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 The Civil War! Scholars enter a semester-long simulation pitting the North against the South as they learn to navigate difficult issues such as states rights vs. federal control, constitutionality of secession, and slavery. In a crucial time in our nation's history, human nature is explored in a war that resulted in brother fighting against brother in a conflict where both sides believed they were doing God's will. Scholars advance in rank by completing assignments. Top ranking soldiers will ultimately earn a Civil War replica sword. Scholars are challenged to read great classics, decide and discuss their opinions, give presentations, memorize the Gettysburg Address, and write a research paper about one of their heroes from the time period.
The Hero Project (LEMI*) AGE: 12-14 Empower our current generation to form a link to the Hero Generation of World War II. Through getting to know these amazing men and women who won the War, they will learn what qualities Heroes have. They will see what is required of a Hero Generation, and gain a desire to emulate those individuals they study. Scholars will be mentored by both the living and the dead by hearing their stories, being invited behind the scenes, and coming to understand that each and every person has a unique mission to perform in this life. Scholars will read challenging classics, study timelines and documents, share their thoughts and opinions through writing, participate in amazing simulations, and complete a compilation of their heroes.
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 (LEMI*) AGE: 14+ Leadership. Levels 1 and 2 are one semester each.
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.
Quest 3 (LEMI*) AGE: 14+ Level 3 is a year-long class.
This is a thought-provoking study of world views, principles of freedom, self-government, and jurisprudence (a study of the U.S. Supreme Court). We will learn of the many ways people view the world, and we will examine religions and cultures using comparison in 10 disciplines: Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Law, and History. Exploration of each world view includes original documents, discussion, response writings, presentations, and creating their own personal manifest. For learning principles of good government, we will be using The 5000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen. We will understand and memorize the 28 principles in that book. The students will bring in current events and we will analyze whether those principles are being upheld or violated. We will discuss US Supreme Court and Utah State Supreme Courts rulings. Then, as a final assignment, the scholars will research two landmark Supreme Courts cases and reenact each case before "justices" in a court setting. The class is divided in to two teams, each representing the appellant/petitioner or the respondent. Oral arguments, writing skills, and research are put to this in this final assignment, showing the students that they can work hard, do difficult assignments, and reap the reward for all their effort. This might sound overwhelming, but the transformation of those who put forth the effort and come ready to participate is amazing! Then, to celebrate, we will spend four days in the beautiful mountains of Montana horseback riding in to a secluded lake, exploring, hiking, fishing, and enjoying the peace found only in nature.
The Edison Project (LEMI*) *Not Offered This Year 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.
Dance AGE: 12+ Due to COVID circumstances, students will dance 6 ft apart; there will be no dancing with partners. It will not be strictly ballroom dance, but instead focus on social dance steps. I will touch on basic Waltz, Cha-cha, and Triple Swing steps (that can be done without a partner) as well as what I call "decade dancing." I will teach popular dance steps from the 1920's to the present day (such as the Charleston, the Lindy Hop, The Twist, etc.). Popular Polar Star line dances, as well as some new ones, will also be thrown into the mix.
The focus will be on increasing confidence on the dance floor and increasing confidence in learning new dance steps. My hope is that they will be more prepared for stake dances, country dancing, and if they take ballroom dance in the future.
If room size, interest, and ability levels require, there will be 2 separate classes. Anna Higgins will divide the classes and oversee them. Jessica Engstrom and Adam Higgins will teach the other class if needed.
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.