Is Creator's House a good fit for my family?

Question #2

Which Educational Model Is The Best Fit For Your Family?

Part of answering Big Question #2 is getting a better idea of what educational model is likely the best fit for your family – it might be ours…or not and that’s OK. When exploring this, you may find it helpful to consider the dimensions and key questions listed below:

Public vs. Private vs. Homeschool

Public

A government-funded, tuition-free school provided to residents of a particular geographic area. This educational model is often characterized by highly structured schedules, curriculum and extra-curricular activities (sports, band, etc). Curriculum is delivered by state-certified teachers. Charter Schools, Magnet Schools and Online options are variations on this model.

Private

A privately-funded school provided to families that qualify and have the financial means to fulfill the tuition requirements, often with scholarship options available to those who cannot afford it. Teacher certification requirements and regulations vary by state. Parochial (religious) and Charter Schools are variations on this model.

Homeschool

Educational model involving parents who choose to educate their child at home rather than send them to a public or private school. Requirements and regulations vary by state. Curriculum is most often delivered by parent(s) using various programs and methodologies of their choice. Unschooling, Home school Co-ops and Home school Hybrids are variations on this model.

Traditional vs. Non-Traditional

Traditional

A traditional educational model is often characterized by the following:

  • Adult-centered delivery of instruction to classes of students who are the receivers of information.
  • Daily/weekly schedule is often highly structured, with isolated focus on required subjects like math, reading, writing, science and social studies.
  • Traditional measurements of learning emphasized (Quizzes, Grades, Report Cards, Transcripts, Standardized Tests, etc.)

Non-Traditional

While many non-traditional educational models exist, most deviate from the Traditional model by providing some combination of:

  • Less adult-centered curriculum delivery/instruction (incorporating substantially more projects, group collaboration, peer mentoring/accountability and leveraging the latest game-based learning tech platforms.)
  • More flexible, fluid and customizable schedules
  • More flexible, integrated, customizable subject requirements and curriculum
  • Emphasis on less traditional measurements of learning (Mastery-based Badges, Portfolios, Exhibition Days, etc.)

Teacher-Driven vs. Parent-Driven vs. Learner-Driven

Teacher-Driven

In this particular educational model, it is the Teacher who is held primarily responsible for engaging, equipping and inspiring students to participate in the learning process and drive academic achievement and outcomes.

Parent-Driven

In this particular educational model, the parent fulfills the role as Teacher. They are ultimately held responsible for engaging, equipping and inspiring students to participate in the learning process and drive academic achievement and outcomes.

Learner-Driven

In this particular educational model, the instructional focus and delivery is shifted to the learner. An emphasis is put on equipping students to create, manage and optimize their unique educational journey, so it is they who are ultimately responsible for driving academic achievement and outcomes.

Key Questions To Ask

Q1. While all 3 parties are key in the educational process, who do you truly believe is ultimately responsible for driving your child's educational experience? (Teacher, Parent, or Learner)

Q2. If you are drawn to Learner-Driven models, to what extent are you willing to step back and allow your child to struggle and (perhaps even) fail? What strategies and boundaries will you employ to ensure that you do not undermine their educational journey?

You Know You're a Creator's House Parent If...

Families who thrive in a learner-driven community, like Creator’s House, often have these 4 things in common. If all of these resonate with you as a parent, Creator’s House just might be a good fit for your family:

Lifelong Learner

Curiosity, exploration and discovery are pillars in your family. You welcome surprises over being right. Eager to learn to learn, do and be.

Mastery-Minded

Developing a working understanding of the subjects studied is sought after over simply recalling facts about what has been taught.  Mastery is the goal, not memorization.

The Gift of Accountability

Personal accountability is embraced as a way to develop character and responsibility.

Heroic Approach to Life

Each person in the family, parent and child alike, is on a Hero’s Journey.  Setbacks are seen as opportunities to transform, learn and grow.

Who's Not a Fit: It's All in the Response to "The Struggle"

Let’s be real. As parents, we ALL struggle with the following (some more than others):

Need to be in Control

Need to be Right

Need to look good to others

Parents who choose to feed these needs tend to struggle at Creator’s House in ways that are not helpful for their families.

Parents who look for ways to transform these needs into personal growth opportunities tend to thrive in the Creator’s House community.

The Importance of Philosophical Alignment

Families that are most likely to thrive tend to be those where BOTH parents AND the young learner are in alignment with Creator’s House’s philosophical foundation.

​When either a parent or learner has not “bought in” to this particular educational model, the family may struggle to find balance between expectations, accountability, engagement and overall learning experience.

Not everyone is a fit for Creator’s House, and that’s OK! It’s better to figure that out now and invest your money, time, energy & emotions into a school that is more in line with what your family needs!