CLASSICAL SCHOLARS @

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

15 MCDOWELL ROAD

MILLS RIVER, NC 28759

 

828-674-1359

ELIZA HARDIN (DIRECTOR)

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Course Descriptions 2019/2020


Foreign Languages


Latin - First Form: 6th-8th grade.  

Instructor Rebekah Byrd. 

Textbook: First Form Latin, Memoria Press by Cheryl Lowe, student text (~$15), workbook (~$15).  Answer key supplied by the teacher.  

Additional supplements: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (~$15) and Famous Men of Rome ($10).  

 

This course is an introduction to Latin and covers all 5 declensions, touches on 2 conjugations, exposes the student to a good amount of vocabulary, along with a bit of Roman history, culture, and mythology.  We will memorize two Latin prayers over the course of the year: The Lord's Prayer and the Table Blessing. One and a half hours weekly study outside of class.  Please direct questions to Rebekah at erbyrd@gmail.com.  

 

Latin - Second Form (pre-requisite First Form). 

Instructor Rebekah Byrd. 

Textbook: Second Form Latin, Memoria Press by Cheryl Lowe, student text ($~15), workbook (~$15), and answer key.  

Additional supplements: NLE Study Guide - Level 1 by Cheryl Lowe.  (It is recommended to keep these books: D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, and Famous Men of Rome for reference study).

 

This course continues the study of Latin and is designed for students who want to delve deeper but are not quite ready to tackle high school Latin.  All Students will take the Introductory Level National Latin Exam in March.  We will memorize one new Latin prayer: a portion of The Lorica of St. Patrick. Two hours weekly study outside of class.  Please direct questions to Rebekah at erbyrd@gmail.com.  

 

Beginning Spanish -Here at Classical Scholars, the language classes are somewhat of an anomaly since they are open to high school students and can count for a year’s credit in the language.  Eighth graders are generally welcome; seventh grade by instructor permission only. Learning smarter, not harder!  After 20+ years of teaching Spanish in a traditional format (ABeka/BJU, traditional textbook), I am now teaching by blending this traditional format with a different approach called the “reading & storytelling” approach (TPRS) to learning a foreign language.  Research & scholarly studies reveal that students learn to speak and use the languages faster, and better, with this approach – it equips every learner, from the gifted student to the dyslexic.   Success – and fun!  Students will be speaking, understanding, and reading the language from the first week – growing in ability quickly.  Grammar is taught every week through meaning and application. There are many benefits to foreign language study, from the academic, to the business world, to the understanding of our own language.  All of this is true – and it is required for entrance to many colleges.  However, languages are meant for communication – and communicating the most important thing of all, the love and Truth of God, is our highest and greatest purpose with language.  With language we build relationships – through those relationships we gain the “ear” of others to share the Truth of the Gospel.  In this class, we begin this journey through fun, and the ability to use the language as we learn it.  I can scarcely wait to begin! Students should plan on 45 minutes to an hour of work four days per week, plus the work in class. This work at home is foundational to achievement.   We will work through our text and read one or two novels completely in Spanish, depending on class achievement.  This course uses a lot of “out of the text” material, so we will move through this text very slowly, adding other core learning materials through the year.  This text should cover through Spanish 2.   Scripture memory will always be included, as well as praise songs, hymns, contemporary music, culture, foods and games. 

 
Fees:  There will be an extra fee per novel that we study.  If it is one novel, the fee will be about $10, which covers the novel and an online learning component; if we advance quickly, there may be a second novel for about that same price, second semester.  Those fees will be announced in class when we are ready to begin novel study. 
 
Parents:  Please inform me (instructor) if you know your student has dyslexic/learning issues.  I believe those students can find success through this approach but it will help me to know.  I also have back-up resources to recommend.

Please direct questions to Marji at mcilvain@bellsouth.net


Spanish 2- a continuation of the method and materials from Spanish 1.  We will be using the TPRS approach to studying language (please read description of Spanish 1).  We will continue in the book from Spanish 1, although it is possible we will finish it and begin the next book in the sequence.  We will also read two novels in Spanish, and possibly begin to read the Bible as well. Spanish 2 continues with use of the language (speaking, reading, writing), culture, hymns, choruses, contemporary music and videos, and games … and sometimes, food.  ☺ Students desiring to enroll in Spanish 2 must have the instructor’s recommendation.  If the student is coming from another curriculum or class system, a placement test will be required.  National Spanish  Honor Society:  Excited to announce that high-achieving students have the chance of being selected for the National Spanish Honor Society! Class Fee:  There will be a class fee of at least $10 to purchase our novel and the online component – we hope to read two novels, which would mean an additional fee of $10 sometime in the second semester.  The second novel is not firmly decided yet.

Please direct questions to Marji at mcilvain@bellsouth.net


German 1-Here at Classical Scholars, the language classes are somewhat of an anomaly since they are open to high school students and can count for a year’s credit in the language.  Eighth graders are generally welcome; seventh grade by instructor permission only. Learning smarter, not harder!  After 20+ years of teaching foreign language in a traditional format (traditional textbook), I am now teaching by blending this traditional format with a different approach called the “reading & storytelling” approach (TPRS) to learning a foreign language.  Research & scholarly studies reveal that students learn to speak and use the languages faster, and better, with this approach – it equips every learner, from the gifted student to the dyslexic.   Success – and fun!  Students will be speaking, understanding, and reading the language from the first week – growing in ability quickly.  Grammar is taught every week through meaning and application. There are many benefits to foreign language study, from the academic, to the business world, to the understanding of our own language.  All of this is true – and it is required for entrance to many colleges.  However, languages are meant for communication – and communicating the most important thing of all, the love and Truth of God, is our highest and greatest purpose with language.  With language we build relationships – through those relationships we gain the “ear” of others to share the Truth of the Gospel.  In this class, we begin this journey through fun, and the ability to use the language as we learn it.  I can scarcely wait to begin! Students should plan on 45 minutes to an hour of work four days per week, plus the work in class. This work at home is foundational to achievement.   We will work through our text and read one or two novels completely in German, depending on class achievement.  This course uses a lot of “out of the text” material, so we will move through this text very slowly, adding other core learning materials through the year.  Scripture memory will always be included, as well as praise songs, hymns, contemporary music, culture, foods and games. Materials:  The text is currently undecided – we may use a “beta” version of the text I use for Spanish and French.  Registered students will be contacted with information this summer. Fees:  There will be an extra fee per novel that we study.  If it is one novel, the fee will be about $10, which covers the novel and an online learning component; if we advance quickly, there may be a second novel for about that same price, second semester. Those fees will be announced in class when we are ready to begin novel study. Parents:  Please inform me (instructor) if you know your student has dyslexic/learning issues.  I believe those students can find success through this approach, but it will help me to know.  I also have back-up resources to recommend.

Please direct questions to Marji at mcilvain@bellsouth.net


Sciences

Life Science: 7th Grade: Instructor: Sarah Bell (6th & 7th graders)
Textbook: BJU Life Science 4th edition ISBN# 978-1-60682-161-9
Topics include cellular biology, genetics, history of life, microbiology, botany, zoology, ecology, human anatomy and physiology. Students will learn through experiments, lectures, discussion and various activities. Class time is 1.5 hours with approximately 2 hours of homework each week.

Please direct questions to Sarah at andrewandsarah@hotmail.com.

Science Fair Projects Class-(6th - 8th graders) This course will utilize the scientific method performing numerous experiments during class with a wide range of topics including natural sciences, inquiry, and inferencing. During class experiments, students will be guided through the scientific method, which will model how to effectively create their science fair projects. A portion of class will be devoted to helping students accurately develop the problem for their individual science fair project and with teacher guidance - conduct research, formulate a procedure and draw conclusion. At home, students will conduct the experiment and record results.  Also, practicing their presentation skills will be encouraged, which will enable them to accurately and effectively discuss their project with classmates and judges. Materials: Students will need a composition notebook in which to journal their project, science board for displaying their project, and materials to complete their selected science fair project, $10 lab fee.  Regional Science Fair mid-February.   


Middle School Marine Science-A chance to explore the oceans, the systems, and the life within them in some depth.  We will blend two excellent curricula, with a smattering of a third:  Apologia’s Zoology 2:  Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day, and Dinah Zike’s Discovering the Ocean.  Since I also teach high school marine biology (online), this course will also include elements of the high school marine biology course.  Visits to some local sites are included, plus an overnight trip to an aquarium is planned as part of the adventure! We take the basic info in the Swimming Creatures book and bump the rigor to middle school level with the Zike book, the high school information, individual research, and labs and lab reports. Required Student Materials:
a) Students should have the Apologia book.  There are many available used for $12-$15 – you should be able to get it fairly inexpensively.  I have the Zike book with permission to copy the pages we’ll be working with for each student.  Since this is a blend, we will move through these two with some irregularity, and occasionally out of order.  
b) A large 3-ring binder with blank pages (3-hole-punched).  There will be some adhesive materials needed, but these will be explained first day of class.
Materials fee: Students will be creating a review notebook using some unique materials from Live and Learn Press – there are many pages in these materials, about half of which are printed in color.  The materials fee covers the entire copy fee (over 600 pages) plus lab materials we plan to use in class.  Students will occasionally be asked to bring some materials to class for labs.  Materials fee = $60.

Please direct questions to Marji at mcilvain@bellsouth.net


Anatomy and Physiology:  Instructor: Leslie Leidecker DVM. 7th/8th grade

This course will cover basic human anatomy and physiology with a systematic study of different body systems.  When applicable, various veterinary cases and diseases will be introduced. Class time will be divided between lectures/note taking and activities/games.  Class activities will include watching a movie in class (Lorenzo’s Oil), blood typing kits, growing bacteria, fingerprinting lab and dissections of sheep brain, cow hearts/lungs, cow eyeball and a fetal pig.  There is a $50 lab fee for this class. Participation in our science fair is a requirement for this class, which will require work outside of class in addition to assigned homework.  Students will be certified in CPR. 

Precepts of Anatomy and Physiology by Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (www.pacworks.com)

Students will need both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 texts plus the activity books. 

Please direct questions to Leslie at frankandleslie@bellsouth.net

Apologia's Physical Science:  Instructor: Leslie Leidecker DVM.  7th/8th grade
This course is a rigorous curriculum designed for 8th graders and advanced 7th graders, with a heavy focus on math.  Class time will be split between note taking, conducting experiments and group activities/games to reinforce the material.  Topics covered include measurement and units, the earth and it's atmosphere, the solar system, weather, an introduction to physics and chemistry, and Newton's Laws and the forces in creation.  Participation in our science fair is a requirement for this class, which will require work outside of class in addition to assigned homework. (Projects do not have to be related to physical science.) 

Lab supply fee $45.

Text:  Exploring Creation with Physical Science by Jay Wile 2nd edition.

Please direct questions to Leslie at frankandleslie@bellsouth.net

Physical Science:  Instructor: Eliza Hardin. (grade 9+) - is a 21st Century introductory chemistry and physics course designed to spark interest while building a firm foundation for advanced science courses. Designed specifically to prepare students for High School Biology and other sciences. Topics include measurement of matter, atoms, the Periodic Table, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonds and reactions, acids and bases, Newton’s laws, work and simple machines, gases and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and light. This course will combine online learning with hands-on learning. Access to a computer is preferred, however not required.

Participation in our Science Fair is required.

Text:  Abeka 9th Grade Science: Matter and Energy. Lab supply fee is $25

Please direct questions to Eliza at thehardinfive@gmail.com

Writing 


Writing I Girls and Boys (two separate classes):  Grades 6/7th.  Instructor Lisa Dillon.  Using five classic works of literature as a reference, students will learn to plan, write and revise. Skills covered will include reading for comprehension, quoting from sources, introduction to outlining, improving writing, recognizing setting, plot, theme and characterization, proofreading, poetry and oral recitation, art projects related to the literature and writing a short story.  Students will complete 7 writing assignments. Each student will need a three ring binder, access to word processing and internet and required books.  30-45 minutes of homework per week plus assigned reading.
 
Writing II  Girls and Boys (two separate classes): Grades 7/8th.   Instructor Lisa Dillon.  Using five classic works of literature as a reference, students will learn to plan, write and revise. Skills covered will include SAT reading for comprehension, quoting from sources, citing sources, writing an outline, improving writing, and developing style and voice.  Students will complete 7 writing assignments and will practice timed writing, document based questions and taking notes from written and oral information and poetry recitation.  Each student will need a three ring binder, access to word processing and internet and required paperbacks.  30-60 minutes of homework per week plus assigned reading.  

 

History


Mystery of History II and III:  6th/7th.  Instructor Lisa Dillon. Students will learn history through individual sketchpads capturing major events and people, games, art, historical fiction, themed feasts, short writing assignments and oral presentations.  Quizzes and tests will be administered, and Jeopardy and other games will be used to review.  30-45 minutes of homework per week.  Students will need the textbook and 3 required paperbacks per semester.  It is not necessary to have taken a prior Mystery of History to sign up.  This course is rigorous as we will cover two texts in one year.  5 lessons per week, 1 read in class.  
 
Mystery of History IV:  7th/8th Instructor Lisa Dillon. Students will learn history through games, art, historical fiction, short writing assignments and oral presentations.  Quizzes and tests will be administered and Jeopardy and other games will be used to review.  45-60 minutes of homework per week. Students will need the textbook and 5 required paperbacks per semester.  It is not necessary to have taken a prior Mystery of History to sign up. 
 
American History:  (8th graders)
Instructor Lisa Dillon. Using The Concise History of Us, students will study American History, U.S. presidents, American poets and artists, U.S. geography, learn to take notes from lectures, outline chapters and write document based essays. This is a rigorous course with 1-2 hours of homework a week, 3 large group projects, a research paper and an extensive parallel reading list. 

National History Day Competition:  7th and 8th graders. Coach is Lisa Dillon.  Please email Lisa if you are interested in this experience for your child as it will be a limited number.  Also, consider viewing the sample videos on our Student Showcase page and check out the national website at nhd.org.  

Math (6th, 7th, 8th grades)

Instructor:  Sarah McSwain

McDougal Littell Math is a comprehensive math program covering all strands of math.  The middle school program consists of courses 1-3, corresponding to grades 6-8.  Every lesson in McDougal Littell Math has both problem solving as well as skill practice.  The lessons also cover multi-step problems.  Each chapter also covers test questions in several different formats including multiple choice, short answer, and summary response.  Each week I will cover at least half of a chapter in class.  Every few weeks I will assign a take-home test.  Each student will need a three-ring notebook, a plastic sleeve to keep the syllabus, three notebook dividers, as well as notebook and graph paper.  I will keep a record of all test and quiz grades so I can monitor the success of your student.  

Please direct questions to Sarah McSwain at sarah.m.mcswain@gmail.com.  

Language Arts


Grammar 1  (Grades 6-7)  A comprehensive two-semester study.  Providing instruction using Junior Analytical Grammar curriculum series.  We will concentrate on the eight parts of speech in the fall semester, and on the mechanics of grammar during the spring semester.  This engaging and interactive class will provide your student with a sound understanding of necessary language concepts including grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.  Students will also complete SAT Vocabulary Cartoons I.

Note: Students enrolled in Writing I Boys or Girls AND in Grammar I, will use Vocab book in both classes. 

Please direct questions to Eliza Hardin at thehardinfive@gmail.com. 

Grammar 2 /Vocab (Grades 7-8)   As a prerequisite, students should have a good  knowledge of the eight parts of speech and their functions as well as sentence structure and punctuation in order to take this class.  We will be using the Analytical Grammar curriculum, which teaches English grammar, punctuation, and usage, focusing mainly on Units 1-10 in the fall semester and Units 11-17 in the second semester.  This innovative and logical method is not only extremely effective, but makes learning grammar fun. Students will also complete SAT Vocab Cartoons II Word Power.  

Please direct questions to Eliza Hardin at thehardinfive@gmail.com.

 

Logic 


Informal Logic: (6th-8th grades) Instructor: Ethan Brown. This class will introduce the student to the concepts of logical thinking, and will focus primarily upon the thinking mistakes that are called logical fallacies. The class is designed to be up-beat and fun, with humor used as a learning tool. The class will introduce the concepts of formal logic briefly, but the bulk of the class materials will focus on informal logic. The successful student will leave the class better prepared to evaluate his or her own thinking and the arguments of others for flaws, and better prepared to protect themselves from manipulation and deception.  Please direct questions to Ethan Brown at hvlminister@gmail.com. 

Formal Logic: (8th-9th grades - 7th by permission from instructor) Instructor: Ethan Brown. The ability to clearly and decisively make a point is tragically rare in our culture, and a young person who is able to do so stands out from his or her peers. The ability to set forward a series of thoughts that leads to a conclusion in a way that the listener or reader can follow will help a student in all academic disciplines. A person trained in logic will be better prepared to form thought clearly, which results in being better equipped to write, speak, think and plan across a broad range of topics. This class is an introduction to formal logic. It will focus upon the three acts of the mind in the formation of logical arguments: 1) understanding, 2) judgement, and 3) reasoning. The act understanding will focus on the use of clearly defined terms, so that the one making an argument knows what he or she is talking about. The act of judgement is the evaluation of statements for their truth values. The act of reasoning is the ability to understand how truths interact together to form valid arguments. The successful student will leave the class with a strengthened ability to think and reason clearly, and with skills to perceive bad arguments and how to refute them. In the course of the study, we will also explore some of the works of the ancient philosopher Socrates as described in some of the dialogues of Plato. [Logic I is suggested, though not required for participation in Logic II this year] .

Please direct questions to Ethan Brown at hvlminister@gmail.com. 

Geography

World Geography: Grades 6-8th. World Geography: Grades 6-8th.  Instructor Lisa Dillon.  Using large maps and in class games, students will progress through six continents concentrating on countries, mountain ranges, interesting landmarks and major waterways.  A test will be conducted after each continent and students can earn coins from around the world. Students prepare a power point, a travel brochure, an oral presentation and celebrate Christmas Around the World with food, crafts and music. During the last class, students will label all the countries of the world.  30-40 minutes of homework per week, mostly internet geography games.   No textbook.  

Mock Trial (7th-8th grade only): Instructor Lisa Dillon. Team is limited to 10 students. Students will prepare a case for trial in a court room competition to be held the first or second week of December in Asheville.  All students will have an important and active role as either attorney or witness or both.  Each student must have a nice suit by competition date and be available to possibly compete in the state contest in mid December.

Robotics

Introduction to Lego Robotics:  Instructor Marcia Torres. Grades 6-8. Understanding that children in the United States are behind many other countries in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, I aim, through this class, to give the students a basic introduction to robotics and enough familiarity with the process that they will be comfortable taking these types of classes in high school and beyond.  We will explore both the hardware needed to perform tasks, as well as learn basic programming techniques.  Students will be paired up in class to build and program their robot to perform various tasks.  Challenges will increase in difficulty as the year progresses. Robotic equipment will not be sent home with the student. Please direct questions to Marcia at johnandmarciatorres@yahoo.com. 

 

Robotics Competition Team:  Coach Marcia Torres.  Grades 7th and 8th.  Students must have completed the Introduction to Lego Robotics class and must enroll in two courses, 10:45 and 1:00.  This is a rigorous program to prepare for First Lego League Competition in December.  Students will receive a challenge and then program robots to perform to meet the requirements.  A research project will also be assigned and presented by the team.  If team qualifies for state contest, second semester will be dedicated to that preparation.  If not, second semester will practice skills needed for another year of competition.  Note:  if team does not qualify for state contest, program will drop to one required class. Limit:  10 students. Please direct questions to Marcia at johnandmarciatorres@yahoo.com. 

Home Economics

Introduction to Home Ec-6th-8th graders.  Instructor:  Carol Belk.  Working with your hands has great value and reward. This class will cover the joys of all things made at home. Learning to cook makes you self-sufficient, saves you money, and keeps you healthy. This class will look at basic cooking techniques; caloric requirements; sources of food from farm to table; budget principles; food safety; nutrient information, where to find it and how to use it; and effects of food on well-being. Students will also appreciate and study their community (Apple Country!) and develop a year long plan for their own future homestead. In addition to the fun of food, the class will also study botany, the art of card making and writing notes and creating home-made gifts

Drama/Music


Shakespeare Production:  6th-12th grade.  Instructor/director Rebekah Byrd.  Production will be a tragedy.  Two classes are offered on Thursdays (Fall semester only), AM cast (6th-12th grade) and PM cast (6th-12th grade), each class will form a complete cast and each cast will give 2-3 performances.  Extra rehearsals are required.  Production will occur in late January/ early February (TBA asap).  Cast will meet in mid August for casting and scripts. Please direct questions to Rebekah at erbyrd@gmail.com. 

 

Show Choir: 5th-12th grades (by audition)  Instructor:  Anji Grady.  A full year class.  Show Choir will present an intimate evening concert near Christmas and a spring concert with a buffet dinner.  Hoping for 5 boys and 5 girls.  Costume fee of $75-$100 and students must purchase character (girls) or jazz shoes (boys). Participation requires singing and dancing.  Cardio homework may be assigned to help with this requirement.  

Audition details:  Sing 12 measures of any song you like acapella.  A basic dance combination will be taught to make sure everyone knows how to move.  No experience required, just looking for potential, basic skills, enthusiasm and teach ability. Please register to hold a place and auditions will be held in June and a make-up day at the end of July.   Note:  The instructor, Anji Grady, competed nationally in high school and college, performing with a traveling show choir. 

Please direct questions to Anji at gradybunchmom@gmail.com

 

Art

The Basics of Art:  6th-8th.  Instructor:  Anne Jensen.  Students will create two dimensional art through the study and application of basic art concepts such as line, form, value, perspective, color, contour drawing and more with multi-mediums.  New concepts will be introduced weekly.  This class is open to all grade levels challenging them to improve and grow on their own level of talent.  Supplies:  $20 to cover the cost of art supplies including a large art pad and sketch pad that each student will take notes in and be responsible for.  Teacher will purchase all supplies.  Please direct questions to Anne at dgjensen@bellsouth.net.

Methods of the Masters Artist study: 8th grade and up.  Instructor:  Anne Jensen.  Take a different spin on art as we study masters and how their methods changed the course of art as we know it.  We will practice these methods in class as we create our own art using different mediums.  Group and individual art will be created as well as two and three dimensional art. Supplies:  $10 to cover the cost of art supplies including individual student sketch books for creating a master/artist book.  Teacher will purchase.  

Please direct questions to Anne at dgjensen@bellsouth.net.

Art I:  Instructor Janet Leazenby.  6th-9th grade. Students will create interesting art in all kinds of mediums. Two-three weeks will be dedicated to each project for a total of 8-10 finished works of art.

Materials included.  

NEW**Spring 2019 Art History: 6th-9th grade. Instructor:  Margaret Dillon.  Prehistory through medieval. Class will not be grade centered or homework intensive. Students will focus on learning how to think and articulate in a comfortable environment. In lieu of notes, students will be encouraged to apply their creative side in a sketchpad which will replicate the mediums used by some of the artists and capture the images they are studying. We will discuss significant pieces in art history and develop a vocabulary to use when discussing art. This class is lecture based and Socratic; students will work through ideas by discussing and promoting. No text required. Hot chocolate or cider at every class. Course will be enjoyable and our students will be critiquing art like a master in no time.