Curriculum and Supplies
The aim in Kindergarten is to expose our children to the beauty and order of words in a four-pronged fashion including spelling, reading, writing, and grammar so that that they will be able to make the proper use of language automatic. Regarding spelling: Kindergartners at Heritage will spend their year memorizing the varied phonetic sounds of the English alphabet. They will begin to use these phonograms as the basis for building words through exposure to a four year, comprehensive spelling program which will begin in earnest in the First Grade. Regarding reading: Through the instruction of their parents at home, they will work their way through an introductory reading program. Heritage Learning recommends using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann. While developing their basic reading skills, parents and classroom instructors will read aloud to the children acquainting them with delightful literature centered in Europe and South America and connecting it with the geography and history of those regions. Regarding writing: at this level, Kindergartners at Heritage will learn how to write the letters of the alphabet and begin to put them together to form basic words through their spelling program. To reinforce this, they will also practice copywork-based penmanship, with the goal that they be able to work up from five to ten minutes per day. As further preparation for writing, the skills of memory work, copying, and oral narration will be employed in a very basic course in English grammar designed to train their ears to listen to and practice correctly spoken language, to train their attention through the skill of oral narration, and to begin instruction in the beginning skills of grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. Additionally, they will also memorize a poem every 3-6 weeks increasing their awareness of the beauty and delight of the English language.
Morning Core: Bible, Foundations in Literature, and Foundations in English
The purpose of the morning core classes for the beginning primary grades is to present young children with beautiful quality literature, begin laying a foundation for strong reading skills through phonics and spelling, and gently teach about God’s word and world with hands-on projects and in-class labs. Because we believe that the best part of homeschool is “home”, we think young children should have plenty of time to explore their world, be outside as much as possible, and gain a groundwork to become lifelong lovers of learning. To facilitate this, we suggest short and simple lessons at these ages.
- : At the beginning of each school day, students will hear stories read from the Bible as we follow the weekly layout ofGod's Great Covenant Old Testament 1: Genesis to Ruth. This curriculum will provide the foundation for our Bible time for our K-8 students at Heritage each week. We hope that families will follow up at home and delight in learning together. K-2nd students will not need the workbook, your family will want a copy to reference. Here is what the publisher says about the study:
"The Bible tells us God’s story. It has many parts, but from beginning to end it is one story with a promise throughout: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.” Through this story, we learn who God is, who mankind is, how the world came to be, and how God worked through history to bring redemption to His people. The God’s Great Covenant series will narrate this story for your student in an engaging and unique way.
God’s Great Covenant Old Testament 1: A Bible Course for Children teaches the biblical narrative from Genesis to Ruth, starting at the beginning when sin came into the world. This first book presents the overarching Old Testament themes of the promises and power of God, recounted in simple, weekly stories. Students will follow along with God’s people, see how He leads them and keeps His promises, and learn how the stories of God’s people begin to point us to the coming Savior, Jesus Christ."
For more information and sample lessons, click here to visit the Classical Academic Press website. Please note that we will not be using the quizzes in this book as such.
Foundations Literature: NEW!! For the 2019-2020 school year, we will use Around the World with Picture Books (Europe and South America) as the humanities spine of our kindergarten through third grade classes. Students will experience quality literature in a memorable way that makes it their own, through a variety of learning experiences that target their unique learning styles and interests. We will also expose them to beautiful, classic poetry, some of which students will be memorizing and presenting throughout the year. We encourage you to read often and alot with your children. Books that go with Around the World with Picture Books will be used in class but are not required for at home reading. Map drawing and geography will be covered in context. Early this summer, HL will send out a basic layout of the school year with learning objectives to give you time to find additional books and projects to go with each country, if desired. PLEASE do not purchase books until our official list is released with purchase links in late June.
K-6 Science -- Chemistry/Physics:What is the Periodic Table? Why do cookies need baking powder? How does a battery work? What are Newton’s Laws of Motion? Through this study of chemistry and physics students will learn the answers to these questions and many more. They will begin to understand and admire the order, principles, beauty, and intricacy of God’s creation. This course covers properties of matter, states of matter, atoms, compounds, mixtures, mechanics, energy, sound, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, simple machines and more. This class will have a strong emphasis on class and nature journaling which develops two of the most important scientific skills: observation and documentation. Learning to really see is a skill that must be learned and practiced. Be sure to plan time every week to get outside and look around. Charlotte Mason said, "Never be within doors when you can rightly be without." As we study together, we will gain an even deeper understanding of our amazing Creator who has made all things well, and who has given us a role in taking care of the things He has made. We can say with the psalmist, “O Lord, how many are your works! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24.
Art: Elements of Drawing and Design
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. Artists and art history from the historical time period in focus (2019-2020: Modernity) will be studied.
Upper elementary, junior high, and high school students will visit a local artist or gallery during the year. 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.
“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.
- 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!