Stanley Institute: Homeschool Support Program

Greetings,

My name is Adelia Brown and in May this year I felt called by the Lord to start a program to serve families who were searching for a wholesome learning environment in which to teach their children in the ways of truth and righteousness, and so, Stanley Institute was born. In this email I will introduce who we are as an organization and what we are about. I invite you to prayerfully consider joining with us on this pioneering journey in some way and to share with others the work we are doing.

So who are we?

We are builders!  They, the Builders of the Nation is our anthem. We are all called to build stepping stones for future generations and construct new and firm foundations in our children’s hearts.

Our mission is to build a family centered, Christian community to educate the hearts and minds of our children. We strive to awaken within each individual their divine purpose and to equip them with the tools necessary to be builders for the Lord.

Why is it named Stanley Institute?

Grandpa R. T. Stanley, affectionately called ‘Poppy’, left a builder’s legacy for the Brown family of faith, family, and a lifelong pursuit of learning. In the 1940’s Poppy was detained from the front lines of WWII because of his expertise in manufacturing for the war effort. He later set up others in manufacturing and consulted many of them in their businesses. Along the way he married Emogene O’Connor and together they had four lovely daughters. Poppy adored his wife and children, and regularly gathered them along with their extended family for Sunday picnics and summers in Yosemite National Park, a tradition that the family still continues today. Poppy held to his Catholic faith, attended church regularly, and was a kind and charitable man who was loved and respected by many.

Who in your family has left a builder’s legacy for you?

Our Model

Stanley Institute is a family centered, Christian community that is:

  • Located in homes or churches to allow anyone, anywhere in the world to start a program in their neighborhood.

  • Intent on educating the heart as it’s primary, with the belief that the mind will follow. Aristotle taught, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” We are most passionate about coming alongside parents to teach Godly character, leadership, and service through our Builders Challenge program. This is our core. We also support parents in teaching history, science, writing, grammar, and math. Parents are encouraged to purchase a math and reading program that best fits their child’s learning needs.

  • Engages the whole family in the love of learning and the joy of building faith, family, and community through a home centered, school supported curriculum allowing parents to learn alongside their children as their primary educator.

  • Maintains the parent as a child’s primary educator by meeting only twice a week so that the child has the greatest influence within the traditions of their own family.

  • Hosts social events to encourage camaraderie, celebrate the efforts and achievements of our children, and to just have fun together.

  • Employs timeless tools of good books, rich discussions, and the power of a notebook and pencil to learn any subject.

  • Ran by paid and volunteer mentors.

  • Teaches from a unified & wholesome curriculum that which is good, true, and beautiful. It is important to us that the curriculum is efficient, builds program by program, and can easily be replicated by other licensed communities.

Come build with us!

Please email me for more information about the program. For program specifics for each age group, tuition, materials needed, and the calendar. Stanley Institute provides education for K-12 in 4 different flexible age groups:

Foundations for ages 5-8
Explorers for ages 9-11
Challengers for ages 12-14
Scholars for ages 15-18
Open House-August 13th at 6:30pm at our homeschool location that is central to Prescott and PV (5 minutes from Costco). Come check out our host home for the year, meet teachers, and checkout some of the curriculum. Email me for the address. tjandadelia@gmail.com. We will hold other Open Houses throughout the year. Please email me if you are interested in attending a future Open House.

School Starts!- August 20th at 8:30am. We accept new students any time during the school year until our class sizes max out.

Class sizes range from 8-10 children. There is still some room in each program so please let me know if you plan to join us in this pioneering adventure! You can email me your registration at adelia@stanleyinst.org. You are welcome to call or text me with questions as well at 208.963.0107.

Last, but not least, thank you to all the families who have put so much time and effort into getting this program started! I am so grateful to you!

Sincerely,

Adelia Brown

Homeschool Hub…Closing Down

For several months, I’ve been unable to keep the Homeschool Hub updated. I’ve also noticed that for the past several years, most homeschool families reach out to each other through public and private homeschool groups. So I’m going to stop adding content to the Homeschool Hub. In time, I will close the site down. For now, I’ll keep the site up because some of the information here is still current and relevant. In the meantime, if you’re new to the area and you want to connect with other homeschoolers, feel free to email me at prescotthshub@gmail.com and I will connect you with the main FB group.

The safest way I can post freely online another way for you to connect with homeschoolers is to join the Homeschool gymnastics class at Arizona Dreams Gymnastics and start getting to know other parents and kids. Ask around, and you’ll find out what this area has to offer. There is a rich homeschooling community, so as you find a homeschooling friend, you’ll also likely find access to one of the great homeschooling groups around here.

Ciao!

College-Ready Writing Essentials

I just had a great conversation with Bill Bryant, the local curriculum developer of College-Ready Writing Essentials, a 5 week intensive writing course set up in Canvas to help youth prepare for college writing. He’s looking to get the word out about his curriculum so I wanted to share it with you. You can access a demo version on Canvas by clicking on the link he’s provided. He also has a website, www.Better-Rhetor.com, that tells more about this curriculum. Here are his credentials that he emailed to me.

My wife and I moved to Prescott a couple of years ago. Previously, I
was Director of Writing Assessments at ACT, in Iowa City. Since coming
to Prescott, I’ve been developing an instructional resource aimed at
better preparing students for college writing success.

A demo version of our resource, College-Ready Writing Essentials, is
available here:
https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1461325

We also have a version available for individual students and small
groups via the Teachable platform.

Youth Quilting Class

The next Youth Quilting session will begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and run for approximately 12 weeks to the end of March.  Youth ages 10 -18 are invited to join us for a fun opportunity to learn the art of quilting.  Cost is $15 for the session per student, or $10 per student if more than one family member joins.  If you have not already paid your Youth Membership Dues through June 20, 2019, then an additional $10 per student is required.  Students who have been in any classes since July 1, 2018 have already paid their Membership Dues and do not need to pay again at this time.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested in signing your child(ren) up as class size is limited and spots are filled on a first paid basis.

Thank you,
Diana Ramsey
Mountain Top Quilters Guild
928-499-8792

Request for C4K Proposals – SU19 College for Kids Program – Deadline to Submit is January 16th

The holidays are fast approaching, and before we get busy with all the festivities, it’s time to remind you that College for Kids proposals are due soon. Last summer’s College for Kids at Yavapai College was fantastic! A lot of effort goes into this program, and we hope you are as excited as we are to make the summer 2019 another positive experience for our children!

We expect to have the course listings posted online by March 20, in time for parents to begin making decisions right after Spring break. In order to have the classes put together and a schedule printed, please submit your proposal no later than January 16 (the sooner, the better)!

SU19 College for Kids classes will meet Monday through Thursday in two (2) sessions:
Session A: June 3 through 20
Session B: July 8 through 25

If you are interested in teaching for the College for Kids program, please submit a proposal for a new course or let me know if you want to repeat the course(s) that you offered last year.

To repeat the same course(s) as last year, please email nancy.ostapuk@yc.edu with your proposed schedule, including course title, dates, times, supply needs, classroom aide request, and any pertinent information or changes that would affect the tuition cost.

If you want to teach a new course, please submit an electronic proposal form:

College for Kids – NEW Course Proposal

Please review the Proposal Instructions (see attached) for pertinent information and deadlines.

If you know of others who are interested and qualified to teach for the College for Kids program, please pass this information along to them. We are looking for instructors in all areas: math and science, computers, digital photography, arts and crafts, music, dance and fitness, as well as other creative ideas.

Please remember your fingerprint card must be current for you to be eligible to teach in the College for Kids program. If you hope to teach and do not have a card, it can take 6 weeks or more to get one processed.

All fingerprint applications can be completed online from this website:
http://fieldprintarizona.com/

I look forward to hearing from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

 

Nancy

 

Nancy Ostapuk, Director

Community Education/EDventures

Division of Lifelong Learning

Yavapai College

1100 E. Sheldon Street

Prescott, AZ  86301

928-717-7638

nancy.ostapuk@yc.edu