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Algebra 1 – Tahla Stephens

 

Monthly instructor fee: free.  Materials fee: $10 per semester.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

 

Course Description: Algebra 1 covers fractions, algebraic expressions, signed numbers, exponents, inequalities, probability, and linear and quadratic equations.  We cover algebra-based real-world problems throughout.  With Saxon, a basic overview of geometry concepts of area, volume, angles, and Pythagorean Theorem are developed and practiced as well.  Students will generally have to complete one lesson each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for a total of four lessons per week. There will be a parent-monitored take-home test each Wednesday. Students will need to use the accompanying Solutions Manual to check daily homework and will need to redo all of the problems that they miss. 

 

Curriculum used:  Saxon Algebra 1, Third Edition and accompanying Solutions Manual

 

Homework:  About 6 hours per week.  Tests:  One per week. Tests can be retaken.  Grading: Homework 50%, tests 50%.

 

 

  

American Literature – Sallie Surniak

 

Monthly instructor fee: $30 if 5 students or more, $40 if 4 students or less.  Materials fee: $25 at the beginning of the year, $5 at the beginning of each semester.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

Course description: An American literature textbook and several novels or excerpts will be used to expose students to literature from the 1600’s to the present day.  Historical backgrounds, writing techniques, and literary terms will be understood.  Students will learn to appreciate good literature and know how to apply biblical principles in evaluating literature.  Exposure to character-building literature will influence the student’s life with positive values.  Reading comprehension questions and corresponding writing assignments will be given.  During class, assigned stories will be discussed, homework reviewed, and quizzes and tests will be taken.  Most reading and writing will be done at home.

Curriculum used:  ABeka’s American Literature Classics for Christians, 4th Edition.  Novels may include: The Last of the Mohicans, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, The Call of the Wild, Out of the Dust, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Miracle Worker or Helen Keller – The Story of My Life, Johnny Tremain. Final selections will be determined once each student’s reading level is assessed.

Homework: About 5 hours per week.  There will be short-term and long-term reading assignments.  Writing assignments will vary.  Tests: There will be up to 6 quizzes and 3 tests per quarter for the textbook information, as well as several quizzes and a test for each novel.  Grading: Class participation and homework 15%, quizzes 20%, tests 30%, papers 35%.  Will consider extra credit for written summaries/analyses on stories not assigned from textbook.

 

Computer Programming – David Chandler

 

This class will be offered off campus, on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm.  Instructor fee is $50 per student per month.  The course covers the fundamentals of computer programming including control flow, data structures, and object orientation using the Java programming language. Students complete hands-on programming assignments every week and can expect to improve logic and troubleshooting skills as well as gain exposure to creating Web and Android apps.  A parent may audit the class with their student at no extra charge.  Please contact the instructor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

 

 

Fine Art – Tahla Stephens

 

Monthly instructor fee: $30.  Materials fee: $30 per semester.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

Course description:  The first semester will focus on drawing skills and techniques along with color theory while exploring the art media of graphite pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils and oil pastels.  Other media may be explored in the second semester.  Students will display their works at the end of each semester at a CCA reception.

 

Curriculum used:  The Ultimate Art Bible, by Sarah Hoggett

 

Students will be graded on their sketchbook, where all their works will be kept.  Student and teacher will be reviewing this sketchbook continually.  In addition, students will be required to complete 3 special projects during the second quarter.

 

 

French 1 and 2 – Sandy Edwards

 

Monthly instructor fee: free.  Materials fee: Student buys the Rosetta Stone kit and will print worksheets from it at home.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

Course description:  This is the fifth year this class is being taught using the Rosetta Stone program.  Students complete computer modules as assigned.  Worksheets and quizzes are printed from the kit and completed as assigned.  Tests are given at the end of each section.  Cultural activities and presentations are added.

Curriculum used:  Rosetta Stone Homeschool Edition – French 1 or French 2

Homework:  About 3 hours per week.  Includes completing computerized modules and printed worksheets/quizzes.  Tests:  One test per quarter. Grading: Modules 60%, worksheets/quizzes 15%, tests 15%, presentations 10%.

 

Government 2 – Sallie Surniak

This is a one-semester class in the spring.  Monthly instructor fee: $30 if 5 students or more, $40 if 4 students or less.  Materials fee: $25 at the beginning of the semester.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

  

Course description:  This class focuses on the U.S. Constitution; federal, state, and local governments; and current events.  Students will understand their responsibilities that come with their rights as U.S. citizens. They will know how to identify problems in our government and deal with them from a conservative, Christian perspective.  The class will involve students reading, answering questions for homework, participating in class discussions, memorizing (4 scriptures, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution), and taking quizzes and chapter tests.  There will be an oral presentation of a patriotic project.

Curriculum used:  ABeka’s American Government in Christian Perspective

 

Homework:  About 3 hours per week.  Students will read assigned chapters, answer review questions, and do memory work.  Tests:  There will be 3 tests per quarter plus a final.  Grading:  Class participation and homework 15%, memory work 15%, projects/papers 30%, quizzes 15%, tests 25%.

 

 

Health and Nutrition – Cheryl Veenstra

 

This is a one-semester class in the spring.  Monthly instructor fee: free.  Materials fee:  $10 per month in lieu of purchasing a textbook.  Class size: minimum 3 students, maximum 10 students.

 

Course description: We will learn about the major body systems, how they function, their common health issues, the benefits of good food and the consequences of bad food. We will learn about: The Brain and Nervous System; Digestion and Elimination; Respiration and Olfactory; Muscular and Skeletal Systems; Cardiovascular and Immune Systems; Endocrine System and Emotions. We will learn what the Bible says about health and our bodies and the amazing foods that God specifically created to nourish our bodies.  Students will be (gently) encouraged to make wise choices as they begin the journey of making their own decisions about taking care of the bodies God gave them.

 

Curriculum used:  Nutrition 101: Choose Life! (students do not need to purchase their own textbook)

 

Homework, Tests, and Grading to be determined.

 

 

Intensive Agriculture (Agricultural Science) – Tahla Stephens

 

This is a one-semester class in the fall semester.  Monthly instructor fee: free.  Materials fee: $5 per month.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

Course description:  This class will open a window on the spectacular world of the home garden within the realm of Agricultural Science.  At the community garden at CCA, we will have the opportunity to study and practice Intensive Agriculture. We will see for ourselves and experience ‘hands on’ the power of light, energy flow, temperature, effects of biogeography, water, minerals, and soil health on plant growth, production and reproduction within the Colorado garden.  We will seek to understand the creatures that affect our gardens—their niches, habitats, symbiosis and adaptations while learning effective ways to attract beneficial animals and insects and strategies to organically reduce unwanted populations. Students will be out in the community garden at CCA and in the classroom during ‘on campus’ school days, and will be given reading assignments and ‘open notes’ quizzes to be completed at home during ‘off campus’ school days. This class is one semester in length, has only two small quarterly fees (for materials and copies).  It is offered with the understanding that students will be helping the instructor in the community garden with their labor, while learning there and in the classroom the knowledge and skills of Intensive Agriculture. 

 

Curriculum used:  Instructor will provide handouts for reading and homework assignments.

Homework: About 3 hours per week.  Tests: About one quiz every other week.  Grading: Class participation and homework 50%, quizzes 50%.

 

Personal Finance – Tahla Stephens

 

This is a one-semester class in the fall.  Monthly instructor fee: $15.  Materials fee: $20 one time.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

 

Course description:  On Mondays and Thursdays, the class will watch the Dave Ramsey videos that come with the teacher curriculum, fill in the accompanying workbook pages, and discuss the material.  On Tuesdays and Fridays, students will complete assigned homework at home.  On Wednesdays, there will be parent-monitored take-home tests.

 

Curriculum used:  Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Student Text by Dave Ramsey, a consumable workbook.

 

Homework: About 3 hours per week.  Tests: One per week.  Grading: Workbook 50%, class participation 25%, tests 25%.

 

Physical Science – Sallie Surniak

 

Monthly instructor fee: $30 if 5 students or more, $40 if 4 students or less.  Materials fee: $30 at the beginning of the year, $5 at the beginning of each semester.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

Course description:  Students will study basic, non-life science concepts and conduct experiments using the Apologia curriculum. Students will gain a foundational understanding of atoms, molecules, measuring, our planet’s air, the atmosphere, water, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, weather, physics in motion, Newton’s Laws, forces in creation, waves and sound, light, and an introduction to astrophysics. During class, students will discuss reading, conduct experiments, review homework, and take quizzes or tests. Reading and answering questions will be done at home.

Curriculum used:  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition and Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition, Student Notebook both by Dr. Jay L. Wile.

Homework:  About 3 hours per week.  Homework includes reading each module, answering the questions in “On Your Own” and the study guides, and writing detailed lab reports on experiments.  Tests:  four per quarter.  Cumulative tests can either be given as quarterly tests, semester tests, or a final exam.  Grading:  Class participation and homework 25%, lab experiments 35%, tests 40%.

 

Speech – Sallie Surniak

 

Monthly instructor fee: $30 if 5 students or more, $40 if 4 students or less.  Materials fee: $15 at the beginning of the year, $5 at the beginning of each semester.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

Course description:  Speech class is designed to teach basic principles of speaking through a variety of speeches and speaking exercises. Students begin with everyday conversations, and progress to poems, stories, testimonies, interviews, group discussions, devotionals, and speeches.  Students will gain confidence in exercising their right to free speech in order to convey their values and beliefs.  During class, students will discuss various speeches, lessons taught, and benefit from demonstrations. Reading, written homework, and speech practicing will be done at home.

Curriculum used:  ABeka’s Speech for Today

Homework:  About 3 hours per week.  Includes reading, written homework, and speech practicing.  Tests:  About 1 per quarter.  Final speech:  Students will plan, draft, edit, revise, finalize, and present a final speech.  Grading:  Class participation and homework 20%, quizzes 30%, presentations/speeches 50%.

 

 US History with Government 1 – Sallie Surniak

Monthly instructor fee: $30 if 5 students or more, $40 if 4 students or less.  Materials fee: $20 at the beginning of the year, $5 at the beginning of each semester.  Class size: minimum 1 student, maximum 10 students.

 Course description:  Students will study U.S. history beginning with events in the Old World, which inspired world exploration, to current events up to 2011.  Students will be able to identify the major events in U.S. history and understand the causes and effects of those events. They will be exposed to examples of people who did and did not follow God’s standards. From this, students will be able to see God’s truth in action, which will influence their own choices as they develop values and principles for living.  During class, students will discuss chapters read and the answers to the review questions. Tests will be given at the end of every chapter. Reading and writing will be done at home. Projects will include biography reports, in-depth reports on events and states, and various art projects.

 Curriculum used:  BJU Press’s United States History, 4th Edition and BJU Press’s United States History, 4th Edition, Student Workbook.

 Homework:  About 5 hours per week.  Students will read chapter information, answer section quiz questions and chapter review questions, and write a variety of reports.  Tests:  There will be 27 chapter tests, plus students will be tested on their knowledge of states, capitals, and presidents.  Grading:  Class participation and homework 20%, papers 30%, project/presentations 25%, tests 25%.  Will consider extra credit for in-depth reports on subjects from the book or from personal field trips related to the curriculum.

Possible field trip ideas in or out of school: Cliff Dwellings and Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs, Argo Gold Mine and Mill in Idaho Springs, Colorado Railroad Museum, Denver Mint, Molly Brown House, etc.