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

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.

Online Learning Options and MOOCs

I received a few emails from Emily Sorensen about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other online educational resources. These all look like great resources for homeschoolers and others pursuing higher education. She has also included links for making college affordable.

Contributed by Emily Sorensen

As one of my initiatives at the Center for School, College, and Career Resources, I’m trying to connect students to the information they need to pursue an education online. I want to recommend one particular guide on massive open online courses (MOOCs) that includes comprehensive details such as cost, sample courses and info on ten of the most popular MOOC providers, including Khan Academy, Coursera, and edX.

Student’s Guide to MOOCs – https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/moocs/

That would be great! Thank you for doing that. I did come across these other guides that I believe your community would find helpful for homeschooling and online learning.
Updated May 28
Here are a another site you can check out:

Quad City Homeschool Charter Schools and Co Ops

I often get an email here and there from someone new in town who is already homeschooling or someone who is ready to take the plunge into homeschooling. I often get asked about local homeschool Co Ops. Lately, people have been asking if we have a homeschool charter school…like the ones that are popping up in different states like California where kids attend some classes once a month, or once or twice a week, and the parents get the curriculum from the school for “free” or through our tax dollars, just like public school kids, to teach their kids at home. So I want to share with you what I know we have here. I would LOVE for others to help me update this article with additional information about Co Ops or other homeschool communities here. For now, I’ll do my best with what I know.

Homeschool Charter Schools

While we don’t have homeschool charter schools like the ones in CA, we do have some programs that are somewhat similar.

Classical Conversations is a Christian based curriculum with a weekly instructional gathering component. Our area has enough families in this program that they have a weekly group meeting.

Sequoia Choice is the closest thing we have to a homeschool charter school around here. They even have a few different options. You can sign up through their charter to receive textbooks and receive guidance and monitoring through one of their teachers/advisors. It looks like you can take classes PT or FT through them. When they first came to Prescott a few years ago, I attended an informational meeting about it. They were talking about having regular gatherings for kids. Possibly weekly. I didn’t see anything that mentioned that on their website, though.

Williamsburg Academy is an online school that provides real-time, live instruction to a class of students. Right now WA provides classes for MS & HS students. But they may expand to elementary students in the future. WA is a private online school with a private school tuition option (that can be good for families who don’t care for common core standards or state testing or don’t want to report to anyone for their child’s education). However, they have partnered with Sequoia Choice. If you enroll your student for WA for Sequoia Choice, SC pays for your child’s tuition and SC is your child’s charter school. That does mean your child will need to take state exams and you would need to comply with anything else that a state-funded school requires. However, you don’t need to pay the price of a private school for your child to receive a private school education.

There are several families in the area whose kids attend Williamsburg Academy. While their gatherings aren’t weekly, the students do get together for semester kick-off parties or end of semester gatherings. WA encourages its students to interact outside of class and especially in person where feasible.

There are other groups of homeschoolers that meet based on similar interests or who go to the same church or who follow the same educational philosophy. The best thing I’ve found for these special interest groups is to join a Facebook Groups that caters to your style. Email me privately so I can invite you to the closed groups, or do your own FB search to find a group that works for you.

Co Ops

This is even a bit of a mystery to me! I know there are Co Ops in the area. I participate in one and I’ve helped set one up that later dissolved. I know there is a BIG one that meets in a church on Fridays. Word of mouth says that their classes fill up quickly and they rarely have openings. I believe it’s mainly for upper grades. But I could totally be wrong with it. I will try to get more accurate info on this Co Op.

The one I’m in meets in a person’s home and it focuses on Science and Humanities. She accepts students as long as there is room in her home for the extra kids. This one ranges from Pre-K through HS.

Please feel free to email me privately if you’re interested in joining a Co Op. Or, better yet, if you would like to start a Co Op or grow one that you have started, I would be happy to help you advertise it and direct future newbies your way.

Science, Literature, and History Class

Lydia Wimber, who lives in the heart of Prescott Valley (near the library), will be teaching a Science, Literature, and History Class in a one-room-school format. The majority of the students are in 1st-6th Grades. This is a class that has been following a curriculum for the past 2 years, so it will be going on its 3rd year. Students can join in at any time, but the teacher will teach the curriculum where they left off at the end of the school year. The curriculum is created by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so, like other religious curriculums, sometimes combines secular and religious topics into the lessons. This curriculum can be taught to children who are not LDS, as the academic thoroughness of the curriculum is to be accounted for, and Mrs. Wimber can tailor the lessons to the needs of her class. If you are interested, please follow the links to learn more about the curriculum and contact Mrs. Wimber at jlwimber2@yahoo.com for more information.

From Mrs. Wimber:

I will continue to teach the Tuesday/ Thursday class for all ages. 8am-12pm. I would like to offer the classes for $80/month, depending on enrollment. This includes Lessons in the three subjects indicated above using an LDS based curriculum. You can check it out here:

LDS Homeschool Curriculum – The Family School Online

The price for this class includes most of the cost for the curriculum and any copies I need to make for it. You may be asked to send your child with a copy of the pages for the workbook for history. I spoke with some parents and we thought we could continue with the current curriculum for history which is “The Story of the World”. We would begin where we left of at the fall of Rome with the second volume of the series. This is a link to the workbook pages. You should shop around, though and you may find a better price elsewhere. This is also offered as a PDF download that you can print:

https://www.amazon.com/Story-World-Classical-Activity-Renaissance/dp/1933339136

Another option for history lessons that would not include purchase of the workbook is the LDS Homeschool Curriculum that I am using for the Science and the Literature classes. I already have access to the history portion as well and could use that for our history lessons. I would look through it and try to start the lessons where we left off with the other lesson.

Year-long Writing Classes

Lydia Wimber, who lives in the heart of Prescott Valley (near the library), will be teaching 3 writing classes for several age groups out of her home. She is a trained instruction with the IEW (The Institute of Excellence in Writing) curriculum and will be using that. For more information, please email her at jlwimber2@yahoo.com.

Class 1: Advanced US History/Constitution IEW writing Class

For Middle School aged kids, preferably Grades 7-9.

Mon/Wed @ 8:00 am- 9:30 at the Montes home: Prices $60/Month [Semester 1= 15 weeks @ $300, Semester 2= 16 Weeks @ $310] This will be a two day a week US History/Constitution class for advanced writing class. This class will be for those who have been writing with the IEW style and have taken the beginning US history class. We will continue the US history lessons from the explorers through modern times using the IEW curriculum book Advanced US History -student book only (link below). We will also be including some Grammar with this class using the Easy Grammar Plus book (see link for a possible purchase site)

Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only]

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Grammar-Plus-Student-Workbook/dp/0936981148

Class 2: Intermediate Medieval History IEW writing Class

For later elementary age kids, preferably Grades 4-6.

Wednesday from 10:00-11:30 at my house. The Cost will be $30 a month for 31 weeks or $150 for the 1st semester (15 weeks) and $160 for the second semester (16 weeks) We will be using the IEW textbook for Medieval history (link below). We will also continue (and review) Grammar using the Grammar book from last year. Easy Grammar Grade 3 (link below)

Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only]

Class 3: Early Level Bible Heroes IEW Writing Class

For early elementary age kids, preferably Grades 1-3.

Monday from 10:00-11:30 at my house. The cost will be $30 a month for 31 weeks or $150 for the first semester (15 weeks) and $160 for the second semester (16 weeks) This will be a very slow introduction course for the IEW method. We will be introducing this writing method to the students and helping them to take notes using the KWO method using bible stories as reading material. Let me know if you would like me to include a grammar lesson with this level. There is a grammar curriculum at IEW called Fix-It Grammar you could check out. Let me know if you would like this to be included.

Bible Heroes Writing Lessons

*NOTE* If you follow the links to the IEW curriculum, you may want to search around for a better price for this textbook. I was able to find many of these at a clearance price. Sometimes this means the book will be an old version, but I can work with this. 

Prescott Area Summer Camp Ideas for 2016*

Summer time can sure be a great way to give our kids the opportunity to attend a summer camp for a few days in something they really love (or something we would love for them to learn). It also can give homeschool moms a little bit of a break! (I’m sooo looking forward to summer, myself!) And summer camps can also be a fun thing for our kids to do with a neighborhood friend that normally goes to school…or with a favorite homeschool friend that lives across town.

Sport Camps:

If your child is interested in a specific sport, look up/contact the local leagues or businesses/studios for summer camp options. Yavapai Soccer, Prescott AYSO, Little League, Softball, Basketball Camp (in PV it’s through the County), Dance, Karate, Martial Arts, Golf. There really are too many options to mention here. But I’ll do my best.

Sport Camps at Prescott YMCA

Gymnastics Camp at Prescott YMCA

Embry Riddle has sport camps: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball

Swimming Lessons at Mountain Valley Splash or YMCA

Academic Camps/Classes:

Yavapai College for Kids: Their classes include art, language, writing, technology, nature, science, cooking, photography, drama, filmmaking. Fantastic options for exploring interests or going into depth on already known interests.

Embry Riddle also has a variety of camps for teens in aeronautics and engineering. Even a helicopter class!!

Nature Camps:

Zoo Camp at Heritage Park Zoo (there are 6 different sessions)

All Children in the Woods

The Arts:

These places have had theater camps in the past: Prescott Center for the Arts and Footlight Productions (with Fusion of Movement)

Other Summer Fun Ideas:

A few years ago, I wrote this post for other Summer Fun ideas. But some ideas for Summer Fun include:

  • Harkins Summer Movie Series
  • Summer Library reading program with activities and shows at your local library (Prescott, PV, or CV)
  • Arts and Craft classes as JoAnn’s or Michael’s
  • The Spot, a Children’s Museum
  • Visiting local museums like the Smoki Museum, Phippen Art Museum, Sharlot Hall Museum, the Dewey museum, the museums in Jerome
  • Easy to difficult hikes (or some for mountain biking) like Watson Lake Riparian Preserve, hikes on Mingus Mountain, Thumb Butte, the Constellation Trails, the white dot trails at Watson, Pea Vine/Iron King Trail, Granite Mountain hike, the new hike up to the top of Glassford Hill, Salida Gulch, Indian Ruins trail near Lynx Lake
  • Day Trips to Phoenix, Sedona, Slide Rock State Park, Cottonwood, Fossil Creek, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and all that those places have to offer
  • Spending an afternoon or morning at the lake: Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Goldwater, Granite Basin, Mingus Mudhole, (Willow Lake…if you want to battle the bugs…Willow Lake is best for the trails, not the lake)

I hope with these Summer Fun Ideas you’ll have an enjoyably filled summer of learning, fun, relaxation, reading, and creativity!

* This list is definitely not comprehensive. In fact, PLEASE email me with other summer camps in the Prescott area. I will update this post periodically with additions. Please email me with the name of the Summer Camp and the website for more information, and the ages of kids the camp works with. prescotthshub@gmail.com 

Thank you!