Mi Families (“my families”) LLC is not a school in the traditional sense, but our teams mission is to provide “education through recreation” for families and those who work with families. Our programs are designed with hopes that all who participate have fun learning!
Mi Families team members facilitate provider trainings, parent workshops, family events and youth services across Michigan. Our youth services include a homebased care program between Traverse City and Cadillac, as well as tutoring and homeschool courses.
Some of our homeschool courses are taught by myself (Christi Morgan) , and my husband , through the Northern Michigan Partnership. The partnership program is a unique school for homeschoolers to attend elective courses in a classroom setting.
There are many opinions about homeschoolers, especially regarding social skills. I honestly find many homeschooled students to have stronger social skills then their traditionally schooled peers. Maybe this is because many of them are encouraged to interact with all age groups and not only same aged classmates…
Many homeschool groups and non-traditional schools use multi-age classrooms. Multi-age classes allow a stage vs age approach for developing and mastering skills. In my homebased childcare and tutoring sessions I have loved watching tots to tweens work together through theme based activities.
Theme based activities can be easily taught through prepackaged curriculums such as Mother Goose Time. Since MGT does not date their materials we were able to continue their December theme throughout January, since the students were still enjoying the winter lessons.
As February begins we begin our transition from Winter to Dinosaurs. Winter lessons started during the fall with Migration, Hibernation and Adaptation lessons. Winter animals transitioned to reindeer to Santa to Christmas and other winter holidays. Winter holidays led to winter seasonal fun.
Seasonal fun continued with Arctic Adventures and transitioned to ICE AGE lessons of the world before our time – which transitions us nicely into the dino-days. As we transitioned through winter we learn about how our area vs lands north and south -and around the world- are impacted by seasonal changes.
Seasonal weather impacts wildlife, and the studies of it have led to lessons on social studies and science – geology vs geography – archaeology and now paleontology. As early learners are introduced to new concepts, older students are expanding on topical units and encouraging each other to love learning!
From social studies to social interactions all our programs encourage beyond learning the basic core curriculum. All our programs encourage learning through hands on activities! If you’d like more information check out www.MiFamilies.com. You can also network with myself, “Mi” team and participating “family” members on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc