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!

Online Courses for Home School

Jennifer Tharp, of My Online High School, submitted the following information for a complete online homeschool experience.

Good afternoon!

I would like to share a great program with you that is perfect for homeschool students as well as co-op groups. Whether you work with your children in your home or in a group setting our courses are a great addition to what you’re currently doing.
I’ve attached a benefit sheet for additional details. Your child will be able to experience and learn the discipline needed to be successful in the next level of education in a supported environment.
If you’re running into a course that you’re not completely comfortable with or your student would benefit from being accountable to an outside instructor we’ll be a great fit!
Our courses can be taught by you or one of our highly trained instructors.
Please email me to request a detailed course listing for your review. We are always adding more courses….like our trade certification courses in Electrical, HVACR & Plumbing. Learning one of these skills means a job for life!
Feel free to email any questions you might have or for additional information. Our website for non-traditional learners is currently under construction.If anyone would like to see a demo, I can also provide the log in information for that. I look forward to hearing from you! Have a fabulous day!
Jennifer W Tharp

Director of Sales & Marketing
jtharp@myonlinehighschool.com
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Beginning IEW Writing Class-2nd Semester

Lydia Wimber, an Institute of Excellence in Writing (IEW) trained teacher, has a few openings in her Beginning Writing Class for children 5-8, or K-2. The class has been meeting since the beginning of the school year, but she is welcoming new kids into the class. The class is just right for kids who have a basic foundation of reading and know how to write their ABCs (since that was all covered 1st semester). She encourages reading comprehension by asking the kids to summarize stories. She also gives the kids weekly spelling words, copy work, and journal writing exercises. She is a very motivating teacher with “ticket” rewards for the kids as they accomplish homework and goals.

Class meets: Mondays from 8:30-10am

Where: in Prescott Valley about 1 1/2 minutes from the public library

Cost: $40 per month, plus purchasing the class Workbook

Contact: Lydia Wimber 928-460-2345

 

Can Homeschoolers Participate in Public School Classes or Sports?

I received this question from a reader in Flagstaff. Let me share what I found out. 

1. It depends on the district. However, most counties do allow it, you just usually have to work it out directly with the school and/or district. Make sure you arm yourself with information. At the time of this blog post, this website had the best links to the county eductional websites with the information you need.

2. Yavapai County Education Service Agency says this on their website:

     Participation in School Activities

School districts are required to allow home schooled students to participate in interscholastic activities. The home schooled student must meet the same eligibility requirements, such as passing grades (as certified by the parent), as regular students. If there is a charge (Pay for Play, etc.), the home schooled student must pay the same fee as other students. Academic activities are not the same as interscholastic activities. Schools can take a home schooled student for any number of classes if the district wants to. However, unless a student is enrolled for at least ¼ time (as applicable to age of student) the district receives no state aid and is under no obligation to take a home schooled student.

2. Coconino County Education Service Agency also addresses this topic. Just access their document by clicking on Public School at Home link and find the section about Interscholastic Activities.
*The information on this blog post is based on a quick internet search and has not been tested or proven. Please comment on your experience with involving your homeschooled children in public school classes and/or activities.

Girl’s RockIt Days at Embry Riddle

Hi Homeschoolers,

Once again we at Embry-Riddle are presenting our Girls RockIt Days for both high-schoolers and middle-schoolers. We would like to invite you all to participate as we have had several home-schooled young women in the past and would like to reach out to more students in this group. Our High School event is September 10 and our fall Middle School event is September 22 (we have two additional middle-school events in the spring). Contact me at melanie.wilson@erau.edu for more information or to register your student(s).

Melanie Wilson

Here is a peak of the activities they did last Spring:

Girls RockIt Day

Spring, 2015

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Student Union Hangar

8-8:15 Check-in

8:30 Welcome Dr. Ayers/ Photo

9 – 11 Breakouts (see below) students choose one “track”

Global Interest: (Hangar)

  • Spy Camp (Global Security Program)
  • Global Business
  • Crash Lab
  • Air Traffic Management
  • Meteorology
  • Intro to AE, EE, ME, CE, SE
  • Propulsion
  • Jet Dragster
  • Space/Legos/Materials

11:00 Lunch (Hangar)

  • Student discussion tables
  • Study Abroad information

11:30 Rockets/Flightline

1:00 Flightline/Rockets

2:30 Evaluations/Departure