The Redeemer Extended Academic Day (READ) program is available for all TK-3rd grade Redeemer School students after noon dismissal. READ is supervised by the school and follows the Redeemer School calendar. Teachers are trained in the school’s philosophy & will follow a curriculum developed by the school. Stories and activities will not overlap with the current school-day curriculum.
In READ, students start each afternoon gathering to bless the food and enjoy lunch together while listening to various pieces of classical music. Then they listen to folktales from around the world. These stories were handed down orally and some are similar to stories we’ve heard from other traditions and cultures.
The majority of the READ time is spent playing outside! We provide a few balls, some hula hoops, and some chalk, but this is an unstructured time for them to explore, imagine, and play under their own direction. Bushes become forts and fairy houses and the fun begins there. In a quiet moment someone notices an interesting bug or flower and everyone comes running! It’s a relaxed and easy down-time for brains and bodies to digest the day -- "A quiet growing time--and free growing time--the freedom of real play and of ordering one's own life.” ~ Charlotte Mason
When everyone is tired and ready for a drink of water, students come inside to rest and work with their hands. They play chess, Mastermind, draw, and work on handcrafts such as carving, weaving, or stitching. Students then prepare to be picked up at 2:45pm.
We would be blessed to have your child in the afternoon. This extended part of their day is an enriching and enjoyable time to get to know new friends and teachers. It is the goal of the READ program to remain true to Charlotte Mason’s philosophy for younger children -- “All intellectual work is done in the morning hours of school, and the afternoons are given to field nature studies, drawing, handicrafts, etc.” (Vol. 6, p. 10). Above all, we strive for this time to be an opportunity for your child to wind down from morning studies in a relaxed atmosphere where their hearts are shepherded and their minds are stimulated.
2018-2019 READ Program Rates Per Student
1 day / week rate = $540 / year ($60 / month)
2 days / week rate = $1,044 / year ($116 / month)
3 days / week rate = $1,512 / year ($168 / month)
4 days / week rate = $1,908 / year ($212 / month)
5 days / week rate = $2,250 / year ($250 / month)
Drop-in rate = $20/day per student. Drop-ins are are subject to space availability.
READ is offered Mon - Fri, 12:15 - 2:45pm.