Cottage Garden Homeschool Co-op of Tyler, Texas

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HIGH SCHOOL 2017-2018 

SOME CLASS OFFERING INFORMATION TO CONSIDER WHEN MAKING A LONG-TERM PLAN FOR YOUR STUDENT

The high school English, math, and science classes (A&P and Biology II are rotated) are offered every year regardless of class size.  All other classes we plan to offer regularly, but they are subject to teacher availability and interest level:

High School Class Descriptions

Name of Class: Paragraph to Essay Writing

Teachers: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level need for this class: Students who have completed 8th grade English and are at least 14 years old. 

Class Fee: A $15/semester supply fee will be used to provide copies

Maximum number of students in the class: 8

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class: 

To improve vocabulary, grammar usage, composition, spelling and punctuation skills.

To become a more effective communicator through the acquisition of improved writing skills.

Description of the general class format:

Instruction will be given each week in grammar and writing. Students should be able to write a well written paragraph before this class. We will strongly focus on essay writing by mid-October.

Description of homework assignments:

There will be homework every week. If students follow the suggested guide, they should be able to complete their work in 30-45 minutes each day. The editing process is key in this class. Parents must edit/proofread their child’s work each week. This is imperative! Only typed work will be accepted. The more they write, the better they will become.

Textbook/workbook information:

There is no required text at this time. Students will need to come to class each week with a small thesaurus, a set of highlighters (blue, pink, yellow, orange, green), a 3 ring binder with paper, pens and a yellow paper folder to turn in homework each week. We will do some in-class labs where either a lap top or printed copy of the students paper will be necessary.

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form. There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, in class writing, and perhaps other special projects, such as turning in notebooks for grading.

Estimated homework time: 45 minutes per day


Name of Class: Essay to Research Writing

Teachers: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level need for this class: Students who have completed Paragraph to Essay Writing. Exceptions will be made only for students in 10th grade and above who have submitted a writing sample and have been approved by the teacher.  

Class Fee: A $15/semester supply fee will be used to provide copies

Maximum number of students in the class: 8

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class: 

To improve vocabulary, grammar usage, composition, spelling and punctuation skills. To become a more effective communicator through the acquisition of improved writing skills. To become proficient in using MLA and APA formats in research writing.

Description of the general class format:

Instruction will be given each week in grammar and writing. Students will write 5 paragraph essays for the first few months and then move into several research papers over the course of the school year.

Description of homework assignments:

There will be homework every week. If students follow the suggested guide, they should be able to complete their work in 30-45 minutes each day. The editing process is key in this class. Parents must edit/proofread their child’s work each week. This is imperative! Only typed work will be accepted. The more they write, the better they will become.

Textbook/workbook information:

There is no required text at this time. Students will need to come to class each week with a 3 ring binder, paper, pens, and a red paper folder for turning in homework. We will do some in-class labs where either a lap top or printed copy of the students paper will be necessary.

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form. There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, in class writing, and perhaps other special projects, such as turning in notebooks for grading.

Estimated homework time: 45 minutes per day


Name of Class: English I & II (9th & 10th Grade) Literature

Teachers: Amanda Beals

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level need for this class: Students who have completed 8th grade English and are at least 14 years old. 

Class Fee: $15 supply fee 

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class: 

To improve vocabulary, literary analysis, critical reading and comprehension skills. 

Exposure to classical literature. 

Description of the general class format:

Students will participate in rhetorical discussions of weekly reading assignments. Socratic method and lively games will be used to review material in class.

Description of homework assignments:

Each week students will have the following assignments to complete:

Reading assignment with comprehension questions, sketches and basic research as appropriate.

Literature required:

Romeo and Juliet (Folgers Published)

Out of the Silent Planet

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Hobbit

*All Progeny Press guide questions will be provided for the student from the supply fee.

*All Poetry assignments and questions will be provided for the students.

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form. There will be weekly homework assignments, Socratic class discussions, tests, and perhaps other special projects, per syllabus. Students will be required to keep up with weekly work by efficient use of syllabus, email and/or Remind app.

Estimated homework time: Approximately 1 hour per day

This class is a two year rotation and the next year will include different literature, poetry and short stories; however, the format for the class will remain the same.

Supplies required:

Yellow folder with brads and pockets * this will be used to turn in weekly assignments 

* 3-ring binder used to hold poetry, short stories, work, notes, etc. It is recommended to have dividers (5 Tab) to separate assignments, notes, etc. Organization will be key to the student’s success.



Name of class: English III & IV

Teacher: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: students who have completed 10th grade English. A placement test will be required of student show did not take Cottage Garden English II.

Class Fee: $15 – the supply fee will go toward Xeroxing costs for copies of short stories and poetry for literature projects.

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

To improve critical reading and writing skills

To be exposed to literature, literature theory and the historical significance of the texts we study

To become a more effective communicator through the acquisition of improved writing skills

Description of the general class format:

Students will participate in discussions of the previous week’s reading assignment.

Instruction will be given each week in writing and literature. Students are expected to take notes.

Description of homework assignments:

Each week, students will have a reading assignment as well as questions to answer regarding what they are reading. Some questions will be short answer and some will require short essay. We will have quizzes in class regarding the reading.

Each week, students will to participate in class discussions at least four times. Each contribution will be worth 25 points (daily grade). Those that do not meet the minimum will have an option to do a reflective writing over the reading assignments. Daily grades can exceed 100 for those that participate more than the minimum required.

Writing assignments will include short creative writing assignments, 5 major essays, and a major project due at the end of the school year.

We will be reading novels, short stories, Bible and poetry throughout the year, as well as briefly studying the time periods for each (some historical background).

Please note that homework for this class will require approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours daily to complete reading and writing assignments.

Textbook/workbook information:

Writing – Classical Rhetoric methods will be taught (no text required)

Literature – The Bible (any version)

Mary Shelley Frankenstein (subject to change)

Charles Dickens Hard Times

Mark Twain Pudd’nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins

John Steinbeck The Moon is Down

Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart

Kazuo Ishiguro A Pale View of Hills

This reading list is subject to minor changes and a final list will be sent to the parent prior to the beginning of the school year. The list will be in the order in which we read the texts so that parents may obtain the books as needed through the school year.

*This class is a two year rotation and the next year will include different literature, poetry and short stories; however, the format for the class will remain the same.

Supplies required:

Yellow folder with brads and pockets – this will be used to turn in writing assignments

3-ring binder used to hold poetry, short stories, work, notes, etc. It is recommended to have dividers (5 Tab) to separate assignments, notes, etc. Organization will be key to the student’s success.


Name of Class: Junior High/High School Literature

Teacher: Tracy Coffey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 

7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. This class will entail a lot of reading, so please make sure your student is on level and will be able to keep up.

Class fee: $20.00/ semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 16

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

1. To enhance a love of reading

2. To expose students to age appropriate literature

3. To understand works, their elements, and how to discuss

4. To develop critical thinking skills when evaluating a novel

5. To prepare students for the level of responsibility they will need to succeed in high school English

Description of the general class format:

The class will study age appropriate, current and classical literature. They will read great works of literature and discuss various elements of the books as a class. They will also evaluate the works and write about them.  Group discussion is extremely important to this class set-up. ***Students must keep up with reading assignments to be able to contribute to the discussions. Please expect instruction time each week with the expectation of the students taking notes.

Description of homework activities:

1. There will be literature reading and writing assignments each week.

2. Students will read one novel each month with reading assigned daily.

3. Students will need to participate in discussions and take novel exams.

4. Parents will need to help keep their child organized and prepared to turn in homework.

5. High school students: All assignments will be graded according to CG High School Policy Guidelines.

Textbook/workbook information:

Literature: A book list will be sent out to students as soon as final selections have been made.

Students will answer comprehension questions in class and at home. 

Writing: Writing assignments will be related to the literature that is being read. Grading will be based on knowledge of content. Journaling will be done weekly.

Other important information:

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. *Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall. Parents need to be involved in checking their child's assignments at this age.

**A grade report will be kept in front of their notebook.

Students will need the following supplies:

-spiral notebook

-loose notebook paper

-pencils

-1- 1/2-inch binder

-tabbed dividers

-lined 3X5 notecards (color preference doesn’t matter)


Name of Class: Junior High/High School WriteShop 1 or 2/Grammar

Teacher: Tracy Coffey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: 

7th, 8th, and 9th grade students who have completed at least 6th grade level English instruction. 

Class fee: $20.00/ semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 16

Minimum number of students in the class: 4

Objectives of this class:

1. To enhance a love of language and communication

2. To increase vocabulary and the understanding and use of correct grammar

3. To develop writing skills

4. To prepare students for the level of responsibility they will need to succeed in high school English

Description of the general class format:

The class will study writing and grammar. Students will learn to write different types of writings, and they will learn to write one, three, and five paragraph essays. The students will also work together to brainstorm and edit papers. The students will use sentence diagramming to analyze sentences and the jobs of each word in a sentence. Please expect instruction time each week with the expectation of the students taking notes.

Description of homework activities:

1. There will be grammar and writing assignments each week.

2. Students will need to study for occasional exams.

3. Expect at least an hours’ worth of homework for this class every day.

4. Parents will need to help keep their child organized and prepared to turn in homework.

5. High school students: All assignments will be graded according to CG High School Policy Guidelines.

Textbook/workbook information:

Writing: I will be using WriteShop 1 and WriteShop 2. (I prefer students to take WS1 before taking WS2. Talk to me before purchasing curriculum if you think your student can go straight to WS2.) A student workbook will need to be purchased and placed in a separate binder. Proper writing skills will be taught with a variety of types and styles. Journaling will be done daily to practice and improve learned writing skills.

Grammar: Please read the following information carefully.

Students will work on assignments in grammar from Easy Grammar Plus (the Red book).  Some of this material may be a repeat for some students. If this is the case for your child, you are encouraged to buy a new book that has not been written in. Please understand that it will not hurt for students to repeat this material: rather, the repetition will reinforce and solidify the concepts and build confidence for them.  

The entire book will be covered this year. This book is used as a reference during high school years, so please hang onto it! It contains lists of grammar rules that students can refer to in the future.  

*Please note: Red Grammar Workbooks labeled "student workbook" do not have answer keys in them.

Other important information:

Students are expected to complete homework assignments as assigned. *Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall. Parents need to be involved in checking their child's assignments at this age. Checking grammar pages and reading over paragraphs your child turns in will keep parents informed about how your child is progressing this year.

**A grade report will be kept in the front of their notebook.

Students will need the following supplies:

-loose notebook paper

-black or blue pen

-colored pencils

-1 ½ inch binder

-tabbed dividers

-extra binder for WriteShop curriculum

Name of class: Spanish I

Teacher: Abigail Halberstadt 

Suitable ages: This is a high school level course but a 8th grade student ready to work hard could succeed in this class. 

Class Fee: $10/semester 

Textbook/workbook information: Each student must have access to “Spanish I for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press (available via Scroll book order form). The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed. 

Minimum number of students:

Maximum number of students: 12 

General description of the class: Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

Name of class: Spanish II

Teacher: Abigail Halberstadt

Suitable ages: This is a high school level course

Class Fee: $10/semester

Prerequisite: complete Spanish I or pass my Spanish I final exam

Textbook/workbook information: Each student must have access to “Spanish II for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press (available via Scroll book order form). The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed.

Minimum number of students: 3

Maximum number of students: 12

General description of the class: Spanish 2 introduces students to conjugating verbs in Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

Name of Class: Senior High Government

Teacher: Lee Ann Vertein: first contact: 903 881-9972, then: [email protected]

Suitable ages and requirements for this class: 9th - 12th grade, student must be able to write a coherent and organized paper on a given topic.

Class Fee: $25.00 per semester (3 books on loan to students, to be returned at the end of the year)

Min to Max number of students in the class: 5 - 8

Objectives of this class:

1) to encourage students to think for themselves about God’s eternal principles and how the government our Founding Fathers established aligns with them, and

2) to guide students to an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as American citizens in our Constitutional Republic.

Description of the general class format:

1. We will be learning about God’s order of things also known as Natural Law.

2. We will explore 28 Principles of Freedom that were applied by our Founding Fathers.

3. We will become more familiar with

1) the Declaration of Independence and

2) the Constitution of the United States.

4. We will examine the ‘original intent’ of our Founding Fathers whose efforts established our Constitutional Republic.

Each session will include introduction to an idea, concept, or principle, and group discussion of that idea. We will then formulate conclusions from our discussions. God’s eternal truth will be our plumb line!

Description of homework activities:

First semester

1. read assigned text and answer assigned questions in preparation for class discussion

2. fill in a 7-column chart organizing the 28 Principles of Freedom

3. research and write one character study at home (character selection at the teacher’s

discretion)

Second semester

1. read assigned text and answer assigned questions in preparation for class discussion

2. examine, evaluate, research, and write a comparison or contrast paper about the ‘original

intent’ of the Constitution and the present day governing practices (specific topic at the

teacher’s discretion).

Students are expected to complete & turn in homework assignments. Failure to complete assignments may result in the reassignment of the student to study hall.

Textbook/workbook information:

1. The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen (first semester) (teacher will provide)

2. Common Sense by Thomas Paine (first semester) (teacher will provide)

3. The Constitution Made Easy by Michael Holler (second semester) (teacher will provide)

3. New American Standard Bible - NAS (both semesters) For continuity sake, I request all

students to use the same text. I encourage them, however, to also look up their references

in their favorite version.

4. A dictionary (a real book, not on your computer) (both semesters)

Required supplies:

1. The student is to bring pencils &/or pens to class (we will not be using laptops in class).

2. The student is to bring a 1 1/2” 3 ring binder (with pockets & front sleeve) to class.

Binder supplies – plenty of lined paper, punched typing or copy paper (12) per semester, 8 dividers (after registration is complete, you will be instructed how to organize them).

Grades

Homework completed 36% per semester

Discussion participation 36% per semester

Written paper 28% per semester


Name of Class: World History

Teacher: Elizabeth Earle 

Suitable ages and requirements: 9th - 12th grade students with the maturity to discuss an imperfect world in a godly manner.  The text book is written in a 9th grade level and other outside reading will be assigned.   Critical thinking and basic research skills expected. This is a great class to develop those skills. Please contact me with any concerns about a teens readiness 

Class fee: $5 per semester for copies and materials 

Min./Max students: 3-12

Objective: This class will have an overview of history from the dawn of civilization to the present world with an emphasis on how a Christian world view affects the study of history.   The importance of primary sources will be revealed and class time will primarily be spent in teacher/class discussion utilizing critical thinking skills.  The expectation will be that assigned material will be read and completed prior to class. Note taking during class will be expected.   

Homework requirements:  Homework will be assigned weekly and will include textbook reading and completing assignments. Test will be closed book and completed at home.  Each semester will have a research project.   An hour a day of homework is the standard for Cottage Garden but strong readers may find they spend less time than that in this class.

Textbooks:  Students will need World History Student Text (4th edition) from Bob Jones University Press.  The research projects will have plenty of options to fit the needs of each student. 

Name of class: Logic and Argumentation

Teacher: Patricia Shaw

Suitable ages: 14 years and up, due to mature high school level content and study load.

Class fee: $20 per semester, plus independent purchase of consumable texts

Minimum number of students: 4

Maximum number of students: 12

Texts required:

The Art of Argument, The Argument Builder, and The Discovery of Deduction, all by Classical

Academic Press

General description of the class:

“My chief objection to a quarrel,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “is that it ends a good argument.” In this high energy class, we will delve into the mystery of argumentation, using a Socratic approach at the rhetoric stage of learning. Mature topics will be discussed, as indicated in the syllabus, so that parents can introduce themselves, before it is discussed in class. Internet research will be required. Plan to study an hour daily outside the classroom.

In the first semester, students will study informal logic and the informal fallacies (everyday arguments poorly constructed), recognizing bad reasoning and identifying fallacies, using the text, The Art of Argument. The companion text, The Argument Builder, will be utilized to facilitate building compelling and persuasive arguments of their own. Students first study the logical structure of sound arguments and then study how to use the common topics of argument, such as the use of examples, analogy, comparison, testimony, and statistics.

In the second semester, students will extend learning toward introducing formal logic. Using the text, The Discovery of Deduction, we will investigate practical and real-world applications of soundly structured deductive logic. Using methods such as Socratic dialogue, ample discussion, internet research, and integration of other subjects, they will learn formal logic in a tangible way.

This study will further train and hone students’ minds, enabling them to create, research, and arrange content in order to articulate their own persuasive arguments. 

Past students have articulated that this course helped them later in persuasive essay writing, debate and improved communication with adults. Come and be challenged in this rigorous course! 

Name of Class: Basic Computer

Teacher: Rachel Mohn

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Middle School Students, also available to high school students who need beginner level instruction.

Cost: $10 for copies; $20 equipment fee (one time per year fee, payable to Cottage Garden)

Maximum Number of Students in this class: 10

Minimum Number of Students in this class: 3

The overall objective is to teach students how to use any word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, and publisher/draw for their personal and/or educational use . I want to provide students with useful experience that will be helpful for school and their personal lives.

Texts: None

Objectives:

  • Increase the student's knowledge of how to use a word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, publisher/draw for their own personal/educational use.  We will be using LibreOffice (a free version of the Word Suite).
  • Increase typing speed to a minimum of 30 wpm in an online typing software. 
  • Introduce student to 10 key using online typing software
  • Expectations:
  • Students will organize class handouts in a notebook.
  • Students will complete an assignment at home each week from handouts (to be printed and/or emailed as determined by teacher).  Assignments being emailed must be received by teacher prior to class each week.
  • Students will practice typing each day for 15 minutes in online computer typing program and reach a minimum of 30 wpm by the end of the school year.
  • Students will come to class prepared with the previous week’s assignment completed.

 I estimate weekly homework will take 1-2 hours outside of class.

 Requirements:


    • Home computer or laptop
    • Access to the internet and email
    • Libre Office (free download) at home
    • USB flash drive (if not bringing laptop to Cottage Garden)
    • Access to printer for printing completed assignments

 

Name of Class:  Business Computer

Teacher:  Rachel Mohn

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:  High School Students who have completed the Basic Computer Class.

Cost:  $10 for copies of handouts; $20 equipment fee (one time yearly fee, payable to Cottage Garden);

Maximum Number of Students in this class:  10

Minimum Number of Students in this class:  3

The overall objective is to help students become confident in their ability to use any word processing, spreadsheet, or presentation software for their personal use and/or business use. I want to provide students with useful experience that would be necessary for college and/or job opportunities that they will have in the near future.

 Texts: LIFEPAC Business Computer Information Systems Work Books 3-Word Processing, 4-Spreadsheets, 8-Presentation Software, Resource CD, Handouts

Objectives:


    • Increase the student's knowledge of how to use a word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, publisher/draw for their own personal use and/or business purposes. We will be using Libre Office (a free version of the Word Suite).
    • Increase typing speed to a minimum of 60 wpm in an online typing software. 
    • Introduce and gain proficiency on 10 key using a online typing program.

Expectations:


    • Students will organize class handouts in a notebook.
    • Students will complete an assignment at home each week from handouts and/or BCIS books (to be printed and/or emailed as determined by teacher).  Assignments being emailed must be received by teacher prior to class each week.
    • Students will come to class prepared with the previous week’s assignment completed.

 I estimate weekly homework will take 1-2 hours outside of class.

 Grading: All work is daily work

 Requirements:

  • Home computer or laptop
  • Access to the internet and email
  • Libre Office (free download) or Microsoft Word Suite
  • USB flash drive (if not bringing laptop to Cottage Garden)
  • Access to printer for printing completed assignments

Name of Class: Physical Science

Teacher: Kelly Dickerson

Suitable Ages, Abilities or Skill Level Needed for this Class: The Physical Science course can be for High School credit. This class is for an 8th or 9th grade student who has completed the General Science course (preferably), and has already taken or will be concurrently taking Pre-Algebra and is strong in Math.  Students should display a maturity level that is appropriate for High School level work. 

Cost: $10 per student per semester

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Minimum Number of Students: 2

Objectives of this Class: from Dr. Jay L. Wile, “This course will take you on an amazing journey! It will begin with a detailed discussion of the world around you and what makes it work. It will then take you out into the Universe so that you may learn the majesty of God’s creation.”

Description of the General Class Format: Class time will be devoted to discussing, performing and recording experiments and maintaining a lab notebook, as well as reviewing material from each module.

Description of Enrichment or Homework Activities: The student will be given a schedule of daily reading assignments and questions to answer at home. Occasionally, parents will lead experiments at home that were not completed in class because of time. Every other week the student will complete a study guide. Homework will require about one hour of work per day at home. Lab reports, study notes, OYO questions, & tests are also required assignments.

Textbook Information (available via Scroll book order form)The textbook is Exploring Creation with Physical Science, by Dr. Jay L. Wile 2nd Edition. The textbook, as well as the “Solutions and Tests” manual must be purchased by each participating family.

Other Important Information:

Grading Method:

Module study notes = 15% of grade

Lab reports = 15% of grade

OYO questions = 10% of grade

Study guide = 10% of grade

Tests = 50% of grade

It is my desire to have good communication with parents throughout the year regarding grades. I will have a grade book page for each student available for periodic review.

Name of class: High School Biology

Teacher: Jeri Prestidge

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is a high school Biology credit.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Physical Science is required before registering for this class.

Class Fee: $20 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: This Biology class includes study of life from a Christian the perspective. This includes bacteria, chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, evolution, ecosystems and animal and plant kingdoms.

Description of the general class format: The majority of class time will be spent performing lab experiments and post experiment reading. We will use the microscope often, conduct experiments weekly, and participate in four dissections during year.

Description of enrichment or homework activities:

50% of students grade will include this required work:

- Daily reading at home while taking notes

- Memorizing of terms from the book

- Writing lab reports as assigned

- Maintaining an organized notebook

- Completing study guides

- Occasional pop quiz and projects

50% of students grade: will come from chapter tests.

These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded.

*Estimated homework time: will vary according to student, but approximately 1 hour per day.

Textbook/workbook information (available via Scroll book order form):

Exploring Creation with Biology by Jay L. Wile, 2nd Edition, published by Apologia Educational Ministries (2nd edition is required). Also purchase the tests and solutions booklet usually sold with the text.

Other important information: Teacher will grade chapter tests and keep records of all grades, including homework listed above. Parents will be notified of student’s progress each grading period. If students get far behind they will be asked to transfer to a study hall. No late work is accepted. Please see policy form.

Name of class: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Teacher: Susie Campbell

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is an advanced biology course. It is intended for junior and senior level students. Please see http://shop.apologia.com/8-advanced-biology for information on how this course can meet advanced placement requirements.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of biology. First year chemistry is strongly recommended, but not required to take this class. Apologia does recommend taking chemistry first.

Class Fee: $40 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 10
Minimum number of students for the class to make: 3

Objectives of this class: This advanced biology course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body's eleven organ systems in detail. We will learn the structure and function of the human body from the cellular to the organ system level.

Description of the general class format: The majority of class time will be lecture format. We will also use the microscope frequently and perform three dissections during the year.

Description of enrichment or homework activities.

Daily Work- 50% of grade will include:

Reading assignments, answering questions from the text, and completing a study guide for each module. Daily work must be checked by the parent or student prior to taking the test. Grades given will be for completion only.
Writing lab reports as assigned. These will be graded by the teacher.

Tests- 50% of student's grade will come from chapter tests.
These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded.

*Estimated homework time: Will vary according to student, but approximately one hour per day. A large portion of this course includes memorization. More time may be required for some students.

Textbook/workbook information:

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition by Marilyn M. Shannon & Rachael L. Yunis

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Solutions and Test Manual

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Student Notebook

*Please note: Students must have the 2nd edition text. Older editions cannot be used.


Name of class: High School Chemistry

Teacher: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: High school students.

Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed Algebra I to enroll in this class.

Class Fee: $20

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 5

General Class Format: Generally, each class will consist of a lecture by the teacher to cover the main concepts in the module and a lab(s) to reinforce the concepts. Depending upon the school calendar and the number of labs in each module, there may be one or two lectures over each module. This is not enough time to cover all topics/sections, the lectures are intended to be a help in conquering difficult concepts and to help in calculations and application of concepts. It is very important that the student is prepared for each class, having read their assignments and attempted problems assigned as daily work. Students will be performing labs that are supervised by the lab instructor. They will be using new, up-to-date lab equipment that Cottage Garden is very blessed to have. It is the student's responsibility to maintain and care for the equipment. (See policy form concerning damaged equipment)

Objectives of this class: To provide an aid in understanding the basic concepts of chemistry for the high school student. To perform chemistry experiments in order to enhance the students' understanding of chemistry principles.

Description of the general class format: Binders will be collected at the end of each module to check for completion of work. Chemistry experiments will be performed most weeks & students be required to complete a lab report on each experiment that is assigned. Lab reports will be graded on their content by the lab instructor. If a student misses an experiment due to absence, the student must still write a lab report from the information given in the textbook.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the year which will provide a suggested outline for their reading assignments, "On Your Own" (OYO) problems, and other daily work they are expected to complete and the non-flexible due dates for module work and tests. If a student adheres to the reading/daily work schedule, they will be prepared to meet the deadlines for tests and module work. Each student should expect to spend 1 - 1 1/2 hours each day completing their chemistry work.

Textbook/workbook information: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry Second Edition by Dr. Jay Wile (2nd edition is required) and the separate solution key. The student does not need to purchase the tests separately. A red, three ring binder of at least 2 inches, with 7 dividers, is also required. (All textbooks are available via the Scroll Christian Book store)

Other important information: It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that the parents make the commitment to read the material assigned in this class in order to help their student complete the daily work and prepare for the test. This is based on input from parents whose kids have taken this course over the past years. We have a 1 1/2 hour class three times a month, and that is NOT enough time to complete the labs and cover all the information in each module. The students will have to keep up with their reading & assignments. Please remember that Cottage Garden is a home schooling tool - each parent is still ultimately responsible for the education of their own child. But it is my goal to help your student succeed in chemistry.

Grading Method: For most modules, 50% of the student’s grade will come from the daily work assigned and labs reports/lab participation and the other 50% of the grade will come from test gradesIf quizzes or extra credit are given, they will be averaged into the module grade at the teacher's discretion. Late work will not be accepted. If absent, work should be mailed, emailed or faxed to the teacher. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the due date.


Name of class: Exploring Creation with Physics (Apologia)

Teacher: TBD

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: High school students who have completed Algebra II & have a firm understanding of Algebra.

Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed Algebra II to enroll in this class.

Class Fee: $10

Maximum number of students in the class: 8

Minimum number of students for the class to make: 2

Objectives of this class: To provide a basic understanding of Physics for the high school student. To

perform Physics experiments to enhance the students' understanding of Physics principles.

Description of the general class format: Physics experiments will be performed each week & students will have time to ask questions about problems they have attempted to perform or about other concepts being learned.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the year which will outline the reading assignments & problems they are expected to complete. Each student should expect to spend 1 - 1 1/2 hours each day completing their Physics work.

Textbook/workbook information: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics Second Edition by

Dr. Jay Wile (2nd edition is required).

Other important information:

This upper-level class will be taught in a way to help prepare students for college. The teacher will assist

in the learning process, but it is the student who will be primarily responsible for learning the curriculum.

The class time will not consist of lecturing on subject matter the students are to be learning outside of

class.

Grading Method:

50% of students grade will include this required work:

  • Daily reading at home while taking notes and completing OYO problems
  • Writing Lab Reports
  • Practice problems (parent/student check accuracy)
  • Review Questions (parents/ students check accuracy)
  • Occasional pop quiz
  • Maintaining an organized notebook

50% of students grade: will come from chapter tests.

  • These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded.
  • Tests are to be taken without book or notes, unless otherwise specified by the teacher.

Name of class: Pre-Algebra

Teacher: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:

The student needs to have a solid background in mathematics. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions, decimals, percents, and other basic concepts of math.

Class prerequisite:

Student must take a Cottage Garden math placement test to determine readiness. These are available from the Jr. high coordinator.

Class fee: $10

Maximum number of students in this class: 12

Minimum number of students: 2

Objectives of this class:

To equip the student with the ability to solve algebraic equations and to prepare for higher math, such as algebra I.

Description of the general class format:

Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students. Students will be expected to fill in notes from the notebook during class. Students will be allowed to practice related problems and demonstrate to the teacher that they have understanding.

Description of homework activities:

Students will have daily homework assignments that must be completed. Expect about 1 hour of homework each day, 4 days a week.

Required Textbook/supplies:  Math-U-See Pre-Algebra Student Workbook and Test Book (Instructional Manual and Instructional DVD optional for parents to help student at home)

Other important information:

Students will be expected to complete all assigned homework, grade assignments, re-work any problems that were missed, and study for exams. Homework assignments will be due before 9:00 a.m. each class day and graded each week. In addition, there will be exams which will be completed at home under supervision.

Name of class: Algebra I


Teacher: TBA

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: The student MUST have successfully completed a Pre-Algebra curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.

**Prerequisites: Students who did not complete Pre-Algebra at Cottage Garden must complete a placement test before registering for this class. Please see the high school coordinator for a copy of the test and instructions for administering it.

Class fee: $50 one time per year fee only (includes text/test booklets: $41 & copies: $9)

Maximum number of students in this class: 8

Minimum number of students: 1

Objectives of this class: To expose the student to graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.

Description of the general class format: Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students via the Math-U-See DVD. Students will be allowed to practice related problems and demonstrate to the teacher that they have understanding.

Description of homework activities: Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1 hour of work per day.

Textbook/supplies: Students will be working from the curriculum Math-U-See. The teacher will provide the students with Math-U-See Student Pack. Students will need to provide a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized, and pencils. These items along with their text MUST be brought to each class.

Other important information: Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework.

Grading: Grading will be based on a combination of daily homework and exams and adhere to the high school grading policies as described in the policy form.


Name of class: Geometry

Teacher: Rachel Isringhaus

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: The student MUST have successfully completed an Algebra I curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.

**Prerequisites: Students who did not complete Algebra I at Cottage Garden must complete a placement test before registering for this class. Please see the high school coordinator for a copy of the test and instructions for administering it.

Class fee: $59 one time per year fee only (includes text/test booklets: $44 & copies: $15)

Maximum number of students in this class: 8

Minimum number of students: 1

Objectives of this class: To equip the student with the ability to understand geometry concepts and successfully solve geometry problems and to establish a self-image of being capable and prepared for higher math.

Description of the general class format: Math-U-See Geometry has three main areas of emphasis. They are: the vocabulary of geometry, practical applications of geometry, and traditional geometry, including proofs. Topics include lines, angles, area, perimeter, volume, Pythagorean theorem, axioms and postulates, congruency, and similarity. An introduction to trigonometric functions is included to prepare students for testing they may do before taking a trigonometry course. Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students via the Math-U-See DVD. Students will be allowed to practice related problems and demonstrate to the teacher that they have understanding.

Description of homework activities: Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1 hour of work per day.

Textbook/supplies: Students will be working from the curriculum Math-U-See. The teacher will provide the students with copies of instructional materials. Students will need to provide a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized, a scientific calculator, and pencils. These items along with their text MUST be brought to each class.

Other important information: Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework.

Grading: Grading will be based on a combination of daily homework and exams and adhere to the high school grading policies as described in the policy form.

Name of class: Algebra II

Teacher: Jennifer Flanders

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: The student MUST have successfully completed an Algebra I curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.

**Prerequisites: Students who did not complete Algebra I at Cottage Garden must complete a placement test before registering for this class. Please see the high school coordinator for a copy of the test and instructions for administering it.

Class fee: $50 one time per year fee only (includes text/test booklets: $41 & copies: $9)

Maximum number of students in this class: 8

Minimum number of students: 1

Objectives of this class: To equip the student with the ability to factor polynomials, quadratic formula, graphing conic sections and other algebra 2 topics

Description of the general class format: Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students via the Math-U-See DVD. Students will be allowed to practice related problems and demonstrate to the teacher that they have understanding.

Description of homework activities: Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1 hour of work per day.

Textbook/supplies: Students will be working from the curriculum Math-U-See. The teacher will provide the students with Math-U-See Student Pack. Students will need to provide a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized, and pencils. These items along with their text MUST be brought to each class.

Other important information: Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework.

Grading: Grading will be based on a combination of daily homework and exams and adhere to the high school grading policies as described in the policy form.

Name of class: World Geography Junior High / High School students

Teacher: Kelly Hall

Class Fee: $25/semester supply fee will be used to provide copies and PACE booklets

Maximum number of students in the class: 12

Minimum number of students in the class: 3

Description of homework assignments: 45 -60 minutes/day

Your student needs to be able to read well, answer questions, research using the internet and manage their time.

There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, turning in notebooks for grading and perhaps other special projects, such as an end of year project.

Textbook/workbook information: PACE booklets x5 (I will order) and then copies (personally made curriculum)

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form and will count for honor roll. There will be homework given for 3 weeks during the 7-week Thanksgiving/Christmas break.

Whether in JRH or HS, your student will earn a HS credit for World Geography by taking this class.

Name of class: Art

Teacher: Becky Helvey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Jr. High-High School

Class Fee: $35 per semester

Maximum number of students in the class: 10

Minimum number: 4

Objectives of this class: Students will learn about art found in caves, tombs, pots, streets, churches, windows, and books as the teacher introduces fundamental principles of the visual arts. Students will study the Great Masters (Renaissance- modern) by observing some of their works. The goal of the class is to encourage students in the area of art while they explore different mediums and techniques.

Description of the general class format: The class will be structured with 10 minutes of information/history about an artist followed by about 30 minutes of student exploration in the artist's technique, with the final few minutes used for cleaning up and sharing. The emphasis of the class is exploration. There will be consecutive weeks that we work on the same technique and project. Mediums include painting, drawing, chalk, mosaics, sculpture, collage, & printing. The students will use class time exploring and developing skills in this creative endeavor. The emphasis is on exploration...not always on a finished product.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned. Most work will be done during class time. There may be occasions where students are asked to focus on an area of expertise to be ready for the next class. Mrs. Helvey will also encourage students to participate in local competitions/art shows if the opportunities arise. Students will create and choose at least one piece of their artwork to display at the end of the year, Awards Ceremony. 

Textbook/workbook information: Projects are taken from various text books, art websites, dvd art lesson tutorials.

Other Important Information: Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various techniques. It may be advisable to have a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing.

Name of class: Homemaking
Teacher: Tasha Gaines
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: High School & Junior High (Please carefully read the possible homework assignments)
Maximum Number of Students in this class: 8
Minimum Number of Students in this class: 3
Class Fee: $20 per semester and students will need to purchase some supplies for projects that they will be taking home.
Objectives of this class: To teach students skills for maintaining a home in a fun and engaging way.
Description of the general class format: Class time will be spent in discussion with hands-on activities and demonstrations. There will be several field trips pertaining to topics as well. Listed below are some of the skills that will be learned.
- Time Management
- Budgeting
- Meal planning and grocery shopping
- Nutrition and Whole Foods
- Techniques in food preparation
- Hospitality & Party Planning
- Home Organization
- Cleaning/Maintaining a Home
- Homemade items including detergents, nut butters, nut milks, etc.
- Sewing
- DIY projects for decorating, gift giving, etc.
- Growing herbs

Description of possible homework assignments: There will be occasional assignments pertaining to the weekly topic, such as creating and executing a meal plan and shopping trip, planning and hosting a social event, a DIY décor project and making a household product from scratch.
Textbooks/workbook information: No textbooks or workbooks needed.

Name of class: Life Skills

Instructor: Jimmy Burton

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: High School & Junior High

Class Fee: $20 per semester

Maximum Number of Students in this class: 15
Minimum Number of Students in this class: 3

Objective: To provide a hands-on learning experience for using hand tools and power tools in practical ways around the house.

Format: Each week we will use tools and equipment to practice for and complete a specific task relating to carpentry, metal working, or vehicle maintenance/repair.

Each semester teams of students will complete a building challenge using their imaginations and newly acquired skills to create a practical product.

High School Class Options

The high school English, math, and science classes (A&P and Marine Biology based on interest) are offered every year regardless of class size. All other classes we plan to offer in the following sequence, but they are subject to teacher availability and interest level:

Algebra, Geometry, & Algebra II every year

English Classes – every year

Math Classes – every year

Physical Science – Every year

Biology – Every year

Chemistry – Every year

Physics – Every Year

Marine Biology – (rotates with A&P, based on interest)

Anatomy and Physiology – (Can rotate with Marine Biology)

The Following classes are in a rotation plan, but they are subject to teacher availability and interest level:

Speech (rotates with debate/logic) – every other year

Debate/Logic (Rotates with Speech) – every other year

Basic Computer

Personal Finance

*Apologetics / Worldview (Rotates with SAT prep) – every other year

SAT Prep (rotates with Apologetics) – every other year

The Following classes are subject to teacher availability and interest level:

World History

Government

American History

Elective classes:

Homemaking

Drama

Art

Practical Life Skills for Young Men: based on teacher availability and interest.

Way of the Master – Based on teacher availability and interest.

Revised 4/2/17