Kindergarten through 2nd graders are intent on learning
Traditional academics are offered in our challenging and individualized K-2 setting.
Children learn through their interests, at a deep and meaningful level. Our small class sizes allow us to guide and encourage students to learn more about what interests them.
Children’s curiosity is encouraged. Our multi-age classrooms:
All while knowing they can depend on their teachers to give them individual attention.
Our curriculum is designed so all subjects are integrated. Science, for example, is connected to writing, and cooking is connected to math.
We are dedicated to allowing our Voyagers to explore and expand their horizons. We provide the template and tools, and the guidance and security that inspires learning.
Children at this age are developing and expanding their reading and writing skills. Fluency and comprehension are key focus areas as children move from learning to read to reading to learn.
Children continue to use a variety of symbolic languages to communicate their ideas and feelings as they construct meaning across all subjects.
Children’s experiences in mathematics and science support their abilities as creative problem solvers and critical thinkers. Numerical operations that describe relationships such as pattern, measurement, and seriation are now being represented and taught with manipulatives and everyday examples.
…drives all learning. The goal is to create opportunities for asking good questions that lead children to analyze, synthesize and evaluate the world around them.
The teacher draws on children’s interests and prior knowledge and expects that learning will deepen and skills will grow stronger. The teacher considers herself a co-learner and collaborator with children and their families.
Children thrive in social environments that create safe and healthy relationships and provide a strong sense of community. Morning meeting, children working in small groups, and classroom and community jobs enable children to contribute to the care of each other and to the classroom.
The children in the K-2 classes are welcomed into an environment where they are immersed in literacy on a daily basis.
The Voyagers’ K-2 math program is a multi-pronged approach that provides activities for a variety of different math levels and learning styles.
Work Time is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to actively engage within the school environment and to take a meaningful and self-directed role in learning. Because children are naturally curious and eager to understand their world, it is important to provide time and opportunities for them to deeply explore concepts and topics of interest to them.
In French, the students will be introduced to the early basics of the French language by employing each child’s natural inquisitiveness. Topics and direction will be determined as students make requests in an open dialogue with the instructor, during the flow of conversation.
The purpose of this class is to allow students to study and understand the use of technology in several disciplines, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The focus of the class is to allow students to work in both small groups and individually to understand how technology is used in these disciplines both now and in the future.
In an effort to better meet the varying needs of our students, teachers of the lower team bring students in PreK through 5th grade together twice a week for reading workshop.
Electives arise from children’s personal interests and curiosities. We have offered painting, music, dance, science, woodworking and construction, jewelry making, sculpture, drawing, architectural design, drama, robotics and so much more. Children are guided by our faculty and by experts who are passionate and generous in sharing expertise. Visiting instructors are local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students.
Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go outside and play some games. In this class we will play different outdoor games that children and teenagers have played for ages. Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Tag, Four Square, Hopscotch, and Crack the Whip are just a few examples of games we might play. On Tuesdays we plan to travel to the Harbor School and play on their campus while on Thursdays we will play at school. Participation is a must. Having fun is also required!
Explore the world of stage makeup. Students in this class will begin by learning about the different materials used in creating special effects on stage and in film. They will then learn techniques and apply stage makeup to create various personas.
This elective seeks to prompt students to discover the fun and relevance of designing with Legos. The course will be student directed; the students will investigate real cities, fictional places and structures constructed with Legos.
Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making. Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces. Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.
This course invites students to understand basic building skills for the suburban gardener. They will learn simple and practical tips for choosing the appropriate tools, materials, and designs for several garden projects
The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.
Basketball is a wonderful sport. It’s a sport of precision, a sport of control and a sport that requires a athletic and physical endurance. Let’s take the skills we learned in our last sports class and focus them in on one specific sport; basketball. We will travel to basketball gyms and learn the basic rules and regulations of playing basketball on a regulations size court.
Students in this elective will be exploring various techniques of street art. Through hands on art experiences and research students will create their own version of famous street art found in our area. Students will be able to create their own logo and name to incorporate into each of their art pieces.
Our Essentials Classes enables us to invite local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students to teach or co-teach classes. We offer a wide variety of topics that reflect the interests of our students and offer skills and challenges that we feel are important. Areas of study have included arts, music, games and sports, creative writing, community service, gardening, technology, engineering and much more.
The purpose of this weekly essential is to allow students to discover the art of stop motion. Students with prior animation experience have an opportunity to experiment with different techniques to create a finished movie. The plan of the class is for the students to learn different animation techniques and materials such as claymation, stop motion with Legos, animation using drawing, and pixilation using live people. The next step will be to create a storyboard to plan the movie and associated shot list. Following this step, the students can use iPads or cameras to capture the individual images necessary to make a movie. The final step will be adding sound and effects using the iMovie software
Yoga is an ancient practice that can bring the physical, mental and spiritual aspects within each of us into balance. In this class, students will be invited to safely explore the physical postures of yoga to bring about a deeper awareness of themselves, and methods to bring that awareness into their daily lives
For the found object sculpture component of the Working for the Earth we will explore the ideas we have and the ways we can work with recycled materials to have our visions come to life.
Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?
The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment
In this course students will build their knowledge of the sewing machine by exploring its anatomy, learning how to operate the machine safely, and how to create basic stitches. They will then put these skills to practice as they complete small projects of choice.
This class will move from the basics of beginner guitar to intermediate level. Students will learn first position chords, music theory, single note rhythms and rock riffs, all through the teachings of today’s music and songs. They will also take a look at some history in music, and where the songs they are learning come from
In this 7-week course, students will watch and analyze two foreign films: “The 400 Blows” (in French) by Director Francois Truffaut, and “Slumdog Millionnaire” an Anglo-Indian film by Director Danny Boyle (in English).
Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.
Now that Spring is upon us it is time to be active in the outdoors once again. Let’s run with it! Exercise is the basis for physical and emotional wellness. During this class will learn the rudiments of running as a sport and as a way of keeping fit
Cheerleading consists of an enthusiastic, dynamic, fun, hardworking group of young men and women who commit time to the overall success of their team. Dancing is moving rhythmically to music, moving quickly, and in a lively manner. During this class, students will come to know themselves better kinesthetically and be challenged to work together as a team.
Are you a dramatic person? Do you like to yell out the first thing that comes to mind? If so, you may be a natural at improvisational theater, which is designed to help actors and entertainers step out of their comfort zone and speak publicly without fear of embarrassment.
Director of Admissions S.T.E.A.M. Specialist
Rich has been a teacher at Voyagers' Community School since its inception. Starting with a weekly hands-on math class and after school robotics program, Rich’s involvement with the school grew over three years into a full-time teaching position.
Rich attended New Jersey Institute of Technology and Thomas Edison State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Education. Rich brings to his teaching his experience in engineering and software industries and his extensive woodworking skills to all of his classes. He chooses to teach through analogies and hands-on experiences and relates subjects to real life. He is attuned to children’s “out-of-the-box,” problem-solving techniques and is devoted to encouraging and preserving this way of thinking. Rich is an engineer and an artisan whose handmade light tables and recently constructed loft grace the classrooms at Voyagers'. These inspire students to create and to connect art with science, math, and technology.
Rich has been the coach of the Voyagers’ First Lego League Robotics Team since 2007. Over the years he has taught and mentored the team which achieved two invitations to the New Jersey state championships, one of which they won! He has won the Coach/Mentor of the Year award for his efforts in preparing FLL Robotics teams.
Currently, Rich is the Director of Admission and also heads the Technology Center. He teaches Upper School math, high school science, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) classes. He also teaches various Electives and Essentials to all ages. His summer camp offerings have included robotics, technology, skateboard construction, rocketry, chemistry, and woodworking. In fact, several summers age Rich's summer camp students built two canoes which they donated to the Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore.
Professionally, Rich’s passion for and understanding of progressive education has driven him to present at various educational conferences. Most recently he has offered a seminar about the Voyagers’ Project Week initiative at the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference.
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right." -Henry Ford
Early Learning Specialist Teacher/Researcher ~ K-2
With a BA in Early Childhood Education from Kean College, Sandy Miller has been educating children for 25 years. She developed the Primary Program at A Child's Place School, was Director of Education for Head Start of Monmouth County, and a Teaching Assistant in Tinton Falls Autistic Program for early childhood students. Sandy teaches reading, writing and basic math skills to early learners in a meaningful environment that helps students see the value of their hard work. Energetic and creative, Sandy’s teaching philosophy ensures a fun and joyful classroom environment. She believes that every child is a powerful human full of potential and knows that children’s strengths should be respected and voices should be heard. Sandy was recently a presenter at the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference, where she introduced a year-long literacy project.
The most amazing school. Caring and wonderful teachers and staff in a warm, nurturing and challenging environment. Our son benefited immensely from his years there.
Voyagers’ Community School 215 Broad Street Eatontown, NJ 07724
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