Below are the classes we are offering this summer 2017. Fall 2017 classes will be announced in August. To register, click here, or download this Word file, print, fill out, and mail it in (our address is here).

Mother-Daughter Fairytale Tea, girls ages 3-9

We all know fairy tales are fun, but did you also know they develop cultural knowledge, complex language skills, imagination, and emotional resilience? We’ll read language- and history-rich, original fairy tales from authors such as Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm: Cinderella, the Snow Queen, Beauty and the Beast, Arabian Nights, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid. We’ll also nibble on tea-time treats and explore famous artistic depictions of the tales.

Girls will develop their memory and speaking abilities by narrating the stories back and discussing their ideas. Women will walk away with deeper relationships with their daughters, lasting memories, and a curated collection of articles to help them learn about the cultural, spiritual, and literary depth of fairy tales.

For girls ages three through nine, accompanied by their mothers (or aunts, grandmothers, and the like). $60 per family. Limit: 10 families. With a long-enough waiting list we will open another class. Participants are welcome to dress up. With enough interest, we can arrange childcare availability; nursing babies welcome if they contribute minimal distraction.

Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., for six classes: June 9, 23; July 7 and 21; and August 4 and 18, all the riverside pavilion at Foster Park.

Instructor: Joy Pullmann, an honors program graduate of the English literature department at Hillsdale College, homeschool graduate, mother of four, managing editor of The Federalist, and author of “The Education Invasion,” with Encounter Books (2017).

Summer Shakespeare, Ages 8-Adult

If you’re like most people, you’ve wanted to read Shakespeare but found his words and ideas intimidating. Get over that fear into Shakespeare with an introductory guided tour of this genius of Western literature amid sunsets and twilights in Fort Wayne’s most beautiful settings. This summer, we’re studying “The Taming of the Shrew,” a comedy, and “The Tempest,” a dramatic comedy.

Together we’ll learn by heart famous lines so beautiful and funny they’ll stay with you forever, decipher the plot and language, discuss Shakespeare’s timeless examination of the human condition, and top it all off with a capstone recitation night open to friends and family. In July, we will attend a local production of “The Tempest.”

For ages eight through adult. Eight classes, $65 per individual or $90 per family. Classes are Monday nights at 6:30 every two weeks, plus Friday showings of famous interpretations of our plays. Dates: June 12 and 26; July 10, 21, and 24; and August 7, 21, and 25. We will provide high schools students documentation and assignments to comprise a half credit for literature on homeschool transcripts.

Instructor: Nathaniel Pullmann, a summa cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, headmaster of Redeemer Classical School. Pullmann studied Shakespeare at the graduate level.

3-Day Writing Camps, Ages 10-Adult

We guarantee a major boost to your child’s writing capabilities after this three-day writing camp using the highly acclaimed Institute for Excellence in Writing materials. IEW breaks down the writing process and teaches it so clearly anyone—even adults—can accelerate quickly. These skills are instantly transferrable to academic and professional settings. Your instructor found them useful to his graduate studies.

Colleges and employers constantly complain about young people’s lack of written and verbal communication skills. Helping your child develop these is key to his external success and internal ability to organize and express thoughts, which is of course also helpful for relationships.

This academic camp will set participants up for success in mature, high-school and college-level writing. Students will learn how to structure and execute a basic essay, and branch out into book reports, research papers, explanatory essays, and more.

From 9 a.m. to noon each day for three days at Redeemer Classical School. Session 1, June 28-30; Session 2, July 26-28; Session 3, August 9-11; $75 per student. Instructor: Nathaniel Pullmann, a summa cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship, headmaster of Redeemer Classical School.

Potential Class: Public Speaking 101, Ages 10-Adult

With enough interest Fort Wayne families can access personal instruction from a nationally recognized author and speaker who regularly appears in high-profile venues such as those sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, Hillsdale College, and Heartland Institute, in publications including The New York Times and Indianapolis Star, and on networks such as CNN and FOX. Joy Pullmann has won national debate awards and taught that and public speaking for a decade.

If 25 students pre-register, Joy will update her high-demand, 10-session class that grounds participants in the basic habits of good public speaking and offers the repeated individual critiques necessary for significant leaps forward in this powerful business and life skill. The class will commence on Monday evenings in mid-September, repeating biweekly until mid-January, and cost $175 for school-aged participants and $225 for adult participants.