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Duluth day care pivots to help families who are home schooling

Updated: September 15, 2020 06:26 PM

The world of Etiquest Learning Center is filled with fun. Around the large room are different themed areas. There's a pirate ship, a cottage, a castle that's doubling as a fort, and under the sea!

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It's a world that Lori Myers built with love. She's been a licensed in-home day care provider in West Duluth for over 20 years. 

"Children love learning, and I do too!" she told us on Tuesday. She used to focus on pre-school age children. But because of the pandemic, has transitioned to slightly older ones.

It was day two of her first year of helping home school parents. Her class includes two kindergarten and two first grade level students. 

"I'm their educational support for their decision. It's really set up so parents can home school, but also work during the work week," she explained.

They spend time learning to read, do math, and even history, with a unit on the Oregon Trail. They go on walks and learn about science by investigating objects they find, like pinecones and chestnuts. Games like Bingo give them a chance to practice letters and counting.

They recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and use hand sanitizer right away.

Since it's an in-home setting, the children are not required to masks. Neither is she. "I consider it a privilege. And for beginner readers, this is really important," Myers said.

She thinks other day care providers could also make this switch, to help families who are struggling to do it all this year.

"I'm encouraging other providers to look at this. I know enrollments have been so up an down during this pandemic," Myers said.

There are still some openings at Etiquest.

If you'd like to contact Etiquest, here's the info: (218) 628-9977 or duluthetiquest@gmail.com
 

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