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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Math, Science, and History Tutor

Hello, my name is Caleb Williams,

I am from Yuma, AZ and I was homeschooled kindergarten through graduation. I am currently a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, here in Prescott. My major is Aerospace Engineering, I am a sophomore this year.

I graduated, homeschooled through high school, with a 3.9 GPA and I know the ins and outs of how homeshoolers work and how to work with them. I am equipped to tutor: math up to college calculus level 2, science including high school chemistry and physics up to college physics level 2, history from ancient Egypt to now, and I can even help with writing.

My hobbies include 3D digital design and leathercraft. If you would like some of my sample work I can send pictures. I would also be more than willing to teach a co-op style of class. 

Sincerely,

Caleb T. Williams

WilliamsCT@outlook.com

(928) 920-8430

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.

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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