ART___________________________________________________________

 

Art:  Elements of Drawing and Design

Recommended Texts: *Books are not required, but it is highly recommended that you follow up with artist study at home.  2016-2017 artists: Giotto, Michelangelo,Pieter Bruegel the Elder

 

Our God is a master artist and creation sings his praise.  As his people, we are made to be creative.  This class is designed to expose students to various art techniques and media,  including pencil, marker, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, and more. Through structured projects, students will learn the basic elements of art (line, shape, color, and texture), drawing and design, three-dimensional study, perspective, composition, color theory, and basic art vocabulary.  Three  artists will be studied during the year to foster the student’s desire to learn from the masters, as well as to aid in composition and creativity.  We recommend that you purchase or find books from the library about each artist.  2016-2017 artists to be covered in class: Giotto, Michelangelo, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

 

Upper elementary, junior high, and high school students will visit a local artist or gallery.  Student artwork will be displayed at two art shows during the year.  We look forward to helping each child use his God given talent for structured creativity!

 

For returning students, this course will build on the techniques learned in previous school year(s); it is also appropriate for students with no formal art background.  Art assignments will be tailored to the level and ability of each student.  

 

 

CHOIR________________________________________________________

 

Choir (K-12)

Recommended Texts:  *Books are not required, but it is highly recommended that you follow up with composer study at home.  2016-2017 composers: to be announced soon

 

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” J. S. Bach

 

Choir is one of the most popular classes at Heritage!  Through exposure to a varied musical repertoire, students discover great music in a fun and friendly environment. Younger children learn the joys of reading and making music by playing pitched and non-pitched instruments and through additional music play.

 

Topics covered in this course include music theory, rhythm drills, sight singing, aural skills training, listening, performance, and music history through composer study; music literacy and notational comprehension are emphasized.   Throughout the year, students learn individual and group vocal technique and become comfortable with part-singing.   Practice CD’s will be sent home at the beginning of each semester, and all students will have the opportunity to participate in a beautiful choral concert in the winter and the spring.

 

Come and join us as, together, we enjoy the beauty of music through listening and singing, truly delighting in God’s gift of song. He sings over us and delights in our songs to Him!  

 

 

CLASSICAL STUDIES AND PE____________________________________
 

Classical Studies and PE are offered together in a single period.  

 

Classical Studies:  History Timeline, Geography, Latin, speaking skills (K-7th*)

Text/Materials: 

  • Classical Conversations History Timeline Cards (1 each of Ancient, Medieval, New, Modern: 4 x $22= $88)- one set per family available here.

  • Classical Conversations History Timeline Song- one per family (available here as mp3- purchase as 5 separate songs, $2.75 each, or listen on youtube for free)

  • Classical Conversations Trivium Table Cycle 1, Ancients Geography map, purchase from Heritage in September, $8-10 per student (This was used at Heritage during the 2013-2014 school year. Returning families- check to see if you have it.)

 
As a memory-based class, Classical Studies will follow the classical model for the grammar stage student (K-6th).  During the school year, students will learn about and memorize:
 
  • The History timeline, including 161 major events and 44 presidents (Returning students can be expected to learn at least one fact from each card, as well as begin to learn the dates of important events.)
  • The Latin alphabet, Latin pronunciation, over 75 Latin vocabulary words and English derivatives, and Latin forms, building a strong foundation for future, upper level Latin study (Some of the vocabulary words will be repeated each year, with new words and Latin forms added).

  • Geography, over 120 locations of the Ancient world, Africa, the Americas and Asia.

  • Oral presentation and listening skills will be covered throughout the year, and will be practiced throughout the year with several 2-5 minute presentations by each student covering demonstration, persuasion, memorization, and expository topics.

 
This class will be packed full of foundational information that we know you will love.  Class time will reinforce what you’re learning at home with fun, interactive games and drills. The key to success is DAILY recitation at home.  If you, as a parent, are not willing to put in 15-20 minutes each day (4 days/week) with your student to practice this information, please do not register for this class.  We look forward to embarking on this brain-stretching journey with you!
 
PE

Text:  none

 
"Education is not merely an intellectual affair, no matter how intellect-centered it must be,

because human beings are not merely minds... A full curriculum must cultivate the good of the whole person, soul and body."  The Liberal Arts Tradition, Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark

 
The second half of this block class will be an active physical fitness time designed to allow children to play together in a structured environment.   Students will learn skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork as they cover basic ball handling techniques, calisthenics, jump roping, strength, flexibility, and more.  This educational class will round out a full day at Heritage!   

 

ENGLISH STUDIES____________________________________________

 

Our English Studies courses teach a love for beautiful words well constructed so that the student may communicate clearly and effectively.  As such, our classes incorporate grammar, spelling, narration, dictation, and copywork in the young years, with students moving into more formal composition and literary and poetry analysis beginning in the late grammar and early dialectic years. The composition portion of our classes is based on classical methodology, including an emphasis on the progymnasmata (progym). Materials used at Heritage are a combination of Shurley English, Spell to Write and Read (SWR), Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), Cottage Press, and our own curriculum materials.  Click Here for an overview of our K-12 English Studies program.  

 

K-1st:  Foundations in Reading and Spelling

Texts:  

  • Heritage Copywork book- $15-20 per student billed to your account in September

  • WISE Guide for Spelling- organized spelling lessons for the SWR program by Wanda Sanseri, one per family used for K-4 English Studies classes at Heritage

  • Spell to Write and Read Flash cards (laminated), one set per family

  • Fry Sight words- available free online or from the App store

  • Optional:  Spell to Write and Read (SWR) by Wanda Sanseri. Heritage will provide training for this program in the fall so this text is not mandatory.

    

The task of teaching a child to read can be daunting!  This class is designed to come alongside parents and provide structure, accountability, and an inspiring classroom learning environment.  In class, students are introduced to the 70 Spell to Write and Read (SWR) phonograms through hands-on manipulatives and games.  They gain a strong foundation in phonological awareness, reliable spelling rules, encoding skills, and fluency. At home, students review phonograms and spelling, work through a reading curriculum**, and copy and memorize short poems and quotes as they witness beautiful patterns of language in passages from the Bible, poetry, and well-written prose.

 

In order for a child to be successful in reading skills, it is essential to work daily at home.  **We strongly recommend selecting a reading program to encourage you in this endeavor. Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and All About Reading are our top recommendations.  

 

Note: Students must recognize and be able to print all 26 letters of the alphabet before registering for this class.  

 

2nd grade

Texts:   

  • Heritage Copywork book- $15-20 per student billed to your account in September

  • WISE Guide for Spelling- organized spelling lessons for the SWR program by Wanda Sanseri, one per family used for K-4 English Studies classes at Heritage

  • Spell to Write and Read Flash cards (laminated), one set per family

  • Shurley English 2 Homeschooling Teacher’s Manual

  • Shurley English 2 Student workbook (includes spelling and vocabulary)

  • Shurley English 2 Sentence practice booklet

  • Optional:  Spell to Write and Read (SWR) by Wanda Sanseri. Heritage will provide training for this program in the fall so this text is not mandatory

 

This course provides a solid foundation in basic grammar, composition, cursive writing, and spelling skills.  Students practice public speaking as they share work and memorized poetry in class.  Weekly copywork selections provide opportunity for students to witness beautiful patterns of language in passages from the Bible, poetry, and well-written prose.   Using songs, chants and daily practice, Shurley English Level 2 covers covers declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences, basic parts of speech, complete and simple sentences, parts of a library, capitalization, punctuation, irregular verbs, tense, an introduction to prepositions, articles, narrative, descriptive, and creative writing and more. Spell to Write and Read phonograms and spelling dictation continue to be an important part of this class.

 

At home, parents can expect to spend about 20-30 minutes per day on class work.

 

Third Grade

Texts:  

  • Heritage Copywork book- $15-20 per student billed to your account in September

  • WISE Guide for Spelling- organized spelling lessons for the SWR program by Wanda Sanseri, one per family used for K-4 English Studies classes at Heritage

  • Shurley English 3 Homeschooling Teacher’s Manual

  • Shurley English 3 Student workbook

  • Shurley English 3 Sentence practice booklet

  • Optional:  Spell to Write and Read (SWR) by Wanda Sanseri. Heritage will provide training for this program in the fall so this text is not mandatory

 

This course provides a solid foundation in basic grammar, composition, cursive writing, and spelling skills.  Students practice public speaking as they share work and memorized poetry in class.  Weekly copywork selections provide opportunity for students to witness beautiful patterns of language in passages from the Bible, poetry, and well-written prose.   Shurley English Level 3 covers all eight parts of speech and sentence patterns, predicates, direct objects, quotations, parts of a book, outlining and dictionary skills, subject-verb agreement, double negatives, homonyms, capitalization in numerous contexts, verbs, punctuation, and expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and creative writing. Spell to Write and Read phonograms and spelling dictation continue to be an important part of this class. 

 

At home, parents can expect to spend about 20-30 minutes per day on class work.  

 

4th Grade

Texts:

  • Heritage Copywork book- $15-20 per student billed to your account in September

  • WISE Guide for Spelling- organized spelling lessons for the SWR program by Wanda Sanseri, one per family used for K-4 English Studies classes at Heritage

  • Shurley English 4 Homeschooling Teacher’s Manual

  • Shurley English 4 Student workbook 

  • Shurley English 4 Sentence practice booklet

  • Optional:  Spell to Write and Read (SWR) by Wanda Sanseri. Heritage will provide training for this program in the fall so this text is not mandatory

  • Recommended: keyboarding program at home.  Suggestions for free online programs coming soon.

 

Students at this stage prepare for formal composition studies by copying, narrating, discussing, and memorizing beautiful language in passages from the Bible, poetry, and well-written prose. In this class, skills taught and reinforced include beginning literary analysis, paragraph structuring, and spelling analysis.  Shurley English Level 4 covers all eight parts of speech and sentence patterns, predicates, direct objects, quotations, parts of a book, outlining and dictionary skills, subject-verb agreement, double negatives, homonyms, capitalization in numerous contexts, verbs, punctuation, and expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and creative writing. Spell to Write and Read phonograms and spelling dictation continue to be an important part of this class. To be successful in this course, students need to be strong, independent readers.

 

At home, parents can expect to spend about 20-30 minutes per day on class work.  

 

5th grade

Texts:  

  • Institute for Excellence in Writing text- TBA

  • Shurley English 5 Homeschooling Teacher’s Manual

  • Shurley English 5 Student workbook 

  • Shurley English 5 Sentence practice booklet

  • Recommended: keyboarding program at home.  Suggestions for free online programs coming soon.

 

The goals of this early formal writing class are to prepare the students to write with structure and style and to give students a solid foundation in grammar.  The IEW program incrementally teaches students how to add stylistic techniques which "dress-up" their work with the use of quality adjectives, strong verbs, clauses and more.  Seven key units will be introduced over the course of the year, covering everything from taking notes, creating outlines, summarizing references, writing reports, writing from pictures, and composing their own work within assigned boundaries.  Students will also practice public speaking skills as they read their compositions aloud.  Shurley English Level 5 covers all eight parts of speech and sentence patterns, teaching students how to identify and classify each word in a sentence.  To be successful in this class, students must be strong, independent readers.  Rough draft and final writing assignments must be typed on the computer.

 

At home, parents can expect to spend about 30-40 minutes per day on class assignments.

 

6th-7th grade: Writing with Skill, Level 1

Texts:  

  • Writing with Skill, Level 1 by Susan Wise Bauer

  • Shurley English 7 Homeschooling Teacher’s Manual 

  • Shurley English 7 Student workbook 

  • Shurley English 7 Sentence practice booklet 

 

In this course, students will continue to develop skills in organization, composition, and research methods as they write with clarity about topics in history, science, literature, and poetry.  Writing assignments are modeled from great literature and nonfiction.  Skills taught include: One- and two-level outlining, writing chronological narratives, biographical sketches, descriptions, and sequences across the curriculum, constructing basic literary essays on fiction and poetry, and researching and documenting source material (taken from the Writing with Skill website).  

A strong grammar foundation will be built through proofreading, sentence pattern analysis, and parsing of sentences, preparing the student for the next level of Heritage English Studies.  

Although students at this level are usually quite independent in their work, parents will need to carefully review all of the at home assignments and offer assistance as needed for certain aspects of the writing process. All writing assignments must be typed on the computer. This includes rough and final drafts.

 

Students can expect to spend 40 minutes per day on class work.

 

8th-11th grade: Writing with Skill Level 2

Prerequisite:  none

Text:  Writing with Skill, Level 2 by Susan Wise Bauer

 

In this course, students will continue to develop skills in organization, composition, and research methods as they write with clarity about topics in history, science, literature, and poetry.  Writing assignments are modeled from great literature and nonfiction.  Skills taught include: One-, two-, and three-level outlining, writing chronological narratives, biographical sketches, descriptions, and sequences across the curriculum, critical literary essays on fiction and poetry, and researching and documenting source material.  Grammar will be reviewed throughout the year. The Latin offered for 8th+ students is heavy on grammar and is a wonderful addition to this class.

 

Although students at this level are usually quite independent in their work, parents will need to carefully review all of the at home assignments and offer assistance as needed for certain aspects of the writing process. All writing assignments must be typed on the computer. This includes rough and final drafts.

 

Students can expect to spend 45 minutes per day, 4 days per week, on class work.   

 

10th-12th grade:   Poetics & Progym II- Advanced English Studies

 

Prerequisite:  Poetics and Progym 1 (2015-2016 at Heritage) *Teacher approval required for a student to take this class without completing the prereq.

Texts:  

  • Poetics and Progym II, Poetics and Progym II Teaching Helps, and Sentence Sense, from Cottage Press.

  • Harvey’s Elementary Grammar, Revised Edition

  • The Aeneid by Virgil (also used in Humanities II Literature)

  • Plutarch’s Lives (also used in Humanities II Literature)

  • Students should also have access to a high quality poetry anthology, dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary.

 

Poetics & Progym II is a challenging writing and grammar class that uses poetry and literature as the model for teaching structure and style in composition.  

 

The composition portion of this class reviews the process of literary analysis and moves into the progym with a variety of refutation and confirmation essays. From there students will compose a number of condemnatory common-place and laudatory essays, and an encomium for and invective against a place, thing, and/or an idea. They will end their study at this level with two essays in which they conduct a comparison of the virtues and vices of two literary/historical figures. Each classical composition will also consider the academic expository essay preparing students to compose essays in any modern academic setting. In addition to composition structures and style, figures of speech are studied, classified, and employed in student essays. Poetry is also studied and analyzed, including comprehension, scansion in a variety of meters, and study of poetic forms. Literary terms and concepts will be studied and cataloged in order to facilitate understanding in students' Humanities studies. In addition, the students read through The Aeneid and Plutarch’s Lives as they study poetry, literary terms and concepts, and beautiful language.  

 

Some grammar assignments in this class are optional.  It is highly recommended that students who have not completed an in-depth grammar program do all grammar assignments; these will be taken from Harvey’s Elementary Grammar, Revised Edition.  

 

Expect about 4-5 hours of homework outside of class per week.

 

 

HUMANITIES:  HISTORY AND LITERATURE____________________

 

For the 2016-2017 academic year, our humanites for all ages will focus on Antiquity, the years from creation through Christ.

 

These courses, comprised of history and literature studies, are the core classes at Heritage.  Why? In humanities we encounter great books, we discuss deep ideas, and we are shaped by the stories and characters that we read about.  A good story ignites the imagination, forms the soul, shapes a person’s perception of God, self, and life.  It is through good literature that children (and adults) perceive what is true, pursue what is beautiful, and grow in wisdom and virtue. In short, our humanities classes are soul shaping because they provide a time for contemplation and conversation centered around the truths of Scripture.  

Be sure to read this article:  The Distorted Image:  Greek Mythology & the Gospel

 

Heritage Humanities classes are on a 4 year rotation:  Antiquity, Christendom, American Culture, and Modernity.

 

Humanities for Grammar Students (K-5th)

Texts: Book list coming soon

 

Using high interest age-appropriate living books that will bring this time period to life, students will focus on the characters and ideas that shaped the ancient world.  Geography and information from the CC timeline cards will be included in context.  This class will feature history discussion, hands on projects, and literature circle, an exciting time for students to discuss the books that they are reading as they learn to dialogue and respond to one another with respect. The early Socratic discussion exercises in humanities will be a favorite for your child!  To develop confidence, listening and public speaking skills, each student will give 2 oral presentations during the year.  The coursework in our Classical Studies class complements this class.

 

For antiquity, the family read alouds will come from the Bible and children’s versions of classic texts such as The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Gilgamesh, Greek and Roman culture and mythology.   Here is a great article for you to ponder:   The Distorted Image:  Greek Mythology & the Gospel

 

Humanities (6th-7th) and Humanities I (8th-9th)

Texts: Book list coming soon

 

* We recommend that 9th grade students take Humanities I rather than Humanities II due to academic workload. 

 

Students will still focus mainly on living books and poems that relate to the time period under study. In addition they will also be reading a history text and primary sources and gaining academic skills which will serve them as they transition into upper level studies. Geography will be included in context. Students will be expected to complete reading and journaling assignments in history and literature, and prepare brief presentations and papers outside of class. Students will learn the pillars of Socratic Seminar and engage in rich discussion as they learn to dialogue and respond to one another with respect, to support their ideas with the text, and to ask deep questions.

 

The final book list will be released soon and will include The Bible, World History for Christian Schools, The Golden Goblet, The Bronze Bow, Ben Hur, D’Aulaires book of Greek Myths, excerpts from Plutarch’s Lives,  student versions of The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Gilgamesh, and more.  Here is a great article for you to ponder:   The Distorted Image:  Greek Mythology & the Gospel

 

Expect about 3 hours of work at home per week. 

  

Humanities II:  History  (9th-12th)

Additional material fee (Due in September): $65 per family- covers the George Grant Lecture CD

Texts: To be announced

 

* We recommend that 9th grade students take Humanities I rather than Humanities II due to academic workload. 

 

The outstanding King's Meadow Modernity curriculum (lecture sample here)  is the centerpiece of this level, along with literary selections from the classic Great Books canon of western civilization. Students will be expected to listen to lectures, complete literature and journaling assignments, keep a Book of Centuries, and prepare presentations and papers outside of class.  

 

Humanities II is a two period block class comprised of history and literature studies (see the Humanities II:  Literature description for literature book list and description).  Because history and literature will be integrated in this class, we highly recommend that students take both segments. If you wish to take either history or literature independently, please contact Heritage Learning for approval.  Most students may consider this one history credit plus one literature credit (if taking both classes).    

 

**Please note that although the morning session of Humanities 2 has been shortened, it will include the same course material as that of the afternoon class.  We chose to shorten the class to accommodate families who asked to take this class on Monday instead of Tuesday. In general, we prefer to have the upper level (11th-12th) students in the afternoon session and the 9th-10th students in the morning session.  This is not a requirement, but it is recommended.  

 

Expect about 4 hours of work at home per week.

 

Humanities II:  Literature (9th-12th)

Texts:  Final list coming soon.  Here is a preview: The Iliad, The Aeneid, excerpts from Gilgamesh, Plutarch’s lives,

Aristotle, Plato,  Josephus, and more. )  

           Here are two great articles for you to ponder:   The Distorted Image:  Greek Mythology & the Gospel and Should Johnny read Homer?

 

* We recommend that 9th grade students take Humanities I rather than Humanities II due to academic workload. 

 

Humanities II is a 2 period block class comprised of history and literature studies.  This literature portion of this class will coordinate with our Antiquity history studies (see the Humanities II:  History description above).  Students will read and discuss poetry, prose, and short stories that relate to the time period (creation-Christ), as well as literary selections from the classic Great Books canon of western civilization. Class time will consist of Socratic discussions in which students interact with the author’s ideas and our culture within a Biblical context. Students will be assigned weekly reading and journaling assignments and will write 2 essays during the year.  The weekly reading in this class will be heavy.  Most students may consider this one history credit plus one literature credit (if taking both classes).

 

Because history and literature will be integrated in this class, we highly recommend that students take both segments of Humanities II. If you wish to take either history or literature independently, please contact Heritage Learning for approval.   

 

**Please note that although the morning session of Humanities 2 has been shortened, it will include the same course material as that of the afternoon class and will be billed as two classes.  In general, we prefer to have the upper level (11th-12th) students in the afternoon session and the 9th-10th students in the morning session.  This is not a requirement, but it is recommended.

 

Expect about 4 hours of work at home per week.

 

LATIN and PE_________________________________________________

 

Why study Latin?  Do you wish you had a good answer to this question?  

 

From Classical Academic Press:

  • Professions steeped in Latin vocabulary: law, medicine, science, music, art, philosophy, and theology

  • Romance Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian are all forms of Latin.

  • Educational Virtues: The study of Latin requires concentration, analysis, and puzzle-solving that develop a student as a student.  It also helps gifted students to slow down and attend!

  • English Vocabulary: 50% of all English words come from Latin; 90% of all polysyllabic words come from Latin.

  • English Grammar: The regular grammar of Latin is ideal for shedding light on the way all languages work—including English.

  • Writing/Reading: An increased vocabulary and understanding of grammar enable students to write and read with greater ease and clarity.

  • Pleasure: Deciphering the “secret code” of Latin and reading great authors in their own tongue, is a pleasure that can last a lifetime.

 

From Memoria Press:  Why Latin? 

 

Intermediate Latin A   (6th-7th)

To be offered again in 2017-2018.

 

Intermediate Latin B (6th-7th)

Prerequisite:  Completion of Latin for Children Primer A (offered at Heritage in 2015-2016)

Text: Latin for Children Primer B (Classical Academic Press) and Latin for Children B History Reader

 

Do not be fooled by the name of this text!  Latin for Children is rigorous, engaging, incremental, and the best Latin program that we have found. Students will use songs, chants, and games to learn grammar and vocabulary (240 of the most frequently occuring words). Short daily workbook lessons completed at home reinforce the class work. Students will begin translating and speaking Latin and even make their way through a Latin history reader.

 

High School Latin A

Text: Latin Alive! Book 1 (Classical Academic Press), Latin-English Dictionary

Textbook covers two years of Latin study, High School Latin A (2016-2017) and Latin B (2017-2018).

 

The Latin Alive! series is a relevant, rigorous, yet engaging introduction to Latin for high school students. This Latin curriculum will make the Latin language come alive both for students who have studied Latin (such as students who have completed the Latin for Children curriculum) and for those who have not been introduced to Latin.

 

 

LOGIC________________________________________________________

 

Why study Logic?  

Students will argue and they will use reason.  Why not teach them to do so with clarity and respect?

Read more here.  

 

Logic is offered every other year at Heritage.  It will be offered again in 2017-2018.

 

 

MATH_________________________________________________________

 

K-6th:  Math skills is offered for our K-1 students in a block with science.  Heritage does not offer any other math at this time.  We can provide curriculum suggestions if desired.

 

7th-12th:  Although Heritage will not offer high school or middle school math for 2016-2017, we have reasonably priced math tutors available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.  Contact Heritage for details.  

 

A former Heritage math teacher, Lisa Angle, now lives in Spokane and teaches math online (6th grade through pre-calculus). She is excellent! For more information, email masterytutorial@yahoo.com

 

SCIENCE______________________________________________________

 

 

Our Grammar level and early Dialectic sciences are on a 5 year rotation:

Anatomy and Physiology (2016-2017), Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics,  Ecology and Zoology, and Botany.

 

Anatomy and Physiology (K-7th)*

Texts:    

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology (Apologia), one per family

  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy Notebooking Journal, one per student (K-2nd junior edition, 3rd-7th regular edition)

 

Through this study of human anatomy and physiology students will begin to understand and admire the order, principles, beauty, and intricacy of God’s creation. This course begins with the study of cells, and continues with the ten different body systems (skeletal, muscular, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, etc.).  Through the year students will learn about genetics, nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, immunology, and how they are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Each class will consist of a brief teaching time, a review game, and a hands-on-lab including dissection, blood typing, heart rate, blood pressure, and more.  Students will create their own Anatomy and Physiology notebook with pictures, facts, experiment records, copy work, and their favorite information. There will be reading assignments and activities to complete each week at home.   Relaxed tests will be given every few weeks for the 5th and up students.

 

K-4th students will have the option of completing weekly assignments, while 5th-7th grade students will be required to read, answer assigned questions, journal, respond to labs, and complete other age appropriate work at home.  

 

* K-1 students will have a 30 minute science class in a block with a 30 minute math skills class.  This supplemental math class will be taught in conjunction with K-1 Anatomy and will run 30 minutes each week.  Students will work with speed drills, mental math strategies, and skip counting.  They will participate in a small exploration lab to probe understanding and finish up with a real world story problem. Students will love learning in an engaging and fun environment! Success in math facts mastery comes with daily practice-- 5 minutes of flashcards or a tablet/ipad app will reap great rewards. Because this class is not intended to take the place of a math program,  parents will need to select a math curriculum to complete at home.

 

Each year, we run three Dialectic and Rhetoric level sciences on an alternating schedule.  To help select which science to take, see the chart below or click here for a larger version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Science (8th-10th)*

Texts:   Physical Science, Novare

 

“How beautiful it is that the more deeply I delve into the study of this world, the more evident God’s hand becomes to me.  Truly, God is gracious to me in showing me these things “(Novare Physical Science, p.136).

 

This is a comprehensive course designed to prepare the student for high school physics and chemistry. A hands-on lab will be incorporated into each class and students will learn the scientific method, observation, lab notebooking, and an introduction to lab report writing. This class is packed full of good information, projects, and group activities that reinforce science concepts and help students learn to work collaboratively.  Our goals are to help students become more amazed by our Creator, who designed and cares about the tiniest detail of the world we live in, and to be able to think critically about how science is presented in our world today.  

 

This course is a mastery based program and the method and assignments are designed so that students re-encounter important concepts from the beginning of the book all the way to the end.  At home each week, students will read, answer questions from the text, review previous material, and take a quiz. Plan for 45 minutes per day, 3 days per week, to complete course work.   

 

All students taking this class are invited to attend our science camp at The Glacier Institute in early October.  This is a great opportunity for relationship building in a fun learning environment on the North Fork of the Flathead River.   Cost per student is about $60 which includes food, lodging, and materials for two days.  We hope that you will join us!  

 

*Older students who have not yet taken physics or chemistry are welcome to register even though this class is geared for 8th-10th.

 

 

Biology (9th-12th)

Prerequisite:  None

Texts:  

  • Biology, Prentice Hall, by Miller and Levine, ISBN-13: 978-0132013499 (Book has a dragonfly on the front, $3-20 used)

  • Additional lab fee:  $20, due in September

 

Please note:  Due to our science rotation, any high school students wishing to take Anatomy in High school MUST take Biology in 2016-2017 as it is a prerequisite for Anatomy (2017-2018).

 

This is a comprehensive, high school lab science class designed to expand each student’s knowledge of the unity, diversity, and complexity of living things.  Students will study​ cells, DNA, genetics,​ bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Each class will consist of a lecture and a hands-on lab to reinforce and demonstrate the principles learned during the week.  Labs will include several dissections, elodia respiration, DNA extraction, protozoa culture, and microscope work.  Quizzes and tests will be given and weekly reading and homework will be assigned; plan for about 45-60 minutes of homework each day, 4 days per week.  

 

The ultimate goal of studying science is to bring glory to God and enjoy Him as we experience the intricate details of His creation.  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20

 

Chemistry (10th-12th)

Prerequisite:  Must have previously taken or be concurrently taking Algebra I.

                         Physical Science is recommended, but not required.

Text(s):  

  • Introductory Chemistry, 6th edition, by Charles H. Corwin

  • The Student Lab Report Handbook from Novare, one per family. (The Lab Report book will be used for Physics and Chemistry at Heritage, non-consumable.)

  • Additional lab fee:  $40-50 per student, due in September.

 

Please note:  Due to our science rotation, any high school students wishing to take Anatomy in High school MUST take Biology in 2016-2017 as it is a prerequisite for Anatomy (2017-2018).

 

This is a demanding, comprehensive, college-prep Chemistry course with hands-on labs.  We recommend that Physical Science be taken prior to this course, especially if your son/daughter struggled with or hasn’t taken Algebra I.   Hands-on labs, demonstrations, and activities will be incorporated each week to help students learn how to implement various chemical concepts and interactions. Students will learn how to write a professional lab report, an essential component of a college science class.  Homework is given each week with a test every 3-4 weeks.

 

Plan for about 60 minutes per day, 4 days per week, to complete course work.

 

 



 

 

 

2016-2017 Class Descriptions