The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School now provides new educational opportunities for its youngest students at the Building Blocks Learning Centers.
Kindergarten and first grade students who are enrolled in PA Cyber may participate in any or all Building Blocks daily activities, which are designed to supplement the school’s regular curriculum by engaging children’s natural desire to learn, according to Dr. Nick Trombetta, CEO.
The Building Blocks centers use the same Little Lincoln elementary curriculum, provided by the National Network of Digital Schools, that the students would use to learn at home. But Building Blocks gives students the option to learn in a more traditional classroom setting with certified teachers. Parents can choose the activities in which their children participate to achieve the ideal blend of virtual and classroom learning.
“Just as traditional schools are incorporating cyber courses into their curriculum, cyber schools are incorporating more bricks-and-mortar applications. The program is an extension of the education children receive through PA Cyber at home,” Trombetta said. “Building Blocks offers ‘learn by doing’ sessions that get children excited about art, music, math, reading, and other subjects.”
Daily activities from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. are divided into sessions with titles such as “Number Crunchers,” “Mind Sparklers,” “Sky’s the Limit,” “Fast Forward Reading,” “Time Travelers,” and “Fit and Fun.” Playtime, snacks, and lunch are also part of the day’s offerings.
In the fall of 2010, PA Cyber launched its first Building Blocks program in Beaver County, PA, where approximately 50 children are enrolled. Since then, four additional centers have been set up across the state. For more information, please visit www.pacyber.org or call 1-888-PACYBER.