Frequently asked questions
What is the cost of learning pods?
Learning Pods are divided into 3-hour blocks*. This price is the total cost per block and will be divided between families.
Half day / 3-hours: $250 (groups of 2-5 families)
- Group of 5 kids = $50 per day or $250 per week
- Group of 4 kids = $62.5 per day or $312.5 per week
- Group of 3 kids = $83.33 per day or $416.67 per week
- Group of 2 kids = $125 per day or $625 per week
Full day / 6-hours: $500 (groups of 2-5 families)
What's included in the cost?
One teacher contractually obligated to only teach in person for your Learning Pod bubble
Specially curated online resources
Unique projects tailored to Ontario Curriculum
Play-based, active learning
Educational technology support with an instructional designer
Reading recommendations from an on-staff, school librarian
Why are you more expensive than other places?
We understand the price is sightly higher than other companies offering Learning Pods and we know money is an issue for everyone, especially right now. However, we believe teachers deserve a fair pay and we guarantee our teachers are paid a living wage comparable to, or higher, than what TDSB supply teachers receive.
We also only permit our instructors to work in-person with one family. Prior to placement, we ask in-person instructors to advise us of any employment or other engagements that require close personal contact with others outside their personal bubbles. Only instructors with no other in-person commitments will be selected to lead in-person Learning Pods.
Who are the teachers?
We have OCT, ECE, and professionals with teaching experience to lead learning pods depending on the age, grade, and needs of the learning pods.
How long is your day?
How many kids/families can be involved in a single learning pod?
Each pod can have between 2 to 5 families.
How will the day run/look like?
Our pod teachers will follow Ontario Curriculum Resources and TDSB Remote learning.
What curriculum will teachers be using?
Teachers will use a mix of TDSB materials as well as unique projects tailored to Ontario Curriculum.
Is French Immersion available?
French immersion is available on a limited, first come basis.
I am an OCT or ECE and want to teach a pod! How can I join?
Please send an email with your resume and 3 references to email@example.com.
How do you teach students of multiple ages & grades?
Teaching multi-grade classrooms may seem like an impossible hurdle, but it's just . . . different. Some ways teachers adapt to multi-grade classrooms include:
Focus on abilities over grade level - Even in a single-grade classroom, there are a wide range of abilities and teachers group students of varying strengths together to match and support different needs.
Differentiation - Teachers create structured activites or use centres so all groups are learning at all times even when the teacher is actively engaged with another student or group.
Incorporate Everyday Experience into Learning - Teachers can combine lessons to revolve around a common life experience that can bring students together and create camaraderie. For example, much of the Ontario curriculum revolves around the environment, which can be used as a common theme through all ages and grades.
Flexibility - Mostly, teachers rely on their innate sense of flexiblility. No matter how much you plan, teachers know that it's the students that have the most implact on how lessons run.
Are you considered a homeschool?
No, we are not homeschooling. Students in our learning pods must be enrolled in a local school district's (or other private school's) distance learning program. Our instructors are there to supplement this distance learning and support students with their learning.