Classes

ABOUT FEES

iFamily member registration fees cover the rent of our facility and other administrative costs like our website hosting and maintenance. Class fees are determined solely by the mentor based on a free market system.

ABOUT PHASES OF LEARNING

Class levels are based on the Thomas Jefferson Education Phases of Learning. Core Phase (ages birth – 8 yrs), Love of Learning Phase (8 yrs – 12 yrs), and Scholar Phase (12 yrs – 18 yrs). Ages are approximations and may vary individually by several years. Multi-age and Adult classes are also offered.

ABOUT CLASSES

Classes are taught by parent mentors and are held Wednesdays at Christ Community Church in Idaho Falls. The schedule is subject to change. Take care to double-check before class application day.

CLASS APPLICATION

Class applications are done by emailing individual class mentors. Email addresses and the mentors' requested information can be found in the class descriptions and will become visible upon your approved registration.

 

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ACT2

ACT2 is our intermediate acting class. 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. Come join us for some fun and hard work in the theater arts! Although there is some uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, we plan to perform our full-length play in late April or early May.

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$90

ACTivate

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. Communication skills (both verbal and non-verbal) are crucial, not just on stage but in everyday life. We’ll learn by doing and through mentor-, self- and peer-evaluation. We will begin our year with various theater and acting skills, focusing on community building, character development and finding your voice. Our plan is to audition in October for our full-length play, and perform it at the end of January. We realize that plans must be held loosely during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and have a few alternatives in mind.

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$40

Arthropods

Welcome to the life of arthropods! This includes spiders, bees, ants, crustaceans and so much more! We will learn about how they help us as humans as well as their defense mechanisms and just everything about them! We will do crafts, run experiments, create diagrams and models, learn about their bodies and will finish up by dissecting a crustacean.

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$10

Beat It!

Join the fun and come on a journey of musical exploration. We'll start with a simple beat, add some catchy rhythms, a little harmony, and crescendo our way to a new and exciting understanding of music and how it's created! Clap your hands, stomp your feet, come join the fun and Beat It!

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$50

Beginning ukulele

Beginning ukulele! This class is an intro to the ukulele, along with a few music skills! I will provide the books, and the teaching of course haha. every week we will learn new skills, and play fun games if your practicing was completed (if you didn't practice, leftover class time will be for that purpose) I hope to create a fun, safe, bubbly, environment to learn the uke.

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$20

Biology of Belief

Can changing one's thoughts really change one's life? Is it possible that pattern of thought can affect the physical body on a cellular level? The Biology of Belief by Bruce H. Lipton is a fascinating book that shows from a scientific standpoint how lifestyle, belief, thought and emotion are powerful indicators of the physical condition. Our minds are powerful tools that can be used as a catalyst for change in our very DNA. Come to this class for interesting discussions each week and exploration of simple tools and techniques to shift how we think about our thinking and gain new perspectives! I am fully expecting a transformative experience and I would love for you to come along with me.

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$15

Children’s Christmas Choir

Come have fun singing with your friends. We will sing rounds, counter point, and traditional parts. We will also have fun with singing games and instruments.

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$45

French 101

Come and learn with me the basics of French as well as Facts about France and French culture!

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$50

French 102

Come and continue to learn with me the basics of French as well as learning about France and French culture!

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$30

Healthy Body, Happy Life!

You have an awesome mind and body. Learn how to take good care of it! We will learn how to eat healthy, exercise and practice good hygiene.

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$75

I Can Write!

Do you want to become more proficient in the English language? Do you want to write better? We will work each week on becoming better spellers, learn to decode words, increase vocabulary, learn how to diagram sentences, discuss different writing enhancements, and present our papers each week. This class requires writing outside of the class and presenting it the following week. The student’s final paper and presentation will be on a hero in history. The student will be asked to dress up like the hero on the final day and an excerpt from their paper will be presented.

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$30

I Vote for Elections!

In November of this year, we are voting on a new president for our country. You may be too young to vote in the election, but you aren't too young to learn about how elections work in our country and how to help your mom and dad be informed voters! In this class we are going to be learning all about our amazing election process. By the time our country votes on a president in November, you'll know all about caucuses, colleges, campaigns, candidates, & conventions, as well platforms, polls and popular votes and political parties. You'll get hands on training on the election process as you take part in both our class candy bar elections as well as in helping run our own mock presidential polls at iFamily. You might end up liking this election business so much that you may even decide to take one of our class challenges and help a local leader in his/her campaign. I can't guarantee the outcome of November's elections, but I can guarantee that this class is going to be fun with a capital F! Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity. Tell your parents that you vote to attend my "I Vote for Elections" class today!

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$0

Intro to iFamily

Intro to iFamily is exactly what it says it is, an Introduction to all things iFamily. If you are new to iFamily Leadership Academy, this class is for you! In fact, the first 4 weeks of this class are mandatory and an important part of your membership responsibilities.....so please register for this class! We are excited to meet you, welcome you and get to know you. If you are a returning/current member of iFamily and desire to connect with new and old friends this class is for you also. Come help us show our new members the ropes of iFamily! After the first 4 weeks of class, we invite you to stay to discuss more in depth important iFamily topics. We will be discussing iFamily's Vision and Mission, the Standards of Moral Conduct, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures. We will talk about Thomas Jefferson Education's Phases of Education and what that looks like within the iFamily organization vs. what it might look like in our homes.

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$90

Key of Liberty

Key of Liberty is an inspirational two semester course that allows students to take an in- depth look into the settling and founding of our nation as well as the inner working of our Republican form of government. This will be done through simulations (in and out of class), interactive discussions, colloquium, presentations, writing, field trips, and games. Students will come to understand their responsibility to America and freedom, why a moral people are required for good government, what are their God-given rights, the proper role of government, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution in depth, the different types of government, God’s hand in the development of our nation, and how to be leaders that protect and move the cause of freedom. Students will study the lives of many of the influential men and women of the colonial period, revolutionary era, and early republic. Students will understand the importance of getting a great education, having public and private virtue, and knowing they have a personal mission to fulfill.

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$10

Kickball

We had so much fun last fall playing kickball! It seemed to be a much needed outlet and I’d love to offer it again. This class is primarily for the students who are in our Nativity Pageant and need something to do for the first 6 weeks, although anyone is welcome. Hope to see you on my team!

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$90

Learn to Draw

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.

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$30

Lego stem

Legos! Each week we will create a problem for the students to solve out of legos!

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$50

Make it Fun

Do you like to learn? Do you like to play games? Come have fun with us. Learn to think and puzzle things out. Take turns with your friends. Some "science" experiments with air and water. Arts and crafts. Make your own games. A Hodge-Podge of learning fun.

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$45

Math Facts

Welcome to Math Facts where it’s cool to do all things Math! We will be learning different tricks to remember math facts, play lots of math-related games, engage in brain teasers, and do all things Math!

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$15

Mixed Choir

Come join us for a wonderful adventure singing great music! Mixed choir is a great way to learn how to sing parts in a respectful and encouraging atmosphere. This semester is mostly Christmas music so that we will be able to perform at the Idaho Falls Festival of Trees. It is so fun to sing in a group and experience producing such an amazing sound!

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$40

Music and Movement

Music and Movement is for core kids who will engage in the learning process through rhythm, song, chant and dance! We learn letter sounds and study animals and whatever else is connected to the songs we're singing to. I love watching little kids see themselves through the practice of self expression through singing and moving.

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Nativity Pageant

We want YOU to come be a part of ifamily's annual Nativity Pageant! Will you be cast as a humble shepherd, the noble donkey, an adorable little lamb, a majestic wise man, the inn keeper or beautiful Mary or gentle Joseph? Or maybe you'd prefer to be an angel or a camel or even the narrator. Perhaps you would want to paint sets or make props and costumes? There are so many jobs to be done and no job is too small when it comes to role playing the greatest birth story in history. We want little (and big) hearts to be touched with our testimonies of our glorious Savior's birth. To be performed on showcase night.

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$70

Nature Study 1

“Children should be encouraged to watch, patiently and quietly, until they learn something of the habits and history of bee, ant, wasp, spider, hairy caterpillar, dragon-fly, and whatever of larger growth comes in their way...This is all play to the children, but the mother is doing invaluable work; she is training their powers of observation and expression, increasing their vocabulary and their range of ideas by giving them the name and the uses of an object at the right moment,–when they ask, ‘What is it?’ and ‘What is it for?'” - Charlotte Mason Come enjoy a weekly walk into the wonderful world of nature study. We will be outside every week. We carefully observe, sketch in our nature journals, play, sing, and learn about this beautiful world that God has created. We will watch our "class tree" and see how it changes throughout the semester. We will have visits from interesting animals. We will learn to notice tiny details. Weekly topics will include: insects, seeds, wind, sun, water, animals, leaves, and more. We will have many hands on activities that will foster an appreciation for the outdoors that can last a lifetime! "Let them once get in touch with nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life." - Charlotte Mason See pictures from a nature study semester a long time ago at: http://ifamilynaturestudy.blogspot.com/

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$70

Nature Study 2

“Children should be encouraged to watch, patiently and quietly, until they learn something of the habits and history of bee, ant, wasp, spider, hairy caterpillar, dragon-fly, and whatever of larger growth comes in their way...This is all play to the children, but the mother is doing invaluable work; she is training their powers of observation and expression, increasing their vocabulary and their range of ideas by giving them the name and the uses of an object at the right moment,–when they ask, ‘What is it?’ and ‘What is it for?'” - Charlotte Mason Come enjoy a weekly walk into the wonderful world of nature study. We will be outside every week. We carefully observe, sketch in our nature journals, play, sing, and learn about this beautiful world that God has created. We will watch our "class tree" and see how it changes throughout the semester. We will have visits from interesting animals. We will learn to notice tiny details. Weekly topics will include: insects, seeds, wind, sun, water, animals, leaves, and more. We will have many hands on activities that will foster an appreciation for the outdoors that can last a lifetime! "Let them once get in touch with nature, and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life." - Charlotte Mason

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$20

New Horizons Choir

New Horizons is an audition choir composed of 12 members (3 on each part). There is an additional rehearsal on a day other than our ifamily class time. The additional rehearsal day and time is decided by the members of the choir. New Horizons is a great choir for those who like to perform! This first semester will be mostly Christmas music so that we will be able to perform at the Idaho Falls Festival of Trees.

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$30

Professor Ad Lib

Professor Ad Lib is a zany hour of fun, games, and friends. Students love it because it's just lively and amusing; parents love it because it's all carefully orchestrated to build important leadership skills. You don't have to be an extrovert to enjoy this class; your unique personality will enrich the experience for all! I've enjoyed mentoring this class three times; my desire is to make this the best year yet. I'm hatching ideas for some great new games!

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$20

Puzzled

Do you enjoy playing games with friends, solving puzzles and meeting new people. If so, this class is for you! Each week I will bring a plethora of games to class for you to choose from and your job as a student is to decide which games you want to try that week and who you want to play them with. I have games that help improve your memory, games with tons of levels, games that involve strategy, and games that test your speed or dexterity. Join us for fun, friendship and problem solving!

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Sewing for Beginners

Come learn the basics of sewing: how to use a sewing machine, different stitches, following a pattern, fabric grain and so much more. You will get to compile a binder of all your sewing techniques, make a pillowcase and drawstring backpack to take home by the end of the semester.

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$40

Shakespeare Adventure

Come explore the wonderful world of Shakespeare! We will dive in feet first and come to know a single work inside and out of this most popular dramatist and poet that the Western world has ever produced. Each class member will have a role in the production to be performed at the semester’s end at the final showcase. Along the way we will learn how Shakespeare’s works summarize the range of human emotions in simple yet profoundly eloquent verse. Students will become more familiar with Shakespearean language –a complex sentence structure with the use of now-obsolete words.

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$30

Sound Off!

Calling all wannabe or used-to-be string players! We'll start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, (I hope you heard Julie Andrews singing as you read that) and be playing along in no time at all. If you've ever wanted to learn (or if you want to brush up) this is the class for you. Get your instrument ready and come Sound Off!

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$50

Stitch-a-Doodle

Stitch-a-Doodle is a fun class of creating and skill building. Come learn those practical hand sewing skills that you will use throughout your life as well as creative stitching that will delight you with it's limitless possibilities. I'm so looking forward to learning and visiting with my third group of Stitch-a-Doodlers!

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$30

Teach me to crochet

Do you like to crochet but don't have motivation to practice? Or, do you want to learn how to crochet? In Teach me to crochet we will be both practicing and learning to crochet. So join the class and have some fun.

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$20

Test Your Typing

TypingClub's lesson plan contains over 600 lessons, guiding students from individual keys through numbers and punctuation, and all the way to a goal of 75 WPM. The carefully designed lessons include instructional videos, educational games, cross-curricular content, and other interactive experiences.

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$35

The Wide World of Science

Do you like to watch the moon at night? Do you like to watch things bubble? Did you ever notice patterns in rocks and shells? Have you ever wondered what makes you sick and what makes you better? All of this is science. In this class we will be talking about all different types of science. We will learn how to ask questions about what we see. We will do hands-on science experiments to see if we can find the answers! Come with us and discover the wide world of science!

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$90

Watercolor Painting

Are you creative and have always wanted to be able to create beautiful artwork? Then this is the class for you! Come and learn how to watercolor! Having the desire to learn how to paint is the most important element of being successful. 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.

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$80

WUBA: Wake Up & Be AWESOME!

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 commitments to a mentor, KEEP those commitments, and 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. I love teaching Apprentice Scholar classes and am skilled at guiding youth to the next level in their growth as scholars. This will be my third time mentoring this class and I have learned much the previous two times. I have redesigned it with more writing and speaking instruction that will break down these skills into bite-size chunks so my 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. It is a lot of work for the students AND is also a ton of fun. I LOVE WUBA! Let's Wake Up and Be AWESOME!

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