I am a seasoned homeschool mom with 4 children, ages 24, 19, 17, and 9. I have my BS in Elementary Education and am a certified Life Coach specializing in behavior intelligence and executive function. Along with the experience of teaching my own children, I have been the jack of all trades within education for the last 30 years. I have been a tutor, curriculum writer, co-creator and administrator of a school, and an executive function/life coach. 13 years ago, the Lord asked me to begin studying the brain and leadership development. It has been a joy to learn at the feet of Jesus. Helping students understand how their brain works, discover who God made them to be, and watch them grow into strong young men and women who let their lives shine for Jesus is my greatest honor and joy!
K-5th Science, Games and Logic, History, Math Skills/Games, Lego Class
Elementary Math Skills & Games
$40/month, sibling discount available, supply fee of $30
Math Skills – I can’t count how many times I’ve heard the words, “I HATE MATH!” And not just from
students. Even adults hate math and do everything they can to avoid it. I used to be one of them! But,
math doesn’t have to be scary! Math can be fun and “figureoutable”. Building a strong foundation in
numeracy and understanding operations is so important for success in higher level math yet few math
programs allow enough time for students to think and fully develop those skills.
This classroom is a safe space where children have time to think, where mistakes are opportunities to
learn, and where the process is just as important as the correct answer! They will learn from each other
and grow together as they are challenged to think outside the box and numbers become a little more
friendly. Each class will include at least one game and learning new ways to think about and use
numbers. The lower grades will focus on addition and subtraction while the older grades will include
multiplication, division, fractions, probability, and decimals.
Brain Games and Logic
Cost: $40 per student, sibling discount available
Logic/Games – Does your child struggle with attention span, focus, organization, or test anxiety? Scientists have learned that our brain is functioning at it’s best when both hemispheres are working at the same time. This is called Whole Brain Thinking. In this class we will learn new skills that encourage the development of neuropathways between both hemispheres of the brain, creating whole brain thinkers! These skills are fun and challenging for all ages. For the greatest growth, practice at home is recommended. Many have seen huge improvements in attention span, sports ability, memory, and grades in school just by practicing these new skills.
This course will have 2 components to it. The first half of class we will focus on challenges from The Thinking Toolbox or The Fallacy Detective (alternating years), wonderful books that builds reasoning, thinking, and logic skills. The second half of class students will have time to play/learn games that build strategic thinking.
While the curriculum is designed for middle, the lessons are appropriate for both younger and older
The first half of class will be a lesson in Logic, (I have 2 really great books I will work through with the kids), and the second half of class will be set aside for strategic games and skill building.
History 6 - 12 - World History
M/W $50, sibling discount available, no supply fee
*Must attend both days
God is creating a beautiful story and we have the honor of being a part of it. Most often kids view history classes as just a bunch of dates and dead people and take no interest in it. The times and dates are important but the STORY! Oh, how I love the stories, the people, the struggles, the victories, and even the defeats. My prayer is that the children will fall in love with history as we uncover some of the most inspiring stories and that they will see God’s hand in each one.
Typically, high school begins with US History and it’s one of my favorites to teach, however every time I
prayed about this class God kept leading me to World History. So, that’s where we will begin.
I am currently looking at a few curricula options & deciding whether to use just one or a compilation of a
few, but whatever we use it will include living books! Our classroom will be a place where students learn
historical events from all sides and cultural perspectives but also learn to ask questions and lots of them!
Including the most important question, “What is God saying?”
While this is a history class, the students will read, write, research, and present. If you would like this
class to include an English or Speech/Debate credit, please email me to discuss options at
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Cost: $35/month/family plus $50 one-time supply fee/student
There are so many fun ways Legos can be used. This class will give weekly challenges that will encourage the following skills:
* Planning as they must work toward a goal
* How to work with others as most challenges require them to work in teams
* Problem solving - there are only so many legos of each size & color
* Time management - they only have 35 - 40 minutes to complete the challenge
* Presentation/public speaking skills - each group will share their creations at the end of class
* Team building - students will celebrate each other's successes & learn from mistakes or failures
Elementary Science - $35/month, Supply Fee $50
This year in elementary science we will be doing units on environmental science and space, as well as learning science discoveries throughout history.
Executive Function/Study Skills
Cost: $50/month per student for two days, or $35/month for one day
Supplies: spiral notebook from dollar store, loose leaf paper, 3 ring binder. There may be a few books to purchase throughout the year if they can’t be found in the library.
Structured Study Hall is designed for middle & high school students who struggle with executive function skills, need help learning how to balance a heavier work load, &/or need specific subject tutoring. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, the topic of executive function skills has most likely been discussed but they are skills most students struggle with along their education journey. Taking a course like this sets students up for success in high school, college, & beyond.
In this class students will practice the following skills: organization, planning, time management, self-regulation, self-advocacy, note-taking, studying, test-taking strategies, project management, & flexibility.
Class time will be divided into 3 parts; leadership & executive function skill development (instruction & practice), planning time (students assess school assignments & learn how to utilize a planner), and homework help. Typically we will focus on one skill per month to give students plenty of time to practice as a group, but each student will have one-on-one time with the instructor to develop his/her specific needs.
In my experience, students grow the most when attending class at least twice a week (M/W), but if scheduling is an issue, once a week attendance is permitted.
An important note to parents, most students need at least two years of modeling and practice before they are able to use these skills effectively on their own. Not only does it take time to build skills that don’t come naturally, but it takes time to deal with frustration and discouragement. This is a process that takes time, patience, love, & partnership. Let’s partner with the Lord who says,
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
In order for each student to receive individualized instruction there is a maximum of 9 students per class.
Individual coaching is also available. For more information, contact Mrs. Doherty at email@example.com