2019-2020 Course Descriptions

 

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Upper Elementary (Grades 5-6)

Elementary Art (semesters 1 & 2)

Cost: $105 (per semester)

Materials Fee: $10 (per semester)

Ages: 9-12

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Michelle Kennerk

Curriculum: none

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of studio art using the basic language of drawing. Students will study line, shape, form, shading, texture, and color to create their own artworks. Through hands-on practice and assignments, students will build their portfolio as they experience drawing still-life, portraits, and volume drawings.  This class may be taken either semester 1 or 2 or both semesters for a year long class.  

 

Elementary Literature

Cost: $225

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 9+

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Darby Smith

Curriculum: Assorted books

Curriculum Link: Please purchase or check books out of the library as they are being read.  The books are listed in the description below.

This class will help students develop a love for good literature using classic books of varying genres.  The students will need The Tales of Despereaux, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Cricket in Time Square, Caddie Woodlawn, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever & Phantom Tollbooth.  We will read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes if there is time. The class will discuss poems in class from the book Favorite Poems Old and New: Selected For Boys and Girls.  The does not need to be purchased.  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.

 

Elementary Science

Cost: $225

Materials Fee: $25

Ages: 9 +

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Julie Moledor

Curriculum: Science in the Beginning, by Jay Wile

Curriculum Link: https://www.christianbook.com/science-in-the-beginning/jay-wile/9780989042406/pd/042406?event=Homeschool|1003930

Science in the Beginning introduces scientific concepts using history as its guide. The beginning of history is given in the Bible’s creation account, and this book uses the days of creation as a way of introducing a wide range of scientific concepts including the nature of light, energy conservation, the properties of air and water, introductory botany, our solar system, basic zoology, and some aspects of human anatomy and physiology. As the students learn about these scientific concepts, they are constantly reminded of the Creator who fashioned the marvels they are studying, and focusing on more than one branch of science during the course of a year keeps the students engaged and introduces them to concepts which they will continue to master throughout their Jr. and Sr. High science experiences.  This course will also include an introduction to microscopy and dissection.

 

Essentials for Writing

Cost: $225

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 9 -13

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Melissa Weimer

Curriculum: none

Essentials for 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.  During November, the student will participate in National Novel Writing Month (NANO WRIMO), setting his or her own word count goal. Over the course of the year, a variety of essays, short stories, poetry, and a research paper will be written.

 

Physical Education (semesters 1 & 2)

Cost: $105 (per semester)

Materials Fee: $10 (per semester)

Ages: 9-18

Class size: 10 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Erica Fill

Curriculum: None

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. This class may be taken either semester 1 or 2 or both semesters for a year long class. 

 

 

 


 

Junior High (Grades 7-8)

Essentials for Writing

Cost: $225

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 9-13

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Melissa Weimer

Curriculum: None

Essentials for 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.  During November, the student will participate in National Novel Writing Month (NANO WRIMO), setting his or her own word count goal. Over the course of the year, a variety of essays, short stories, poetry, and a research paper will be written.

 

Introduction to Writing—Persuasion

Cost: $260

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 12 +

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Emily Peresie

Curriculum: Writers Inc. Sabranek (2006 edition)  ISBN:9780669529951

Curriculum Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/writers-inc-patrick-sebranek/1102341494

The work-horse of the Bridges’ writing courses, Introduction to Writing is an excellent overview of persuasive writing. A variety of weekly five-paragraph essays will be assigned, from compare/contrast, to cause/effect, to problem/solution. Students will not only master the art of writing an essay, they will also master the art of persuading an audience. During November, students will write their own novel during National Novel Writing Month (NANO WRIMO), and in the spring, the student will research a topic of his or her choice and write a persuasive paper (MLA style).

Due to the intensity of the workload, please do not also enroll the student in another writing class or Language Arts. This class is a prerequisite for College Prep and also Debate.

 

Junior High Science

Cost: $260

Materials Fee: $25

Ages: 12 +

Class size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Mary Ellen Abood

Curriculum: Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics by Fulbright (semester 1) and Apologia’s Human Anatomy and Physiology (semester 2)

Curriculum Link:Exploring creation With Chemistry and Physics

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

The world around us is specifically created with unimaginable order at its foundation, and the sciences of Chemistry and Physics provide us with a methodology to discover the beauty of this ordered world we live in. This exciting introduction to theses sciences will provide students with a necessary foundation for further coursework in specific scientific disciplines. Through in-class discussions, practical lab experimentation, and focused lectures, students will carry forward an understanding of how these primary sciences apply to their everyday lives. Students will grow crystals, build simple machines, construct a solar oven, and even show how electricity works, all in the first semester.  During the course of the second semester, students will take an in-depth journey into the anatomy and physiology of the body through Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology.  From the brain in their head, to the nails on their toes, students will discover fascinating facts, and perform intriguing experiments as they learn about the human body and how to keep it working well.  Beginning with a brief history of medicine and a peek into cells and DNA, students will voyage through lessons covering the body systems: skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, and the nervous system. They will study nutrition and health, how God designed their immune system to protect them, along with embryology and what makes them a unique creation of God.This will be a memorable class and an important first step into the amazing worlds of Chemistry and Physics and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

 

Spanish I (A)

Cost: $275

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 13 +

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

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

Curriculum Link: https://www.christianbook.com/bju-spanish-1-student-text/9781606820612/pd/270892?event=ESRCG

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 a general overview of the different Latin American countries and their customs. Students will start to develop the necessary skills to read and comprehend the language, and they will start to learn conversational skills (the ability to ask and answer questions). The class setup would be to teach grammar one day and the application of that knowledge through conversation the next.  We will continue that pattern throughout the school year.

This class will be taught over the course of two years to increase the student’s comprehension and fluency in speaking Spanish.

 

Spanish II  (A)

Cost: $275

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 13 +

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

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

Curriculum Link: https://www.christianbook.com/bju-spanish-2-student-text/9781606824917/pd/290114?event=ESRCG

The students will learn to communicate at an intermediate level of Spanish in different settings like a bank, store, airport, hotel, doctor’s office, etc. They will deepen their knowledge of grammar, pronunciation, writing skills, listening and comprehension, verb tenses and intonation in different types of sentences.  They will learn by dialoguing, writing exercises, and interaction. The class setup will be to teach grammar one day and then apply that knowledge, through conversation, the next . We will continue that pattern throughout the school year.

This class will be taught over the course of two years to increase the student’s comprehension and fluency in speaking Spanish.

 

Jr High/Sr. High Art  (semesters 1 & 2)

Cost: $125 (per semester)

Materials Fee: $20 (per semester)

Ages: 12+

Class Size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

Curriculum:None

This art class will be comprised of two parts. The first part will be Acrylic (which includes: utensils, paper, techniques, composition, and color values). The second part will be Watercolor (which includes: utensils, paper weights, stretching, hues, color values, washes, smashing, lifting). In each of the sections there will be instruction in graphite since sketches have to be made in order to paint. The students will learn composition, use of negative and positive space, and many other concepts.  This class may be taken either semester 1 or 2 or both semesters for a year long class. 

 

Physical Education (semesters 1 & 2)

Cost: $105 (per semester)

Materials Fee: $10 (per semester)

Ages: 9-18

Class size: 10 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Erica Fill

Curriculum: None

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.  This class may be taken either semester 1 or 2 or both semesters for a year long class. 

 

 


 

High School (Grades 9-12)

Physical Science

Cost: $275

Materials Fee: $25

Ages: 12 +

Prerequisite: taking Pre-Algebra or Saxon Algebra 1/2

Class size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Julie Goff

Curriculum: Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd edition 

Curriculum Link:https://www.christianbook.com/exploring-creation-physical-textbook-2nd-edition/jay-wile/9781932012774/pd/337402?event=Homeschool|1002429

This course provides a detailed introduction to the physical environment and some of the basic laws that make it work.  It will include a good understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. It also covers details on weather, motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, the solar system, atomic structure, radiation, nuclear reactions, stars and galaxies.  The course 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.

 

Biology

Cost: $370

Materials Fee: $25

Ages: 13 +

Class size: 5 student minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Julie Moledor

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

Curriculum: https://www.christianbook.com/exploring-creation-with-biology-textbook/jay-wile/9781932012545/pd/534403?event=Homeschool|1002430

This course is designed to be a college-prep biology class with an emphasis on 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. The class will consist of discussion and laboratory experience weekly, which will include a combination of hands-on experimentation and demonstration to more clearly solidify understanding of life biology.   Students who take and understand this class will be very well prepared for a rigorous university biology course.

 

Chemistry

Cost: $370

Materials Fee: $20

Ages: 14 +

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Class Size: 5 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Kristine Crock                                                                                             

Curriculum: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 3rdedition  

Curriculum Link: https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Creation-Chemistry-UPDATED-Textbook/dp/B011W9KFR0/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

This high school course gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry in order to prepare him or her for college-level studies.  The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.  The course 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.

 

Language Arts

Cost: $275

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 13 +

Prerequisite: Intro to Writing (expository or persuasive)

Instructor: Darby Smith

Curriculum : Analytical Grammar  

Curriculum Link: https://www.analyticalgrammar.com/product/extra-analytical-grammar-workbook/

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.  Each student will need the workbook listed above. It is intended for those students who have completed Introduction to Writing (expository or persuasive) and are proficient in junior high grammar and vocabulary.

 

Great Books and Great Writing

Cost: $300

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 15 +

Prerequisites: Teacher’s permission

Class size: 5 student minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Emily Peresie

Curriculum: Please purchase the books listed in the course description.  A particular ISBN number is not required.

This class will introduce students to a variety of classic pieces of literature, ranging from novels and plays, to short stories and poetry. Students will write a variety of responses, fiction and nonfiction, pertaining to the selections being studied. The main reading selections will be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Night by Elie Wiesel, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Crucible by Arthur Miller, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Class time will consist of a content quiz, presentation of historical background, and discussion and debate about major themes from the text.

 

Spanish I (A)

Cost: $275

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 13 +

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

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

Curriculum Link: https://www.christianbook.com/bju-spanish-1-student-text/9781606820612/pd/270892?event=ESRCG

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 a general overview of the different Latin American countries and their customs. Students will start to develop the necessary skills to read and comprehend the language, and they will start to learn conversational skills (the ability to ask and answer questions). The class setup would be to teach grammar one day and the application of that knowledge through conversation the next.  We will continue that pattern throughout the school year.

This class will be taught over the course of two years to increase the student’s comprehension and fluency in speaking Spanish.

 

Spanish II  (A)

Cost: $275

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 13 +

Class Size: 5 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Angie Waters

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

Curriculum Link: https://www.christianbook.com/bju-spanish-2-student-text/9781606824917/pd/290114?event=ESRCG

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.The class setup would be to teach grammar one day and the application of that knowledge through conversation the next . We will continue that pattern throughout the school year.

This class will be taught over the course of two years to increase the student’s comprehension and fluency in speaking Spanish.

 

American Sign Language I & II

Cost: $275

Materials Fee: $10                                                                                                  

Ages: 13 +    

Class Size: 4 minimum/ 15 maximum

Instructor: Julie Goff                                                                                                       

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

Curriculum Link: https://www.amazon.com/Signing-Naturally-Student-Workbook-Units/dp/1581212100

ASL is geared to being a two year sequence, so students can obtain their two year foreign language requirements for college.  ASL I is the first half of the year; ASL II, the second. Students must take ASL I and II to enter next year’s ASL III class. This is a high school level course and advances at a fast pace. Students complete assignments through the DVD series during the week. Class period focuses on building vocabulary, practicing receptive skills, grammar accuracy, and building skills for Christian ministries. The students seem to enjoy learning their favorite praise and worship songs!

 

Government (semester 1 only)

Cost: $140

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 15 +

Class size: 5 student minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Mark Weimer

Curriculum: Exploring Government (Student Text 2016 Updated Edition)

Curriculum Link: https://www.christianbook.com/exploring-government-student-text/ray-notgrass/9781609991005/pd/991005?event=ESRCG

This course will cover all the key elements of the United States Government, beginning with the Articles of Confederation and each article of the U.S. Constitution, as well as each of the amendments to the Constitution and the process of amending the Constitution.   We will study the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches, covering the key responsibilities of each one and the process of how a bill becomes law. Various levels of government will be studied (city, county, state), as well as different kinds of government systems from around the world.  This course is designed to give each student a working knowledge of how our government works and the importance of every citizen’s participation.

 

Economics (semester 2 only)

Cost: $140

Materials Fee: $10                                                                         

Ages: 15 +

Class size: 5 student minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Mark Weimer

Curriculum: Abeka Economics: Work & Prosperity in Christian Perspective                          Curriculum Link: https://www.christianbook.com/abeka-economics-work-prosperity-christian-perspective/russell-kirk/pd/274563?event=ESRCG

This course will give a basic understanding of the world of economics with an emphasis on Capitalism.  All the major forms of economies around the world will be presented but the emphasis will be on what are the unique aspects of the American Economy even as it faces increased pressures from a global economy.

 

Jr. High/ Sr. High Art (semesters 1 & 2)

Cost: $125

Materials Fee: $20

Ages: 12 +

Instructor: Angie Waters 

Curriculum: None

Art class will be comprised of two parts. The first part is  acrylic (utensils, paper, techniques, composition, color values). The second part is watercolor (introduction to watercolor, which includes utensils, paper weights, stretching, hues, color values, washes, smashing, lifting). We would learn techniques on how to use the different brush strokes and materials to add texture to the composition.  This class may be taken either semester 1 or 2 or both semesters for a year long class. 

 

Physical Education (semesters 1 & 2)

Cost: $105 (per semester)

Materials Fee: $10 (per semester)

Ages: 9-18

Class size: 10 minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Erica Fill

Curriculum: None

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.  This class may be taken either semester 1 or 2 or both semesters for a year long class. 

Speech

Cost: $260

Materials Fee: $10

Ages:  12 +

Class size: 5 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.

 

Debate  (semester 2 only)

Cost: $130

Materials Fee: $10

Ages: 13+

Class size: 10 student minimum/15 maximum

Instructor: Kim Krajci

Prerequisite: one semester of Intro to Writing

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.