We, Montana! Eyes Multi-Day Homeschool Schedule and Night/Saturday Classes for the Community at Large

Please take the survey of interest so we can know which courses will be popular enough to schedule. (Every course below links to the same survey, so you can list ALL your interests in the same form.)

After strong growth in 2021, and in view of the continuing increase in the number of local homeschooling families, the timing may be right for We, Montana! to level up substantially in the number of courses we offer—not only in our daytime homeschool courses, but with some evening courses for the general community, as well.

The following courses are currently under consideration, and we’re polling interest as we zone in on setting the schedule for the next two semesters (Starting in January 2022 and September 2022). You’ll find links to our Google Form, where you can tell us about your interest and availability. We won’t be able to schedule all of these classes below, mind you, but we can certainly schedule those that prove to be the most popular–and possibly, even, more than one day/time for the ones in highest demand.

PRICING: We’re sorry we don’t have tuition figures to share with you for the courses below; we’re currently revising our fee schedule. If you take the survey to show interest in any of these classes, we ask that you simply assume that the courses are “affordable”—whatever that may mean to you. In other words, our initial goal is simply to find out our local community’s interest in these courses—and we’ll straighten out the pricing later.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM
(Daytime/Weekdays)

AGE GROUP

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Ages 3-6.

1. Story, Rhyme, & Song. 45 minutes. Get your kids off to a strong start with singing, reciting nursery rhymes, and with story time. They’ll also learn how to conduct themselves in a group setting. Minimum 6. Maximum 8. 1 semester. (Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Kay Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 7-9.

2. KIDS’ CHOIR. 60 minutes. Non-auditioned. We learn and perform classic folk songs, and have two performances at the end of the semester. We also learn some music fundamentals along the way. This class is super-fun and highly-interactive. Learn to perform. Learn to follow the director. Minimum 16. Maximum 50.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 7 to 18.

3. FUN & GAMES. 120 minutes. Once a week for 13 weeks. We’ll supervise, along with at least one volunteer parent chaperone. (Each parent must chaperone twice during the semester). Standard table games plus Foosball, jump rope, etc. Lots of free play time, plus an occasional session to teach those interested in learning some particular game. There will be a modest fee for the semester–non-refundable. These sessions are great for building friendships, as well as for learning to play well with others. Minimum 24. Maximum 50.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 9 to 18.

4. SKITWORKS BEGINNING SKITS WORKSHOP. 75-minute class once a week for 13 weeks. Non-auditioned. We’ll learn and perform lots of comedic skits, and learn how to tell jokes well. We’ll have two performances at the end of the semester. Minimum 12. Maximum 16. See also the auditioned class, Skitworks Performance Troupe (12-18) below.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 9 and up, including parents and other family members.

5. HOMESCHOOL GLEE CLUB. 75-minute class once a week for 13 weeks. Non-auditioned. We’ll sing in several styles and will include part-singing if those enrolled are ready for it and if the class is big enough. We’ll have two performances at the end of the semester. Minimum 24. Maximum 50.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 10 and up, including parents and other family members.

6. READING MUSIC FOR BEGINNERS . 60 minutes. 13 weeks. Let us walk you through learning to read music, which is almost certainly easier than you think. This 13-week course primarily uses glockenspiels to teach you how to read notes and rhythms. By the end, you should able able to pick out your own part from a songbook using a piano or glockenspiel-type instrument. NOTE #1: These are not “piano lessons”; this is just the very beginning of reading music–enough to get you off to a good start. NOTE #2: We plan also to offer this course in a 6-week version for adults only on Tuesday evenings. See below. Minimum of 10 students. Maximum of 30.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 10 and up, including parents and other family members.

7. BEGINNING GUITAR. 60 minutes. 13 weeks. You supply your own acoustic guitar and guitar picks, and we’ll teach you the basics of strumming the easier chords. Some manner of beginning guitar book (TBA) will also be required. The class will include some casual singing and playing alike, though the primary focus is on the playing. The not-so-good singer should not shy away from this class as no one will be expected to sing alone. Sorry, no electric guitars of any kind. Acoustics only, please. Minimum of 10 students. Maximum of 30.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 10 and up, including parents and other family members.

8. BEGINNING BAND—1-Day Option. (NOTICE: This 2-semester course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
75 minutes, one day per week. 2 Semesters, Fall and Spring. Students provide their own instruments. It is very hard for a 1-day beginning band class to thrive because of the difficulty of getting the students in good practice habits at home. If we were to run this 1-day option for band, we would have to have a high-accountability agreement with the parents, and there would be lots of assigned homework that requires lots of parental supervision. (This would include individual rehearsal, playing along with videos, and viewing various third-party instructional videos.) This would be no casual class, but one in which we need complete buy-in from the parents. See also the 2-Day Option just below–which will demand more time in class, a *little* less involvement from the parents, but will get considerably better results as it doubles the amount of time the students are in class each week.
(NOTICE: This 2-semester course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 10 and up, including parents and other family members.

9. BEGINNING BAND—2-Day Option. (NOTICE: This 2-semester course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
75 minutes, twice a week (with at least one day between classes). 2 Semesters, Fall and Spring. Please read the 1-Day Option above if you want to really understand this one. In this version of the beginning band, we double the “spaced repetition” educational method by meeting twice a week. This increases accountability and reinforces memory. It also significantly magnifies the social aspects of the class–which are very meaningful, if they if they are not the course’s primary goal.
(REPEAT NOTICE: This 2-semester course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 10 to 13.

10. LITERATURE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. (NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.) 90 minutes. Taught in the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Read the classics (novels and short stories) and understand the genres and motifs. Lots of rich discussion. The books to be read will be decided after January 2022, and are to be provided by the students.
(REPEAT NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Teacher: Kay Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 10 to 13.

11. PRE-ALGEBRA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. (NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.) 50 minutes. Once a week for two 13-week semesters. Imagine a math class, taught by a young teacher who loves math, has a sense of humor, and who knows that the best answer to the question, “Why do we have to take Algebra I?” is not “So that you’ll be ready for Algebra II.” That’s what you’ll get in our new class.
(REPEAT NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Teacher: James Pelham, assisted by Jack Pelham.
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 12-18 and up, including parents and other family members.

12. WE, MONTANA! SINGERS. 75-minute class once a week for 13 weeks. By audition or invitation only. The primary goal of the short audition is to be sure that each singer can sing consistently in tune. We know that an audition will keep a lot of qualified singers from getting in (because they don’t want to sing an audition), but it’s so worth it to have a performance choir that sings in tune. We’ll have two performances at the end of the semester, including singing some numbers with the Sing, Montana! Freedom Choir at their big performances (at the Babcock or in some other large hall in town). Minimum 9. Maximum 50.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 12 to 18.

13. SKITWORKS PERFORMANCE TROUPE. 2 1/2-hour class once a week for 13 weeks. By audition or invitation only. (Some students younger than 12 may be invited from time to time.) We’ll learn and perform advanced skits. We’ll have two performances at the end of the semester. Openings for cast and crew alike. (Crew members need to have a sincere interest in doing well, and not just in hanging out. Crew have multiple responsibilities, including lights, sound, props, prompting, etc.) Cast members must be committed to memorizing their lines early in the semester. This class is very hard work, and it’s super-fun at the same time. Very rewarding.
Minimum 10. Maximum 16.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 12-18.

14. PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP. 75 minutes. 13 weeks. Please note, this is not a speech-writing course, nor a debate course. Rather, this is about the fundamentals of how to effectively deliver already-written material of excellent quality. This is an exceedingly fun course that also requires homework and memorization of short speeches. Students having taken this course previously are welcome to enroll, as it is expected that you will work at a higher level than before, and that your solo pieces may be more demanding.) We’ll perform twice at the end of the semester. Minimum of 10 students. Maximum of 16.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 12 to 18.

15. ETIQUETTE FOR TEENS. 60-minutes. Learn everything from how to introduce yourself well to the Golden Rule. This highly-interactive class has lots of group activities, and lots of class discussion, which many of the students love. It really gets them thinking about how they can and should fit in with the world around them. The class also takes the students seriously as humans, and helps them see themselves as rightful members of the society. Minimum of 16. Maximum of 40.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 13 and up, including parents and other family members.

16. REALITY-BASED THINKING. 60-minutes. 13 weeks. Learn how to think (well) about your own thinking habits and your emotions. Course focuses on honesty, rationality, and responsibility. Learn about cognitive biases, and “mindware”–and about the most common causes of thinking errors, including mental laziness. Lots of discussion that many teens find relevant and interesting. Highly interactive class with minimal homework. Minimum of 12. Maximum of 40.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 14 and up, including parents and other family members.

17. THINKING FOR WRITERS. 90-minutes. 13 weeks. Learn from an accomplished novelist/blogger how to write in such a way as to be understood by your audience. Learn that what makes sense to you might not necessarily make sense to your audience. Learn the patience required to get things just right, and the joy of being well-understood. Many interesting activities and exercises. Minimum of 10. Maximum of 24.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 13 and up, including parents and other family members.

18. INTRODUCTION TO THE US CONSTITUTION. 60-minutes. 12 weeks. We read through every line of the Constitution so that we can understood what it meant when it was ratified. This includes unpacking the archaic English and the vocabulary. This is not a partisan class, though the subject matter (the Constitution) is itself quite naturally a pro-Constitution document. Highly interactive class with limited homework. Those who attend receive a certificate of completion. Minimum of 12. Maximum of 40.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 13 and up, including parents and other family members.

19. INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE. (NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.) 60 minutes for 13 weeks. One Semester. Many use the Bible their whole lives without ever getting a good big-picture view of what’s in it, and without ever learning the basics of the various study methods. This class is designed to help the student understand the different sorts of documents that are in the Bible, to understand the challenges we face when trying to interpret ancient documents accurately, and to identify some of the main questions/debates that have puzzled the world for centuries. Learn how to use lexicons, concordances, and other Bible study tools effectively. Learn how to decouple from our own cultural perspective, and to view the texts from the perspective of the ancient Hebrew culture that produced them. Get a brief overview of which books are in which Bible versions, as well as of what’s in some of the other books that were considered, but weren’t included. This course is not meant to support or oppose any of the various denominational camps, nor to be patently contentious, but is designed to provide general information about the Bible that serious Bible students from any camp need to know. This comes at the risk, however, of presenting information that may stretch the thinking of some students to the point that it makes them emotionally uncomfortable, where some other student may not find the experience unpleasant at all. Parents are urged to give careful thought to this before enrolling their children. We also encourage parents enrolling in the course themselves, along with their children if they’d like, so that they can be part of the dialog.
(REPEAT NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 14-18

20. LITERATURE FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS. (NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.) 90 minutes. Taught in the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Read the classics (novels and short stories) and understand the genres and motifs. Lots of rich discussion. The books to be read will be decided after January 2022, and are to be provided by the students.
(REPEAT NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Teacher: Kay Pelham
(REPEAT NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Ages 14-18

21. HOW TO BE AN EMPLOYEE. (NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.) 60 minutes. One Semester. Get your kids thinking right about employment before they’re on the job. Learn about a wide range of things, from the principle of win/win dealing, to the practicals of punctuality. Teaches the student to understand not only the employee’s perspective, but that of the employer. This course is currently in development, and is researching common complaints of employers and seeking input from local employers.
(REPEAT NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

COMMUNITY PROGRAM
(Adults–Evenings/Saturdays)

AGE GROUP

COURSE DESCRIPTION

18 and up.

22. READING MUSIC FOR ADULT BEGINNERS. 90 minutes, once a week for 6 weeks. Let us walk you through learning to read music, which is almost certainly easier than you think. This convenience 6-week course primarily uses glockenspiels to teach you how to read notes and rhythms, and provides the accountability you need to succeed in your goals. (Instruments will be provided for in-classroom use only. If you’d like to buy your own, please discuss it with us before you buy. (Here’s the model we’ll be using.) By the end, you should able to pick out your own part from a songbook using a piano or glockenspiel-type instrument. NOTE: These are not “piano lessons”; this is just the very beginning of reading music–enough to get you off to a good start. Minimum of 10 students. Maximum of 30.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to week of April 4, 2022)
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

Adults, but teens 14-17 are welcome if their parents are also enrolled.

23. INTRODUCTION TO THE US CONSTITUTION. 90-minutes. 8 weeks. We read through every line of the Constitution so that we can understood what it meant when it was ratified. This includes unpacking the archaic English and the vocabulary. This is not a partisan class, though the subject matter (the Constitution) is itself quite naturally a pro-Constitution document. Highly interactive class with limited homework. Those who attend receive a certificate of completion. Minimum of 16. Maximum of 40.
(Week of January 10, 2022 to to )
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.

For adults, and for teens 13 and up if a parent is also enrolled.

24. INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE. (NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.) 60 minutes for 13 weeks. One Semester. Many use the Bible their whole lives without ever getting a good big-picture view of what’s in it, and without ever learning the basics of the various study methods. This class is designed to help the student understand the different sorts of documents that are in the Bible, to understand the challenges we face when trying to interpret ancient documents accurately, and to identify some of the main questions/debates that have puzzled the world for centuries. Learn how to use lexicons, concordances, and other Bible study tools effectively. Learn how to decouple from our own cultural perspective, and to view the texts from the perspective of the ancient Hebrew culture that produced them. Get a brief overview of which books are in which Bible versions, as well as of what’s in some of the other books that were considered, but weren’t included. This course is not meant to support or oppose any of the various denominational camps, nor to be patently contentious, but is designed to provide general information about the Bible that serious Bible students from all camps need to know. Any such course comes at the risk, however, of presenting information that may stretch the thinking of some students to the point that it makes them emotionally uncomfortable, where some other student may not find the experience unpleasant at all, but invigorating and edifying. Parents are urged to give careful thought to this risk before enrolling their children. We also encourage parents enrolling in the course themselves, along with their children so that they can be part of the dialog.
(REPEAT NOTICE: This course would not begin until Fall 2022.)
Teacher: Jack Pelham
Open the Google Form to let us know your interest and availability for this and other classes.
Got questions? Contact us.