Available courses

Gym

Grades K–1

 

Thursday 9:00–9:55

Friday 9:00–9:55 

Teacher:  Stephanie Vos
Class Cost: $200
 
No Prerequisite Required
 

This course will focus on body awareness, coordination, and balance, teaching and building upon students’ motor skills. Students will work in groups and on teams as we play games using the skills needed for sports. Emphasis will be on teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship. We seek to honor God through our actions and relationships with others. Students should wear appropriate athletic apparel such as shorts, sweats, T-shirts, and tennis shoes. Students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of class to change their clothes in the bathroom.


This class covers topics typically presented in a pre-calculus course and interweaves geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis.

Algebra I builds on the concepts introduced in Pre-Algebra and includes lessons to solve systems of equations in two variables, solving complex rational and radical expressions, functions, graphing linear equations, factoring algebraic expressions, and introduction to 3-dimensional geometric figures.  
After registering for this class, the students will receive a pre-placement assignment from Mrs. McCarter with instructions for completing and returning the assignment.


Algebra I builds on the concepts introduced in Pre-Algebra and includes lessons to solve systems of equations in two variables, solving complex rational and radical expressions, functions, graphing linear equations, factoring algebraic expressions, and introduction to 3-dimensional geometric figures. 

Teacher: Terri Veen
Class Cost: $430
Book: Saxon Algebra 2 (3rd Edition) Student Text and Solutions Manual
Supplies: Scientific Calculator and 3-Ring Binder
 
 
 
 
 
 
Math Credit
Prerequisite: Algebra I. It is highly recommended that the Saxon placement test be taken to determine whether your students is ready for Algebra II. https://learningthings.com/content/SAX_Algebra-2.pdf
Your student should get 85 percent or about 42 questions correct to be ready for Algebra II.


This class will prepare the student for college writing. Thesis-based essays as well as other essays will be taught at a higher level. Teaching units will include thesis statements, essay organizations, transitions, introductions, and conclusions, and end with descriptive and persuasive essay practice. The student will also learn how to take notes from texts or from live lectures, craft college-level papers, and write or speak persuasively to a wide variety of audiences. This class will be taught using lectures, lessons plans, videos, and required work on the part of the student. A unit on SAT essays will also be covered. We will be utilizing the computer throughout this course as well. 

This one-year course will help students develop an appreciation for the diversity of organisms on Earth. Students will learn how to classify organisms and will compare and contrast the organ systems of several types of animal bodies through study and dissection. We will also compare these animal systems to the parallel human system and thus learn about the human body.

In this class we will have a 2-year rotation of the themes: The Art of Michigan and Our Four Seasons. Each project will incorporate the elements of art: Line, texture, space, color, value, shape/form into our projects. Students will master their cutting skills and learn the essentials for beginning drawing and painting. Students will also get to explore with many different art mediums for a well-rounded experience.

In this class, we will have a 3-year rotation of the themes: Art Around the World, The Art of Famous Artists, and Art through Literature and Illustrations. Incorporated into the projects, students will learn and explore the six elements of art: Line, texture, space, color, value, shape/form, along with learning beginning drawing skills and painting. Students will also get to explore with many different art mediums for a well-rounded experience.

In this class we will have a 3-year rotation of lesson themes: Art Focused on Subjects (Math, Science, History, and Literature), Art of Our 50 States, and Art focused on the Elements and Principles of Art. Students will create 3-dimensional art, learn collage techniques, and learn an upper elementary level of drawing skills (simple perspective, blending and shading for depth, helpful tips for people, animals, and landscapes). Students will turn in 1–2 sketches a month for homework to enhance creativity and self-expression.

In this class we will have a 3-year rotation of the following themes: Creativity and Self-Expression, God's Creations, and Art Movements and Styles. Students will learn and focus on technique and application of a wide variety of mediums as well as learn helpful tips and tricks to advance their skills in drawing. Students will turn in 1–2 sketches a month for homework to enhance creativity and self-expression. 

Mixed Media Art
Grades 8–12

 

Friday 1:45–3:10

 

Class and Material Cost: $375
Supplies:
  1. Canson XL Mixed Media Pad 11 x 14 or larger (Michael's #10145803)
  2. 48 ct. or larger colored pencils such as Prismacolor brand, Faber-Castelle or any other brand that is of artist quality, (not scholar/student-grade). Amazon has the best prices by far! If one pencil wears out, only one needs to be purchased and can be found at Michael's unlike other brands. has the best prices by far! If one pencil wears out, only one needs to be purchased and can be found at Michael’s unlike other brands has the best prices by far! If one pencil wears out, only one needs to be purchased and can be found at Michael’s unlike other brands Amazon has the best prices by far! If one pencil wears out, only one needs to be purchased and can be found at Michael’s unlike other brands Amazon has the best prices by far! If one pencil wears out, only one needs to be purchased and can be found at Michael’s unlike other brands Amazon has the best prices by far! If one pencil wears out, only one needs to be purchased and can be found at Michael’s unlike other brands
  3. Pentel Clic Eraser Pen
  4. Handheld single or double hole metal rectangle/wedge pencil sharpener (Staedtler, Kum brand, or similar)
  5. Occasional canvas, scrapbook papers, or other small decorative items (buy only when or if needed determined by your child's choice in project)
 
Fine Arts Credit
No Prerequisite Required
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This class is a low homework enjoyment class. It is designed to bring out creativity and self-expression within the student’s art with a relaxing and fun approach. It is helpful to already have some drawing skills but is not necessary. Mixed Media is not only fine art but can also be considered arts and crafts. Students create mixed media art on a variety of papers, canvas, wood, and other creative surfaces. 

What we will learn: Unusual painting, printing and ink techniques, collage, assemblage (both 2D and 3D), altered objects, the use of words and writing in art, the process and use of pop-ups, tags, and origami, and the experimentation of add-ins with found objects including those from nature, fiber, and texture mediums as a way to elevate their art.

Students will use: Inks, pencils, crayons, markers, pastels, and polymer clays papers, glues, buttons, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal, fibers, things from nature, to name a few.


This class is a low to no homework enrichment class. Our goal is to grow closer to God through expression and creativity and enhancing His word with beautiful art using a wide variety of mediums. This class is not intended to teach a student how to draw, but many tips and tricks will be taught to elevate their art as well as lessons on how to use the different mediums. The special Interleaved Bible will be a beautiful keepsake that your child can continue to create in long after the class is done.

This is a Christ-centered college-prep biology course that provides a foundation that will help students to understand the biological concepts they will come into contact with in their daily lives. I seek to make biology real by integrating such topics as the development of the “teen” brain, why enzymes are in detergent, how your body protects you from cancer and Ebola into the curriculum. Emphasis is put on a molecular approach and a thorough understanding of cell biology. I believe this approach helps to reveal the intricate majesty of God’s Creation .The sequencing of my curriculum is designed to step by step build a foundational lens through which the student will be able to not only understand but interrelate all the various aspects of biology. Units include: Your Brain and How You Use It, Scientific Method, Classification, Biochemistry, Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis, Ecology, Cells and Cell Division, Genetics, and Disease. Students will also learn how to write a scientific paper.

Botanical Art and Study
Grades 6–12

 

Thursday 12:45–1:40

 

Class and Material Cost: $255
Supplies:
  1. 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor paper
  2. Watercolor pencils
 
Fine Arts/Botany Credit
No Prerequisite Required
 
 
 
 

“Yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” Matt. 6:29. Wildflowers are more than just decorations; they are a wonderful framework for student artists to learn watercolor drawing and essential plant parts. Students will create their own botanical notebook that will contain field guide facts to help the curious nature seeker identify the most common (and widespread) wildflowers of Michigan.

Drawing supplies can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, T-Square, or Blick Studio at 1-800-828-4548 (for a free catalog) or www.dickblick.com.


Career Development: When opportunity doesn't knock, build a door!
Grades 9–12

 

Thursday 10:00–10:55
1st Semester Only

 

Teacher: Facilitated by Dr. Raymond J. Higbea
Class Cost: $140
Book: None
Supplies: Access to computer and Internet.
 
 
English or Elective Credit

No Prerequisite Required

 

 

This Special Topics course focuses on preparing young adults to choose a career path and confidently enter into the job or job preparation market.

Students will be administered an assessment profile, a strengths “finder” tool to assist them in focusing on their aptitude for various vocation endeavors--providing a tangible base from which to pursue learning and skill development in these areas.

Facilitated by Dr. Raymond J. Higbea, the class will concentrate on providing students information from a variety of sources including first-person accounts of those currently engaged in assorted vocations; activities to engage students in locating and correctly responding to open positions and the development of soft (interpersonal) skills necessary to gain employment.

Students will become aware of resources and opportunities to find job information including, but not limited to the Bureau of Labor statistics and job posting boards such as Monster and Indeed. Students will spend time searching jobs, preparing abstracts on jobs, and interviewing current holders of these jobs in 4 categories: unskilled labor, skilled labor (trade and community college training), jobs requiring bachelor level training, and jobs requiring graduate or professional training.

Following this process students will develop a resume (and learn the difference between a resume and curriculum vita), develop a cover letter, write an essay focused on either the job of their choice or application to train (college, graduate school, or professional school application) for the job of their choice, develop a LinkedIn profile, and practice interviewing for jobs or college admission.

There is a $25 material fee included in the cost of this course.


Welcome!

Our chemistry course is designed to give you a solid foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare you for a college-level science classes or any field of study that will require problem solving and reasoning.  Throughout this year we will explore how chemical processes impact our everyday life and the importance of these reactions in the world around us. Chemistry is everywhere!  You literally eat, sleep and breathe chemistry everyday already. The course covers significant figures, classification of matter, the mole concept, stoichiometry, the periodic table, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, the gas laws and equilibrium.

This class is 2 hours long and will last the full year.  By combining both lecture, demos and weekly labs, we will create an interactive experience for everyone.  The lab portion of the class will give you hands-on experience in handling basic lab equipment and chemicals along with strengthening your analytical skills.  The scientific method and the experimental process will be used to help students explore God's amazing world at a level that you may not have considered before.  At the very basic unit of creation, the atom, you can observe God's divine plan and wisdom.  He truly is an awesome God!  My hope for each student is that you may walk away with further awareness of God's perfect design for creation and be able to share how scientific study gives evidence to God's plan time after time.


Introduce your children to the fascinating world of chemistry and physics! The activities and projects in this course are sure to delight and inspire young minds. Students will begin by exploring the basic building blocks of creation— atoms and molecules, and then journey through simple chemicals, the laws of motion, and energy in its many forms, before discovering concepts of electricity and magnetism. Along the way your students will make a bouncy ball, formulate a smoke bomb, build a solar oven, construct a working periscope, fashion a miniature motor, and create a lava lamp! All the while, God will be glorified as the Master Designer of all that they are discovering about the world and how it works. This exciting course will give your students love for learning and confidence in science that will carry them through the school years and beyond. It is an engaging way to teach students just how God made everything in the universe.

Chemistry is one of the most fascinating studies of the orderly design of our perfect Creator! This course is based on regular laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions.  Students will learn about the structure and properties of matter and its interactions and use bridge notation and various formulas/equations to solve problems. This course is designed to give the student a solid foundation in chemistry in preparation for college-level science classes.

The students will be studying one amazing city each week. For example: In Paris we will learn about the Eiffel Tower, the catacombs, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and much more. In Washington DC we will study the monuments and all of the famous locations to be found there. Every city is filled with wonderful things to discover and learn!!!! Homework will take approximately 1 hour per week (10 minutes per day).

This one-year course will help students develop an appreciation for the diversity of organisms on Earth. Students will learn how to classify organisms and will compare and contrast the organ systems of several types of animal bodies through study and dissection. We will also compare these animal systems to the parallel human system and thus learn about the human body.

This class is designed to prepare 9–12 students to make wise financial decisions through the study of Consumer Math. They will be instructed about credit card charges, taxes, interest on loans and savings, personal banking, and costs of transportation, food, clothing, utilities, and insurance. It also includes instruction about filling out tax forms. The most important goal is the development of a biblical foundation that puts math in the proper perspective for a Christian. Second in importance is the development of the reasoning and problem-solving skills essential throughout life. Third is the development of general knowledge and skills needed for performing the necessary functions in life that require mathematical processes.

Everyone loves a good story and with a little practice, anyone can learn to write one. God has given each of us the gift of language, and each of us has our own unique way of expressing ourselves. Let us learn together, how to perfect our writing, so others will enjoy what we have to tell them. In this course, we will be concentrating on what constitutes a good story, how to use what we already know to create that story, and how to polish our writing, so it will sparkle and delight the reader or listener. Each month, we'll explore a different type of writing and discuss such topics as how to grab the reader's attention, logical progression in writing, and wrapping up a good, tight story line, so readers will want to open up our "gift" again and again. Join us!
 

What is it about certain writers that makes them so much fun to read? Often, the way a writer uses language attracts us more than the topic he or she writes about. It's almost as if we prefer the "flavor" of certain books more than others. God has given each of us unique insights and developing our writing skills enables us to use our language artistically and pass those insights on to others in ways that will inform, inspire, and delight them. Every six to eight weeks, we'll explore a new type of writing, take a look at successful authors in that genre, and learn the ins and outs of creating our own version of it. Class discussions will include such topics as making characters three-dimensional and scenes and scenery believable, telling the truth with fiction, editing, and polishing our writing till it shines, and more.



Drawing I
Grades 6–12

 

Thursday 9:00–9:55 Wait List

Friday 9:00–9:55

Class and Material Cost: $250
Supplies:
  1. Any size sketchbook (60# paper, 100 sheets)
  2. A good eraser (Pink Pearl)
  3. Sharpener
  4. Pencil box for materials
  5. Watercolor colored pencils
  6. Charcoal pencils 3B, HB, or Hard, Medium, Soft
  7. 1 set soft pastel pencils (not oil)
 
Fine Arts Credit
No Prerequisite Required
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(Many students take this class for more than one year). Discover with charcoal pencil how beautifully God structured His creation. Students will learn basic drawing techniques such as contour and gesture drawing and foreshortening. We will learn how light and shadow affect the tonal value of the drawing. Bring your materials and be ready to draw!
Drawing supplies can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, T-Square, or try Blick Studio at 1-800-828-4548 (for a free catalog) or www.dickblick.com


Earth and Space Science is fun, hands-on class in which we explore God's Creation through the scientific method. God is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, and it is through hands-on exploration and study of His world that we will draw closer to him.


This class helps students understand economic terms and issues that have an impact on the United States and its citizens and introduced both microeconomics and macroeconomics, providing one half–year of credit for high school. Exploring Economics surveys Biblical teachings on money and finance, provides an overview of the economic history of the United States, gives a clear explanation of terms and concepts used in economics, discusses economic issues confronting us today, and puts our participation in the national and world economies on a personal level. Students read a collection of essays called The Stewardship of God’s Riches. In a time when economic activity is challenging classic definitions, Exploring Economics reasserts the importance of the free market system and enables students to take part in the economy with knowledge and faith.


This class provides a wonderful overview of the entire range of scientific inquiry and a superb introduction to the world of science in general and some of the specific sciences that students will explore for years to come. Topics include a brief history of science; the scientific method; how to analyze and interpret experiments; the distinction between science, applied science, and technology; astronomy; geology and paleontology; (the five-kingdom system); marine life; and ecology. The authors of the text do nothing to hide their Christian viewpoint and, indeed, seek to use the scientific evidence to advance a student's faith in the Bible and a Christian worldview. The course includes lots of hands-on experiments.  

Get ready to pack your bags and sail across the globe as we explore the earth, its resources, and the geographic and cultural features of the people in the various regions and countries of the world. We will learn how physical geography affects the political and economic features of countries and the way of life of their people. As stewards of the resources God has provided, students will develop a new appreciation for the wonders of God's creation and the responsibilities of the mandate that God has given them to exercise dominion over it. 


  Grades 9 - 12

  Friday



This course is designed to help students master the basic elements of English grammar and usage through identifying parts of speech and their place in a sentence, practice exercises, writing and vocabulary development. Students will write various paragraphs throughout the year and one short research paper toward the end of the year. 


Is your child interested in pursuing something in the medical or para-medical profession in the future and desires to get a taste of some of the skills needed? Do you have a middle or high school child who wants to work in your church nursery, babysit, or be a nanny but must be CPR and First Aid Certified before he or she may do so? If so, this might be the class you are looking for.

The first part of the year will be spent on investigating other portions of human health including: communicable diseases, drug and alcohol abuse, nutrition, eating disorders, exercise, fetal development, and general adolescent physical changes.

The second part of the year, students passing both skills and written tests will become American Red Cross certified for Lay Responder CPR/AED for Adults/Children/Infants and First Aid. This is basic certification, with a standard two-year expiration, allowing the students to be competent in lower level emergency care.

Parents should know their child’s level of social maturity as to whether they are ready for this class.


The student will learn to analyze a variety of statements, arguments, and syllogisms for validity/truth, using many examples and rules of logic. The rewards should be a sharpened mind, the ability to avoid logical fallacies in one’s own thinking, writing, and speaking, and the ability to discern inconsistencies in the writings and speeches of the media and elsewhere.

This course is an overview of digital media technology used in publication design, digital drawings, and digital imaging. History of design as well as various approaches to design are examined through the lens of Christianity. There will be an emphasis on exploring and becoming familiar with graphic design software, including Adobe suite. Access to a personal laptop is strongly recommended, but not required.


This class uses classic short stories to present techniques, vocabulary, and practice to develop literary perception. We will further apply these learned elements by reading, discussing, and writing about some novels, non-fiction, and poetry. Enrolled students will receive a list of additional books to be purchased or obtained from the library. This class is designed to be advantageous for the college-bound student.

Welcome to this staff inservice in using MOODLE!

FAQ

Q: What's the difference between MOODLE and PRAXI?
A: Short answer: MOODLE is a LMS (Learning Management System) and PRAXI is a SMS (Student Management System)

Q: Will we be able to use both? Do we want to be able to use both?
A: Yes and No. (I don't think it necessary to do the PRAXI but I might be wrong)






Painting is a delight no matter what media you choose—watercolor or oil. As we paint, we learn about composition, value, color, temperature, and drawing. Our studio class will have you painting successful pictures right away. Come join the fun!

All painting supplies will be provided except those items listed above. Supplies can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, T-Square, or Blick Studio at 1-800-828-4548 (for a free catalog) or www.dickblick.com

There is a $20 material fee included in the cost of this class.


Make great use of your digital camera! From mundane to extraordinary, learn skills to be a great photographer. We’ll study values of natural light and get to know historical pioneers of photography. In this age of smart phones and filters, you can produce quality and meaningful images in the first “take”.

Make great use of your digital camera! From mundane to extraordinary, learn skills to be a great photographer. We’ll study values of natural light and get to know historical pioneers of photography. In this age of smart phones and filters, you can produce quality and meaningful images in the first “take”.

In this course, students will continue to grow in coordination, balance movement, and body and spatial awareness. Students will learn skills associated with sports, and they will  begin to understand basic sports terms like offense and defense. Students will practice teamwork and cooperation, with emphasis on honoring God through all we do. Students should wear appropriate athletic apparel such as shorts, T-shirts, sweats, and tennis shoes. Students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of class to change their clothes in the bathroom.

This course will teach body awareness and coordination through a sports unit curriculum. Students will play modified versions of sports and participate in some health and fitness tracking. Students of every ability level are encouraged to join in as we develop our motor skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Students should wear appropriate athletic apparel such as shorts, sweats, T-shirts, and tennis shoes. Students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of class to change their clothes in the bathroom.

This course will emphasize building a Christian attitude towards sportsmanship, teamwork, and fitness. It will extend learning and skill development in motor skills, engage in the Presidential Fitness Program, work on fundamentals of team sports, and engage in some competitive activities during class. Students of every skill level are encouraged to join in the fun! Students should wear appropriate athletic apparel such as shorts, sweats, T-shirts, and tennis shoes. Students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of class to change their clothes in the bathroom. 

This course will emphasize building a Christian attitude towards sportsmanship, teamwork, and fitness. It will extend learning and skill development in motor skills, engage in the Presidential Fitness Program, work on fundamentals of team sports, and engage in some competitive activities during class. Students of every skill level are encouraged to join in the fun! Students should wear appropriate athletic apparel such as shorts, sweats, T-shirts, and tennis shoes. Students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of class to change their clothes in the bathroom.

This course will emphasize building a Christian attitude towards sportsmanship, teamwork, and fitness. It will focus on lifetime fitness awareness by engaging in the Presidential Fitness Program. In this class, we expand on skills and basic rules of both team and individual sports. This class is designed for all students, regardless of athletic ability. Students should wear appropriate athletic apparel such as shorts, sweats, T-shirts, and tennis shoes. Students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of class to change their clothes in the bathroom.

This course will focus on body awareness, coordination, and balance, teaching and building upon students’ motor skills. Students will work in groups and on teams as we play games using the skills needed for sports. Emphasis will be on teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship. We seek to honor God through our actions and relationships with others. Students should wear appropriate athletic apparel such as shorts, sweats, T-shirts, and tennis shoes. Students will have 5 minutes at the beginning and end of class to change their clothes in the bathroom.

Physical Science lays a firm foundation for future studies in chemistry and physics. Each class will consist of hands-on exploration, including labs, experiments, projects, and discussions.

This physics course is designed for the student who has completed algebra and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent. It provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics through a biblical worldview. Heavily emphasizing vector analysis, this class provides the student with a strong background in one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton's laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism. Your student will come out of this class with an even stronger knowledge of math and physics as it relates to God’s creation. They will be well prepared for continuing in College Physics after completing this fun and gratifying class that includes both lecture and lab.



Course Description

This is an introductory course with the goal to introduce you to the techniques of debate and research. Debate is sometimes confused with "argumentative speech.” You will learn and use the standard format/techniques of debate. While we will NOT participate in the home school debate competitions, debate opportunities will take place in the classroom. Debate facilitates analytic reasoning, comparative writing, and verbal skills; all of which are essential to the college-bound student. This is not a remedial course and students that commit to this class need to be competent in reading, writing, and research. 

Textbook

GRACE does not order this book and the Home School Bookstore does not carry them.  Please order the book as early as possible to ensure having them for the first class.  The book may be purchased through Home School Legal Defense Association by going to the following link:  http://store.hslda.org/debate-c4.aspx

First Semester: Earth Movements, Rocks, and Minerals. This year, the students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of earth sciences. They will explore the massive movements that are constantly shaping the earth and learn how rocks provide clues to the earth’s structure and geological activities. They will explore rock and mineral properties and become geologists by performing field tests on mineral and rock samples. Students will also create rocks and grow salt crystals to model minerals.

Second Semester: Solar System and Solar Energy. Students will explore the Solar System through hands-on activities, become familiar with the names and positions of the planets, and create model planets. They will also discover the concept of energy transfer from a source (the Sun) to a receiver (solar collector). In a series of heat exchange experiments, the students will test the variables that affect energy retention.



Class, Material, and Copy Cost: $260
Supplies: Spiral notebook with pockets or 1” 3-ring binder with pocket folders, pencil; colored pencils, crayons, or markers.
 

No Prerequisite Required

 

 

First Semester: Earth Processes and Weather Forecasting. This year, the students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of earth sciences. Earth Processes begin with activities to explain continental drift and plate tectonics. They will construct replicas that demonstrates our planet’s structure and the three main types of rocks. Then they explore, map, and measure the forces that result in earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain-building and model the explosive events that make plate margins. Next, they will discover the importance of accurate weather forecasting and record keeping, build weather stations (to monitor temperature, rainfall, wind, barometric pressure, etc.), plot fronts and other large-scale factors on weather maps, and differentiate cloud formations.

Second Semester: Shipwrecks and Astronomy. During the second semester, the students will wrap up their weather studies by researching weather folklore and delving into severe weather hurricanes and tornadoes for which forecasting is especially valuable students. They are then introduced to the world of shipwrecks and marine archaeology. They will learn the methods and tools used to navigate and some of the most common causes of shipwrecks and discover how archaeologists work in the marine environment to discover, map, and preserve historic shipwrecks of the past. Next, the students discover how Earth’s motion relates to day and night, the annual seasons, and the predictably changing night sky. They reproduce constellation patterns and investigate the life cycles of stars, the shapes of galaxies, and the size of the universe.


First Semester: Amazing Air, Weather-Watching, Sunshine and Shadows. This year, the students will begin to gain a basic understanding of God’s world through a detailed analysis of earth sciences. The first semester introduces students to air, and its fascinating properties by providing hands-on experiments. Weather-watching is the next science topic that they will explore using handmade weather tools. They will also explore rainbows, thunderstorms, and snowflakes. The semester ends with a look at shadows and ends with a full-fledged original performance in a shadow theater.

Second Semester: Finding the Moon, Sun and Earth and Exploring Soil. Students will compare the daytime and nighttime skies. Through direct observations and modeling exercises, they will discover that the Earth’s nearest neighbor in space is far more interesting than any storybook Moon. The students will also take to the schoolyard with trowels in hand and explore soil components, weathering and erosion, minerals and nutrients, and more. Once they understand what soil is, they find out how it is made and observe how earthworms mix and enrich the soil.


Students will learn how to use vocabulary, verbs, and grammar concepts together. The material is taught through fun themes that incorporate everyday language. This allows students to use all those elements together in creative ways to grow and build language fluency. We will use a different theme this coming year. The new theme will be MI VIDA (my life). It is perfect for both the experienced and inexperienced students. The experienced students will continue to progress while the new students are seamlessly integrated. Please order the book early to ensure having it for the first class.



This course emphasizes grammar and conversational skills, provides training in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing basic Spanish. Lessons feature weekly Bible verses, a focus on Christ’s life, and a strong missionary emphasis. Oral and written exchanges of learned material will help the student to socialize and to provide and obtain information.


This course emphasizes grammar and conversation skills. The textbook’s easy-to-follow explanations, examples, and application exercises are designed to help students learn to speak Spanish in class. Chapters cover present tense verb forms and structures, past (preterit) tense, contrasting concepts, and structures, the present-perfect tense, and vocabulary on cooking, money, household items, and more. Cultural readings are also included.

This class is available for Articulation Credit with Davenport University (click for details).


Most people dread speaking in front of an audience. This class will give your student the necessary skills and confidence needed to be able to deliver a speech to a group. Basic speech mechanics, gathering of information, a brief review of speech writing, and a variety of speech formats will be covered in the course. A power point presentation is also included as one type of speech we will be giving. They will need a flash drive for this presentation. Students will be given ample opportunities to present prepared and impromptu speeches in front of the class. The skills learned will benefit anyone who seeks to glorify God through speech.




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His Story is meant to be a dialogue, a discovery of the relationships between God and man, man and man, and the creation and mankind. It is meant to be that which more fully recognizes the actuality of both the physical and the spiritual nature of reality...it is meant to increase our sense of wonder and awe toward a God who loves, provides and sustains His creation AND executes His plan through the lives and events of people and nations.


Using original source documents to investigate the events that have shaped the course of history in the United States, students are challenged:

1- to become better praisemakers through an examination of historically significant events through a Christ-centered world and life view

2- to develop essential 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity

3- to retain the knowledge of significant historical events, people and ideas that define the American experience

4- to understand the big ideas--being exposed to essential questions that make learners think, analyze, compare and contrast concepts (higher-order thinking). Students must understand key historical events, the political forces in a democratic society and the role government and church plays in the lives of people. Problem-solving, debate and decision-making are important in becoming an active participant of God's kingdom.


The idea of this class (and all three history classes in rotation for 3–5 graders) is for students to have a solid overview of American history before they enter middle school. We will not go in depth on any topic but instead learn about one event or person each week as we build a timeline from the time of the colonists to the events of the Civil War and Westward Expansion. Your child will gain a solid understanding of the events that took place and the people that influenced our country during this time. There will be little homework as we will learn about our topic in class and then have a hands-on activity to help solidify understanding and retention. A syllabus with all topics will be sent home at the beginning of the year, so that parents can add further learning at home as desired on each topic as it is taught.


This class will take a comprehensive look at not only the formation of the United States government, but also the way that it has changed and developed over history. We will start with a thorough study of the Constitution focusing on the intended structure and purpose of that government. Then, as we look at different parts of history, we will compare the changes in our government back to its original intentions. This class will blend a thorough understanding of where our government came from with the ability to analyze the role the government plays in today’s world. This course will be a blended learning experience with much of the course hosted on Grace Homeschool’s Moodle site. All resources and assignments will be managed through Moodle.

This class recounts the story of our nation's history from its discovery and colonization up to the present day. Special attention is given to God's providence and America's Christian Heritage. This high school level history class is presented in an engaging narrative style and seeks to bring United States History to life.

His Story is meant to be a dialogue, a discovery of the relationships between God and man, man and man, and the creation and mankind. We will use original source material to investigate specific details of Ancient History through the Renaissance. Students will study Ancient Greek and Roman times; the Battle of Marathon, the conquests of Alexander the Great, Socrates, Cleopatra and Anthony, Gladiators, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the Sack of Constantinople, Medieval and Renaissance: the Barbarians Rule, the Vikings, the Dark Ages, Invasion of England, everyday life in the 1100’s Europe, the Black Death, Thomas Becket, Richard the Lionheart, the Crusades, Michelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci, the Inquisition, Columbus, Queen Mary. (300 BC–1600 A.D.) This course will be a blended learning experience with much of the course hosted on GRACE’s Moodle site, and, to a great extent, influenced by the EyeWitnesstoHistory.com website. All resources and assignments will be managed through Moodle.

His Story is meant to be a dialogue, a discovery of the relationships between God and man, man and man, and the creation and mankind. We will use original source material to investigate specific details of Ancient History through the Renaissance. Students will study Ancient Greek and Roman times; the Battle of Marathon, the conquests of Alexander the Great, Socrates, Cleopatra and Anthony, Gladiators, the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, the Sack of Constantinople, Medieval and Renaissance: the Barbarians Rule, the Vikings, the Dark Ages, Invasion of England, everyday life in the 1100’s Europe, the Black Death, Thomas Becket, Richard the Lionheart, the Crusades, Michelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci, the Inquisition, Columbus, Queen Mary. (300 BC–1600 A.D.) This course will be a blended learning experience with much of the course hosted on GRACE’s Moodle site, and, to a great extent, influenced by the EyeWitnesstoHistory.com website. All resources and assignments will be managed through Moodle.

The students will learn about many amazing people and countries around the world. They will complete activities in class and do assignments at home (about 10 minutes per day). Students will learn to identify all of the continents and oceans, be challenged to know and identify where each country is located (not required), gain knowledge in map reading, and learn about the money, culture, climate, topography, and food of each country studied. 


 


Students will gain writing skills by imitating classic literature. Characters and adventures will capture your student's imagination and provide rich writing material. The students will learn about writing with structure and style and using dress-ups and sentence openers to help develop their own personal style. We will use FIX IT to review grammar rules, and vocabulary will be extended.

***This class is on a three-year rotation with Writing: All Things Fun and Fascinating and Writing: Based on Ancient History.





Writing Based on Medieval History
Grades 5–8

 

Thursday 9:00–9:55
Friday 9:00–9:55

Teacher: Joanna Schout
Class Cost: $230
Books:
  1. Institute for Excellence in Writing: Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons, 5th Edition
  2. Student Resource Packet: Free download with purchase of student book or buy the binder package. https://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-package-packet-and-binder


Course description: Students will produce a book that captures the moments of the year’s events. The book will be designed and created by students with the support of the yearbook teacher.  Students will demonstrate the use of online design tools and elements of design to create a cohesive book that is GRACE HSA and year-specific.  Students will work as a team and individually to take photographs, write copy, design pages and meet deadlines.