2018-2019 Course Descriptions

 

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Upper Elementary (Grades 5-6)

Elementary Art (semester)

Cost: $105 (per semester)

Ages: 9-12

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Brenda Calderhead

This course will be a lively and joyous immersion into the world of art. We will be studying famous artists throughout history and using their works as catalysts for our own masterpieces. We will create pop art inspired by Andy Warhol, impressionistic landscapes inspired by Monet, and symbolic self-portraits inspired by Frida Kahlo to name just a few.  Fundamentals of drawing, painting, design and color theory will be covered. This class will help your budding artist gain confidence and discover their own artistic language as we explore a broad spectrum of styles and mediums.   

 

Elementary Literature

Cost: $210

Ages: 9-12

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Darby Smith

Curriculum:  Sarah Plain & Tall*, Because of Winn-Dixie*, Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIHM*, Sign of the Beaver, A Year Down Yonder, and Where the Red Fern Grows *Book will be provided from a library class set.

This class will help students develop a love for good literature, using classic books of varying genres.  Students will learn about literature fundamentals and weekly reading assignments will be given. Homework will vary with the use of study guides, creative projects, and individual presentation work.  Periodic quizzes and tests will assess comprehension and application of the material, along with engaging and fun group discussions. The book list may change slightly, depending on book availability and how quickly we cover each book.   

 

Elementary Science

Cost: $210

Ages: 9-12

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Julie Moledor

Curriculum: Apologia’s Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day by Jeannie Fulbright

This course gives students an opportunity to dig deeper into the world of aquatic animals.  Students will study and journal a wide range of amazing creatures from whales, seals, and sea cows, to echinoderms, cnidarians and cephalopods. Students will learn to identify creatures and recognize features that have given them the amazing ability to thrive underwater. Students will begin familiarizing themselves with the microscope by viewing some organisms, like sponges. They will also participate in teacher-led dissections of multiple aquatic organisms, like the bony fish and crayfish. A final presentation will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of their favorite aquatic creatures.

 

 

Upper elementary home school writing, literature classes, Canton, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essentials for Writing- NEW 10am class is open! (9am class is full)

Cost: $210

Ages: 9 +

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Melissa Weimer

Curriculum: none

Essentials for Writing (formerly Elementary Writing) is designed to introduce students to fundamental elements of the writing process. It is ideal for students who need to establish writing skills before they jump into a more intense writing class, like Introduction to Writing. In Essentials for Writing, students will explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction writing styles, with an emphasis on organization, sentence structure, paragraph formation, editing, and revising. Over the course of the year, a variety of essays, poetry, and short stories will be written.

 

 


 

Junior High (Grades 7-8)

Art (semester)

Cost: $125 (per semester)

Ages: 13+

Class Size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

Art class will be comprised of four parts. The first part is an introduction to drawing (utensils, techniques, degrading, shading, composition). The second part is three- dimensional pencil drawing (one and two-point perspectives). The third part is watercolor (introduction to watercolor, which includes utensils, paper weights, stretching, hues, color values, washes, smashing, lifting). The fourth part is acrylic (utensils, paper, techniques, composition, color values). Along with these techniques we are going to study great artists (Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Manet, Picasso, etc.) through the different movements in art and practice the techniques that they would become to be known by.

 

Debate (semester)

Cost: $130

Ages:  12 + 

Class size: 10 minimum/15 maximum

Prerequisite: One semester of Intro to Writing

Instructor: Kim Krajci

Curriculum: none 

 In debate class, the student will learn how to build an argument, the proper use of logic, ethics, and emotion, logical fallacies and how to avoid them, thinking on your feet, and how to conduct cross examination. The class will focus on Lincoln Douglas debate, a style of single debaters talking about ethical questions, and topics will be determined during the semester based on the National Speech and Debate Association topics used that year.  Since this class will require extensive research and writing, one semester of Introduction to Writing from Bridges will be required for registration in the Debate class (classes can be taken concurrently). Speech class is not a required but highly recommended. Additionally, attendance at local public high school speech tournaments is required, online video material will be regularly assigned, and access to Internet conferencing software (Zoom) may be required; therefore, a headset with a microphone and video camera are necessary.

 

Speech (semester)

Cost: $130 

Ages:  12 + 

Class size: 10 minimum/15 maximum 

Instructor: Kim Krajci

Curriculum: none

This class will focus on public speaking by learning how to write and give a variety of speeches, including impromptu, demonstration, introductions, persuasive speaking, and interpretative reading presentations.  We will learn how to overcome stage fright; to develop a speech from topic to presentation; and  to use body language and vocal variety. Students MUST HAVE access to Youtube videos, either at home or at a library to watch historical and contemporary speeches.  Students will give speeches in front of an audience (family members, other students, and instructors will be invited to watch).  This class sounds very stressful and boring, but it’s a lot of fun!  (Previous students will be glad to give their recommendations!) The benefits from learning to speak publicly will help anyone achieve their goals and dreams, regardless of their careers.  

 

Introduction to Writing—Expository Writing

Cost: $250

Ages: 12 +

Class size: 5 student minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Tara Forgach and Jeff Gorman

Curriculum: Writer’s Inc. Handbook, 2006

Fundamental writing skills will be explored, beginning with understanding and using the writing process. The first half of the text will be used with a focus on the expository essay through journal, descriptive, and narrative writing. Academic expository writing will include process essay, essay of definition, cause-effect, comparison-contrast, and an essay of opposing ideas. Additionally, students will conduct research and write a term paper (MLA style). Creative writing will include writing short stories and plays.

(Because of the level of work this class requires, it is recommended that parents NOT use an additional writing program at home; this will only lead to distaste for writing. This class is intended to augment, not replace, the grammar instruction of your homeschool curriculum.)

 

Life Science

Cost: $250

Age: 12+

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Rachel Crock

Curriculum: Christian Schools International Life Science book or eBook. Links below:

http://store.csionline.org/science/science/science-student-book-life.html?___SID=U

https://www.vitalsource.com/products/science-2nd-edition-life-science-textbook-timothy-eimer-barbara-v9781935876380

The world around us is specifically created with unimaginable order at its foundation, and the study of life science provides us with a methodology to discover the beauty of this ordered world we live in. This exciting introduction to life science will provide students with a necessary foundation for further coursework in high school biology . Through in-class discussions, practical lab experimentation, and lectures, students will carry forward an understanding of how these primary biological sciences apply to their everyday lives. We will be using a microscope to study various forms of life, creating biomes, studying live animals and many other exciting demonstrations. This will be a memorable class and an important first step into the amazing world of biology—the study of life. All students will be required to participate in a science fair project individually or as a group.

 

World Geography

Cost: $260

Ages: 12+

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor:Mr. Mark Weimer

Curriculum: Abeka World Geography in Christian Perspective (2nd Edition)

This stimulating class will take your student around the world to learn about other lands and cultures.  Featuring photographs, maps, and charts, your student will explore Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Americas. The class will be packed with cultural insights, historical background, and stories about missionaries.

 


 

High School (Grades 9-12)

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

Cost: $370

Ages: 15 +

Class size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Prerequisite: Biology

Instructor: Erin Schnabel

Curriculum: Apologia’s The Human Body 2nd ed. by Shannon and Yunis

The human body is quite simply a remarkable creation.  In this course, students will achieve an in-depth understanding of how their very own body works.  While the class certainly prepares participants for college level coursework, it will more importantly provide a solid foundation of understanding to make sound lifestyle decisions beyond the years of school-based learning.  All major body systems will be addressed along with common conditions, which affect them. The class will include discussion as well as practical laboratory sessions to provide students with a solid understanding of perhaps the most amazing creation ever – the human body. All students will be required to participate in a science fair project.

 


Happy studentsAmerican Sign Language 3

Cost: $275

Ages: 13 +

Class Size: 4 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Julie Goff

Curriculum: Signing Naturally Workbook Units 1-6 by Cheri Smith. CD required.

The purpose of ASL III is to prepare students to interact with the Deaf community. Students will have the opportunity to master more advanced ASL skills by developing a deeper understanding of the grammar/structure, and the use of receptive and expressive skills. Vocabulary building

and understanding Deaf culture is a main emphasis of this third class in the ASL series. Students will focus on several aspects of Deaf ministry, including learning how to interpret praise and worship songs in ASL.  Paying parents may join their students without any further expense.

 

Art (semester)

Cost: $125 (per semester)

Ages: 13+

Class Size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

Art class will be comprised of four parts. The first part is an introduction to drawing (utensils, techniques, degrading, shading, composition). The second part is three- dimensional pencil drawing (one and two-point perspectives). The third part is watercolor (introduction to watercolor, which includes utensils, paper weights, stretching, hues, color values, washes, smashing, lifting). The fourth part is acrylic (utensils, paper, techniques, composition, color values). Along with these techniques, we will be studying the great artists (Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Manet, Picasso, etc.) through the different movements in art and practicing the techniques by which they would become known.

 

Biology

Cost: $370

Ages: 13 +

Class size: 5  minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Julie Moledor

Curriculum: Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition by Jay Wile

This course is designed to be a college-prep biology class, covering the vocabulary of biology, a hands-on approach to the scientific method, the five kingdoms, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. Students who take and understand this class will be very well prepared for continuing education in Advanced Anatomy and Physiology or any further science courses they may take in college. The class will include discussion, as well as laboratory experience, which will include a combination of hands-on experimentation and demonstration to more clearly solidify understanding of the material.

 

College Prep Writing

Cost: $300

Ages: 15+

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Prerequisite: Introduction to Writing (Expository or Persuasive)

Instructor: Jeff Gorman

Curriculum: The Elements of Style Illustrated  (2007) Strunk, White, Kalman

This course will challenge each student to express and defend his or her opinions with persuasive writing techniques and effective argument.  The student will read and study a variety of well-written essays and articles from a variety of perspectives, discuss how each author’s content and style affects its readers, and write a weekly one and a half to two page response to each essay.  The historical context and rhetorical technique of each essay will be evaluated. Two research projects will be completed: an historical analysis of movie and a group research project, which will include a paper and a group presentation.

 

Debate (semester)

Cost: $130

Ages:  12 + 

Class size: 10 minimum/15 maximum

Prerequisite: one semester of Intro to Writing

Instructor: Kim Krajci

Curriculum: none 

 In debate class, the student will learn how to build an argument, the proper use of logic, ethics, and emotion, logical fallacies and how to avoid them, thinking on your feet, and how to conduct cross examination. The class will focus on Lincoln Douglas debate, a style of single debaters talking about ethical questions, and topics will be determined during the semester based on the National Speech and Debate Association topics used that year.  Since this class will require extensive research and writing, one semester of Introduction to Writing from Bridges will be required for registration in the Debate class (classes can be taken concurrently). Speech class is not a required but highly recommended. Additionally, attendance at local public high school speech tournaments is required, online video material will be regularly assigned, and access to Internet conferencing software (Zoom) may be required; therefore, a headset with a microphone and video camera are necessary.

 

Financial Literacy (semester)

Cost: $140 (per semester)

Ages: 14 +

Class size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Stacey Neidert 

Curriculum: Foundations in Personal Finance, 2014, Lampo Licensing, LLC., plus videos for home study.

Link to course curriculum- https://www.daveramsey.com/school/homeschool/highschool

 

This course will use Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance homeschool curriculum with the DVD’s, which the student will view at home, so that our precious class time can allow the student to benefit from group activities and guest speakers. Students will demonstrate mastery of the concepts taught. The course will also give the student experience in managing their personal assets and in managing an adult’s household finances in case studies.  Personal responsibility for financial decisions will be coupled with understanding of our role as stewards of God’s resources. This will be a full credit course, exceeding the state requirement for financial literacy.

 

Health

Cost: $140

Ages: 14+

Class size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Susan Hornyak

Curriculum: Total Health, Choices for a Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe

This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of all important physical, mental and social health issues. The text is written directly to teens from a caring and friendly perspective, Total Health presents a moral basis for a healthy lifestyle based upon scriptural principles. Anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more.

 

Language Arts

Cost: $280

Ages: 13 +

Class size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Prerequisite: Intro to Writing (expository or persuasive)

Instructor: Darby Smith

Curriculum : Analytical Grammar

The step-by-step approach will prepare students for the rigor of college work, while the comprehensive scope ensures mastery. Approaching grammar with the idea that students learn it and then move on, rather than continually re-learning the same concepts over and over, the “spiral” method will help students master grammar once and for all. This course will cover high school level grammar & vocabulary.  It is intended for those students who have completed Introduction to Writing (expository or persuasive) and are proficient in junior high grammar and vocabulary.

 

Physics

Cost: $370

Ages: 15 +

Class Size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Prerequisites: Algebra 2 or Trigonometry experience equivalent

Instructor: Kristine Crock

Curriculum: Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd ed.

This college-prep physics course provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics.  Emphasizing vector analysis, this course is an ideal preparation for a college-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in units, measurement, one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism. The course will be 1.5 hours and will include discussion as well as laboratory experience, which will include a combination of hands-on experimentation and demonstration to more clearly solidify understanding of the material.  Project experience will also be gained through participation in the Science Fair to be held in the spring.

 

Spanish I

Cost: $275

Ages: 13 +

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

Curriculum: Spanish 1 Textbook, 2nd Edition by BJU Press

This high school level class introduces the Spanish language as spoken in Latin America. The student will learn greetings, verb conjugations, basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical sentence structure. It also provides with a general overview of the different Latin American countries and their customs. Students will start to develop the necessary skill to read and comprehend the language, and they will start to learn conversational skills (the ability to ask and answer questions.)

 

Spanish II

Cost: $275

Ages: 13 +

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

Curriculum: Spanish 2 Textbook, 2nd Edition by BJU Press

The students will learn to communicate at an intermediate level Spanish in different settings bank, store, airport, hotel, doctor’s office, etc. They will deepening their knowledge of grammar, pronunciation, writing, listening and comprehension, verb tenses and intonation in different kind of sentences.  They will learn using dialogues, writing exercises, and interactions.

 

 World Geography

Cost: $260

Ages: 12+

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor:Mr. Mark Weimer

Curriculum: Abeka World Geography in Christian Perspective (2nd Edition)

This stimulating class will take your student around the world to learn about other lands and cultures.  Lessons will feature photographs, maps, and charts, and your student will explore Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Americas. The class will be packed with cultural insights, historical background, and stories about missionaries.

     

 

                                            2018-19 Combined Classes

 

Physical Education (semester)

Cost: $105 (per semester)

Ages: 9-18

Class size: 10 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Erica Fill

Curriculum: No curriculum required

The class will focus on increasing endurance, strength, flexibility, cardio, and body composition while playing games and learning about personal fitness. Activities will include soccer, relay races, circuit course, kickball, volleyball, softball, and ultimate frisbee, with an emphasis on learning the proper rules and playing as a team.  Along the way, we will learn to recognize health-related problems that are associated with the improper use of exercise.

 

Irish Step Dance (semester)

Cost: $105 (per semester)

Ages: 9-18

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Hannah Jurkovich

Curriculum: none

Irish step dance is fun for all ages and levels! This style of dance has enough simplicity for younger students to feel accomplished, and enough depth for older students to feel challenged. In this course, students will learn dance classroom discipline and develop basic dance technique, increasing their strength, flexibility, musicality, and artistry. Students will not only learn traditional Irish steps and dances, but will also examine the history of and cultural influences on Irish dance and music. Performance opportunities will be organized throughout the year based on interest.