2019/2020 Classes

Please note that there is a suggested grade level for all classes.  While there is some flexibility in these, bear in mind that at different developmental levels, students are able to learn at different speeds.  While the material may be suitable for many ages, the pace of the class and the workload expected may not be suitable for students younger than the recommended ages.

Literature-based Classes

Animal Antics 

grades 3 - 5

Fridays, 1pm EST

Full Year

 

Do you have an animal lover in your midst?  This class is a great introduction to online literature classes for your younger student.  Young students (and let’s be honest, adults as well) love stories about animals. These novels will delve into a fun and exciting world of fictional animals and their many adventures! 

This course provides young students who are fluid readers with some wonderful classic stories about our four-footed friends. Students will discuss literature and learn about various elements of stories while gaining understanding of the animal world in fiction. Basic writing and narration skills will be used in reflective response journal entries weekly. 

 

Course texts include, but are not limited to Misty of Chincoteague, Poppy, Owls in the Family, Rascal, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Charlotte's Web, Mouse and the Motorcycle

Cancelled Due to Low Enrollment

Survival & Adventure

5-7

Fridays, 9am, EST

Fall Semester

Do you have a student who would rather be building forts and hiking mountains than reading a book?  Do you wish that this same student would be inspired to read more or that you could begin to introduce elements of literary discussion and techniques in a manner that would be engaging for this same student?  Your solution is readily available!  Survival and Adventure class will offer exciting reading, thoughtful discussion and challenging projects.  Elements of literary analysis will be introduced, along with a vocabulary and writing assignments, all of which are based on engaging topics found in the adventurous books we will read. 

Course texts include but are not limited to:  My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, The Cay, Lost on a Mountain in Maine

What Would You Do?

grades 6-8

Fridays, 9am, EST

Spring Semester

"Well, I would have. . ."  It's so easy to say what we would do, given a particular situation, but without being there, we don't really know.  Our experiences and circumstances lead us to draw conclusions and make choices everyday, and through this class, students will engage in reading books that challenge their perceptions.  Approaching discussions from a biblical worldview, we will thoughtfully consider differing viewpoints and the way society deals with these challenges, versus what the bible says about them.  This class will rely heavily on reading, discussion and project based assignments. 

Course texts include but are not limited to:  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The List by Patricia Forde, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, and The Birkenhead Drill by Doug Philips

Whodunit?  Mysteries & More

grades 7-9

Thursdays, 11am, EST

Full Year

Is Clue your favorite board game?  Are you always searching for a mystery that might need solving?  This is the class for you!  Not only will we read engaging books, but we will learn about the history of the mystery, and the sub-genres it includes.  As we consider everything from the classic and whodunit, to the hard-boiled detective mystery, we will meet some well-known literary figures, and study interesting periods in history.  While examining the critical thinking and logic skills utilized within the stories, we will sharpen our own.  Here is your opportunity to participate with others equally interested in mysteries while taking a great literature-based class that will include discussions, presentations, group projects, writing assignments and critical thinking challenges.   

*Due to often-controversial content found in Young Adult literature, we will be reading many books from Juvenile Literature selections.  Despite the easier reading level of books (primarily 5th -8th grade), the reading assignments in this class are geared towards the strong reader (generally one novel per two week period along with other assignments).

Texts for this class may include but are not limited to: The Westing Game, The Detective's Assistant, Framed!, Three Pigs Detective Agency, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, The Clockwork Sparrow, The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck, Eye of the Crowe: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare's Secret, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, And Then There Were None, as well as Basics of Critical Thinking (students do not need to purchase this text)

Greek Mythology

grades 6-9

Fridays, 11am EST

Full Year

 

Have you ever considered why we are so intrigued by ancient Greek mythology?  Why are the beliefs, language, customs, and stories of a tiny island in the Mediterranean even worth considering?  Utilizing the ever-popular book series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, we are going to find out.  As we delve into this series and a variety of other books, we are going to discover just how much the ancient Greeks influenced not only their world at the time, but our current one as well.  We utilize their myths, their language, and many other allusions that we had no idea trace back to mythology or the ancients.  God even uses their language to describe himself.  In our relatively young country, we have been greatly influenced by a very old culture.   If you are looking to read a great book series, and walk away with a far greater knowledge of mythology and the influence of ancient Greece on our world today, this class is for you!  This class will include on-line assessments, writing assignments and projects.  Because of the interactive nature of this class, microphone capabilities are required and a web came is strongly recommended.

Course texts include but are not limited to D'aulaires Book of Greek Myths,

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan, Gifts from the Gods – Ancient Words and Wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology by Lise Lunge-Larson, Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin, Dateline:  Troy by Paul Fleichman, The Story of the Greeks by Guerber (free online)

Worldview Classes

Worldview II - Understanding the Times

grades 10 and up,

Thursdays, 9am, EST

Full Year

*Reccommended completion of Worldview I - What Is It And Why Does It Matter? class or strong understanding of a personal Christian worldview

As a Christian believer, it is necessary that we have a clear understanding of our faith and a willingness to share and defend it. Once a student takes ownership of their faith, they must be equipped if they are going to stand strong in it.  Society is bombarding us with its "truths" and if we don't understand the lies within the messages, we can easily fall prey to them.  Through this class we will study the five most predominant worldviews that are shaping society today.  We will explore them with the intent of seeing how God's word holds true, despite what society may tell us.  Understanding the beliefs of others allows us to engage in meaningful discussion, and equips us to refute the misconceptions with truths, without being "put on the spot."  For any student continuing into higher education, whether through dual enrollment or as a matriculated student, it will be imperative to be equipped to see the worldviews of academia and be able to counter them with truth.

Course texts will be Understanding the Times by Jeff Myers & David A. Noebel and Understanding the Times Student Workbook

Art Classes

Art – What’s it All About?

grades 5 and up

Thursdays 1pm, EST

Full Year

Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Given that we are created in the image of the greatest artist ever, it is certain that we were each meant to see and express the beauty around us.  Too often, we get bogged down by the “dust of daily life” and forget to view the art that surrounds us.  Whether in the natural world, man-made design or fine art, the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, help us to understand and view the world in a refreshing way that allow us to shake off that dust.  Using both a lecture and hands-on approach, each student will be encouraged to consider art with a new outlook as we study different elements and principles weekly, such as color, line, texture, value, perspective, unity, shape, and many other aspects that influence art.  Whether a born artist, or fulfilling a needed credit requirement, students will be encouraged to find their own creative outlet, as well as to view art with a new-found sense of understanding and clarity as we consider famous and less known art compositions.  Realizing that all skills improve with practice, art assignments are given with the expectation that students will improve as they progress through class.  Encouragement is stressed and the expectation of perfection is discredited as each student gains in their ability and self-confidence.  If your desire is to understand what goes into creating pleasing art and visual designs, as well as improve your artistic skills, this class is for you!

Materials for this class to be announced

2020/2021 Classes

Please note that there is a suggested age/grade level for all classes.  While there is some flexibility in these, bear in mind that at different developmental levels, students are able to learn at different speeds.  While the material may be suitable for many ages, the pace of the class and the workload expected may not be suitable for students younger than the recommended ages.

Biblical Worldview 

Literature Classes

What Would You Do?

recommended for ages 12 and up

Thursdays, 9am, EST

Full Year

$450

"Well, I would have. . ." 

 

It's so easy to say what we would do, given a particular situation, but without being there, we don't really know.  Our experiences and circumstances lead us to draw conclusions and make choices everyday, and through this class, students will engage in reading books that challenge their perceptions.  Approaching discussions from a biblical worldview, we will thoughtfully consider differing viewpoints and the way society deals with these challenges, versus what the bible says about them.  Students will be guided through learning to participate in deep, thoughtful conversations about topics that relate to human nature and the world around us today. This class will rely heavily on reading, discussion and project based assignments.

Course texts may include but are not limited to:  Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The List by Patricia Forde, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper, Loser by Jerry Spinelli, The Girl With The Ghost Machine, The War That Changed My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Pollaco, and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose

Literature for Learning

recommended for students 15 and up with a clear understanding of a biblical worldview

Thursdays, 11am, EST

Full Year

$450

Reading for comprehension and analysis are two necessary skills for any student, however, learning must go beyond these steps.  For a generation with more information at their fingertips than any before them, our students must be able to critically evaluate, categorize, and discuss their thoughts on a topic in a cohesive manner.  On top of this, as followers of Christ, we are called to be in this world and not of it.  Today's students need to be equipped to discern truth, as well as defend it. 

Through classic and modern literature, movies, and relevant articles, this class will cover traditional literary analysis but will also advance learning to a higher level through thoughtful (Socratic) dialogue that will require student participation in and ultimately leading of discussions. With guidance, students will learn to think critically about literature, as well as the world around them as we dive into the topics of relationships, faith, right vs. wrong, freedom, gender, social classes, and death. Discussion of each will be covered in relation to a biblical worldview as well as relevance to today’s world.

As students are challenged to think beyond simple facts and content, they will be required to participate in on-camera class discussions weekly.  Homework will include reading, weekly journaling, and online discussion questions.  A multi-page midterm and final essay based on class readings, discussions, and personal journaling will be required of each student. 

Class readings and viewing may include, but not be limited to:  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Night by Eli Weasel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, MacBeth by William Shakespeare, Refugee by Alan Gratz, George by Alex Gino, The Hiding Place by Corrie Tenboom, Nothing But the Truth by Avi, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Counting By 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

 

*Please note that while an effort has been made to choose literature that avoids gratuitous language and unnecessarily graphic descriptions, certain topics inherently touch on challenging vocabulary usage and images.

Foundation Classes

Foundations of Writing

grades 6 and up

Fridays, 9am, EST

Fall Semester

$225

Writing does not need to be the daunting, tortuous task so many students view it as.  Whether due to gaps in their learning or the need of a review, this class will give students a simple, straight-forward approach to writing a solid essay.  Beginning with a review of grammar and sentence structure, we will move on to well-written paragraphs and thesis statements.  Utilizing the skills of outlines and rough drafts, the writing process will be taught in a thorough manner that makes sense and presents a “formula for writing.”  Through on-line assessments, weekly writing assignments and in-class lectures and activities, by the end of class, students will gain a solid grasp of how to craft an organized, thorough essay that reflects their thoughts in a clear, concise manner.  Students will be compiling and maintaining a binder throughout class that will serve as a reference both for this class and future writing endeavors. 

There are no required texts for this course though students are required to keep a binder of work and handouts.

Foundations of Reading & Comprehension

grades 6 and up

Fridays, 9am, EST

Spring Semester

$225

In a world of instant, short-term entertainment and facts, the skills of focus and comprehension can be lost.  Regardless of the amount of time your student spends on a screen or how much reading is enjoyed, comprehension is a skill that must be both taught and practiced.  Though the primary focus of this class will be on reading comprehension, we will use a variety of tools to learn how to recognize and process the information that is provided to us through both visual (print and video) and auditory (audio books and lectures) sources.  This class will utilize a wide range of reading assignments, practice activities, online assessments, and in-class discussions.  This class is an ideal complement to full year English or Literature classes as the workload is supplemental, rather than intensive.  Students will be expected to maintain a binder that will be added to throughout the semester and result in a thorough reference for their future studies.

There are no required texts for this course although occasionally supplies such as highlighters, colored pencils and small sticky notes are required.

Art Classes

Art – What’s it All About?

ages 10 and up

Wednesdays, 11 am, EST

Full Year

$450

Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Given that we are created in the image of the greatest artist ever, it is certain that we were each meant to see and express the beauty around us.  Too often, we get bogged down by the “dust of daily life” and forget to view the art that surrounds us.  Whether in the natural world, man-made design or fine art, the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, help us to understand and view the world in a refreshing way that allow us to shake off that dust.  Using both a lecture and hands-on approach, each student will be encouraged to consider art with a new outlook as we study different elements and principles weekly, such as color, line, texture, value, perspective, unity, shape, and many other aspects that influence art.  Whether a born artist, or fulfilling a needed credit requirement, students will be encouraged to find their own creative outlet, as well as to view art with a new-found sense of understanding and clarity as we consider famous and less known art compositions.  Realizing that all skills improve with practice, art assignments are given with the expectation that students will improve as they progress through class.  Encouragement is stressed and the expectation of perfection is discredited as each student gains in their ability and self-confidence.  If your desire is to understand what goes into creating pleasing art and visual designs, as well as improve your artistic skills, this class is for you!

Text for class TBD as current text is out of print.  Materials to be announced

13 Art Techniques Everyone Should Know

ages 10 and up

Wednesdays, 9am, EST

Fall Semester

$225

Do you have a student that loves to create art?  Perhaps your student thinks art is the most ridiculous, boring subject in the world.  Either way, there are lots of art techniques that can open the door to creativity for the artist and non-artist alike.  Using the book “13 Art Techniques Children Should Know,” we will explore a myriad of mediums, techniques and hands-on projects that will bring art to life in a fun, interactive way.  We are created by the most amazing artist ever, and each of us is made in his image, so that means we are artists!  Working from this belief, we will approach art in an encouraging, explorative manner that will increase the knowledge and skills of the most enthusiastic artist, as well as help the most reluctant artist find a creative outlet that brings joy. Join us as we look at, learn about, and experiment with a variety of art techniques that will cause you to never look at art the same way again! 

Class text is 13 Art Techniques Every Child Should Know by Angela Wenzel

Materials list can be found HERE

Discovering Art Through Children's Literature

ages 10 and up

Wednesdays 9 am, EST

Spring Semester

$225

We all had favorite picture books as a child, and if we are asked about it, we would probably share the story that it contained.  However, if you close our eyes, you can probably picture an illustration from that book that brings the story to life for you.  Was it the cartoon-like characters, the intricate borders, or perhaps the collage creations that captivated you?  Perhaps it was the life-like paintings or the photographs that stuck with you.  So often, we overlook the art of illustrations, yet it is what draws us to a book.  In this class, we will be looking a bit more closely at how art is used in children’s literature and why it should be considered.  In Discovering Art Through Children’s Literature, we will explore the variety of techniques employed by illustrators, discover other famous works that utilize those techniques and create with those same techniques.  Using a fun, hands-on approach, we will consider and create art from a fun, exciting and thoughtful realm that will improve your artistic skills, challenge your imagination, and help you see art in a whole new light.  A wonderful class for artists and non-artists alike!

There is no text needed for this class

Materials list can be found HERE

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