Able to Teach

Thinking about homeschooling but unsure about how to begin?

Already homeschooling but want to improve on your teaching methods?

Feeling homeschool weary and need some fresh ideas?

Family Academy offers "Able to Teach", an invaluably informative course on effective home education, providing a smorgasbord of effective teaching strategies and resources to pick from and try.

In 20 hours though the "Able to Teach" course, parents can learn how to individualize home instruction through educational theory melded with many practical applications. The end of each session also provides additional spiritual development ideas as well.  This course has been developed by two experienced homeschooling moms and certified teachers, Diana McAlister and Candice Childs.

Able to Teach is presented in 3 options:

  1. Self-paced on-line course over 4-6 weeks offered any time during the year. Call 206-246-9227 or click here to register.  This format is available anywhere with Internet connections.
  2. For groups of 10 or more individual registrations in the Greater Puget Sound Area, live classes can be arranged.  Format can be over 5 evenings (i.e. five Thursdays from 6:00-9:00 pm) or one evening (7-9 pm) and 2 days (9 am-5 pm).  Call 206-963-3928 to arrange for your group for Able to Teach live classroom instruction.
  3. For groups of 8 or more individual registrations in the Greater Puget Sound area, a "hybrid" class can be arranged. (i.e. evening session to begin, on-line instruction for 4-6 weeks, and a 1/2 day session 9 am-noon).  Call 206-963-3928 to arrange for your group for the hybrid format of Able to Teach.

For WA State residents, any format of this course meets the state requirement as a parent qualifying course and is offered through Multnomah University.

Course Content

Take a look at what we cover and our syllabus.

Class Options

Learn about enrollment and availability of classes.


Here is what our participants had to say about the program.

About the Course Developers

Diana McAlister and Candice Broman Childs were each public school teachers for five years, but chose to be stay-at-home moms (and eventually homeschooling moms). Through Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, John Holt, and other late ‘70’s-early ‘80’s local homeschooling pioneers, they saw  home education as the context for Deut 6:4-9.  In 1981, they founded Family Academy through which thousands of parents, teachers, and students have been trained in effective methods of home education. They also established Academy Northwest, an accredited private school to serve the homeschool community. In 1986, Diana and Candice developed and began teaching the “Able To Teach” course. They are also the co-authors of Homeschooling the High Schooler (click here for course description in PDF content).

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If you're interested in starting the Able to Teach program, contact us using the button to the right. A representative will be with you to discuss next steps.