Spring 2017 Classes

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Multi-level Classes


Chess Club with Cathy Lind

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Come play chess!

Mentor Bio: Hi I’m Cathy, and I’m a wife and mother of 5 children. I have been homeschooling for over 7 years. I love being with my children! I love teaching them and seeing their excitement. Most of my day is taken up with my children, but during the few moments I have to myself, I love to read and bake.

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: $15.00

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Krav Maga with Tasha Tisdale

Tasha Tisdale

Krav Maga. Just what is it? It is a self defense program used and created by the Israeli Armed Forces. It is often described as ‘hand to hand combat’. Come learn how to get out of dangerous chokes, holds, and how to defend yourself and others against various attacks. Have you ever wondered, ‘How would I defend myself against……’ THEN PLEASE COME LEARN! We will build strength, coordination, confidence and defense skills. You have the ability to do more than you realize and I would love to inspire you through Krav Maga! It brings our family peace and is a HUGE stress relief! I am very passionate about people protecting themselves and their loved ones. I LOVE to see people realize they are worth protecting. So many great things can come from participating with Krav Maga, and I would love to share them with you!

Mentor Bio: HEY! :) I’m Tasha Tisdale. I have a lot of loves! A lot! I love people, sports, having a great time, working hard, progressing, camping, hiking, learning, animals- horses, dogs, ducks, cows and pigs are some of my favs, movies, laughing, music, books, self defense– Krav Maga, cooking, feeding people……. it might be easier to list what I don’t like! ;) My husband Joel and I have 3 spectacular kiddos who REALLY enjoy iFamily! We work with special needs and care for 2 special needs adults within our home and family. I have a lot of coaching experience. I have coached several swim teams, volleyball, and am currently participating with self defense instruction with Idaho Falls ATA Martial Arts. I really enjoy working with the ifamily youth! I am very passionate about self defense, and I LOVE the Krav Maga program.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 14 & up (13 years old may be considered)

Cost: $65

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Mad Scientist Club with Amy Orme

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All the best people are mad….about science! We’ll discover the world of science by learning and applying the scientific method. We’ll learn the hows and whys of the world through hands-on experiments and class discussion, joining the ranks of the best mad scientists!

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

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 6-8

Cost: $65

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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 third 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: Multi-level; 6-12

Cost: $50 (includes costume items for the showcase)

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Stitch-A-Doodle with Cosette Stevens and LaNae Stevens

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Stitch-A-Doodle is back by popular demand…meaning that my daughters really wanted me to offer this class again.
Does your daughter have a greater hunger for creative outlets than you can keep up with? Let us help! This class was a delight the first time around. The system has been polished and we are confident that it will only get better. Many practical and decorative stitches will be learned. Students will compile a folder with tutorials and examples of the stitches they learn, so that no skill will be lost. We have lined up the most devastatingly adorable collection of projects that Pinterest can offer, and tested them, of course.
Don’t laugh, but I have some credentials in creative stitching. I studied it in college. It was a fun and rewarding experience! I made an enormous book, stuffed with instructions and samples of way more needlework than most have ever dreamed of, and I’ve actually found it useful over the years! We will do the same, on a much smaller scale.

Mentor Bio: Cosette loves helping others create and recognize beauty. She loves to practice the viola, putter in the garden, make people laugh, study from the best books, and eat guacamole. She’s found her love of math, and is now working on being a scholar of numbers.

LaNae LOVES to create beauty and is super excited to help mentor this class!

Phase and Age: Multi-level; Girls ages 8 and up

Cost: $40, this includes all supplies

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Symphonic Orchestra & Advanced Ensembles with Alice Brewer and Rachel Crumpley

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Do you enjoy making music? Wishing to be part of a group? Come join us in the iFamily Symphonic Orchestra (and Advanced Ensembles). Together we will learn how to play as a group and explore how people and instruments all fit together to make beautiful music. Whether you are a new musician with limited experience, or an advanced musician with skills far surpassing your mentors, WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU! (We even have room for a pianist!!!) As well as playing with the whole group, more advanced musicians may be asked to conduct, lead sectionals, or form smaller ensembles playing music they choose themselves.

Mentor Bio: Hi! I’m Alice. I am the mother of 8 beautiful children. Our family has been homeschooling for 3 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 am Rachel and my husband (Tyler) and I have been homeschooling my 5 precious children for 3 years. Besides my out-of-this-world-AMAZING husband and children, I love reading, chocolate, Jane Eyre, geraniums, writing, sitting beside a river in the mountains, The Blue Castle (someday I’ll have one of my own…), stargazing, baking, and learning photography and drawing. Someday I will write a book, see a whale, hike a 100 miles, and soak in the Dead Sea. I love languages (especially English) and learning about my family history.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; All ages including adults – students must have a basic knowledge of their instrument & be able to read music

Cost: $50

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Women’s Choir with Lynne Williams

Lynn Williams

If you are female and love singing, please join us for a wonderful adventure making beautiful three part women music.

Mentor Bio: My name is Lynne Williams and I love music. I am the mother of 10 children, 6 children-in-law, and 21 grandchildren. Music has always been a big part of my family’s life. In my spare time (or time I just make for it) I love gardening and reading. I enjoy being around people.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 13-adults

Cost: $15

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Word Nerds with Melissa Bartell

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Who was this Noah Webster fellow that wrote the 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language? Is it even possible that reading and using dictionaries can be fun, entertaining, powerful, and useful? Maybe you don’t have any desire to be a Lexicographer (a WHAT??) yourself, but learning about America’s greatest one and how we can apply his amazing work to our daily life may be just the nerdy thing you are ready for! Each week will be a new adventure of learning more about Noah and his greatest work, the 1828 American dictionary. We will play games, learn the importance of communicating and why this version of dictionary is so important to connecting the past with the present and many more wonderful life applications.
So if you are ready to expand your vocabulary, learn a lot of really cool stuff about one of our ‘other’ Founding Fathers, and have some fun with your classmates and mentor then this is the class for you! I can’t wait to get to know you!! (I am new at this mentoring other kids thing so keep that in mind :) )

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!
I am excited to offer my FIRST. . .yes, first class at iFamily. I finally got inspired!

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 11-14ish

Cost: $40

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ifamily choir with Lynne Williams

Lynn Williams

Singing in a choir is a great way to work together to produce a beautiful sound. Your voice is the one instrument that is always with you and it is such a joy to train and development that instrument. If you love singing, hope to see you here!

Mentor Bio: My name is Lynne Williams and I love music. I am the mother of 10 children, 6 children-in-law, and 21 grandchildren. Music has always been a big part of my family’s life. In my spare time (or time I just make for it) I love gardening and reading. I enjoy being around people.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 13-adults

Cost: $15

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Core Classes


ABC 123 with Elizabeth Anderson and Jennifer Anderson

cody-and-jen-2016 eliza-2016-1Come and have fun with Eliza in ABC 123. We will be playing games, moving our bodies, reading fun stories, and doing activities that will help us learn our alphabet and numbers.

Mentor Bio: Elizabeth is a fun, loving, patient girl who loves to teach and care for small children. She is excited to teach ABC 123 where she can teach her students the alphabet and the fun of playing with numbers. Eliza plays the violin and wants to learn how to play the piano. She loves art and using her imagination.

Jennifer is Elizabeth’s mom and loves to mentor. She is excited to assist Eliza as she mentors Core Phase this semester. Jennifer loves to read and teach. She loves little children and finds joy in being around them and watching them learn.

Phase and Age: Core; 4 to 6

Cost: $25 per student

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Fancy Nancy Teaches Etiquette with Trisha Randall and Hannah Randall

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Join Mrs. Prazzle and Miss Prizzle 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 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.

At 18 years old, Hannah Randall is the first born of eight children. She takes her role modeling seriously, and works hard to show her younger siblings the merits of running through sprinklers, laughing at daddy’s awful jokes, and loving little people even when they make mistakes. Hannah is an avid ballroom dancer, and a Disney nut. She hopes someday to be a Princess at Disney World in Orlando, FL. Hannah thoroughly enjoys reading and is beginning to learn how to cook more than Mexican food (which is hard, since it is her absolute favorite).

Phase and Age: Core; 4 year olds through 7 year old girls. This class is for girls still in love with dress-up, but with enough self-control to sit for story time and engage with manners.

Cost: $40.00 – includes fancy finger-food snacks every week, gems and candy for good behavior, and their own fancy initial at the end of class.

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Future Readers with Michelle Hall

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Welcome readers!!! This class is just like last semester! I loved it so much that I want to teach it again! This class will consist of a lot of listening while I read, but with different books than last semester! I will pick a good variety of books and just read to the kids with expression so that they can feel like they are a part of the book. I will stop regularly in the story to assess comprehension. I will be using a didactic method to how I teach this comprehension. My goal is to create a love of books for our future readers. I believe in reading books with morals, value, and those that uplift. I also encourage my young readers to bring some of their favorites.

This class is really for any age that wants to come and listen to me read to them. I promise to make it entertaining by bringing in props and asking thoughtful questions while reading the stories.

Mentor Bio: Hello! I am Michelle, a 3rd year homeschooling Mom of 5 kids. Teaching has always been my passion. I got my degree at Utah State University where I studied English and Physical Education for secondary education. I taught English at a charter school in Utah that emphasized film and acting. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching those short 3 years before I started having a family of my own. I have 5 rambunctious kids and a supportive husband. I love gardening, family time, reading, organization, grammar, learning and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel so blessed to be apart of such phenomenal families.

Phase and Age: Core; 2-100!

Cost: $25

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Show & Tell (Public Speaking 101) with Ava Drake and Vanessa Drake

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Welcome to Show & Tell (Public Speaking 101). We are excited to give kids an opportunity to find their voice and tell their peers what they are passionate about. Each child will have about 5 minutes to show and tell and answer any questions. Then they will be expected to sit respectfully while 9 or so other kids do the same. On some weeks they can bring whatever they want. Other weeks there will be a theme, such as bring something that has to do with geology, nature, favorite toy or book, something you’ve built, something from another country, etc.

Mentor Bio: HI! My name is Ava Drake, I’m so excited to teach! I love to act, sing, dance, be on stage, crochet, play the piano, sew and lots of other things!

I’m excited to help your kids learn how to not have stage fright, and how to not be scared of public speaking.

Hello! I’m Ava’s mom (Vanessa Drake) and I love learning, reading, gardening, fermenting, homeschooling and playing the piano. I’m excited to hear all the things you kids have to say about the things you love.

Phase and Age: Core; 6-8

Cost: $10

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Star Wars with Brackon Allen and Linzy Allen

img_3253Come learn all about Star Wars! We will read a book about a character and then do an activity. These activities include science like making glow-in-the-dark slime or building an origami Millennium Falcon. . . and you will build your very own light saber!!! Come and have fun!

Mentor Bio: My name is Brackon. I am the oldest of four boys and love to read. I am ten years old. I have chickens and a dog. I like Lego, animals (especially my dog), nature and Star Wars.

Phase and Age: Core; 5-8

Cost: $25

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Storybook STEM Adventures with Jessica Wilson

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Do you like to explore, design, create, and problem solve? In Storybook STEM we will focus on a different story each week and tackle the problems we find there. Did you ever wonder why Little Red Riding Hood didn’t build a zip line over the forest rather than worry about the big bad wolf? Or what Cinderella would have done if her fairy godmother hadn’t shown up? In storybook STEM we will build a zip line for Red Riding Hood and a wind-powered carriage for Cinderella as we learn about friction, surface area, and gravity. Students will learn all about the engineering design process and have opportunities to design, create, test, and re-design. The class will be organized into several small teams so that students will have the opportunity to improve their group work skills along with their problem-solving skills. Come join us for an engineering adventure!

Mentor Bio: Hi! My name is Jessica Wilson. I have four kids and we have been homeschooling for four years. My undergraduate education was in piano performance and pedagogy and my master’s degree focused on curriculum development and instructional practices. Learning, teaching, and discovery are the driving passions of my life. I love all things boos and I am always looking for a new learning adventure to dive into with my children. Our family loves long hours spent nestled up in the library, happy time exploring new recipes in the kitchen, and outdoor adventures that take us to new and unexplored areas of our beautiful eastern Idaho home.

Phase and Age: Core; 7-10

Cost: $50

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The Magic & History of Art with Jessica Wilson

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Do you like stories? Do you love creating art?

In The Magic & History of Art, we will explore the stories behind some of the greatest artists throughout time. As we explore these stories, we will also become familiar with some of the world’s greatest masterpieces—and be ready to create our own works of art. Each week we will explore a new time period and create beautiful pictures. We will experiment using paint, pastels, chalk, charcoal, pencils, markers, and crayons. At the end of the semester, each student’s work will be gathered up into his/her own personal portfolio.

Mentor Bio: Hi! My name is Jessica Wilson. I have four kids and we have been homeschooling for four years. My undergraduate education was in piano performance and pedagogy and my master’s degree focused on curriculum development and instructional practices. Learning, teaching, and discovery are the driving passions of my life. I love all things books and am always looking for a new learning adventure to dive into with my children. Our family loves long hours spent nestled up in the library, happy time exploring new recipes in the kitchen, and outdoor adventures that take us to new and unexplored areas of our beautiful eastern Idaho home.

Phase and Age: Core; 6-10

Cost: $65

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Love of Learning Classes


Adventures with Shakespeare with Susan Van Cleave

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Do you like a good story? Do you want an excuse to yell insults across the room? Do you find sword fighting exciting? Do you want to impress your parents and friends? Do you know how to die dramatically? Some people think Shakespeare is hard to understand and boring, but those people haven’t truly experienced his plays. Come have an adventure with Shakespeare’s words, stories, and characters. It’s guaranteed to be fun and you’ll learn a lot along the way.

Mentor Bio: Hi, I’m Susan. I live in Blackfoot and I moved here last year with my husband and 5 teenage kids. We’ve lived all over the United States, as well as overseas. Now we’re here, experiencing life in Idaho. I love to read and hike and play games. I think life is at its best when I’m having fun. I love to learn and enjoy making learning fun. I began learning about Shakespeare so I could mentor Shakespeare Conquest. Along the way I gained a deep love for The Bard. It’s a passion I love to share with people of all ages.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 9 – 12

Cost: $40

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American Girls Addy with Amy Orme

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Step back in time with us to Addy’s world! Addy is a former slave adjusting to a new life in the American Civil War era. We will learn about culture, difficulites, lifestyles, 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 four years and love to learn along with them! Learning new stuff is my favorite, but I’m also all about sewing, reading, theatre, and cooking (but only because I really love eating).

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 9-11

Cost: $55, plus the American Girl – Addy books

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Detective Academy with Susan Van Cleave

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When a crime has taken place how do you follow the clues and find the culprit? Join the Detective Academy and you’ll have the chance to investigate crimes. You’ll learn to gather clues, perform forensic science, follow the evidence and track down the guilty party. If you complete the course successfully, you will be awarded an official detective badge.

Mentor Bio: Hi, I’m Susan. I live in Blackfoot and I moved here last year with my husband and 5 teenage kids. We’ve lived all over the United States, as well as overseas. Now we’re here, experiencing life in Idaho. I love to read and hike and play games. I think life is at its best when I’m having fun. I love to learn and enjoy making learning fun.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 10-12

Cost: $60

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Every Book a Mystery with Linzy Allen

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“Books are like puzzles,” write Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone. “The author’s ideas are hidden, and it is up to all of us to figure them out.” I plan to adopt their approach that will unlock the magic and power of reading. With the Goldstones help, parents can inspire kids’ lifelong love of reading by teaching them how to unlock a book’s hidden meaning. Featuring fun and incisive discussions of numerous children’s classics. We will highlight key elements–theme, setting, character, point of view, climax, and conflict–and paves the way for meaningful conversations between parents and children. This will be a parent/child book discussion group! Parents must attend each class. We may have a special visit from a real author!

Mentor Bio: Hi! I’m Linzy. We have four boys. We have been homeschooling for five 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: Love of Learning; 8-12 and their mom (or dad)

Cost: $50 (parent and child) each additional child is $15

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Life Cycles with Karami Crandall

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Baby animals are so cute! In this class we will find out what makes baby animals special and what happens next. We will also look at insects and plants. Everyone will need their own life cycle project to observe and care for. We will watch for changes and see the life cycle happen right before our eyes! God created all things. And as we observe life around us, we learn more about God and see His handiwork!

Mentor Bio: I’m Karami and 18 years ago when our oldest child was born, I discovered that I had missed out on some fantastic picture books. I began the quest of reading every good quality piece of literature to my children. Now the mother of 6 children, we spend hours enjoying books together! My daughter, then about 8, summed it up best when she asked her older brother, “What book are you going to get hooked on next?” I also love rubber boots! The day we decided to buy a pair for each of our kids was a turning point for me! We now raise goats and sheep and chickens. I am learning how to grow flowers and vegetables. My passions are reading, geography, clean eating, and spending time with my amazing husband and children. I am also an avid journal keeper.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-10 year olds, if you feel your child is a great fit for this class and they are not 8-10, please email me.

Cost: $45 plus a life cycle project if desired to supplement in class learning.

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Rhythm Nation with Mandy Sorensen

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‘Tap’ into your inner musician with body percussion, hand clapping games, lummi stick fun and more!!! Learn to hear, repeat and create rhythm from the world around you…and have a blast getting into the groove of Rhythm Nation!

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 third 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; 8-12

Cost: $35

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The Presidents of These United States with Sariah Mackowiak

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Most of the kids in our coop have only had two Presidents while they have been alive, but there have been 45 Presidents of the United States of America. Several are well known, or remembered. Presidents are each unique, and have a variety of strengths, weaknesses, and often their character is tested in some way during their term(s). The story of the Presidents is a history that also shows the strength, weaknesses, and the character of our country. Come learn about some of the Presidents of the United States, and how they have shaped the Country you now live in.

Mentor Bio: I am a mother of six energetic kids and have an amazing husband. We have been on our home school journey for three years. I started home schooling to spend more time with my kids and to fill gaps that I felt needed more direct attention. I love the outdoors, and enjoy spending time with my family.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 9-12

Cost: $40

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Track 101 with Linzy Allen

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How high can you jump? Do you know what plyometric drills are? Do you know why they are important? Come join this class! We will learn the basics of running. We will learn different running drills/ techniques. We are going to have a ton of fun and learn things you can do that you may have never thought you could do before you started this class. We will have relay races, play sharks and minnows, and other fun games!

Mentor Bio: Hi! I’m Linzy. We have four boys. We have been homeschooling for five years. We love being together. We love playing games, reading and using our creativity to make something new. I started doing track in the seventh grade. I participated in college track at ISU and USU, until we started our family. After having my first baby, I coached at University of Utah for a year. Recently, I started coaching at Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot. It was at this time that I re-discovered my passion for track and absolutely loved every minute teaching those kids.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-12

Cost: $30

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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 taught this class several years ago and decided to bring it back so a new group of kids can join me on a hilarious writing adventure.

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

Cost: $45 + cost of 3-ring binder

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Scholar Classes


ACTivate with Heather Fahnestock, Lynne Williams, Tasha Tisdale, and Renee Dye

PhotoPhotoTasha TisdaleACTivate 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. We will be implementing various aspects of theater, with emphasis on acting, learning to use the voice effectively, and character exploration. We will be auditioning for our Spring play, The Light Princess, in January, and performing it April 7-15th. We would love to involve students who are 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 27 years and have two beautiful children, Grant (24) and Eilee (21). Both Grant and Eilee were home schooled all the way through high school, and were greatly blessed through their participation in iFamily. What a wonderful opportunity we have as home schoolers to create intentional, meaningful community! In college I studied anthropology, with an emphasis on forensic anthropology, but I have always been involved in music and drama. I have had so much fun over the last seven(!) 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.

My name is Lynne Williams and I love music. I am the mother of 10 children, 6 children-in-law, and 21 grandchildren. Music has always been a big part of my family’s life. In my spare time (or time I just make for it) I love gardening and reading. I enjoy being around people.

HEY! :) I’m Tasha Tisdale. I have a lot of loves! A lot! I love people, sports, having a great time, working hard, progressing, camping, hiking, learning, animals- horses, dogs, ducks, cows and pigs are some of my favs, movies, laughing, music, books, self defense– Krav Maga, cooking, feeding people……. it might be easier to list what I don’t like! ;) My husband Joel and I have 3 spectacular kiddos who REALLY enjoy iFamily! We work with special needs and care for 2 special needs adults within our home and family. I have a lot of coaching experience. I have coached several swim teams, volleyball, and am currently participating with self defense instruction with Idaho Falls ATA Martial Arts. I really enjoy working with the ifamily youth!

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; Older Scholar, Age 14 and up

Cost: $80

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High School Physics with Tasha Lamoreaux

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Come join us for the second semester learning about the fascinating world of Physics! We’ll delve into topics like motion, dimensions, Newton’s laws, gravity, centripetal force, energy, momentum, geometric optics, electric fields, circuits and magnetism.

Each week we’ll perform interesting experiments, discuss our textbook chapters, and soak in new knowledge. We’ll learn through interesting lectures, dvd lessons, and video clips.

My plan is to teach a three year rotation of science classes on a high school level – Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, one each year. It is important to me that my children experience each of those branches of science in a supportive, Christian based atmosphere before they head off on their own. I want them to understand the scientific process, and not feel intimidated about science.

This is a co-op type class, where the parents teach one chapter from the book. I organize the materials, help guide the parents and students, purchase all the supplies, copy handouts, and plan the schedule.

Mentor Bio: Hi I’m Tasha. 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 0-21. My oldest daughter is a student at BYU-Idaho, and my oldest son is serving a mission in Samoa.

I was homeschooled myself from Kindergarten through high school, and 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 did, to be followers of truth and right.

I love learning, especially about science and nature. I love being in the outdoors. One of my favorite activities is taking evening walks with my family.

Some of my other interests are: camping, hiking, gardening, and learning about freedom, neuroscience, nutrition, health, and fitness.

Phase and Age: Practice Scholar; Ages 14 and older. This college-prep physics course is designed for the student who has completed algebra 1 and geometry and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent.

Cost: $55 each semester – includes all supplies for experiments. You will also need to purchase “Exploring Creation with Physics“, 2nd Ed. by Apologia, and “Exploring the World of Physics” by John Hudson Tiner

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I-Shakespeare with Heather Wolfley and Cosette Stevens

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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?

Note: You must have been in this class first semester to apply for second semester.

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 12, 9, 6, are all too aware of my many rambling episodes and may also carry the rambling gene. My boys 8 & 4 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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Idaho History with Paula Taylor and Paula Taylor

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Calling all explorers! Get ready to traverse through the great state of Idaho. Join us as we learn about the history of our beautiful state, the diverse landscape we are surrounded by and some of the amazing people who have lived here. We’ll learn hoards of interesting facts about Idaho, as well as how to square dance (our state dance), our state song, and the names and locations of all of our counties and many of our cities. We’ll make different maps of our state and will create a map of the city we each live in. Come learn to love the beautiful state of Idaho.

Mentor Bio: My name is Paula Taylor and I’m the lucky wife of Cameron C. Taylor. Being a good wife to him has come almost effortlessly on my part. On the other hand, trying to be a good mother to my three extremely diverse & lovable rug rats has taken an inordinate amount of work! I’m still trying to learn how to be a good mother and mentor to my children so homeschooling has been a way for me to immerse myself in my most important and challenging educational pursuit in life: parenting. We just entered year number five of homeschooling and although I still consider myself inept, I’m still plugging along each day, trying to figure things out with God’s help.
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: Transition to Schola; 10-13

Cost: $30

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Lead Out! with Mary Black and HeatherJane Black

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Hello! This is Mary Black. I love creating experiences for youth and their parents! Come join us as you:
-Develop into your role as moral leaders in home, community, and in your own life
-Create a better connection with God, self, and others
-Discover yourself by answering, Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?
-Move forward to take your place as a leader in the world

Everyone is a leader in some way! Leaders aren’t just those who are called or elected to be in charge. I believe that the most important leaders in this world are found in your own home, and among your friends. They are the ones who stand up for what is right, even when it is hard. As you accept this responsibility to lead out in a moral way, you will find the greatest joy and satisfaction possible!

This class will be one hour a week in class, plus 2-4 hours outside time. We will study some great leaders from every walk of life, participate in activities and simulations, and practice what we are learning.

Youth will be able to choose a final project from these:

1. Create and put on a one-day leadership Training Camp (TC) for youth, ages 11-14. (Not overnight.)
Date to be decided – in May.

2. Plan and put on a 3-day, overnight Youth Leadership Retreat (YLR) for iFamily youth, ages 14 – 17.
(Date: Monday – Wednesday, July 31 – August 2, 2017) This will require time in meetings after iFamily is out.

Each youth and their parents will be able to decide how much time they desire to commit to that planning and will receive an assignment accordingly.

Mentor Bio: Hello! My name is Mary Black. I am a happy wife and mother of 6 talented, well-informed and principled children. I have taught public school in music and special education, and have educated my own children at home for over 30 years. I have been an active participant in and on the board for home and private school organizations in 2 states.
I love to mentor youth and adults and see them discover and use the power inside. I have been a presenter and teacher in many settings, working with thousands of people teaching principles of leadership, home preparedness, music, how to gain mental, physical and spiritual freedom, and – making life an adventure!
I have degrees in music education and special education and have done graduate work in educational psychology and political economy. I have studied with the Arbinger Institute and taken multitudes of classes on preparedness, music, teaching, presenting, and mentoring.
My hobbies are writing, singing, directing choirs, hiking, camping, nutrition, yoga, gardening, serving, making friends, and having fun jumping on the trampoline!

HeatherJane Black is an iFamily “graduate” and a marvelous mentor! She directed the Shakespeare play her last year at iFamily and has taught iFamily classes on organization and time management, and has co-mentored the Lead Out! class in the past.

Phase and Age: Self Directed Schola; Usually 14 and up

Cost: $65. (Also, all students who help will receive a discount on their YLR registration fee. The amount will depend on the level of contribution that they choose and will be discussed individually as assignments are accepted.)

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Learn to Draw 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 then 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 22 years ago. When my oldest son showed signs of great “talent” and 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; 12-112

Cost: $90 Tuition, Estimated Supplies $16 – 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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Puzzled with Paula Taylor

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The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I???? (answer located in the application section!). Riddles. Crosswords. Anagrams. Sudoku. Word Searches. There are a plethora of puzzles in the world just waiting to be solved. In Puzzled you’ll be introduced to a new type of puzzle each week. You may love the puzzle or it may drive you crazy and make you want to hit your head against the wall repeatedly! The good news is that even if you don’t love our weekly puzzle, every week you will have free time where you will have the opportunity to work on puzzles that you do like. I will bring a plethora of puzzle types each week for you to try your hand at. Whether you want to work in a group or on your own, you are sure to find a puzzle that you will enjoy. Join us for a puzzling, brain building experience.

Mentor Bio: My name is Paula Taylor and I’m the lucky wife of Cameron C. Taylor. Being a good wife to him has come almost effortlessly on my part. On the other hand, trying to be a good mother to my three extremely diverse & lovable rug rats has taken an inordinate amount of work! I’m still trying to learn how to be a good mother and mentor to my children so homeschooling has been a way for me to immerse myself in my most important and challenging educational pursuit in life: parenting. We just entered year number five of homeschooling and although I still consider myself inept, I’m still plugging along each day, trying to figure things out with God’s help.
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: Transition to Schola; 10-13

Cost: $25

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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 and prompts 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.

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 15 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 (13). For 25 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 13 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 it the youngest (which can be both a blessing and a curse).

Phase and Age: Practice Scholar; 12-18

Cost: $30

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Story Sketchers with Sherida Slade

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* Write, Illustrate, and Print your own 20 page story book! Wether you want to write a fictional comic book, a nonfiction story about the life of sharks, or a story from your family, the choice is all up to you!
* Empower your ideas and turn them into a beautiful and professionally printed story book.
* Develop your own plots, outlines, and story boards.
* Illustrate all of your own pictures and develop a unique look for your story.
* You can read your story to family members, friends, and one day to your own children! You can be an author now!

Mentor Bio:
* Sherida was raised in a small town in Northern Arizona. Her family heritage consisted of the Wild West pioneers. She comes from generations of Indian traders who spoke Navajo and Apache languages. They were ranchers, trappers, hunters, and farmers. Sherida inherited a love of the outdoors, gardening, and glorious sunsets. She spent her childhood making mud pies, swinging in tree swings, and exploring!
* Sherida majored at Northern Arizona University in Biology with a Chemistry minor for four years. Then she went on and became a Registered Dental Hygienist.
* Sherida and her handsome and witty husband have seven incredible children. Homeschooling is their way of life, and they can’t imagine doing it any other way!

Phase and Age: Transition to Schola; 10-13 * This requires fluent reading and writing skills. This class best fits a more advanced 10 -11 yr old on up through 13 year olds.

Cost: $45

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Wake Up & Be AWESOME!/WUBA with Tracy Ward and Jennifer Butikofer

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If you are feeling the itch to study hard, learn from great men and women, and take your writing and speaking to a whole new level, it is time to WUBA! This class is based on the LEMI Quest 1 & 2 Apprentice Scholar class and is designed for students willing to make (please bold ‘make’) commitments to a mentor, keep (please bold ‘keep’)those commitments, and desire to grow (please bold ‘desire to grow’) their capacity to read, write, speak, and think. We will read biographies, critically evaluate documents, discuss history, philosophies, and human nature, and learn to think on our feet to express our ideas. Each student will work with a writing coach to develop the skills of research, revision, and persuasive writing for impact. Both of us love teaching Apprentice Scholar classes and are skilled at guiding youth to the next level in their growth as scholars. We learned a lot the last time we taught this class and have redesigned it with more writing and speaking instruction that will break down these skills into bite-size chunks so our students will be able to learn do-able skills each week and build on them until they are able to write and speak with excellence. We LOVE WUBA! Let’s Wake Up and Be AWESOME!

Mentor Bio: I’m Tracy, wife to Richard and long-time homeschooling mama to 4 kiddos from 20-8, and 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 21-8. We have been homeschooling for about 15 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; generally 15-18, must be at least 14

Cost: $75 + cost of books, binder, and Writing Mentor

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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 22 years ago. When my oldest son showed signs of great “talent” and 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; 12-112

Cost: $90 Tuition, Estimated Supplies: $45 to $80 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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Adult Classes


Celebrate Imperfection! with Mary Black

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Hello! This is Mary Black! In over 33 years as a homeschooling mother, I have learned TONS about the value of imperfection and failure in creating a powerful home educational environment. How? By personal experience and study. I have made mistakes, learned from them, and tried again. And – voila! Success in the end!
Is my home flawless? Absolutely not! But it is “perfect” for us right now! We are all in the process of learning and living our passions and purpose. As mother and mentor, that is my goal.
Here are a few that we will discuss in the class:
How do we define “success”?
What is the mother/mentor’s true role in home education?
What does failure and imperfection have to do with it?
Come join this discussion/learning experience, guided by someone who knows what she is talking about!

Mentor Bio: Hello! My name is Mary Black. I am a happy wife and mother of 6 talented, well-informed and principled children. I have taught public school in music and special education, and have educated my own children at home for over 30 years. I mentored one of the very first pre-iFamily classes and chaired the iFamily bylaws writing committee. I love to mentor youth and adults and see them discover and use the power inside. I have been a presenter and teacher in many settings, working with thousands of people teaching principles of leadership, home preparedness, music, how to gain mental, physical and spiritual freedom, and – making life an adventure!
I have degrees in music education and special education and have done graduate work in educational psychology and political economy. I have studied with the Arbinger Institute and taken multitudes of classes on preparedness, music, teaching, presenting, and mentoring. My hobbies are writing, singing, directing choirs, hiking, camping, nutrition, yoga, gardening, serving, making friends, and having fun jumping on the trampoline!

Phase and Age: Adult; adult

Cost: $25

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Happiness Training with Emily Ridley

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Would you like to be happier? Who wouldn’t, right? And it turns out that we can train our brains to be more positive and more effective – and we can learn to be happier! Using two books by Shawn Achor (and a few other sources), we will be doing just that! I would love for you to join me in this endeavor and the wonderful discussions it is sure to inspire. I also hope to work together to create a resource we can use to teach what we learn to our children.

Mentor Bio:
Emily Ridley grew up back east in Connecticut. She majored in Biology at BYU and loved pretty much everything about it (except those nasty parasitic worms). After graduating, she married David and had three wonderful children, now ages 15, 13, and 10. She has been homeschooling those same three children for 9 years now, and still thinks it’s a good idea. She enjoys reading and reading some more, most things musical, photography, teaching, the ocean, ice cream, baseball, basketball, and a good laugh. She and her family are grateful to be a part of iFamily :)

Phase and Age: Adult; over 21

Cost: $20, plus the possible cost of purchasing two books (perhaps $10 each?)

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Mussar: A Spiritual Practice with Susan Van Cleave

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We’re told to be like God, but because of our human condition we continually fall far short. Mussar is a spiritual practice designed to help real change happen, down at the soul level, so we can better serve God. In this class we will focus on 13 different ‘soul-traits’ – humility, gratitude, patience, honor, generosity, kindness, strength, tranquility, trust, enthusiasm, order, awareness, and truth. We will spend time learning, discussing, and supporting one another in our efforts to be more Christ-like.

Mentor Bio: I’m the mother of five, whom I’ve always homeschooled. I grew up in California, went to college at BYU and SDSU, married, and moved all over the country, and even overseas, before settling in Idaho. Through all my moves, I’ve learned that as much as people are different they’re the same. Each place has held a new adventure and something to make it feel like home. I love to read, and I consider myself a life-long learner. I believe we can find truth all around us; we should grab it when we do and hold on tight.

Phase and Age: Adult; 16+

Cost: $20

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