This year, we have a great line up of classes for the 2013/2014 school year. I thought I would share them with you in case you are looking for enrichment classes.
Interested? Contact Grace Homeschoolers through their website: http://gracehomeschoolers.com/
I. Math Counts/Spanish II/ Marine Biology /Poetry & Drama
II. Middle School English/American Literature/ Church History /Guitar & Keyboard/Middle School Ocean Voyage
III. Middle School American History/Physics/ Life Skills / Architecture
MathCounts Grades: 6-8 Teacher: Andy Abercrombie (Susan Coulter)
A scientific calculator is required. Ex: Texas Instruments (TI) 36
MathCounts is a nationwide middle school enrichment program designed to stimulate excellence in mathematics and problem solving. In class we learn concepts, short cuts, use of a scientific calculator and share solution ideas to problems worked at home (3-5 each day). In February, winners of the class competition go to the regional competition. Top regional teams go to the state competition. Our team has gone to state four times! Most importantly, MathCounts makes math fun even for students who hate math. Students must be at grade level to participate.
Class fee: $75
Spanish II: Grades: 8-12 Teachers: Maria Husarenko (Michelle Demerest)
This class will continue right where we left off last year. Learn to speak Spanish in the classroom and learn your Spanish vocabulary and grammar at home with your textbook. We will review and answer textbook questions in class, but spend most of the time working on conversation. There will be cultural projects too. Tests in class.
Class Fee: $35
Limit 15 students
Marine Biology: Grades: 9-12 Teachers: Sue Moyer
This class will use the Apologia Marine Biology text as the major spine for the class along with various materials and several optional field trip opportunities (I will try to keep the additional costs as low as possible). During the year, students will explore many areas of Marine Science. As part of working through the text, students will create a science fair project and its display, organize and compete in a Marine Science team competition, research careers in the Marine Science field, present info in class, and much more. Several Marine Science related field trips will be organized through the year including trips to SeaWorld Orlando. (Ask for a membership for a birthday or other gift giving holiday!).
Required books: Apologia Marine Biology 2nd edition
Class Fee: $95
Middle School English Grades: 7-8 Teacher: Phyllis Griffith
"Cover Story" takes middle school students on a guided tour through the universe of Story. Through the process of creating the content for their own magazine in a single school year, students are led, step by step, on a fun, thought-provoking journey of exploration and creation. They write poems, short stories, non-fiction articles, letters, and many other short pieces. They also learn to journal every day by following the creative structure of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther Von Steuben. Along the way, they study not just a story's form, but its execution. The program covers poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, interviews, blogs, letters, and much more.
Class fee: $70
American Literature Grades: 9-12 Teacher: Meredith Curtis (Alissa Moy)
This one credit English class is a great chronological survey of the best of American Literature writers and their works. Your teen will read and discuss great works of literature, biographies, short stories, poems, speeches, sermons, plays, essays, and non-fiction books. We will learn about each work and its author in their historical context. We will read poetry, plays, sermons, and speeches aloud in class. In addition, we will learn to do research, write thesis statements, summarize, and paraphrase, culminating in a research paper. Parents will be responsible to provide students with research materials, access to the library, and to do the final check of all written work. (Narrative of the Captivity & Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Autobiography of Ben Franklin, Federalist Papers, Anti-Federalist Papers, Tall Tales & Legends, The Deer Slayer, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Scarlet Letter, A Narrative of the Life of Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, Legend of Sleepy Hallow, Diary of Adam and Eve, Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, In His Steps, Up From Slavery, Our Town, Farewell to Arms, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Giver.)
Class fee: $110.00 Sibling Fee: $60.00
The History of the Christian Church: Grades: 8-12 Teacher: Sue Moyer
In this class will study the history of Christ and His Church through a look at world history from a fresh perspective. For Christians and non-Christians alike, the story of Christianity is a major part of the world's history. We will take a realistic look at difficult times. Our journey will start with the Old Testament and move to the times of the early Church and then onto the modern Church. We will read through The Story of Christianity, The 100 Most Important Events in Christian History and From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya will serve as our textbooks. Along the way we will also learn about other historical figures from Polycarp and Constantine to Charles Martel and Charlemagne to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Mother Theresa. There will be weekly reading assignments along with timeline characters and map work. (I am using Sonlight's Core 200 as my guide for this class.)
Class Fee: $95
Middle School Ocean Voyage: grades 7-8 Teacher: Paula Jarvis
This class will be taking an ocean voyage around the world studying oceans, whales, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, hurricanes, Rays, coral reefs and pirates. This will be a hands on class doing activities like making a life sized whale, using echolocation and being shipwrecked with Pirates. We will finish up with a Treasure hunt using nautical instruments and a treasure map made by pirates.
Class fee: $45
Middle School American History: Grades: 6-8 Teachers: Maryann Locario
Middle School History will cover the history of the United States starting with the discovery of the New World up to the present day. In addition to a historical account, we will discuss the distinctiveness of American values and government, and emphasize the importance of understanding and appreciating United States history. Weekly reading assignments will be required. Discussion, worksheets, projects, and hands-on activities be used during our Friday classes.
Class Fee: $60
Physics: Grades: 11-12 Teachers: Laura Nolette
We will be using Exploring Creation with Physics by Dr. Jay L. Wile, 1st edition, Published by Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. this year to explore God’s amazing creation through the study and analysis of physics. Areas of examination will include scientific laws, motion, work, energy, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, circuits, and magnetism, with just a touch of the history of science thrown in for interest. This one credit high school class is for seniors and juniors who have already completed trigonometry. (Highly motivated science students who will learn trigonometry this year may be allowed in the class as well. Please talk to Mrs. Nolette before signing up for the class.)Please be aware that this class will last longer than a regular class period each week (2 full hours) so students in this class will need to plan to be at GHS longer each week than other students.
Class Fee: $110 if you need a book, $80 if you don’t
Architecture: Grades: 8-12 Teachers: Tamberlin Garrett (Jennifer Beichler)
Through hands-on activities, the students would learn both the fundamentals of architectural design and technical drawing. Students also build knowledge and gain skills through group design projects, sketching, model-making, mapping, research, critical thinking, problem solving and class presentations. We will also touch on some significant residential pieces of architecture.
Class Fee: $50
Life Skills: Grades: 9-12 with preference to juniors and seniors Teachers: Marti Pieper
The purpose of this course is to increase student knowledge and ability in skills necessary for everyday living. Topics included will be self-assessment in regard to personality , career, and college choice; note-taking and goal-setting; money management including budget, banks , and check writing; apartment choice and roommate selection/conflict management; buying a used car and car maintenance; and more. The homework will be more practical than academic and class discussion/interaction will be essential.
Class Fee: $35
Beginner/Intermediate Keyboard & Guitar Class Grades: 7-12 Teacher: Janet Brandel
This class will be for 5 beginner or intermediate keyboard and 5 beginner or intermediate guitar students. They will learn music theory and basic piano/ guitar. They need to have their own keyboard or guitar to bring to class.
Class fee: $35
So, if you are looking for Core or Enrichment Classes, please consider Grace Home Schoolers.
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)