Critical Thinking/Study Skills, Philosophy, Bible, Beginning Logic


Logic/Critical Thinking/Study and Time Management - Instructor: Mrs. Henkel  - Grades 7-12

In this course, we will progress through both Critical Thinking workbooks.  Our activities will center around learning categories and terms pertaining to logic and reasoning, then examining stories and discussion problems illustrating each new concept.

This course will also provide the student with the knowledge to: organize their work space, do time management, learn how to listen, note taking, study habits, decision making test preparation, etc. Students should expect 60 minutes of homework each week.

 Textbooks: Textbooks: The Thinking Toolbox and The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn

They will also need a three ring binder. 

I am looking forward to teaching your children,

Mrs Pamela Henkel612.749.3708


Connections/Life Skills - Instructor: Mrs. Pamela Henkel - Grades 6-10 (Separate class for boys and girls)

Designed to offer families support and encouragement as they work to develop Christian values and character in their student.  This class will have a limit of five students.  The class will have a low teacher-to student ratio. The cost of the class is more than a regular 1 hour class.

Teachers will be there to work with students to enhance student relationships, verbal and functional skills and social understanding/communications by providing safe social experience and offering student-specific enhancements of skills.  There will be class discussion class teamwork, art projects, drama,games, etc.   

Textbook:  Teachers will be using: Laying Down the Rails  by Sonya Shafer  (used by the instructor - parent do not need to purchase this).  There will be a $25 fee to cover the cost of materials and copies that the teacher will be using throughout the school year.


ACT Prep - Instructor: Ms. Stacie  Zens  - Grades 9-12

This class is designed to prepare students for success on their ACT test.  The course will highlight test taking strategies as well as provide tutorial instruction for each section of the ACT test.  Students will learn to increase their reading speed and comprehension to help increase their test taking speed in all subject matters.  Special focus will be given to preparing the students to face the essay portion of the ACT test.  Students will be given practice tests.  Additionally, students will discuss strategies for finding colleges to fit their needs to gain an understanding of the college application process.


Introduction to Philosophy - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 9-12 (Introduction to Classic Literature) 

Textbook:  Omnibus series: Biblical and Classical Civilizations.  Biblical and Classical Civilizations. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house or can be purchased at Veritas Press.

Philosophy means literally" Lover of Wisdom."  In this class we will be seeking Wisdom or Truth by reading and discussing the great philosophers from ancient Greece, Rome, Dark Ages to modern times.

The theme will be that all the most successful philosophers from Socrates and Plato, to Locke, Smith, C. S. Lewis all believed in a Creator God who gave us Natural Law, unlike all the other philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Hegel, etc. that want you to believe that there is no creator God and that Man is the source of all Wisdom and that there is no absolute Truth.  

"Philosophy is concerned with perfect Knowledge of TRUTH in all matters whatsoever. Now, look how many sorts of things there are which properly fall within the cognizance of human reason into so many branches does the tree of philosophy divide.....For treating of figures, it is called geometry; of motion, physics; of natural right, morals; put all together, and they make up philosophy." Thomas Hobbes.

"Virtue and Wisdom encapsulates the idea that the moral and intellectual virtues go together.   They are wed, like liberty and learning.  Education, therefore, is not about creating values.  Fleeting and flimsy, values” are ultimately empty vessels into which educational  fads may be dumped. The American Founding Fathers did not declare values” upon which America was founded.  Rather, the foundation was built on certain principles--truths that were timeless.  Indeed, our Declaration of Independence insists upon the existence of “self-evident truths.These truths are self-evident, however, only with the proper understanding of the terms in question."

Quote from Hillsdale Academy 9-12 Reference Guide


Aristotelian Rhetoric - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 7-12

Rhetoric textbook will be The Power of Persuation by Peter D. Roise.  The book can be purchased at HERO.  The class will be reading 1 chapter each week and completing Exercises at the end of each chapter. The textbook is based on Rhetorica by Aristotle, and Rhetorica Ad Herennium by Herennium.

Rhetoric is the art and science of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speaker that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situation.  As a subject of formal study and a productive civic practice, rhetoric has played a central role in the Western tradition.  Its best known definition comes from Aristotle, who considers it a counterpart of both logic and politics, and calls it "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion."



 Overview of the Old Testament (Hands On) - Instructor  Mrs. Jenny Lofstad: - Grades 4-6   2016-2017

Class Description: Students will chronologically travel through the Old Testament, digging deeper than just the basic facts learned in Sunday school. Through a combination of teaching and discussion, every lesson will answer the following questions: 1. How does this point to Jesus? 2. How does this apply to my life today? In-class projects will include: -Building a model of the Tabernacle -Creating Advent ornaments that tie the events of the Old Testament to the coming of our Savior -Participating in a simplified Passover meal Curriculum: I created the curriculum based on Bible study materials from the following teachers: Beth Moore The Patriarchs Kelly Minter Nehemiah Priscilla Shirer Jonah Ann Voskamp The Greatest Gift and others! Through concepts found in My Father's World homeschool curriculum, AWANA, and my own research and development


Latin I - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 8-12

Our text will be Lingua Latina per Se Illustrata, Pars I , by Hans Oerberg.  Using this text, they will be learning Latin mainly through the reading of it - the students will be reading Latin in the very first class.  Required materials: a) Workbook, which can be purchased at HERO (Lingua Latina Exercitia Latina;  b) textbook, which can be purchased at HERO (ISBN: 978-1-58510-238-9.

 It is expected that students will invest 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week in their Latin studies, read from the text, and complete exercise in the workbooks, as well as memorize Latin vocabulary, expression and scripture verses.


Christian World View - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 9-12

We will be using the textbook, Understanding the Times by David Noebel. This course will aid high school students in developing a Biblical perspective for the understanding of history, governments, law, economics, psychology, biology, sociology, and a number of other subjects. Students will study our founding fathers origin and basis for the Constitution, Bill or Rights, and our democratic governing system. Students will be presented with a clear explanation of the worldviews that are contending for the hearts and minds of modern man. There will be additional reading and research papers required.