Tomball Classes for Homeschoolers

Course Descriptions

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Art - Rebecca Elkins

Introduction to Art

This is a fun hands on Art class for 6th - 8th grade. It is designed to introduce students to various art media as well as mixed media art. Students will learn how to draw a simple still life as well as using their imagination to draw.  Students will be taught the proper use of a pencil and brush. They will learn the basics of how to use charcoal, conte’ chalk, oil pastels, watercolor, and the basics of a color wheel. Students will do some basic print making and learn how to make decorative paper. They will learn the basics of one and two point perspective (which helps with math) and figure drawing (modestly). This is not an Arts and Crafts class, but my prayer is to teach your child to enjoy art and look at the world in a different light and see the creativity of our God.  

There is a $40.00 supply fee for the year and $40.00 tuition due the first of the month for 10 months. Supply fee and first months tuition is due July 1st. Please contact Rebecca Elkins at vrelkins4@gmail.com.

Art 1

This a more in-depth Fine Arts class for 9th – 12th grade teaching basic drawing skills. Students will learn the elements and principles of design in Art.  Students will look at paintings from the different masters and discuss  how they used the various rules of art, or how they broke them and why it works. They will do a more in-depth study of perspective going up to 4 point perspective, possibly higher depending on the grade level of the class as a whole. This really goes well with math classes and is fun. In this class students will master the use of charcoal, and conte’ chalk with periodic fun breaks using alternative types of media. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, line, shading, form, still life, simple sculptures, and portraiture.  Students will start with drawing basic geometric shapes, and by the end of this class, the student will be able to draw to scale a self-portrait.

There is a $40.00 supply fee for the year and $40.00 tuition due the first of the month for 10 months. Supply fee and first months tuition is due July 1st. Please contact Rebecca Elkins at vrelkins4@gmail.com.

Art 2

This is an advanced Art class for 9th – 12th requiring students to have mastered Art 1. I would be willing to make exception upon approval of the student's work. Good drawing skills, exposure to design, and layout skills are required for this class. Students will be introduced to color via flat media, working into acrylics on a board or canvas. In this class we will have several sessions of timed drawings to master the art of laying in the work quickly. We will cover more detailed mono-prints, work with watercolors, learn how to mix colors, and use a paint brush. We will discuss human form and proportion (modestly). Students will have an opportunity to choose their own subject matter to be completed in various media. They will also work on a multiple media project. In the second semester students will choose a picture to be painted on a canvas, more difficult paintings may require working at home also to be completed by the end of the semester.  If time allows we will work on wire sculpting.

There is a $40.00 supply fee for the year and $40.00 tuition due the first of the month for 10 months. Supply fee and first months tuition is due July 1st. Please contact Rebecca Elkins at vrelkins4@gmail.com.

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American Sign Language  - Rita Torres  

Elementary ASL – 1st - 6th grades, 1 hr. class 

No experience necessary.

This is a fun introductory course for students who would like to learn some basic conversational signs through games, signing to songs, role playing, skits, and DVDs.  In addition to learning conversational vocabulary, the students will learn how to effectively communicate in ASL grammar through appropriate facial expressions, body language, body shifting, listing, and gesturing. 

By the end of the school year, the students will have a foundation of ASL grammar and a conversational vocabulary of over 250 signs. Requires 20 minutes of studying per week.  Tuition is $35 month or $160 each semester if paid in full by the first day of class each semester.  There are no texts; rather, the teacher makes her own curriculum.  Supply fee $15 for the year per student (non-refundable).  This is a one year course.  (Second child may take the class for $30 month or $135 each semester if paid in full by 1st day of class each semester.)

ASL I – 7th grade - adult,  2 hr. class
No experience necessary.

This is a fun way to earn your foreign language credit. Even seventh graders can use this fun curriculum as high school foreign language credit. Since the curriculum, Signing Naturally I, is used by most high schools and accredited universities, one can earn dual college credit – credit through college examination. The students will learn how to carry everyday conversations with a Deaf person, understand basic ASL grammatical rules (facial expressions, body language, body shifting/direct address, listing, eye gaze, classifiers, some mouth morphemes, and gesturing), begin learning sign to voice interpreting skills, develop an awareness of Deaf culture values, and sign a song translated into ASL. 

These objectives will be met through classroom instruction, role-playing, DVDs, games and field trips. Very little talking will be permitted in class; most interaction between students and teacher is in ASL. By the end of the year, the students will be able to converse in ASL for over two hours. There will be tests, presentations, and typed reports. Requires two hours of studying per week. Tuition is $55 month or $250 each semester if paid in full by first day of class each semester. Texts $75 for DVD and workbook. Only one DVD and workbook is needed per family. Supply fee $15 for year per student (non-refundable). This is a one year course. (Second child and/or parents can take the class for $50 month or $225 each semester if paid in full by first day of each semester.)

ASL II - 7th grade - adult, 2 hr. class
This class is a continuation of the American Sign Language I class (prerequisite ASL I or teacher approval by evaluation). We will continue our study and practice of conversational signing, ASL grammatical rules (including non-manual markers, classifiers, direct address, and gesturing), sign to voice interpreting skills, and knowledge of Deaf culture values. Instead of signing songs translated into ASL, the students will each translate and present their own song in class. In addition, we'll learn Christian vocabulary, develop additional numerical vocabulary (which is very elaborate in ASL), and begin learning voice to sign interpreting skills.

These objectives will be met through classroom instruction, role-playing, DVDs, games and field trips. Very little talking will be permitted in class; most interaction between students and teacher is in ASL. There will be tests, presentations, and typed reports.  Requires two hours of studying per week. Tuition is $55 month or $250 each semester if paid in full by first day of class each semester. Texts $75 for DVD and workbook. Only one workbook and DVD is needed per family. Supply fee is $15 for year per student (non-refundable). This is a one year course. (Second child and/or parents can take the class for $50 month or $225 each semester if paid in full by first day of each semester.)

ASL III – 7th grade - adult, 1.5 hr. class                                                                                   This class is a continuation of the American Sign Language II class (prerequisite ASL II or teacher approval by evaluation). We will continue our study and practice of conversational signing, ASL grammatical rules, interpreting skills, and Deaf culture.  The primary emphasis of this course is fivefold: learning additional ASL strategies (along with its formal terminology), new vocabulary will be taught, retaining the grammar and vocabulary they have already learned, mouth morphemes are emphasized on a deeper level, and further development of voice to sign interpreting skills.

These objectives will be met through classroom instruction, role-playing, DVDs, games and field trips. Very little talking will be permitted in class; most interaction between students and teacher is in ASL. There will be tests, presentations, and typed reports.  Requires 1.5 hour of studying per week. Tuition is $45 month or $200 each semester if paid in full by first day of class each semester. No textbook fee. We will continue using the same workbook and DVD from the ASL II class. Supply fee is $15 for year per student (non-refundable). This is a one year course. (Second child and/or parents can take the class for $40 month or $185 each semester if paid in full by first day of each semester.)

Contact Rita at aslmyheartlanguage@gmail.com.

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English Classes - Susan Money

Note on English classes: The number in the course title is the targeted grade level. This is a flexible guideline. Mrs. Money alternates classes, offering grades 5, 7, and 9 one year and grades 6, 8, and 10 on alternate years. A complete Scope and Sequence is available upon request.

English 5

English 5 is designed for advanced fourth graders, on-level fifth graders, and sixth graders who will benefit from reinforcement. This class will prepare students for English 6 and includes structured writing, grammar, and literature. A Biblical worldview is woven into every aspect of class.

Structured writing assignments will be given every other week. Students will learn how to write basic paragraphs, two-paragraph comparative papers, and parts-ordered paragraphs. They will use these skills to write descriptions, narratives, how-to, and persuasive paragraphs, summaries, character sketches, and letters. Topics for these papers will come from the Bible and the assigned literature.

The novels for this class are  Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachan,  Johnny Texas by Carol Hoff, Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink,  The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates.

Instead of an emphasis on vocabulary, students will study grammar. The text, Easy Grammar 5, is not only a great complement to any grammar program, but also a thorough introduction for those who have not yet studied the subject. Instruction and quizzes will be given in class. Worksheets will be completed and graded at home. Tests will be taken at home, but graded by the teacher.

*Prerequisites: the ability to write legibly in ink and in cursive, knowledge of basic word processing, a basic understanding of sentence structure.

*Parental involvement is essential.

Class minimum of 6 must be met by August 1 for the class to make. Class maximum is 12.

Tuition is $45.00 per month for ten months, plus a $10.00 supply fee. The first month's tuition and the supply fee are due with registration.

 

English 7

English 7 has been developed for on-level seventh graders, but advanced sixth graders and eighth graders who need review or reinforcement will also benefit.  The class includes structured writing, grammar, and literature. A Biblical worldview in incorporated into every aspect of class.

Structured writing assignments will include basic paragraphs, two-paragraph comparative papers, parts-ordered paragraphs, and five-paragraph papers. Writing assignments will include descriptions, narratives, how-to, and persuasive paragraphs, summaries, character sketches, and a book report. Topics for these papers will come from the Bible and the assigned literature.

The novels for this class are Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, Eric Liddell by Catherine Swift, Calico Bush by Rachel Field, Brady by Jean Fritz, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. 

Instead of an emphasis on vocabulary, students will study grammar. The text, Easy Grammar Plus, is not only a great complement to any grammar program, but also a thorough introduction for those who have not yet studied the subject. Instruction and quizzes will be given in class.The worksheets will be completed and graded at home. Most tests will be given at home, but graded by the teacher.

*Prerequisites: the ability to write legibly in ink and in cursive, knowledge of basic word processing, a basic understanding of sentence structure.

*Parental involvement is essential.

*Class minimum of 6 must be met by August 1 for the class to make. Class maximum is 14.

*Tuition is $45.00 per month for ten months, plus a $10.00 supply fee. The first month’s tuition and supply fee are due with registration.

 

English 9

English 9 is a survey of high school English and is designed for high school freshman. However, advanced eighth graders and tenth graders who need review or reinforcement will benefit.  This class will reinforce the skills learned in English 8 (or equivalent) and it will prepare students for English 10. English 9 includes structured and creative writing, literature, and grammar. A Biblical worldview is incorporated into every aspect of class.

Structured writing assignments will include basic paragraphs, parts-ordered paragraphs, five-paragraph papers, and a research paper. Writing assignments will include descriptions, narratives, how-to, and persuasive paragraphs, character sketches, a personal response paper, and literary analysis. Topics for these papers will come from the Bible and the assigned literature. The curriculum for structured writing has been adapted by the teacher with permission from Laura George, the author of Structured Writing. It is not necessary to purchase this curriculum. Students will need a copy of Writers Inc, 2016 by Great Source Education Group, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company.

In the creative writing unit, students will read Romeo and Juliet and selected poems of various authors. They will write a play and three poems.

We will begin the year by reading It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado. The novels for this class are Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith, and The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day  by Scott O’Dell.

The grammar text is to be determined. Much of this will be completed and graded at home. Instruction and quizzes will be given in class and graded by the teacher.

*Prerequisites: the ability to write legibly in ink, knowledge of basic word processing, a basic understanding grammar.

*Class minimum is 8 and the minimum must be met by August 1 for the class to make. The maximum is 14.

*Tuition is $50.00 per month for ten months, plus a $10.00 supply fee. The first month’s tuition and supply fee are due with registration.

Contact Susan at rsmoney@sbcglobal.net.

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Word in Season: English Literature, Composition, & History Unit Study  - Debbie Qualls 

Overview: Word in Season is a 3-hr. weekly high school class that counts for 1 history credit & 1 English credit. The 4-year program covers the major time periods from Creation (Ancient Times) to modern U.S. history (Year IV). Each sequential semester stands alone; it is not necessary to take all four years. Literature written during the time period corresponds with our study of the history of ideas, events and people from that era. The weekly writing assignments grow increasingly more complex through the 4 years, incorporating both creative & structured writing; students get individualized feedback on each paper. This Christian-based program reviews the timeline with a biblical worldview.

Classroom: This is a workshop class, providing teacher lecture, discussion, class activities/writing exercises, and weekly quizzes. Two tests are given each semester.

Requirements: Student does NOT need to have taken previous Word in Season courses. Students should have a
good working knowledge of grammar -- it is not taught systematically in this course. Students will use their writing skills, get corrections on their work, and rewrite each weekly paper. Points of grammar are covered individually as they come up in the papers, common errors are addressed in class exercises, and structures & style are taught in class. Plan to spend 6 -- 8 hours weekly completing assignments.

Word in Season I: Ancient Times (about 9th grade) Tuesday 9:00 - 12:00
Bible/notebook of readings $12 (available from teacher) / Cat of Bubastes / Hittite Warrior / Twice Freed /
Count of Monte Cristo / world history text
Fall: creative writing    Spring: structured paragraphs
$60 per month/10 months


Word in Season III: Renaissance/Reformation (Fall) / Enlightenment (Spring) (about 11th grade)
Tuesday 12:30 - 3:30
In entirety: Macbeth / Faerie Queene / biography of Martin Luther / portions of Don Quixote/Utopia/The Prince/In Praise of Folly/Foxes Book of Martyrs/ etc.
Notebook of history & literature readings $12 (available from teacher) / world history text

Robinson Crusoe / Gulliver’s Travels / Scarlet Letter / Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin / Fahrenheit 451 / etc. Notebook of readings (Enlightenment) $12
Writing: 5- and 11-paragraph essays; paragraph formats; creative; satire
$60 month/10 mos.

Contact Debbie at
jdqualls5@hotmail.com.

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Government and Economics - Cara Tucker

Government and Economics  are two separate high school level courses offered in one year. 

For government, we will be using Exploring Government and We Hold These Truths by Ray Notgrass (2016).  The cost for these two books new is $55.  The curriculum covers local, state, and federal government from a Biblical perspective and prepares students to be “better equipped to understand, pray for, and be involved in our country’s government.”  (Notgrass) 

For economics, we will be using Exploring Economics and Making Choices by Ray Notgrass (2016).  The cost for these two books new is $55.  The curriculum covers both micro and macroeconomics.  Topics will include supply and demand, GDP, consumer price index, command economics, free markets, Biblical teaching of economics, and American economic history.  (Notgrass)

We will cover government in the fall from August to December and Economics in the spring from January to May.  If the student only needs one of the courses, please contact the instructor to make special arrangements.

Student Responsibilities:

· Students will need to work 2-3 hours per week (about 30 minutes per day) reading a few pages and answering ten questions per day.  The student will turn in their homework answers for instructor to grade.
· In class, we will discuss any topics that have arisen from the students’ homework.        
· Quizzes will be given weekly on the homework.
· Tests will be given every 5 weeks. 
· We will work on application projects in class as time allows.  
· Students will also have quarterly projects to work on exclusively at home. 

I will offer movie nights outside of class time for students to see government/economics concepts in action and for fellowship.  (Date, time, and venue TBA.)

Tuition is $40 per month for 10 months.  Supply fee for copyright materials and project materials will be $20 per semester.  (Supply fee paid at time of registration)  caratucker@sbcglobal.net

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Algebra 1/2, 1, 2, Advanced Math, and Calculus Classes - Janet Deschamps

Important Note: New students are required to take a placement test before being accepted into a class. The test will be given at Mrs. Deschamps' home between May and August. She will contact the parent and schedule an appointment after receiving  registration.

All courses will be taught using the Saxon curriculum and Dr. Shormann's DIVE CD's. At home during the week, the student will watch the daily lessons taught by Dr. Shormann on the CD, work the homework lesson, correct it, and then once a week take a test. Parents are responsible to see that the student gets this done. In class, the students will take a quiz over the new material, grade their tests, and turn in homework. I will then go over any problems they need help with. Parents will need to purchase the Saxon Home study packet, and the Solutions Manual (if available for your class) and the Dive into Math CD's from Dr. Shormann, which are $50 per course.  To place an order for the CD, go to www.diveintomath.com or call 936-372-9216 for more information. Tuition for all classes is $40 a month for 10 months. 

The  Calculus book –  second edition -- is now 148 lessons and is a 3 semester book. New lessons include using the graphing calculator and more advanced Calculus topics. Because Advanced math can also be taught as a 3 semester book, the two books will be taught using the following 3-Year schedule: 

Year 1 -first 2/3 of the Advanced Math book supplemented with more geometry work.
Year 2- last 1/3 of Adv Math and first third of the Calculus book.
Year 3- finish the Calculus book. I only teach the first semester of this year – approximately lessons 50-100, if I have enough students requesting this class. After finishing the Calculus book, students should be able to take the AB and BC Calculus placement tests.   For students who only have one year of high school left and want to take Advanced Math, we will get through about 95 lessons in the book, leaving 30 lessons to be finished. These could be completed during the summer on their own.

Contact Janet at jwdeschamps78@gmail.com.

 
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Science Classes - Jolynn McQuary  and Molly Ludwig

General Science (7th-8th Grade) – Apologia – Exploring Creation with General Science – 2nd edition

 This course is designed to introduce students to their first experience of systematic science. Students will discover scientific concepts of basic biology, anatomy, earth science, and scientific methods throughout the course while relating it all to God’s creation. Each week there will be assigned lab write ups and homework which will reinforce what is covered in class. These assignments will be due at the beginning of the next class time. Each class will be 1 hour and 30 min consisting of approximately 45 minutes of lecture and 45 minutes of lab. Students will be responsible for keeping their notes, assignments, study guides, etc., in a three ringed binder as well as lab assignment handouts. Supplies needed will include a 2 inch binder, dividers, note book paper, pencils, pens, scissors, glue stick, ruler, and highlighter. There is a onetime laboratory supply fee of $45 at the beginning of the fall semester (August) along with a monthly course fee of $45 due the first week of each month for 10 months.  The first course fee is due with the registration form.   Class minimum is 5 students and maximum is 15. Minimum must be met by August 1st for the class to make.    Contact: Molly Ludwig  at mollylillian@hotmail.com.   

Physical Science - 8th-9th Grade  – Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science - 2nd edition. 

In this study of Physical Science, students will be introduced to the stunning world in which they live, as well as the universe around it. Students will study water on earth and in the atmosphere, weather phenomenon, earth composition and changes that occur, astrophysics, an introduction to Chemistry and Physics (Newton's Laws), along with additional concepts of electricity, sound, and light. Each week students will complete assigned reading and homework which includes vocabulary, answering questions, and completing lab reports. Students will attend class for 1 hour and 30 minutes once per week to turn in homework, review concepts, take periodic vocabulary quizzes, and complete laboratory investigations, all of which will reinforce the concepts introduced that week. Students will complete lab reports in a notebook, following a RUBRIC used for assessment. Take-home tests will be given for each modules. Semester tests will be given on the last day of each semester. Tuition is $45 per month for 10 months which includes grading and necessary copies. A one-time supply fee of $50 to cover the laboratory supplies included with this class is due with registration. Class minimum is 5 students; maximum is 15 students. Minimum must be reached by August 1 in order for class to make.  

 *This class does not count as an IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry) class. If your child plans to attend a four-year university following high school, he/she will need to have four science credits...Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Advanced Bio (Anatomy & Physiology), Marine Biology/Advanced Chemistry/Advanced Physics.

 **For those students attending a junior college after high school, you may count the Physical Science towards high school credit and then take two or three of the classes mentioned above.

 Please contact Molly Ludwig at Mollylillian@hotmail.com if interested. 


 Biology 9th-10th Grade  Apologia - Exploring Creation with Biology

This course is a college preparatory class which covers the science of life, organisms, and human life. In addition, it includes topics such as cell structures, genetics, Biblical creation, zoology, and analysis of the kingdoms. The text is Exploring Creation with Biology – 2nd edition by Apologia. Completion of this course and Advanced Biology will prepare a students for the AP Exam (along with additional preparation from the AP website). Each week the student will complete assigned reading and homework which includes vocabulary, answering questions, and completing lab reports. Students will attend class once per week for 1 hour and 45 minutes to turn in homework, review concepts, take periodic vocabulary quizzes and complete laboratory investigations. Students should be prepared to invest 4-6 hours per week to complete work. The lab is designed to reinforce concepts introduced that week. Students will complete lab reports in a notebook, following a RUBRIC used for assessment. During the year, students will complete the following long-term projects: Germination Study, Genetics Study, Insect Collection, Leaf Collection, and an oral presentation. Take-home tests will be given for some modules, while the study guide will be graded for assessment of other modules. Detailed lesson plans will be sent out via e-mail and student is expected to print these and keep them in their binder for reference. In addition, students are to record all grades they receive on a provided grade form which provides access for parents to determine progress. Students/parents are expected to check e-mails for weekly updates and use the on-line grading program for grade updates. Semester tests will be given on the last day of each semester. Tuition is $50 per month for 10 months and includes grading and necessary copies.  A one-time supply fee of $60 to cover the laboratory supplies and dissections is due with the first payment. Class minimum is 5 students; maximum is 20 students. Minimum must be reached by August 1 in order for class to make.                                                 

Contact:  Jolynn McQuary        mcquary5@att.net


Chemistry - 10-11th - Apologia - Exploring Creation with Chemistry

This course is designed to be a first-year high school Chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in Chemistry which will prepare the student for a college-level course. The text is Exploring Creation with Chemistry - 2nd edition by Apologia. 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. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a university chemistry course. Students will participate in lecture-response format which will focus heavily on the math concepts associated with chemistry. They will engage in an application of chemistry to daily life through weekly investigations and properly prepared lab reports. In order to be able to understand the math concepts associated with this class, the student needs to have completed Algebra I.

A scientific calculator is recommended - TI-30 or up. Students should be prepared to work 4-6 hours per week on reading and working through the various problems. If students need extra assistance with understanding the concepts of this curriculum, the Apologia-Exploring Creation with Chemistry Video Instruction DVD is recommended as it adequately lectures the concepts in each module and provides instruction for the math concepts. Students will attend class once per week for 1 hr. 45 min. to turn in homework, review concepts, take periodic quizzes, and complete laboratory investigations which reinforce concepts introduced that week. Students will complete lab reports in a notebook following a RUBRIC used for assessment. Take-home tests will be given for some modules, while the Review Questions/Extra Practice Problems for other modules will be used to as assessment tools. Students will also prepare an “Element Report.”  A semester exam will be given on the last class of the fall and spring covering modules from each semester. Detailed lesson plans will be sent via e-mail and students are expected to print these and refer to them weekly. Students/parents are expected to check e-mails for weekly updates and use the on-line grading program for grade updates. Tuition is $55 per month for 10 months due the first of the month.  A one-time supply fee of $60 to cover lab supplies and necessary copies is due with the first payment. Class minimum is 5 students; maximum is 20 students. Minimum must be reached by August 1 in order for class to make.               

Contact:  Jolynn McQuary       mcquary5@att.net


Advanced Biology – Grades 10-12 -
Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology

 

Prerequisites:  a first year Biology course & a first year Chemistry course.

 

This college-prep Advanced Biology course, using the following required texts:  Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology (2nd edition) by Shannon and Yunis and Coloring Book by Kaplan Anatomy (4th or 5th edition), covers both the anatomy and the physiology of the human body's amazing organ systems while connecting the creation to the Creator! (Please note: At the end of the course, the reproductive system is beautifully covered, including illustrations and descriptions.) This course, combined with Exploring Creation with Biology prepares students to take the Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Students would be responsible for accessing the information from the websites regarding registering and taking these tests. (apcentral.collegeboard.com or clep.collegeboard.org) Sixteen modules cover human anatomy and physiology, including the skeletal, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems. This course includes various student activities: reading & study questions, laboratory, dissections (including completion of laboratory reports), microscope labs with prepared slides of various human tissues and coloring book exercises from Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book. Use of this coloring book will allow students to process through and memorize anatomical details and nomenclature. Students will follow detailed lesson plans  for assignments and expectations which will require 6+ hours of work at home each week. Students are expected to check e-mails for weekly updates and use the on-line grading program for grade updates. Periodic tests/quizzes over Body Systems and Quarterly Tests will be given twice per semester.

HEALTH - ˝  CREDIT – Along with the Advanced Biology class, students will earn ˝ Health credit as we explore the Biblically-based curriculum, Total Health – Choices for a Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe (required text -1995 edition or newer)  Students will learn about the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of their bodies from a Biblical view.  There will be very engaging reading with a few assignments, group discussions, projects and oral presentations.  (If a student chooses not to participate in this Health credit – he/she will not complete the assignments but may participate in the class discussions.) 

Tuition: $55 per month for 10 months (July -April) and a one-time lab fee of $60 due with the first month's tuition to cover necessary supplies.  Class minimum is 5 students; maximum is 20 students. Minimum must be reached by August 1 in order for class to make.

Contact:  Jolynn McQuary       mcquary5@att.net


Physics - 11-12thApologia – Exploring Creation with Physics (2nd Edition) by Dr. Jay L. Wile

 

This college-prep physics course is designed for the diligent, independent-working student who has completed Algebra I and Algebra II and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent. The course will provide detailed introduction into the concepts of general physics and prepare the student for a university-level physics course. The course emphasizes vector analysis, 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. Students will participate in lecture-response format which will focus heavily on the math concepts associated with physics. They will engage in an application of physics to daily life through weekly investigations and properly prepared lab reports.

A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended (TI-30 or up) and students should be very competent in using the calculator. Students should be prepared to work 4-6 hours per week on reading and working through the various problems. Students will attend class once per week for  2 1/4 hours to turn in homework, review concepts, take periodic quizzes, and complete laboratory investigations which reinforce concepts introduced that week. Students will complete lab reports in a notebook following a RUBRIC used for assessment.  In order to prepare students for “college-level test preparation,” two quarterly tests will be given in the  fall and spring semesters covering modules learned. Detailed lesson plans will be sent via e-mail and students are expected to print these and refer to them weekly. Students are expected to check e-mails for weekly updates and use the on-line grading program for grade updates. Tuition is $55 per month for 10 months due the first of the month (July – April). A one-time supply fee of $60 to cover lab supplies and necessary copies is due with first payment. Class minimum is 6 students; maximum is 12 students. Minimum must be reached by August 1 in order for class to make. **When parent sends initial e-mail, please send list of Math classes/curriculum that student has taken. This class is only offered on Thursdays at 1:45 – 4:00 P.M.                        

Contact:  Jolynn McQuary       mcquary5@att.net      

 

Marine Biology (11th-12th Grade) – Apologia – Exploring Creation with Marine Biology

 This course concentrates on marine wildlife and habitats including each biological kingdom that live in marine environments. Students will learn about microscopic organisms that make life in the ocean possible, including details about their interesting habits and life cycles. Biology and Chemistry are required as pre-requisites to the course. There will be weekly lab reports and homework reinforcing concepts, vocabulary and scientific methods covered in class. Four test will be given a semester. Students will be responsible for organizing their supplies, notes, assignments, handouts, etc. in a two-inch three-ringed binder, along with a one-inch three ringed lab note book. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a high school credit in either Biology (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science 112.34) or Aquatic Science (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science 112.32), and half a credit in Environmental Systems (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science 112.37). There is a one time laboratory supply fee of $60 at the beginning of the fall semester (August) along with a monthly course fee of $50 due the first week of each month for 10 months. The first course fee is due with the registration form.  Class minimum is 6 students and maximum is 20. Minimum must be met by August 1st for the class to make.   

Contact: Molly Ludwig   Mollylillian@hotmail.com

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Spanish Classes – Beth Munnerlyn

Spanish 1

This advanced class is for students with little or no background in the Spanish Language. Class time will include oral exercises and conversational activities, as well as learning vocabulary and grammar. Cultural notes will also be included. The goal of Dos Mundos, as well as my own personal goal, is for students “to acquire the language, not just learn it.” Along with the text we will be using a workbook and audio CDs. Weekly assignments will focus on vocabulary, grammar, and workbook activities. Students should plan on 3 to 5 hours of homework per week. Class size will be limited. $40 per month/10 months. Dos Mundos is a higher education curriculum that covers more than two years of High School Spanish.

Spanish 2

 This class builds on the foundation from Spanish 1 using the Dos Mundos Curriculum.  Spanish 1 is required.  Students will learn the preterit, imperfect, and present perfect tenses.  The subjunctive mood is also introduced. It's been a joy for Beth to hear student testimonies through the years about opportunities they have to converse with native Spanish speakers!  Many students have also been able to test out of university level Spanish courses. $40 per month/10 months.

Spanish 3

While finishing the remaining chapters of Dos Mundos, this class puts additional emphasis on the subjunctive mood. Students will also read some short Spanish selections which will be used as topics for conversation and testing. Entrance requirements. $40 per month/10 months.

Contact Beth at tbmunnerlyn@hotmail.com

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Speech/Drama - Mary Stockton

Junior Speech Adventure

This introductory course will help 4th to 7th grade students gain important speech communication skills in a fun, non-threatening environment through engaging activities and speaking experiences. We will have fun helping your student learn the basics of different forms of communication, as well as practice them in a variety of ways through communication games, acting, oral interpretation of literature, and by delivering a variety of short, lighthearted public speeches. Students will gain hands-on, practical experience speaking before a group of their peers, developing confidence communicating while learning life-long public speaking skills. This is a perfect first class to help students grow more comfortable with speaking and sharing their ideas with others.   15-20 minutes of homework each week. $40 per month. 5 student minimum. 

Speech Communication

This high school course focuses on the importance of excellent communication skills in everyday life through public speaking.  In this active learning class, students will learn how to prepare and deliver various types of speeches. This course will include discussions of communications processes, audience analysis and public speaking guidelines. Speaking projects include an introduction speech, interview, demonstration speech, informative speech, devotional speech, persuasive speech, and impromptu speeches. We will also spend time developing vocal skills, talk about overcoming public speaking fears, discuss nonverbal and workplace communication. Students will learn how to plan, research, organize, and present a number of different types of speeches as well as how to present an impromptu speech. Students will also learn basic skills such as eye contact, using illustrations, appropriate body movement, making an argument, etc. Full of fun, engaging activities and discussion, this class will provide the tools to allow students to grow to become confident communicators.    Grades 8-12. Approx. 1-2 hrs of homework each week. Minimum class size is five students. Tuition is $40/mo. Student Books/Materials:  Sound Speech by Koontz.  

Introduction to Drama

This introductory course will help 5th to 8th grade students gain an appreciation for the performing arts while developing lifelong skills such as public speaking, memorization, concentration, creativity and collaboration with peers. This fun, interactive and highly-energetic course will inspire confidence in your student as we create a safe environment for kids to explore their dramatic gifts and abilities by exposing them to a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences. The course will use an entertaining, hands-on approach to expose students to the history of drama, terminology, stage-craft and basic elements of acting (verbal and physical). Students will deliver monologues, practice pair-acting, engage in role playing, play fun improvisational games and participate in in-class dramatic presentations. This class will provide students with an appreciation of theater while allowing them to grow to become more creative and confident communicators. Approx. 30-60 min. of homework each week.    Minimum class size is five students. Junior Speech Adventure course recommended. Tuition is $40/mo.

Contact Mary at stocktoncrew@att.net

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