Fall 2017 Classes

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Multi-level Classes


Beginning Strings with Alice Brewer and Andrew Crumpley

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Come learn to play a stringed instrument. Violin, Viola, Cello, even Bass Violin. Have fun learning the correct position to play, and how to read all those black dots on the page and make beautiful music out of them. We will play on our own for the first end of Semester showcase and one with the Symphony Orchestra for the second semester. Come join us for a lot of fun.

Mentor Bio:
I’m Alice Brewer. I have an amazing husband and 8 beautiful children. Our family has been homeschooling for 4 years now and we love it. I love music, history, family history, water and yarn, but most of all I love spending time with my family. much of our time together is spent singing or practicing instruments, visiting historical sites and finding out how our ancestors fit there.

Hi! I’m Andrew and I am excited about life! The beauty all around us is so amazing! When I’m not doing school or eating (or sleeping), I love to do all things music! I have played the piano since I was 5 years old, and ever since then I have been in love with playing music. I have played the cello for 6 years, and it’s pretty fun, too. (but in all honesty, piano is better.) After chocolate, my next true love is chocolate! Buy me chocolate, and I will be your friend forever.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 8 and up

Cost: $30 students will also need an instrument, stand and method book

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Chess Club with Cathy Lind

Come play chess!

Mentor Bio:
I have been married for 18 years. I have been blessed with 5 children, ages 5 to 13. I have lived in Idaho for most of my life. I have a little homestead. Every year, I try to expand my homestead with the hopes that eventually my family and I can be completely self-sufficient. I love learning. I love teaching my children. I love the freedom I have because we homeschool. I love associating with like-minded families.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; ages 8 and older; if there is a younger person who would like to attend, contact me PRIOR to registration. If you do not contact prior, then all applications from those younger than 8 will automatically be discarded. Prior contact does not guarantee you a spot in class.

Cost: $15

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Hopscotch Quilt with Linzy Allen

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Quilts are eternal. They’ve been a part of our country for centuries, and people love them. If your family is lucky, you own a quilt made by a relative that’s still in pretty good shape. If your family doesn’t have a handmade quilt, why not make one yourself and start a grand tradition? Not only will you and your family enjoy it, but you can also pass it down from one generation to the next. It’s a way to make your home beautiful now and be remembered in the future. Pretty cool, yes?

We will be making the top for a quilt. Perfect size for snuggling up with a book, traveling in the car, or it can make a fabulous gift! (Quilt will be approximately 67″ x 78″ finished).

Mentor Bio:
Hi! I’m Linzy. We have four boys. We have been homeschooling for six years. We love being together. We love playing games, reading and using our creativity to make something new. When I have my own time, I love reading, gardening, quilting or shopping!

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 10+

Cost: $100 (includes fabric for quilt-top and Thangles papers).

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Puzzled with Paula Taylor

Puzzled is back! This semester we’ll continue to challenge and stretch our brains as we solve problems and puzzles. Like last semester, we’ll have a puzzle of the week to try out while the remainder of the class time we’ll spend solving puzzles of your choice. This semester students will also have the opportunity to participate in some puzzle tournaments and to also reach the status of puzzle expert, puzzle master, and puzzle wizard. Come join us for a puzzling experience!

Mentor Bio:
My name is Paula Taylor and I’m the lucky wife of Cameron Taylor and mother to 3 fantastic children: Mitchell, Kennedy and Enoch. I’m loud, high energy and perpetually in motion (probably because I fall asleep if I sit still for too long!). I love Jesus, people and creating smiles, laughter and hope. Although I enjoy hosting large gatherings and feed off the energy of others, for me a perfect day would involve hours of reading, writing in my journal and working in the garden.
I consider myself one of the most blessed individuals on the planet and being part of this amazing organization has exponentially increased my blessedness!

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 9-13

Cost: $25

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Symphony Orchestra with Alice Brewer and Andrew Crumpley

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Are you learning to play an instrument? Come join us in the IFAMILY Symphony Orchestra. Learn how beautiful music is when you combine your voice (instrument) with others. If you have played for 6 months or 20 years there is a place for you. Come share your talent and enjoy the company of others who love music.

Mentor Bio:
My name is Alice Brewer. I have an amazing husband and 8 beautiful children. I love music and like to play the viola and sing (not at the same time.) I have recently discovered that I like to arrange music and so dabble in that when there is time. We have home schooled for 4 years and never once have I missed the yellow dragon that used to devour my babies every morning. I love to read, especially history. Family history is my favorite hobby.

Hi! I’m Andrew and I am excited about life! The beauty all around us is so amazing! When I’m not doing school or eating (or sleeping), I love to do all things music! I have played the piano since I was 5 years old, and ever since then I have been in love with playing music. I have played the cello for 6 years, and it’s pretty fun, too. (but in all honesty, piano is better.) After chocolate, my next true love is chocolate! Buy me chocolate, and I will be your friend forever.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; all ages including adults (students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument and able to read music.)

Cost: 50.00

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Yoga with Brittney Croft

Come enjoy learning the peaceful practice of yoga. Yoga means “to yoke” mind body and spirit. It’s a wonderful physical workout and is balancing to your emotional health as well.

Mentor Bio:
I’m Brittney I have a lot of loves, but Yoga was not one of them until last year. I felt guided to begin a yoga practice through prayer. It has become precious to me. I am close to finishing up a yoga teaching certification and have really enjoyed sharing the benefits of yoga with others.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 9-90

Cost: $35 plus a yoga mat

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Core Classes


American Symbol Fun with Brittney Croft and Anilyn Croft

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American symbols are everywhere! The flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the Bald Eagle. These Symbols are in government buildings and they even show up on your money! Do you know them? Come join us in learning them through art, science, simple math, and literacy.

Mentor Bio:
I’m Brittney and I love iFamily. I have a husband and four cutie kids ranging in ages from 9 to 1. I love anything outdoors, I love music, I love yoga, I love running, and I love science and writing. I love adventures, good books, and good friends. I love learning and I’m okay with getting a little messy. I’m excited to teach this year!

My name is Anilyn and I turn 10 this fall. I love every kind of art; my mom says I have an artist brain and always have. I love reading and writing and am trying out writing my own book. I have been begging my mom to help with a class for a few years now. I am excited to help!

Phase and Age: Core; 4-7

Cost: $20

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Core Adventures with Tasha Lamoreaux and Abigail Lamoreaux

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Core kiddos, come enjoy learning through play! Each week we will have a different theme that we center our learning on while we have fun exploring oodles of different learning activities. Our plans include dancing with scarves, singing/finger plays, reading stories, finger painting, dress up, building with blocks, putting puzzles together, practicing a little bit of tumbling, blowing bubbles, watching a puppet show, playing with play dough, learning about animals and nature, listening to good music, exploring beginning science, math, and reading skills and simply enjoying our time together. Everyone will think we’re just having fun, but we’ll be learning every week!

Mentor Bio:
I have been married for 20+ years to my best friend and greatest supporter, Bob. I am a mother to 11 of my favorite people, ages 0-22, and a mother-in-law to two wonderful people (my son and his wife are an “iFamily” couple!) <3
We live in Firth in the middle of potato fields on acreage with lots of pine trees and an apple orchard.
I was homeschooled myself from Kindergarten through high school, and I have always homeschooled my children. My parents began teaching me at home when it was almost unheard of, and I will always be grateful for their efforts and their focus on “God, Family, and Country.” I hope to teach my children, as my parents taught, to be followers of truth and right.
I love learning about freedom, neuroscience, nutrition, health, fitness, science, nature, history…the list goes on and on. I love being in the outdoors. My favorite activity is taking evening walks with my family.

Abigail Lamoreaux is a sweet and spunky girl who loves helping care for little ones. She has 3 younger siblings who she creates adventures for every day. Abby is a voracious reader and a determined mathematician. She loves to ride her bike, color, dance, sing and do hair and nails.

Phase and Age: Core; Ages 3 – 5

Cost: $40

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Creative Movement and Stories with Alysia Humphries and Alaina Humphries

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‘If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance!’ Did you know that every child has a dance inside, waiting to come alive? In this class, we will be playing with movement, exploring how to use our bodies to express ourselves and tell a story, and having a lot of fun! We will listen to stories in classic picture books, poems, and music to help inspire our dances. We’ll find inspiration in art and nature too. At the end of the semester, the children will have the opportunity if they choose, to dance in the ifamily showcase. However, the focus of this class will be on discovering the joy of creative movement, not on performance or memorization of steps. This class is for both boys and girls. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Mentor Bio:
Alysia Humphries has been homeschooling her 7 kids since the beginning of their family, and was homeschooled herself from birth until college. She loves the freedom and creativity that homeschooling affords and the opportunity to learn alongside her kids. She loves everything artistic and creative. She was a member of Southwest Dance company in St. George, UT, and double majored in dance and music in college. She believes dance is as natural an expression as talking, when properly nurtured, and that anyone can enjoy dancing as a way to explore their feelings in a positive way. She loves to read and study true principles of health and relationships. She loves writing and having great conversations, and connecting with the amazing people at ifamily!

Alaina Humphries loves to dance. She loves all kinds of dance, from Irish to Ballet to Ballroom, but she especially loves to just turn on music and move however she is inspired! She loves to play games, play violin, read good books, play with her baby brother and younger sister, and eat spicy food. She is excited to share the joy of movement and stories with the children at ifamily.

Phase and Age: Core; 4-7 boys and girls

Cost: 40

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Fancy Nancy Teaches Etiquette with Trisha Randall and Mary Randall

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Join Mrs. Prizzle and Miss Rizzle (her new assistant!) for our amazing class on etiquette (that’s a fancy word for good manners). We will use glorious (that’s a fancy word for pretty) dress-up to learn all about eating and speaking with respect. Each week you will get to listen to a new Fancy Nancy book, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres (that’s a really fancy word that means snacks). By the end of our class you will know which fork to use for your dessert, how to introduce yourself to a stranger, when to interrupt and when to wait your turn, and why it’s important to treat others with respect.

Mentor Bio:
Trisha and her best friend Christopher, have eight amazing children. Trisha enjoys reading, mama-ing, and has a special penchant for labelling and laminating. Her four year old believes she will sprout butterfly wings at any moment, and her seventeen year old is quickly becoming one of her closest friends. Trisha studied English literature and has a degree in classical and medieval literature. This really just means that she got to read a lot during college. She found that out when she graduated and tried to find an English lit. job. So, she and her hubby decided that homemaking, community involvement, and teaching and mentoring in their church were more valuable pursuits than fitting a square peg into a round hole. Now, Trisha occasionally works as an editor, but usually can be found gleefully designing and laminating flow-charts for church events, sipping mint tea and reading, or discussing the significant yet controversial importances between Legos and My Little Pony. After all, she is “just” a mom.

Mary is 11 and loves everything about dressing up and using fancy manners. She often attends her younger sisters’ tea parties. Mary is excited to help other girls see the value in pointing their pinky to the sky when sipping from a tea cup and taking extra small nibbles when eating a petit four.

Phase and Age: Core; 4 to 7 year old girls.

Cost: $30.00 – includes fancy finger-food snacks every week and a treasure box collection of gems from their time in the class

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Just Bead It! with Melissa Bartell and Liberty Bartell

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Just Bead It is where learning meets crafting! Each week we will learn fun and fascinating facts about one of God’s creatures, and then complete a bead animal or something crafty that has to do with the lesson that day. We will learn all kinds of wacky and cool things about animals and read stories based on them as well. So some science, literature, and art all in one package! We are excited to work as a mother/daughter team and have some fun with your kiddos.

Mentor Bio:
Hello!
I am just like so many of your homeschooling moms out there. . . BUSY! I am learning all I can every day and helping my kiddos do the same. I am a passionate person by nature so when I find something I like or want to do I get crazy with it and can ignore other stuff quite easily. . . :)
I have 3 fabulous kiddos who rock my world every day with their big energy and love of life and I am married to my best friend in the whole world!
I would rather be outdoors than in, unless I’m reading a book. . .well actually I take the book right outside with me. Camping, hiking, fires, good food, good friends and family, and God are my world.
I was a beautician once upon a time and then I went on to become certified as a Foot Zoner and Face and Back. I love learning about the mind, body, and spirit and its ability to heal, history (don’t ask me dates though, it’s dreadful!), the power of the mind, how to build furniture, and business. Honestly I love learning. Period.
I would rather be goofy and fun all day but I have to put on my serious face so my kids will respect me! haha!

Hello!
Liberty is a very sweet, fun-loving, organized, and crafty young woman. She is always finding ways to help her family feel loved and special by doing service and fun surprises for them. She is the best little and big sister a mom could hope for. She will arrange and rearrange her bedroom every chance she can get (her mom has to put her foot down at times!). She is about and kind and gentle as they come.

Phase and Age: Core; 5-8

Cost: $30

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Music and Movement with Liz Simmons

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Music and movement is for young love of learners who loves to sing, dance, learn shapes and colors, letters and counting. We’ll do traditional nursery songs, rhyme chants, favorite books, dances, learn rhythm and more! Come sing, dance, and learn with us!

Mentor Bio:
I’m Liz, mama of 6, dancer (in my kitchen), singer, wife, reader, adventurer. I loooove to teach and learn with my students. I’ve done iFamily for forever and love teaching something new every time!

Phase and Age: Core; 3-6

Cost: $30

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Nature Study with Tasha Lamoreaux

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“Children should be encouraged to watch, patiently and quietly, until they learn something of the habits and history of bee, ant, wasp, spider, hairy caterpillar, dragon-fly, and whatever of larger growth comes in their way…
This is all play to the children, but the mother is doing invaluable work; she is training their powers of observation and expression, increasing their vocabulary and their range of ideas by giving them the name and the uses of an object at the right moment,–when they ask, ‘What is it?’ and ‘What is it for?'” -Charlotte Mason

Come learn about the world around us as we explore seeds, clouds, insects, spiders, wind, water, the sun and moon, and more! We’ll observe the changes of our “class tree”, and even get to meet some zoo animals when the Zoomobile comes to visit

Using Charlotte Mason principles, we will gather for show and tell, nature journaling, and enjoy a daily nature walk where we will carefully observe different aspects of nature. You can see pictures from a previous semester that this class was taught at: http://ifamilynaturestudy.blogspot.com/

“There is no sort of knowledge to be got in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in. Let them once get touch with Nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life.” – Charlotte Mason

Mentor Bio:
I have been married for 20+ years to my best friend and greatest supporter, Bob. I am a mother to 11 of my favorite people, ages 0-22, and a mother-in-law to two wonderful people (my son and his bride were an “iFamily” couple!) <3
We live in Firth in the middle of potato fields on acreage with lots of pine trees and an apple orchard.
I was homeschooled myself from Kindergarten through high school, and I have always homeschooled my children. My parents began teaching me at home when it was almost unheard of, and I will always be grateful for their efforts and their focus on “God, Family, and Country.” I hope to teach my children, as my parents taught, to be followers of truth and right.
I love learning about freedom, neuroscience, nutrition, health, fitness, science, nature, history…the list goes on and on. I love being in the outdoors. My favorite activity is taking evening walks with my family.

Phase and Age: Core; Ages 6-8

Cost: $50

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Stories 4 All Seasons with Jennifer Anderson

Explore the four seasons with beautiful picture books, good stories, games, crafts, and lots of fun. We will be reading books about or set in each of the four seasons and then having adventures together to learn more about the season, the characters we have met, and the ideas we have encountered. Come play and learn with us in “Stories 4 All Seasons” and meet characters like The Very Busy Spider, The Hungry Caterpillar, Sal (who likes to pick blueberries), and Mama Duck in Make Way for Ducklings.

Mentor Bio:
I have been married to Cody S Anderson for 21 years and we have seven children who we have homeschooled from the very beginning. We have one graduate and one who will be graduating soon. We enjoy the family culture that homeschooling has brought into our lives. Our family has been a part of iFamily from its foundation and love the community and people we have the privilege of associating with through this organization. I personally love to garden, read, and teach others. I enjoy Crossfit, yoga, and especially being outside.

Phase and Age: Core; approximately 4-6

Cost: $25

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Love of Learning Classes


Adventures in History with Jena Simmons

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Who were the first inhabitants of Australia? When was the Great Wall of China built? Who first discovered Greenland? Let’s find out! Come learn with me about different cultures and civilizations, where people come from, how they lived and what they left behind for us to discover. Each week we’ll go on a new adventure in history to learn about new places, people, artifacts, buildings, etc. Get excited to explore the world’s history with me! It’s going to be an adventure ;)

Mentor Bio:
I’m Jena, a 16 year old with a lot of crazy ambitions and a passion for anything adventurous! Dancing is my FAVORITE thing to do, closely followed by kayaking, playing piano, cooking and singing Disney songs. I have always loved learning and teaching (I bossed Ellie around after Kindergarten every day playing pretend school.) I’m fascinated by anything related to geography or history and LOVE to help people get excited to learn about them!

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8 to 10

Cost: $45

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American Girls-Molly with Amy Orme

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It’s World War II in Molly’s time! This semester we will be learning about the Great Depression, WWII, and the challenges and lifestyles of America during the 1940s. We will learn about culture and all-around history of America during this time through presentations, book discussions, and hands-on activities.

Mentor Bio:
Hi! I’m Amy. I’ve been homeschooling my four smallish people for five years and love to learn along with them! Learning new stuff is my favorite, but I’m also all about sewing, reading, theatre, long walks over tall mountains, ice cream for breakfast, and cooking (but only because I really love eating).

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 9-11

Cost: $55, plus access to the American Girl – Molly books

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Art and Soul- Bringing a story to life with Heather Lynn Wolfley and Grace Wolfley

Do you love books? Do you love art? Well this class offers the best of both worlds! We will learn about techniques used in art through famous illustrators. Such as Eric Carle’- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Suess- One fish two fish and Maurice Sendak -Where the Wild Things Are, to name just a few! We’ll learn to turn drawings into fun and engaging images that show a mood, a feeling, and show an idea. We will work with various media ranging from crayons, pencils and markers to pens, watercolors and acrylics. Come and join us for a few great books while letting your imagination soar!

Mentor Bio:
I’m Heather, a forty something Mamma of 5 lively and entertaining children. I have been known to have a snarky side which I use on a daily basis to save my sanity. I am slightly awkward and have a habit of oversharing my life and rambling when nervous. After 5 years of dating and 18 years of marriage my husband has been known to give me “the look” when my rambling takes new heights. My 3 girls are all too aware of my many rambling episodes and may also carry the rambling gene. My 2 boys think I am the coolest Mom ever because I sometimes let them eat ice cream for breakfast. I believe that skinny jeans are the work of the devil and have been known to be a especially gifted napper. Some would say that I have been making the Snuggie look good since 2008. I am a horrible speller and to make matters worse my N key is broken and only works sometimes. I am fairly gifted at parallel parking and have a hard time asking others for help. I think that children should own more books than stuffed animals, and a firm believer that art has a story to be told. I am excited and honored to help tell that story.

Hi I am Grace, I spend most of my life waiting for snow. I am a child of winter and think that life is better on a board. I am walking contradiction and has been known to moon walk out of awkward situations. Bubbly and find it hard to stay in one place. Life traveler, Positivity conductor and Stunt double. Nature fanatic, Tree lover and I think camping is intents. I want to make a difference, but I am easily distracted…. my soul mate is Chocolate because it doesn’t ask questions, chocolate understands. Currently starring in my own reality show titled, A Modern day Cinderella; One Girl’s Search for Love (chocolate) and her lost chaco. Music know’s my moods better than I do and I only rap caucasionally. I like to dance and eat’s Doritos  – not always at the same time. I think pudding tastes better with a plastic spoon, and painting is better when you get messy. I am excited to help teach art this semester.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-10

Cost: $65 all class materials will be supplied except a paint shirt which the student will provide. Trades are welcome. Please contact me if you need to trade.

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Harry Potter with Amy Orme

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We solemnly swear we are up to….fun! Come bring the word of Harry Potter to life as we study writing, Herbology (biology), Potions (chemistry), Transfiguration (engineering), Astronomy, History of Magic, Mythical Creatures (zoology), and Defense Against the Dark Arts (self defense) while working with our Houses to win the house cup! Each week will bring an exciting adventure as we experience Harry Potter’s world today.

Mentor Bio:
Hi! I’m Amy. I’ve been homeschooling my four smallish people for five years and love to learn along with them! Learning new stuff is my favorite, but I’m also all about sewing, reading, theatre, long walks over tall mountains, ice cream for breakfast, and cooking (but only because I really love eating).

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-11

Cost: $65

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His Hands with Sandy Osburn

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Relationships… Everything is about Relationships. From a connection to a subject matter to the enjoyment we get from an activity. The best relationships are the ones where we connect with another human being through service, random acts of kindness, and genuine love. This class will be an organized effort at strengthening relationships with God, with our families, with our neighbors, with our communities, with the elderly, with the sick, and with the needy. The students will learn how to become aware of service opportunities and will have a lifetime treasure of experiences with those whom they served. That soul expanding feeling that comes from helping another is invaluable and one of the best preparations for life.

Mentor Bio:
I am San. Sandy I am! My loves focus on the Fam. And that includes being a Gram (ma). I like to seek the lies from the Truth and then to share it with our Youth. And I can do it in the home, or I can do it on the roam. I like to study things from the past, which inspires me to be steadfast. And to engage in preserving our freedom, by emphasizing our need of HIM. I do not like the spirit of stress and contention and am experimenting for the ideal prevention. So if you will allow me to be your mentor, I can try to share what I adore.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8 – 12

Cost: $40.00 with possible donations for service projects

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Imagination Crafters with Jennifer Anderson

Calling all Imagination Crafters! If you have the ability to imagine and if you love to create things with your hands, you will love this class. We will meet each week and spend our class time building crafts and projects to our hearts’ desires. I will bring lots of fun materials and tools and you will bring your imagination! I will bring a few ideas for you in case your imagination needs a jump start and I will be available to help you work through technical application of your ideas if you need it but this class is a place where you are free to work on your own and be a creator.

Mentor Bio:
I have been married to Cody S Anderson for 21 years and we have seven children who we have homeschooled from the very beginning. We have one graduate and one who will be graduating soon. We enjoy the family culture that homeschooling has brought into our lives. Our family has been a part of iFamily from its foundation and love the community and people we have the privilege of associating with through this organization. I personally love to garden, read, and teach others. I enjoy Crossfit, yoga, and especially being outside.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8 and up

Cost: $40

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Jazz Kids with Liz Simmons

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Jazz Kids is back. With a twist, of course. :) We’ll move, learn new songs with actions, play singing games, have music appreciation moments, listening to and learning about songs from all different genres, do more sign language and enjoy the thrill of participating in a musical experience in a group!

Mentor Bio:
Liz is a singer, dancer (in the kitchen), happy wife and mama of 6. She loves to learn and explore all sorts of things including music, history and treats. :) She has taught classes at iFamily for forever and loves the comradery and variety she and her family find there.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 5-12

Cost: $40

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Mushroom Men Club with Katie Wiseman and Kennedy Taylor

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Welcome to the magical world of mushroom men. We love creating creatures and have created an entire realm of mushroom people. There’s a king and a queen of the mushrooms, an angel and a devil, and a hero and a villain. There’s even a Santa mushroom and an elf mushroom to help him. We have created dozens of different mushrooms and our list is continuing to grow. In this class you’ll be entering the mushroom realm. We’ll teach you how to draw basic features and then you’ll begin creating mushrooms of your own. In addition to creating a mushroom men character book, you’ll also be making a t-shirt of your favorite mushroom character and a foam board pop up mushroom figure. We’ll also develop stories for some of our characters. So if you enjoy creating things and being a little goofy and silly, we’d love to have you join our club.

Mentor Bio:
Katie loves making mud pies, saving bugs from imminent death, animals of all kinds, and all things art.

Kennedy loves making mud pies with Katie, licking signs, snowboarding, legos, animals, art and wearing hats.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 7-11

Cost: $10

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Root Scouts Jr. with Cosette Stevens

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Your life has been influenced by thousands of mysterious people. People who had unique, fascinating, and challenging lives and who almost all have one thing in common…they’re dead. Here’s the exciting part, they left clues about their lives, so let’s roll up our sleeves and scout them out!
We’ll become family and local historians as we discover what our names mean, map out where we came from, explore old buildings, artifacts, and cemeteries, and make a thousand connections with our past.

Mentor Bio:
Cosette is grateful to be a mother of five, wife, daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, aunt, niece, fifth cousin twice removed, and so on. She enjoys reading at 3a.m. (thanks insomnia), playing the viola, gardening, helping ignite fires in people’s hearts, and laughing with family and friends.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-10

Cost: $45

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Shakespeare Adventures with Susan Van Cleave

Shakespeare’s history plays are full of drama, humor, and memorable characters. This year we’ll be focusing on the combined stories in Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1&2, and Henry V. We’ll meet Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most loved characters. We’ll also get to know three kings who ruled over England, one less successfully than the other two. In class, we’ll be up on our feet making Shakespeare’s words come alive through acting games and activities.

Mentor Bio:
Susan loves, loves, loves Shakespeare! She loves the stories, the language, the characters, and the fun it is to put Shakespeare’s plays into action. She loves to help others gain their own love for the Bard.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 9-11

Cost: $40

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SHOWTIME with Mandy Sorensen

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Blossom in confidence through singing and dancing with dynamite musical performance in Showtime!!!

Mentor Bio:
I am Mandy. I was born and raised in Farmington UT, but after spending the last 16 years in Rexburg we claim it as our home. Playing sports, performing and being in the outdoors were the things that brought me the most joy as a youth and young adult but now the brightest light of life for me is my husband Cory and our 6 kiddos. We are enjoying this 4th year adventure in homeschooling and the blessings it has brought to our family. I look forward to joining the efforts of those moms with the vision to help our children develop in every way with confidence in the Lord. Yay for ifamily!!!

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 6-12

Cost: 50 (includes any costume items for showcase)

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The History of Warriors, Weapons, and Tactics with Liam Tisdale and Tasha Tisdale

Who were the warriors of the past? Are there similarities to modern day warriors? What weapons did they use in the past? How did they train to use those weapons effectively? All of these questions, and more, will get answered during this class. We will navigate through history learning about ancient warriors, their weapons, and tactics. We will compare different eras and the progression of technology through weapons. We will dive in deep to learn what inspired warriors to be willing to sacrifice their lives. We will discuss what weapons and tactics are our favorite, and why. By looking back into the past, we hope to discover similarities between our ancestors and us today.

Mentor Bio:
Hi my name is Liam. I am 11 years old. In my family I am the youngest, and I have 2 older sisters. Our family enjoys animals, playing games together, watching movies, hiking, shooting, self defense, and tons more stuff. My Dad served in the Iraq War, and has been in law enforcement for 17 years. His service is inspiring to me. He and I share a passion for history, weaponry, and learning and studying strategies and tactics.

Hi! My name is Tasha Tisdale. I am Liam’s mother and mentor. We have been home schooling for about 5+ years. As Liam said, we do have a lot of interests, and my husband served in Iraq as well as Law Enforcement. Liam loves his Dad’s sense of duty, and admires his willingness to protect others. Liam has 2 older sisters, and our family cares for 2 special needs adults, as well as Liam’s Grandma. Liam is surrounded by girls, all the time, so he REALLY appreciates his “guy time” with his Dad. I love working with kids and helping them development skills and talents to bless their lives and the lives of those around them.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-10

Cost: 50

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ZING! with Tracy Ward

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Authors are silly,
Authors are fun,
We will meet some of them
One by one.
Carle, Keats, Numeroff and Seuss,
Stanley, de Paulo, Heller on the loose,
Scieszka, Anno, Harness, and Burns,
How many authors will we learn?
Adverbs and adjectives will all come alive,
Palindromes, homonyms, can you think of five?
Synonyms, similes, hyperbole, pun,
Metaphors and oxymorons are always so fun!
We’ll laugh ourselves silly,
Write up a kazoo,
We’ll create lots of sentences,
That’s what we will do.
Nobody knows all the fun that’s in store,
We’ll write as we learn and so much more,
So bring your notebook and razamatazz,
We’ll add zest and zing, and all that ZAZZ!

Mentor Bio:
I’m Miss Tracy and loads of fun! I love kayaking, camping, squealing with joy, reading, and I sometimes remember to make my bed. Writing is one of my passions and I love helping youth fall in love with words and the magical power they have to communicate hopes, dreams, ideas, humor, and reason. I created this class back in 2011 and have now taught it three times. I am excited for a new group of kids to join me on a hilarious story-loving and story-creating adventure.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 10- (young) 13

Cost: $45 + cost of 3-ring binder dedicated to Zing!

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Scholar Classes


ACT2 with Heather Fahnestock and Renee Dye

ACT2 is an attempt to accommodate more students in our theater programs. It will be very similar to ACTivate, but will meet at its own time and play performances will be in March or April. As this is a new class, we will decide together whether we want to perform a play only at the theater, or if we would like to put together a children’s play and tour a number of local schools. We will focus on acting skills, including monologues and one act plays, as well as improvisation and genres/history of theater. We are hoping to renew our annual monologue competition this year. We are passionate about nurturing growth in young people through the theater arts! In putting on a play, students learn leadership and communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal), teamwork, and perseverance (seeing a task through to its conclusion). These skills are so important to success in everyday life as well as on stage.
Mentor Bio:
I’m Heather. My husband, Jace, and I grew up in East Africa and met in high school at Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya. We have been married for 28 years and have two beautiful children, Grant (25) and Eilee (22). We have been involved in iFamily since the beginning, and our family has been so greatly blessed by this wonderful community! What a wonderful opportunity we have as home schoolers to create intentional, meaningful community! I have had so much fun over the last eight years watching kids blossom in our iShakespearelive and ACTivate classes. Our amazing youth have given me much more than I have given them, and I am passionate about the role of theater in the development of leadership, character and confidence in young people.

Renee is the mother of 11 children, and she loves them almost to death, but she wants them alive. She is a master mentor and master friend. She loves reading, the outdoors, spending time with friends, family, children, and. . . if you’re a person she already loves you.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; Older Scholar, Age 14 and up; at least 1 year of Shakespeare or similar acting experience is required; exceptions may be made at the mentors’ discretion.

Cost: $80/semester

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ACTivate! with Heather Fahnestock, Lynne Williams, and Tasha Tisdale

ACTivate is our advanced theater class designed for older scholars. We are passionate about nurturing growth in young people through the theater arts! In putting on a play, students learn leadership and communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal), teamwork, and perseverance (seeing a task through to its conclusion). These skills are so important to success in everyday life as well as on stage. This year we will work on our acting skills, with emphasis on improvisation and actor craft. We will be auditioning for our play in October, and performing the second and third weeks of January. In the Spring semester, we will have our monologue competition, and put together some great one-act plays for our end of year wrap-up. We would love to involve students interested in other aspects of theater, such as costuming, set design, props, makeup, hair, publicity etc. in these aspects of the play production as well. This is your chance to explore theater and be involved in a full play production. Come join us for some hard work and tremendous fun in ACTivate!

Mentor Bio:
I’m Heather. My husband, Jace, and I grew up in East Africa and met in high school at Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya. We have been married for 28 years and have two beautiful children, Grant (25) and Eilee (22). We have been involved in iFamily since the beginning, and our family has been so greatly blessed by this wonderful community! What a fabulous opportunity we have as home schoolers to create intentional, meaningful community! I have had so much fun over the last eight years watching kids blossom in our iShakespearelive and ACTivate classes. Our amazing youth have given me much more than I have given them, and I am passionate about the role of theater in the development of leadership, character and confidence in young people.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; Older Scholar, Age 14 and up; 1 year of Shakespeare or similar experience preferred; exceptions made at the mentor’s discretion.

Cost: $80/semester

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Adulthood 101 with Susan Van Cleave

If you’re a teen, adulthood is just around the corner. Whether you can hardly wait or wish you could stay a kid forever, preparing to be an adult can be challenging and fun. We’ll explore things you need to know to live successfully on your own, such as how to manage your time and money well, how to maintain healthy relationships, how to understand different communication styles, and how to get and succeed at a job. We’ll explore adulthood through group discussions and hands-on experiences. By the end of our time together, you’ll be able to move into adulthood with confidence.

Mentor Bio:
Susan has been an adult for several years now. She has attended college in Utah and California, lived on a budget, supported herself, and maintained healthy relationships. She enjoys discussing challenging topics and facilitating personal discovery and growth.

Phase and Age: Self Directed Scholar; 16-18

Cost: $50

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All About Blood with Cathy Lind

Come explore the fascinating world of blood! We are going to dive right in and get messy. We will learn the functions of blood, how it works, different blood types, what Japan thinks about blood and many other things. We will have guest speakers, body parts, and lots of hands on learning.

Mentor Bio:
I have been married for 18 years. I have been blessed with 5 children, ages 5 to 13. I have lived in Idaho for most of my life. I have a little homestead. Every year, I try to expand my homestead with the hopes that eventually my family and I can be completely self-sufficient. I love learning. I love teaching my children. I love the freedom I have because we homeschool. I love associating with like-minded families.

Phase and Age: Practice Scholar; 11 to 14 years old

Cost: $35

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Audition Choir with Lynne Williams

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Hey all you scholar age singers! I would love to have you contact me if you are interested in a performing scholar choir. This choir will be composed of 3 singers on each of the four parts–that will mean 6 men and 6 women. I am so excited to work with this small group! The class will require one rehearsal besides the ifamily day. Some of these rehearsals may not require everyone, but I need you available. I am planning on having a show ready for October and then a Christmas program in November/December. I need to hear from you as soon as possible so that I will know if I have enough singers. I need to know a few days before registration or even sooner. This will be so fun!!! Hope to hear from you!

Mentor Bio:
I love music! Music has played a big role as I have raised my ten children. Developing the musical instrument you always carry with you-your voice-is one of the best things you can do. Whether you are singing in church or in your shower, singing brings joy to our soul. I love directing choirs because of the beautiful sounds that can be created. If you would like to develop your part singing skills and enjoy music, choir is for you!

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 16-18

Cost: $15

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Beauty Within — Beauty Without with Lescley Creutz

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BEAUTY WITHIN – BEAUTY WITHOUT
This class is to show each student that they beautiful inside and out. They will learn basic skin care and make-up and hair. Another aspect of this class is to teach theater hair and make-up.

Mentor Bio:
Hello! My name is Lescley. I love the youth! I love their energy and spirit. I love seeing them realize who they are and their potential to become who they are meant to be! I am a mother of 2 beautiful kids, Brittany (21) and Josh (16). I have been married to my wonderful husband, Homer, for almost 22 years. I have studied cosmetology for more than 25 years and still learning. I have seen Homeschooling positively affect many Families and love being surrounded by its influence.

Phase and Age: Practice Scholar; 12-18

Cost: $55.00

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Bringing Your Stories to Life with Kimberly King

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Has an author inspired you to try your hand at writing? Do you have lots of ideas for a book but have not been able to put it all together? Or, have you tried but gotten stuck? Perhaps you just want to write some short stories. If so, then this class may be just what you are looking for. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is in November and is hosted by a non-profit to encourage writing. They have a webpage with lots of ideas and a separate site for Young Writers. In this class, we will start working through the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Workbook to learn all about how to write a novel like how to make interesting characters and antagonists, how to develop plots and sub-plots, how to write dialogue and so forth. If desired, students can create an account with NaNoWriMo to set a writing goal for November and write a novel, or just to meet a writing goal. See https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ for more information about the program.

Mentor Bio:
I am Kimberly King and I have been homeschooling for always! That is my motto anyway. My two daughters are 18 and 16 yrs old and not only have we always homeschooled them, but I finally realized that the reason we love homeschooling so much is because my husband and I are life-long learners. We don’t know any other way to be. When I offered this class a few years ago at iFamily we had a blast and I can’t wait to offer it again. While I have never written a novel, I did take creative writing in high school and I enjoyed it very much. Plus, I love to read. Come and join us!

Phase and Age: Scholar; age 12+ and adults

Cost: $40-includes a 93 page workbook. Ask me about discounts for siblings. Alternatively, you can choose to print the workbook at home and take $15 off the cost of the class. Otherwise I will be having them printed and bound. The workbook can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5XLWiHqq_J-dG1LZHBmUC1TaEU/view I will provide any other extra handouts.

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Character Creating Through Costuming with Renée Dye and Working on Co-Mentor

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This class is not about learning how to sew! It is about the principles of creation through sewing, using already gained skills and advancing them. In addition to making things for ourselves we will be designing, adapting, and creating costumes for the Activate Plays. This process will include research into the clothing of different periods, geographic areas, and personalities. We will not be using patterns, as a general rule. Most of our costumes will be created by mixing and/or adapting existing garments. Students will also be expected to assist with costume care, repair, and organization during the play. BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THIS CLASS, NO TWO SEMESTERS WILL EVER BE ALIKE, SO IT CAN BE REPEATED BY STUDENTS IF THEY DESIRE.

Mentor Bio:
Hello, come meet Renee Dye! My Mom has been in the costume and acting assistance since the first Shakespeare that inspired ifamily to be born. She has made most of the costumes since then and many are still used in the Shakespeare and ACTivate plays today. She has been a teacher and a sewer since I was three. She has been making clothes, costumes, and everything else a sewing machine/ sewing tools can make: patterns, without pattern, mixing patterns, altering clothes, and turning two clothes into one. She has also made wedding dresses.
Renee is the mother of 11 children, and she loves them almost to death, but she wants them alive. She is a master mentor and master friend. She loves reading, the outdoors, spending time with friends, family, children, and. . . if you’re a person she already loves you.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 14 – Adult

Cost: $50

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Drawing with Rebecca West

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Have you always want to learn to draw? Now is the time!
Many of us believe that being able to draw is something you are either born with or not. While it is true that it comes easier for some than others, it is my experience that anyone can learn to draw if they really want to. All it takes is a little direction and a lot of practice.
I believe that art is not only a skill, but it comes from our very souls. It is often very personal and tugs at our heart. It has always been my desire to create an environment that is safe and supportive, allowing students to have the freedom to open up and allow what is inside them to come forth.

Mentor Bio:
I have loved art since before I can remember, and became a professional artist by selling my first painting more than 23 years ago. When my oldest son showed signs of great talent, I concluded it was time for him to start learning skills to go along with his creativity. I decided I would teach him. Because I am the typical somewhat scattered artist type, I decided the best way to make this happen was to organize a neighborhood class at a set time each week. That’s when I fell in love with teaching art. I have been doing so ever since.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 12 through Adult

Cost: $90 Tuition, Estimated Supplies $18. You can get these yourself or order them as a group through my contacts. Those who have taken my class before will only need to replace supplies that they are getting low on.

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Fairytales Retold with Kimberly King and Alyssa King

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Do you love fairytales? Are you ready to write your own fairytale/legend/myth, from start to finish? Are you prepared to set aside 30-60 minutes each day to make this happen? We will be learning about fairytales/legends/myths and brainstorming ways of rewriting them in class but most of the actual writing will be done at home. We will be playing games, working on plotting, and creating our own version of a fairytale. Students who complete the assignments and finish their story will have their story printed and bound

Mentor Bio:
I am Kimberly King and I have been homeschooling for always! That is my motto anyway. My two daughters are 18 and 16 yrs old and not only have we always homeschooled them, but I finally realized that the reason we love homeschooling so much is because my husband and I are life-long learners. We don’t know any other way to be. I have loved teaching writing classes in the past at iFamily and am excited to offer this one.

Hi there! I’m Alyssa King, I’m 18, and I’ve been homeschooled my entire life. Some of my favorite pastimes are dancing, sewing, and spending time by the river. Fairytale retellings are one of my favorite genres, both to read and write, and I’m looking forward to sharing them through this class!

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 14+ including adults, apprentice and self-directed scholars will be accepted. Students must have either taken the Bringing Your Stories to Life class two years ago, taken the Outlining Your Novel class, or be currently enrolled in Bringing Your Stories to Life. Alternatively, students who have studied novel writing and/or plotting a story at home or in another class will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cost: $35 I will provide assignment sheets and this will cover the cost to print and bind their stories at the end of class.

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Healthy Living with Kimberly King

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Does this sound familiar? “I am so confused about what is healthy. I keep hearing conflicting information and everyone says they have the ‘answer’ with their special diet.” If this describes you or if you are just interested in learning about the human body and how it uses nutrients and how to cook delicious foods, then this is the class for you.
I will be teaching nutrition from a Traditional Foods diet perspective. There are four basic principles: 1) avoid modern, refined foods, 2) choose unrefined, whole, and natural foods, 3) choose nutrient dense foods and meals, 4) prepare and eat foods in the same manner that our ancestors did.

Mentor Bio:
I am Kimberly King and I have two daughters, ages 16 and 18, that have always been homeschooled. I have just completed my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I also have a Master’s in Microbiology. I love science and health and I love to teach so I am excited to share what I have learned about nutrition with your students. I have taught several classes at iFamily in the past including How to Play the Recorder, Poetry, and other writing classes.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 14+ including adults This class is geared towards Apprentice and Self-Directed scholars. Students will be expected to watch videos complete assignments at home and come prepared for class each week.

Cost: $50 This includes printed materials that I will be creating for the class, food costs for the class, rewards, and certificates. I am open to some trades especially for families willing to cook some of the foods for the class or provide some of the ingredients for the foods.

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His Hands with Sandy Osburn

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Relationships… Everything is about Relationships. From a connection to a subject matter to the enjoyment we get from an activity. The best relationships are the ones where we connect with another human being through service, random acts of kindness, and genuine love. This class will be an organized effort at strengthening relationships with God, with our families, with our neighbors, with our communities, with the elderly, with the sick, and with the needy. The students will learn how to become aware of service opportunities and will have a lifetime treasure of experiences with those whom they served. That soul expanding feeling that comes from helping another is invaluable and one of the best preparations for life.

Mentor Bio:
I am San. Sandy I am! My loves focus on the Fam. And that includes being a Gram (ma). I like to seek the lies from the Truth and then to share it with our Youth. And I can do it in the home, or I can do it on the roam. I like to study things from the past, which inspires me to be steadfast. And to engage in preserving our freedom, by emphasizing our need of HIM. I do not like the spirit of stress and contention and am experimenting for the ideal prevention. So if you will allow me to be your mentor, I can try to share what I adore.

Phase and Age: Scholar; 12 to adult

Cost: $40.00 with possible donations for service projects

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Make the Connection with Alysia Humphries and Paula Taylor

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Have you ever felt alone in a crowded room and wondered how to connect with the people around you? Have you ever wished it was as easy to make friends in person as it is to friend someone on Facebook? Do you want to have great friends and to be a great friend that people love to be with? Do you want to feel like you are an important part of something bigger than yourself? Would you like to feel more confident talking to strangers or to be a better listener? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then this class is for you! In this class, we will be practicing communication skills that will assist you in making lasting friendships, influencing people positively, and creating more inner confidence so that you can connect successfully with the people you meet and be able to make a significant contribution in the world around you.
This class is designed to be extremely hands on so there will be minimal reading and writing assignments However, there will be loads of fun, hands on communication challenges that you will be invited to try both in and outside of class. You will be participating in activities such as “speed friendshipping” (similar to speed dating but with a twist), a mock job interview with real employers, and an etiquette dinner. You will also be given field experience challenges such as phoning a friend and phoning a congressman. You’ll be asked to participate in the “Walmart compliment challenge,” the “body language challenge,” the “random acts challenge,” the “social detective challenge”, and the “label machine challenge.” In addition, you will participate in team building service projects. Bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone and join us in making new connections and having awesome new experiences!

Mentor Bio:
Hi! I’m Alysia Humphries, I have been homeschooling my 7 kids since the beginning of our family, along with my amazing husband Michael. I was homeschooled myself from birth until college. I love the freedom and creativity that homeschooling affords and the opportunity to learn alongside my kids. I love everything artistic and creative, so I double majored in dance and music in college. I am usually on the quieter side, but I have been known to embarrass my kids by dancing in the grocery store or breaking into song. I love reading and studying true principles, learning how to cultivate healthy bodies, minds, and relationships, writing, blogging, and having great conversations, and connecting with the amazing people at ifamily!

Aloha! I’m Paula Taylor and I LOVE people of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors! I used to be a shy, quiet soul in my younger days, but have evolved into something louder and more gregarious through the years! I believe that strangers are merely people you haven’t had the opportunity to get to know yet and try hard to make new friends wherever I go.
I am entering year number 6 of homeschooling my 3 super fun and diverse children. I currently live in Rigby with my amazing husband/best friend, Cameron.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 14-18

Cost: $35

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Mixed Choir with Lynne Williams

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This class is for all you youth (and adults) who would like to join together and make “angelic” music. Please join us for a great musical experience!!!

Mentor Bio:
I love music! Music has played a big role as I have raised my ten children. Developing the musical instrument you always carry with you-your voice-is one of the best things you can do. Whether you are singing in church or in your shower, singing brings joy to our soul. I love directing choirs because of the beautiful sounds that can be created. If you would like to develop your part singing skills and enjoy music, choir is for you!

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 13-adult

Cost: $10

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Pyramid Project with Sheri Black

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Are you ready to learn scholar skills in a fun way?
Whether you love math and science or hate them, this class will be a fun way to think like a scientist and mathematician.

Mentor Bio:
I am passionate about helping youth learn how to learn! I am a mother of 5 ages 23 to 13. My husband of 25 years is my number one supporter. I love iFamily and the great support we get from the families we associate with.

Phase and Age: Practice Scholar; 12-14

Cost: $45 per scholar for the class. ( You can spread this cost out over the semester if that is helpful.) You will also need to pay to enter your scholar in the iFamily Science fair. Additional costs are the books, notebook/ planner, and cost of the presentation and science project.

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Root Scouts with Cosette Stevens

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Your life has been influenced by thousands of mysterious people. People who had unique, fascinating, and challenging lives and who almost all have one thing in common…they’re dead. Here’s the exciting part, they left clues about their lives, so let’s roll up our sleeves and scout them out!
We’ll become family and local historians as we discover what our names mean, map out where we came from, explore old buildings, artifacts, and cemeteries, and make a thousand connections with our past.

Mentor Bio:
Cosette is grateful to be a mother of five, wife, daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, aunt, niece, fifth cousin twice removed, and so on. She enjoys reading at 3a.m. (thanks insomnia), playing the viola, gardening, helping ignite fires in people’s hearts, and laughing with family and friends.

Phase and Age: Transition to Scholar; 11-13

Cost: $45

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Scholar Science – Biology with Tasha Lamoreaux (and parents of the students)

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Come learn about the fascinating world of Biology – the study of Life!
From our textbook: “This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course.”
Together we will read, discuss, present, experiment, dissect, observe, and learn. It will be another fantastic semester of Scholar Science at iFamily!

Mentor Bio:
I have been married for 20+ years to my best friend and greatest supporter, Bob. I am a mother to 11 of my favorite people, ages 0-22, and now I’m a mother-in-law also (my son and his bride were an “iFamily” couple!) <3
We live in Firth in the middle of potato fields on acreage with lots of pine trees and an apple orchard.
I was homeschooled myself from Kindergarten through high school, and I have always homeschooled my children. My parents began teaching me at home when it was almost unheard of, and I will always be grateful for their efforts and their focus on “God, Family, and Country.” I hope to teach my children, as my parents taught, to be followers of truth and right.
I love learning about freedom, neuroscience, nutrition, health, fitness, science, nature, history…the list goes on and on. I love being in the outdoors. My favorite activity is taking evening walks with my family.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; Ages 14 – 17

Cost: $75, Plus the purchase of books and lab notebook. Also, a minimal cost for print outs, etc, that you might use when teaching. (I will purchase all the needed supplies for experiments, dissections, etc.)

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Scribes & Scribblers Writing Club with Liesl Vosika and Naomi Vosika

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“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”  –  Oscar Wilde
We want to wake up the writer in you. Join us for a fun interactive class/club about writing fiction. Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ & J.R.R. Tolkien’s discussion group The Inklings. So whether you are a budding author or just have a desire to write, you will find new and interesting adventures in writing. Students will have the opportunity to bring in unfinished work and get advice from the class so they can better their current projects, learn how to develop plots, characters, dialog, and themes. Creative activities, prompts and challenges will let students explore new ways to see writing. Prepared to be inspired by classics from Shakespeare to Cervantes. But don’t be fooled  — this is some serious fun. This club is also in the process of co-operating with the ACTivate Class as part of a Theatre Series Group of classes to write monologues, scripts and plays for performing.

Mentor Bio:
Hello! My name is Liesl. I have a passion for many things — most of all teaching. I love learning and I love seeing potential blossom in others. It’s now been 16 years since we started homeschooling and even in spite of the many sacrifices, it has been one of the best decisions we ever made. I love my kids, but I also really like my kids too. We have four children, Jesse (23), Coire (20), Ellery (18), and Naomi (14). For 27 years I have been married to my best friend, business partner, and singing partner, Tim, who has gone along with and supported all my crazy schemes. I love homeschooling, literature, history, learning new things, hiking & backpacking, hand lettering/calligraphy/graphic design, black & white photography, herbs & gardening, and singing with my family.

Naomi is 14 years old and LOVES writing (notice the 3rd person). She started when she was ten and has loved (almost) every minute of it. She loves to sing, do origami, play piano and bass guitar, and graphic design. Naomi has three siblings, and is the youngest (which can be both a blessing and a curse).

Phase and Age: Practice Scholar; 12-18

Cost: $40 ($35 for early registration — paid by August 14th)

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Social Ballroom with Alyssa King and Andrew Crumpley

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Have you ever wanted to Waltz, or Cha Cha, or maybe even Swing?
Ballroom is not only a valuable life skill, it’s fun! Come join us as we learn to ballroom dance, and etiquette for the dance floor!

Mentor Bio:
Hi there! My name is Alyssa King, I’m 18, and I’ve been homeschooled my entire life. Dancing is one of my greatest passions, and I’ve been dancing in one form or another since I was a toddler. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been dancing on a homeschool ballroom team, and am now excited to share this incredible art form with others!

I am Andrew Crumpley. I am 17 and I love anything that has to do with the arts! Although I haven’t danced for super long, I have been involved in music for many, many years. I have been dancing for four years, and it is so much fun! The arts are a great way to express yourself and to get to know others. Every little bit counts!

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 14+ Adults Welcome

Cost: $25

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Watercolor Painting with Rebecca West

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Many of us believe that being “an artist” is something you are either born with or not. While it is true that it comes easier for some then others, it is my experience that anyone can learn to be an artist if they really want to. All it takes is a little direction and a lot of practice.
Watercolor is a beautiful free moving media. Learning to manipulate it is a skill that only time and effort can give you. Watercolor seems to have a mind of its own. As we learn to understand how it works, we can then guide it to do what we want it to. I love teaching student this process. Come and learn this amazing process and become acquainted with the artist inside you!

Mentor Bio:
I have loved art since before I can remember, and became a professional artist by selling my first painting more than 23 years ago. When my oldest son showed signs of great talent, I concluded it was time for him to start learning skills to go along with his creativity, I decided I would teach him. Because I am the typical somewhat scattered artist type, I decided the best way to make this happen was to organize a neighborhood class at a set time each week. That’s when I fell in love with teaching art. I have been doing so ever since.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 12 through Adult

Cost: $90 Tuition, Estimated Supplies: $50 to $90 depending on what kind of investment you want to make. Serious students will want higher grade materials. Being successful at watercolor is very dependent on having the right supplies.  You can get these yourself or order them as a group through my contacts. Those who have taken my class before will only need to replace supplies that they are getting low on.

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Worldviews & YOU! with Tracy Ward and Jennifer Butikofer

 

PhotoCompeting worldviews are everywhere. They are propagated on the newsstands, played out at the United Nations, in the halls of Congress, and throughout our university system. When we consider the tug-of-war between and among worldviews that rages in America and around the world, we tend to think of the battle mostly in terms of political and ethical issues, but this battle for the minds and hearts of people encompasses much more than politics and ethics. It determines the way we think and act about theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history. This collection of convictions is what we call a worldview. It is the arena of worldviews that one of the greatest battles of our time is now being waged. Come and join us for an in-depth study of seven different worldviews: Secular Humanism, Marxism/Leninism, Cosmic Humanism, Postmodernism, Islamic, Biblical Christianity, and YOURS! We will be reading Understanding the Times along with a wide variety of literature and other books, discussing our readings, studying current news articles, participating in frequent simulations, writing papers, and most importantly, helping each student discover what their own worldview is based on their Core Book(s) in each of those ten areas. This class will enable students to better understand the world around them and how they can find common ground with people of differing worldviews, which will greatly increase their ability to be effective and impact the world for good.

Mentor Bio:
I’m Tracy, wife to Richard and long-time homeschooling mama to 4 kiddos from 21-9, and am passionate about learning, liberty, and laughter. I love kayaking, camping, reading, writing, organizing huge events, and mentoring youth. Everyday I try to connect with heaven, cultivate joy in myself, and spread joy to others. Deep discussions of powerful ideas fill my soul. Sometimes I remember to make dinner and take out my contacts, but don’t count on it.

I’m Jen B., wife to my best friend, Brent, and mamma to 6 awesome kiddos ranging from 22-9. We have been homeschooling for about 16 years and have loved the journey. I love to learn new things and share with my children. I love history, philosophy, home improvement projects, looking at the stars, drawing floor plans, and books on self-improvement. As a family, we enjoy bicycling, visiting and hiking through national parks, roasting marshmallows on our deck and reading fantasy literature.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; This class is designed for age 15-18 and is appropriate for Apprentice Scholar or Self-Directed Scholar youth. We will be delving deeply into each of the above-mentioned worldviews, will be reading a 500+ page book, reading a book from each of the worldviews, studying current news articles, having thorough discussions on both, participating in frequent simulations, writing weekly papers, and submitting a final project on each worldview.

Cost: $75 + cost of books

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iShakespeare with Heather Lynn Wolfley and Cosette Stevens

Shakespeare Conquest is the first Practice Scholar Project in the LEMI continuum. The objective of each Practice Scholar Project is to motivate the scholar to do the hard work of learning through: inspiring mentors, positive peer pressure, a culminating activity, outward motivations to choose (competitions and rewards), completing the project, and by planting seeds of determination to do hard things.
During the first semester, scholars become familiar with the challenging language of Shakespeare by studying a Shakespearean tragedy. The scholars will further be challenged to give an oral presentation on medieval life and history, to watch or read 17 of Shakespeare’s plays, memorize a passage from a play, and participate in a Medieval Feast/Fair.
The second semester focuses on actor training and implementing everything learned about language and human nature by preparing and performing a Shakespeare Comedy in the spring.
Scholars can also look forward to earning the right to be crowned at our Shakespearean Fair (1st semester).
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” ~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Won’t you come be great with us?

Mentor Bio:
I’m Heather, a thirty something Mamma of 5 lively and entertaining children. I have been known to have a snarky side which I use on a daily basis to save my sanity. I am slightly awkward and have a habit of over sharing my life and rambling when nervous. After 5 years of dating and 15 years of marriage my husband has been known to give me “the look” when my rambling takes new heights. My True love. My girls 3 are all too aware of my many rambling episodes and may also carry the rambling gene. My 2 boys think I am the coolest Mom ever because I sometimes let them eat ice cream for breakfast. I believe that skinny jeans are the work of the devil and have been known to be a especially gifted napper. Some would say that I have been making the Snuggie look good since 2008. I am a horrible speller and to make matters worse my N key is broken and only works sometimes. I am fairly gifted at parallel parking and have a hard time asking others for help. I think that children should own more books than stuffed animals, and a firm believer that art has a story to be told. I am excited and honored to help tell that story.

Hi, I’m Cosette, mother of five gloriously unique and fascinating people, and wife to Adam, the man who keeps our hearts and home merry. There are four constants in my life, faith, family, gardening, and the-thing-that-I’m-entirely-obsessed-with-studying (right now it’s the viola, next month Ukrainian egg painting?). I dream of the day when I’m able to play my viola without my youngest covering his ears. I enjoy studying foreign languages, but am a dedicated homebody. One of my favorite pastimes is taking out the garbage; it’s an opportunity to admire my beloved plants.

Phase and Age: Practice Scholar; 12-16

Cost: $100 per semester. A costume and script fee of $35 will be added to the second semester. You will also be required to purchase the Cliff notes Complete version of selected Shakespeare plays. The second semester, the students will be required to purchase their own tights and shoes for the play. We do a group order for tights and D.I. runs for the shoes so the cost of these should be low. Plus we will ask for food donations for concessions.

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Adult Classes


The Bible: Chronologically with Trisha Randall

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Evangelical Christians and Latter Day Saints use some of the same material, and yet we can often misunderstand or misconstrue the other’s beliefs. How can this be? The Mormon church uses latter-day revelation to further interpret biblical passages, whereas evangelicals do not. This interweaving of the Pearl of Great Price, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine’s & Covenants with biblical passages can inadvertently strain an LDS’s understanding of an evangelical’s beliefs based on the use of the bible as a stand-alone book.

This class is not about debating the merits of these two faiths, nor is it an opportunity to proselytize one another. My desire is to offer a glimpse into the mind of a bible-only Christian and through respectful dialogue convey the basic tenets of traditional Christianity. Many of these concepts may seem obvious, but through discussion with LDS friends and neighbors, it is my strong belief that confusion still remains. Mostly, this is due to an innocent though faulty practice that we all tend to use in gleaning understanding. When we need to learn about cars we go to a mechanic not an opera singer. When we want to learn about another’s understanding we ought to seek them out and not an interpretation of what they say.

With a goal of fostering greater understanding, respect, and friendship, I invite those interested in journeying through a chronological order of the bible to join me. Class will include daily reading assignments (often only 15 minutes) from a specially arranged bible, which places passages into a sequence of events based on the historical timeline (e.g. Isaiah & Jeremiah prophesied during the reign of multiple kings mentioned in I & II Kings and I & II Chronicles, yet they remain separated in their respective books – the design of our text weaves these passages from all four books together, so they appear within the context of their actual history). Our class will be a safe and open space for all people, regardless of beliefs, to ask honest questions and discuss biblical Christianity. Material fee includes The One Year Chronological Bible.

Mentor Bio:
Trisha and her best friend Christopher have eight amazing children. She enjoys reading, mama-ing, and has a special penchant for labelling and laminating. Trisha studied English literature and has a degree in classical and medieval literature. This really just means that she got to read a lot during college. She found that out when she graduated and tried to find an English lit. job. She also led the women’s ministry in both her CA church (before her family’s move to the great state of Idaho) and here at Christ Community Church. Her passion for teaching women the bible granted her opportunities to speak and teach in both small focus groups and large events. Trisha occasionally works as an editor, but usually can be found gleefully designing and laminating flow-charts for church events, sipping mint tea and reading, or discussing the significant yet controversial importances between Legos and My Little Pony. After all, she is “just” a mom.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; This is primarily an adult class, but mature scholars will be considered.

Cost: $60

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Personal Growth with the Enneagram with Susan Van Cleave

The enneagram is a personality typing system that combines psychology and spirituality to help a person know themselves and others better. I’ll conduct a typing interview with you prior to class to help you identify where you sit on the enneagram. Throughout the semester we’ll explore the nine different types, their wings, and instinctual subsets. Expect to be uncomfortable with some of the insights you’ll gain into yourself, while being empowered to move toward greater personal growth and change.

Mentor Bio:
Susan is a life coach with over 90 hours of training on use of the enneagram for personal and spiritual growth. Insights she’s gained have helped her better understand herself and her husband, children, and extended family. Susan’s the mother of five and lives in Blackfoot.

Phase and Age: Adult; Older teens and adults

Cost: $30

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Teaching with Games with Debbie Warner

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Hey moms and dads,
Do you have a child that needs practice in a skill, but doesn’t enjoy putting in the time?
Do you want to add more fun to your home school day?
Do you need some ideas to liven things up?
Come to “Teaching With Games” !

Mentor Bio:
Hi, my name is Debbie Warner. Home school momma for the last 14 years. That’s a long time! I love teaching, learning, home school, reading, dancing, swimming, singing, music, art, memory work, & books . I enjoy playing games and we play and sing a lot in our home school. I enjoy mentoring and finding out what works for my students. I have non-traditional learners in my home that are thriving in the environment we have created. I’d like to spend time with you making and playing games in a fun mom’s class.

Phase and Age: Adult; adults

Cost: $30

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