Class Types

The following areas of study are offered by HCA.
Art
3-6 Art-Tastic, 3-6 ART-Tastic, 5-10 Art Foundations, 5-10 Art Foundations, 5-10 Art Foundations, 5-12 Art Workshop, 5-12 Art Workshop, 5-12 Yarn Art, 5-8 Art Foundations, K-2 ART-Tastic, K-2 Art-Tastic
Fine Art
5-7 Intro to Theatre, 7-12 Theatre Performance
Geograph
3-5 Trail Guides World Geography, 5-8 Mapping the World by Heart
High Sch
10-12 Composition & Writing (LTOW 2), 10-12 Literature 2, 8-10 Writing & Literature (LToW 1/Lit. 1) (12:30-1:55), 8-12 ASL 1, 8-12 Study Hall (1/2 period), 9-12 Biology (10:45-11:55), 9-12 Essay & Research Paper Writing, 9-12 General Literature, 9-12 Government/Health (12:30-1:55), 9-12 Government/Study Hall (12:30-1:55), 9-12 Sign Language 2 (2:00-3:25), 9-12 Spanish 2 (2:00-3:25), 9-12 Study Hall/Health (12:30-1:55)
Language
1-2 Core Block (1st & 2nd period), 3-4 Literature-based Writing, 3-5 IEW Writing, 3-5 Writing: Becoming a Brave Writer, 4-6 Literature-based Writing, 5-7 IEW Writing, 5-8 Intro to Public Speaking, 6-8 Intro to Foreign Language, 6-8 Intro to Logic, 6-8 Writing: Developing Brave Writers/Intro to LTOW, 7-9 IEW Writing
Math
3-4 Math Games
Music
3-12 Intermediate Instrumental Ensemble, 3-4 Music, 5-12 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble OR Group Flute Lessons, 5-12 Chorus, 7-12 Adv Instrumental Ensemble, K-2 Music
Phys Ed
3-5 PE, 5-7 PE, 6-10 PE, 6-8 Muay Thai, 8-12 Muay Thai, K-3 PE
Science
1-3 Jr. Science (Core Block Only)
Sciences
1-3 Jr. Science, 3-6 Apologia Science, 5-7 Apologia Science, 7-8 Apologia General Science, 8-9 Apologia Physical Science,

Class Descriptions

 

K-2 ART-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:

This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors and illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, and other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None.

 

K-2 Art-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors & illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, & other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None

 

K-2 Music (taught by Sharon Shaner) Top 

Summary Course Description:  Students will learn the basics of music theory and rhythm through fun interactive games and activities. We will explore instruments while learning about the lives of famous composers and their works. Students will apply what they learn through song and perform as a choir for the closing program each semester. This class is ideal for students who already take private music lessons or have had one full year of music class before, though it is not necessary.

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: none

Student materials purchased in advance by parents: a folder and a sharpened pencil

 

 

K-3 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: children have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. All children are a part of our "team," no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your children dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Children should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

K-4 Lunch & Recess (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch and recess provide a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  Kindergarten through fourth grade students will enjoy recess for the first 20 minutes of the period, then move to the kitchen to eat lunch during the final 20 minutes.

HCA has hired our Jump Bunch coach to provide consistent supervision each week in the recess area.  While she will provide varied options for play and play equipment, this is most definitely NOT a formal P.E. class.  During recess time students may opt for the provided activities or unstructured play.

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.  Please also include any required eating utensils.

Please pack items for younger students that they are able to open independently.

 

1-2 Core Block (1st & 2nd period) (taught by Sharon Wilkinson) Top 

Summary Class Description: During this two-period class, students will engage in a variety of age appropriate activities in the areas of language arts, social studies, and math. Classic children’s literature and stories of famous Americans and missionaries will be spotlighted for language arts. Social studies will have a geography focus as the children gain a gentle introduction to different cultures around the world.  Foundational language and math skills will be taught through multisensory activities to enable deeper processing to occur. Weather permitting, we will enjoy a brief recess time on the playground.

Pre-requisite: None

Student materials: Pencils, eraser, crayons/colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, 1 two-pocket file folder to transport papers to and from home, 2 folders with fasteners for use as project folders.

Additional information: Most of the work will be completed during class time.

IF YOU WANT TO ENROLL IN 1-3 JR. SCIENCE BUT IT IS CLOSED, PLEASE CONTACT THE REGISTRAR!!

 

1-3 Jr. Science (taught by Sharon Wilkinson) Top 

Summary Class Description: The core curriculum for junior science will be drawn from Apologia’s, “Exploring Creation with Botany,” and combined with other age appropriate botanical studies. Every class session will include hands on activities, experiments or nature walks as we take a closer look at God’s flora kingdom.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbook: 1st & 2nd grade none. 3rd grade - Exploring Creation with Botany, Jeannie Fulbright: 2004, Apologia Educational Ministries.

Student Materials: Pencils, crayons/colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, small sketchbook for nature trails, 1 two-pocket file folder to transport papers to and from home, 1 folder with fasteners for use as project folders.

Additional Information: Most of the work will be completed in class time. Some projects, such as observation of plant growth, will require homework. 3rd graders will have weekly reading from the textbook.

 

1-3 Jr. Science (Core Block Only) (taught by Sharon Wilkinson) Top 

Summary Class Description: The core curriculum for junior science will be drawn from Apologia’s, “Exploring Creation with Botany,” and combined with other age appropriate botanical studies. Every class session will include hands on activities, experiments or nature walks as we take a closer look at God’s flora kingdom.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbook: 1st & 2nd grade none. 3rd grade - Exploring Creation with Botany, Jeannie Fulbright: 2004, Apologia Educational Ministries (optional).

Student Materials: Pencils, crayons/colored pencils, glue stick, scissors, small sketchbook for nature trails, 1 two-pocket file folder to transport papers to and from home, 1 folder with fasteners for use as project folders.

Additional Information: Most of the work will be completed in class time. Some projects, such as observation of plant growth, will require homework. 3rd graders will be provided with optional weekly reading assignements from the textbook.

 

3-12 Intermediate Instrumental Ensemble (taught by Linda Henry) Top 

Summary Class Description: This class is designed for students who already have a basic understanding of and proficiency on their instrument. It will provide opportunities to play together with other students of similar skill levels as well as teach some of the basics of music theory.

Prerequisites: Knowing how to play the instrument.

Homework requirement: Practicing at home in order to learn the music.

Textbooks: None as of now. The music that is played is specifically arranged for whatever instrumentation is present each year.

Student-provided materials: 1. Instrument with case; 2. Instrument appropriate accessories i.e.: cleaning swab, reeds, valve oil, cork grease, slide grease, etc.; 3. Music stand; 4. Instrument appropriate fingering chart

Notes: The Materials Fee covers music, printing, and other necessities for teaching the ensemble. Please contact HCA to discuss student levels, if in doubt.

 

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

3-4 Literature-based Writing (taught by Carolyn Graessle) Top 

The course is designed to provide language arts experiences for 3rd and 4th grade students according to Charlotte Mason principles.  Students will practice writing activities such as narration, copywork, poetry recitation, with some attention given to grammar and literary styles concepts.   Homework assignments will include quality read-aloud literature, daily poem reading, copywork, gentle journaling and various activities. 

Since the literature has been selected for content, it is understood that some or all may need to be read aloud by the parent or listened to via audiobooks. 

Textbooks:  Reading books are still TBD, but these are books under consideration, which will be narrowed down by early June.

  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  • Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Poetry provided by the teacher

 

One printed “copywork” sourcebook. Most options will last for 2 or more years and may be purchased at Rainbow Resources.   

Required Supplies:  Sewn composition book (wide ruled!), pencil & eraser, enclosed pencil sharpener, scissors, glue stick, folder with brads built in or OR ½” binder to store small amount of appropriate sized-line papers and create “portfolio” of work.

Homework: 10 to 30 minutes a day, plus read aloud time as required for literature.  Parents will be more involved if they need to be a “scribe” for their student, which is highly ENCOURAGED as most students at this age can think must faster than their physical process of handwriting or typing.

If you desire a gentle Charlotte Mason style grammar program to implement yourself at home, suggested curriculums are Using Language Well, Book 1 (which is paired with Spelling Wisdom Book 1 listed below) OR English for the Thoughtful Child 2 OR Primary Language Lessons by Emma Serl.  These are available at Rainbow Resources

 

3-4 Math Games (taught by Mary Pat Stewart) Top 

Class Description: Math Games will provide opportunities for strategic thinking, problem solving and deepening the students' understanding of mathematical concepts through fun, motivational games and activities.  Other goals for the class include increasing computational fluency and developing effective teamwork skills while working in small groups. Students will also gain valuable experiences with grids, graphs, calculators, abacuses, measuring tools, as well as art, to explore and widen their view of math. 

Homework:  Minimal, complete activities not finished in class

Pre-requisites:  None

Required textbooks: None 

Materials that families purchase: 12" ruler, crayons or colored pencils, pocket folder with loose-leaf, basic calculator 

 

3-4 Music (taught by Sharon Shaner) Top 

Summary Course Description:  Students in third and fourth grade music class build on the basics of music in a hands-on learning environment.  Students will continue to learn the basics of music theory and rhythm through fun interactive games and activities. We will explore instruments while learning about the lives of famous composers and their works. Students will learn to play the recorder during the spring semester and will perform selections at the open house in May. Students will apply what they learn through song and perform as a choir for the closing program each semester.

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: none

Student materials purchased in advance by parents: a folder and a sharpened pencil.  A recorder must be purchased by the parents before the spring semester begins.

 

3-5 IEW Writing (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: In this class, the beginning student will study simple sentence construction that will lead to solid paragraphs, and on to three paragraph stories. Created to complement what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, 3-5 Writing will provide the students with many tools that will improve their writing skills. Vocabulary words and proper grammar usage will also be taught. The students will learn to take notes, summarize narrative stories, summarize references, write from pictures, and create personal stories. Students will also do daily journal entries every other week to provide practice of these writing skills, in addition to creating a booklet of their work over the course of the year.  The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.” Through class instruction and weekly homework writing assignments, your child will grow in confidence and writing ability.  (Student will benefit from parental guidance on assignments since one hour of instruction each week is not enough time for thorough coverage of subject.)

Pre-requisite: Student must be able to read at grade level comfortably, as well as be able to recite and write a complete sentence. If parent is unsure of proper placement, talking with Mrs. Kunz is encouraged.

Textbooks:  IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Fables, Myths, & Fairy Tales Writing Lessons – by Maria Gerber.  Be sure you order the updated 2nd edition; July 2014; copyright 2008, (Student Book Only). ISBN # - 978-1-62341-206-7

Student Materials: One “Portable Walls”; 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; Any readable, quality thesaurus (siblings may share.); a sewn composition book for journal writing, pens, sharpened pencils with erasers

Homework: approximately 30-40 minutes daily - varies from child to child.

 

3-5 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: children have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Every child is a part of our “team”, no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your children dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Children should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

3-5 Trail Guides World Geography (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description:  Students will increase their knowledge of the geography of the United States as they learn to draw the states from memory.  Students will learn to use maps and atlases, and understand latitude and longitude. They will be able to identify states, their abbreviations, state capitals, large cities, and some important land features and bodies of water.  The culminating projects will be researching and creating a display about one state in the fall, and producing a map of the US from memory that shows as much of their understanding as possible in the spring.  I will primarily be using curriculum from Mapping the World by Heart by David Smith and Draw the USA by Kristin J. Draeger.  The methodology will include direct instruction, drawing, and games each week.  Weekly homework and practice will be required.  .

Pre-requisite: none

Student Materials:

  • 1”three ring notebook with pocket dividers and tabbed dividers and paper; a zipped plastic holder or container for the following individual items:
  • Mechanical pencils
  • One or two black razor-point pens* (needed for thin fine lines in black ink)
  • Three or four razor-point pens* in other colors for labeling (red, blue and green)
    • * it is essential that the pens do not bleed through
  • An excellent eraser – Art Gum or similar, that leaves no residue
  • A set of colored pencils (and sharpener)
  • White-out – quick drying kind
  • Two fine-point dry-erase markers in different colors
  • One U.S. Atlas per family - National Geographic Kids United States Atlas 5th Edition (July, 2017) – about $10 on Amazon is strongly recommended

 

Homework: Approximately one hour or more of homework each week to complete assignments or practice map skills.

 

3-5 Writing: Becoming a Brave Writer (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

This class will not be offered in the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

3-6 Apologia Science (taught by Kristin Bell) Top 

Summary Class Description: Exploring Creation with Botany presents a scientifically sound and God-honoring study of botany. Content covered includes the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant.
Class activities will include projects, labs and experiments, as well as lesson reviews and class discussions.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Required reading and written or oral narration ~15 min/day. Recommended review and extended learning activites from the Botany Notebooking Journal ~10-15 min/day. Homework will be emailed Thursday evenings for the upcoming week.

Textbooks: Exploring Creation with Botany by Jeannie Fulbright ISBN 978-1-932012-49-1

Student-provided materials: Folder, lined paper, blank paper, colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, Botany Notebooking Journal ISBN 978-1-935495-06-2 OR a spiral notebook and an additional folder with prongs is needed.

Notes: Material fees cover all in class experiment and project materials.

 

3-6 Art-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors and illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, and other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None

 

3-6 ART-Tastic (taught by Lisa Everly) Top 

Summary Class Description:  This class provides a relaxed and fun environment in which a wide array of artistic media are provided to allow children to explore their creative expression. Children’s book authors and illustrators are the inspirational basis for many of our projects. Activities are varied and include a literature connection, painting techniques using watercolor, and other paints, collage, oil pastels, and other media. Above all, we will seek to glorify the Lord and consider biblical principles while exploring art and various artists.  Other goals will be to bless others around us, foster friendships and a lifelong interest in art. It is perfect for both the first time art student and for any student who enjoys creating art. There will be no homework.

Pre-requisite: None

Textbooks: None

Student Materials: Provided by teacher

Additional Information: None

 

3-8 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

4-6 Literature-based Writing (taught by Carolyn Graessle) Top 

The course is designed to provide writing experiences for 5th and 6th grade students, and advanced 4th graders according to Charlotte Mason principles using quality literature as the jumping off point for writing activities.  Students will practice writing activities such as narration, copywork, with some attention given to grammar and literary styles concepts.   Homework assignments will include literature reading, daily poem reading, copywork, narration style journaling and various writing activities.

Since the literature has been selected for content, it is understood that one or more books may need to be read aloud by the parent or listened to via audiobooks. 

Textbooks:  Reading books are still TBD, but these are books under consideration, which will be narrowed down by early June.

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Little Britches: When Father & I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Poetry provided by the teacher

A printed “copywork” sourcebook. Most options will last for 2 or more years and may be purchased at Rainbow Resources.   

Required Supplies:  Sewn composition book, pencil & eraser, ball point pen, enclosed pencil sharpener, scissors, glue stick, folder with brads built in or OR ½” binder to store small amount of lined paper and create “portfolio” of work.

Homework: 20 to 30 minutes a day, plus read aloud time/listening time if required for literature.  Parents will be more involved if they need to be a “scribe” for their student for drafting assignments, which is highly ENCOURAGED for students where the physical process of handwriting or typing slows down their thinking process.

Students will submit a few final typed papers online.

If you desire a gentle Charlotte Mason style grammar program to implement yourself at home, two suggested curriculums are either Using Language Well, Book 1 or 2 (which is paired with Spelling Wisdom Book 1 or 2 listed below) OR Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl.  These are available at Rainbow Resources.

 

5-10 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Drawing Workshop

During this class students will learn to express his/her ideas as they learn about composition, proportion, planes, volume, tone/shading, continuous line, gesture, negative and positive space, and basic perspective.

They will experiment with different techniques and drawing materials while searching for and perfecting their own style.

Students will work particularly from 3D (Primary) subject matter, and also from photographic reproductions.

Lessons will challenge students to work from observation while also encouraging self-expression.

Painting Workshop

Throughout the duration of this workshop students will explore painting masters and masterpieces!

Students will learn about different artists, art history, art movements and styles.

It may be Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, abstraction, or aboriginal art, to name a few. 

Additionally, students are encouraged to think about an artist or technique they would like to learn about so that it can be incorporated into the class. He/she will learn about what elements  are important in the work, and then they will try it themselves. Students will use acrylics, tempera, watercolor and ink on canvas board, mixed media or canvas paper

 

5-10 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Drawing Workshop

During this class students will learn to express his/her ideas as they learn about composition, proportion, planes, volume, tone/shading, continuous line, gesture, negative and positive space, and basic perspective.

They will experiment with different techniques and drawing materials while searching for and perfecting their own style.

Students will work particularly from 3D (Primary) subject matter, and also from photographic reproductions.

Lessons will challenge students to work from observation while also encouraging self-expression.

Painting Workshop

Throughout the duration of this workshop students will explore painting masters and masterpieces!

Students will learn about different artists, art history, art movements and styles.

It may be Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, abstraction, or aboriginal art, to name a few. 

Additionally, students are encouraged to think about an artist or technique they would like to learn about so that it can be incorporated into the class. He/she will learn about what elements  are important in the work, and then they will try it themselves. Students will use acrylics, tempera, watercolor and ink on canvas board, mixed media or canvas paper.

 

5-10 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Drawing Workshop

During this class students will learn to express his/her ideas as they learn about composition, proportion, planes, volume, tone/shading, continuous line, gesture, negative and positive space, and basic perspective.

They will experiment with different techniques and drawing materials while searching for and perfecting their own style.

Students will work particularly from 3D (Primary) subject matter, and also from photographic reproductions.

Lessons will challenge students to work from observation while also encouraging self-expression.

Painting Workshop

Throughout the duration of this workshop students will explore painting masters and masterpieces!

Students will learn about different artists, art history, art movements and styles.

It may be Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, abstraction, or aboriginal art, to name a few. 

Additionally, students are encouraged to think about an artist or technique they would like to learn about so that it can be incorporated into the class. He/she will learn about what elements  are important in the work, and then they will try it themselves. Students will use acrylics, tempera, watercolor and ink on canvas board, mixed media or canvas paper

 

 

5-12 Art Workshop (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Art Mix Workshop

During this class students will learn to express his/her ideas as they learn about painting and drawing composition, color theory, proportion, planes, volume, tone/shading, continuous line, gesture, negative and positive space, and basic perspective. Students will also learn about different artists, art history, art movements and styles.

It may be Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, abstraction, or aboriginal art, to name a few.

Additionally, students are encouraged to think about an artist or technique they would like to learn about so that it can be incorporated into the class. He/she will learn about what elements are important in the work, and then they will try it themselves. Students will experiment with a mix of materials such as graphite, oil crayons, pastels, charcoal, acrylics, tempera, watercolor, ink on canvas board, mylar or canvas paper.

 

5-12 Art Workshop (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Art Mix Workshop

During this class students will learn to express his/her ideas as they learn about painting and drawing composition, color theory, proportion, planes, volume, tone/shading, continuous line, gesture, negative and positive space, and basic perspective. Students will also learn about different artists, art history, art movements and styles.

It may be Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, abstraction, or aboriginal art, to name a few.

Additionally, students are encouraged to think about an artist or technique they would like to learn about so that it can be incorporated into the class. He/she will learn about what elements are important in the work, and then they will try it themselves. Students will experiment with a mix of materials such as graphite, oil crayons, pastels, charcoal, acrylics, tempera, watercolor, ink on canvas board, mylar or canvas paper.

 

5-12 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble OR Group Flute Lessons (taught by Linda Henry) Top 

Summary Class Description: This class is designed for students who are either just beginning to play flute or who are beginning to play another instrument, but are taking private lessons elsewhere, and would like to play in an ensemble. It will also teach some of the basics of music theory.


Prerequisites: Knowing the basics of how to play the instrument, unless its beginning flute.

Homework requirement: Practicing at home in order to learn the music.

Textbooks: None as of now. The music that is played is specifically arranged for whatever instrumentation is present each year.

Student-provided materials: 1. Instrument with case; 2. Instrument appropriate accessories i.e.: cleaning swab, reeds, valve oil, cork grease, slide grease, etc.; 3. Music stand; 4. Instrument appropriate fingering chart

Notes: The Materials Fee covers music, printing, and other necessities for teaching the ensemble. Please contact HCA to discuss student levels, if in doubt.

 

5-12 Chorus (taught by Sharon Shaner) Top 

Summary Course Description:  Choral Ensemble is a full year course designed to provide an atmosphere for the enjoyment, appreciation, and performance of choral music. The instruction and improvement of voice quality, intonation, ability to read music, ability to sight-sing, and the overall development of musicianship is stressed in conjunction with the learning of each piece of music. The Chorus will perform at the Christmas Festival and in the spring at the Open House events. Attendance at these performances and dress rehearsals are a course requirement.

Pre-requisite: none

Textbooks: none

Student materials purchased in advance by parents: a folder and a sharpened pencil

 

5-12 Yarn Art (taught by Erin Kluever) Top 

Yarn Arts

What is yarn? What can I do with it? This class will discover the many types and uses of yarn, and students will learn the basics of knitting and crocheting.

No prerequisites and only optional work outside class

 

5-7 Apologia Science (taught by Kristin Bell) Top 

Summary Class Description: Exploring Creation with Botany presents a scientifically sound and God-honoring study of botany. Content covered includes the nature of botany and the process of classifying plants. It then discusses the development of plants from seeds, the reproduction processes in plants, the way plants make their food, and how plants get their water and nutrients and distribute them throughout the body of the plant.
Class activities will include projects, labs and experiments, as well as lesson reviews and class discussions.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Required reading and written or oral narration ~15 min/day. Recommended review and extended learning activites from the Botany Notebooking Journal ~10-15 min/day. Homework will be emailed Thursday evenings for the upcoming week.

Textbooks: Exploring Creation with Botany by Jeannie Fulbright ISBN 978-1-932012-49-1

Student-provided materials: Folder, lined paper, blank paper, colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, Botany Notebooking Journal ISBN 978-1-935495-06-2 OR a spiral notebook and an additional folder with prongs is needed.

Notes: Material fees cover all in class experiment and project materials.

 

 

 

 

5-7 IEW Writing (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: Created to complement what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, this class will improve the student’s writing strength and depth with Medieval History content. Incrementally, all the IEW models of structure and elements of style will be taught, as well as proper grammar skills and vocabulary to enrich the students’ writing.  Daily journal entries every other week will be assigned to provide beneficial practice of these skills. The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.”  As students are instructed and encouraged in the basics of this theme-based program, their confidence and writing ability will soar.

Pre-requisite: Please note – if the student has not had any previous practice writing complete sentences or if he/she struggles with reading at grade level, it may be best to start in the 3-5 Writing class where he/she will feel less intimidated..  Talking with Mrs. Kunz about any of these concerns is encouraged before any final decision is made, or if the parent is unsure of placement.

Textbooks: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Medieval-Based Writing Lessons, updated 4th Edition, Feb. 2016 (Student Book only) by Lori Verstegen; ISBN# - 978-1-62341-248-7

Student Materials: One “Portable Walls”; 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; any readable, quality thesaurus (siblings may share); a sewn composition book for journal writing; pens; sharpened pencils with erasers.

Homework: approximately 45-60 minutes daily – varies from child to child.

 

5-7 Intro to Theatre (taught by Keith Hight) Top 

Summary Course Description: 

Calling all young actors! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a character or act in your own scenes? In this class you will develop confidence, self-expression, and group interaction through improvisation, acting games, and vocabulary. This class is perfect for the beginner as well as the intermediate young actor. This class will provide exposure to enrichment activities in the areas of following directions, reading, drama, music, history, and comprehension. Students will have the opportunity to perform in a play at the spring Open House with an additional possible performance mid-year.

Prerequisite:  Public Speaking is recommended, but not required.

Materials:  -Scripts for the play will be provided during the school year.  Students are responsible for their scripts and are required to purchase a new one if they lose their original.

-Notebook for Journal entries

-Pencil and highlighter

-Wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving during most classes.

 

5-7 Lunch & Recess (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch and recess provide a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  Fifth -seventh grade students will eat lunch in the kitchen during the first 20 minutes of the period, then move to the gym to enjoy recess during the final 20 minutes.

HCA has hired our Jump Bunch coach to provide consistent supervision each week in the recess area.  While she will provide varied options for play and play equipment, this is most definitely NOT a formal P.E. class.  During the lunch recess, students may opt for the provided activities or unstructured play.

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.  Please be sure they pack necessary eating utensils.

 

 

5-7 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: children have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Every child is a part of our “team”, no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your children dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Children should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

5-8 Art Foundations (taught by Carrie Patterson) Top 

Middle School HCA students will explore art by learning the fundamentals of visual language through drawing, painting, mixed media, and small sculpture. Each project is designed to increase technical skills and art historical knowledge. The content of each project is tailored specifically to allow for individual expression and to create a nurturing, fun, and interactive learning environment for middle school students. Students do not need previous art experience. Instructor will provide all materials.

 

5-8 Intro to Public Speaking (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: Public speaking is a skill that is used throughout our lives. Interviews, discussions, debates, stage presentations, answering questions in class, delivering book reports for classes, talking to others on the job, negotiating any kind of business deals, explaining why you (were) homeschooled, or even giving a defense of your faith in Jesus Christ, are all opportunities to “speak well.” Having practice giving speeches at a young age will make these experiences much less stressful, for the shy student as well as the more confident student. This class offers excellent strategies to help students be poised, to capture the right tone and voice, to achieve the right kind of eye contact, and to be aware of how one’s appearance and actions affect their speech. Confidence will be built slowly through weekly opportunities to recite poetry, share experiences, performs skits, and create/present speeches. Homework will involve preparation, practice, and memorization for class meetings.

Pre-requisite: A willing spirit!

Textbook: none.

Student Materials: pocket folder or small 3-ring binder to store and organize many papers

Additional Information: Students will participate in a winter event, as well as a final classroom family/guest invited performance to provide opportunities for formal presentations in front of an audience. Memory work will be necessary as well.

 

 

5-8 Mapping the World by Heart (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description:  Students will increase their knowledge of the geography of the United States as they learn to draw the states from memory.  Students will learn to use maps and atlases, and understand latitude and longitude. They will be able to identify states, their abbreviations, state capitals, large cities, and some important land features and bodies of water.  The culminating projects will be researching and creating a display about one state in the fall, and producing a map of the US from memory that shows as much of their understanding as possible in the spring.  I will primarily be using curriculum from Mapping the World by Heart by David Smith and Draw the USA by Kristin J. Draeger.  The methodology will include direct instruction, drawing, and games each week.  Weekly homework and practice will be required.  .

Pre-requisite: none

Student Materials:

  • 1”three ring notebook with pocket dividers and tabbed dividers and paper; a zipped plastic holder or container for the following individual items:
  • Mechanical pencils
  • One or two black razor-point pens* (needed for thin fine lines in black ink)
  • Three or four razor-point pens* in other colors for labeling (red, blue and green)
    • * it is essential that the pens do not bleed through
  • An excellent eraser – Art Gum or similar, that leaves no residue
  • A set of colored pencils (and sharpener)
  • White-out – quick drying kind
  • Two fine-point dry-erase markers in different colors
  • One U.S. Atlas per family - National Geographic Kids United States Atlas 5th Edition (July, 2017) – about $10 on Amazon is strongly recommended

 

Homework: Approximately one hour or more of homework each week to complete assignments or practice map skills.

 

6-10 PE (taught by Regina McKenna) Top 

Summary Class Description: Our goal is to provide a friendly introduction to sports and fitness while building coordination and self-esteem. JumpBunch® uses a hands-on approach that integrates the physical and mental aspects of each lesson: teens will have a chance to see, touch and experience each sport. We gear our program for their maximum enjoyment, while learning team skills, cooperation and sportsmanship. Every teen is a part of our “team”, no matter what their level of skill.

We guide students through all phases of physical development: eye/hand coordination, large and fine motor skills, muscle development, body balance and cardio-respiratory enhancement.

Pre-requisite: NA

Textbooks: NA

Student Materials: NA

Additional Information: It is important that your teens dress appropriately for physical activity. Tennis shoes or sneakers are a must. Teens should wear comfortable clothing with freedom of movement. Dresses or skirts are not recommended.

 

6-8 Intro to Foreign Language (taught by Erin Kluever) Top 

Over the year, we will study five languages including French, German, and Spanish. The class will learn common vocabulary and phrases, as well as being introduced to the culture and geography of countries that speak the languages.

 

6-8 Intro to Logic (taught by Erin Kluever) Top 

This class will not be offered in the 2018-2019 academic year.

 

6-8 Muay Thai (taught by Samuel McCombs) Top 

General Description:

Fundamental basics to the martial art of Muay Thai will be taught. This includes Punches, Kicks, Knees, and Elbow moves.  Students will  learn to link these moves fluidly into combinations as well as learn to implement them into light sparring.  A brief unit of cardio kickboxing will be included to teach students how to use the learned moves for a workout. Also, the conditioning involved in the sport will be taught.  A brief history of Muay Thai will be included.

A one time additional materials fee is required for gear.

Price of gear:

Shin guards: Venum "Kontact" Shin and Instep Guards $25.65 (Black)

Gloves: Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves $20.68 (Black)

Mouth Guard: obtained by student locally (ie. Walmart, Dicks, etc.)

Headgear: Sanabul Essential Professional Boxing MMA Kickboxing Headgear $29.99 (Black)

This is some of the cheapest yet still effective training gear that is made of decent quality.

 

6-8 Writing: Developing Brave Writers/Intro to LTOW (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

Summary Class Description:  We will continue to develop our writing voice and becoming even more comfortable with the writing process. Our twin goals are: peace and progress in the writing process. We will explore various exercises used within several of the Brave Writer programs as well as, introducing a new approach to the persuasive essay, Lost Tools of Writing. This program is based on the idea that all writers (from 14-year-old students to Pulitzer Prize winners) face three universal problems: every writer has to come up with good ideas, organize those ideas clearly, and express them effectively.
Three Canons of classical rhetoric to solve those problems:
● Invention, a series of tools and skills that teach aspiring writers to come up with good ideas.
● Arrangement, which is made up of tools and skills that help students organize their thoughts in an organized, effective, and coherent fashion.
● Elocution (a fancy word for style), which is made up of skills and tools that allow the young writer to creatively, effectively, and purposely express their thoughts.

Students will be introduced to these cannons through time-tested exercises as tools, guiding them to become better writers. Throughout the year students will gain experience through several different forms of writing, including:
Narrative – tells a story, most often written in first person using “I.”
Comparison/Contrast – an essay that explains the similarities and differences of two or more ideas, people or things.
Persuasive – a style that is used to argue a specific point with strong support.

Pre-requisites: To benefit from this class a student should have a working knowledge of sentence construction and paragraph writing. A separate grammar and literature component (supplied by parent) would be necessary to create a complete a language arts curriculum.

Homework: Homework for this class will be moderate (15 minutes per week day, or three 20 minute assignments between class days).

Textbooks: Lost Tools of Writing 5th edition https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/level-1-4th-ed-students-workbook

Student Materials: Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, glue sticks and erasers. Students will master the steps of good writing and by the end of the year each student will have a full portfolio!

 

7-12 Adv Instrumental Ensemble (taught by Linda Henry) Top 

Summary Class Description: This class is designed for students who have more than a basic understanding of and proficiency on their instrument. It will provide opportunities to play together with other students of similar skill levels as well as teach some of the basics of music theory.

Prerequisites: Knowing how to play the instrument.

Homework requirement: Practicing at home in order to learn the music.

Textbooks: None as of now. The music that is played is specifically arranged for whatever instrumentation is present each year.

Student-provided materials: 1. Instrument with case; 2. Instrument appropriate accessories i.e.: cleaning swab, reeds, valve oil, cork grease, slide grease, etc.; 3. Music stand; 4. Instrument appropriate fingering chart

Notes: The Materials Fee covers music, printing, and other necessities for teaching the ensemble. Please contact HCA to discuss student levels, if in doubt.

 

7-12 Theatre Performance (taught by Keith Hight) Top 

Enrollment in Theatre Performance class is by audition only. Auditions will be held at HCA on Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 8:45 – 9:40, with a memorized one minute monologue.  If you are unable to attend, you MUST contact Mr. Hight (hhight@csmd.edu) beforehand to make other arrangements.

Summary Course Description:   This full-year course will consist of auditions, casting, rehearsals, and plays performled at CSM LaPlata for Christmas and Open House.  Students will develop a solid acting technique while having fun in the process. They will discover what it’s really like to work on stage and experience the thrill of improvisation while learning the fundamentals of acting in a supportive and energetic environment.

Prerequisite: Drama 1, Drama 2 or equivalent is helpful, but not required.

Materials Needed:  Scripts – to be handed out the first day of class.

-Notebook for Journal entries (to be brought to each class)

-Pencil and highlighter

-Wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving during most classes.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Every month, there will be a Friday rehearsal at CMS, LaPlata.
  • The Christmas Festival and Open House performances will be held at CSM, LaPlata.  There will be a dress rehearsal/cast party/performance on Friday, November 30, and on Friday, May 3 TENTATIVELY. 
  • There will be opportunities for students to volunteer for traveling performances.

 

7-8 Apologia General Science (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

Summary Class Description: As the Apologia website states: “This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide. There are many hands-on experiments.”
During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those in the book and many that aren't). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular tests, most of which will be taken at home. We will also be using the Student Notebook published by Apologia.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Reading, chapter questions, notebook pages, and lab write-ups. Tests are taken at home.

Textbooks: "Apologia’s Exploring Creation With General Science" – 2ND EDITION (ISBN: 978-1-932012-86-6) AND "Exploring Creation with General Science" STUDENT NOTEBOOK (ISBN: 978-1-935495-70-3). You do NOT need to purchase the Solutions and Tests manual.

Student-provided materials: Pencils

 

7-9 IEW Writing (taught by Cathy Backhaus) Top 

Summary Class Description: Created to complement what is being taught in Language Arts by the parent in the home, this class will improve the student’s writing strength and depth with fascinating content from C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and some links to World War II. Incrementally, all the IEW models of structure and elements of style will be taught, as well as proper grammar skills and vocabulary to enrich the students’ writing.  Daily journal entries every other week will be assigned to provide beneficial practice of these skills. The Institute for Excellence in Writing mission is “to equip teachers and parents with methods and materials to aid them in training students to become confident and competent communicators.”  As students are instructed and encouraged in the basics of this theme-based program, their confidence and writing ability will soar.

Pre-requisite: Please note – if the student has not had any previous practice writing complete sentences or if he/she struggles with reading at grade level, it may be best to start in the 3-5 Writing class where he/she will feel less intimidated..  Talking with Mrs. Backhaus about any of these concerns is encouraged before any final decision is made, or if the parent is unsure of placement.

Textbooks: IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Following Narnia Volume 1:  The Lion’s Song, updated 3rd Edition, Jan. 2016 (Student Book only) by Laura Bettis; ISBN# - 978-1-62341-238-8

The Magician’s Nephew, (by September) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, (by December) and The Horse and His Boy (by March) will be required reading for the students in this course.  The books can be listened to (audiobook, radio theatre, or read aloud by a parent) or read, and can be borrowed from a library or friend, as they do not need to be brought to class.

Student Materials: One “Grammar on the Go Portable Walls”; 3-ring binder with paper and tabbed dividers; any readable, quality thesaurus (siblings may share); a sewn composition book for journal writing; pens; sharpened pencils with erasers.

Homework: approximately 45-60 minutes daily – varies from child to child.

 

8 Lunch & Recess (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch and recess provide a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  Eighth grade students will eat lunch during the first 20 minutes of the period in a classroom, then move to the gym to enjoy recess during the final 20 minutes.

HCA has hired our Jump Bunch coach to provide consistent supervision each week in the recess area.  While she will provide varied options for play and play equipment, this is most definitely NOT a formal P.E. class.  During the lunch recess, students may opt for the provided activities or unstructured play.

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.  Please be sure they pack necessary eating utensils.

Note: Since grades are often flexible for homeschoolers, please contact HCA if you would like to request that your 8th grade teen be enrolled in the 5-7 Lunch to eat with friends.  Alternatively mature 8th grade students that are not interested in the recess may request enrollment in the high school lunch group.  Such requests are considered, space permitting, on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

8-10 Writing & Literature (LToW 1/Lit. 1) (12:30-1:55) (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THIS CLASS MAY NOT TAKE 10-12 LIT. 2 OR 10-12 COMP. & WRITING

Summary Class Description:  Good writing does not spring up from formulas or systems. There is no "secret" or "break-through" method that will make your students good writers or you a good writing teacher.  Good writing is the product of dedicated practice developing key skills.  To write well one must look at it like an art or a craft that demands careful attention and persistent hard work. In fact, learning to write well is not so different from learning to play the piano or sculpt a human figure or shoot a three point shot in basketball.  Click here for more details...

We will include literature in our discussing of the writing tools.  Students will need to read one book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, over the summer to be prepared for the first day of class.  Other literature selections include:

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Night by Eli Weisel

Selections from The Odyssey by Homer

And various short stories including those by O’Henry, Edgar Allen Poe, Guy de Maupassant  

Pre-requisites: To benefit from this class a student should have mastered sentence construction and paragraph writing, as well as have a basic foundation of literary analysis skills.  A separate grammar component (supplied by parent) would be necessary to create a complete English I credit. 

Homework: Homework for this class will be rigorous.  There will be at least 3 hours of work for the students between classes.

Textbooks:  Lost Tools of Writing 5th edition https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/level-1-4th-ed-students-workbook

It is strongly encouraged to have the Teacher’s Guide as well as the student book.  Buying the Teacher’s Guide also allows you access to teaching videos, which would be highly beneficial in helping your student with this program.

Link for the set: https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/lost-tools-writing-level-one-complete-set

Student Materials: Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, mini stapler, glue sticks and erasers.

 

8-12 ASL 1 (taught by Ricki Gemmel) Top 

Description: American Sign Language 1 (ASL 1) is a fun and interactive class designed to give students an introduction to basic ASL grammar and vocabulary. Course content will include fingerspelling, numbers, and vocabulary to express and understand simple likes, haves, needs and wants. We will explore cultural information about the Deaf community and the history of ASL. 

Prerequisite: None

Homework: Students will have assignments due each week. Grading will be based on weekly assignments, in-class presentations, expressive/receptive quizzes and tests. Students should plan to showcase their knowledge at the spring open house (with a possible performance at the Christmas Festival). Students should plan on approximately 30 minutes of at-home work each day.

Book: Signing Naturally Units 1-6 (Student Set)

Publisher: Dawn Sky Press

ISBN: 978-1-58121-210-5

Copyright: 2008

Materials: Each student will need the book Signing Naturally Units 1-6 which includes two instructional DVDs. Students will need a DVD player or computer to view the DVDs and access to the internet for other assignments.

 

8-12 Muay Thai (taught by Samuel McCombs) Top 

General Description:

Fundamental basics to the martial art of Muay Thai will be taught. This includes Punches, Kicks, Knees, and Elbow moves.  Students will  learn to link these moves fluidly into combinations as well as learn to implement them into light sparring.  A brief unit of cardio kickboxing will be included to teach students how to use the learned moves for a workout. Also, the conditioning involved in the sport will be taught.  A brief history of Muay Thai will be included.

A one time additional materials fee is required for gear.

Price of gear:

Shin guards: Venum "Kontact" Shin and Instep Guards $25.65 (Black)

Gloves: Everlast Pro Style Training Gloves $20.68 (Black)

Mouth Guard: obtained by student locally (ie. Walmart, Dicks, etc.)

Headgear: Sanabul Essential Professional Boxing MMA Kickboxing Headgear $29.99 (Black)

This is some of the cheapest yet still effective training gear that is made of decent quality.

 

8-12 Study Hall (1/2 period) (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for high school students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. This study hall is only for high school students who are enrolling in only Government, Spanish, or ASL, but not two of these three. This is also for the student enrolled in 8-10 Writing & Lit., but not enrolled in Spanish or ASL.  Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

8-9 Apologia Physical Science (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

Summary Class Description: As the Apologia website states, "Exploring Creation With Physical Science provides a detailed introduction to the physical environment and some of the basic laws that make it work. The fairly broad scope of the book provides the student with 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. Typically, we recommend that the student take this course during the same year that he or she is taking pre-algebra.”
During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those in the book and many that aren't). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular tests, most of which will be taken at home. We will also be using the Student Notebook published by Apologia.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Reading, chapter questions, lab write-ups. Tests are taken at home.

Textbooks: Apologia’s Exploring Creation With Physical Science – 2ND EDITION (ISBN: 978-1-932012-77-4) AND Exploring Creation With Physical Science STUDENT NOTEBOOK (ISBN 978-1-935495-71-0). You do NOT need to purchase the solutions and tests manual.

Student-provided materials: Calculator, pencils

 

9-12 Biology (10:45-11:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

Summary Class Description: As the Apologia website states: “This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course.”
During class there will be lectures and as many experiments as we can fit in (both those from the book and others that aren’t). There will be microscope work and dissections (more dissections than are scheduled in the book). The student will be responsible for all readings and chapter questions outside of class. There will be regular chapter tests.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: While the setup of the textbook is the same as the Apologia middle school science texts, this course is a big step up in terms of amount of material to learn. There weekly readings and questions. Tests are taken at home.

Textbooks: Exploring Creation with Biology – 2nd EDITION, Apologia Educational Ministries (ISBN: 978-1-932012-54-5); AND the Solutions and Tests manual (ISBN: 978-1-932012-55-2). These are usually sold as a set. DO NOT PURCHASE THE STUDENT NOTEBOOK.

Student-provided materials: 3-ring binder (1.5 – 2 inches), 16 dividers, paper, pencils, colored pencils

Notes: The materials fee, which includes dissection specimens, will be determined at the beginning of fall semester once the number of students is set.

 

9-12 Essay & Research Paper Writing (taught by Carolyn Graessle) Top 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

Students will practice a step-by-step approach to standard essay writing, then practice those skills while working through the research paper writing process.  By the end of the year students will have written thesis statements, strong paragraphs, both a descriptive and persuasive essay as well as progressive assignments that culminate into one or two research papers.

The technical writing and research instruction will cover about half of a high school level English course. Correct spelling and grammar will be integrated into grading rubrics; it’s up to the parent to use other resources to target these skills at home.  Literature analysis is NOT included in this course but is offered in the 9-12 General Literature class.

Materials Fee: $5

Textbooks

The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing – STUDENT BOOK by Lesha Myers.  3rd edition, 2011.  ISBN 0-9779860-1-2.

Writing Research Papers: The Essential Tools -STUDENT BOOK by Lesha Myers. 1st ed., March 2012.  ISBN 978-0-9845496-8-9.

Both books may be purchased at Rainbow Resources Inc. and Christian Book Distributors and Amazon, etc.

Required Supplies:  Pencil & eraser, ballpoint pen, 3 different color highlighters, folder to store loose papers.  Composition book or thin spiral notebook for Elegant Essay.  Separate spiral note book or 3-ring ½” to 1” binder with 5 or so tabs for Writing Research Papers.  One pack of white cards, with storage box is required starting in January for research.

Estimated Homework: 30-60 minutes 4 days a week outside class time, depending upon current reading and writing skills.

Additional Info:  The teacher will utilize an online program for communications, discussions, turning in assignments, online quizzes as well as grades.   Some assignments will be uploaded by Monday or Tuesday prior to class meetings, to facilitate instructor feedback as well as focused instruction each week.

An 8th grader with advanced writing and reading skills may take the course with instructor approval.

If you desire a formal grammar program to implement yourself at home, two suggested curriculums are Analytic Grammar or Easy Grammar Plus.

 

9-12 General Literature (taught by Carolyn Graessle) Top 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The purpose of this course is enable the students to not only understand literature, but to engage through discussion and activities in literary analysis without the burden of writing an essay for each book, as it is assumed most students are enrolled in the separate writing class.   We will learn about elements of literature such as plot structure, setting, characterization and literary style elements such as allusion, irony and local color along with vocabulary activities, while exploring themes and world views with discernment from a Christian perspective.

Readings, activities, online discussion and assignments will cover about half of a high school level English course and WILL BE aligned with and complement progress of the 9-12 Essay and Research Paper Writing course.   

Materials Fee: $20

Textbooks: 


  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman by Ernest Gaines
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  • Short stories & poetry booklets provided by the teacher.

 

Required Supplies:  Pencil & eraser, ballpoint pen.  Small to medium “Post-It” style tabs for marking passages, ideas, characters in reading books.  Composition book or thin spiral notebook for note-taking and activities.   ½”-1” binder to organize and store papers & handouts with 8 dividers (1 for each novel, Short Stories, Poetry) some extra lined paper in binder.

Estimated Homework is 30-45 minutes per day outside class time, depending upon current reading level. 

Additional Info: 

I highly recommend your student READ over the summer to keep the “mental muscles” in shape.  Look for a FUN summer reading suggestion list after mid-May to enrolled students.  Summer is a perfect time for family audiobooks or evening read alouds!  [Yes, high schoolers still enjoy being read to!]  

The teacher will utilize an online program for communications, discussions, turning in assignments, online activities, quizzes, grades, etc.   Some assignments will be uploaded by Monday or Tuesday prior to class meetings, to facilitate instructor feedback as well as focused instruction each week.

An 8th grader with advanced reading skills may apply to take the course with instructor approval.

 

9-12 Government/Health (12:30-1:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

GOVERNMENT WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: The author states: “Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course. Lessons cover Federal, state, and local government and also contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week. As we understand the background, basis, and operation of American government on all levels, we are better equipped to remain prayerful, thoughtful, and involved with regard to government.”

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: There will be weekly readings and questions, regular quizzes and tests (take-home), and projects.

Textbooks: Exploring Government (2016 EDITION) AND We Hold These Truths (2016 EDITION) by Ray Notgrass. These are usually sold as a set. Make sure you buy the 2016 edition! It is hardcover (not paperback, like previous editions) and has a picture of the U.S. Capitol building against a blue sky on the cover. You do NOT need to purchase the Quiz and Exam pack.

Student-provided materials: 3-ring binder, pencils

 

HEALTH WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: This course will cover all facets of health from a Christian perspective. We will discuss physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. Topics covered include anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more. There will be projects and activities. The goal is to have fun while learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Weekly readings and questions. Take-home tests

Textbooks: Total Health - Choices for a Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe (2nd edition, ISBN: 9781583312261) Make sure to get the high school text (green) not the middle school text (red).
Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide by Matt Goulding (2011 edition ISBN: 978-1609612412)

Student-provided materials: Pencils

 

9-12 Government/Study Hall (12:30-1:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

 GOVERNMENT WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: The author states: “Exploring Government is a one-semester high school course. Lessons cover Federal, state, and local government and also contemporary issues in government. Special emphasis is placed on the Biblical basis for government and on the U.S. Constitution. Each of the fifteen units is intended to be studied for one week. As we understand the background, basis, and operation of American government on all levels, we are better equipped to remain prayerful, thoughtful, and involved with regard to government.”

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: There will be weekly readings and questions, regular quizzes and tests (take-home), and projects.

Textbooks: Exploring Government (2016 EDITION) AND We Hold These Truths (2016 EDITION) by Ray Notgrass. These are usually sold as a set. Make sure you buy the 2016 edition! It is hardcover (not paperback, like previous editions) and has a picture of the U.S. Capitol building against a blue sky on the cover. You do NOT need to purchase the Quiz and Exam pack.

Student-provided materials: 3-ring binder, pencils

 

STUDY HALL WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

If you do not need your student to enroll in the 1st (or 2nd) Semester 1 ½ period study hall, please email the registrar to have your invoice credited for the 1st (or 2nd) Semester study hall.

 

 

 

9-12 Lunch (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

Lunch is a time to enjoy friends in a less structured environment, though all HCA rules still apply.  High school students will eat lunch during the first 20 minutes of the period in a classroom, then have the option to remain in the lunchroom or go outside.

High School students are also given the privilege of eating lunch outside on nice days at the picnic table closest to the entry door.  (HCA's agreement with SAYSF stipulates that ALL students will be supervised by an adult at all times.)  Since they  have been given a separate lunch eating area, it is also the high school students' responsbility to pick up trash, wipe the table, and empty the trash in their lunch area. 

Students bring in their lunch.  Lunches should not need refrigeration or cooking as HCA does NOT have permission to use the refrigerator, microwave, or other SAYSF Bible Church kitchen appliances.

 

 

9-12 Sign Language 2 (2:00-3:25) (taught by Ricki Gemmel) Top 

 

Summary Class Description:  This class will review and expand ASL grammar, vocabulary, and range of topics from the ASL I Class. Students will increase narrative and conversational fluency, compare aspects of ASL and English through translation exercises, and compare aspects of the Deaf culture, American culture and their own culture. It is the goal of this class to help students achieve meaningful interactions within the Deaf community. (Adapted from Signing Naturally student workbook units 7-12 introduction)

 

Prerequisites:  American Sign Language I

 

Homework Requirement:  Homework assignments may include, but are not limited to, analyzing videos, practicing vocabulary, answering questions, translating sentences, readings and preparations for classroom or Christmas/Open House presentations. Students should plan on working at least twenty-thirty minutes per day to complete assignments.

 

Textbook:  Signing Naturally Units 7-12 Student Workbook by Lentz, Mikos and Smith. ISBN-13: 978-1-58121-221-1

Student Provided Materials:  The student workbook comes with a video DVD, so the student will need to be able to view the DVD as well have access to the internet to complete occasional assignments not in the workbook.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This class begins in the middle of 5th period.  If your child is taking a 4th period class other than8-10 Writing, Government, or Health, they must signup for the 8-12 study hall (1/2 period) during fifth period. Contact the registrar if you have any questions.

 

9-12 Spanish 2 (2:00-3:25) (taught by Brenda Cavallaro) Top 

Summary Class Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish I and is designed to develop the student’s ability to utilize the Spanish language in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities as well as enhance your awareness and understanding of the Hispanic world and its culture and customs. Course content will include development of vocabulary pertaining to travel and lodging, school, leisure activities, personal hygiene, and shopping as well as basic grammatical structures for passive and active use, geography and culture.

Prerequisite: Spanish I

Textbook: Plazas y Paisajes (provided by the teacher for student use)

Homework requirements: Students will have at least 4 assignments due each week as well as projects, oral presentations, compositions, and tests/quizzes.

Student materials: Students need a 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder, pens, pencils, supplies for projects when needed.

Notes: The materials fee includes the book rental as well as fees for copies of worksheets and other miscellaneous items needed for class.

PLEASE NOTE:  This class begins in the middle of 5th period.  If your child is taking a 4th period class other than 8-10 Writing, Government, or Health, they must signup for the 8-12 study hall (1/2 period) during fifth period. Contact the registrar if you have any questions.

 

9-12 Study Hall (taught by (Self-Directed Study)) Top 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

9-12 Study Hall/Health (12:30-1:55) (taught by Sherri Hastings) Top 

HEALTH WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

Summary Class Description: This course will cover all facets of health from a Christian perspective. We will discuss physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. Topics covered include anatomy, body systems, food choices, exercise, diseases, stress, emergencies, responsibility, and more. There will be projects and activities. The goal is to have fun while learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Prerequisites: None

Homework requirement: Weekly readings and questions. Take-home tests

Textbooks: Total Health - Choices for a Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe (2nd edition, ISBN: 9781583312261) Make sure to get the high school text (green) not the middle school text (red).
Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide by Matt Goulding (2011 edition ISBN: 978-1609612412)

Student-provided materials: Pencils

 

STUDY HALL WILL BE HELD ONLY FOR THE FALL SEMESTER FROM 12:30 - 1:55.

 

This block of time is designed for students to complete work from other HCA classes or their own homeschool instruction. Up to two periods of study hall may be taken in a day, but not back-to-back. Students are expected to work quietly and independently on their own work during study hall.

 

If you do not need your student to enroll in the 1st (or 2nd) Semester 1 ½ period study hall, please email the registrar to have your invoice credited for the 1st (or 2nd) Semester study hall.

 

 

10-12 Composition & Writing (LTOW 2) (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

Students enrolling in this class MUST also enroll in 10-12 Literature, as the writing assignments will be based on the literature discussed in the 10-12 Lit class.

Summary Class Description:  In Lost Tools of Writing Year 2, we will pick up where we left off in Year 1. After completing all the concepts of level 1, we will begin the process of applying what we have learned to our literature studies. You will be using the same workbook that you used in LToW year 1, so you do not need to purchase a new workbook. We will also explore other types of writing besides the persuasive essay. Using Essay Styles for High School by Train Up a Child Publishing, we will practice the narrative, descriptive, expository styles as well. If time allows we will proceed into Lost Tools of Writing level 2. You do not need to purchase LToW level 2 at this time.

Pre-requisites: First and foremost, each student must have taken LToW I in order to take the writing hour.  The literature hour is open to anyone.  To benefit from these classes a student should have mastered sentence construction and paragraph writing, essay writing, as well as have a developing knowledge of literary analysis skills.  A separate grammar component (supplied by parent) would be necessary to create a complete English I credit. 

Homework:  Homework for this class will be rigorous.  There will be at least 3 hours of work for the students between the Lit. and writing classes.

Textbooks:  Lost Tools of Writing 5th edition https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/level-1-4th-ed-students-workbook

It is strongly encouraged to have the Teacher’s Guide and videos as well as the student book. Link for the set: https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/book/lost-tools-writing-level-one-complete-set.  IF YOUR STUDENT HAS A BOOK FROM LAST YEAR, THEY DO NOT NEED TO PURCHASE A NEW BOOK.

Student Materials:  Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, mini stapler, glue sticks and erasers.

 

10-12 Literature 2 (taught by Shannon Foster) Top 

This literature class is open to all 10-12 graders.  This class is required for the 10-12 Composition & Writing (LToW 2).  You may NOT enroll in this class if you are enrolling in 8-10 Lost Tools of Writing 1.

Summary Class Description:  

Pre-requisites: None.

Homework:  Homework for this class will be rigorous.  There will be at least 3 hours of work for the students between the Lit. and writing classes.

Textbooks: **Please purchase only recommended editions, as it will provide for smoother class discussion.**

CliffsComplete Macbeth: https://www.amazon.com/CliffsComplete-Macbeth-William-Shakespeare/dp/076458572X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491417601&sr=8-1&keywords=cliffs+complete+Macbeth

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (*I know this is an older edition of this book, but I like the “connections” that are also included.*): https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0395775442/ref=olp_f_usedAcceptable?ie=UTF8&f_new=true&f_usedGood=true&f_usedLikeNew=true&f_usedVeryGood=true&qid=1491416933&sr=1-1

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: https://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Daphne-Du-Maurier/dp/0380778556/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491417445&sr=8-1&keywords=rebecca+daphne+du+maurier+avon+fiction

Student Materials:  Each student will be required to have a file folder, three ringed binder (can be used for other classes too), composition notebook (not spiral), pens, pencils, colored pencils, highlighters, scissors, mini stapler, glue sticks and erasers.


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