It's Time for Your Youth to Blast Off in Their Education

Help your "tween" transition from their early education to more scholarly learning with the Ignite Homeschool Class Curriculum.

Ignite Homeschool Curriculum

At around age 11-13, homeschooled tweens want something more. They want more challenge, more abilities, and more time with homeschool friends, but oftentimes they don’t know how to ask for it.

We as parents see that their teen years are coming up with the need for them to be able to handle more rigor and more self-discipline in their school work.

Ignite Homeschool Curriculum

Our tweens need something that will help them catch the vision of what they are capable of, and to help them develop good habits, consistency, self-discipline, self-motivation, and responsibility in their education.

Inside Of  Each Youth Is A Scholar Just Itching To Get Out!

Students holding a sign that says We Love Ignite!

What is Ignite?

Ignite is a super fun and engaging, highly inspiring, one-year course for youth to learn like crazy, have a ton of fun, and probably not even realize how much they are excelling.

Ignite is a downloadable curriculum for youth roughly ages 11-13 that can be taught in any co-op/mom-school or in any group of youth you choose to organize.

It works well with a group of 8-14 youth but can easily be adapted to your needs. This one-year class is designed to be held once a week for two hours, mentored by two adults. The course is divided into five 5-6 week units:

  • Unit 1: We Are All Wonders
  • Unit 2: Shakespeare Adventure
  • Unit 3: Geography Wiz
  • Unit 4: Young Entrepreneurs
  • Unit 5: Clue Finders
Ignite! Homeschool Co-op Class Curriculum Logo

Ignite was Created to Fill a Need

In our homeschool co-op, which serves students age 11 to 18, we noticed a need to help our brand new "tween" students transition from their early education to a more scholarly education.

Some of the moms in our group expressed a wish for a class that would help prepare these youth for a little more rigor and help them develop more scholarly skills, all in a fun, engaging, and safe environment. They wanted book discussions, engaging activities, and a peer group to engage with and support them in their journey.

As we discussed these needs, my mind started to spin, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that. And I knew it would be perfect for my daughter.

Within a flurry of a few weeks of pondering, researching, and studying, Ignite was born!

And I can tell you, we are having a BLAST!  Ahhh.... learning at its finest!

Light the Fire of the Scholar Within!

Ignite introduces your students to many engaging ideas that spark their curiosity and light the fire of the scholar within. It is your privilege as a mentor to make this class exciting and active!

As a mentor, you're encouraged to intentionally weave certain concepts into class each week:

  • Learning is super cool
  • Fixed vs. Growth Mindset - to foster a Growth Mindset
  • Students really can do hard things
  • The teen years are wide open to them to learn anything and everything they want to
  • Help students gain skills to facilitate that learning
  • Cultivate the love of learning that will propel them in their pursuits
  • Foster kindness and friendships with each other
  • What's in Each Unit of Ignite?

    boy reading his story from his Ignite! writing journal

    First of all, the signature elements of Ignite are the Writing Journals.

    "Just Me and My Thoughts" and "Me, My Thoughts, and I" writing journals are used weekly in Ignite. Your students will be encouraged to make their journals their own, and write in approximately 6 entries each week.

    The best part is you'll take the first 20 minutes or so of class each week for them to share what they've written.

    WOW! Your students will LOVE this! They'll get so creative and so engaged, and enjoy sharing with each other so much. These journals encourage writing in fantastic ways!

    Each journal includes 70 writing prompts, and they are in full color and are pdf downloads.

    The Ignite curriculum is divided into five
    5-6 week units:

    Unit 1: We Are All Wonders

    • A strong emphasis on friendship and kindness
    • Explore the concept of Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
    • Learn about our incredible brains and how we learn
    • Service field trip
    • Book: "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio (book may be substituted)
    kids learning teamwork with a plastic cup challenge

    Unit 2: Shakespeare Adventure

    • Who is Shakespeare?
    • Practice and put on a short Shakespeare play: Act V of "A Midsummer Nights' Dream" (the mechanicals' play)
    • Common Idioms from Shakespeare that we still use today
    • Learn about Iambic Pentameter
    • Shakespeare Jeopardy game for review
    • Book: "The Wednesday Wars" by Gary D. Schmidt (book may be substituted)
    kids learning about iambic pentameter

    Unit 3: Geography Wiz

    • Learn the US States and Abbreviations or World Geography
    • Cardinal Directions
    • Latitude & Longitude
    • Students do presentations on a country
    • Continents & Major Oceans
    • Culminating "Great Geography Wiz Challenge!"
    • Book: "The Twenty-One Balloons" by William Pene du Bois (book may be substituted)
    girl finding a location on a map

    Unit 4: Young Entrepreneur

    • Basic Economics: Goods & Services, Consumer vs Producer, Needs vs Wants, Opportunity Cost
    • Students participate in a real entrepreneurial venture
    • Great inspiring short videos to show in class of real youth doing entrepreneurship
    • Innovation & Invention
    • Book: "Henry Reed, Inc." by Keith Robertson (book may be substituted)
    kids assembling gift cups to sell for entrepreneur class

    Unit 5: Clue Finders

    • Codes & Ciphers
    • Inference & Problem Solving
    • Logic & Reasoning
    • Make Simple Telegraph Machines
    • "Parallel Universe" Simulation
    • Crime Scene Investigation
    • Book: "The Father Brown Reader: Stories from Chesterton" by Nancy Carpenter Brown (book may be substituted)
    boy opening a lock on a safe

    About the creator of Ignite:

    Myra Johnson, owner of A Heart Full of Joy and Ignite!

    Myra Johnson

         Myra has been homeschooling since her oldest was 3 years old, and has been homeschooling her 5 kids ever since.

         She has a passion and absolute love for helping youth discover their genius and helping them face life with boldness and confidence.

         Myra has been a mentor in homeschool co-ops for over nine years. Besides mentoring in these co-ops, she's also served as Activities Coordinator, Parent Representative Vice Chair, Chairman, and Principle Mentor.

        Her focus now is to share what she's learned and to help build and encourage mothers in their journey through motherhood and homeschooling. 

    To help you gain a bit of the vision behind Ignite, below is a 4 minute excerpt from the first online training video that comes with the curriculum.

    What's In Ignite?

    • The Full Ignite Course Curriculum
    • Lifetime Access
    • Thorough Training Videos
    • Mentor Manual - fully linked to all PDFs, site links, & videos
    • Weekly Schedule & Lesson Plans
    • Student Manual
    • “Just Me and My Thoughts” Writing Journal PDF
    • “Me, My Thoughts, and I” Writing Journal PDF
    • Book Discussion Questions
    • Full Instructions for All Projects
    • Links to Videos Used in Class
    • 100+ PDF Downloads - for use in class throughout the year
    • Full Support Available

    Ignite Homeschool Curriculum $149

    Yes! It's time to help our tweens BLAST OFF in their education!

    If you have any questions feel free to email me at [email protected]

    What Moms and Students are saying:

    Shelly R.

    Mother of Ignite Student

    My son has LOVED Ignite. It has been a wonderful class to help him transition into more of a scholar phase in his education. He has enjoyed and benefited from the variety of topics and activities used throughout the course to ignite his interest. My favorite part, as his mother, has been to see his love of writing grow as he has been diligent in making entries in his writing journal. Ignite has been his favorite class this year, so much so that he was hoping for Ignite 2!! 

    Adrian

    Ignite Student

    In Ignite, we do really fun activities, like making marble tracks out of swimming noodles, and dinosaur catapults! And we get treats when we finish the books we're reading. And we learned all the states and other geography stuff. It's a really fun class—my favorite!

    Becky W.

    Mother of Ignite Student

    Ignite has been an amazing experience for my son this year. It is the perfect way to start transitioning from early childhood education towards the skills that will be needed for a more rigorous scholar experience. First of all it is just fun! For each unit there is a fun book to read and discuss with their classmates. And there are well thought-out units that go with each book—a fun little introduction into Shakespeare, a geography learning experience, and a real-life experience with entrepreneurship for a few examples.

    One of my favorite parts of the class are the writing books that Myra has created. That was a skill that my son needed some help with, and he actually loves writing in those books! There are all kinds of interesting writing prompts and the books are colorful and full of interesting pictures and topics, so the effect is to really draw the kids in. And then they get to share their favorites with their classmates. They are really excited to share, and knowing they will have an audience makes them want to be more creative when they write.

    The writing books by themselves would be worth the price of the course, but you would want to do the whole thing because it is so much fun and such a good learning experience for the kids. I have thought all along that this really should be shared with other people, and I'm so glad Myra is doing that!

    Nettie

    Ignite Student

    This class is awesome. It covers a whole lot of everything that you might miss during homeschool. It is fun, it is engaging, and it is useful.

    Rebecca H.

    Mother of Ignite Student

    I have had the wonderful privilege to have a son in the class and to sit in as a helper all year! This class has been my son's favorite class. He enjoys reading the books and the book discussions. He has enjoyed the variety of topics and activities.

    I feel like this class gives the kids just coming into their higher academic years a fun exploration into several topics and into themselves. It is done in a fun way that helps them make friends and learn to express themselves and try new things. I have been so impressed with how well Myra has put this together and the thought that went into making a class that really has ignited new thoughts and ideas and exploration for these kids.

    Amanda

    Ignite Student

    This class is so fun! I loved how there was a lot of variety of things to learn about. It helped me see different things I could be interested in. Like, I didn't know I loved acting until we did the little Shakespeare play. Now I know!

    Kathy B.

    Mother of Ignite Student

    My daughter has loved Ignite. She has had a chance to explore new things, read good books, study inspiring thoughts, and begin to express her thoughts in writing.  

    I love this class as a parent and find it a perfect introduction to more organized learning. I highly recommend Ignite to all 11-13 year olds.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is this a physical or a digital product?

    Is there any training available on how to use Ignite?

    How do you recommend incorporating the cost of the curriculum into student tuition?

    Do you have an affiliate program?

    How long will I have access to the Ignite curriculum?

    What if I've already purchased a writing journal(s), can they be credited toward the purchase of Ignite?

    What is your refund policy?

    If you have any questions feel free to email me.

    Ignite! students happily showing off their writing journals
    Ignite Homeschool Curriculum

    “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."
    Clay P. Bedford