Parent Coaching Course

1. Getting Set Up


Required

Additional

2. Knowing Your Way Around


Required

Additional

3. Preparing To Coach


Required

Additional

4. Group Managment & Culture


Required

Additional

The LiftEd live zoom class will be for 50 minutes and will follow the format below.

  • StartRight Fitness
  • Daily Announcements
  • Prayer
  • Review & Share LiftEd take-aways
  • Dive Deeper Activities
    • Reasoning Together
    • Relating Together
    • Work on and sharing PBL (Production-Based Learning) progress
  • Coaches Challenge
  • Close

Every week, Monday through Thursday, students will meet online for a live study group (LiftEd). This will be approximately 30–45 minutes depending on the level. It will be followed by a live zoom class (approximately 50 minutes). Classes begins the third week of August and goes through the end of the third week in May of each year. The entire school year calendar can be found here: https://ahsworldwide.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/LIftED-22-23-Scope-and-Sequence.pdf

All children will join their respective groups at 10:00 AM, your continental US time zone Monday through Thursday. During weeks with Monday holidays, the live zoom class will shift to Tuesday through Friday.

Although students will not be required to complete LiftEd assignments and projects to join their live zoom class, we strongly encourage and incentivize this behavior. During this pilot year of LiftEd, we are adding a very exciting element to the live zoom classes that focuses squarely on production/project-based learning experiences that we we’ll be working on and sharing during this live class. Parents will have access to all the videos their students create of their personal work and will have the ability to give feedback, reactions, record videos back to students, and post grades (some of this functionality will not be available until after the beginning of the school year).

Currently the vast majority of our students live in the continental US, so we will be supporting access to LiftEd live zoom classes at a convenient time (9:00 and 10:00 AM, respectively) for each of these four continental US time zones. As LiftEd enrollment grows internationally, we will continue to add additional times that are equally or more convenient for these families.

When enrolling in the live zoom classes through LiftEd, you agree to pay for the entire school year (12-month billing). We hire, train, and commit to coaches for the full school year based on the initial enrollment demand for this service. The cost of a coach doesn’t change based on fluctuating enrollment, so to mitigate this risk, we require a 12-month (or annual beginning in 2023–24) agreement for the live zoom class enrollment.

LiftEd live zoom classes are not designed for “fly-on-the-wall” viewing and participation. During these classes we are discussing, sharing, playing games, competing, and celebrating learning in highly participatory ways. Therefore, we don’t post recordings. The LiftEd instructional videos and learning modules are available for students to watch at any time after the lesson of the day goes live. 

No. This would be disruptive to the coach and class. If students miss their class they will not fall behind, because theses classes are not the primary academic experience of LiftEd. The primary academic learning is achieved by completing coursework inside LiftEd, either with their study group, or independently. Keeping up with this content will allow a student to miss class but stay on track and pacing with their classmates.

That’s the plan, and even as early as the 2023–24 school year. We will likely add a Spanish and Portuguese offering first, with other languages following. If you are interested in joining in another language, please email Nate Clark (nclark@ahsworldwide.org).

It is very important that we keep each group to approximately 100. Therefore, families will choose an hour that works best for them for the duration of the school year. Changes from one session to another may be possible (not guaranteed) throughout the year for unusual circumstances, but switching from one class to the next each week is not possible. Furthermore, the relationship classmates form is a very important component of what the live zoom classes provide to students. Moving through the year with a specific class encourages stronger student sharing and participation, as well as, stronger relationships developed between students and their Learning Coaches.

LiftEd live zoom class enrollments are student-specific. Each students fills a “seat” and therefore each needs to have their own enrollment.

We will enroll an average of 60 students in each live zoom class. Conversely, study groups consist of approximately 20 student per group. The live class is a lively discussion and experience that lends itself to much larger groups. Even in groups of 100 (what we’ve done for the past three years), Coaches are able to effectively engage students in sharing and discussing. However, we will experiment with significantly smaller classes during the 2022–23 LitfEd pilot responding to feedback from parents who have requested smaller class sizes.

LiftEd live zoom classes will be grouped using the same grade ranges as LiftEd—Level 1 (early elementary); Level 2 (upper elementary); Level 3 (middle school). Importantly, parents will choose what level is right for each child.

There are a few rules we have put in place for these classes so that they’ll be safe, orderly, educational and fun!

  1. Every student needs to use a device with a camera to join the class and must have their video on for the entire class. This helps us make sure only registered students attend class and helps facilitate participation and new friendships.
  2. In general we do not allow students to turn on virtual backgrounds or foregrounds (virtual hats, sunglass, facial hair etc.) The only exception is if the coach invites students to use them for a special occasion.
  3. Student may only unmute themselves when they’ve raised their virtual zoom hand and their coach calls on them, or gives them permission to unmute without raising their hand.
  4. In order to maintain an uplifting atmosphere we require students to follow the Dress and Appearance section of the For Strength of Youth pamphlet.
  5. Bullying, swearing, or other disrespectful or inappropriate language is not tolerated in LiftEd.

When a student chooses not to follow any of these rules they will likely be removed from the zoom call for the day.

Power Hour was absorbed into LiftEd and is now the live zoom class tied to that curriculum. We are making significant improvements to this daily live class including:

  1. Smaller class size (about 40% smaller).
  2. Classes grouped by geography and age group (early elementary, upper elementary, and middle school groups).
  3. Much higher expectations from, training for, and investment in learning coaches.
  4. Focus on production/project-based learning experiences.

AHS Online (7–12) More Info >


Teacher-Led
Student-Led

We are beginning to provide a-la-carte (unbundled) course participation for Live and independent study students for the 2021–22 school year.

Unaccredited courses are simply the same courses as the accredited courses, except that the student does not submit assignments, receive grades, credit, or a transcript for the course. Accredited courses provide these accredited services (live classes, 1-on-1 consulting, online labs, assignment submission and feedback, grading, proctored exams, credit, and transcripts).

Yes, all unaccredited middle and high school courses previously provided through a Family School membership are still, and will always be provided, to Family School members and students for independent and unaccredited completion.

Heartstart Preschool More Info >


You decide! Have a look at the lessons and evaluate if your child is ready for HeartStart Preschool. All memberships to HeartStart are for life, so there is no risk if you purchase it and do not end up using it as much as you had planned initially.

We are not likely to produce teacher videos for HeartStart Preschool. At this age, a parent’s involvement is most necessary to facilitate the tactile experiences used throughout this resource.

Family School (K-8) More Info >


Parent-Led

Parent-led is a term used to define homeschooling in the traditional sense of the word, where the parent is the teacher of all content. As the roles of home education are changing, AHS Worldwide seeks to meet parents who need to be the guide or simply be well-connected with the learning happening online and with AHS teachers and mentors—thus the addition of student- and teacher-led offerings now in development.

Go to FamilySchoolOnline.org to login to your personal dashboard, view your calendar, courses, update your account, and more!

Yes, by using the site search engine. You can search our entire site by keyword and you will find results including lessons, websites, videos, worksheets, articles, diagrams – anything that we have curated to our site.

Your Family School membership includes full access to our PreK–8 curriculum, which includes science, literature, art, music, geography, and history (math and language arts added for this year for opt-in pilot use, only)! It also includes the full HeartStart Preschool curriculum, daily “Seize the Day” mini-lesson, “In the Constitution” Bee course, and Foundations lessons that teach our methodology, and 1000’s of resources.

The Free membership gives you full access to three of our courses, one in each of our three age groups:

  • HeartStart preschool – “I am a Child of God”
  • Elementary (K-8) – “Zoology”
  • High School – “U.S. History”

You will also have access to our daily “Seize the Day” mini-lesson, one free Family School lesson a week, plus free access to thousands of supporting resources from our Freely Learn search engine. The courses are available to you already loaded on your Dashboard under “My Courses”. You can see the other courses that are available with a paid membership under “Courses” on the left side of the page.

Simply click on “My Account” from your dashboard after logging in. Then click on the “Update to Full Access” button inside your current members box.

I Master Math


It is a mastery-based program where students will master an essential skill in each lesson.

No, I Master Math is not based on a spiral review. Instead, student progress will be seen on a continuum. When one essential skill is mastered, the student will be taken to the next level or lesson where they work on mastery of the next skill within that unit/domain.

In the next version, or in LiftEd, if the student does not master the specific skill contained in the lesson, they will be direct to a previous lesson that reinforces/reteaches the concept they are missing.

I Master Math is not aligned with Saxon for several reasons:

  • Saxon methods don’t always work well in an independent learning environment.
  • The “drill and review” methods tend to burn out children, and parent can’t keep up with all that is required.
  • Saxon was written for the classroom and not the individual student.
  • With Saxon, the student can’t progress at their own pace. It will take them longer to master an entire concept due to the incremental approach.
  • Saxon is highly repetitive. The student takes longer to progress due to all of the repetition.
  • Saxon material is hard to find. They aren’t printing new materials anymore.
  • Saxon has very specific copyright laws that are hard to work with.

We went through a specific process of finding a curriculum. First, we analyzed what has been taught at the American Fork campus. Next, we researched other homeschooling materials. In addition, we looked at what public schools are using. In our research we found that the state of Virginia did years of research before coming up with the standards of learning for math. Further in our research, we discovered that Virginia’s students consistently score highly in math when compared to other states in the nation and it was not a common core curriculum. The Virginia standards became the most instructive to us as we put together our scope and sequence.

This pilot version will be a parent-led program. In coming years, it will be student-facilitated—with the exception of younger grades who will always need parent guidance. We are encouraging parent feedback to make necessary changes to the next versions which will be on LiftEd.

Yes, all levels contain five domains or areas.

  • Number Sense (quantities, comparing, ordering, relationships between numbers)
  • Computation and Estimation (all operations +, –, ×, ÷, decimals, fractions, practical applications)
  • Measurement and Geometry (money, calendar, time, US customary system, metric system, shapes, angles, perimeter, area, volume, surface)
  • Probability and Statistics (probability, graphs, tables, charts, etc.)
  • Algebraic Thinking (patterns, sorting, classifying, equality, equations, variables, expressions, linear functions and equations)

Yes, check out the I Master Math Scope and Sequence.

  • K-8 Math curriculum will be available on Family School and accessed there.
  • 7 practice problems per lesson
    • Divided by rigor along Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
      • Level 1 problems: Recall and Reproduction
      • Level 2 problems: Skills and Concepts
      • Level 3 problems: Strategic Thinking
  • Interactive formative questions
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Placement tests not available for pilot year

I Master Math can be accessed on the Family School for 22-23. For 23-24, it will be on LiftEd.

We gathered a team of experts in the field of mathematics teaching from all over the country. Their qualifications are both education and experience in the classroom. Several of our writers are teachers from the state of Virginia who are well versed in the standards that guided our curriculum. We also have a team of PhD-educated advisors who have provided feedback on the content of every lesson.

  • Title of the lesson is the “I can” statement which identifies the skill that will be mastered.
  • Preparation: what specific materials will be needed,
    • lesson resources including practice problems and handouts for parents to print
    • vocabulary words specific to the lesson
  • Math in my world: how this concept relates to the child’s real world.
  • Lesson section: concept is taught using an example that “we work through together” then a “try it on your own” question with drop down answer.
  • All answers include a detailed explanation of how to solve the problem. It is a “walk through” example outlining the student thinking—how to solve the problem and get the correct answer.
  • Sum it up section: Summarizes the essential skill taught and leaves the student with a challenge to apply the essential skill.
  • Practice Problems. Called DOK’s or Depth of Knowledge questions based on Blooms Taxonomy.
    • DOK 1 (3 of them) represent simple recall and reproduction. Fill in the blank, multiple choice
    • DOK 2 (3 of them) represent higher level thinking. Compare/contrast, true/false with explanation, finding the error in an example problem.
    • DOK 3 (1 of them) represent strategic thinking. Drawing conclusions, using the concept taught in their problem. These problems have more than one answer and allow for the student to draw upon skills learned in the lesson and apply to a situation.
  • Each lesson has a practice key that provides detailed explanation for the answer to the problem. Parents do not have to know how the problem is solved. They can refer to the key and the detailed explanation for solving the problem.
  • Activities: Engaging, fun activities where student can apply concept learned in an exciting way. (printable).

No, there will not be placement test for the first version. We will have a placement test for the coming version of LiftEd.

Your child can move as quickly as he/she wants after obtaining mastery of the skill listed in each lesson.

Yes, physical manipulatives will need to be purchased for the younger grades, i.e. Kindergarten and First grade. These manipulatives will include an abacus, linking cubes, and number cards. For all other grades, manipulatives are parent-friendly and easy to obtain (ruler, coins, etc.). In many lessons, there are printable manipulatives for ease of the parent.

Yes, the lessons have images to help teach the concepts. In younger levels, there are more images to help keep the student engaged. In the older levels, there are more math-type images (graphs, number lines, etc.)

This pilot version will not include unit or domain tests. Assessments will appear in the next version on LiftEd.

The main difference between Saxon and I Master Math is the teaching approach. Saxon takes an incremental approach where the concepts taught are divided into smaller chunks and scattered across the level. This approach can hinder the development of a unified view of a specific area and forces students to memorize rules without tying them together into a whole concept. I Master Math takes the student completely through a concept within the unit. Teaching is this way allows them to “tie together” whole concepts.

Other differences include the number of practice problems per lesson. In Saxon, among the 20 to 30 total problems per lesson, only 2 or 3 problems pertain to the lesson. The rest of the Saxon practice problems are a review of the previous 5+ lessons. I Master Math will have all 7 practice problems pertain to the essential skill being taught.

Saxon and I Master Math will align similarly. However, I Master Math will be more rigorous in that the concepts will be taught in earlier levels.

I Love Language


We are very excited to announce that our Language Arts program for Levels K-8 will be called “I Love Language.” We chose this because our program is fun and engaging and will make students walking away loving Language Arts.

We based our standards on the Virginia State Standards because they were higher level thinking. As a team, we are doing extensive research on the best methods to teach Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We have an incredible team that has a lot of experience and education behind them to better enhance our Language Arts Program and make it better for the students.

There are 3 domains that we focus on in the daily lessons: Reading, Written Language, Speaking and Listening. Within each of these major domains, there are essential skills. Under our Reading Domain, we are including essential skills for Phonics/Phonemic Awareness, Fluency, and Comprehension. Under our Written Language Domain, we have Spelling, Grammar, and Writing. Finally, under the Speaking and Listening and we are focusing on Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary, and Memorizations.

Our Spelling is part of a Phonics Based Spelling program. All the phonics/phonemic awareness lessons will teach foundational concepts and skills that will help them with their spelling. The spelling practice in each lesson supports the phonics/phonemic awareness part of each lesson. Students will have weekly spelling assessments. The words will represent the phonics concept they are learning that week. This will help with student mastery of foundational phonic/phonemic skills they need to understand instead of memorizing a word list each week.

All lessons will be available on Family School. This pilot year will be Parent led. Our hopes are that you will give support if needed. Minimal prep is needed for each lesson.

Placement tests will not be available 2023-2024. We encourage you to place your child in the level that they would be for their age.

All materials are printable. We encourage you to keep a binder with the different subjects and store the practice sheets in it for reference in the future as well as a keepsake of all that your student learned that year. Levels K-1 will have printable readers that will support the daily lessons. Levels 2-3 will have passages that also support the lessons learned. Levels 4-8 will have a list of literature that can be purchased or checked out at a local library that goes with each of the units.

We will not offer a handwriting course this year for any levels. However, levels K and 1 will talk about letter formations at the beginning of the year and have practice sheets to help students learn those basic writing skills.

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap