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

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Nature Research Project: Spots Still Available

Interested in spending time in nature with your family? Fran Haynes is still looking for families to join her nature events at Watson Woods (for more info, check out the post here). There are a few spots still open, especially on June 18th! She’s opened the events to families that have children 7 and up, so if you like to spend time in nature with your family check out her website below! The time commitment consists of one event for about 2hrs. That’s it! There will be snacks and opportunities to interact with other families from the community. It’s going to be a blast! Hope to see you there!

http://prescottfamiliesinnature.weebly.com/

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!

Families in Nature Research Project

A fellow Prescott College graduate student, Fran Haynes, is working on a research project about how families experience nature together. She’s looking for a variety of people from the Prescott/PV/Chino Valley area that are willing to participate in her project. Check out her flyer with the details below. If you are interested, contact her directly via the information provided. Or visit her website to sign up directly there.

(I’ve got a 10yo son who is very interested in nature…)

Research Participants Flyer

Nature Camp “All children in the woods”–Spring Break

Nature Camp “All children in the woods” during Spring Break

and every Friday thereafter

https://www.facebook.com/EducationalExpeditionsNatureCamp/

Educational Expeditions LLC, a Prescott company owned by Mariana Altrichter, who is an environmental educator, is once more offering nature camp “All children in the woods” for the Spring Break (March 7-18, M to F) for kids ages 5-10, and every Friday thereafter until May 20th. (Summer nature camp: May 23-27).

This Nature camp aims to help children to connect with nature, with one another, to learn and to have fun. The dynamic is based on a combination of guided educational activities, organized games, songs, art work, journal keeping, walks, building, team work, storytelling, free play, and educational reflective time. Through these diverse activities children are inspired to creatively engage with nature, to practice cooperation and respect, and to develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the diversity of nature and human beings.

 The camp is at Goldwater lake. Kids can be dropped off at any time between 8 am and 8:20 am, and are picked up at 3 pm. The group spends the whole time in the woods, within a few minute walk from the park facilities and bathrooms. The group size is limited to 16 kids with two instructors.  

 Cost: US $32 per day. Healthful snacks are provided twice a day. Registration deadline: February 19th. Important: Kids cannot be dropped off without previous registration. Limited space, register soon!.  

 CONTACT Mariana Altrichter for more details and registration forms:  marianaalt@msn.com,

928-4455446,  909-2067623 (no text).

Instructors: Mariana Altrichter, is a teacher at Prescott College, with a PhD in conservation biology and over 20 years of experience in the field of environmental education. David Wise, kinder aide at Skyview, is a senior student at Prescott College majoring in outdoor education, human development and education. He has experience in music camps for children, art and music trek, and as an intern with the National Outdoor organization School. Other PC education students will be joining the camp to help.