Upcoming Classes

The per semester co-op fees ($35 per family/$15 for class facilitator families) are to be paid to a board member. The class fees are to be made payable to the class facilitators. We will be accepting all payments on the registration dates and no later than the first classes. Thank you!


Select A Course:
Exploring Economics
Lemonade to Leadership
Theology
Apologia High School Chemistry
Draw Squad
Encourager's Memory Book
Physical Science
Tumbling (5th-8th)
Geography
Student Writing Intensive (IEW) - E.S.
Apologia Chemistry/Physics Elementary Lab
Exploring Government
Lego: Simple and Powered Mechanisms Class
Little Bits Workshop (Spring)
MS Biology/Anatomy
Bitsbox (Spring)
Student Writing Intensive (IEW) - M.S.
Tumbling (Age 4 - 4th)
World Cultures and Geography
Wright Flight (Fall)
Lost Tools of Writing
Arizona History Lapbook (Spring)
Study Skills


Exploring Economics

Class Facilitator: Dan Acker, dacker@northwest.cc
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
Using a narrative, conversational style, Exploring Economics guides your student on a fascinating and relevant tour through the world of economics. Through this course, your student will learn to become a better steward of the money God provides and a valuable, informed contributor to the economy on the personal, household, local, national, and international level. Students will be required to purchase Exploring Economics and Making Choices by Ray Notgrass. This course provides a half-credit in both Government and English. This is a 16 week class (per semester) that begins on 8/16/18. Economics is combined with Government and will be taught from 12:45pm-1:15pm both semesters. You may choose to take the entire hour and a half class covering both subjects or just the one subject you need. This class is $25 per semester.


Lemonade to Leadership

Class Facilitator: Christian Cain, christian.cain@att.net
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 6 - 8

Class Description:
Lemonade to Leadership, IEW, will introduce the concepts of business and entrepreneurship to students 6th-8th grade."The purpose of Lemonade to Leadership is to get students involved in the real world of business as rapidly as possible, so the natural rewards of earning money become a built-in incentive for a more in-depth study of business and entrepreneurship. In this course the student will learn to: (1) recognize money making opportunities; (2) estimate start-up costs and operating expenses; (3) write a real business plan; (4) set up a record-keeping system; (5) design marketing materials and ad; (6) deliver a sales presentation; (7) become a job-maker instead of a job-taker; (8) start and operate a youth-owned business; (9) take charge of the future." This is a ONE semester class and the students will be able to "sell their produces" at our end of the semester picnic. BOOK to purchase: "Lemonade to Leadership, Becoming an Entrepreneur - Student Book," by Bonnie Drew This is a 12 week class that begins on 8/23/18.


Theology

Class Facilitator: Chris Koehn, chriskoehn@dfbchurch.org
Class Fee: 40
Maximum Class Size: 13 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
This course will give students an overview of the authority, clarity, necessity and sufficiency of the Bible (Bibliology); the being, attributes, and works of God (Theology Proper); the creation, roles, and fall of Man (Anthropology); and the person and work of Christ (Christology). Students will also learn how to apply the truths of these doctrines to their everyday lives. Please purchase the textbook and bring to the first class, Bible Doctrines by Wayne Grudem. (Cost of book - $25 kindle, and $30-35 hardcover) This is a 16 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/23/18.


Apologia High School Chemistry

Class Facilitator: Monica Duran, jnmduran@comcast.net
Class Fee: 80
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 10 - 12

Class Description:
Note: Class fee for Fall semester is $80. For Spring semester TBD. The textbook I am requiring is the 2nd Edition Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry. We will use microchem kits for the specified experiments, but don't worry, you won't have to buy one. Here is a link to show what it is. https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/microchem-classroom-kit/ Description: This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium. Requires the completion of Algebra 1 as a prerequisite. All students are required to bring safety googles to all the coop classes, I will be conducting study sessions every other week to go over the study guide to make sure students do well on the tests. I will ask students to always read 2/3 of the module on the first week of the module. The first module and the 9th on will be done in one class. The cost will cover all of the lab supplies for the year, and including the microchem kits. This class is already full, but I there is a student that will potentially not participate so do contact me if you are interested. This is a 16 week class (per semester) that begins on 8/16/18. Monica Duran Bio: I am a homeschool mom of 11 years, and have facilitated this class at coop once before. I love all of the sciences, as they are so intricate and reveal God's amazing handy work as our Creator. I do have a College Minor in Chemistry. My major was Food and Nutrition Science, and I have a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy. I love teaching at coop and weaving apologetics throughout the year. The following students are on my approved roster, they are students from my previous class or children of a fellow facilitator. If your name is not on the list, please contact me via email to discuss if that spot became available and if the student can join the class. Otherwise, your student will be dropped. Class roster: Jacob Duran Phillip Raica Kiley Avey Mercy Duell Josiah Duell Carson Lewis Andrew Ingle Gabriella Amick William Young Shawn Albert


Draw Squad

Class Facilitator: Lynn Ripperdan, lripperdan@msn.com
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 3 - 7

Class Description:
With “The Draw Squad Classroom Video Series” kids will learn how to draw in three dimensions. They call the seven most important tools of drawing the Seven Key Words of Drawing which are foreshortening, shading, surface, size, contour lines, overlapping and density. Once kids understand these concepts, they will be able to DRAW ANYTHING! We will watch the engaging videos and practice the concepts in class. Students will create their own portfolios throughout the year and write about what they are drawing. They will be encouraged to practice these concepts at home a few minutes a day. This is an introductory level class. I will provide quality sketching paper, pencils and folders for student portfolios. The class fee will be $10 per semester. This is a 12 week class that will begin on 8/23/18.


Encourager's Memory Book

Class Facilitator: Jennifer Bailey, cjkcb93@live.com
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
This is a yearlong class that will allow students to create layouts and preserve the memories created attending Encourager’s Co-op. Each student will be assigned layouts covering the various classes, activities and events that take place through Encourager’s throughout the year. We hope to highlight everyone that makes co-op possible from the class facilitators to the church staff. Our desire is to capture moments from our homeschooling experiences as well as highlight our Creator and bring glory to Him through our memory book. This will be published much like a yearbook. (Hopefully there will be opportunities to play with designing some of our own graphics.) Class requirements include the use of a laptop (possibly an iPad; that will depend on the software we end up choosing) and a lot of patience and grace! The age requirement varies a little. High Schoolers are encouraged to take the class but Jr Highers are also welcome if the parent feels they are mature enough to handle the class. Once we have decided on the software we will have more of an idea what we will be able to do with our memory book. The fee for the class is $10 per semester but that is subject to change depending on the software we choose. There will be an additional cost at the end of the school year to publish the yearbook that should run between $20 and $30. This class is being facilitated by Jennifer Bailey and Jeanne Fisher. This is a 15 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/23/18.


Physical Science

Class Facilitator: Angie Nash, zoocrew1234@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 40
Maximum Class Size: 7 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
Apologia Physical Science is a creation based high school course. This course is an introduction to the physical environment and the basic laws that make it work. We will cover earth science, introductory chemistry, and introductory physics. The experiments will be engaging using common chemicals and supplies. Books required: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science textbook, Solutions & Tests for Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science & Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science Student Notebook (not required but strongly suggested). This is a 16 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/16/18.


Tumbling (5th-8th)

Class Facilitator: Kaitlynn Bailey, cjkcb93@live.com
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 5 - 8

Class Description:
Cartwheels, backbends, walkovers, round-offs, and more, this class will challenge the beginner and help maintain skills for more experienced gymnasts. With strength training workouts and plenty of stretching, students will get exercise and become more limber as they train. Students are required to wear clothes that are suitable for tumbling. Leggings are great for girls. Athletic shorts and t-shirts are appropriate for boys. This class is a year long. The fee per student is $25 per semester. This is a 12 week class (per semester) that begins on 8/23/18. Kaitlynn Bailey has taken dance and gymnastics for many years. She graduated from high school May 2018 and has been homeschooled her entire life. She is currently teaching gymnastics at Heart & Soul.


Geography

Class Facilitator: Jennifer Bossen, jenniferbossen73@gmail.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 5 - 8

Class Description:
Broaden your child’s learning experience as they study science, history, and literature with Cartography! No longer will a place be somewhere out there in the world, but it will be familiar. This class will teach them the science of drawing maps of the world with a pencil and a piece of paper. Using Drawing the World books by Kristin J. Draeger your child will not only memorize each continent, but be given FUN step by step instructions on drawing each continent. They will be given weekly drawing assignments. No art skills required! In class each week we will discuss the different continents, and the students will have an opportunity to share their best drawing with the class. Our goal will be to work our way around the world until the last week when they will draw the world from memory on a 11 X 14 paper in class. This is a 15 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/16/18. SUGGESTED BOOKS: ARTK12 drawing geography books (whole series) by Kristin J. Draeger OR a regular altas (ex: compact DK World Atlas).


Student Writing Intensive (IEW) - E.S.

Class Facilitator: Tammy Holley, holleydays@gmail.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 3 - 5

Class Description:
Using curriculum from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques. Students will use these models and techniques in their compositions as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Students will learn to write with clear structure and compelling style. Students will begin with rewriting paragraphs using “dress-up” words, then continue into advanced creative and essay writing. $20 class fee for copies and supplies. This is a 12 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/23/18.


Apologia Chemistry/Physics Elementary Lab

Class Facilitator: Christi Nonn, cjvicker@uwalumni.com
Class Fee: 30
Maximum Class Size: 8 students
Grades: 2 - 5

Class Description:
Join together to complete many of the experiments for the Young Explorer Exploring Creation with Chemistry/Physics course. Students will learn about simple machines, matter, motion, energy, magnets and more. Expectations: Students will be expected to purchase their own class notebook (Junior for younger students) and text and keep up with all readings and notebook work at home while completing many of the experiments and projects in class. Participants will be given a list of the projects to be completed in class as well as a list of some of the items needed for the projects (typical household items, such as toilet paper tubes). Students must bring their notebook to co-op every week. This is a 12 week class (per semester) that begins on 8/23/18. Fee: $30/semester


Exploring Government

Class Facilitator: Dan Acker, dacker@northwest.cc
Class Fee: 30
Maximum Class Size: 14 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
In this course, students will explore the government of the United States from its beginning to the present with special emphasis on the Biblical pattern for government and on the U.S. Constitution. By learning about the operations of federal, state, and local government, and about issues facing our nation today, students become better equipped to understand, pray for, and be involved in our country’s government. Students will be required to purchase Exploring Government and We hold these truths textbooks by Ray Notgrass. This course provides a half-credit in both Government and English. This is a 16 week class (per semester) that begins on 8/16/18. Government is combined with Economics and will be taught from 11:45pm-12:45pm both semesters. You may choose to take the entire hour and a half class covering both subjects or just the one subject you need. This class is $30 per semester.


Lego: Simple and Powered Mechanisms Class

Class Facilitator: Jennifer Parker, zonakicker@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 35
Maximum Class Size: 8 students
Grades: 3 - 6

Class Description:
The core set in our range of Simple & Powered Machines solutions. Students start by learning the basic mechanical principles behind all six simple machines – and then increase their understanding by adding complex mechanisms such as gears and cams, and even a working motor. Using the Simple & Motorized Mechanisms solutions, students design and make models and then observe the behavior of their models. They reflect and re¬design the functionality of their models, and then record and present their findings. Students build the models together, each focusing on their part of the model ¬ strengthening their 21st­ century skills in collaboration and communication. This is a 12 week class that begins on 8/23/18. **Note - class will only be held if a minimum of 3 students are enrolled**


Little Bits Workshop (Spring)

Class Facilitator: Jennifer Parker, zonakicker@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 40
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 3 - 7

Class Description:
This course will give them an introduction to electronics using littleBits kits for their creations, coupled with arts and crafts supplies. littleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks are color-coded, magnetic, and reusable. We will explore "teaching projects" together as a class but also have time for "makers projects" of their own design. All of the kits will be the permanent property of Encouragers coop This is a 12 week class that begins in January (date TBA). **Note - class will only be held if a minimum of 3 students are enrolled**


MS Biology/Anatomy

Class Facilitator: Tammy Lewis, rtlewis1@comcast.net
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 6 - 8

Class Description:
We will be working on various topics throughout the year. The first semester will be Biology and the second semester will be more along the lines of Anatomy. Almost every week they will be doing some research on the subject using two different sources. The following week they will present it to the class. We will be labeling, memorizing, and drawing terms. This is a 13 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/16/18.


Bitsbox (Spring)

Class Facilitator: Maria Lobato, mrasconlobato@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 30
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 5 - 8

Class Description:
Bitsbox is a learning system that teaches real coding. Children learn to program by creating fun apps that work on computers and gadgets like iPads and Android tablets. The Bitsbox.com website provides each child with a virtual tablet and a place to type their code. The experience starts with lots of guidance, first showing learners exactly what to type, then quickly encouraging them to modify and expand their apps by typing in new commands. This is a 12 week class that will begin in January (date TBA).


Student Writing Intensive (IEW) - M.S.

Class Facilitator: Tammy Holley, holleydays@gmail.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 6 - 8

Class Description:
Using curriculum from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques. Students will use these models and techniques in their compositions as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Students will also learn how to outline and summarize, generate cohesive paragraphs, create stories, produce reports and critiques, develop essays, translate their thoughts and ideas into writing, vary sentence structure, and use interesting vocabulary. Grammar and punctuation will also be reviewed, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing. $20 class fee for copies and supplies. This is a 12 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/23/18.


Tumbling (Age 4 - 4th)

Class Facilitator: Kaitlynn Bailey, cjkcb93@live.com
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: K - 4

Class Description:
Cartwheels, backbends, walkovers, round-offs, and more, this class will challenge the beginner and help maintain skills for more experienced gymnasts. With strength training workouts and plenty of stretching children will get exercise and become more limber as they train. Students are required to wear clothes that are suitable for tumbling. Leggings are great for girls. Athletic shorts and t-shirts are appropriate for boys. This is a 12 week class (per semester) and will begin on 8/23/18. The fee per student is $25 per semester. Kaitlynn Bailey has taken dance and gymnastics for many years. She is currently teaching at Heart & Soul. She graduated in May 2018 and has been homeschooled her entire life.


World Cultures and Geography

Class Facilitator: Lisa Ingle, lisaingle71@gmail.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 1 - 4

Class Description:
We will explore the world in this fun, literature and project based class for grades 1-4. (Kindergarten & 5th graders may also take this class. Please email facilitator for approval.) Using continent boxes that we will make and decorate, we will fill them with lots of fun information from engaging literature about the geography, cultures and prayer needs of the people who live there. This is a 12 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/23/18. The fee for this class is $20 to cover copies and other materials.


Wright Flight (Fall)

Class Facilitator: Maria Lobato, mrasconlobato@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 55
Maximum Class Size: 14 students
Grades: 5 - 8

Class Description:
The History of Aviation curriculum starts with the first flight by the Wright Brothers and ends with the Space Shuttle program. Wright Flight program teaches that with hard-work, diligence, and focus no goal is out of reach. Students must sign a contract and achieve an academic or personal goal while simultaneously completing the Wright Flight curriculum and passing a final test. The program culminates with a “flight experience” At the Fly Days, each graduate gets the chance to fly an airplane. They do not just get a ride, they will take the controls as they soar through the sky. This is a 12 week class that will begin on 8/23/18.


Lost Tools of Writing

Class Facilitator: Crystal Young, youngfamily4jesus@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 40
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
This high school English class will incorporate grammar instruction, literature analysis, and composition. Both returning Lost Tools of Writing students and new students are welcome to dive into American Literature while learning how to write a persuasive essay with style. This class follows a classical approach to writing through class discussions, the use of rhetorical tools, and practice in logic buildingskills that help students craft a well-thought essay. While other writing programs may use writing prompts or dictate the topics students write about, Lost Tools focuses on the “tools of learning” that every student can use to create their own topics and ideas, practice organization of those ideas into a structure, and finally, to present their ideas eloquently. Literature/Writing Brown Bag Meetings With college prep and entrance exams in mind, there will be opportunities for students to participate in optional Brown Bag lunch meetings throughout the school year to practice essay skills with impromptu writing prompts, editing exercises, or timed essays. Students participating will receive extra credit. Resources required include: Words Aptly Spoken, American Literature; The Lost Tools of Writing Level One student workbook; Nancy Wilson’s Our Mother Tongue; Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style, and various readers on our book list. The class fee covers class handouts and a foldable grammar resource for each student to keep. This is a 15 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/16/18. Class fee: $40 per semester **Advanced 8th graders welcome** *Note: If you are interested in having your student work toward 2 high school credits, 1 credit for English Composition and 1 credit for American Literature, please email the facilitator. Additional reading can be added, along with a response journal and a monthly book club to complete the extra Lit hours.


Arizona History Lapbook (Spring)

Class Facilitator: Devra Raica, raicafam12@msn.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 5 - 8

Class Description:
This class will study Arizona History while creating a lapbook as well as have opportunities for family field trips. We will be using, “In the Hands of a Child,” (no need to purchase), include some outside reading, an oral report, hands-on in class projects, and optional “Dig Deeper” assignments. This is a 12 week class that will begin in January (date TBA).


Study Skills

Class Facilitator: Tammy Holley, holleydays@gmail.com
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 6 - 12

Class Description:
Using Victus Study Skills System, students will learn how to develop effective study habits. This course includes lessons that focus on learning strengths, mission and goal setting, time management, organization and study environments, listening, note taking, and test taking. After a skill is introduced, students have ample opportunity to practice and apply the skill. Students will develop effective skills to replace previous, less effective habits. This study system builds on where students are now, where they want to be, and how they can get there. $25 class fee for Student Workbook and supplies. This is a 12 week class (per semester) that will begin on 8/23/18.