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Centerville Homeschool Academy

Course Offerings 2020/2021

 

ENGLISH

Middle School Literature                   Teacher: Heather Hughes                     heather-CHA@cox.net 

This literature course is designed to familiarize middle school students with basic terms and concepts associated with literature. Students will learn to identify and analyze structural elements particular to fiction, nonfiction, poetry and dramatic literature. The course is intended to prepare students for the chronological study of literature in the high school years. Although the emphasis on literary concepts and terminology is the same each year, the content is different so that returning 7th and 8th graders will not be reading the same material. There will also be a focus on vocabulary, language usage, and critical thinking.

Grades: 6-8                                          Monthly Tuition: $50


T/TH                                                    Supply Fee: $25/semester

Texts: All texts and reading materials will be provided. 

Other Supplies:

 

3-ring binder (1 inch should be fine)

Loose-leaf paper

1 set of binder dividers

pens/pencils

HIGH SCHOOL LITERATURE 1              See history section

 

HIGH SCHOOL LITERATURE 3             See history section      

    

HIGH SCHOOL GRAMMAR                      Teacher: Amber Murray                    armurray@cox.net   

 

Grammar:  a: the study of the classes of words, their inflections, and their functions and relations in the sentence

b: a study of what is to be preferred and what avoided in inflection and syntax.

 

Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. Like all impressions, you are in total control - Jeffrey Gitomer.  What more is there to say?  You need to learn to crawl before you walk and walk before you run; if you want to write well, you need to understand the rules of the language. Learn them here.

 

Grades: 9-12                                  Monthly Tuition: $35/month

Tuesdays Only                             Supply Fee: $15/semester

Text: Susan Wise Bauer's "Grammar for the Well-Trained", Red workbook.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 

SPANISH I, II, III and IV:             Teacher:  Caryn del Castillo                 caryndelcastillo@msn.com 

This is a cumulative series of high school level Spanish language classes, each level meant to be a pre-requisite of the former.  This course will focus on second-language acquisition in a welcoming group setting; we will challenge ourselves to improve in all four language skills:  reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Each level will be theme-focused with a variety of resources and cultural aspects used to develop knowledge and usage of vocabulary, grammatical structure, and syntax.  Creative thinking and expression encouraged.  

 

Grades: 9-12                                Monthly Tuition: $50

T/Th                                            Supply Fee: $15/semester

 

​Text:

Spanish 1 & 2 Text: Paso a Paso. Level 1. ISBN 978-0673216816.  Workbook only required.  

Spanish 3  & 4 Text: Paso a Paso.  Level 2.  ISBN 978-0673216823.  Workbook only required. 

 

HISTORY

HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY AND LITERATURE OMNIBUS 1 *        

 

                                      Teacher: Amber Murray                 armurray@cox.net     

*A two credit course covering literature and history from creation to the fall of Rome.

Grades: 9-10                                Monthly Tuition: $65/month      

T/TH                                            Supply Fee: $15/semester

Main Text: Streams of Civilization, Vol. 1, Third edition - Mary Stanton

                    

Required Literature:

The literature list for this year is considerably shorter than in years past; this is by design. Instead of merely skimming the surface of a lot of the "Great Books", we will be digging deep into a smaller number. Quality over quantity!

Required supplies:

loose-leaf binder

notebook paper

notebook divider tabs (at least 5)

       History chapter summaries

       Book contexts

       Lecture notes

       Study Guides/Quizzes/Tests

       Timeline

blue or black pen (while I do not care what is used to take notes, unless otherwise stated work that is turned in MUST be in blue or black ink)

colored pencil (just a few colors, for taking notes in your texts)

post-it notes (regular size are necessary; the little "flags" are very helpful, too)

highlighter

regular pencil

HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY AND LITERATURE OMNIBUS 3*  

      

                                      Teacher: Amber Murray                 armurray@cox.net 

*A two credit course covering literature and focusing on US History from the age of exploration to the Civil War.

Grades: 11-12                                Monthly Tuition: $65/month

T/TH                                             Supply Fee: $15/semester   

Text: BJU Heritage Studies United States History, 3rd edition, 2005.

ISBN: 1591664241

Required Literature:

The literature list for this year is considerably shorter than in years past; this is by design. Instead of merely skimming the surface of a lot of the "Great Books", we will be digging deep into a smaller number. Quality over quantity!

Required supplies:

loose-leaf binder

notebook paper

notebook divider tabs (at least 5)

       History chapter summaries

       Book contexts

       Lecture notes

       Study Guides/Quizzes/Tests

       Timeline

blue or black pen (while I do not care what is used to take notes, unless otherwise stated work that is turned in MUST be in blue or black ink)

colored pencil (just a few colors, for taking notes in your texts)

post-it notes (regular size are necessary; the little "flags" are very helpful, too)

highlighter

regular pencil

 

US AMERICAN GOVERNMENT                 Teacher: Amber Murray                         armurray@cox.net   

 

Not your mother's government class!  In this class, we will dig into the roots of the American Republic, find out just exactly what the founding fathers meant by all that language, and take a look at what all that means for us today.  You have to live in this country; it's time you found out how it runs and what your role in it is supposed to be.  Know your rights and responsibilities as an American citizen!

 

Grades: 11-12                                 Monthly Tuition: $35 

Thursdays  Only                          Supply Fee: $15/semester

 

Text: Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion, 5th Ed. - David Barton

MS American History                    Teacher: Amy Orth                                        aorth16@gmail.com 


This course will focus on the history of our country from the Civil War to the 21st century. Topics will include: the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Great Depression, World War I and II, the Cold War and beyond.  Map work and hands-on projects/activities will be incorporated.
 

Grades: 6-8                                    Monthly Tuition: $50

T/TH                                               Supply fee: $15/semester

 

Text:  All-American History Volume II: The Civil War to the 21st Century,  Student Reader AND Student Activity Book,  Bright Ideas Press

MATH

 

PRE-ALGEBRA                                Teacher: Lori Rhoads                                 loriprhoads@gmail.com

 

Pre-algebra is recommended for use by 7th graders who plan to take Algebra 1 in 8th grade or by 8th graders who plan to take Algebra 1 in 9th grade. This course will cover the following: fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, signed numbers, numbers in base 2, order of operations, percent, proportions, ratios, unit conversion, scientific notation, angles, evaluation of algebraic expressions, simplification of algebraic expressions, polynomials, and the solution of linear equations in one unknown.

 

Grade: 7-8                                       Monthly Tuition: $50

T/Th                                                Supply Fee: $15/semester

 

Text: McDougal Littell Pre-Algebra, 2005 (ISBN: 978-0-618-25003-5) AND Practice Workbook, 2007 (ISBN: 978-0-618-25752-2)

ALSO REQUIRED:  Scientific calculator, Graph paper

 

 

ALGEBRA 1                                         Teacher: Lori Rhoads                     loriprhoads@gmail.com                

 

Pre-requisite: Pre-Algebra

 

This class will review concepts learned in middle school math and pre-algebra, and go on to cover algebra concepts such as order of operations, evaluation of algebraic expressions, solving algebraic equations, factoring, exponents, rational expressions, polynomials, graphing linear equations, percent, square roots, systems of equations and the Pythagorean theorem.

 

Grade: 8-9                                          Monthly Tuition: $50

T/TH                                                   Supply Fee: $15/semester

 

Text: Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition

ALSO REQUIRED:  Scientific calculator, Graph paper

 

ALGEBRA 2                                         Teacher:   Lori Rhoads                         loriprhoads@gmail.com 

 

Prerequisite: Algebra I

 

Further study in algebra including: the study and evaluation of linear and quadratic functions, radicals and exponents, systems of equations, imaginary numbers, trigonometric functions, solving triangles, logarithms and applications. This course helps prepare students for success on SAT’s and ACT’s.  

Grade: 11                                          Monthly Tuition: $50

T/TH                                                 Supply Fee: $15/semester

 

Text: Saxon Algebra II, 2nd Edition        

ALSO REQUIRED:  Scientific calculator, Graph paper

 

GEOMETRY                                    Teacher: Lori Rhoads                              loriprhoads@gmail.com 

 

Pre-requisite:  Algebra 1

 

A high school level survey of geometry covering deductive reasoning, planes, lines, angles, triangles and quadrilaterals, parallel and perpendicular lines, transformations, similarity and congruence, geometric solids, area and volume, and beginning trigonometry.  Using postulates and theorems to solve proofs helps students to think in an orderly and systematic manner. This course helps prepare students for success on SAT’s and ACT’s.      

 

Grade: 10                                    Monthly Tuition: $50

T/TH                                           Supply Fee: $15/semester 

 

Text: Geometry, McDougal Littell (2007), author: Ron Larson (ISBN-10: 0618595406) AND Practice Workbook, Geometry, McDougal Littell (ISBN: 978-0-618-73695-9)

 

ALSO REQUIRED: scientific calculator, protractor, compass, ruler, B&W composition notebook (for theorems and postulates)   

SCIENCE

MS General Science                  Teacher: Amy Orth                             aorth16@gmail.com 

What topics interest modern scientists?  With a focus on laboratory-based experiments, this course seeks to explore that answer and more!  Topics covered will touch most areas of science: chemistry, biology, and physics.  

Grade: 6-8                                   Monthly Tuition: $50

T/TH                                            Supply fee: $20/semester

 

 

Text: Science in the Atomic Age, Dr. Jay L. Wile 

Physical Science                        Teacher: Amber Murray

Required Text: Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition - Jay Wile

Grade: 9                                      Monthly Tuition: $50

T/TH                                            Supply fee: $20/semester

 

PHYSICS                                  Teacher: Lori Rhoads                                         loriprhoads@gmail.com 

 

A solid mathematically-oriented introduction of the methods and laws of general physics. We will study one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws, gravity, work and energy, periodic motions, waves, optics, electric circuits, and magnetism. This college-prep course requires a knowledge of sine, cosine and tangent as well as their inverses.

 

Prerequisite: Algebra II (can be concurrent)

 

Grade: 11-12                                Monthly Tuition: $50

T/TH                                           Supply Fee: $20/semester

 

Text: Apologia Ministries Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition - Jay Wile (the solution manual is optional.)

ELECTIVES

Biblical Apologetics                               Teacher: Eric Hughes            ehughes@redeemerchesapeake.org 

 

This year we are adding a third Theology class that will focus on apologetics.  Biblical Apologetics includes the ability to give a reasoned defense of the God of the Bible and of the Scriptures themselves.  Each student will learn to explain and defend the existence of God, the creation, a biblical anthropology, as well as the reliability of our Scriptures.  This class will be a combination of video instruction, lecture, and discussion each week.  Students will be graded on their participation in the discussions, periodic quizzes and a mid-term and final exam.  The resource we will use for the video portion is Focus on the Family’s Truth Project: Does God Exist? and Is the Bible Reliable?  Students will need to purchase the Discussion Guides for each series.  Those are available HERE ON AMAZON.  I plan to make the teaching accessible to all high school students.  

 

Grades 9-12                                           Monthly Tuition: $35

Tuesdays Only                                     Supply Fee: $10/semester

 

Text:  See above

                                                             

                                                                                                 

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Course Descriptions
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