Junior High (7th & 8th Grade) Class Descriptions

Cooking

8:00-9:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Vickie Fry
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $40 

Class Description: In this class, the student will gain skills in: measuring, reading and understanding recipes, expanding recipes, storing recipes, storing food, safely handling food, cutting food, preparing and cooking food, and much more. The student will walk away from this class with 20+ recipes organized in a recipe binder and be taught how to make those recipes on their own. The kids will be using the oven and stove with guidance. This class will be the same class as the 2018/19 Advanced Cooking Class. Below is a list of the recipes that we prepared in that class. These may change a bit for this coming year, but should give you a general idea of what we will be doing.

Egg & Canadian Bacon in English Muffin, Pizza Dough and Basil Pesto without Nuts, Homemade Salsa and Chips, French Toast on a Stick, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal Pancakes, Bow-Tie Pasta, Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas, Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells, Poppyseed Chicken Casserole, Lasagna, The Ultimate Baked Spaghetti, Decorate Christmas Cookies and eat Cinnamon Rolls, Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes, Cheeseburger Soup, Fudge Pies, Tater Tot Casserole, Spinach Dip, Pancake Cooking Contest, Chicken and Mushroom Crepes, Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Noodle Bake, Apple Dumplings, Lime Nachos, Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta, Avocado Chicken Salad, Egg Rolls, Chocolate Fondue Party
Required Textbooks and Materials: 3-ring binder of any size and set of 6+ divider tabs
Homework Estimate: Only occasional homework (1-2 times per semester).


Life Skills/Home Maintenance

8:00-9:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Jeff Leurs
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $20 

Class Description: We will be going over many home repair pojects and knowledge of tools, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, hvac, locksmithing, and basic car repair and maintenance. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Notebook paper for notes.
Homework Estimate: No homework.


Jr. High American History

8:00-9:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Hilarie Eskew
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $10 

Class Description: We will be learning about the history of our great country through reading, questions, vocabulary, map work, quizzes, and fun activities. During class we will discuss the current week’s homework and chapters being covered. Most quizzes will be taken at home. We will have 2-3 projects throughout the school year. We will also learn the states and capitals along with all the presidents.
Required Textbooks and Materials: America from the Beginning, by Joshua Franklin & Debbie Lawrence, ISBN: 978-1-60092-654-9
Homework Estimate: 30 minutes a day.


Jr. High Math

8:00-9:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Marie Trapp
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $15 
Optional Lab: Extra help meets once a week at Mount Juliet Public Library and is free and open to all tutorial students.

Class Description: Middle School Mathematics provides students with opportunities to practice both mental and written computation skills throughout the curriculum. Skills are carefully sequenced, reviewed, and maintained throughout the course. Students move from the known to the unknown situation as they learn computational skills and then apply these skills to solve equations and to plan and implement solutions in real-world problem situations.

The text contains skill review in each lesson via a Mixed Review section in the problem set. Every chapter in the textbook opens with descriptions of real-world problem situations related to the content of that particular chapter and a Chapter Project which applies the concepts and skills taught in the current chapter. The textbook progresses from Making Sense of the World of Data, to the Language of Algebra, to Decimals and Fractions, to Geometry and Measurement, to Proportions and Percents, back to Algebra (Equations and Graphs) and Geometry (Solids, Circles, and Transformations), and, finally, to Counting and Probability.

Assignments will combine the resources in the textbook with other online materials to provide a broad base of support for the student and the parent. Weekly assignments may include online materials (Khan Academy, IXL, etc.), textbook problems, and worksheets. In the four school days between each class, students will do practice problems on their own at home, and parents will help their students check the answers to see if these problems were done correctly. After practice problems are complete, students will do one graded homework assignment per week to be turned in and graded by the teacher. Grades will mostly be comprised of students’ homework, project and test grades, as well as credit for doing their practice problems and for class participation.

Required Textbooks and Materials: 
– Textbook: Middle Grades Math: Tools for Success, Course 2 ; Publisher: Prentice Hall (1999), ISBN-10: 0134346831, ISBN-13: 978-0134346830
– All supplements to the textbook, including the Solutions Manual, and related resources will be posted for free online for student use. 
– Computer or tablet with internet access; printer 
– Other supplies: 3-ring binder, 3-hole punch (home use), pencils, dividers for binder, notebook paper, folders (2)
Homework Estimate: 45 minutes to 1 hour each day, four days/week.


Typing

8:00-9:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Wanda Brandon
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $30 

Class Description: No prior typing knowledge is assumed, so students will begin with the home row keys. We will progress through the alphabet, then numbers and symbols, and other special keys through the year. A good deal of energy is spent unlearning incorrect fingering and keystrokes since most students have been typing on devices for years without proper keyboard instruction. Class time will be used to introduce and practice new keys, complete warm-up exercises and timed speed/accuracy drills. Weekly homework will consist of a review of previous keys learned, typing segments emphasizing new keys, self-tests, and corrective work. Students will be given a weekly completeness grade over the classwork and homework assigned along with Words Per Minute scores over the speed/accuracy drills.
Required Textbooks and Materials: A working knowledge of a laptop is required. Students should know how to create/save/retrieve files. The laptop should have some type of word processing software such as Word, Notes, etc. Students should know how to set margins, select fonts, and select font sizes within the software. Students should know how to print and/or email their work to me. The textbook, keyboard covers, and typing stands will be provided by teacher, paid for by the $30 rental fee.
Homework Estimate: 30-50 minutes per day, 4 days per week.


Computer Applications (1st Semester)

9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester) 
Materials Fee: $0 

Class Description: Students will be learning Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint). This class will teach your student computer knowledge and daily use of their computer. They must bring their laptop to class. If you have a Macintosh computer please purchase Microsoft Suite.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Laptop with Microsoft Suites.
Homework Estimate: 1-2 hours per week.


Graphic Design (2nd Semester)

9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester) 
Materials Fee: $0 

Class Description: Students will learn all aspects of Graphic Design with projects such as logo design, billboard design, advertising design, collaborative projects, and so much more. Software is needed for class. Not all software is required, but I would prefer them to have CorelDraw.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 
– CorelDraw Student Edition (you can purchase a download version on Amazon)
– Microsoft Publisher (on most Microsoft Suites)
– Adobe Suite (student monthly rental)
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours per week.


Creative Writing

9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Heather Junkin
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $0 

Class Description: In this course, students will create original essays, poems, and short stories. Students are expected to read professionally written forms of creative writing as models and then integrate their impressions of these works with their personal life experiences as they compose their own writing projects. Students are encouraged to write about topics they find engaging as they practice writing on the following themes: narration, definition, process analysis, cause and effect, and comparison/contrast.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Students will need a 3-ring binder and access to the Microsoft Office Suite at home.
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours per week


General Science

9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Teacher:  Tara Beard
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $25 

Class Description:  Topics covered in this class are the Scientific Method, Earth Science, Life Science, and Human Anatomy. There are 16 modules in the textbook, and 2 weeks will be spent on each of 15  modules. Students will read each module, complete vocabulary worksheets, and complete selected On Your Own/Study Guide questions. Most experiments will be performed in class. We end the year with dissections. Science Fair participation is required for a grade in this class.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Apologia’s Exploring Creation With General Science 2nd Edition, MP3 recommended but not required. No need to purchase the Solutions/Test Manual or the Student Workbook.
Homework Estimate: About 30 minutes per day.


Life Science

9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Tina Arnold
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $15 

Class Description: Life Science studies all things living, from bacteria to plants to mammals, and all things in between. It is a wonderful foundation for secondary level biology. Every chapter will be gone over in class. Quizzes will be given to reinforce learning. Note taking and drawings will be done regularly. Tests will be given every 1-2 chapters.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
– A Beka Science, Order and Design Student Text (SECOND EDITION), 
– A Beka Order and Design Quizzes (SECOND EDITION)
– A Beka Order and Design Activity Book (SECOND EDITION)
– An 8 1/2 x 11 spiral sketch book
– One 2-inch 3-ring binder with notebook paper and a set of dividers
– Writing pencils and colored pencils
– 1 magnifying glass
Homework Estimate: There is homework every week which will include a reading assignment and usually a writing assignment (like chapter questions).


Speech and Debate

9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Sarah Gaddes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $5 

Class Description: This course explores a wide variety and range of public speaking skills, including: Extemporaneous Speaking, Declamation, Original Oratory, Oral Interpretation (prose and poetry), and Storytelling at the novice level. Additionally, students are introduced to basic researching, argumentation, questioning, and rebuttal skills through a variety and range of debate disciplines, including: Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate, and the basics of philosophy for Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Skill focus includes the development of techniques in diction, articulation, enunciation, and projection. Students begin to analyze pieces of literature, create and deliver orations, write arguments, and evaluate performances. Students have the opportunity to participate in local and state level Speech and Debate (Forensic) competitions.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 1-in notebook, paper, divider with pockets, large index cards, highlighters (1 blue, 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1 pink)
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours per week.


Archery

10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Mike Hudson
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $10 

Class Description: In Archery class, a student will learn the 11 steps to shooting Archery equipment, known as the National Training System taught and created by USA Archery: 1.) Stance, 2.) Nock, 3.) Hook and Grip, 4.) Posture/ Alignment (Set), 5.) Raise Bow (Set-Up), 6.) Draw (To Load), 7.) Anchor, 8.) Transfer to Hold, 9.) Aim (Expand/Aim), 10.) Release / Follow Through, 11.) Feedback.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Equipment is provided.
Homework Estimate: No homework.


Drama (grades 5-8)

10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Elizabeth Rhea
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $15 

Class Description: There will be 2 performances (Christmas and Spring). Students will learn character development, drama terms, fun interactive games, audition techniques, and more.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None.
Homework Estimate: Just practice and memorization at home.


Photography (1st Semester)

10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester) 
Materials Fee: $0 

Class Description: We will study history of photography, technical terms, and functions. Students will have weekly photo assignments to challenge them as photographers.
Required Textbooks and Materials: I encourage each student to have DSLR camera to take my class, but let’s face it, cameras on current cellphones ROCK! I do not want to you to break the bank to get a DSLR camera for your students. There are great cameras out there for under $200. Just search the internet and see what you can do within your budget.
Homework Estimate: 1 hour


Calligraphy (2nd Semester)

10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Heather Butler
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester) 
Materials Fee: $20 

Class Description: The Art of Beautiful writing! The students will learn the classical calligraphy and modern-day calligraphy.
Required Textbooks and Materials: I will provide all the material for this class.
Homework Estimate: 1 hour/week.


IEW – Writing and Grammar

10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Robyn Collins
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $10 

Class Description: This is a Level B IEW class. Some IEW exposure is recommended but not necessary if your student is a quick learner and a diligent student. Students will continue to practice writing with structure and style using IEW’s World History-Based Writing Lessons, which is a theme-based writing book. Writing assignments will use source texts from Gutenberg’s printing press of prominent people of the 21st century to learn to write. This works very well if your child is studying world history or reading world history literature this year, however, is not necessary. Lessons will include taking notes from a source, summarizing a reference, narrative writing, mini research report, creative essays, and more. Although students are expected to know some basic grammar, we will cover grammar using Fix It Grammar book 2. The Fix It lessons are taught in class, but parent is expected to check their 5 fix it sentences each week. Therefore the teacher’s manual for Fix It is required to purchase.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 
– World History-Based Writing Lesson Student book $29, ISBN: 9781623412715 Pub.date 2017, Vendor: Institute for Excellence in Writing
– Fix It Grammar Student Book 2 – Robin Hood, $15, ISBN:9781623411435, Pub.date 2014, Vendor: Institute for Excellence in Writing
– Fix It Grammar Book 2 Teacher manual – $19, ISBN: 9781623411794 Date 2014
(You may opt to purchase teacher manual only and print off student pages from the IEW website. This is allowed if you purchase the teacher manual.
– Supplies list: 1.5 in three-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, pencils, yellow highlighter, 25-pk of clear plastic sheet protectors.
Homework Estimate: 30-45 minutes per day.


Jr. High English

10:00-11:00 a.m. 
Teacher: Jessica Rutter
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $10 

Class Description: This course will include grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. There will be periodic quizzes and tests to gauge comprehension. A writing project will be assigned each semester. Although this class will be thorough and full of information, it will also be fun and engaging.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Easy Grammar Plus Student Workbook by Wanda Phillips and Wordly Wise Book 8 Student (4th edition).
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week.


Drawing

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Ginger Latham
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $20 

Class Description: This class is for BOTH beginning students and those who have had some drawing instruction in the past. My instruction includes drawing on the right side of the brain, a technique that allows the student to draw what they see and not what they think they see. Beginners will be taught the basics, which include proportions, perspective and values (darks verses lights), while returning students will be encouraged to chose from more difficult drawing material. Supply materials (use of which are all included in supply fee) will include pencils, colored pencils, and pen and ink.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None.
Homework Estimate: No more than 30 minutes per day.


Leadership & Team Building

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Tiffany Bevis
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $10 

Class Description: The Leadership and Team Building class will focus on the development of leadership skills for now and in the future, prepare students to take on leadership roles in the school and community, prepare students for the workforce, and promote good citizenship. The class will be divided into several segments of focus: self image and personal leadership style, goal setting and organization, citizenship and civic awareness, conflict management and problem solving, career decisions and entrepreneurship, and community service.
Required Textbooks and Materials: TBA
Homework Estimate: An hour per week or less.


Physical Science

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Barbie Byrnes
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $35 

Class Description: Topics covered include: measurement and units so that students can convert between units in scientific study; earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere; weather; an introduction to physics to understand the mechanics of motion, forces, and energy; Newton’s laws and the forces in creation to understand friction, static and kinetic energy, gravity, electromagnetic forces, and electrical circuits; solar system, stars, and galaxies to introduce the wonders of our universe; an introduction to chemistry for a basic introduction to atoms and molecules. 

Students will be expected to fully read each module, complete vocabulary worksheets, complete experiments and answer related questions, complete Study Guide questions, and select a science fair project to complete, and attend the science fair. All assignments will be reviewed in class to assist with quizzes and tests.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition. MP3 recommended, but not required. The Solutions/Test Manual and Student Notebook are NOT required. I will purchase tests/quizzes, worksheets, and lab kit. Students may be required to perform lab studies at home.
Homework Estimate: 1 hour each day, 4 days per week.


World History and Geography

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Robyn Collins
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $10 

Class Description: In this class we will journey through history from the beginning of the world to today’s modern way of life using Abeka’s 5th edition of History of the World. Abeka is a Christian-based curriculum, and the history begins with God creating the world. Some of the topics covered are Egyptians and their pyramids, Rome and its empire, Johann Guttenberg and his printing press, America and the Industrial Era, the World Wars, and more. Students will have daily homework assignments of reading, answering review questions, occasional projects and tests. In class we will discuss the lesson and work on class projects. While Abeka is a textbook approach I plan to make this class fun and interesting by sampling food from other cultures, building an aqueduct, mapping the Nile River, and more fun projects.
Required Textbooks and Materials: History of the World in Christian Perspective student book, $33.65, Vendor: Abeka Ed. 5th, Code 183202, pub date 2015.
Homework Estimate: 30 minutes per day.


Art with Mixed Media

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Ginger Latham
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $35 

Class Description: This class is offered for returning students who have completed a previous drawing class offered by Mrs. Ginger. In addition to drawing, additional mediums will be used including charcoal, watercolor, watercolor pencils, markers, acrylics and pastels.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Small Table Easel
Homework Estimate: None


Life Skills/Home Maintenance

1:00-2:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Jeff Leurs
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $20 

Class Description: We will be going over many home repair pojects and knowledge of tools, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, hvac, locksmithing, and basic car repair and maintenance. Feel free to contact me if you need more information.
Required Textbooks and Materials: Notebook paper for notes.
Homework Estimate: No homework.


Pre-Algebra

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
Teacher: Marie Trapp
Tuition: 30 weeks (1.5-hour class) – $300 
Materials Fee: $15 
Optional Lab: Extra help meets once a week at Mount Juliet Public Library and is free and open to all tutorial students.

Class Description: This class will use the Saxon Algebra ½ book. Students will have some review and further their understanding of upper elementary mathematical concepts, then begin a foundation for concepts used in high school Algebra 1. Students will be required to purchase the book and solutions manual. 
Assignments will combine the resources in the textbook with other online materials to provide a broad base of support for the student and the parent. In the four school days between each class, students will do practice problems on their own at home, and parents will help their students check the answers to see if these problems were done correctly. After practice problems are complete, students will do one graded homework assignment per week to be turned in and graded by the teacher. 
Weekly assignments may include online materials (Khan Academy, IXL, etc.), textbook problems, and worksheets.
Grades will mostly be comprised of students’ homework, project and test grades, as well as credit for doing their practice problems and for class participation.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 
– Saxon Algebra ½ and solutions manual.
– Additional supplements to the textbook and related resources will be posted for free online for student use. 
– Students need to have access to a computer or tablet with internet access and a printer.
– 3-ring binder, 3-hole punch (home use), pencils, dividers for binder, notebook paper, folders (2), TI-30 series calculator (TI-30XIIS is about $10 at Walmart)
Homework Estimate: 45 minutes to 1 hour each day, four days/week.


Jr. High Spanish

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Patricia Aguilar
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $20 

Class Description: Methodology: Multisensory. I take into consideration all the learning styles. Lots of interaction, movement, and fun while learning. From the basics: Alphabet and pronunciation, greetings, numbers, colors, parts of the body, food, actions (verbs), animals, clothing, family, community and time, be able to answer basic questions of what, who, when, where, why, how and which. Homework every week, some “show and tell”, group activities, short written assessments, pop quizzes. 
Class Goals: 
1. To enable the students to achieve a level of reading, writing, listening, and speaking fluency that prepares them to carry on a simple conversation, i.e. introduce themselves, introduce other people, answer personal questions, and ask general questions using: Who, when, what, why, what , how, how many, how much and at what time.
2. To motivate students to continue learning Spanish on their own by reading books, listening to music, watching videos, and if possible, traveling to a Spanish-speaking country.
3. To promote cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 
1. 1 1/2 inch binder 
2. 100 sheets (composition paper)
3. Colored pencils or markers
4. 1 pencil or pen
5. Scissors
6. 1 glue stick
Homework Estimate: There will be homework every week to be returned the following class. If a student is going to be absent, he can send the homework online.


Jr High Literature

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Lisa Widelock
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $10 

Class Description: Get ready to embark on a journey around the world…through literature! While reading about several different people from all over the world, some real and some invented, we are going to explore different cultures and worldviews. We will grow in knowledge and understanding through a Biblical worldview. Reading award-winning stories, we will cover vocabulary, comprehension, literary elements and devices, as well as write book reports and poetry.
Through book covers, posters, dioramas, and plays, we will explore our creative side! 
The novels read in this class will directly correlate with the writing assignments in the Jr High IEW class.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 
Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Yates
Was was Galileo?, by Demuth
Who was Isaac Newton?, by Pascal
In the Reign of Terror, by Henty
The Miracle Worker, by Gibson
Lord of the Nutcracker Men, by Lawrence
The Endless Steppe, by Hautzig
Who Was Ronald Reagan?, by Milton
The Giver, by Lowry
Homework Estimate: 2-3 hours per week.


Study Skills (1st Semester)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Beth Rouse
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester) 
Materials Fee: $5 

Class Description: This course is based on the Victus Study Skills System, which is based on four important concepts: 1. Zeal without knowledge is not good, but zeal with knowledge bears fruit. 2. Results come from the process. 3. Any system with all of its components must have an aim or purpose. 4. An effective system of study has the greatest likelihood of aiding in success. This class provides students with an effective system of study to assist in their success. This is not a “one-size-fits-all” method; instead, it encourages students to choose what works for them and stick with it. The course focuses on where the student is now, where he or she wants to be, and how to get there. We delve into time management, organization and study environment, and how to read a text to use study time most effectively. We also touch on test preparation.
Students are expected to take the class seriously and come to class with a positive attitude. We will apply the study skills to homework and studying. Students will be expected to keep a weekly planner with assignments, activities, and events up to date. Parent involvement is a must, as parents are key in helping students to implement the techniques, provide encouragement, and hold students accountable.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 
1. Textbook: Victus Study Skills System, Level 3, Student Workbook, https://iew.com/shop/products/victus-study-skills-system-level-3-student-workbook;
2. Daily Planner to write homework assignments, goals, etc. Should have a weekly and monthly calendar included.
3. Binder to keep up with handouts, notes, etc.
Homework Estimate: Approximately 1-2 hours/week.


Critical Thinking (2nd Semester)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Beth Rouse
Tuition: 15 weeks (1-hour class) – $110 (1 semester) 
Materials Fee: $5 

Class Description: Being able to think critically is extremely important in today’s world. From deciphering the message in advertising to defending one’s faith, we must know what we believe and why. Critical Thinking helps us in myriad ways, and we should know how to think critically. This course will be discussion-based and will require significant class participation and preparation beforehand. I will use the Socratic Method as much as possible in class discussions. Students will be required to contribute to discussions and exchange ideas. The subject matter is interesting, and there will be opportunities for each student to contribute to the conversation. A student should never feel afraid to express his or her opinions in this class, since the Socratic Method relies on an exchange of ideas. Students should expect to arrive to class with an open mind and a positive attitude. Many of the concepts are brand new to students and require repeated exposure in order to grasp them. 
Grading: A class participation/homework grade will be given. Each student is required to contribute to the day’s discussion. Tests and quizzes will be given in order to assist the student in committing to memory terms and concepts.
Required Textbooks and Materials: 
– Textbook: Practical Critical Thinking for Grades 9-12+, by Catherine Connors-Nelson. ISBN# 978-1-601444-664-0. Published by The Critical Thinking Co. and can be purchased from their website, http://www.CriticalThinking.com, or from bookselling sites such as Amazon. PLEASE ONLY PURCHASE NEW OR BOOKS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN WRITTEN IN. Students will be expected to use the book as a workbook. 
1. A logic packet will be distributed for use during our logic section.
2. Binder or notebook to keep up with occasional handouts.
3. Pens/pencils/highlighters
NOTE: There is an assignment due before the first day of class.
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hours per week.


Drawing

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Ginger Latham
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $20 

Class Description: This class is for BOTH beginning students and those who have had some drawing instruction in the past. My instruction includes drawing on the right side of the brain, a technique that allows the student to draw what they see and not what they think they see. Beginners will be taught the basics, which include proportions, perspective and values (darks verses lights), while returning students will be encouraged to chose from more difficult drawing material. Supply materials (use of which are all included in supply fee) will include pencils, colored pencils, and pen and ink.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: No more than 30 minutes per day.


Finishing Touch/Public Speaking (grades 5-8)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Gwen Schaetz
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $20 

Class Description: 
Manners that Matter! God’s idea first! Matthew 7:12 tells us to only do to others what we would want done to us! Manners are more than rules, skills, or behaviors like saying “please and thank you.” Manners show others what is inside us and reveal our true character to those who won’t have a chance to get to know you! It is rooted in respect and thoughtfulness. We will be learning everything from dining out, table settings, proper introductions, party manners, social media etiquette, and much more! As far as grading goes, we will have a few quizzes and participation points for practicing what we’re learning. No one wants to feel clueless! Your child will gain the confidence that comes with knowing what to do in different situations.
Public Speaking or “Courageous conversation” (I like to call it ) will be the focus for about 7 weeks. We never know where the Lord will place our children in the future and what may be required of them. Knowing how to deliver a public speech, interview, thought, or idea may be the difference between success and failure. We will be focusing on the “do’s and don’ts” of delivery. Most people report a fear of public speaking, but with practice our children can become confident in this area. We will incorporate many fun activities to eliminate this fear! “All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Required Textbooks and Materials: I will supply all the materials.
Homework Estimate: Only occasionally!


P.E. (grades 5-8)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Cole Presley
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $0 

Class Description: Students will play a variety of physically active games and also do some regular exercises and stretching. Some activities will be kick ball, volley ball, ninja ball, relay races, four square, etc. Students will be encouraged to increase endurance and strength throughout the year. PE class will be held outside if possible. Otherwise, we will hold class inside in the gymnasium.
Required Textbooks and Materials: None
Homework Estimate: Little to no homework.


Sewing

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Teacher: Robyn Collins
Tuition: 30 weeks (1-hour class) – $220 
Materials Fee: $25 

Class Description: Students will review basic hand sewing and jump right into machine sewing in this class. Some basic knowledge of machine sewing is recommended but not necessary, however some of the students may already have skills, therefore this class will go faster than brand new beginners, so keep in mind you may have to work a little extra hard or watch some video tutorials at home to help you keep up at first part of the year. Some of the projects will include a pillowcase, an infinity scarf, a small quilt, following a pattern, and more. Students will need access to a sewing machine for homework. I’d love to see us make some baby blankets to donate to children’s hospital. Some projects may not be included in class supplies fee.
Required Textbooks and Materials: No textbook required. Supplies List: Sewing machine, scissors, straight pins, pin cushion, measuring tape, thread for different projects.
Homework Estimate: 1-3 hrs per week some weeks.