with other kids or teens in exciting, interactive adventures run by our instructors.
Our Online Afterschool Program touches on education and provides ample opportunity for practicing essential learning skills but with more emphasis on story, adventure, and camaraderie than education. We call our participants “Heroes” as they navigate an ongoing story that never repeats where they make decisions and battle antagonists like monsters and zombies with their wits and special skills. Think of a computer game… but where the story is relayed live, by our instructors. And instead of using avatars, the other heroes are there, on screen with you.
To inspire life long learners who want to make a difference in the world
The Three Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion
To create a safe, fun, and educational environment where our Heroes can grow and learn
To be the preeminent source and curator of interactive story-based education
These important guideposts have been our compass for over two decades. We have taught and inspired thousands of children and teens from around the world. This success now brings our methodology and our passion for education into the online homeschool environment. We do hope you will join us for the adventure of learning!
Molecules and Elements
The Solar System
Single Cell Organisms
Combating Mobile Forces
Powers of 10 and multidigit #s
Numerical Patterns and Form Pair rules
Statistics & Probability
Continuity and casualty in HIstory
Media Bias & Sources
Culture and Environment
Social Media / Online Communication
Oration and Debate
Critical Thinking & Analysis
Research and sourcing research
Interpersonal skills and conflict management
Learning Styles (kinetic, auditory, visual, tactile, etc.)
Life Management and Financial Literacy
Diet, Nutrition, and Food management
Body Mechanics / Physical Fitness
Entrepreneurial skills: running a business
Stock Trends and History
Budgets and Empathy (every household is different)
If you would like to tell us more about your student and what topics are of interest to you, please fill out our online homeschool survey.
All learning modules and curricula will be presented in a manner friendly to newer and accomplished homeschoolers, unschoolers, and distance-learners while also providing documentation and results that allow parents to assess their progress:
Online portfolios showing projects and assignments
Online record-keeping of individual student performance and progress
Online lesson plans and artifacts
Pre and Post lesson assessments
There’s never been a better time in our lives for the phrase “it takes a village.” With schools around our nation still unsure about their reopening, we are dedicating our team to keeping students engaged and educated while adding adventure to homeschooling.
You may be a parent who is struggling to find ways to keep your student excited about learning.
You may be a parent who doesn’t have the time required to provide an expansive education.
You may be a parent who simply wants their student’s screentime to be productive and engaging.
We’re ready to give your student what they need to help you need overcome these challenges. It takes a village… and we will be yours. To contact our team and tell us about your homeschooling needs, please fill out the form below or give us a call today at (781) 270-4800.
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