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What is Aum school?

A non profit education institution providing an integrated curriculum for K-5 students imparting Vedic values as part of their daily learning experience. We have a school successfully running in San Antonio Tx and we are in the process to start Aum branches in the Bay Area and Seattle.

How virtual classes will be conducted?

We will be using Google Classroom and Zoom

How do I get information about virtual classes?

You will receive an email with all details upon registration before our program starts

How will teachers communicate with parents/students?

Teachers will communicate with the parents via virtual@aum.school and Google Classroom as needed.

How will teachers communicate with parents/students?

Teachers will communicate with the parents via group wise WA groups/emails as needed.

What preparations are needed for my child to attend online classes?

  • A calm place for your child with a table & child friendly chair
  • Ipad/Laptop set up for him/her to login to online sessions
  • Headphones ready in case your child needs it during any of the sessions
  • Book/paper and pencils for your child to take notes
  • Water bottle for your child so that he/she does not have to leave her study place in the middle of any session
  • It helps younger kids if they have a good night’s sleep/nap prior to sessions so that they are awake and active during the session
  • Children should not be hungry during the session. They should have eaten breakfast/evening meal within 30 - 45 mins of the morning and evening sessions

As a parent do I need to sit with my child during class?

For pre-school group (age 3 -5yrs) and grade 1 - we recommend a parent to be present in the same room

Are you going to share class recordings if my child misses any class?

No. We need permission from every parent to record the session and since it is online and kids are involved,we cannot share recordings without explicit permission from all parents in the camp. We cannot promise, but teachers can follow up with the kid/parents if they miss 1 or 2 sessions to provide info to catch up.

How much is Registration fee?

Pre-School-Kinder: $25.00 / Grade 1-8: $50.00

What is the language of instruction??

English will be the language of instruction for all classes, except Samskritam class where we have trained teachers who will use Simple Samskritam and tried and trusted delivery method to communicate with children in simple samskritam. Please be assured that our teachers have experience communicating with non Samskrit speaking kids with Samskritam and you will be surprised how kids pick up basics of spoken Sanskritam in a short time.

Who are the teachers?

We have qualified and certified Yoga/Samskritam/Vedic math teachers who will be taking up Zoom sessions with support of admins to host the online Zoom call

AUM Virtual Program 2020-21

Why is Aum School right for your child?

Our programs are designed to deliver academic excellence within the enriching environment of Dharmic values. Our intent is to inculcate Dharmic values in children so that they grow up rooted and proud of their rich cultural heritage. Therefore, for our Preschool Program, we have created an integrated curriculum covering academics along with yoga, dharma and heritage. Our Afterschool Program is an enrichment program in the areas of yoga, Sanskrit, dharma and heritage, with options to learn Vedic Math and regional languages.

What is the AUM School Virtual Program 2020-21?

Our virtual program serves students from grades Preschool through 5th grade. We have two options for enrollment: 

  1. Virtual Preschool Program: Enroll in a 1.5 hours morning or evening session.
  2. Virtual Afterschool Enrichment Program: 1 hour core subjects ( yoga, sanskrit, Dharma & Heritage)  + 45 min elective (optional) 2 days/week

What is unique about the Aum School Virtual Program?

  1. Small classroom size (with 2 teachers)
  2. Certified teachers
  3. Minimal screen time: 1.5 hours morning OR afternoon (for Preschool)
  4. Weekly at-home activity packets* (for Preschool)
  5. Screen breaks with eye exercises designed by certified yoga therapists!
  6. Daily Yoga in curriculum, helps with sound body & mind, inculcating healthy habits for life
  7. Aum syllabus is tailored to build self esteem and pride in our roots Dharmic Vedic culture

What is the Virtual Preschool Program?

Our academic - year-long integrated program is a great opportunity to enroll your preschooler age  3 - 5 from the comfort of your home as a substitute for in-person learning for preschool aged children. We have both Preschool & Pre-K groups to cater to different age groups

Program covers:

  •  Academics 
  •  Yoga
  •  Dharma & Heritage (Shlokas, Bhajans, Culture & Katha with moral values)

The focus of our activities is to develop motor, cognitive, linguistic skills and promote the emotional & social development of children.

What is covered in Academics for Preschool & Pre-K program?

Our Preschool & Pre-K programs are integrated programs based on standard preschool curriculum followed across the country along with Yoga, Dharma & Heritage 

Focus areas:

  • STEAM-based curriculum: theme-based STEAM learning sessions to enable students to be kindergarten-ready
  • Cognitive development: enhance fine & gross motor skills through sensory activities
  • Emotional & social development: learning to express through arts & crafts and hands-on interactive activities

What are the key Curriculum Areas for Preschool & Pre-K Program?

Our program includes instruction in the following:

  • Reinforcement of Cognitive Skills
  • Reading Readiness; Verbal/Language Development & Milestones
  • Math Concepts; Science and Geography
  • Positive Self-Concept Activities
  • Social Studies; Dramatic Activities; Creative Arts; Song and Games
  • Practical Life Activities; Social Awareness Activities

Why are the Preschool/Pre-K session duration 1.5 hours?

The goal is to limit the on-screen time for children keeping their health in mind, so we have limited the virtual class to 1.5 hours . However, we will provide activities to be done offline so that students’ learning is enhanced and they are engaged throughout the day.

My child is 5 years old. Will she attend the same class as a 3 year old? How do I know if I should enroll my child in the Preschool vs. Pre-K age group?

No, a 5 year old and 3 year old will not attend the same class.  We have separate classes for 2 age groups: 

  1. Preschool:  if your child will enter Kindergarten in Fall 2022 
  2. Pre-K: if your child will enter Kindergarten in Fall 2021

What are the timings for Virtual Preschool Program?

If you are in Central or Pacific time zone, you will login at your 10:30am OR 4:00pm local time. If you are in Eastern or Mountain time zone , you will login at your 11:30am OR 5:00pm local time (see table below)

Time zone

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

CT/PT

10:30am - 12:00pm

4:00pm - 5:30pm

ET/MT

11:30am - 1:00pm

5:00pm - 6:30pm

What is the Virtual Afterschool Enrichment Program?

Our afterschool program is an enrichment program for K-5 students. It has 2 components: 

  1. Core subjects: This covers Yoga, Sanskrit, Dharma & Heritage (Shlokas, Bhajans, Culture & Katha with moral values)

Electives: Optional; students can choose from Vedic Ganit and Languages (Hindi, Marathi, Tamil)

What is the duration of Virtual Afterschool Enrichment Program?

Core subjects

1 hour (Mon-Fri)

Elective 1

45 mins (2 days/week)

Elective 2

45 mins (2 days/week)

There are no electives on Friday

How does one choose the Electives? How many can we choose?

  • K-5 students can choose maximum 2 electives for the entire year. 
  • K- Grade1 students can choose maximum 2 electives from Languages - Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
  • Grade 2- grade5 students can choose maximum 2 electives from Vedic Math, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil

What are the timings for Afterschool Enrichment Program for each time zone?

See table below. For example, if you are in Central or Pacific time zone, you will login at 4:00pm for core subjects

Time zone

Core Subject (M-F)

Elective (2 days/wk/elective)

CT/PT

4:00pm - 5:00pm

5:00pm - 5:45pm

ET/MT

5:00pm - 6:00pm

6:00pm - 6:45pm

What are the fees for the Virtual Program 2020-21?

Our program fees have 2 components: monthly (or semester) payment + one-time registration fee

Fee structure

Preschool & Pre-K Programs

Afterschool 

core subjects ONLY

Afterschool 

core subjects

1 Elective

Afterschool

 core subjects +

 2 Electives

$151/month 

$101/month 

$ 151/month

$ 175/month

$25 one-time  Reg.fee*

$50 one-time Reg. fee*

*Registration fee is non-refundable

Are there any discounts available for Virtual Program 2020-21?

Both our Preschool & Afterschool Enrichment Program have multiple discounts: 

How discount structure works:

Eg: If monthly fee is $100.00, then discount applied is in this order (if you are eligible)

  1. Sibling discount (10%) applied → you pay $90.00/month
  2. Returning student* discount (5%) applied →you pay  $85.50/month
  3. Full semester pay discount (5%) applied → $81.20 (since full semester payment made, total amount here will be $324.80 for Fall semester)

Discount structure

Early bird registration

Registration fee waived 

If you register by 31st August 2020

Sibling discount

10% 

For every sibling, on every monthly payment (given both children are attending in that month), or on total semester payment

*Returning student

5%

Applicable if your child already attended AUM Summer Camp 2020

Full semester pay

5%

If you pay for the entire semester  (Fall semester 4 months, Sept- Dec 2020). So this is before program starts in September for Fall semester, and in January for Spring semester (5 months, Jan-May 2021)

How is Afterschool program content different from summer camp?

In the Afterschool Program, students will be introduced to concepts through new themes, which have not been covered in summer camps. In subjects like yoga, the focus will be to introduce basics to new students, to reinforce postures & pranayama learned earlier, and to bring greater awareness and inner development through the practice of postures. In subjects like Vedic Math and Sanskrit, students will get the opportunity to revise certain concepts, and learn new material. Dharma & Heritage will focus on new themes, stories, bhajans, and shlokas from our rich and vast culture. 

Can I enroll my child mid-way through the Virtual Program 2020-21?

Both our Virtual Preschool Program & Afterschool Program are academic-year-long programs. Students can enroll ONLY at the beginning of each semester (Sept. 2020 & Jan 2021). Students joining in Jan 2021 will be put in a new batch (new batch minimum 10 students required)

What is the refund policy for Virtual Program 2020-21?

Refund structure

 

Cancellation within 1st week of each semester

Cancellation  after 1st week of semester

  • If you availed early bird (0 Reg. Fee)

Refund = Total payment minus service fee* 

  • Prorated refund for those doing full semester payment 
  • No refund for monthly payment
  • If you paid Reg. Fee                 

Refund = Total payment minus Reg. fee and service fee*

  • Prorated refund for those doing full semester payment 
  • No refund for monthly payment

*Service fee is $25 for Preschool $50 for Afterschool

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