Classic Literature Club with Monica Kilhoffer and Kelsey Klaassen
“In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself…I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see…I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” C.S. Lewis. Join us as we meet and interact with characters who will inspire us to be all we can be, and reveal the dangers of our own wretchedness if left unchecked. Their stories will make us want to more closely examine our own. And it will all be wrapped up in adventure!
Class fee is $30 to cover the Teaching the Classics workbook and each student will need to obtain a copy of Lord of the Flies by William Golding, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I found each of these books on abebooks.com for about $3.50 a piece or on Amazon for no more than $7.00 a piece.
Intro to Public Speaking with Kim Heinecke and Cindy Beall
Whether it’s a formal presentation, leading a group or a simple speech, most of us will find ourselves speaking in front of people from time to time. You can tackle this challenge with confidence and skill! In this class you will explore public speaking skills and techniques, analyze historical speeches, discover a basic model for constructing various types of speeches, learn to effectively communicate your message, and practice in front of an audience. This beginner class is for anyone wanting to overcome the fear of public speaking or those wanting to improve public speaking skills.
*Students will be required to participate in classroom presentations. Homework will be assigned each week. Materials needed: notebook/folder for notes and access to Internet at home. If this class is too full, priority will be given to seniors and juniors and we will offer it again.
Class Fee: $5
Apologia Biology with Robin Storch and Amy Key
Exploring Creation with Biology is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. With a strong emphasis on the vocabulary of biology, the course provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems.
This is a graded class in which one-third of the grade is from class participation, one-third from homework, and one-third from exams. There is a heavy reading requirement as well as an online lecture component outside of Ignite classtime.
Students will need the Apologia Biology 2nd editionTextbook and a 1 1/2″ binder with notebook paper. (Possibly dividers if your child likes to organize in that way.)
Creating with Brown Butcher Paper with Kacie Berkel and Jayme Roberts
This year we are experimenting with brown butcher paper. We will stretch our drawing skills in many ways. We may collage with it, do sketches, create still lifes on it, dabble in typography with bold paints, texture etc. It will be a fun year trying new mediums, all incorporating brown butcher paper! $55
Foundations in Personal Finance with Erica Ward
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
Advanced Biology/ Human Anatomy with Monica Kilhoffer
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. The fee for the class is $40 which includes a Body of Evidence student book and a four organ dissection kit. Student will also need to purchase Body by Design by Allen Gillen. This book runs from $7.00 used to $13.00 new.
Drama/ Improv with Anna Light
Whether your student has a flair for the dramatic or has a hard time coming out of his or her shell this class will help develop their quick thinking skills through fun improvisation games while exploring their talents for acting, stage presence, script reading and memorization, building confidence and channeling high-energy passions into storytelling and comedy. $15
Take the Sword with Christie Gunkel and Jayme Roberts
“and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,”
Ephesians 6:17 ESV
The word of God is the weapon He gives believers to battle through our time on Earth. Often times, though, we lack confidence in how to handle this weapon. Owning a weapon, but not knowing how to use it is not very helpful in a battle! Let’s TAKE THE SWORD and become more acquainted with it together!
In the first semester of this class, we will look at what scripture says about the character and nature of God. We will study 9 of His attributes using Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology as a guide through scripture.
We will then learn some foundational bible study tools based on Jen Wilkin’s book Women of the Word (guys, do not be scared off by this title! It’s just about the Bible, nothing gender specific!). This approach stresses the importance of context, looking at scripture as a whole book about God and the story of redemption that is the Gospel, and opens an opportunity to see the value in cross referencing and insight of looking up Greek/Hebrew definitions and asking good questions.
In our second semester, we will apply the methods we learned to study the book of Ephesians together.
Students will need a paper Bible and a 1-inch binder filled with notebook paper for this class. There is also a supply fee of $7 for printing and pens.
(Students do not need either of the books mentioned.)
American History with Cindy Beall
The Mayflower. The Boston Tea Party. The Louisiana Purchase. The 13th Amendment. Prohibition. The Great Depression. Segregation. If you aren’t familiar with the aforementioned list, you will be after this American History class. Take a journey with me through our nation’s history as we study the birth of a new nation to the current state of our Union. There is so much to learn about our nation’s history, which will most certainly take us the rest of our lives to uncover. But we can focus on the major events and get a broad sense of how and why we became the United States of America.
We will use the A Beka American History textbook entitled Heritage of Freedom to be our guide. The class will consist of homework each week as well as tests for each unit. You will need adequate time each week to complete assignments – you won’t be able to complete it in one day. So please prepare to give your best effort. This will count for one (1) history credit on your high school transcript. (Note: Please bring textbook and test booklet to Ignite the first day.) $15 (all year)+ $20-40 for cost of textbook & test booklet
Textbook: (can be used if able to locate)
Test Booklet: (must be new)
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.