The ACT can be a very intimidating and anxiety-provoking test, especially for homeschoolers who often haven’t had much practice taking standardized tests. This course will provide students with key test-taking skills, strategies, and lots of practice to help improve confidence and decrease stress. We will use The Official ACT Prep Guide 2020-2021 along with other supplemental materials to become familiar with ACT format, types of test questions, and test-taking techniques.
Algebra I is the foundation of all higher mathematics. It is crucial that the basic concepts of Algebra are mastered to ensure success in later math courses.
We will begin our journey with the basics of Algebra. We will learn to use the algebraic properties, solve equations that include integers, and extend order of operations to include algebraic grouping symbols. We will solve multi-step equations that include combining like terms, clearing grouping symbols, and equations with variables on both sides of the equal mark. We will solve rational equations and equations that include powers. We will learn to simplify radical expressions, solve quadratic equations, and graph functions. We will solve systems of equations, inequalities, and absolute value equations. We will conclude this year’s journey with a more detailed exploration of statistics and probability.
Algebra II is an extension of Algebra I. We will review and expand the Algebra I concepts that we learned. We will begin with solving first degree equations, then learn to simplify equations before solving. We will next solve fractional equations, expand our knowledge of powers, exponents, and irrational numbers. We will explore second-degree and radical equations, investigate imaginary and complex numbers, then move to solving higher-degree equations. We will solve first and second-degree equations with two variables, equations with three or more variables, and systems of equations. We will then move to inequalities and absolute value equations. We will conclude our study with functions, exponential functions, logarithms, and statistics.
It has often been said, history forgotten is history repeated. Current headlines are ripe with the news of riots and other demonstrations all seeking some form of change. History has long been dominated by course changing events that see outcomes, some good, some bad, but all that started with people desiring change. This class will take a look at American History, offering perspective, offering insight, and challenging convention, as together we learn about what makes the United States unique amongst other nations in the world. Using a Biblical perspective, you will uncover the framework and foundations for the United States, while examining current events, drawing parallels that challenges each student to read between the lines, draw assumptions, create opinions, and ultimately arrive at conclusions that creates a love for history as well as current events. Coursework will entail reading, discussions, and projects that will bring American History alive for each student.
Top 5 Reasons to Learn American Sign Language
1. Meet and talk to many new people.
2. Have a complete conversation from across a crowded room.
3. Become a body language expert and read people like a book.
4. Become Bilingual with a cool language.
5. Have private conversations in public.
Taking the High School/ Middle School ASL courses can help you do all of theses things and then some. Structured so it can be used as the foreign language credit for high school if needed. Fun enough that you forget you’re working for that credit. Lifeprint.com is the base curriculum. We will cover vocabulary, grammar and deaf culture. I have a unique perspective on the Deaf culture and community since I grew up on the fence between the hearing and deaf communities. Many times jumping back and forth over the fence to accommodate everyone. Come hear my crazy stories of growing up in a Deaf family and play some games as we learn to talk with our hands…and bodies….and faces.
This high school science course covers both the anatomy and physiology of each of the organ systems in the human body including skeletal, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, muscular, integumentary, lymphatic, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive. We will be using the Apologia: Advanced Biology, Human Body Edition (Anatomy and Physiology) curriculum along with other supplemental material to give students a detailed understanding of the amazing human body. This course includes the required lab portion which will include performing lab activities, experiments, group activities, and dissections in class. High school Biology is a prerequisite for this course, and a general knowledge of basic chemistry would also be helpful. Anatomy and Physiology is recommended for 11th/12th grade, although it could be taken earlier if the science prerequisites are met. This class is perfect for students who are interested in any science or healthcare-related field as it covers subject matter that will prepare students for college-level work.
This course will cover 3-subjects/ 3 High School credits under one very big umbrella by introducing students to important works of literature and history that all correlate together beginning at the beginning, and bringing us to the modern day. Each week will have multiple reading assignments, as well as papers and discussions which seek to tie important principles and ideas together, the goal being a deeper understanding and appreciation of these very important topics. Students will be challenged to form foundational ideas and beliefs that they can support and defend, further enhancing their world view, through the eyes of what it means to have a Biblical world view.
This high school science course will provide a broad overview of God’s creation as we gain a greater understanding of the study of life. Students will explore many topics including classification, protists, fungi, cell structure and function, plants, animals, genetics and so much more! We will be using the Apologia: Exploring Creation with Biology curriculum along with other supplemental materials to give students a detailed understanding of many forms of life. This course also includes the required lab which will involve group projects, lab activities, and experiments that will be conducted together in class.
In this elective course, students will be immersed in all things business. Starting from the beginning, each student will learn about business concepts, business laws, and what it takes to be entrepreneurial. This class will be very hands on, with multiple projects throughout the year, including a mock-trial that parents will be invited to observe. Although the course will be anchored by a traditional text, students will utilize multiple books throughout the year, pulling excerpts from each that serve to enhance their understanding, engage their thought process, and set them on a track to become engaged in business, perhaps even a business of their own.
This high school science course will provide students with an introduction and greater understanding of chemistry as it pertains to God’s amazing creation. We will explore a wide range of material including atomic and molecular structure, ionic compounds, solutions, chemical reactions, and so much more! We will be using the Apologia: Exploring Creation with Chemistry curriculum along with other supplemental materials to ensure that each student gains a usable foundation in the basics of chemistry. This course also includes the required lab which will involve group projects, lab activities, and experiments that will be conducted together in class.
The Art of the Argument: A course in clear reasoning and debate for everyday life.
Have you ever worried about how your student will handle the bombardment of secular and post modern ideas in college or in the workforce. This course will help to equip your student to identify faulty reasoning and fallacies in everyday life while preparing them to handle the difficult conversations and debates that can develop from differing view points. The course will incorporate logical reasoning and apologetics along with the ability to participate in informal and formal debates. I believe this course will develop critical thinking skills and relational skills needed to be successful in both college and career.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
This course will provide an introduction to, and a greater understanding of, human
society and the physical features of the earth. Students will explore a wide range of
topics including: the effects of human activity on the planet (and vice versa), history,
economics, government, psychology, anthropology, and the ethics of human decisions
and their influence on the earth. Population distribution and the use of resources will
also be covered. This course aims to teach students how to positively contribute to
society, understand various world cultures, and to make informed decisions for the
public good as citizens of a culturally diverse society.
We will begin our study of geometry with vocabulary and simple postulates. We will study angles, angle pairs with parallel and perpendicular lines, then proceed to triangles. We will learn to write formal proofs for parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, and corresponding parts of triangles. We will study quadrilaterals, polygons, similar triangles, right triangles, and right triangle trigonometry. We will next move to circles and theorems related to circles, area of polygons, solid geometry, and coordinate geometry. We will complete our study with constructions and transformations.
If you have ever wondered why our government functions the way it does, and how it is different from other governmental structures, this class if for you. Using not only the text, but multiple other resources (supplied by the instructor), each student will be introduced to ideas that not only tell the story of the United States government, but also why it is so unique amongst all governments. Knowing the strong Judeo-Christian heritage so carefully interwoven into our government, each student will learn not only the basics, but along the way be engaged in such a way as to learn the intricacies and nuance that make up the laws, and system of laws in place that make the United States stand out. Weekly assignments will include reading materials, discussion posts, and projects that allow each student to arrive at conclusions supported by findings they encounter and weave into their thought process. Fun, exciting, and engaging, I look forward to leading this class as together we all arrive at a greater appreciation for government, and how it works within all of our lives.
Health & Nutrition
In this course we will explore various topics to promote an awareness of a healthy lifestyle. The course basis is that we are all created in the image of one true God and we should steward His gifts with excellence. Our health whether it be physically, socially, mentally or spiritually all need to be understood, developed and valued. Several topics that will topics that will be explored are food science, nutrition, diet, exercise, relationships, and communication, mental health, infection and disease. We will also explore careers in each of these various fields. We will use the textbook, workbook, study guides, test and projects. The textbook and workbook for this course is Apologia Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition textbook and workbook. This course meets the high school requirements.
This course will guide your student to becoming a financially aware teen. Topics covered will be savings, investing, credit, debit, money management, student loans, credit cards, and personal goals with respect to finances. These financial topics will all be addressed from a biblical view. This course uses Money Matters for Teens book and workbook by Larry Burkett. This course is designed to be 90 day course so students will need to dedicate time each day to complete assignments. This course meets the high school requirements.
This course gives the student an understanding of the basic world that surrounds them each day of their lives and the forces in creation, so that they can appreciate the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry and the beauty of creation. We believe that students’ educations should prepare them for life, not just an academic year.
Topics covered in the course include:
The basics of science including the scientific process, scientific theories and laws, inferences and models, and measurement and units
Chemistry including properties and states of matter, atomic structure and the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions and energy
Physics including motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light and electricity and magnetism
Earth Science including the Earth’s structure and processes and our atmosphere and beyond
Chemistry and Physics in the life sciences
Physical Science research
Course description: Composition and Critical Reading is a study of writing skills and critical thinking skills. All literature selections will be used for the improvement of reading strategies, literacy interpretation, and critical analysis. Students will study different genres of literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and plays). Topics: Composition-- writing techniques that enhance student’s ability to analyze tests, respond to literature, develop language and style, and produce various types of writing. We will focus on writing, revising, workshopping, and editing. Critical Reading- 5 critical reading techniques (Survey, Ask Questions, Read Actively, Respond to Questions, Record Key Ideas) We will read work from various genres in order to learn interpretation and analysis skills. Writing curriculum: Writer’s Inc: Write for College (A Student Handbook) ● Comparison Essay ● Literary Analysis ● Argumentative Essay ● Poetry comparison/device essay ● Research Paper Possible texts: ● “Writer’s Inc: Write for College (A Student Handbook)” ● “The House on Mango Street” -Sandra Cisneros ● Selections from Ernest Hemingway’s short stories ● Poetry Unit-American and British Poetry ● Wendell Berry essays ● “The Importance of Being Earnest”- Oscar Wilde