Mom of a fourth grader
Homeschool Mom of two children age 10 and 8, Johnstown, NY
Homeschool Dad of 3, Ballston Spa, NY
"We've always looked for ways to enrich our kids' educational experience, more so now that budget woes have created such problems in time management in school. We watch the wonderful teachers struggle to meet state educational requirements for those with special needs and still find some energy and time to spend with the kids who need something extra. Art has been cut to half the year, and there is currently no STEM teacher. My husband and I both work, so there is no option for homeschooling.
We found the most amazing answer to this dilemma when Kat McCleneghen opened Orchard View Education Center. Our family attends After the Bell, and we participate in almost every Artist Trading Cards event. The studio is truly beyond the proverbial looking glass for lifetime learners. When I drop my children off, I often wish I could just stay. Mrs. McCleneghen has immense patience and infinite creativity. Her philosophy of teaching through play has opened our kids' minds to whole new areas. For example, making electrical circuits and experiments in "leaf chromatography" have been among our kids' favorite experiences. The other day, parents watched an impromptu musical production put together during a session of After the Bell. There is something to suit any child's interests! We are so very fortunate to have Mrs. McCleneghen right here in our community."
Stephanie and Keith Payton
Mom/Dad of a 4th grade boy and a 2nd grade girl, both attending Joseph Henry Elementary School in Galway, NY
Dad who loves OVEC