MPCS Homeschool Program

MPCS Homeschool Program

 

Holistic Homeschool Enrichment is a publicly funded homeschool enrichment program available to homeschoolers in Kindergarten through eighth grade. This year, the program hosts students in grades one to eight. We hope to expand to have a kindergarten component next school year. This program is designed to enrich the Waldorf or Enki approach of learning at home. Children attend Mountain Phoenix beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Fridays, engaging in outdoor, nature-based activities along with music, orchestra, arts, Spanish, handwork, and seasonal festivals.

 
To enroll:
Fill out the MPCS Enrollment Application, as well as the Jeffco Open Enrollment Form found on this website under the Enrollment Tab.

 
Description of the Program
 A part-time Waldorf-Inspired enrichment program for home-schooled children on Fridays from 9:00 to 3:15 and various trips related to curriculum throughout the year. This program is for children grades 1 to 8 and includes music, P.E., Spanish, art, handwork, and culture.
Time
Grades 1-3
Grades 4-8
9:00-9:40
 Spanish
Handwork
9:40-10:20
Handwork
Spanish
10:20-10:40
Snack
Snack
10:40-11:30
PE
Art
11:30-12:15
Art
Orchestra
12:15-1:00
Lunch
PE
1:00-1:45
Orchestra
Lunch
1:45-2:45
Outdoor Education
Outdoor Education
2:45-3:15
Indoor Group Work
Indoor Group Work

 

Field Trips
In addition to the classroom enrichment, there will be six field trips to various places to engage children in outdoor pursuits and Colorado history. Planned field trips include:
  • Oct 14 – Hiwan Homestead 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Oct 20 – Miller Farm 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Future dates to be determined.

 

Calendar
For a detailed 2014-2015 calendar, see here.

 

Questions?
 If you have questions about the homeschool program, please email Leslie Hillen at lmhillen@jeffco.k12.co.us.

 

Teachers

 

kelli

Kelli Cahoone
Kelli Cahoone has a B.A. in Spanish from Metro State University and spent a semester abroad  in Seville, Spain through Trinity Christian College.  She lived in Valparaiso, Chile for six months teaching English to children, and then 4 years in Buenos Aires, Argentina teaching English to adults playing and writing music with the locals. She has taught Spanish in Denver to children in various afterschool programs including her own company “Lango” in which she brought Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese classes to young children across Denver. She also taught Spanish and music  to children at Front Range Waldorf School, taught  Spanish through “The Homeschool Connection” at Woodrow Wilson and also taught middle school  at Compass Montessori . She has been teaching Spanish at Mountain Phoenix Community School since 2011 and  has attended two summer trainings for Waldorf Spanish Teachers at Steiner Community College in Fair Oaks, California. She loves to sing and has an extensive music career under the name “Kal” and currently sings in a Russian Orthodox Choir.  Her passions include motherhood, music, languages, cultures, cooking, gardening, Waldorf Education, and teaching children!

liza

Liza Cole-Brant
Liza is a second-generation Waldorf teacher. She began her Waldorf journey attending City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she developed a passion for the fiber arts. She attended Naropa University and holds a BA in contemplative psychology with a double minor in education and visual arts. She enjoys bringing art to the classroom and inspiring children to create and appreciate beauty. Liza is thrilled to be MPCS’s Handwork teacher! Let’s knit!
 

Director
Leslie Hillen
Originally from St. Louis, MO, I came to Colorado for college and have loved it ever since. I taught ESL in Denver Public Schools for the past four years. Prior to that I also taught in Los Angeles, CA,  Portland, OR, and I lived in Japan for one year teaching English. I have been the AVID coordinator for the past seven years coordinating professional development and teacher coaching while being a classroom teacher. When I was teaching ESL, most of my students were refugees. I have taken the foundation Waldorf teacher training through Rudolf Steiner college and am excited do this again with the Mountain Phoenix community. I fell in love with Waldorf education in Portland when my daughter, Skyla, began preschool in a Waldorf preschool. When we moved back to Denver in 2010, we continued to enroll Skyla in Waldorf schools. I love to knit and do outdoor activities. I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in 2006.

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