Spring 2018 Classes

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Adult Classes

Real Love with Liz Simmons

This class is about exploring the principles from the book Real Love in Parenting by Greg Baer. It has simple but miraculous principles and insights about what real love is and what it isn’t. It will help us to know ourselves, to know the perfect love of God for US, to figure out how to be FILLED with that love, grace, and goodness and then share it with all!

Mentor Bio: 
Liz is a lover of things that grow and things you can eat. She has home schooled for forever and loves the unity of family, the vision being together makes more clear and the love it builds in her home. She has loved the friendships that have been built because of her association with the delicious people at iFamily.

Phase and Age: Adult

Cost: $30 plus book

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Multi-level Classes


Beginning Strings with Alice Brewer and Andrew Crumpley

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. 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 four and a half years now and we love it. I love music, history, family history and yarn, but most of all I love spending time with my family. Much of our time together is spent singing,fixing a meal, practicing instruments, folding laundry, visiting historical sites and figuring out how our ancestors fit there.

Hi! I’m Andrew and I’m 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 six years, and it is 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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Ifamily mixed choir with Lynne Williams

Music, music, music!!!! I love music! Your voice is the one instrument that you will always have with you. Come and join me as we will improve not only your instrument, but your skills in vocal production, note reading, and part singing. Hope you will join me in this great adventure!

Mentor Bio:
I am the mother of 10 wonderful children, the grandmother of 25 adorable grandchildren, the mother-in-law to 6 delightful people, and the wife of one amazing man. I love reading, yard work, people, theater, and music. I love, love music and have led a variety of choirs.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 13-18

Cost: $15

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Puzzled with Paula Taylor

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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: $20

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SHOWTIME! with Mandy Sorensen and Mandy Sorensen

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

Mentor Bio:
I am Mandy. I was born and raised in Farmington UT, but after spending the last 17 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: Multi-level; 6-12

Cost: 50, including showcase costume

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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. Therefore, 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 historical Christianity.

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: $20

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Yoga with Brittney Croft

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Why should you begin or continue a yoga practice?
You’re busy, perhaps you’ve tried yoga in the past and it was uncomfortable at best. Perhaps you’re a fast paced moving kind of person and yoga is way to slow for your tastes. A year ago, those were some of the excuses I had given myself to not start a yoga practice. If I was going to workout it was going to be with something that I could really make a difference with, not yoga. But God had a different plan for me, I was guided to begin a regular yoga practice through prayer, and it has become precious to me. Yoga can offer balance to everyone’s life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. After a year of regular (2 to 3 times per week) practice I have the most upper body strength I have ever had, and I am thirty pounds lighter ( I still have another 30 to go). Yoga grounds me and compels me to be still so that I am less harried and frenetic. I am balanced enough to follow through with my eating plan and enjoy other kinds of workouts through out my week. I am more at peace with who I am and worry less about what others think. The list of benefits could go on and on. We are on this beautiful earth walk together, Come yoga with me!
Styles of yoga taught:
We will start with gentle vinyasa with some deep asana work
Then we will move to a power vinyasa style as we improve our strength
I will also introduce you to a kundalini style practice to promote emotional cleansing
and We will do one class of restorative or yin yoga which is pretty much more restful than actual sleep. Can’t wait!
Brittney

Mentor Bio:
Hi I’m Brittney,
This is the 5th class I have submitted to teach in the history of I family and I have never once saved my biography, HA! So I get to rewrite it again. I actually really love to write, I am in my early thirties and spend most of my days putting fires out caused by my 4 cutie kids and 2 rascally doggies. I mostly feel like I’m authentically living a fairy tale right now, my kids are little, full of love, and largely dependent on me and my choices, I know it will end soon, its exhausting and magical all at once. I love the peace homeschool provides. The slower pace and non-harried mornings are so wonderful. Over the last year, I felt guided to begin a yoga practice and to certify to teach yoga. Yoga has become a treasure to me emotionally, physically and spiritually. I love to share it with others.

Phase and Age: Multi-level; 14-99

Cost: $42.00 ($3 per class)

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Core Classes


Down on the Farm with Jennifer S Anderson

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Explore the world of a farm with beautiful picture books, good stories, games, crafts, and lots of fun. We will be reading books about many different animals, insects, plants and other exciting things found on a farm and then having adventures together to learn more about farm life, the characters we have met, and the ideas we have encountered. Come play and learn with us in “Down on the Farm” and meet characters like The Very Busy Spider, The Little Red Hen, and many others.

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 to 6

Cost: $40

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Dragosaur with Vanessa Drake

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Do you love dinosaurs? Do you love dragons? Did you know some scientists hypothesize (a fancy word for believe or guess) that they may have been the same creatures? Recent discoveries (such as finding red blood cells in dinosaur bones) are providing evidence for this theory. Come and explore this amazing idea with us through demonstrations, experiments, crafts, fossil digging and reading exciting books.

Mentor Bio:
Hi! My name is Vanessa and I LOVE to learn. I especially love to learn about history, our Savior and His creations, how to care for the amazing bodies God has given us, medicinal herbs, gardening, family history and music. I have discovered through homeschooling my 6 children that I also love to teach! I would love to have your children along on my learning adventures.

Phase and Age: Core; 5-8

Cost: 25.00

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Just Bead It #2! with Meissa Bartell and Liberty Bartell

Just Bead It #2 is the next group of fun animals to study and craft. 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. We combine 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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Physical Education with Cathy Lind

Often times, as homeschoolers, we send our children out for playtime and we think that is Physical Education. There is a big difference between Playtime and Physical Education. Playtime is when siblings go out to play a game or do an activity that they have usually done before. During the playtime, the child’s body goes through motions that are already familiar and often times avoids motions that are unfamiliar. If they do attempt unfamiliar motions (such as balancing on a log) it can often result in injury (falling off) because their body has not yet learned the skills to perform that motion successfully. Playtime does not efficiently educate a child’s body. Physical Education is when the child is directed through a sequence of movements that builds the body’s coordination, balance, strength, agility and neurological development. And, that is what we will be doing in this class.

Mentor Bio:
I have been married for 19 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: Core; 6-9 years old

Cost: $15

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Reading Magic with Liz Simmons

Reading Magic is a small class setting for kids who want to learn, in a fun and low key way, all about how reading works! We’ll have manipulatives, Bob books, reading and letter wheels, lots of beginning words, sound blending crafts and lots and lots of me reading and working through the fun. basic mechanics of reading. For younger kids, we’ll learn letters, trace them, practice their sounds, sing letter songs, and enjoy a non-stress, fun learning and intro to reading environment.

Mentor Bio:
Liz is a lover of things that grow and things you can eat. She has home schooled for forever and loves the unity of family, the vision being together makes more clear and the love it builds in her home. She has loved the friendships that have been built because of her association with the delicious people at iFamily.

Phase and Age: Core; 4-6

Cost: $45

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Shapes with Brackon Allen and Linzy Allen

The world is full of shapes. Shapes play an important role in our world. We will discover shapes in all things: animals, habitats, buildings, plants and people. We will use math, science and nature with our discoveries. Come join us as we explore the world around us.

Mentor Bio:
Hi! My name is Brackon. I love shapes and think they are more important than they may seem. I like playing with Lego, reading, playing the piano, and I love animals.

I’m Linzy. 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: Core; 5-8

Cost: $25

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Story Book Yoga with Brittney Croft

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Yoga is fun! Come use creative expression and imagination as we learn animal yoga poses together. Each day we will also read a story book and then act out the story with our yoga poses.

Mentor Bio:
Hi, I’m Brittney and I have alot of loves. Family, clean spaces, running, teaching yoga, working as a registered nurse, health and nutrition, dogs, making surprises for the people I love, teaching music and more. I family has been a huge support in my homeschooling journey and I enjoy teaching your kids the subjects I wish we got a little more of in our homeschool.

Phase and Age: Core; 4 to 7

Cost: $35

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This ~N~ That with Karen Anderson and MiKalon Anderson

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Hey moms this is a class for those of you who don’t want to get out all the mess at your house. You know you should, but it is hard to do. We will be building, cutting, glittering, gluing, most anything a child wants. We will do those things they want to do. We will be building with Brain Flakes, Lincoln Logs, doing crafts, puzzles, anything hands on, all the while learning new things.
I will split the older children and the younger ones to work at different tables. So each group will be able to work on the things that draws their attention.

Mentor Bio:
Hi, I am Karen Anderson. My husband, Mike, and I have 11 children. We kind of like kids!!! We live and raise our children in Arco. It takes a little time to get to Ifamily, but we have enjoyed associating with everyone. For fun I just like to relax and visit. I don’t have to have big plans. The thing I like the most is to sit around the fire pit with my husband and all our children.

Phase and Age: Core; 3-8 years

Cost: $60

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Love of Learning Classes


Anne of Green Gables with Amy Orme

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Let’s be inspired by Anne with an E! We’ll explore Anne’s world on Prince Edward’s Island, learn about author L.M. Montgomery, try our hand at writing, poetry, recitation, art, sewing, and much more!

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; 9-12

Cost: $55

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Authors with Linzy Allen and Cooper Allen

This class is all about authors! Who is your favorite author? What inspired them to become an author? We will be playing the card game Authors, and creating our own Authors card game. We will learn about what their lives were like when they were your age. Don’t have a favorite author? Come learn about a bunch of different authors so you can have a favorite!

Mentor Bio:
I’m Linzy. 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!

Hi! My name is Cooper. I turn nine in April. I love to work. Do you?! My favorite things to do are to play with Lego, play games, and work with my dad. I also like jumping on the trampoline, riding my ripstick, riding my bike, riding my scooter, and riding my dirt bike. I can’t wait to teach you how to play Authors.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-12

Cost: $20

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Crochet Club with Vanessa Drake and Ava Drake

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Grab a hook and choose your favorite color yarn (that we provide) and come to crochet club! In this class you will learn how to crochet a beautiful baby blanket that can be given to a friend or relative, donated to someone in need, or can be tucked away in a hope chest for someday use. Once we get in the swing of crocheting we may listen to a classic book on audio, or enjoy conversing one with another.

Mentor Bio:
Hi! My name is Vanessa and I LOVE to learn. I especially love to learn about history, our Savior and His creations, how to care for the amazing bodies God has given us, medicinal herbs, gardening, family history and music. I have discovered through homeschooling my 6 children that I also love to teach! I would love to have your children along on my learning adventures.

Hello! My name is Ava Drake. I love pretty much everything, accept seafood, the color green, getting sick, and math. One of the many things I like is crocheting. It is soooo fun to cozy up by a fire, listen to a book, and crochet! I am really excited to do exactly that, but with my Mom, friends, and friends yet to be. I started crocheting when I was 5, and have loved it ever since.
I am so excited to help teach, and be in this class!

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-12

Cost: 40.00 (includes a crochet hook and yarn)

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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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Imagination Crafters with Jennifer S Anderson

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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 to 12

Cost: $50

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Little House in the Big Woods with Joelle Einerson and Trisha Randall

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Come join us as we explore the beautiful life of Laura Ingall’s Wilder. Each week, we will be reading from Little House in the Big woods in class, then will do a coordinating activity. We hope to step back in time as we learn old skills, make crafts, try new food, square dance, and listen to adventurous stories.

Mentor Bio:
Hey! It’s Joelle! I spent the first half of my life thinking that learning was no fun. Now I’m only having fun if I’m immersed in a good book, learning a new skill or seeking a new adventure to learn new things. My greatest joy in this life is my family. I have too many passions for this short life, such as music, excellent books, beautiful art, nature, dancing, painting, sketching, writing, cooking, gardening, song-writing, telling stories, chicken-raising, camping, canning every type of food possible, hiking, doing make-overs, designing houses, teaching people how to cook delicious and nourishing food, kayaking and dance parties. I have my degree in music education and wish I could spend hours every day creating music and singing it around a campfire, but alas, I get to spend my beautiful days trying to inspire my little army of munchkins. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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, reading, and discussing the significant yet controversial importances between Legos and My Little Pony. After all, she is “just” a mom.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 7-11

Cost: $55

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Professor Ad Lib with Cosette Stevens

Professor Ad Lib is back! We’ll play heaps of improvisation and other acting games that will grow all kinds of skills in our love of learners, such as quick thinking, being decisive, courage, accepting others, creativity, and team work. I’ve had a ton of positive feedback from youth who took Ad Lib and I’m excited to offer the opportunity to others!

Mentor Bio:
The professor loves to explore, create and appreciate light and beauty through the medium of plants, nature, music, paper, words, fabric, and sweat. Yes, sweat. She loves a good read aloud cuddle with her dear ones.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-11

Cost: $25

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Reading Magic with Liz simmons

Reading Magic is a small class setting for kids who want to learn, in a fun and low key way, all about how reading works! We’ll have manipulatives, Bob books, reading and letter wheels, lots of beginning words, sound blending, reading crafts and lots and lots of me reading and working through the fun of learning to read with them.

Mentor Bio:
Liz is a lover of things that grow and things you can eat. She has home schooled for forever and loves the unity of family, the vision being together makes more clear and the love it builds in her home. She has loved the friendships that have be built because of her association with the delicious people at iFamily.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 7-10

Cost: $45

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Rebels With A Cause with Vanessa Drake

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Have you heard about the indian chief who claimed George Washington was bullet-proof? The women who had King George’s statue melted into bullets? The petticoat that saved Paul Revere? The girl who saved Fort Henry? What about Nathaniel Hale, Molly Pitcher, John and Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin?
In this class we will come face to face with the great men and women of the founding generation. We will come to see all kinds of people can play a part in the fight for freedom. Through stories, role-play, simulations, mapping out battles, memorizing parts of the Declaration of Independence, and singing patriotic hymns we will be inspired to love and fight for liberty.

Mentor Bio:
Hi! I’m Vanessa and I LOVE to learn. I especially love to learn about history, our Savior and His creations, how to care for the amazing bodies God has given us, herbs, gardening, family history and music. I have discovered through homeschooling my 6 kiddos that I also love to teach! I would love to have your children along on my learning adventures.

Phase and Age: Love of Learning; 8-12

Cost: 20.00

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Schoolyard Games with Mandy Sorensen

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It’s time for homeschool to go old-school with the revival of some super fun classic games and activities that will have you wondering how they have become forgotten?! Try your hand at marbles, hopscotch, kick the can and more in this variety class that is sure to have something for everyone to love! Come Play!!!

Mentor Bio:
I am Mandy. I was born and raised in Farmington UT, but after spending the last 17 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; 9-12

Cost: $40 includes Chineese Jump Rope, set of Jacks, Shooter marbles and standard Jump Rope.

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Shakespeare Adventure with Susan Van Cleave

The Scottish play is Shakespeare’s shortest and the source of theatrical superstition. It’s also a great story. In Shakespeare Adventure we’ll be studying Macbeth. Come prepared to explore Shakespeare’s words and bring them to life in performance.

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; 9-12

Cost: $35

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Super Scientists with Amy Orme

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Tesla! Edison! Curie! Bell! The Wright Brothers! Newton! Galileo! da Vinci! And so many more! Come learn about the scientists and inventors who helped make the world we live in what it is. We’ll study their lives and their inventions that shape our lives, then try our hand at their experiments.

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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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. This will be my fifth time teaching this class – it is always a hit!

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 Tasha Tisdale

ACT2 is an attempt to accommodate more students in our theater programs. It is very similar to ACTivate, but meets at its own time and play performances will be in April. This semester much of our time will focus on our play, though we will also be participating in the end of year One Act Plays. 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 (23). 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.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; Apprentice 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 and Lynne Williams

ACTivate is our advanced theater class designed for older scholars. We are passionate about nurturing growth in young people through the theater arts! Students learn leadership through public speaking, teamwork, and seeing a task through to its conclusion. These communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal) are crucial, not just on stage but in everyday life. We will be performing our play the first two weeks of the Spring semester. Then we will focus on improving our acting, public speaking and directing skills using impromptu speaking games, acting craft exercises, and improv games. We will be performing One Act Plays at the end of the semester (end of April/beginning of May). Students interested in directing will have the opportunity to direct, if they desire. We’ll learn by doing and through mentor-, self- and peer-evaluation. 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 (23). 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.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; Ages 14 and up Older Scholar, Age 14 and up; two years theater experience preferred; exceptions made at the mentor’s discretion

Cost: $80/semester

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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: Practice Scholar; 12-112

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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Lead Out! with Mary Black and Dianna Black

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Do you want to learn to become a better storyteller and presenter?
Do you want to serve and lead your family and peers?
Then this is the place for you!
Hello! This is Mary and Dianna Black! We are looking forward to having you join us as we

  • learn and practice presentation skills,
  • serve others, and
  • study great leaders, young and old!

Everyone is a leader in some way! Leaders aren’t just those who are called or elected to be in charge. 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. That means YOU!

This will be a time for you to:

  • Develop into your role as moral leaders in home, community, and in your personal life
  • Discover yourself as you learn to give well-planned and interesting presentations.
  • Have fun in a safe, activity-oriented environment.

This class will be two hours a week in class, plus 3-4 hours outside time. We will read 2 books, learn and practice presentation skills, and study great leaders from every walk of life. Youth will have opportunities to give presentations in and out of class.

 Class members will also be able to help plan and put on a 2-day youth event!

 

Mentor Bio: 

Mary and Dianna Black have been a part of iFamily since before it officially began! Mary’s held her first leadership class in 2009 and her first overnight iFamily leadership event in 2010. (Dianna attended as mascot.)

Mary loves to mentor youth and adults and see them discover and use the power inside. She has educated her 6 children at home for over 35 years and has been an active participant in home and private school organizations in 2 states. She has degrees in music education and special education and has done graduate work in educational psychology and political economy. Her hobbies are writing, singing, directing choirs, hiking, camping, making friends, and having fun jumping on the trampoline!

Dianna Black started attending leadership events at age 9. At age 17, she is currently studying at home and taking online classes at BYU-I. She also has her dream job of horse training. She is the youngest of 6 and has grown up in the midst of “deep philosophical discussions,” so she calls herself a “phizzilliosipher.” She loves horse training, ballroom dance, theater, playing the piano, singing, and sharing her light and love with all those around her. She participated in the 2017 BYU Musical Theater camp production of Les Miserable, where she sang a lead role as Eponine.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 14+ (younger allowed with permission)

Cost: $75 (includes supplies, copies, etc)

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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!
Co-Mentor Biography

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: Practice Scholar; 12-14

Cost: $35

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Pyramid Project Take 2 with Sheri Black

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This semester we will have lots of fun learning about and playing with numbers!

Anyone interested in joining is welcome!! Even if you did not take Pyramid the first semester! (You would have to fulfill all of the first and second semester requirements to go to Lagoon with us though. You do not need to have your multiplication tables memorized. I encourage it but do not require it. If you do not want to fulfill all of the first and second semester requirements, you can fulfill all of the second-semester requirements and receive a pyramid award.)

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 for the Semester, plus $60 for Lagoon Tickets, plus the cost of the book “Beginners Guide to Constructing The Universe”, plus the cost associated with your scholar’s Science Fair Project.

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Scholar audition choir with Lynne Williams

You love performing in a choir? This is the class for you.

Mentor Bio:
I have a wonderful, loving, large family. I enjoy reading, yard work, people, theater, and music.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 16-18

Cost: $20

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Scribes & Scribblers Writing Club with Liesl Vosika and Naomi Vosika

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“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell “PLOT TWIST” and move on”
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 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 (24), Coire (21), 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: Full Semester $40 ($35 for early registration – paid by January 15th) ATTENTION, ALL FORMER SCRIBES & SCRIBBLERS CLUB MEMBERS: All former members are welcome to attend one class per semester at no cost or can arrange to attend ½ semester (7 weeks) for $20. (When attending these classes, club members must stay for the whole class time.)

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The Titanic with Cathy Lind

In this class, we are going to discover the Titanic. At the beginning of the semester, each student will get a liner ticket with the name of a real passenger that was on the Titanic. By the end of the semester, we will know if that passenger survived or perished in the icy waters. We are going to learn about the history at that time. We will use science to understand why and how the ship sunk. We will learn about social classes, about the controversy regarding the recovering of the Titanic, and many uncommon facts surrounding that famous ship.

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; 11-14 years old

Cost: $40

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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: Practice Scholar; 12-112

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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Where Do You Stand? with Susan Van Cleave

The world is full of conflicting messages. Opposing statements are simultaneously presented as fact. It’s not always easy to figure out where you personally stand on a particular issue. You can just ask your mom and dad, but as you get older you need to form your own opinions. In Where Do You Stand you’ll learn how to spot logical fallacies and how to check for inaccurate and misleading statements in news stories and on the internet. You’ll also get to explore the opposing sides of topics and controversies in the news today.

Mentor Bio:
Through time in college and moving to different places in the United States and overseas, Susan has come into contact with people from a variety of backgrounds. She loves exploring different points of view, keeping up with the news of the day, and participating in stimulating conversation. Her kids are growing up fast and each becomes more and more interesting with each passing year.

Phase and Age: Apprentice Scholar; 15-18

Cost: $40

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Worldviews and YOU! with Tracy Ward and Jennifer Butikofer

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Competing 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 ages 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, and reading several other books, studying current news articles, having thorough discussions on both, participating in frequent simulations, writing 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

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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?

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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