Leonardo:

2017-18 Homeschool Enrichment program

Everyone can solve problems, write, cook, draw, and fall in love with the world. 

Leonardo: a Monday/Wednesday program where science, history, math, and the arts are combined together like they haven't been since... well, since the Renaissance! We're proud to be partnering with Camp Roots for an optional Friday outdoor program.

Leonardo is for 6-, 7-, and 8-year olds, and will be located on Seattle's Eastside. We'll open up on September 6, 2017.

Leonardo's Mission

In Leonardo, kids build masteryWe guide them in deliberate practice: cycles of tiny stretches. We give long periods of focus, and clear feedback. We help kids celebrate struggle, and do deep work.

In Leonardo, kids become interested in nearly everything. We use the tools of Imaginative Education to help them develop complex understanding.

In Leonardo, kids find purposeWe connect all academic learning to building a meaningful adult life.

Everyone can become a Renaissance person.


Leonardo's curriculum

+ How do we teach science?

We think everyone can understand complexity.

  • We guide young kids into a clear understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Kids learn deeply from hands-on, brains-on exploration of things that seem perfectly ordinary.
  • We shape the science curriculum through input from working scientists. This lets us go very, very deep. A lesson on (for example) bananas might delve into the physiology of plants, the physics of sunlight, the biochemistry of chlorophyll and antioxidants, and the (very strange) co-evolution of fruit, humans, and monkeys.
  • We tell the stories of how scientists first uncovered these ideas.

+ How do we teach history?

We think everyone can tell the stories that shaped the world.

  • We tell the compelling stories of the ancient world (from the Big Bang to 1 CE).
  • We expose kids to the real world, including religions, philosophies, politics, and daily life (and going beyond just Western history).
  • Our scope spans the world — including stories like those of the Mayan and Ojibwe creation tales, the Buddha, Abraham, David, Confucius, the Odyssey, Socrates, and Julius Caesar.
  • Kids make the stories their own by learning to tell them to others.
  • By the end of the year, kids can tell a compelling history of the ancient world.

+ How do we teach math?

We think everyone can reason logically and creatively.

+ How do we teach writing?

We think everyone can express themselves elegantly.

  • We give kids step-by-step practice (adapted from [The Brave Writer]9).
  • Great writers are passionate readers: we help kids become passionate readers.
  • Kids savor great instances of writing through our poem of the week and our song of the week.
  • We fill the day with authentic writing experiences.

+ How do we teach cooking?

We think everyone can create scrumptious meals — for themselves and others.

+ How do we teach drawing?

We think everyone can draw what they see.

  • We help kids draw realistically, in the classical style.
  • We provide step-by-step lessons (adapted from Drawing with Children and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain), given by a professional artist.
  • Kids savor good art through our painting of the week and our comic of the day.

Nuts-and-bolts info

+ Our 2017–18 schedule

Leonardo meets Mondays & Wednesdays.

  • First Quarter: September 6 – November 1
  • Second Quarter: November 6 – January 31
  • Third Quarter: February 5 – April 4
  • Fourth Quarter: April 16 – June 20

+ Holidays

  • November 10 (Veteran's Day)
  • November 23–24 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 18–January 2 (Holidays break)
  • January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • February 19 (Presidents' Day)
  • April 9–13 (Spring break)
  • May 28 (Memorial Day)

+ Times

Mondays and Wednesdays:

  • 9am–2:30pm. This time may get gently adjusted, to deal with local traffic conditions.

Fridays at Camp Roots:

  • 10am–3pm

+ Locations

  • Leonardo (Mondays and Wednesdays) will meet at a still-to-be-determined location on Seattle's Eastside (likely Kirkland or Kenmore).
  • Camp Roots (Fridays) will meet at St. Edward Park.

+ Costs

  • $1250 a quarter
  • Tuition for our partnership Friday program with Camp Roots is not included.