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 Algebra 2

Instructor: Mike Ghirardelli

Course fee: $40 if 5 or 6 students, $50 if 4 students, $15 materials fee

Student min/max: 4/6

Course description: Algebra 2 mathematical instruction that includes work on equations, exponents, functions, and radical numbers. 

Curriculum used: Saxon Math Algebra 2: An Incremental Development Third Edition

Class plans: Students will work on skill based, teacher directed curriculum using Saxon math to build and develop application of skills. 

Homework: Students will work 1-2 hours per week on skills associated with lessons done in class. 

Tests/papers/presentations: Students will take unit tests as well as a final test.

Grading: 50% homework, 50% tests

 

Astronomy

Instructor: Nancy Hammerland

Course fee: $40 per month, $10 materials fee 

Course description:  This class will examine basic principles of astronomy and the laws that govern the universe. It will cover the history of astronomy and the important figures whose ideas led to our understanding of astronomy today. While no specific math skills are required, the class will cover the fields of math and the nature of the computations used to reach the findings of modern astronomy. While a Christian world-view is taken in the class, discussions of secular perspectives will be compared, as well as old-earth/young earth arguments. Every effort will be made to make this as "hands on" and relevant as possible, especially in what is directly observable in the night sky. There will also be an emphasis on biblical references to cosmic events such as the creation of the heavenly bodies, the star of Bethlehem and the prophetic events in Revelation.  Field trips and other outings are very likely. Text (and any additional materials) is to be determined and will likely be a combination of several from highly regarded Christian authors.

Curriculum: The Stargazer's Guide to the Night Sky by Jason Lisle (Mrs. Hammerland will be providing workbooks)

 

Chemistry

Instructor: Adrienne Hanagan

Course fee: $40 per month, $50 materials fee

Student min/max: 4-12

Course description: This class will cover general high school chemistry.  In the laboratory portion of the class, the student will learn how to perform detailed and accurate measurements and to relay this information so that another person may be able to duplicate the experiment.  In the lecture presentation of this class, the following topics will be covered: Energy, heat, and temperature, atoms and molecules, changes in matter, molecules and atoms in chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic structure, molecular structure, polyatomic atoms and molecular geometry, acid/base chemistry, chemistry of solutions, the gas phase, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and reduction/oxidation reactions.

Curriculum used: Exploring Creation with Chemistry: 2nd Edition, Dr. Jay Wile

Class plans: Instructionwill include lecturing, showing chemistry DVD's, and doing lab demonstrations; the students will be doing lab experiments. Lecture and explanations will take place once per week as will lab work. The students will be performing about 30 lab experiments throughout the year.

Homework: Student are expected to complete 5 hours on homework and labs per week and one hour per week on reading the text and recording important information on 5x8 cards.  The student will complete “On your own” questions, which have the answers provided in the book; these questions will not be graded and may be checked off; these should take about 1 hour. The study guide questions are required as part of the grade and must be completed; they may take about 2 to 3 hours maximum. The student is expected to watch Khan Academy Chemistry videos on you tube which run from 10 to 20 minutes each. Lab data sheets and lab reports will be required as well. Lab data sheets should be completed in class and lab reports should be started in class and completed at home. Completion of lab reports should take no more than one hour.

Tests/papers/presentations: There will be 15 module tests per year as well as 2 tests per semester.

Grading:

Study Guide Questions: 10 x 15 = 150 points 7.5%

Module Tests 70 x 15 = 1050 points 52.5%

Lab Reports 10 x 30 = 300 points 15%

Semester Final 2x200 = 400 points 20%

Student's attentiveness, effort in class (especially important are observations of lab safety for 25-100 points), and proper lab book maintenance = 100 points 5.0%­­­­­­­­­­


2000 points maximum for 100%

 

Consumer Math

Instructor: Sandy Edwards

Course fee: Free instruction, materials fee TBD.

Student min/max: 1-no max

Course description: Consumer Mathematics in Christian Perspective presents a scriptural view of working, tithing, saving, paying taxes, and budgeting time and money, and gives a positive introduction to the American free-enterprise system. Students will learn about budgeting; banking; investing; keeping tax records; purchasing food, clothing, a car, and a home; and many other topics.  Students are challenged to analyze practical problems and choices they could soon be facing.

Curriculum used: ABeka Consumer Mathematics in Christian Perspective

 

Cooking 101

Instructor: Hilary Osborne

Course fee: An initial fee of $80 per student (due at Back-To-School Night) will cover chef and paring knives, an apron, and a cutting board that the student will take home at the end of the year.  (For safety reasons, these items will be kept at the school and locked up at all times.)  Ongoing materials fees of $20 per month per student will cover all food purchases.

Student min/max: 1-no max

Course description:  In this class we are going to learn supermarket basics, knife handling skills (did you know there is an easier way to peel that orange?), the gamut of meal prep from appetizers to entrees, napkin folding, basic table and hosting etiquette (Moms, I cannot guarantee that your sons will bring table manners home with them ;) ), fancy but easy food presentation, sanitation, etc. At the end of the year, the students will be divided into two teams, with each team prepping and serving a meal to the other.

Grading: Students will be graded on class participation and practical application. Although paper tests are not included, paying attention and following direction are critical. 

 

English Composition 

Instructor: Nancy Hammerland

Course fee: $40 per month, $10 materials fee

Course description: Students will be instructed in composition using a 5-step process and evaluations using specific rubrics. The types of writing to be covered will be: narration, description, cause and effect, persuasion and argument, compare and contrast, and process. Numerous models of each type will be provided and examined before assignments are given.  Teacher will provide text (The Riverside Reader).

Curriculum: Mrs. Hammerland will provide materials.

 

French 1 & 2

Instructor:  Sandy Edwards

Course fee:  Free instruction, student buys Rosetta Stone

Student min/max:  1-10

Course description:  Each family will need to purchase Rosetta Stone’s French program for $159 (equivalent to $18/month in place of instructor, materials, or textbook fees).  Students will work one hour a day according to the program’s 36-week schedule, M/Th in class, and T/W/F at home.

The program includes pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and a cultural activity each quarter. Printable worksheets, quizzes and tests will be completed, graded and discussed.  Each student will prepare a short, cultural presentation each semester.

Curriculum used: Rosetta Stone French Homeschool Edition

Homework: Students can be expected to do between 2 - 4 hours of homework per week.

Description of Homework: Students will spend 1 hour every weekday on the curriculum described above.

Tests/Papers/Presentations: This program provides for continual testing, writing, and speaking assignments.

Grading: Completing program module 50%, worksheets/quizzes/tests 45%, presentations 5%.

 

Geography

Instructor:  Hilary Osborne

Course fee: Free instruction, materials fee TBD

Student min/max: 1-no max

Course Description:World Geography in Christian Perspective offers a physical-cultural study of the earth and mankind from a conservative, Christian perspective. In addition to "where things are," students will learn about the religions, languages, customs, historic backgrounds, resources, and industries of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Americas. 

Curriculum used: ABeka World Geography in Christian Perspective

 

World History

Instructor: Tahla Stephens

Course fee: $25 per month, $25 per quarter materials fee

Student min/max: 1-12

Course description: Our study of World History from creation to WWII will be explored from the perspective of a Biblical Worldview.  We will discover and discuss major people, events and places that helped to shape our world today.  Students will be challenged to go beyond a facts based approach to this subject and enter into developing critical and analytical thinking skills. This is accomplished by coming to class prepared to discuss topics from daily reading portions from our textbook “Exploring World History” by Ray Notgrass and portions of corresponding Bible texts.  Students will ‘journal’ daily, based upon a question derived from these readings and personal reflections/research. The goal of this class is to come to a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian in light of this past and  our present, and to be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks us about the hope we possess in Christ our Lord.

NOTE: Many historical artifacts and art contain images of nudity, and although I will try to limit these as much as possible, sadly, I cannot guarantee complete censorship. Even our Christian textbook has some nude illustrations. 

Curriculum used: (Available at Mardel's)

Exploring World History Part 1: Creation Through the Middle Ages by Ray Notgrass.  ISBN 9781933410203 aprox. $38. Used 1st Semester

Exploring World History Part 2: The Renaissance to the Present by Ray Notgrass. ISBN 9781933410210 aprox $38. Used 2nd Semester

Class plans: We will review & discuss assigned readings.  I will also highlight upcoming people/places /issues/concepts that they will be exploring at home.  Students will turn in their ‘journaling’ assignments and their ‘timeline’ portion weekly as well.  I will occasionally show video clips from various sources to enhance our learning and discussions. Students will often have to complete a ‘fill in the blank’ handout as I lecture from an overhead projector as part of their class participation ‘expectation’.

Homework: Hours per week do you expect your students to spend on this class: 1 hour per day, 5 hours per week. This course is designed for the average student.  Students will have an hour of class time each Monday and an hour each Thursday.  They will have an hour of ‘at home’ work on each Tuesday, each Wednesday and each Friday. 

Description of Homework: Students will be assigned reading portions for their ‘at home’ class days as well as a reflective/research question to be answered in a journal that will be reviewed by the teacher each week.  Students will also create during their ‘at home’ school days, an ongoing timeline to show where the people & events that are being read about/discussed correspond.

Tests/Papers/Presentations: There are no tests or quizes for this class. There is no Final Test.  Students will be assigned a question on each Tuesday, each Wednesday and each Friday that they will reflect on/research if necessary and answer by writing a ½ page in their ‘journal’.  There will be no presentations for students in this class.  Students will voluntarily participate in class discussions AND be called on as well.  Even introverted students must participate in discussions.  Students must come prepared to discuss the assigned reading from the previous ‘at home’ school days.

Grading:

Project: Student’s three ring binder contains these three sections: Journal 25%, Completed lecture handouts from class 25%, In class participation 25%.

In other words, 75% of the student’s grade is derived from their 3 ring Binder as a whole.  25% of their grade is derived from the student’s in class participation in discussions, both whole group and small group. 

 

World Literature

Instructor: Nancy Hammerland

Course fee: $40 per month, $10 materials fee due in August and January

Course description:  This class will provide a broad scope of literature from around the world, representing different cultures and literary periods. Tentative longer works will include The Odyssey, Agamemnon, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Night, and The Good Earth. We will also be covering selected short stories and poetry from Russia, Latin America and Africa.  Emphasis will be on the historical and cultural context of each work and literary significance and contribution to the world. There will be limited written assignments, mostly position papers requiring support from the text. Students will need to purchase or download texts, but it's recommended they wait until specific editions and translations are determined. 

Curriculum: First two selections: (In either book or downloadable form)The Odyssey (ISBN-10: 0451530683 or ISBN-13: 978-0451530684) and Agamemnon (ISBN-10: 0977626970 or ISBN-13: 978-0977626977) or can be read online at "Poetry in Translation." Must use these ISBN#s so that all students have the same version.