Enki Virtual Community School Details

Enki Virtual Community School
one of a kind opportunity

We are the only program offering real time, peer-community learning, online – and it works! 
Come see the classes in action!

Today’s children are growing up in a different world, one with both challenges and blessings. One of the biggest blessings is that we have an opportunity to make real connections online. When we began this program, we, like many of you, questioned whether or not this could be done – it can! Every class we see the students interacting compassionately, honestly, and playfully. They challenge each other, learn from each other, and support each other, and develop real friendships, some lasting years beyond the class.

Since peer connection lies at the heart of this program, we begin each week by checking in and connecting to one another. From there, we move between full group discussions and explorations of the topic at hand, and small, peer group work focused on skill development. In Humanities, the small group work includes peer discussions and writer’s workshops, and peer projects – and quite a bit of “peer play!”  In the Math-Science-Grammar classes we continue to work in both large and small groups, but the focus is on experimentation, exploration, reasoning, and skill building. Peek into a class

From the Parents:

Our son has loved the online classes, and they are a great complement to our homeschooling.  I was a bit wary of the format, since our family is not super keen on screen time for kids, but our experience has been overwhelmingly positive. The classes themselves are interactive and have been far more engaging than I thought would possible.  Each class has an art component, and even a movement one, incorporating cultural dances and aerobic engagement that, yes causes many giggles, but all participate!

Throughout, Michael has connected with these stories in a meaningful and brought the characters experiences into our home.  During project time, he has been able to work with other classmates collaboratively and creatively in such as way that I feel it is an example that we adults could learn from!  It has been a wonderful experience all around!

Parent in New Brunswick, Canada

This cyber school has been a wonderful experience for Phaedra. She was really needing the independence and the experience of working in a group of kids her age. She LOVES it!

We love the group projects and the way Beth puts the student’s individual work together in a really beautiful way. The way math, science and grammar are all woven together around a core subject makes the learning so much more tangible than traditional schooling. We are so thankful that we are on this journey and hope we can continue in the years to come.

Shamaar, Texas

From the Students:


I expected an impersonal experience, a teacher lecturing and students glancing uncomfortably around. That was not what I received. Instead I found a warm and welcoming environment, where the other children and myself where allowed to talk and joke about the things important to us, with the teacher there to guide conversations and, when necessary, focus us on the content. After the first day, people began showing up early for the sole purpose of talking before class.

For me, the Enki Virtual school was a perfect transition in a social sense. It got me out of my shell and provided me a way to spend time with other kids in a “classroom” setting while still within the familiar environment of Enki’s curriculum and teachers. It gave me my best friend, and now looking back, I also see how graceful it made my transition to high school and how much it gave me socially.

Rebecca in Colorado 

NEW Comprehensive Program

Eligible for Department of Education Homeschool Credit*

2020: Grades 6, 7, and 8/9 Humanities ONLY
(Comprehensive to begin again in 2021)

To meet the needs of students, parents, and teachers alike during this time of COVID, we are offering a Humanities ONLY year long program, including the arts.

In 2021/22, we will offer a comprehensive program. All students participate in Humanities classes throughout the year. While we encourage participation in the Math-Science-Grammar classes, for those families who prefer more flexibility, these are also available as “homeschool units” for the parent to lead at home. For those choosing the at home option, we will provide written guidance and three online guidance calls for parents.

  • The program is eligible for homeschool credit in both the States and Canada; we provide the paper work and you apply locally. To date, once submitted, these have always been accepted for credit by every state and province where application was made. For your homeschool credit, Enki will provide you with a Course Description, Verification of Completion (assuming regular attendance and completion of work), and an evaluation of your child’s work and participation.  These will be signed by a state certified, Enki teacher. Those choosing the homeschool option for Math-Science-Grammar will need to submit sample work to Enki to be evaluated. Some states will also ask that you submit a portfolio – for this, you simply photograph the student’s good book – made in class – and send that in digitally. Historically, these have not only been accepted, but are routinely greeted with much enthusiasm!

Along with the live online classes, each week includes reading homework and some writing, project work, and completion of art work. In addition to the reading assignments, we expect the students will spend two to four hours a week, depending on the week and the child, on Humanities homework. 

Three units per year, per grade are included in the program. Course content is detailed below.

What’s it like to learn online? Many people, appropriately, want to see how this approach might fit their particular child. Only you can answer this, so we invite you to get a cup of tea and sit back for an in-depth visit with our classes – there are a couple of hours worth of video, in short sections, at this link.

Cuneiform Writing: Irrigation Changes Everything

Is this the program for your child? Sign up by August 10th.

6th Grade

2020/2021 will be taught by Jackie Mitchell
Virtual Peer Projects | Student Work Samples (pdf)

Fall – The Middle East

(September to December 2020)
Humanities

This Unit works with the story of a modern day peaceful warrior, and through her eyes looks at the life of Mohammed and the core of Islam with its original focus on justice and equality. We then go back to ancient Sumer and look at the roots of education and the stunning inventions that made possible the shift from hunter-gatherer societies to city life.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

In the context of the Middle East and the people’s mathematical discoveries, we will focus on work with decimals and percent. We will review basic computation with whole numbers and place value systems, but an understanding of and ability to use fractions is a prerequisite.

Science will focus on Ancient Sumer and the simple machines that brought humanity from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies; chief among these are the lever and the wheel. In this context, we discover the principle of mechanical advantage. Most supplies for this exploration are readily available in any forest or park, though each child will also need a couple of pulleys.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Middle East sections.

Sumerian Irrigation using levers:

Winter – The Ancient Inca

(January to February 2021)
Humanities

In this Unit we work with the history and daily life of the ancient Inca, in the context of the legend of the sacred, and hidden, gold. In the course of these stories, we learn of both the architectural and the ceremonial traditions surrounding agriculture, including pilgrimage to the temple of Machu Picchu.

Grammar (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

In the context of the governmental structures and the agricultural developments of the ancient Inca, we will focus on the structure of the English language.  Through playful  – and often hilarious – exercises, students will be brought to see that they already use punctuation and paragraphing, as well as logical flow, in their speaking. Once conscious of this, they will nail down these rules and learn to use this understanding in their writing. From the completion of this class forward, students are held accountable for basic grammatical accuracy in all writing for all classes.

Students will be given practice worksheets to keep Math skills active, and reinforce basic computational skills. If your child does not have a solid understanding of and skill with fractions, please email the office to discuss home use of our fractions program prior to the beginning of the next. 

Spring – Greece and Rome

(March to June 2021)
Humanities

In this unit we will select from the golden period of Greece (mythologies, philosophers, scientists, warriors), moving into the expansion and the hardening of Ancient Rome (rise and fall). During our work with Rome, we will explore  the life of Jesus of Nazareth in his place between the positive expansiveness of ancient Greece and early Rome, and its hardening and decline.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

During the Humanities Unit, through the eyes of the early philosopher /scientists, we will introduce the various mathematical systems. These were borrowed, developed, and used by the Greeks and Romans as they explored new ways to describe and interact with the world. This will focus geometry. We will focus on discovering the geometric principles of a circle, in its own right and in relation to polygons. Geometry tools will be needed.

Science will take the phenomenological approach used by early Greeks to explore optics and acoustics. Simple, readily-available materials will be needed for experiments.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!
 

Discovering π (Pi):

Applying Geometric Principles:

From the Blessings of Mohammed

They’re gone
They were gone in the night
Stolen away, away far away
From their master and home
They are gone, gone is our life
Those camels are gone
How many times will I say it, they are gone.
But what’s that in the darkness?
A shape, a small lump, a difference in brightness
The camels have come home.
But what’s that, there is more,
Three instead of two!
A blessing, it’s true
Our camels are home.

~Phaedra

Want to see more? See the Grade 6 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf).

Is this the program for your child? Sign up by August 10th.

Fall – Ancient China

(September to December 2020)
Humanities

In this program we will focus on the explorers of Ancient China, explorers who traveled the world, explorers of philosophy, and explorers into new societies. This will include Confucius, Genghis Khan and the Warrior Queens, and sea explorer Zheng He.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

In this Unit we work with the patterns of early Chinese number systems, exploring the suanpan – or abacus – and the first base ten system, which is found in China. Through this the children will review and firm up all calculation processes using whole numbers and decimals.

In connection with the experience of Ancient China, we will explore human anatomy and physiology through the lens of acupuncture and the meridian mapping of the body.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Ancient China sections.

Mongolian Memories

On the long never-ending steppe, I see the open plains and rivers.
       I can feel the wind on my neck.

And I smell the sweet bitter food of the market.
             I taste the savory meat of the palace.
      And I feel the sandy rubble under my hands.
      The wind like a howling wolf, sets my heart free.

Winter – Survival at Sea

(January to February 2021)
Humanities

Through the true story of Steven Callahan who spent 76 days in a life raft, we step into the budding adolescent’s drive to explore their own power and to navigate the optimism and despair of life in a creative and life-supporting manner. Callahan comes to know the culture of the sea, the ways of the creatures and of the weather. And we come to see the unyielding force of balance, just studied in ancient China, in a new context: the interdependent life of the sea.

Grammar (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

We will begin this unit with a short review of basic grammar (punctuation, sentence structures, paragraphing, and logical sequencing). If your child does not have familiarity with these,  please email the office to discuss home use of our grammar basics program prior to this unit beginning.

On this base, and in keeping with the writing in the book they are reading, we will focus on use of image, metaphor, and simile. We will also explore use of rhythm to create mood.

Students will be given practice worksheets to  keep math skills active.

Spring – The European Renaissance

(March to June 2021)
Humanities

This Unit covers the time of Marco Polo, through the plague and on into the writers, artists, explorers, and scientists of the European Renaissance. The children see all this through the eyes of a composite figure modeled on the early female Renaissance poets, and follow her transition from the horror of illness to inspiration of a new life.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

In this Unit we explore base systems as step one in looking at the shifts brought forth in the European Renaissance. From there we will work with ratio and proportion, and with the early algebraic thinking needed for this. All this happens in the context of the changes in approach to mathematical thinking brought about by the European Renaissance, and Fibonacci in particular.

In connection with the European explorers and scientists, our science work will focus on astronomy – particularly the shift from geocentric to heliocentric (solar) systems – and mapping/star navigation. Approximately once a week, this unit requires at home observation of the skies for which parental support will be needed.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous European Renaissance sections.

From Stories on the Plague:

I wake to the sound of bells. I am Matteo and I am trapped in this confusion of death, despair and suffering. As I rise from my bed I notice a small bird crouching on the window ledge.

I am struck by the colorful feathers rustling in the wind. A small point of happiness in this dead city. As I gaze at this wonderful and colorful creature I remember the old days. The days we spent having celebrations and feasts. Now everybody avoids each other. They fear that if they get too close they will get the disease as well. I put my head in my hands. What have we done to deserve this…….. this plague!

~Dash

Want to see more? See the Grade 7 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf).

Is this the program for your child? Sign up by August 10th.

PROGRAM CHANGE Grade 8/9

(In support of families at this difficult COVID time, we are now offering Grade 8 HUMANITIES ONLY for the 20/21 school year)
Virtual Peer Projects | Student Work Samples (pdf)

We have found that for many 9th graders who have not experienced the Enki approach, this program fills an important need. Therefore, we offer it as a combined Grade 8/9 course.

Fall – Revolution in Russia

(September to December 2020)
Humanities

In this Unit our focus is on standing up against oppression, as seen through the eyes of Ekaterina Breshkovsky and Andrei Sakharov. We will explore Karl Marx’s vision for changing an oppressive feudal society and the changes that vision underwent as Lenin and Stalin took over. Within this we will meet Russian culture and look at the process of taking a vision into reality.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

In connection with the struggle for equality in Tsarist Russia, we begin on an introduction to algebra, where the focus is on finding strategies to work with unknowns in an equation.

Science. In connection with Andrei Sakharaov’s work, we will turn our attention to physics, exploring the structure and behavior of the physical world.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

 View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Revolution in Russia sections.

Freedom

Finally I am out
Free of prison bars
People can hear me shout
Has the mind been changed of the Tsar?

Filling food I can eat
The sunlight on my face
I miss the tick tick tock on repeat
Where is my map case?

A warm bath I can take
No one tells me what to do
In my own bed I lay awake
Thinking what I’ve been through

~Josie

Want to see more? See the Grade 8 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf)

Winter – The French Revolution, WWII

(January to February 2021)
Humanities

Working from the perspective of Jacques Lusseyran, one of the initial freedom fighters in France in WWII, we will explore the issues and the history of World War II, touching also on WWI. To meet the developmental needs of this age group, our focus, and the focus of Lusseyran, is on the importance of self-trust in meeting oppression.

Grammar (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

We will review basic grammar skills (punctuation, sentence structures, paragraphing, and logical sequencing). If your child does not have familiarity with these,  please email the office to discuss home use of our grammar basics program prior to this unit beginning.

On this base, and in keeping with the writing in the book they are reading, we will continue our focus on use of image, metaphor,  simile, and rhythm. We will also begin work with analyzing sentence structure.

Students will be given practice worksheets to keep math skills active.

Spring – Revolution in South Africa

(March to June 2021)
Humanities

Focusing on the life of Nelson Mandela, we will explore traditional South African society and culture, the development of apartheid, and Mandela’s own development as he explored ways to change society. Mandela’s navigation of his own internal turmoil as he navigated violence and non-violence as a means of revolution, will be a central aspect of this study.

Math and Science (TO BE OFFERED 2021/22 School Year)

In connection with Mandela’s struggle for equality for South Africa, we continue with our introduction to algebra, where the focus is on finding strategies to work with unknowns in an equation.

Science. We will focus on Chemistry, primarily looking at types of change in the physical world, how that effects matter,  and relating those to change in human society.

As always, Enki math and science work is approached through a discovery process so the learning is the children’s own. We are happy to have discovered that this can be done in an online video-class, with support at home!

View a pdf with samples of students’ written work, art work, and projects from previous Revolution in South Africa sections.

The stars, and the Angels dancing above,

a  bird passing by, dropping his feathers like a present.
It lands on my brown curly head.

I feel the morning wind breeze through my face
as I pick up the delicate warm feather.
I smile squeezing it in my hand.

I know this world isn’t perfect,
but looking up into the bright blue sky,
I realize even with the monsters that keep me trapped,
the Angels, stars, even birds, are silently cheering me on, giving me hope once again!

Want to see more? See the Grade 8 virtual peer projects and student work samples (pdf)

Is this the program for your child? Sign up by August 10th.

Dates and Times for 2020/2021 School Year

  1. Humanities classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 8:00am to 10:00am PACIFIC TIME, Students are asked to be available for an additional 30 minute “Office Hours” session, Tuesday after class. This time is used to help children requesting help, and to work with those not meeting their assignment deadlines.
  2. Group Project Presentations: These are the culminations of Fall and Spring Units. Family members are invited and encouraged to attend to share in the student project presentations. December 11 and June 11, 8:00am PACIFIC time.
    • Fall Session, 13 weeks: September 8 to December 11 [breaks: October 12/13 and Thanksgiving (Nov 26/27)]
    • Winter Session, 8 weeks: Jan 4 to February 26 [breaks: MLK Day (Jan 18) and one week between terms]
    • Spring Session, 13 weeks: March 8 to June 11 [breaks: spring break (Apr 12–16) and Memorial Day (May 31)]

Fees:

  1. Spots are filled on a first-come, first served basis, with a corona-extended enrollment deadline of July 12th, 2020.
  2. Tuition is $2400, and covers the full year’s tuition and fees, regardless of the program structure chosen. 
  3. We offer a SLIDING SCALE option; simply fill out the linked form and return with your tax forms.
  4. CORE reading materials are included in the fee. These are made available through the RedShelf digital subscription program, or can be sent directly to you for an additional fee. The public texts used in the winter unit are available at your local library or through Amazon or Audible online.
  5. You will be provided with a list of journal, art, and project materials needed for each course. These you purchase locally.
  6. Payment Plans: Payments can be made one of three ways: for the year in full, receiving a $100 discount; three times a year; or on a monthly basis by credit card only. First and last months’ tuitions are due at time of registration.

You do need to have good internet access and a computer with a camera. We use the Zoom program. It works very well and is free to the students, and they can meet socially on zoom outside of class time.

Space is limited.

Is this the program for your child? Sign up by August 10th.

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