It's Time to Ignite Your Child's Love of Learning!
Inside of each youth is a scholar just itching to get out!
Help your "tween" transition from their early education to more scholarly learning with the Ignite Homeschool Class Curriculum.
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 that can be taught in any co-op or in any group of youth you choose to organize.
What is Ignite?
Ignite is an exciting, active, and hands-on co-op/mom-school style downloadable curriculum for youth roughly ages 11-13. 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:
Ignite was Created to Fill a Need
In our homeschool co-op, which serves students age 11/12 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 of a love of learning, 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. At the time I didn't know what the class would be, I just knew that it was mine to do!
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!
Helping to Ignite a Love of Learning in our Youth!
Ignite introduces students to many engaging ideas that spark curiosity and light the fire of the scholar within. It is the mentor's privilege to make this class exciting and active!
Mentors are encouraged to intentionally weave certain concepts into each week's class:
- 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?
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. Students are encouraged to make their journals their own, and write in approximately 6 entries each week.
The best part is we take the first 20 minutes or so of class each week for them to share what they've written!
WOW! They LOVE this! They 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.
Unit 1: We Are All Wonders!
Unit 2: Shakespeare Adventure!
Unit 3: Geography Wiz!
Unit 4: Young Entrepreneur!
Unit 5: Clue Finders!
Myra has been homeschooling since her oldest was 3 years old, and has been homeschooling her 5 kids ever since. (24 years!)
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 eight 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.
- 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
Individual Mentor License $149
This license gives a mentor the right to use the Ignite curriculum to teach anywhere. The purchaser may use the Ignite materials to teach this course as many years as they wish, and they have lifetime access to the online materials. They may not redistribute, share, or sell the Ignite curriculum. This license is not transferable. Purchaser has permission to download the documents and email them to a copy store for printing, but should not keep documents stored on their computer. The honor system applies here.
Co-op License $249
This license gives a co-op the ability to purchase Ignite and have any of their mentors teach the course for a year, then if they desire to have the class taught again another year, they may allow a new mentor (or the same mentor) access to the materials to teach the course. This may continue for however many years they wish to continue offering the class. The co-op may not redistribute, share, or sell the Ignite curriculum. This license is not transferable.
The co-op's mentor may have access to the password and has permission to download the documents and email them to a copy store for printing, but should not keep documents stored on their computer. The mentor is not the owner of the curriculum, it belongs to the co-op. The co-op has lifetime access to the materials. When the year of teaching is over, the mentor is to delete downloaded files, and the co-op should change their password. The honor system applies here.
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!! 🙂
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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?
The Ignite curriculum is available completely online and is a digital product. There is no physical product.
Is there any training available on how to use Ignite?
Yes! Included in your purchase are 6 online video trainings of yours truly sharing the scoop on how to use Ignite. There's an Introduction Video where I share the Vision and Goals of the class, and there are 5 Unit Training Videos, sharing how to execute each of the five units.
As always, if you have any questions, contact me at [email protected] I'm glad to help with anything you need.
How do you recommend incorporating the cost of the curriculum into student tuition?
When we taught Ignite in our co-op, these are the categories of things we needed to cover with each student's tuition:
- Writing Journals (1 per semester) (full color, spiral bound)
- Student binder, dividers
- Copies of pdf's for students each week (they come with color but look great printed black/white)
- Refreshments for book discussion days (5 total during the year)
- Student portion of the cost of the curriculum
A suggested way to incorporate the cost of the curriculum into student tuition is to take the cost of the curriculum and divide it by the number of students you'll have, and add that amount to the tuition.
For example, if you have 10 students each semester, and you purchased the Individual Mentor License ($149), the amount you'd add to each student's tuition for each semester is $7.50, - i.e. $7.50 fall semester, and $7.50 winter semester, and add that amount to the rest of the cost of supplies.
Do you have an affiliate program?
We will soon! I'm working to have affiliate opportunities available by July of this year. If you have any comments or questions email me at [email protected]
What if I've already purchased a writing journal(s), can they be credited toward the purchase of Ignite?
Yes, if you have purchased one or both of the writing journals and want to now purchase the Ignite curriculum, here's what you do:
- purchase Ignite
- then email me your journal(s) receipt and I will refund the paid amount.
How long will I have access to the Ignite curriculum?
How does lifetime access sound? You may access the curriculum for as long as you have interest to.
What is your refund policy?
We want you to be very happy with your purchase. If you find that Ignite is not going to be the right fit for your group, contact us within 30 days of purchase and we'll give you a full refund.