The Lost Art of Card-Making with Kacie Berkel and Jayme Roberts
We will learn all the watercolor and pen and ink techniques in our watercolor journals. Then we will implement our new skills in creating our own cards for friends and family…or just to keep for that special occasion! I have a few surprise ideas to spice up our card as the year goes on! $75 includes top quality watercolors, journals and cards.
US Government & Oklahoma History with Kim Heinecke (one semester each)
Government: This class focuses on the U.S. Constitution, branches of government, and the rights and privileges of citizens. This semester-long curriculum also explores federalism, state and local governments, and an introduction to American economics, foreign and public policies. *Textbook required.
OK History: Explore ancient Oklahoma, westward expansion, statehood, economic growth and state/local government. This semester-long curriculum reviews Oklahoma geography, industry, and tourism. *Online resources.
Students are required to have the assigned textbook and internet availability to access online resources. Homework will be assigned each week. Assessments will include written assignments, written tests, completion of projects and participation. $10
Physical Science with Cathy Hook and Amy Key (9th graders)
In this study of Physical Science, you’ll be introduced to the stunning world you live in, as well as the universe around it. From the composition of air to icebergs to astrophysics, you will receive thorough lessons in each element of the physical world. These concepts are foundational to chemistry, biology, and physics. Classtime will include module labs and discussion. There is a fee of $10 and you will need Apologia Physical Science 2nd Edition textbook and test/solutions booklet.
Composition and Grammar with Cindy Beall and Christi Donaldson
I know, I know, you cannot wait to talk about grammar rules and do some writing. Actually, writing frightens most people. But what if I told you that writing is a craft that can be learned and refined. Would you believe me? It’s true. This is what happened to me. I, Cindy, was an awful writer so my brother actually wrote my research paper for me during my freshman year in high school. I am not proud of this but it’s true. By the time I was in college, my writing had improved dramatically and now, I get paid to write. So, let this class encourage you so that you can become a better writer.
You may ask, “Why does writing matter?” Well, it matters because you will communicate with people through the written word for the rest of your lives. When you apply for a job or send a text message, you will have to write. This is where grammar comes into play. Anyone can write but we want to be able to write accurately and communicate effectively. So, now that you’re even more excited, let’s get going. You will be a better writer by the end of this class. I believe it.
Materials you will need:
GRAMMAR – First Semester (September-December)
- 1 ½ in. binder with 5 dividers. We will use this to keep grammar homework, loose leaf paper and handouts given in class.
WRITING – Second Semester (January-April)
- Laptop. We will not be using pen and paper for writing in this class. We will write
electronically. You could also use a tablet but it may take you longer to type unless it has a keyboard.
- Word processing method. All papers will be written in Google Drive. You will need a gmail account to do this. I use this for almost all of my writing because it’s saved on the server and not an actual computer. I will also be able to comment on your writing and make suggestions. $10 class fee
Yoga– with Elizabeth Zeigler
We will spend the year breaking down poses, practicing correct alignment, utilizing the flow of poses for cardio exercise, and learning how to increase breath control. There will be opportunities during class to pray, worship, and focus our thoughts on Christ. You will need to bring a yoga mat. $5 class fee.
World Geography with Cindy Beall and Sheena Edge
Geography can encompass so much more than identifying places on a map – it covers basic geography skills, physical geography and human geography. This class will require you to complete:
- Homework and reading each week
- Activities in class
- Regular quizzes or tests
- Occasional projects or reports
In this course, we will study each of the following topics: Geography skills include reading maps; using geographic tools like compasses, GPS, and atlases; and understanding topics like cartography, surveying, and navigation. Physical geography is similar to earth sciences. It includes studies geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology and astronomy. Roughly, it studies the four spheres of the earth: the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere. Human geography looks at mankind and how we relate to our location and environment. It includes topics such as sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics.
This course is an overview of world geography because all of these topics cannot be covered exhaustively in a single year. (Parents: You will not need to do any teaching with this class unless you just want to do so. The most important thing for you to do is make sure their weekly schedule can handle the workload and make sure they complete their work. I want them to get a lot out of this class!)
Materials you will need to purchase on your own for the first day of Ignite:
- A 3-ring, 1 ½ inch binder with 5 dividers. Please have blank notebook paper in your binder at the back. $25 fee
Literary Analysis with Monica Kilhoffer and Kelsey Klaassen
Great literature can change and shape a person. This is an introduction to literary analysis. Students will learn how to read, infer, analyze, and write about literature using fun, interesting short stories and group discussion. We will conclude the year with Jane Eyre. Class fee is $40 for the Literary Analysis student workbook. The student will also need to purchase a copy of Jane Eyre in the second semester.
Psychology and You with Jennifer Coody
Are you curious about why we are the way we are and do the things we do? In this class we’ll explore human psychology from a Christian perspective with an emphasis on applying what we learn to better understand ourselves and others to fulfill our God-given callings. There will be required textbook (and possibly supplemental) reading. Each student will research a topic and present a summary to the class. Come prepared each week to contribute to discussions and participate in class exercises. $5 supply fee.
In the Beginning with Jennifer Coody
This year we’ll dive into the book of Genesis to better understand the spiritual and philosophical truths that form the foundation for our faith. Students will be expected to complete reading assignments, come prepared to contribute in discussions, and participate in activities to mine God’s truth for themselves. No textbook is required. $5 supply fee.
Advanced Biology – Human Anatomy with Monica Kilhoffer and Marcie Smith
We will get an in-depth look at how we truly are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We will journey through the human body from cells and tissues to the major organs and systems. This class will include dissections and each student will need his/her own dissection tools. We will be using Apologia Advanced Biology this year. Each student will need the textbook and student notebook. The class fee is $45 which will cover the cost of the dissection specimens we will use this year.
Current Events with Tasha Jeffcoat and Cathy Hook
“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”
Our goal in this class is to have open, appropriate & constructive discussions of controversial political and social issues and to raise awareness of current events. We want to encourage students to develop deeper levels of understanding through research. So that they are equipped to think about multiple perspectives as well as confident to take a stand to defend their opinions. Equally important, will be the students’ ability to listen and respect the opinions of others. We will (hopefully) introduce some elements of formal debate as the year progresses. Fee $10
Foundations in Personal Finance with Cindy Beall
Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition will change the financial future of your students and set them on a path to win with money, allowing you to change the way your students look at money forever. They will be empowered, equipped and entertained while building confidence in their own financial decision-making. $30