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:
Essay and Research Writing
Arts & Crafts/Health
Drama Class
IEW Level B Writing Class
Old/New Testament Survey and Worldview
Christian Living for Girls
Coding Club
Cooking Around the World
Nest Videos
World History - Notgrass
Elementary Hands On History
Exploring Economics - Spring
Exploring Government - Fall
Science Fair with Intro to Chemistry
Activity Hour
Biology
Foundations in Personal Finance
Total Health
Art & Science Collide: Flying Creatures
Culinary Class
Forensic Science
Lemonade to Leadership
Lost Tools of Writing Level 2


Essay and Research Writing

Class Facilitator: Angie Nash, zoocrew1234@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 50
Maximum Class Size: 13 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
You can’t think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. ~John Rogers In the first semester, this class will include various types of essay writing. Structure, content and style will be covered. 4-5 essays will be required the first semester. In the second semester, we will tackle a substantial highschool research paper. Learning how to find and utilize reliable sources, organize content, meet deadlines, and familiarization with formatting will be included. Our end result should be a 10-12 page cited research paper. For each assignment, checklists will guide grading, with students working to fit in the elements that make strong papers. The end goal is for each student to grow in their knowledge of gathering and compiling information, analyzing, sorting and composing stronger papers. This takes practice! :) Building on what writing experience each student may have, my hope is that these highschoolers will walk away from this class more confident in their abilities and more prepared for future writing endeavors. Facilitated by Angie Nash and Devra Raica See you in August!


Arts & Crafts/Health

Class Facilitator: Janelle Hvidsten, jhvidsten@wiktel.com
Class Fee: 15
Maximum Class Size: 8 students
Grades: K - 1

Class Description:
There will be weekly crafts as well as health lessons mixed in.


Drama Class

Class Facilitator: Kylie Avey, kyliewylieote@gmail.com
Class Fee: 15
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 3 - 6

Class Description:
This Drama class is for all different levels of acting/theatrics from beginning to advanced. This class will focus on the introduction of certain aspects of the performing arts and life skills such as acting, improvisation, memorization, blocking/stage direction, note taking, time management, working well with others, pubic speaking, and more. These skills and aspects will be taught through many different fun activities, games, skit work and much more over the course of class. In this class there will be a showcase at the end of each semester. These mini performances will be to showcase all the hard work your students put into the class through out the semester, working as a team, and are great videos for grandma and grandpa. We will also incorporate costumes, props, and some type of set for the performance. Theater has become a big part of my life and is something I enjoy with all my heart. I have learned so much from my experiences and the best part of it is to bring all the glory back to God. I’m excited to share this experience with the co-op students. This is a 12 week class/semester. Class fee is $15/ semester. Older kids welcome!


IEW Level B Writing Class

Class Facilitator: Jennifer Bossen, jenniferbossen73@gmail.com
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 13 students
Grades: 7 - 9

Class Description:
This course makes writing fun! Over the course of 24 weeks (12 per semester) students will learn techniques to create a more enjoyable finished composition. They will write on a variety of pleasurable fiction and nonfiction topics. We will be watching videos by Mr. Andrew Pudewa and have class discussions. In addition, they will have an opportunity to read their papers in class. Any level of writing skills is welcomed! Parents will be given easy to use checklists for grading their student’s papers. **Please purchase book and have ready for the first class. It's the Student Writing Intensive Level B notebook & packet. Thank you!


Old/New Testament Survey and Worldview

Class Facilitator: Chris Koehn, chriskoehn@dfbchurch.org
Class Fee: 40
Maximum Class Size: 18 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
This course will be an overview of both the Old Testament (1st Semester) and New Testament (2nd Semester) as well as some specific class periods on worldview interspersed throughout the school year. The OT and NT Survey portions will highlight the main features of each Biblical book such as author, recipients, occasion, historical background, content, etc. with the purpose of the student understanding a “big picture.” Each of the worldview class periods will cover a topic that has a major bearing within our society today (e.g. Entertainment, gender roles, identity, social media, video games, etc.). Students will develop a Biblical approach concerning how to navigate through these areas in their lives.


Christian Living for Girls

Class Facilitator: Devra Raica, raicafam12@msn.com
Class Fee: 0
Maximum Class Size: 9 students
Grades: 7 - 9

Class Description:
We will be studying and discussing Elizabeth George’s book “A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart.” “What does it mean to pursue God’s heart in your everyday life? It means understanding and following God’s perfect plan for your friendships, your faith, your family relationships, and your future. We will be discussing how to: grow close to God; enjoy meaningful relationships; make wise choices; build a better future; and let God fulfill the desires of their hearts. We will also have practical challenges to help make instant progress in their desire to grow spiritually strong.” Cost: they will just need to purchase the book, no other cost


Coding Club

Class Facilitator: Jennifer Parker, zonakicker@hotmail.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 3 - 8

Class Description:
Code Club is coding network for ages 9-13. We will be following step-by-step instructions four coding projects. Students will learn to create games, animations and more with Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python. Each student will need a laptop with capability to run programs such as scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/) and trinket (https://trinket.io/). Students may need to create online accounts as to save their work. **Class will begin on August 29th**


Cooking Around the World

Class Facilitator: Tammy Holley, holleydays@gmail.com
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 8 students
Grades: 4 - 6

Class Description:
Students will learn about different cultures while making delicious foods from other countries. They will experience different cooking methods and discover foods and recipes they never dreamed of trying! We will be using Kids Around the World Cook!: The Best Foods and Recipes from Many Lands (Arlette N. Braman), which includes a fabulous blend of fascinating facts and delicious recipes. What a way to experience a collection of recipes for beverages, grains, soups and starters, main courses, and sweets from 22 countries! Cost is $30 to cover ingredients & materials Facilitated by Tammy Holley & Maria Lobato


Nest Videos

Class Facilitator: Amanda Schultz, pasas92202@aol.com
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: K - 4

Class Description:
Every week they will watch a DVD from NEST Family Entertainment. The stories are entertaining but accurately depicting Jesus’ life. They are told in a powerful way that your kids will not forget. The animation will help them have a deeper understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry on this earth.


World History - Notgrass

Class Facilitator: Dan Acker, dacker@northwest.cc
Class Fee: 35
Maximum Class Size: 15 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
In this class, your high school student will gain a rich understanding of world history by reading the history narrative and primary source documents, reading classic literature, completing writing assignments and hands-on projects, and studying what the Bible says about issues and ideas in history. You will need to purchase the Notgrass World History Bundle for High Schoolers. This is a year-long class, 32 weeks (16 weeks/semester).


Elementary Hands On History

Class Facilitator: Lisa Ingle, lisaingle71@gmail.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 13 students
Grades: K - 5

Class Description:
This fall we will follow the explorers as they discover the new world and settle with the Pilgrims ending with our very own Thanksgiving feast! Reading favorite picture books, we’ll crest our own timeline of the beginning of our nation’s history. In the spring, we will continue our journey through America’s history with an exciting look at Colonial life and the Revolutionary War. This class is appropriate for K-5th. Cost is $20 to cover supplies and copies. Team facilitated by Lisa Ingle & Amanda Schultz


Exploring Economics - Spring

Class Facilitator: Cindy Duell, duellfam8@gmail.com
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
American Government & Economics - primary teacher Cindy Duell This class is actually two one-semester classes that will run consecutively: in the fall we will study American Government using “Exploring Government” by Notgrass, and in the spring we will do an introductory economics course (either “Exploring Economics” from Notgrass or “Economics: Work & Prosperity in Christian Perspective” from Abeka). I provide a detailed syllabus and explanation of grading/points available, and those points totals are provided to the parents who then assign a grade for their student’s transcript. https://history.notgrass.com/high-school/exploring-government/ I will be happy to organize a group order of the materials to save on shipping for everyone and maybe get a quantity discount. Here is the Notgrass link for your consideration; the books we will need are in the Curriculum Package and the Student Review Pack. (I will not be using the literature component of the curriculum with this class, but if you choose to add it yourself it also counts as one-half credit for English.) I have facilitated this class before and really love seeing students learn about our form of government and understand how it affects them and how they can participate as citizens. Students should expect to come prepared with completed homework and questions/topics for discussion and participate actively in class. If parents and students are open to it we may plan a class trip to visit a state legislator’s Tucson office or city council meeting. By the beginning of November I will decide which economics curriculum to use for the class in the spring. I have used the Notgrass before and it is quite good, but would like to take a close look at the Abeka before deciding. NOTE: This is not a consumer math course or personal finance class; it is a study of factors of production, historical approaches to economics, supply and demand, markets, functions/types of money, government involvement in economies, etc. Here are the links for both of those possible curriculum choices: https://history.notgrass.com/high-school/exploring-economics/ https://www.christianbook.com/abeka-economics-work-prosperity-christian-perspective/russell-kirk/pd/274563?event=ERRCER1 Like their government course, the Notgrass economics course also has a literature component for one-half English credit which families may use if they desire. All students in the economics class will be assigned to write three papers during the semester (topics may be chosen by the student and approved by me).


Exploring Government - Fall

Class Facilitator: Cindy Duell, duellfam8@gmail.com
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
American Government & Economics - primary teacher Cindy Duell This class is actually two one-semester classes that will run consecutively: in the fall we will study American Government using “Exploring Government” by Notgrass, and in the spring we will do an introductory economics course (either “Exploring Economics” from Notgrass or “Economics: Work & Prosperity in Christian Perspective” from Abeka). I provide a detailed syllabus and explanation of grading/points available, and those points totals are provided to the parents who then assign a grade for their student’s transcript. https://history.notgrass.com/high-school/exploring-government/ I will be happy to organize a group order of the materials to save on shipping for everyone and maybe get a quantity discount. Here is the Notgrass link for your consideration; the books we will need are in the Curriculum Package and the Student Review Pack. (I will not be using the literature component of the curriculum with this class, but if you choose to add it yourself it also counts as one-half credit for English.) I have facilitated this class before and really love seeing students learn about our form of government and understand how it affects them and how they can participate as citizens. Students should expect to come prepared with completed homework and questions/topics for discussion and participate actively in class. If parents and students are open to it we may plan a class trip to visit a state legislator’s Tucson office or city council meeting. By the beginning of November I will decide which economics curriculum to use for the class in the spring. I have used the Notgrass before and it is quite good, but would like to take a close look at the Abeka before deciding. NOTE: This is not a consumer math course or personal finance class; it is a study of factors of production, historical approaches to economics, supply and demand, markets, functions/types of money, government involvement in economies, etc. Here are the links for both of those possible curriculum choices: https://history.notgrass.com/high-school/exploring-economics/ https://www.christianbook.com/abeka-economics-work-prosperity-christian-perspective/russell-kirk/pd/274563?event=ERRCER1 Like their government course, the Notgrass economics course also has a literature component for one-half English credit which families may use if they desire. All students in the economics class will be assigned to write three papers during the semester (topics may be chosen by the student and approved by me).


Science Fair with Intro to Chemistry

Class Facilitator: Tammy Lewis, rtlewis1@comcast.net
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 6 - 8

Class Description:
Four reasons to put your child in Science Fair this year at Encourager’s Coop: #1 They get to pick the project that interests them! #2 They will take ownership & develop discipline! #3 They will get to learn something new! #4 Most importantly: IT’S FUN! They will get class instruction and weekly assignments to bring them to the final week of Science Fair where they will show off what they did. The majority of the year will be focused on Science Fair, and the last 8 weeks will be an intro to chemistry using a fun book called The Element: Ingredients to the Universe. How can anyone be afraid of the Periodic Table when it is presented as a fairy tale kingdom? 12 week class per semester **THIS CLASS WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 29TH**


Activity Hour

Class Facilitator: Leah Jordan, bryonandleah@gmail.com
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 15 students
Grades: 1 - 8

Class Description:
Fun Gym Games for Kids Gym games for elementary kids with a super fun mom! We will spend time outside learning games like Blob Tag, Garbage Ball, Octopus etc. We will also have balls, parachute and jump ropes available.


Biology

Class Facilitator: Karen Soto, sksoto@msn.com
Class Fee: 60
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
This class is using the Apologia Biology and Lab curriculum. This class is $60 per semester.


Foundations in Personal Finance

Class Facilitator: Jeanne Fisher, ineedjewels@gmail.com
Class Fee: 35
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 6 - 8

Class Description:
Equipping and Inspiring Students for Life - Thanks to intentional homeschool parents like you, teens across the country have learned the truth about debt, how to make a budget that works, and how investing early will help them build wealth. Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Edition for Homeschool will hold your students' attention with its eye-catching design and unique teaching illustrations. We will take 12 weeks to go through 6 lessons so that we have plenty of time for the workbooks and comprehension. This class is video driven with lessons delivered by the Dave Ramsey Foundations team. The Foundations team includes #1 best-selling authors Rachel Cruze and Dave Ramsey, as well as dynamic youth speaker Anthony ONeal. The Foundations team serves as experts for you, using humor and real-life stories to educate and reinforce the money principles taught in the lessons. Our blended learning website, foundationsU.com, also includes a deeper dive into some of the teen entrepreneur stories featured in the curriculum. As a precursor to Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition for Homeschool, this curriculum offers timely and relevant personal finance lessons for your middle school students. **This is a one semester class beginning ONE WEEK LATER than the other 12 week classes... August 29, 2019. The Foundations in Personal Finance: Middle School Edition for Homeschool [Student Text] will need to be purchased and ready for the first class. Cost is $12.99 on the Dave Ramsey website. It can also be purchased at cbd.com and Amazon (although currently not on Prime).


Total Health

Class Facilitator: Mom Rotation, jnmduran@comcast.net
Class Fee: 10
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 9 - 12

Class Description:
This curriculum for high school students is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of all important physical, mental and social health issues. Written directly to teens from a caring and friendly perspective, Total Health presents a moral basis for a healthy lifestyle based upon scriptural principles. Anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more. Illustrations and photographs add visual interest to the text; at the end of each chapter, a review contains terms to define, questions based on the text, biblical application questions and suggested activities. Below you will find links to purchase the books for the class.  Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle Text https://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl?id=005517 Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle Test & Quiz Book https://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl?id=006306 **Book needs to be purchased and brought to the first class. **First class begins on August 15th**


Art & Science Collide: Flying Creatures

Class Facilitator: Christi Nonn, cjvicker@uwalumni.com
Class Fee: 25
Maximum Class Size: 10 students
Grades: 2 - 6

Class Description:
Join us as we learn about flying creatures (birds, insects, bats and more) through science and art lessons. We will do about 6-8 science lessons and 4-6 art lessons per semester. Science will include creating bird feeders, classification, creating a bird field guide, and dissecting owl pellets while Art will include painting, clay sculpting, drawing, and fingerprinting. This class will follow the Apologia Young Explorer Series: Exploring Creation with Zoology 1, but this text is not required. ** $25/semester + students are asked to provide their own blank drawing journal to create a field guide with (available at Michael's and Target).


Culinary Class

Class Facilitator: Suzy Mazza, jsmazza@yahoo.com
Class Fee: 60
Maximum Class Size: 8 students
Grades: 7 - 12

Class Description:
This 15 week culinary course will cover all 5 food groups in depth. We will learn how to safely handle and prepare food while creating and sampling new recipes every week. A Copper Culinary Certificate can be earned by the end of the semester/year.


Forensic Science

Class Facilitator: Jennifer Bailey, cjkcb93@live.com
Class Fee: 20
Maximum Class Size: 12 students
Grades: 7 - 12

Class Description:
We will be offering a forensic science class this year for 7th-12th grade students. The curriculum we are seriously considering is by Winter Promise. Their website offers the following description: "Investigate Your Body’s Life! Spend a year discovering the various systems inside your body! Go “inside” these systems to discover how you breathe, eat, think, move and feel in depth. Then, get to know everything you want to know about the exciting field of forensics. Hear about crimes and the kinds of evidence forensic scientists track down, then try exciting lab work such as digging for clothing clues, analyzing evidence, measuring out a “crime scene,” and working through case studies. Fantastic resources allow students to learn by observation and simple experiments. This is an easy-to-complete program, designed to complement the comprehensive nature of our other programs. Can be completed in 3-6 hours per week. The only consumables is #SCIHB-702. This program covers the same topics as the younger program, but most resources have more content and difficulty. In addition, the forensics portion of this program is more in-depth, with more “lab” work." This class will be 90 minutes long. We would like to conduct the labs together as a class. We are also planning to arrange a field trip to visit the evidence department at the Tucson Police Department and hopefully investigate a staged crime scene with their assistance. For more information you can visit their website using this link https://winterpromise.com/product/human-body-forensics-grades-7-12/ . This class is being facilitated by Jennifer Bailey


Lemonade to Leadership

Class Facilitator: Shirley Holbert, bnsholbert@juno.com
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. (High School grades also welcome). "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) Learn importance of financial records (4) learn how to design marketing materials (5) deliver a 15 second sales pitch; (6) become a job-maker instead of a job-taker; (7) start and operate a youth-owned business; (8) 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 12 WEEK CLASS - **Spring only**


Lost Tools of Writing Level 2

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

Class Description:
High School English/Composition Emphasis on British Literature Prerequisite: At least one year of Lost Tools of Writing, Level 1 26 weeks of instruction (13 classes/semester) **Class begins August 8th** The Lost Tools of Writing Level Two, features eight new lessons (and thus eight new essays), each of which enable you and your students to dig - and think - deeper. In LTW I, students learned the basics of constructing a persuasive essay. By implementing the three canons of classical rhetoric - Invention, Arrangement, and Elocution - your young writers learned the process of crafting a coherent written argument, starting with the blank slate and ending with a complete and thorough essay. Our goal in LTW I was not so much to worry about the kind of persuasive essay the students were writing so much as it was to ensure they were growing increasingly comfortable with the steps necessary to create it. In LTW II, however, you'll continue your study of classical rhetoric by studying the judicial address, which refines the persuasive essay taught in LTW I. So just as the elements of LTW I build upon one another, so LTW II builds upon LTW I. Through the eight lessons/addresses in LTW II, students will work within the framework of the three canons, but each will be aimed at this new kind of address.