AGE: Under 5 A fun class of discovery while their mother/parent is teaching a morning class.
Heroic Youth AGE: 5-11 This class will utilize the Heroic Youth curriculum whose mission is: “Heroic Youth is a training ground to prepare youth to be faithful warriors in Gods army. Youth become HEROES as they engage in servant leadership, and identify and pursue their God-given individual missions.”
The curriculum is principle based learning, focusing on virtues such as: Seek Learning, Work Hard, Know God, Cultivate Talents, Live with Integrity We will study the lives of people who embraced these virtues, their endeavors and contributions to society, then learn how to develop these virtues in our own lives.
Ninja Scholars AGE: 8-11 The Ninja Scholar class is designed to create a positive peer group that motivates and encourages learning. Learning will be done through fun and games. Class time will include: presentation grammar geography art book discussions, and games We will read one biography a month which will give context for all other learning.
Key of Liberty (LEMI*) AGE: 12-14 Semester one covers Revolutionary War period, earning a key and adding ribbons. Includes oral presentations, opinion papers, American Heritage Award, movies and books, lectures, simulations, etc. Students also memorize the Declaration of Independence.
Semester 2 focuses on the Constitution and includes journaling the Constitution in the student's own words and a Constitution Bowl. Ribbons continue to be earned and the keys with ribbons are presented at an end of year award ceremony.
Sword of Freedom (LEMI*) AGE: 12-14 Continuation of Key of Liberty. Study of Civil War; earn a Civil War replica sword. One oral presentation, Civil War hero report, movies, books, lectures, simulations and memorizing The Gettysburg Address. Vision: I see the connection between education and greatness. Mission: I have a personal call to greatness. I can know what is right. Abilities: Self-governance, sovereignty, study hours, concentration span, duty to country. Skills: I am finding voice through writing, speaking, oral persuasion, analytical thinking and memorization.
The Hero Project (LEMI*) AGE: 12-14 Focuses on the meaning of “hero”, through study of WWI and WWII. Hero reports, oral presentation, WWII documentary, movies, books, earn little armies, Nuremburg simulation, hero project. Excellent, inspiring class! Vision: I can make correct decisions when faced with tough situations. Mission: I have a personal call to greatness. I can step up when I am needed. Abilities: Study Hours, concentration span, duty to God and country, self regulation. Skills: I am learning who I am through analytical thinking, memorizing, writing, speaking, interviewing, and oral persuasion.
Pyramid Project (LEMI*) AGE: 14+ The best way to describe this project is to say that it teaches you how to think. The four corners of the pyramid represent Logic and Reasoning, Truth, Habits of a Scientist, and Newtonian Math (which is the math everyone learns to hate!). We are connecting math and science to the world around them and helping them to see the relevance so they have a reason to study it.
Developing the habit to log one’s study is emphasized as they learn to emulate Nathaniel Bowditch and his amazing self-education depicted in Carry on, Mr. Bowditch. An alternative to the scientific method, called the Inteligro method, is also taught while they learn how great scientists of all times learned to wonder, see patterns, and ask the right question.
Throughout the course there is a growth in the students’ ability to think logically and to measure things they encounter in the world against their core book (which may be scriptures or another book that the student looks to for truth). We even teach them how to find equations as they read the text!
Quest 1, 2, 3 (LEMI*) AGE: 14+ Leadership. Levels 1 and 2 are one semester each. Level 3 is a year-long class.
Level 1: (Semester 1) Study great statesmen. Write persuasive papers, oral presentations, read biographies and inspiring books (7 habits, Ender’s Shadow, etc). Learn about statesmanship and leadership education. Lectures on education, etc.
Level 2: (Semester 2) Study traits of great statesmen. Write research papers (six mini & one full-length), oral presentations, lectures. Read inspiring books and biographies.
Level 3: (Full year) Study world views, study Arbinger Institute books on self-deception, study 5000 Year Leap for good government, Supreme Court simulation, inspiring literature that coincides with worldview studies.
Vision: I love statesmanship and I see myself as a statesman; I understand the Scholar Phase Continuum; I am preparing for self-directed scholar phase. Mission: Now is the time for me to prepare for my personal mission; I am beginning to find my voice and share it with others through my writing and speaking; I choose classics and projects that connect with my mission. Abilities: I begin with the end in mind; I create systems and habits to accomplish my vision; as I study statesmen, I know when to use resonance or dissonance; I emulate the six characteristics of statesmen; I use the six keys to personal influence to help others. Skills: I grow my capacity to: read, write, speak, and think; I can logically structure arguments and use proofs; I can submit to the right mentors.
The Edison Project (LEMI*) AGE: 16+ Students develop their own specific area of interest, create a detailed plan with the mentor and then pursue it. They master the knowledge of the 6 Powers: Knowledge Power, Task Power, Authority Power, Relationship Power, Material Power, & Personal Power. They learn the skill of how to turn the seemingly unattainable into reachable steps. They learn how to engage the specific mentors required to fulfill their dreams. They become life-long learners. They create. They show courage. And they change.
Georgics (LEMI*) AGE: 12+ This project shows the power of being reconnected to the earth and learning principles of community and self-reliance. The students read several classics that take place in an agrarian setting so they see the value and growth that comes from hard work. They learn what Will DeMille named the 6 Mini-Ag Ideals and the Georgic Principles (entrepreneurism, forgiveness, self-validation, community interdependence, etc.) which are not only part of agriculture but part of life. There is a strong emphasis on the power of spiritually creating something before physically creating it, and the students plan a georgic project which can be anything from planning and growing a garden to raising bees or poultry.
Shakespeare (LEMI*) AGE: 12-15 In this class, students are challenged to read, listen to or watch 7 to 17 Shakespeare plays. The class includes memorization, an audition, a 15-minute oral presentation on an aspect of the Elizabethan Age, weekly opinion papers, and a feast!
Youth learn who Shakespeare was, his insights into human nature, and many aspects of his poetry. They are exposed to the heightened language by performing a play at the end of this intensive acting course.
Second semester covers all aspects of putting on a play, including improvisation and drama “games,” beginning in January. To be eligible for the play, students must complete all assignments fall semester.
Classical Acting (LEMI*) AGE: 14+ Limited to students who have taken Shakespeare two years or made arrangements with the mentor. Study broadens to Greek, French, English, and American plays. Small acting troupe puts on a community outreach play.
Ballroom Dance AGE: 12+ Ballroom dance is an important part of the Polar Star culture. It is a required class for the first two years of Polar Star so that students have a basic skill set that will be utilized at our fun dances.
Children's Choir AGE: 8-11 We develop our talents and testimonies and give service as we practice habits of proper sound production and good choral singing while we joyfully perform worthy music with the Spirit to the best of our ability!
Youth Choir AGE: 12-18 We develop our talents and testimonies and give service as we practice habits of proper sound production and good choral singing while we joyfully perform worthy music with the Spirit to the best of our ability!
Family Foundations (LEMI*) Adults It is a two-pronged project to strengthen your homes and help the parent mentors in our community to grow in their application of leadership education principles in their homes. The first prong is facilitated by trained mentors who are prepared to lead other parents through powerful learning environments such as colloquia, simulations, and lectures. Each month has a different area of focus such as Vision, Mission, Abilities, Skills and Knowledge which are augmented by an online curriculum (the second prong) which is delivered to a parent’s email inbox each week so they can go deeper and have a Socratic experience. These lessons are part of the Family Foundation membership which includes tools for enhancing your home schooling and can be found at www.libercommunities.com
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Those that have the "LEMI" noted next to them mean that they are "scholar projects" designed by the Leadership Education Mentoring Institute (LEMI). Our mentors receive training in these projects from LEMI.