Lumos Kids

Lumos Kids

Lumos Kids

An enrichment program for kind, imaginative and curious homeschool kids in or near the Canton of Zurich.

An enrichment program for kind, imaginative and curious homeschool kids in or near the Canton of Zurich.

Program overview

Overview

Lumos is a enrichment program that brings homeschoolers together from the Canton of Zurich on three half-days a week to focus on hands-on projects, team challenges, free play and other fun activities that maximize social interactions, peer-to-peer learning and the development of 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

Program focus

Developing social skills, teamwork, communications & collaborative problem solving.

Calendar

Aug 20, 2024

to

Jul 3, 2025

Frequency

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Frequency

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Frequency

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Hours

11:00 AM
to
3:00 PM

Date of birth

Group 1

2012-2016

Group 2

2017-2019

Group size

10-15 kids per group

Parental involvement

Not required but welcomed.

Location

Wallisellen / Dübendorf area *

* To be determined

Facility

A space that allows for indoor and outdoor activities *

* Still open. Please contact us if you know of a good facility.

Supervision

Two highly qualified teachers

Language

English and German

Costs

Fr. 100 / year

* Additional donations to cover material and rental costs are appreciated, but not required.

Program purpose

Purpose

Our program pursues a dual purpose:

Provide a consistent opportunity for homeschoolers to learn & play together

We are huge believers in the power of homeschooling to spark children’s love of learning, move at the pace that’s best for them and provide flexibility for families. We are also huge believers in the power of kids learning from one another through play, collaborative problem solving and team work. As homeschoolers it’s sometimes difficult to find consistent opportunities for children to learn and grow together within a dedicated community. Lumos solves this problem!

Develop the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century

Due to artificial intelligence and other technological developments, the world is changing faster than ever before. Studies indicate that 65% of today’s elementary students will work in jobs that don’t even exist today. How can we prepare our children to thrive in a world that’s changing so rapidly? By helping them to develop the skills that make humans unique and that will be valuable no matter what jobs exist: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, emotional intelligence. While some of these skills can be developed independently, most are best developed in groups. Lumos focuses on developing these skills.

Learning goals

We are not a school and we are not a replacement for parents homeschooling their children. Our focus is on maximizing the learning and fun that children have when they get together with other children and to develop key 21st century skills that are best learned in groups. To this end, we have four main learning goals:

We are not a school and we are not a replacement for parents homeschooling their children. Our focus is on maximizing the learning and fun that children have when they get together with other children and to develop key 21st century skills that are best learned in groups. To this end, we have four main learning goals:

Social skills

We provide ample opportunity for kids to develop their social-emotional skills through teamwork, collaborative games and challenges, free play and discussions about/reflections upon group dynamics.

Communication skills

Learning to present in front of a group, participate in group discussions, debate, give feedback, negotiate with others, and be persuasive are critical life skills that we develop through our program.

Leadership & teamwork

Being able to work with others, lead teams, resolve conflict, compromise, build upon others’ ideas and be a productive member of a group are essential skills for today and the future. We will provide lots of opportunities for kids to hone these leadership and collaboration skills.

Collaborative Problem Solving

Thinking out of the box, taking risks, persevering in the face of challenges, navigating situations with no clear answers and thinking logically are essential skills that we develop through collaborative challenges and other group problem solving activities.

Format

We run three half-day workshops for homeschoolers each week, one of which is fully immersed in nature. The format of these workshops evolves over time as we take in feedback and ideas from our teachers, parents and, most importantly, the kids. Here is a sample of what the workshops look like:

We run three half-day workshops for homeschoolers each week, one of which is fully immersed in nature. The format of these workshops evolves over time as we take in feedback and ideas from our teachers, parents and, most importantly, the kids. Here is a sample of what the workshops look like:

Team projects

This workshop focuses on team projects in which children learn a variety of skills such as teamwork, creativity, and time management through hands-on experiences. The projects are diverse, suitable for children, and also promote public speaking and perseverance.

Nature explorations

This workshop offers children half a day in nature to explore forests and lakes. This promotes physical and mental well-being, social skills, resilience, problem-solving, and environmental awareness. The activities are diverse and suitable for children.

Team challenges

This workshop focuses on cooperative games, simulations and challenges that promote critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, teamwork, and leadership in children. The aim is to develop judgment and understanding for a complex world.

Schedule

The program runs from August 20, 2024 to July 3, 2025 (excluding Swiss holidays). Below is the weekly schedule:

The program runs from August 20, 2024 to July 3, 2025 (excluding Swiss holidays). Below is the weekly schedule:

Tuesdays

TEAM PROJECTS

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning meeting, free time, and choice projects

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 - 2:30 PM

Working on team projects

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Free play and cleanup

Wednesdays

NATURE EXPLORATIONS

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning meeting, free time, and choice projects

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Guided exploration and field study

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Team games and/or nature-inspired projects

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Free play

Thursdays

TEAM CHALLENGES

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Morning meeting, free time, and choice projects

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 - 2:30 PM

Working on team challenges

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Free play and cleanup

We encourage children to attend two or ideally three days per week, but this is not a requirement.

Location

We are actively in search of an optimal location and facility to host our program. Our focus is primarily centered around the Wallisellen or Dübendorf areas as our initial survey indicated that these locations are most convenient for the majority of homeschool families who have shown interest in our program. We’re looking for a space that allows for indoor & outdoor activities.


If you are aware of a potential space that would suit our needs, we would love to hear from you: info@lumos.kids.

We are actively in search of an optimal location and facility to host our program. Our focus is primarily centered around the Wallisellen or Dübendorf areas as our initial survey indicated that these locations are most convenient for the majority of homeschool families who have shown interest in our program. We’re looking for a space that allows for indoor & outdoor activities.


If you are aware of a potential space that would suit our needs, we would love to hear from you: info@lumos.kids.

Educators

We have recently begun our search for two experienced and qualified teachers to lead our program — one specialized in working with younger kids (born 2017-2019) and one specialized in working with older kids (born 2012-2016). We’re looking to hire warm, fun, kind, open-minded, flexible and creative teachers who adore children and who know how to make learning fun and meaningful.


If you know a teacher who might be a good fit for our program, please send them a link to our job description or contact us at info@lumos.kids.

We have recently begun our search for two experienced and qualified teachers to lead our program — one specialized in working with younger kids (born 2017-2019) and one specialized in working with older kids (born 2012-2016). We’re looking to hire warm, fun, kind, open-minded, flexible and creative teachers who adore children and who know how to make learning fun and meaningful.


If you know a teacher who might be a good fit for our program, please send them a link to our job description or contact us at info@lumos.kids.

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Common questions

How much does your program cost?

Is the program a replacement for homeschooling?

Is the program a replacement for regular school?

Why is the program only open to children who were born between 2012 and 2019?

What language will the program operate in?

Where will the program take place?

Who are the teachers?

Are parents expected to participate?

Can my child attend just one or two half-days/week instead of the full three half-days?

My child goes to school. Can s/he still attend the program?

How do I get started with homeschooling in the Canton of Zurich?