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Elementary School

 

Keim Time Learning - Kindergarten to 3rd Grade pre-recorded curriculum videos and materials will be sent out in August in conjunction with the academy's calendar.

Sh. Shell Keim is offering a complete, pre-recorded option for all kindergarten through 3rd-grade students. The curriculum is included for each grade! This video series has been made to help homeschool parents begin the journey of educating their children at home. Each week you will receive a short parent video that will give you an overview of what we will be talking about that week. The curriculum is made to be inclusive and covers all the areas that a child would cover in a year of school. Each video is approximately 30 minutes long and the expectation is that the parent follows through and explore the ideas covered in that week’s videos. There are four videos each week and the hope is that the family will share in an outing or experience on the fifth day that will support the love of learning. 

The package includes four videos a week for 36 weeks. Each video is about 30 minutes long. Also, PDF files are included as part of the curriculum.​

Kindergarten (sample video)

Year 1 of KTL takes a child from a non-reader to a reader. We will explore stories and activities that support the themes of the stories. The year will move slowly but is purposeful and attempts to make sure that a student has an excellent phonics foundation. This year incorporates numbers awareness, phonics, writing, classic stories, nursery rhymes, and discovery of our world. The format is conversational and encourages thinking and getting outside and discovering the world God has made. Each week holds a small lesson in how we experience the church through the eyes of a small child. The church and her teachings are integrated into the lessons. By the end of this year the student should be a good reader and be ready to tackle the learning and exploration of Year 2.
Read Aloud list:
Charlotte’s Web

My Father’s Dragon Trilogy

The Riverbank Tales

Mercy Watson
 

1st grade (sample video)

Year 2 begins with a review of phonics and number awareness. We will learn decoding strategies that will help the student become a better reader. The year includes writing sentences, beginning grammar, classic stories, fairy tales, exploring the world of wonder, and mathematical foundations. This year will follow the Bible from Creation to the founding of the Church through a timeline format that allows for a  child to see the “big picture” of God’s plan for our salvation. Students will be able to think, speak, and write proper sentences. 
Read Aloud list:
Trumpet of the Swan
Wizard of Oz
Mouse and the Motorcycle
Pippi Longstocking
Wind in the Willows
The Borrowers

 

2nd grade (sample video)

Year 3 assumes that the student has a good phonics foundation and can write print letters well. This year will introduce cursive writing. Reading comprehension, writing paragraphs and grammar will be taught along with classic stories and fables. We will discover God’s creatures and how they live. Mathematical concepts will be taught and exercises will be given. We will examine where we live and how it works, taking a look at our government and our world. The feast days of the Orthodox church will be explored and enjoyed. 
Read Aloud list:
Little House on the Prairie
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
101 Dalmatians
Boxcar Children
Harriet the Spy 

 

3rd grade (sample video)

Year 4 will encourage reading of good books and producing short, concise summaries. We will continue our use of cursive writing. The student will explore mathematical concepts, grammar rules, the human body in God’s image, and a history overview as presented in the book A Child’s History of the World by Dr. Hillyer. At the end of this year of the series a child is expected to be a good reader, a good writer, a good speaker, and a good thinker. 
Read Aloud list:
Black Ships Before Troy
Black Ships of Troy
Sarah Plain and Tall
Little Pilgrim’s Progress
Theras and His Town
Heidi

Music Explorers for K–1st grade, with Presbytera Suzanne Lichtenstein
Required Text/Materials: 
     • Music instrument, ENNBOM Desk Bells, approximately $30
     • Music books and recordings, TBA, approximately $20
     • Free account with Noteflight.com
     • Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite
Summary: What could be more fun than exploring the science and geography of Music? And the younger we start, the better! In this course, we will do the following:
   • Experiment with how sound works, research what makes higher and lower pitches, and make simple musical instruments.
   • Investigate the names of pitches and rhythms and discover how to use them.
   • Travel into Solfege Land, where we will learn to sing songs in Music Language, and use Kodaly-Curwen signs to examine the patterns of songs with our hands.
   • Learn to play songs on our class instrument. Students will begin playing songs on Day 1 and explore how to transfer these songs to other instruments in the          home.
   • Compose our own short songs, writing both melody and lyrics. We will also work on these life skills:
   • Handling mistakes calmly, and learning how to turn them into opportunities.
   • Opening the “practice toolbox” and testing out ways to learn efficiently.
What to Expect:
   • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction.
   • Classes are taught workshop-style, and will last between 30-45 minutes to give the children plenty of time to explore activities, play music, and share ideas.
   • Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 5-10 minutes per assignment, and will consist of practicing short songs and making videos       of them, handwriting with pencil on worksheets, and occasionally playing online learning games.
Prerequisite: No previous experience needed. 
Follow-Up: After completing this course, students will be prepared for the Music Explorers Level 2 course (coming next year), or for the Music Detectives Level 1 course for 2nd–3rd grades.
SYLLABUS (coming soon)

 

Music Detectives Level 1, for 2nd–3rd grades, with Presbytera Suzanne Lichtenstein
Required Text/Materials: 
     • Music instrument, ENNBOM Desk Bells, approximately $30
     • Music books and recordings, TBA, approximately $20
     • Free account with Noteflight.com
     • Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite
Summary: In this course, we will delve into the mysteries of Music, developing our analytical skills and becoming savvy detectives. We will
   • Analyze musical form and “rhyme structure.”
   • Decode the notes of songs using our listening skills, and write these hidden song codes on paper.
   • Learn to make music maps of the song codes on paper, making the code even easier to read. (This activity prepares students for learning to read Western staff     notation more easily. See staff notation example.)
   • Learn to play songs on our class instrument in Major, minor, and modal tonalities. Students will begin playing songs on Day 1. Students will develop the ability        to transfer these songs to other instruments in the home.
   • Compose our own songs, writing both melody and lyrics.
What to Expect:
   • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction.
   • Classes are taught workshop-style, and will last between 40-45 minutes to give time to explore
     activities, play music, and share ideas.
   • Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 10-15 minutes per assignment, and will consist of practicing short songs and making videos     of them, handwriting with pencil on worksheets, and occasionally playing online learning games.
Prerequisite: No previous experience needed.
Follow-Up: After completing this course, students will be prepared for the Music Detectives Level 2 course, or the Music Fluency Level 2 course for 4th-6th grades.
SYLLABUS (coming soon)

Music Detectives Level 2, for 3rd–4th grades, with Presbytera Suzanne Lichtenstein
Required Text/Materials:
     • Music Instrument, TBA, approximately $30
     • Music Books and Recordings, TBA, approximately $20
     • Free account with Noteflight.com
     • Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite
Summary: In this course, we will continue delving into and analyzing the mysteries of Music. Students who missed Level 1, but have had two or more years of music lessons, may join the quest! As we did in Level 1, we will use a discovery approach to make the learning fresh and intriguing.
   • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction.
   •  Workshop activities rather than lectures will be the backbone of the course, and classes will run 40-45 minutes.
   • Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 10-15 minutes per assignment, and will consist of practicing short songs and making videos      of them, handwriting with pencil on worksheets, and occasionally playing online learning games.
Prerequisite: Music Detectives Level 1 -or- two or more years of music lessons
Follow-Up: After completing this course, students will be prepared for the Music Fluency Level 2 course for 4th–6th grades.
SYLLABUS (coming soon)

4th Grade Math 

Required Text: Math Mammoth level 4, complete set which includes tests and answer keys. I suggest you get the already printed sets from either Rainbow Resources or Lulu sells each component separately, printed and coil bound.  You can purchase just the CD or the download and print the sheets yourself, but in my experience, I used this curriculum with my guys when they were young, it is expensive and time-consuming to do all that printing yourself. https://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_4
Summary: In the fourth grade, students focus on multi-digit multiplication and division, learning to use bigger numbers, solving multi-step word problems that involve several operations, and they get started in studying fractions and decimals. We also begin using algebraic thinking, by finding missing numbers.  One of the things that I appreciate in this curriculum is the liberal use of word problems. Word problems bring math into the every day, we use math all the time, as word problems. This curriculum has two student work texts with plenty of extra instruction to help with assignments.

4th Grade Science: Geology, Ecosystems, and Water our World

Required Text None required at this time. A book on simple machines may be added.
Required tools: Students will need a 3-ring binder with at least four sections. Materials for science experiments will be listed in the syllabus and I will do my best to keep costs to a minimum for the experiments. 

Materials: A writing journal, access to a printer, a three ringed binder with dividers for their assignments, a small place for a science wall. We will be using The Good and The Beautiful science units. There will be a book list that the teacher will give out in the summer before school starts.
Summary:
  This year in 4th grade science we will explore the world of geology, ecosystems, and Water and Our World. We will look at rocks and minerals, we will discover how our ecosystems work and how to take care of them. Lastly, we will look at how water works and why it’s so important to our world. We will do some fun low-key experiments, watch science videos, and do on-going science journaling.  SYLLABUS

4th Grade Social Studies

Required TextMinn of the Mississippi; Paddle to the Sea; Tree in the Trail; and Seabird all by Holling C. Holling. The books can be bought in other places besides Beautiful Feet Books, but so far, I think BFB has the best prices unless you buy used copies, which would be perfectly acceptable!

Required Maps: Geography Map Set can only be bought at BFB. Parents don’t need to buy the teacher’s guide, but it can be helpful as we move through the curriculum. The PDF copy is just $13.95.

Summary: Learning about America with Geography through Literature from Beautiful Feet Books. My favorite way to learn about history is through literature and Holling C. Holling has four wonderful books that take us through the United States and the North American continent. We will learn about the geography of our country, our landmarks, natural science, as well as the history of the many people groups that have lived and continue to live in those states. World geography is pulled into our study when we begin reading Seabird. This class will also include instruction in writing with several writing assignments, based on what we are learning in class. We will not be studying grammar, specifically, but I am happy to suggest two or three good grammar programs. The class will not have a spelling component, either, but we will be learning vocabulary and I will administer short tests to make sure students are keeping up with learning the vocabulary. Students will need the four Holling C. Holling books and the maps that Beautiful Feet Books sells for this curriculum. The books make excellent gifts from grandparents. Students will also need a 3-ring binder with at least 4 sections. 

SYLLABUS

4th Grade Language Arts and Literature

“Required Texts/Materials: The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry, and Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

Student does not need a text. The student will need access to a printer.  A writing journal, access to a printer, a three ringed binder for their writing assignments. 

Summary: In 4th grade language we will cover grammar, punctuation, spelling word challenges, writing, reading, literature, geography, and art appreciation. We will have a strong base of writing this year and have synonym challenge “tests” using fun methods. The student will be learning how to proofread their work and 

rewrite them correctly. They will learn to write articles, newspaper editorials, book reports, book and movie reviews, all different types of essays, and poetry 

appreciation. We will also be practicing our penmanship.

SYLLABUS

4th/5th Grade Bible Stories 

Required Text/Materials: New King James Bible. Orthodox Study Bible (OSB), Old & New Testament is preferred. Notebook on hand with pen/pencil. Any other required texts will be supplied or linked by the teacher.

Summary: Students will focus on the four Gospels by Apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We will explore the known history of each book and what makes each Gospel unique and yet complete in their Gospel message. A light knowledge of Old Testament history and stories will be helpful and reviewed along the way. The narrative and audience for each Gospel will be considered and their impact on the early Church. An understanding of the Gospel writers and their purpose and message will guide an understanding for the rest of scripture.

 

Music Fluency Level 1, for 4th–5th grades, with Presbytera Suzanne Lichtenstein
Required Text/Materials:
     - Music Instrument, ENNBOM Xylophone, approximately $30
     - Music Books and Recordings, TBA, approximately $20
     - Free account with Noteflight.com
     - Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite
Summary: Music touches our souls and opens our hearts and minds to God. This course will teach how music works, and will focus on creating and performing music. Students will use singing and hands-on, interactive techniques to learn to play, read, compose, transcribe, and transpose music. Students will be exposed to Western notation (notes on staff), Eastern notation (Byzantine neumes), and scale-degree hand-signs (Kodaly-Curwen). They will experiment with melody, harmony, and ison (Church harmony). Students will analyze how pitch and rhythm are used to achieve desired effects in composing, and write their own, original songs. 
What to Expect:
• Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction.
• Classes are taught workshop-style, and will last between 40-45 minutes to give time to explore activities, play music, and share ideas.
• Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 15-20 minutes per assignment, and will consist of practicing short songs and making videos of them, handwriting with pencil on worksheets, and occasionally playing online learning games.
Prerequisite: No previous experience needed, but choir experience or prior music lessons would be helpful. 
Follow-Up: After completing this course, students will be prepared for the Music Fluency Level 2 course for 4th-6th grades, or for the middle-school Music Literacy & Composition course. SYLLABUS (coming soon)

Music Fluency Level 2, for 4th–5th–6th grades, with Presbytera Suzanne Lichtenstein
Required Text/Materials:
     • Music Instrument, TBA, approximately $30
     • Music Books and Recordings, TBA, approximately $20
     • Free account with Noteflight.com
     • Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite
Summary: In this course, we will continue our quest to become fluent in Music, improving our skills in playing, reading, composing, transcribing, and transposing music. We will also continue our study of modes and learn to play in Dorian and Mixolydian. Students who missed Level 1, but have had two
or more years of music lessons, may join us in the adventure! As we did in Level 1, we will use a discovery approach to make the learning fresh and intriguing.
• Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction.
• Workshop activities rather than lectures will be the backbone of the course, and classes will run 40-45 minutes.
• Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 15-20 minutes per assignment, and will consist of practicing short songs and making videos of them, handwriting with pencil on worksheets, and occasionally playing online learning games.
Prerequisite: Level 1 of either Music Detectives or Music Fluency -or- two or more years of music lessons
Follow-Up: After completing this course, students will be prepared for another upper-elementary music course being planned for next year, or for the middle-school Music Literacy & Composition course. SYLLABUS (coming soon)

5th Grade Math 

Required Text: Math Mammoth Grade 5, complete set which includes tests and answer keys. I suggest you get the already printed sets from either Rainbow Resources or Lulu sells each component separately, printed and coil bound.  You can purchase just the CD or the download and print the sheets yourself, but in my experience, I used this curriculum with my guys when they were young, it is expensive and time consuming to do all that printing yourself.

Summary: In the fifth grade, students focus on the four operations with whole numbers, place value with large numbers and the judicious use of calculator, problem solving & simple equations, decimal arithmetic (all operations with decimals), statistics and graphing, fraction arithmetic (all operations with fractions), geometry: review of angles, area, and perimeter; drawing circles; classifying triangles & quadrilaterals; volume of rectangular prisms. One of the things that I appreciate in this curriculum is the liberal use of word problems. Word problems bring math into our every day world. This curriculum has two student work texts with plenty of extra instruction to help with assignments.  https://www.mathmammoth.com/complete/grade_5 

5th Grade Science 

Required Text: Student does not need a text. The parent may purchase the hardcopy of the science units from The Good and The Beautiful, but that is not a requirement. The student will need access to a printer. We will be discussing Kingdoms and Classification/Botany/Arthropods
Materials: A science journal, a 3-ring binder with dividers to separate the units, access to a printer, a small space to create a science wall. There are microscope activities, so if you want to do that, please purchase a microscope. This will be used in 2 of the units as well. The microscope is not mandatory. There will be a few hands-on project-based assignments to enhance learning.
Summary: In 5th grade Biology we will explore animals and plants using The Good and The Beautiful science curriculum. We will study their classifications, cells, life cycles, reproduction, and watch science videos while learning to make science journals. This will be semi-hands on with the projects and experiments being very low key and cost efficient.

SYLLABUS

5th Grade American History 

Required Text Beautiful Feet Books is publishing a new Teacher’s Guide and they are changing the books that will accompany the curriculum. I will post books and prices as soon as I have the new list!

Summary: My favorite way to learn about history is through literature and Beautiful Feet Books is great at doing this. We will use their intermediate American History curriculum, starting with the Revolutionary War. This class will require that students read ahead and be prepared to talk about the readings.
   This class will also include instruction in writing with several writing assignments, based on what we are learning in class. We will not be studying grammar or spelling, specifically, but I am happy to suggest two or three good grammar and spelling programs. We will be learning vocabulary and I will administer short tests to make sure students are keeping up with learning the vocabulary.
   Students will need several books, but not all at the beginning of class, and I will include a schedule of when books will need to be read in the syllabus. The books make excellent gifts from grandparents. Students will also need a 3-ring binder with at least four sections.

 

5th Grade Literature - T/Th - 1P EST

Required Text/Materials:

Pollyanna by Helen H. Porter, The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame, The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald, No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. Note book on hand with pen/pencil. Any other required texts will be supplied or linked by the teacher.

Summary: We will begin with a small writing assignment where students will create their own short story using their own skills and implementing some new ones. From there, drawing from the weekly readings, students will rewrite and summarize the experiences of the characters. Students will connect with characters, focus on points of view, and build onto their existing reading, writing, and grammar skills. At the conclusion of each required text, students will learn how to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish a review of their reading.

RICHES w/  Matushka Monica Olsen 

 In this class, we will feast on the following enrichment subjects:

  • Shakespeare - Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet

  • Artist Study - Raphael Sanzio and John Singer Sargent 

  • Music - Renaissance Music, Tchaikovsky, and other selections 

  • Poetry - Walter de la Mare, William Blake, and Psalms

What we will do in class:

  • Observe paintings and students tell the class what they see

  • Teacher reads Lamb’s version of the Shakespeare play aloud and students tell back what they hear (it is available free online and can be printed: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1286

  • Students all play different roles and we all read Shakespeare’s play aloud in class and tell it back

  • Listen to selections of music

  • Practice our memory work (poem or psalm) with a partner

  • Say memory verses aloud to class

Each year the selections rotate, so that students could continue to take the class year after year and always encounter new material.

It is not only common, but advantageous for children of all ages in a homeschool family to share some studies in common, which is why this class is open to 4th-12th graders. This way siblings build a relationship with the material and with each other. Everyone can listen to the same music in the car on the way to the store, help each other memorize poems, and even share inside jokes from the plays. Multiple children in a family may share the same screen for class.

Younger siblings (K-3rd) are welcome to listen for free as long as they sit still (or off camera) and quiet. Parental presence would be required for these little ones.

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Middle School 

Introduction to Acting w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will develop creativity, expression, analytical skills, and acting technique through exercises heavily focused on voice and body. Mime, physical expression, vocal articulation and expression, acting terminology, and foundational acting technique are among the many skills that will be taught.  There will be both solo and group work implemented through monologues and scenes. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Acting 2 w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary: Students will analyze characters, scripts, film scenes, and more. They will develop monologues, scenes, and characters. The basics of audition technique will be introduced, including picking and preparing audition pieces, learning how to be confident in the audition room, audition do’s and don’ts, and more. Students will end the class with multiple performance-ready audition pieces. They will continue voice and body work through the study of human behavior. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Algebra 1* w/ Nicholas Thorp

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 1; Third Edition (only the textbook is needed)

Summary: This course will take the students’ knowledge of arithmetic and elevate it by applying those skills to complex problems and functions. Algebra is the foundation on which all higher forms of math, from probability to computer programming, are based on. SYLLABUS

Classical Drawing Technique / Nicholas Thorp

Historically, art students focused on perfecting the traditional techniques by imitating great artists of the past and learning how to covey objects in a visually beautiful way before moving onto artistic expression. Many art classes today only cover individual expression to the neglect of technique. In this class, Mr. Thorp will bring his experience apprenticing under two of the foremost portrait and figurative painters in the country to pass on to students the methods of western artists that were nearly lost in the 20th century. Students will be challenged to refine their drawing skills and learn discipline from self-evaluation and receiving constructive criticism. They will be doing a survey of the Bargue Drawing Course, a rigorous 19th century series of progressively more challenging drawings to copy made to teach beginning students how to draw precisely. All of the most rigorous ateliers in the world follow this exact same drawing curriculum (e.g., Grand Central Atelier, Florence Academy). Students of all abilities and interests are encouraged to join. SYLLABUS

Encountering Our Women Saints w/ Elissa Bjeletich Davis

Required text: Textbook to be written by instructor (free as PDF or purchase as Amazon self-published book)

Summary:  How many female Orthodox Saints can you name? Do you know their stories? Women’s stories tend to be different from the lives of male Saints, as they aren’t priests or bishops or famous theologians. We’ll take some time to get to know a different woman Saint every week, exploring her stories and seeing intersections with our own lives. SYLLABUS

English 6th: Middle School Level 1 

Required Texts:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Other short stories and poems as provided by the instructor

Summary: This course aims to help students build a foundational understanding of the components and organizational structures of short stories, novels, and poems and develop synthetic thinking skills from a foundation of the Orthodox Christian faith, with the end result of being able to recognize patterns and make connections across a broad spectrum of literature. It also aims to help students pay careful attention to short texts, learning practical lessons on spelling, grammar, and punctuation from these. Finally, it aims to teach students to retell narrative stories, even complex ones, with clear sentences and paragraphs and to write expository paragraphs as well.

Prerequisite: Ability to type (for taking dictation on studied passages during class). It is recommended that students have been previously introduced to the 8 parts of speech.

English 7th: Middle School Level 2
Required Texts: 

The Silver Chair by CS Lewis
Prince Caspian by CS Lewis
Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Other short stories and poems as provided by the instructor

Summary: Building on the foundation of level 1, this course aims to help students grow in their foundational understanding of the components of various genres of literature and develop synthetic thinking skills from a foundation of the Orthodox Christian faith, with the end result of being able to recognize patterns and make connections across a broad spectrum of literature. The focus will continue to be on careful attention to short passages, from which the students should learn practical lessons on spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Finally, it aims to teach students to retell narrative stories, especially more complex ones, with clear sentences and paragraphs, leading up to complete essays. The students will also complete some expository writing.

Prerequisites:  Ability to type (for taking dictation on studied passages during class). It is recommended that students have been previously introduced to the 8 parts of speech and the other grammatical skills covered in level 1 (see syllabus) before enrolling in this class.

English 8th: Middle School Level 3 

Required Texts:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis
The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Summary: Building on the foundation of level 2, this course aims to help students work through even more complex texts with a more direct link between the "Good Books" and the "Great Books." Students will continue to grow in their foundational understanding of the components of various genres of literature and develop synthetic thinking skills from a foundation of the Orthodox Christian faith, with the end result of being able to recognize patterns and make connections across a broad spectrum of literature. The focus will continue to be on careful attention to short passages, from which the students should learn practical lessons on spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Finally, it aims to teach students to retell narrative stories, especially more complex ones, and write effective expository and narrative essays.

Prerequisites:  Ability to type (for taking dictation on studied passages during class). It is recommended that students have been previously introduced to the 8 parts of speech and the other grammatical skills covered in levels 1 & 2 (see syllabi) before enrolling in this class.

French w/ Alina Miron

Required Text/Books: 

·       First Start French (available through Memoria Press or used bookstores online)

·        A French/English dictionary (https://www.lerobert.com/)

Summary:  Students will get a head start as they are introduced to the French language and culture with Madame Miron. Through grammar, music, and translation, students will become familiarized with basic greetings, basic vocabulary (family, school, expressing likes/dislikes/wants/needs, etc.) and basic knowledge about French culture. Each class students will practice all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition, as we near Orthodox feast days (for both NC and OC), vocabulary pertaining to that particular feast day will be introduced.

Lives of the Saints w/ Fr. Michael Heningham 

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: During this semester, we will explore the definition of sainthood in the Orthodox Church, along with the lives of the righteous ancestors of Christ, the prophets, apostles, and angels. We will continue the discovery of the saint's lives who served Christ as evangelists, martyrs, and confessors.

Math 7/6 

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 7/6

Summary: In this middle school math course students will cover topics such as: decimals, fractions, number lines, measurement, area, perimeter, volume, place value, solid figures, percent, ratio, unit conversion, probability, angles, and coordinates. There will be daily assignments and tests after every chapter. Students will be prepared for Pre-algebra after this course. 

Music Literacy  w/ Anne McClintic 

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This class will focus on developing foundational skills for developing music literacy.  The course will include critical listening, music notation, basic music writing, and singing.  Upon completion of this class, students will be able to read and write music notation, sight-read basic passages on solfege, and listen, analyze, and describe music. SYLLABUS

Music Literacy & Composition for 6th-7th-8th grades, with Presbytera Suzanne Lichtenstein
Required Text/Materials:
   • Music Instrument, TBA, approximately $30
   • Music Books and Recordings, TBA, approximately $20
   • Free account with Noteflight.com
   •  Free app on smartphone, Audiostretch Lite
Summary: This class will focus on developing foundational skills for music literacy using Western, modern staff notation. There will be a brief introduction to other forms of notation, including Byzantine Notation as used in Orthodox sacred music. The course will include critical listening, music notation, basic music writing, and composition of songs. We will also explore modes such as Phrygian, Dorian, and Mixolydian. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to do the following:
   • Read and write music notation and rhythmic patterns.
   • Exhibit beginning-level skill in decoding melodies and chord progressions.
   • Sight-read basic, melodic passages on scale degrees, solfege syllables (Do-Re-Mi’s), and Takadimi
     and Gordon rhythm syllables.
   • Understand the history and usages of the seven music modes.
   • Understand how to interpret signs, symbols, and terminology in sheet music.
   • Be able to listen to, analyze, and describe the structural format of music.
   • Be able to compose a song in ABA form.
What to Expect:
   • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction. 
   • Workshop activities rather than lectures will be the backbone of the course, and classes will run 40-45 minutes.
   • Homework will be due once or twice a week, requiring on average 20-30 minutes per assignment, and will consist of handwritten assignments, online game-        based assignments on MusicTheory.net and similar websites, and Noteflight.com assignments.
Prerequisite: No previous experience needed, but experience in a choir or from prior music lessons is recommended.
SYLLABUS (coming soon)

New Testament A  w/ Dn. MIchael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the fall semester, students will study the gospels. In the spring semester, the students will study Acts through Revelation. SYLLABUS

New Testament B w/ Fr. Raphael Barberg 

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the fall semester, students will study the gospels. In the spring semester, the students will study Acts through Revelation. SYLLABUS

New Testament C  w/ Fr. Alex Mackoul  

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: For the fall semester, students will study the gospels. In the spring semester, the students will study Acts through Revelation. SYLLABUS

Photography w/ Kh Kelleylynn Barberg

For the enthusiastic beginner wanting to learn "Manual" mode.  We'll work together on "Rules" of Composition, Aperture, ISO settings, and Shutter speed. Together students will work on weekly projects: Telling a story, shadows and light, movement, portraiture, still-life, and also how-to-break-all-the rules; cell-phone pictures, and much more.  We'll use editing applications: Bridge and/or Lightroom.  Student will need a DSLR camera, 64GB Memory card for this class --if a family does not already have a DSLR camera, please do not feel pressured to purchase one just for this class.  

Pre-algebra w/ Gabi Hamblin 

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 1/2

Summary: In this Pre-algebra class students will cover topics such as: prime and composite numbers, fractions and decimals, order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases and more. There will be daily assignments and tests after every chapter. Students will be prepared for algebra I after this course. SYLLABUS

RICHES w/  Matushka Monica Olsen 

 In this class, we will feast on the following enrichment subjects:

  • Shakespeare - Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet

  • Artist Study - Raphael Sanzio and John Singer Sargent 

  • Music - Renaissance Music, Tchaikovsky, and other selections 

  • Poetry - Walter de la Mare, William Blake, and Psalms

What we will do in class:

  • Observe paintings and students tell the class what they see

  • Teacher reads Lamb’s version of the Shakespeare play aloud and students tell back what they hear (it is available free online and can be printed: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1286

  • Students all play different roles and we all read Shakespeare’s play aloud in class and tell it back

  • Listen to selections of music

  • Practice our memory work (poem or psalm) with a partner

  • Say memory verses aloud to class

Each year the selections rotate, so that students could continue to take the class year after year and always encounter new material.

It is not only common, but advantageous for children of all ages in a homeschool family to share some studies in common, which is why this class is open to 4th-12th graders. This way siblings build a relationship with the material and with each other. Everyone can listen to the same music in the car on the way to the store, help each other memorize poems, and even share inside jokes from the plays. Multiple children in a family may share the same screen for class.

Younger siblings (K-3rd) are welcome to listen for free as long as they sit still (or off camera) and quiet. Parental presence would be required for these little ones.

Science 6th Grade Marine Biology 

Required Text/Books: The Good and the Beautiful Marine Biology

Summary: It is not necessary for the content but I would highly recommend printing with a color printer, as the photographs included of the oceans and marine life are so beautiful. Topics include ocean characteristics, tides and intertidal zones, marine life, coral reefs, marine invertebrates, marine vertebrates, marine reptiles, birds and mammals, and ocean exploration. SYLLABUS

Science 7th Grade Anatomy  

Required Text/Books:   Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology Advantage Set (with Notebooking Journal)

Summary: With our textbook to assist us, we will study the human body from the perspective of the Orthodox Church. Students will learn about body systems, how organs work together, and how the body works as a whole. 

Science 8th & 9th Grade Physical Science: Earth*

Beginning with the book of Genesis, students will study clouds, dirt, the atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, weather cycle and other topics including why our planet is the only known planet with life. Students will gain a better understanding of science and  explore  the earth, world, and various miracles of life and plants. 

Social Studies: Early Modern History Year 3 w/ Adrienne Bowling 

Required Text: The BiblioPlan Companion Year Two; Hands-On-Map for Middles Year Two Medieval *You can attain these items used or new. www.biblioplan.net is the website and they do offer eBook options.
Materials: The textbook BiblioPlan Companion Year Two; Hands-on-Map book, a 3-ring binder.

Summary:  Year Three covers England side-by-side with England’s colonies in the New World. For example, our weeks on Jamestown start with the king for whom it was named: King James I of England, who was also King James VI of Scotland. We do the same for Plymouth colony, the Massachusetts Bay colony, and every one of the Thirteen Colonies. Since the English planted the colonies, we study English history to understand colonial history.   Year Three also covers the rest of Europe side-by-side with the newborn United States. We learn of the big part France played in the Revolutionary War; how the French Revolution cast shadows on Presidents Washington, Adams and Jefferson; how the fall of Napoleon helped the British burn Washington D.C. during the War of 1812; and much more. SLLYABUS

Spanish w/ Rachel Miltner 

Required Text/Books:  TBA

Summary: Students will get a head start as they are introduced to the Spanish language and culture with Senora Miltner. 

World History I w/ Dr. Dallas Shipp (8th & 9th grade combined)*

Required Text/Books: Streams of Civilization by Hyma and Stanton, Oxford Atlas of the World (any edition)

Summary: World History/Geography I class focuses on the major developments of Western Civilization beginning at the Roman Empire and stretching through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The class will offer students a survey of history (from a Christian perspective) of who we are as a civilization, the major players in these societies, and a bit about the role of the Early Church in Europe's history. The three great medieval societies that emerged after Rome will be discussed, including the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic Empire, and the Holy Roman Empire. This class will be engaging and fun with a lot of great conversation! The goal of the class is to present the legacy of the Roman Republic and how Rome was just the beginning of the growth of the modern nation-state and Christian kingdoms of the Middle Ages. SYLLABUS

World History I w/ Fr. Demetrios Andrews (8th & 9th grade combined)*

Required Text/Books: Streams of Civilization by Hyma and Stanton, Oxford Atlas of the World (any edition)

Summary: World History/Geography I class focuses on the major developments of Western Civilization beginning at the Roman Empire and stretching through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The class will offer students a survey of history (from a Christian perspective) of who we are as a civilization, the major players in these societies, and a bit about the role of the Early Church in Europe's history. The three great medieval societies that emerged after Rome will be discussed, including the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic Empire, and the Holy Roman Empire. This class will be engaging and fun with a lot of great conversation! The goal of the class is to present the legacy of the Roman Republic and how Rome was just the beginning of the growth of the modern nation-state and Christian kingdoms of the Middle Ages. SYLLABUS

Virtues & Passions w/ Fr. Paul Girgis 

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Drawing from the Book of Genesis, students will learn how man was created, what he was created for and the spiritual brokenness he finds himself in today. We will discover the method in which one is spiritually redeemed (healed) as well as develop a clear understanding of the passions and how we become entangled in their disorienting web. Concluding our discovery of the passions, we will focus on grasping the essential nature of cultivating virtue and the practical methods in which one does. All instruction draws from the Fathers and several contemporary theologians and is taught in practical ways appropriate to the experiential and spiritual level of the students. This is level one in our virtues and passions series. SYLLABUS.

*Counts as a High School credit

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High School 

 

Introduction to Acting w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will develop creativity, expression, analytical skills, and acting technique through exercises heavily focused on voice and body. Mime, physical expression, vocal articulation and expression, acting terminology, and foundational acting technique are among the many skills that will be taught.  There will be both solo and group work implemented through monologues and scenes. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Acting 2 w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will analyze characters, scripts, film scenes, and more. They will develop monologues, scenes, and characters. The basics of audition technique will be introduced, including picking and preparing audition pieces, learning how to be confident in the audition room, audition do’s and don’ts, and more. Students will end the class with multiple performance-ready audition pieces. They will continue voice and bodywork through the study of human behavior. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Algebra 1 w/ Nicholas Thorp

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 1; Third edition (only the textbook is needed)

Summary: This course will take the students’ knowledge of arithmetic and elevate it by applying those skills to complex problems and functions. Algebra is the foundation on which all higher forms of math, from probability to computer programming, are based on. SYLLABUS

Algebra 2 w/ Nicholas Thorp

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 2; Third edition (only the textbook is needed)

Summary: In this class, students will develop their algebra and geometry skills with more challenging topics. Functions will also be applied to real world problems like the physics of gases and compound interest in finance.  SYLLABUS

American Civics & Economics w/ Dn. Basil Hinkle
Required Text/Books: Civics, Instructor will provide. “Economics, Principles, and Practices, by Clayton
Summary: In the fall semester, students will become familiar with the Founding Documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, as well as the Federalist Papers & Non-Federalist Papers. They will learn how American Government works and the essential information needed to be a good citizen. They will learn the three branches of government and the significance of the separation of powers doctrine. They will understand how elections work and the impact of American government structure and economics on the rest of the world. In the spring semester, students will study a brief history of economics historically and in the life of the Church as well as understand the major economic systems. This will be a highly interactive class that will have students examining economic principles and systems in the historic and modern political life of America and their impact internationally. In most states, these two classes are required for graduation. Deacon Basil is currently serving as an administrative law judge, served 10 years in the Washington State House of Representatives as the minority whip and was a county commissioner for 6 years prior.. He also held the positions of Assistant Republican Whip, Minority Whip, and Representative for the Washington State House of Representatives from 2002-2012. SYLLABUS

American History w/ Fr. Michael Heningham 

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.
Summary: This study will explore the social and spiritual forces that shaped the history of the United States.  Instead of statistics and dates, it will take an apolitical path of how humanity managed to develop the most unique human experience in history combining cultures and mythologies from all around the globe as an expression of destiny and exceptionalism.  We will be going where most histories have not gone before, to look behind the scenes and get as close as knowing the people of the times and what they experienced, and how they made decisions that impact, and to a degree, control our lives today.  We will learn about the failures and the miracles, and how none of it was an accident.  Through this study of American History, we will learn about the wisdom, fulfillment, and inspirations that were inherited from the most ancient times and continue to inspire the people of our nation. In most states, this class is a 
required class for graduation.

Biblical Greek (Koine) Level 1 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Summers/Sawyer's book Essentials of New Testament Greek 1995 by Ray Summers and Thomas Sawyer (ed.) Broadman and Holman Pub. ISBN 978-0805410013
Summary:  Introducing the language of the New Testament, the language of the Gospels and Epistles, as well as the Septuagint, we introduce the Greek writing system, grammar (including Latin grammatical categories), morphological forms, and semiticized syntax. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of historical phonological reconstruction. For the spring semester: Finishing up our book Essentials of NT Greek, we will look at more difficult forms of morphology: declension and conjugation, as well as increasingly complex syntax as we read the exercises in our book based upon large sections from the 1st Epistle of John. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of historical phonological reconstruction. Many states accept classical languages as credit for the foreign language requirement.

SYLLABUS

 

Biblical Greek (Koine) Level 2 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Summers/Sawyer's book Essentials of New Testament Greek 1995 by Ray Summers and Thomas Sawyer (ed.) Broadman and Holman Pub. ISBN 978-0805410013 

Summary:  A continuation in the language of the New Testament, the language of the Gospels and Epistles, as well as the Septuagint.

SYLLABUS

Biology (10th grade)

Required Text/Books: Miller & Levine Biology: 2010 On-Level, Student Edition,  ISBN-13: 978-0133669510 ISBN-10: 9780133669510

Summary: In this Biology class, we will "inspire students to interact with trusted and up-to-date biology content. The authors' unique storytelling style engages students in biology, with a greater focus on written and visual analogies."

Chemistry (11th grade) 

Required Text/Books: Modern Chemistry: Student Edition 2009, by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
Summary:  The Introduction to Chemistry course will provide the student with basic chemistry concepts, including Matter, Measurements, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding, Formulas, Compounds, Equations/Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gas Laws, Solutions, and Acid/Base Chemistry.  The course will include a weekly at-home, hands-on experimental lab, utilizing water and everyday household chemicals.

Classical Drawing Technique w/ Nicholas Thorp

Historically, art students focused on perfecting the traditional techniques by imitating great artists of the past and learning how to covey objects in a visually beautiful way before moving onto artistic expression. Many art classes today only cover individual expression to the neglect of technique. In this class, Mr. Thorp will bring his experience apprenticing under two of the foremost portrait and figurative painters in the country to pass on to students the methods of western artists that were nearly lost in the 20th century. Students will be challenged to refine their drawing skills and learn discipline from self-evaluation and receiving constructive criticism. They will be doing a survey of the Bargue Drawing Course, a rigorous 19th century series of progressively more challenging drawings to copy made to teach beginning students how to draw precisely. All of the most rigorous ateliers in the world follow this exact same drawing curriculum (e.g., Grand Central Atelier, Florence Academy). Students of all abilities and interests are encouraged to join. SYLLABUS

Classical Greek (Attic) Level 1 & 2 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Athenaze Book 1 2nd Ed. 2003 by Balme and Lawall, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195149562
Summary: Introducing the language of ancient Athens, the language of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle among others, we will be starting with the Greek writing system, grammar (including Latin grammatical categories), morphological forms, and syntax. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of historical phonological reconstruction. For the spring semester: Completing the first book of the Athenaze series, we will continue to explore and break down morphological constructions, and build upon our understanding of syntax as we begin to read increasingly complex texts. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of historical phonological reconstruction. Many states accept classical languages as credit for the foreign language requirement.  SYLLABUS

Compelling Conversations w/ Fr Patrick Cardine  Class is FULL

(Alternative option: "Early African Christianity" or "Know the Faith")

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible
Summary:
  This class is intended for 9th/10th-grade students. Fr. Patric will guide teenagers on a group discussion about the basic tenets of the Orthodox faith and how to articulate them. The subject matter will focus solely on what Orthodox Christianity is and how to explain the faith at a high school level. This is not an evangelism/outreach class, but rather a catechesis of teenagers so that they may articulate their faith confidently. All students are required to verbally participate. At the end of each semester, an oral report is required as the final exam.

Creative Writing w/ Matushka Monica Olsen

This is an elective for teens who love to write stories!

Each week in class we will read aloud a great short story or chapter from a novel. We'll look at it to see what makes it work. After identifying some specific techniques, we will try them out ourselves with short exercises. The goal is to give emerging writers a toolchest of techniques so that they become more able to tell the stories they want to tell.

Some of these techniques include paying attention to the sound of our writing, making our writing more interesting for the reader, cleaning up common grammar mistakes that get in the way of the story, seeing how different Points of View & Voice can change a story, learning how to know when to show and when to tell, and practicing being a part of a writing community by giving each other helpful feedback and encouragement. We will also look at some common story structures to give your imagination a successful form.

Early African Christianity w/ Deacon John Gresham

Recommended Reading: Become All Flame: Lent with African Saints

Summary: In this course, students will discover how the Christian faith came to Egypt, Ethiopia, North Africa, and the Nubian kingdoms. There will be a special focus on influential saints and the desert fathers.

English: 9th & 10th Grade  

Required Texts:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Twain, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare, and Jensen’s Format Writing (also used in English 11/12).

Summary: This course is on a two-year cycle of literature. The texts for this year are listed above. The students will focus on careful reading literature to discover metaphors and patterns of wisdom and writing skills to help students learn to do formal writing. Students will formulate and write paragraphs and essays based on assigned readings and receive instruction in basic grammar as it affects their writing.

English: 11th & 12th Grade  

Required Texts: Beowulf (Burton Raffel translation), Sir Gawain and the Green Night (Burton Raffel translation), The Faerie Queen Book 1 by Edmund Spenser, Macbeth by Shakespeare, and Jensen’s Format Writing.

Summary: This course is on a two-year cycle of literature. The texts for this year are listed above. The students will engage in rich, in-depth discussion of literature of a more complex nature, learning about historical background that enlightens the reading of these texts. They will continue to develop their skills in writing about literature, as well as writing business letters, resumes, and completing an in-depth research paper.

 

French Level 1 w/ Alina Miron

Required Text/Books: Invitation au monde francophone, 2nd edition 2005 by Gilbert A. Jarvis, Therese M. Bonin, Diane W. Birckbichler, and Anne Lair (ed). The CD is not mandatory.
Summary: French is perhaps one of the most widely spoken and culturally rich of the love languages. In this course we will cover introductory level pronunciation, speaking, writing, and reading. With a focus on listening and verbally responding, level 1 French will enable students to become culturally aware, communicative, and confident with the French language. 

French Level 2 w/ Alina Miron

Required Text/Books: Invitation au monde francophone, 2nd edition 2005 by Gilbert A. Jarvis, Therese M. Bonin, Diane W. Birckbichler, and Anne Lair (ed). The CD is not mandatory.
Summary: French is perhaps one of the most widely spoken and culturally rich of the love languages. In this course, we will cover pronunciation, speaking, writing, and reading. With a focus on listening and verbally responding, level 2 French will enable students to become culturally aware, communicative, and confident with the French language. 

Geometry w/ Nicholas Thorpe

Required Text: Saxon Geometry Homeschool Kit (only the textbook is needed)

Summary: For thousands of years, geometry has been the cornerstone of all mathematics. In this class students will explore the relationship between mathematics and space. Using Saxon Geometry, they will learn logic through geometric proofs as well as develop their knowledge of algebra through more advanced function graphing. SYLLABUS

German Level 1 w/ Dn. Michael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: The German language holds a significant place in both the history of Western Civilization and in contemporary Europe. It is the medium through which many poets, thinkers, philosophers, and scientists communicated their ideas to the world. Come with us on a journey to discover this rich and challenging language! In this first class, we will lay the foundations for interacting with speakers of German, focusing on acquiring the vocabulary necessary for a wide range of social interactions. We will discover German grammar through comparison and contrast in the context of the topics we cover and will also explore various aspects of the cultures of German-speaking countries related to the same topics. No prior experience with German is necessary. SYLLABUS

German Level 2 w/ Dn. Michael DeHaven

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: As we continue our journey through the German language, we will build on the foundations laid in German 1 and further develop our ability to interact with the German-speaking world. We will continue to build the vocabulary necessary to discuss a broad range of topics and continue to discover more complex grammar. Interested students should have completed German 1 or at least one year of High School German. SYLLABUS

Health and Wellness w/ Michael Pagani

Required Text/Books: Total Health, Choices for a Winning Lifestyle, Susan Boe, A health Textbook for High School, Purposeful Design Publications
ISBN 978-1-58331-225-4 (Hardcover] ISBN 978-1-58331-226-1 [Softcover]

Summary:  This course is a 15 High School level lecture series on Health and Wellness that is broken down into 3 main areas of study.  The first area of study is physical health that covers Anatomy and Physiology, nutrition, fitness and exercise, infectious and non-infectious diseases. The second area is mental health that covers stress and Anxiety, L.I.F.E. management, and how we are made in His Likeness and Image.
The third area is Social Health to include choosing our influences, risky business, responsibility, maturity, and relationships. In most states, this class is
required for graduation.  SYLLABUS

Introduction to Acting w/ Mrs. Isabella Lash ​

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will develop creativity, expression, analytical skills, and acting technique through exercises heavily focused on voice and body. Mime, physical expression, vocal articulation and expression, acting terminology, and foundational acting technique are among the many skills that will be taught.  There will be both solo and group work implemented through monologues and scenes. At the end of the year, the class will participate in a performance for family and friends. SYLLABUS

Know the Faith with Fr. Michael Shanbour

Rationale:  This course will help students to absorb and appreciate the fundamental teachings of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church, with a special emphasis on learning how to communicate these Orthodox teachings in comparison and contrast with Roman Catholic and Protestant views.  

Course Aims and Outcomes:  The aim of this course is to provide knowledge that will help students comprehend and live their Orthodox Faith more fully and to raise their level of confidence in communicating their faith to others.  Each class will seek to explore the uniqueness of Orthodox theology and practice compared with later views developed after the Great Schism.  The student will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge of specific teachings in Holy Scripture and Holy Fathers that uphold the Orthodox perspective on each of eleven topics.  

By end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between Orthodox and non-Orthodox views on fundamental theological points;

  2. Point to specific scriptural verses that affirm the Orthodox position;

  3. Articulate the position of the early Church Fathers affirming the Orthodox position;

  4. Understand how the Orthodox position affects one’s world-view and way of life; and

  5. Communicate or defend the Orthodox position to non-Orthodox and, to some extent, respond to common objections to these positions.

Course Requirements:  Students should be active participants in the life of the Orthodox Church, providing them with a practical and personal basis for and general experience of the topics covered. The exclusive required text is Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers,” Fr. Michael Shanbour, Ancient Faith Publishing.  However, the student is encouraged to read the New Testament as well as other texts which, from time to time, may also be brought to the attention of the students.  The book is available in hardcopy or e-book format.  Reading assignments take both formats into account. SYLLABUS

(Tolkien) Literature 

Introduction to Tolkien Studies with Nicholas Newman

This course is meant to introduce the incredible world of J.R.R. Tolkien to students. The course is divided into three sections, in which we will explore: 1. the man; 2. the myth; 3. the legend. 

Summary: In the first part of the course, “the man,” students will get to know J.R.R. Tolkien the man, reading portions of his biography as well as looking at some of his scholarship. In this part of the course too, we will discuss how Tolkien views how humans interact with stories. 

The second part of the course, “the myth,” will focus on reading sections of The Silmarillion. This will introduce the multifaceted world of Arda to the student and give a background understanding of its history and cultures.  

In the final part of the course, “the legend,” students will read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The focus of this section will be on understanding literary allusions in the text, discussing Tolkien’s views of good and evil, sin and redemption, heroism, etc… Most importantly, the student will appreciate the beauty of Tolkien’s works. 

Texts 

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography 

  2. Tree and Leaf (On Fairy Stories and Leaf by Niggle) 

  3. The Hobbit 

  4. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 

  5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 

  6. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 

  7. The Silmarillion 

Missionaries, Martyrs, & Modern Saints w/ Fr. Michael Heningham

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This class is an examination of saints from the last two hundred years. We will learn about one saint per week. We will also discuss some people who are being considered for glorification and canonization (Mat. Olga and Abp. Arseny).

Music Appreciation w/ Anne McClintic

Required Text/Books: Supplied by teacher

Summary: This class will provide students with an appreciation and understanding of music through exposure to different musical styles, listening, and analysis.  Students will develop their ears to identify patterns, instruments, and styles by their sound.  Students will also learn music terminology and music theory in order to write about music.  In addition to Western Classical music, this course will also have a special focus on Orthodox Church music.  We will cover the rich tradition of choral music in the Orthodox Church by listening to and discussing examples of hymns in different styles commonly used in worship. It is not required but recommended to have some prior music literacy before taking this class.

"Of Whom the World was not Worthy": Old Testament w/ Fr. Andrew Kishler, 1PM

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible (both Old and New Testament)

Summary:

Each week, we will focus on a saint or event in the Old Testament according to the Orthodox Study Bible. Our weekly class periods will go more or

less chronologically, focusing on the major personalities and “mighty acts of God” throughout the Old Testament. SYLLABUS

 

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives w/ Fr. Paul Girgis 

Required Text/Books: Supplied by the teacher.

Summary: Students will learn of the angelic life of Elder Thaddeus - one of the most renowned spiritual guides of Serbia in the twentieth century. Discovering the Christian calling to "bear everything patiently and forgive all", students will learn the practical ways in which good thoughts and desires give us peace and joy "in this life and even more so in eternity." All instruction will draw from the spiritual teachings and conversations presented in "Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica" as well as other spiritual treasures to further compliment the rich teachings of this simple holy man. This is level three in our virtues and passions series. SYLLABUS.

Personal Finance w/ Fr. John Hogg

Required Text/Books: Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition by Dave Ramsey

Summary: This class is one semester-long and will take place during Fall and another during Spring semester. The two primary resources for this class are Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition and Andrew Geleris. In most states, this class is required for graduation. 

Photography w/ Kh Kelleylynn Barberg

For the enthusiastic  beginner wanting to learn "Manual" mode.  We'll work together on "Rules" of Composition, Aperture, ISO settings, and Shutter speed. Together students will work on weekly projects: Telling a story, shadows and light, movement, portraiture, still-life, and also how-to-break-all-the rules; cell-phone pictures, and much more to build their very own portfolio.  We'll use editing applications: Bridge and/or Lightroom.  Student will need a DSLR camera, 64GB Memory card for this class --if a family does not already have a DSLR camera, please do not feel pressured to purchase one just for this class.  

Spanish 1 w/ Rachel Miltner 

Required Text/Books: Destinos Textbook 1992, 2nd Edition, ISBN-13:  978-0070672598 ISBN-10:  00706725982nd Edition Destinos Workbook. Lessons 1-26

Summary: Mrs. Milter has been teaching Spanish for many years. This class is designed to help the student learn the fundamental elements of Spanish. No prior learning in Spanish is necessary.  SYLLABUS

Spanish 2 w/ Rachel Miltner 

Required Text/Books: Destinos Textbook 1992, 2nd Edition, ISBN-13:  978-0070672598 ISBN-10:  00706725982nd Edition Destinos Workbook. Lessons 1-26

Summary: At least one year of Spanish is required for this class. SYLLABUS

World History I w/ Dr. Dallas Shipp (8th & 9th grade combined) 

Required Text/Books: Streams of Civilization by Hyma and Stanton, Oxford Atlas of the World (any edition)

Summary: World History/Geography I class focuses on the major developments of Western Civilization beginning at the Roman Empire and stretching through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The class will offer students a survey of history (from a Christian perspective) of who we are as a civilization, the major players in these societies, and a bit about the role of the Early Church in Europe's history. The three great medieval societies that emerged after Rome will be discussed, including the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic Empire, and the Holy Roman Empire. This class will be engaging and fun with a lot of great conversation! The goal of the class is to present the legacy of the Roman Republic and how Rome was just the beginning of the growth of the modern nation-state and Christian kingdoms of the Middle Ages. SYLLABUS

World History I w/ Fr. Demetrios Andrews (8th & 9th grade combined) 

Required Text/Books: Streams of Civilization by Hyma and Stanton, Oxford Atlas of the World (any edition)

Summary: World History/Geography I class focuses on the major developments of Western Civilization beginning at the Roman Empire and stretching through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The class will offer students a survey of history (from a Christian perspective) of who we are as a civilization, the major players in these societies, and a bit about the role of the Early Church in Europe's history. The three great medieval societies that emerged after Rome will be discussed, including the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic Empire, and the Holy Roman Empire. This class will be engaging and fun with a lot of great conversation! The goal of the class is to present the legacy of the Roman Republic and how Rome was just the beginning of the growth of the modern nation-state and Christian kingdoms of the Middle Ages. SYLLABUS

RICHES w/  Matushka Monica Olsen 

 In this class, we will feast on the following enrichment subjects:

  • Shakespeare - Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet

  • Artist Study - Raphael Sanzio and John Singer Sargent 

  • Music - Renaissance Music, Tchaikovsky, and other selections 

  • Poetry - Walter de la Mare, William Blake, and Psalms

What we will do in class:

  • Observe paintings and students tell the class what they see

  • Teacher reads Lamb’s version of the Shakespeare play aloud and students tell back what they hear (it is available free online and can be printed: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1286

  • Students all play different roles and we all read Shakespeare’s play aloud in class and tell it back

  • Listen to selections of music

  • Practice our memory work (poem or psalm) with a partner

  • Say memory verses aloud to class

Each year the selections rotate, so that students could continue to take the class year after year and always encounter new material.

It is not only common, but advantageous for children of all ages in a homeschool family to share some studies in common, which is why this class is open to 4th-12th graders. This way siblings build a relationship with the material and with each other. Everyone can listen to the same music in the car on the way to the store, help each other memorize poems, and even share inside jokes from the plays. Multiple children in a family may share the same screen for class.

Younger siblings (K-3rd) are welcome to listen for free as long as they sit still (or off camera) and quiet. Parental presence would be required for these little ones.

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