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Middle School Elective Classes
$100 Per Student/Semester

Art: See Like an Artist

Vicky Johnson

I love teaching students how to see like an artist so that they can make art that pleases themselves. To that end I have helped many students create portfolios for submission to art schools. My goal for students is to give you the gift of being able to see like an artist and make your own body of work. But even if you don't want to be an artist when you grow up, the skills you learn are applicable to all pursuits in life.
Sketch Paper – 9x12 fine grain 60lb paper (preferred brand is Strathmore) – Qty 1 ~$15

Coding: Javascript

Justin Hall

This class will cover software development concepts and practical applications using Scratch. The focus of the class is to increase the Student's Computational Thinking and Design Thinking thru Project Based Learning and Constructivism. Students will be asked to ideate, collaborate, and display an understanding of the key concepts learned in class. Students will work on problems throughout the semester and choose from a list of final semester projects that they will be asked to build, demo, and explain thoroughly for a final grade.  Projects include Art, Music, Game Design, Mobile App, and Various Games.

Required Materials:
Students will need a laptop computer running Mac OSX or Windows 10 with Google Chrome
Students will sign up for MIT Scratch, Thunkable, and Construct accounts

Handicrafts

Christy Newman

Handicrafts are life skills such as needlework, quilting, knitting, pottery, sewing, crocheting, woodworking, etc. Charlotte Mason believed that children should be trained in handicrafts because they were skills that could be used for the rest of their lives. We'll be doing string art, wood burning, wet wool felting and needle felting, embroidery and hand sewing and craft with recyclables. The instructor will proved all the tools and supplies necessary.

Supply Fee: $30

Music Appreciation

Amanda Cooper

This class will take a trip through music based on Eras. We will begin with s few fundamentals of what music is and then highlight the style and sound within each Era we study. Examples are : Middle Ages, Renaissance,  Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern Etc... We will talk briefly about a few specific composers. Your student will need a 1.5" 3 Ring binder, notebook paper and a writing utensil. I will provide some copies for notes and resources throughout the class. There is no textbook required. *If your student took the music class in Learning Zone this is almost the same information.

High School Elective Classes
$100 Per Class/Semester

ACT Prep

Elizabeth Lin

ACT Math (Fall)

This course will be an intensive study of the math content material in preparation for the ACT, and it is designed to help all students perform to the best of their ability on the Math ACT.  We will focus only on those types of questions that appear on the ACT exam, so this should not be considered a replacement for a high school math course. However, it will supplement and review high school level math content.  Students should have at least completed Prealgebra and be currently enrolled in Algebra 1 before registering for this class.  


We will focus on the most common concepts that appear on the ACT exam first, and we will then move on to the more difficult concepts.  Students will be expected to spend about 30 minutes outside of class 4 days each week. They will also need to set aside 1 hour several times over the course of the semester to take a math practice exam.  Time outside of class will be spent on actual ACT math questions and practice questions that cover the topics that are on the ACT Math exam. In class, we will discuss the structure of the Math ACT section, determine strategies to maximum student scores on the math section of the ACT, learn and review the quickest ways to solve the questions, review math content, work with calculators, and explain any concepts with which students are struggling.


I would highly recommend you look into purchasing or borrowing a graphing calculator for your child.  Anything in the TI-83 or TI-84 series should be perfectly fine and acceptable to use on the ACT.  The ACT website has a list of prohibited calculators, so make sure you do not purchase one they will not be able to use.  We will be working with the graphing calculators to learn some "tricks" and "shortcuts" to use when solving problems that are perfectly acceptable.  Buying your student a few precious extra minutes on the ACT will be invaluable.  There is no need to purchase a new one as they are quite expensive.  There are many used ones for sale online.  I will also have a couple of older models they may use during class if you don't have one.  They may also borrow them from me for the actual ACT test if necessary.


There are no course materials to purchase.   The instructor will provide each student with a notebook containing material needed to complete the course, and there will be a materials fee to cover this notebook.  This is to be determined based on the actual cost of materials and copies, but it will likely be in the $30-50 range. Students may also be asked to print some supplementary material as needed.


ACT Science (Spring)

This course will be a preparatory course for the Science ACT.  We will focus only on those types of questions that appear on the ACT exam, so this should not be considered a replacement for a high school science course.  The Science ACT section requires very little outside knowledge of science material. Instead, it tests students’ abilities to analyze and interpret data. Therefore, there is no prerequisite science course requirement for this course.


Students will be expected to spend about 30 minutes outside of class 4 days each week.  Time outside of class will be spent on actual ACT Science questions and practice questions that cover the science concepts.  In class, we will discuss the structure of the Science ACT section, determine strategies to maximum student scores on the Science section of the ACT, learn and review how to read graphs, discuss how to evaluate and interpret data presented on the exam, review science content, and explain any concepts with which students are struggling.


There are no course materials to purchase.   The instructor will provide each student with a notebook containing material needed to complete the course, and there will be a materials fee to cover this notebook.  This is to be determined based on the actual cost of materials and copies, but it will likely be in the $30-50 range. Students may also be asked to print some supplementary material as needed.

High School Art

Justin Hall

An introduction to the transparent media of watercolor painting, opaque acrylic painting and other paint media. Major emphasis is on experiencing a variety of techniques and creating composition through observation. The focus of the class is to increase the Student's skills and design thinking thru Project Based Learning and Constructivism. Students will be asked to display an understanding of the key concepts learned in class. Students will work on new skills throughout the semester and choose from a list of final semester projects that they will be asked to present for a final grade.

Required Materials:
Students will need art supplies (TBD)
Water Color Paper, Water Colors, Water Color Brushes
Acrylic Paint, Canvas, Acrylic Brushes
Art History Book (TBD)

Coding

Justin Hall

This class will cover software development concepts and practical applications using Javascript. The focus of the class is to increase the Student's Computational Thinking and Design Thinking thru Project Based Learning and Constructivism. Students will be asked to ideate, collaborate, and display an understanding of the key concepts learned in class. Students will work on problems throughout the semester, journal their progress, and then choose from a list of final semester projects that they will be asked to build, demo, and explain thoroughly for a final grade.  Projects include Blog, Tic-Tac-Toe, Calculator, Puzzle Slider, and Various Games.

Required Materials:
Students will need a laptop computer running Mac OSX or Windows 10 with Google Chrome
Students will sign up for Github.com, Made With Koji, Glitch.com accounts

Creative Writing/Confident Communication

Cindy Fawcett

Creative writing (taught in the fall semester) can be fun! Using a variety of challenging and amusing prompts, students will be encouraged to be creative, "outside the box" thinkers and writers. We will write stories, narratives, poetry, character descriptions, and more in an accepting, non-intimidating environment. The use of strong, descriptive vocabulary will be emphasized, as well as correct sentence structure and grammar. Students will write in class; no homework will be assigned. 


Confident communication (taught in the spring semester): Every student is required to give a speech or presentation during their high school and college years. It can be a challenging and intimidating assignment. In Confident Communication (taught in the spring semester), students will learn how to speak calmly and confidently before an audience using a variety of assignments. Assignments will include reading a children's story to the class, reciting a memorized short poem, writing and presenting a sales pitch, giving a visual presentation, writing and presenting a short speech and more.

Required E-textbook: Speech I - Public speaking and Practical Life Skills

Music Appreciation

Nikole Christensen

This curriculum takes you through the history of music, the arts and western culture from 1600 to 1914. We will work through 17 units of study beginning with a recorded lesson from Dr. Carol Reynolds, completing notes on a listening guide as we watch. Afterwards we will discuss the important historical figures, places and events from the time period covered in each unit. Students will be required to listen to selected works and submit written listener responses. They will also be given a variety of assignments for each unit to help them better understand the historical and cultural setting of the music they are listening to. Grades will be based on class discussion and participation, listener responses, unit quizzes and four exams.


Textbook: (available from Dr. Carol Reynolds vendor at Cincy Homeschool Conference)

  • Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History and Culture, Carol Reynolds, Revised Edition

Personal Finance for Teens

Cindy Fawcett

This course is a comprehensive personal finance curriculum using videos by Dave Ramsey and in-depth class discussions on how to put the lessons into practice. The class will teach students the tools for basic money management and the keys to accomplishing financial success. Topics include: saving, budgeting, giving, debt, college and career choice, investing, insurance, and more.  


https://www.daveramsey.com/school/homeschool/highschool


Required Text:

Personal Finance for High School Students, Homeschool Text ISBN-13: 978-1936948192


Developing Writing Skills

Sarah Russell

In this high school class we will focus on preparing the high school student for future writing assignments to come in both high school and college settings. We will practice with In-class essays but also expand our skills through writing research papers and learning how to properly use the standard MLA style. This class will be a good option for any level of high schooler who needs to focus on mastering nonfiction, technical writing skills.

No textbooks are required