Jan 13, 2010

H.O.P.E. – Holding On to Personal Education

Mt. Moriah Academy is pleased to offer a new course of study for 2010! H.O.P.E is all about learning, growing, and becoming – with the hope that we can be better wives, moms, community leaders, friends and learners. Personal study paired with a community of women to share it is one of the best ways to stay on track, learn new things, build friendships and remain grounded.

The following classes will be offered on the 4th Saturday of the month, except for May and November, which will be on the 3rd Saturday. Classes will be held in the mornings at my home. Most classes will be two hours from 10:00 – 12:00. Some may be three hours from 9:30 – 12:30.

January 23
FEC – Family Executive Council.
How to establish an effective council with your husband to help your family run smoothly, avoid disagreements, accomplish its mission and grow love.

February 27
Commonplace Books
The power of writing your thoughts and inspirations all in one place and how to create a system that works for you! So much more than a journal – having a commonplace book makes your study time effective AND efficient because you research, record and remember.

March 27
Core Phase
We will take an in-depth look at Erikson’s developmental stages and how to help children emerge from childhood having learned trust, autonomy, initiative, and industry. What emotional processes are children going through from birth to age eight? What lessons can they learn at this stage that will help them be psychologically healthy adults? How can we as adults help facilitate that emotional growth for them? What can we do if we need to go back and renegotiate the lessons for ourselves? Family rhythms – how to create them and why they are important. The lessons of work, home, family, truth and why those lessons are paramount.

April 24
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
Parenting is one of the hardest things we do and learning how to parent is an ongoing process. This class will look at strategies, communication skills, emotional perspectives and child development to help you become the best parent you can be.

May 15
Love of Learning Phase
How to inspire? Learn all about strewing, exposure, projects, EPIC adventures, trips, momschools, word of the day, narrations, nature walks, family devotional and read alouds. Learn how to develop the determination and courage to follow your passion to learn new things. These are some keys to falling in love with learning for yourself and your children.

June 26 (Subject to the date of my family reunion schedule. I will find out in February when it is.)
Women’s Cycles
Learn how your menstrual cycle really works, follicular phase, luteal phase, how to know when you are ovulating, how to get pregnant or prevent pregnancy, what time of your cycle to plan creative endeavors and when to slow down and focus on home and calmness, how to chart and why all of this matters.

August 28
Living Math
How can we make math meaningful, alive, and exciting for our families? Does it make a difference if math is alive or is it something that needs learned no matter what? Does is matter how? Games, books, projects and manipulatives will all be available to experience firsthand and will give you ideas for how to create a living math home.

September 25
Scholar Phase
Scholar skills, changes in family structure, depth and breadth, mentors, the four stages of Scholar Phase and how to make time for scholar phase as a mom.

October 23
Cooking from Scratch and Food Storage
What are all these grains and how do I make them into delicious meals my family will eat? How do I get the best deals on food storage? What do I really need? What rotation systems work? How do I use other sweeteners besides sugar? Lots of recipes, samples, websites and take home information you can start using right away.

November 20
Childbirth 101 (or maybe 501?)
How can you help your sisters, daughters and friends during their births? What are the emotional stages of labor? What are some tried and true comfort measures? What do you do if you are the only one attending a women in labor?

Classes are $12 each and you must sign up by the first day of the month the class is being held. You may also sign up for the entire 10 class series by enrolling by January 4th (still can sign up – if you hurry!) at a 40% discount of $72. If you prefer, you can sign up for the entire year at a 20% discount by paying one $50 tuition fee by January 4th and the remaining $45 balance by May 1st. To sign up you need to send me an email with your name, phone number, email address, why you want to take the class(es) and a little bit about you and your family so I can get a good sense of who you are, your needs, and the dynamics of our group.

Although I teach from a Leadership Education perspective, I firmly believe this series of classes will be beneficial to families following a variety of educational paths and all moms are invited to sign up.

After you have signed up, I will send you the recommended reading list for each class you are enrolled in.

A little bit about your instructor:

I am a thirty-something wife of one, mother of four, who loves to read, think, and laugh…hard. I hold a degree in Developmental Psychology and love to figure out how our brains and hearts work together. I am learning how to love homemaking, appreciate afflictions, and go to bed at a decent hour. I adore my husband, cherish my children, delight in my friends, and treasure my books. So how do I spend my time? I teach my children at home using TJED/Thomas Jefferson Education Principles and spend what seems like an enormous amount of time cleaning and doing laundry. I sell a lot of different products, like Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers, Hotslings baby carriers, SOS Solar Ovens, M.O.M. Tai baby carriers, and whatever else strikes my fancy. In my spare time, hah!, I am a doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding educator, teach gymnastics to 70 homeschooled children every week as well as a variety of classes for adults on subjects that interest me. I dream of becoming an amazing celloist because the music speaks to my soul and although I have an amazing teacher, I struggle to understand how music works. I thoroughly enjoy camping, hiking, sleeping, playing games, doing back flips and riding my recumbent bike. A midnight bowl of ice cream or a giant bowl of popcorn (olive oil and REAL Salt) along with an hour to savor a book with no interruptions is a welcome addition to any day.

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  1. Tami

    Dang – these sound great. I really wish I lived closer to you!

    • tracy

      Yeah, I wish you did too! I’m sure John could get a great job here with the site and then you could make bread with me, get massages, and share some Thai food!

  2. Tasha

    I’m so excited for these classes! Oh, I just noticed on your post that it still says the 20th for the February & March classes, but you did change them to the 27th, correct?
    Thanks for being so willing to share your amazing talents!

    • tracy

      Oh my! I cannot believe those typos have made it through so many revisions! Thank you so much for pointing them out to me!

      I am thrilled you are joining us! I have been working on H.O.P.E. all day long and it has been so fun!