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Parent Classes

Parent Classes

At the beginning of each school year, parent classes are offered in various topics to teach parents, the home educators, the methods of learning that our students are taught here.  A schedule for these classes will be posted here every August.  They are usually held Tues - Thursday evenings from 5 - 7pm and are potluck dinner style where everyone brings a dish to share.  Some Saturday morning classes are offered as well and are also potluck (breakfast) style.


Each month throughout the year, there are additional classes offered in subjects such as Inquiry, Critical Reframers, Student Support Continuum, Reading Journal, and others.  For the 50% families, they are mandatory; for the 80% families, these classes are optional, but these classes are invaluable for both the parents and the students. 

Critical Reframers Classes

Two potluck sessions, two and a half hours each, that explores the definition and application of each reframer not only in the context of inquiry, but in writing, reading, and the other disciplines. The class stresses and demonstrates the importance of the critical reframers in helping to build analytical, problem-solving, and learning strategies within learners.  Exercises include the process of reframing a question through the 15 different reframers, looking at the reframers in everyday life, and defining their specific roles within the various disciplines.

Parent Support Math Classes

All math classes are taught at the beginning of the school.  Classes are intended for parents only (children are not allowed).   Each class is 2 ½ hours long and a potluck meal is suggested.  Parents are given the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction

on how Family School math units are taught. Attending these classes is highly encouraged due to the different approach taken at Family School The units include:

  • Anti-counting 

    (Early Primary Grades)  Anticounting primarily focuses on number sense and includes the handgame, introduction to base ten blocks, and understanding of place value.

  • Addition 

    (Early Primary Grades)  The addition unit builds on knowledge gained from the anti-counting unit. Through the use of the base ten blocks children develop a deeper understanding of numbers, which includes: addition (as well as addition in other bases); reading, writing, and dictation of numbers into the millions; estimating and rounding; simple math; and multi-step word problems.

  • Subtraction 

    (Primary Grades)  The subtraction unit continues to build on the knowledge that the children have gained up to this point from the two previous units. Through the use of the base ten blocks, children develop an understanding of subtraction, which includes: subtraction (as well as subtraction in other bases); estimating and rounding; mental subtraction of dictated numbers; symbol math; and multi-step word problems.

  • Multiplication 

    (Secondary Grades)  The multiplication unit consists of teaching the conceptual understanding of multiplication through the base ten blocks. A sequential approach is taken, beginning with single digit multiplication and advancing up to multi-digit multiplication. At the same time, students are learning to apply their multiplication skills in meaningful applications, which includes word problems.

  • Division 

    (Secondary Grades)  The division unit consists of teaching the conceptual understanding of division through the base ten blocks. Similar to multiplication, a sequential approach is taken, as students learn to work with division of single-digit numbers to multi-digit numbers. At the same time, students learn to apply their division skills in meaningful applications, which includes world problems.

  • Fractions 

    (Upper Secondary to Middle School Grades)  The fraction unit uses hands-on fraction slides to help teach the concept of fractions. This unit includes teaching the definition of fractions; reading and writing fractions; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions; improper and mixed number fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering of fractions, and word problems.

  • Decimals 

    (Upper Secondary to Middle School Grades)  The decimal unit includes the understanding of the relationship between fractions and decimals, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing decimals, comparing and ordering decimals and percentages, and word problems.