History, Civics, Social Studies, Geography
K+ - First Grade (ages 5-7) - Monday 2 hour class
Minnesota History/Science - Instructor: Mrs. B. Westrup
The class is designed for students ages 5 to 7 for Monday mornings. They will have fun with learning all about the marvelous state of Minnesota.
Join in the fun as we learn all about our great State of Minnesota. Through literature, art, and song, with a special focus on science, history and geography, we will explore the 32nd state. Students will engage in activities that stimulate the senses; as they learn best with hands-on, concrete experiences. We will work to develop language arts skills and comprehension with a variety of Minnesota themed books. The children and I will sing our way through the year to memorize numerous concepts. Students will even create their own Minnesota Keepsake book! Grab a blueberry muffin and a glass of milk and come along…
Second Grade US Geography (Monday 2 hour class) - Instructor: Mrs. Olson - Grades 2
Pack your bag and come take a trip with us across the United Sates! This fun two hour class will travel through the 50 states and learn about their unique characteristics. The children will learn about the states through science activities, books, crafts, hand-on-activities, and other resources. The curriculum we will be using is, "Cantering the Country" by Lore Petit and Dari Mullins and "Children's illustrated United States Atlas" by Rand McNally Schoolhouse. There will be a large flannel map of the U.S. to help us keep track of our traveling. We do make time for a snack which the students will provide on a rotating schedule.
Supplies your child needs:
*washable markers OR crayons OR colored pencils
*Water bottle to bring to class each week for snack
*Old shirt for painting
*Three-ring notebook that will contain worksheets for the year: purchase from HERO for $10.00
The Adventures of Munford - Instructor: Mrs. Olson - Grades 2-4
Munford is two parts hydrogen ad one part oxygen. He can be rain, snow, sleet, or steam. He has traveled the world looking for excitement, interesting information and adventures. Munford will help the children to learn more about many of history's greatest moments. The books are written on an elementary level. Through reading the books, making crafts, and participating in activities, the children will get learning experience in areas such as history, geography, and science. Come and join the fun adventures with Munford!
Supplies needed for this class:
*Washable markers OR colored pencils OR crayons
*Two pocket folder that will contain worksheets for both books: purchase from H.E.R.O. for $3.00
*Two books: First Semester Book: The Adventures of Munford: First Semester American Revolution/Second Semester Gold Rush
You can purchase the Munford books from HERO.
American Boy/Girl, Monday or Tuesday - Instructor: Mrs. Ozment - Grades 1-6
The Pleasant Company of American Girls series covers many periods in history. We will be learning about the events of that time and how it shaped our changed the lives of children in the stories. We will be creating projects and researching topics related to the time period we are studying.
This class is not just for girls. This is an excellent history class for girls and boys in grades 1-6. We will supplement each series with historical information. This class is NOT just for girls. Boys are encouraged to take this class. Each student is required to read the books at home with the parent and be prepared to discuss the contents and answer questions. Required read is approximately one book per week. Each series contains six books.
This 2016-2017 school year we will be studying these books in the following order: Addy - Civil War, Samantha - American Progressive Era, Rebecca,- 20th Century immigration from Eastern Europe, and Kit Kittredge - Great Depressions.
Little House in the Big Woods - Instructor: Mrs. Ozment - Grades 1-3
This Little House books begin in the late 1870's with Laura and her family living in a log house deep in the woods of Wisconsin. We will be studying the historical period and prairie life of the Ingall's family. The daily life and struggle of crossing the Midwest prairie, battling the elements, the hardships and challenges along with the rewards make for interesting reading for you and your child. Reading assignments will be approximately 30 pages a week. The student should be prepared to discuss the chapters that they have read when they come to class the following week. In class, the emphasis will be placed on period crafts, songs, plays and games like those portrayed in the books. Last year we started with "Little House in the Big Woods" and continue through "On the Banks of Plum Creek." The series goes in the following order: By The Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden Years.
For 2016-2017 we will be starting with: By The Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, and These Happy Golden Years. This class is full of fun projects!
Supply list for both classes are 2-Glue Sticks, 2-#2 Pencils, Colored pencils, Scissors and 6-quart size ziploc bags.
Horses, Horses, Horses! - Instructor: Mrs. Russ - Grades 3-6
A literature and lap book based approach to everything equine. Join other horse enthusiasts as this year long study includes reading together 2 classic books, Misty of Chincoteague semester 1, and Black Beauty semester 2. In depth discussions along with the construction of a detailed lap book on horses. Classwork each week to include art, games and puzzles help to retain information learned.
Homework: additional reading/research with a report/class presentation due each semester.
Materials needed: *Workbook and (2) file folders supplied/purchased through HERO, glue, scissors, colored markers/pencils
*Misty and *Black Beauty books will be read aloud/discussed TOGETHER in class, no need to purchase the books.
Paddle to the Sea - Instructor: Mrs. Beth Westrup - Grades 4-6
Using Holling Clancy Hollings award winning book Paddle-to-the-Sea, this class will focus on the history and geography of the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. Using a literature approach, children will explore concepts while traveling along with Paddle. Mapping activities, large and small group as well as individual projects will expose students to Native American culture, natural resources, historic figures and economic development of this area. Grab your paddle and come see what fun this class will be!
World War I/World War II (Wars) Unit Study (Formerly called Beginning Literature/Unit Study) - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 4-6
What was going on in our world during 1914-1918 when WWI occurred? What about the era of the later 30's and mid 40's when WWII happened? What was life like during these times? What ammunition, artillery and explosives were used? With videos, teacher created worksheets, art projects, geographical maps, and library materials we will navigate our understanding of these world wars. We explore and investigate distinct people and events that created history.
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
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 I have made these concepts accessible to children.
The Light and the Glory - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 4-6 2016-2017
This is a two part history series. American's history is foundationally based on Christian beliefs (or tenets), principles, and values. Involve yourself in "The Light and the Glory" classroom through learning about men such as Christopher Columbus, John Winthrop, George Whitefield, and George Washington. These men have shared their lives with each of us providing dreams and inspiration to further our quest in keeping our country "One Nation Under God" Through educational tools and activities such as; short stores, library books, teacher's notes, timelines, collages, and portrait tracing, etc. students will gain a deeper understanding of American's heritage.
We will be using the textbooks by Peter Marshall titled: "The Light and the Glory"
1 small box crayons
1 box washable markers
2 pencils (sharpened)
1 bottle of white glue (or glue sticks)
1 pocket folder
1 tablet tracing paper
1 tablet colored construction paper
1 12" ruler
Old World History - Instructor: Mrs. Leah Adams - Grades 6-7
In this course, we will study the history and geography of the eastern hemisphere. We will examine the people and places on the continents of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica. Using the Abeka text, we will discuss the history, culture, daily living, contributions, and more of the peoples in each of the countries in this region.
We will spend an average of two weeks on each chapter with one or two chapters receiving more time because of their length. Week one will consist of diving into the text to examine the information presented about each country/area. Week two will consist of a summary of the information and a project of some sort that will tie into the area being studied. Some project examples may include, but are not limited to, art projects, crafts, songs, literature, science experiments, food tastings, model building, and more.
Students will be required to spend time at home reading and completing homework for the class. Students will have a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of the content, and grades will be based on class participation and successful completion of assigned work.
We will be using the textbook: Abeka 5 --- Old World History & Geography (4th Edition). This text and a required teacher supplement/folder will be available for purchase from the HERO bookstore.
Civil War and US Geography - Instructor: Ms. Sandy Stauner - Grades 7-9
In this year long class, your student will learn about important events, battles, people and places leading up to and during the Civil War. Students will choose from a list of project ideas for an end of the school year presentation.
Textbooks: The Civil War: A Visual History copyright 2015 Edition plus Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction by Cindy Barden copyright 2011
Ancient World History and Cultures - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 10-12
Textbook required, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, second edition by A Beka. This course will require reading an average of a chapter per week and doing the chapter review as well as periodical tests and quizzes. Students will need a notebook, specific for this class.
Why study history? The word "history" means inquiry, so this will not be a class where we just memorize names, places, and dates. We will use other source material besides the A Beka textbook. This text covers: Asia and Africa, Europe, The Middle Ages, The Reformation Era, The Age of Ideas, and The Twentieth Century. There will be a lot of outside reading, research papers, and class presentations. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.
Christian World View - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 7-12
This is being offered first semester. Second semester American Government will be offered.
We will be using the textbook, Understanding the Times by David Noebel which can be purchased at HERO. 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 of Rights, and our republican (not the political party) 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.
World Religions - Instructor: Mrs. Rische - Grades 10-12
This class will explore the beliefs of several of the most widely practiced and influential religions of the world. The content will emphasize, but not be limited to, the exploration and analysis of Judeo Christian, Buddhist, and Islamic views of reality and the world.
World History - Instructor: Mrs. Rische - Grades 10-12
This World History course is based on the UCLA online curriculum World History for Us All http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/. The class is organized into nine subjects or Big Eras, each focused on key points or events that impacted history around the world. Although secular by design, a Christian perspective is included. The curriculum notes that, “To make sense of the past, we have to organize the investigation into manageable pieces. In World History for Us All the main subject is humankind and how humans have thought, behaved, and interacted across the ages.”
Textbook: World History: The Big Era
This would be used in conjunction with World History for Us All online Curriculum found at: http://worldhistoryforusall.sdsu.edu/
American Government - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 7-12
This is being offered second semester. First Semester Christian World View will be offered.
This class will focus on the U. S. Government. Students will be aware of the great body of knowledge which was the sources of the wisdom used to design the U.S. Governments, student will understand their responsibility as citizens to participate in preserving our governments, they will recognize our enemies domestic and foreign, and they will know the parts of our governments and the purpose of each. The textbook used for second semester is A Beka, American Government in Christian Perspective. - Third Edition. There will be a lot of classroom discussion as well as debates on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.
American Government and Civics - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12
American Government & Civics includes three parts:
American government Civics (how to become a good citizen) Mock government
The American government portion will be lecture, followed by the mock government, which will reinforce what we have learned in the lectures. The civics potions will be group projects on certain topics, such as citizenship, economy, and foreign policy.
The mock government will include the following:
Senate and House debates, followed by Congressional elections
Bill proposals and debates, followed by Law passage or failure
Presidential debates, followed by Presidential elections
Judicial nomination hearings, followed by Judicial confirmation vote
Supreme Court case selection and hearings, followed by Supreme Court decisions and dissent
Hartley, William H. and William S. Vincent. American Civics. Austin: Holt, 2003.
American Government & Civics Homework Guide- Available in the HERO Bookstore.
American History - Instructor: Mrs. Flatten- Grades 7-9
Course DescriptionIn this year-long course we will study the history of America from a Christian perspective. It begins with the discovery of America and continues to our current time. Emphasis will be made involving God’s plan revealed through history and how our founding fathers formed this nation. There is a worksheet/study guide packet available at HERO.
Supplies needed for this course: Bring these materials to class each Monday
- Textbook “America: Land I Love” A Beka Book Second Edition
- American: Land I Love Quiz Book
- Worksheet/study guide (available at HERO)
- Three ring binder with loose paper or a notebook with folder
- Pencils and erasers
Grading Information and Guidelines for Success:
You will receive a percentage for the class. Each semester will be 60 hours of work (in class and homework assignments).
20% Class participation Students will demonstrate participation by answering questions, being prepared for class with their materials ready, participating in classroom discussions, completing class work and having good attendance.
40% Homework Assignments Students must complete assignments on-time – if you’re absent, your homework assignment is due the following week or it’s considered late and may not receive full credit. Assignments are given out in small increments. So if you miss a few, you’ll get behind! Papers written will be graded for content, not just mechanics.
40% Tests and QuizzesStudents will receive complete study guides prior to tests.
American History - Instructor: Ms. Marcie Zen - Grades 9-12
This is a year long course that will cover American History from the time of exploration to the present day. We will be using The American Journey textbook by Appleby, Brinkley and McPherson as well as videos and research projects to better understand our nation’s history. This course will not just be about memorizing facts and dates. We will be using critical thinking skills in order to make connections between the past and the present to better understand current events.
Great Women in History - Instructor: Mrs. Rische - Grades 7-12
Great Women in History, is a year long class that will examine the lives and contributions of various women throughout history, from creation to modern times. As we study each woman, we will examine the time period and circumstance surrounding her life as well as her character and accomplishments. Students will leave this class with an understanding of world history as well as a knowledge of historical and present day women whose character has set them apart. There is no text required, however there will be weekly reading assignments in the form of a packet that can be purchased from HERO. Students should have a 3-ring binder to keep these documents organized.
Minnesota History - Instructor Ms. Stacie Zen - Grades 7-9
Minnesota History Grades 7-9*
This is a year long course that covers the history, land and people of Minnesota. Students will create an end of the year project to be presented in class.
Homework is assigned each week.
Please bring pencils, colored pencils, textbook and workbook to class each week.
*The Northern Lights textbook and workbook is required for this class and can be purchased at HERO.
African Encounter - Instructor: Mrs. R. Wahlberg - and Grades 3-6
Students in this class will learn about the vast and rich culture and geography of the amazing continent of Africa. We will experience foods, fabric, songs, crafts, and guest speakers from many of the unique and diverse countries of the second-largest continent in the world! Join us as we embark on this fun adventure about our friends across the globe!
We will begin the year with an overview of the continent, then study individual regions, and review! The Seven Featured Countries: Egypt, Morocco, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Madagascar.
Subjects covered: history, geography, world religions, animals, cooking, and art.
Required Textbook: Journey Into Africa: A Creative Study of History, Geography, Animals, and People from a Christian Perspective.
Class Fee: $5 per semester (two semester course): This will be used to cover the cost of copies, additional craft supplies, and food samples from a few different countries.
Trail Guide to World Geography - Instructor: Ms. Jess Gulbanson - Grades 7-10
(CLASS SIZE TO limited to 15 STUDENTS)
Using the curriculum Trail Guide to World Geography, students will explore each continent, in this year long class. They will be able to locate countries, read maps, learn geographical terms and more. We will also use Fantasy Geopolitics- the social learning game that follows countries and world leaders as students compete for news headlines. For more information watch the video at www.fantastygeopolitics.com.
Homework is assigned each week. Current events and semester projects are also required. Please bring completed homework, pencils, colored pencils and a pen to class each week.
*An atlas is required for this class, as well as a workbook that can be purchased at the open house.
United States Geography -Instructor: Mrs.Wong - Grades 7-9
United States Geography is a full-year course. US Geography is a course designed to have students learn all about the states, which includes (but is not limited to): map location, topography, capital, local food, agriculture, industry, and tourist attractions. Twice a semester, the students will make a poster board project for a state in a specific region of the United States.
TEXTBOOKS: Fifty States: Every Question Answered. By Lori Baird- 2014 ISBN- 9781626862333 and United States Geography Homework Guide- and
Uncle Josh's Outline Map Book- by George Wiggers- ISBN 9780970240309
World Geography - Instructor: Mrs. Wong
World Geography is a full-year course.
The first goal of World Geography is to memorize map locations and capitals. This will be graded on tests and quizzes. At the end of each semester, there will be a geography bee on the continents studied during that period.
The second goal of World Geography is to learn about the peoples and cultures of other lands. This will be accomplished by showing a video from each continent, as well as tasting food from other countries.
TEXTBOOKS: Genzmer, Herbert and Christian Schutz. Countries & Continents. Parragon; Bath, 2008. ISBN: 978140752580 and World Geography Homework Guide-and Uncle Josh's Outline Map Book- by George Wiggers- ISBN 9780970240309
World Wars That Changed History - Instructor: Mr. Beale- Grades 7-12
This is a year long course that will cover the wars and battles that changed the course of World History, from ancient times to the present. Students will study the background of the conflicts, advancements in fighting technology, and the impact of various people and events that had a great part in directing the course of history under God's sovereignty. The textbook being used is: Battle: A Visual Journey Through 5,000 Years of Combat by R. G. Grant and a Material Packet for in-class study. Textbook and Material Packets can be purchased at HERO.
Aristotelian Rhetoric - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 10-12
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."
History of the Old Testament - Instructor: Linda Blessner Grade 10 -12
History of the Old Testament is an introductory overview of the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Poetic Books, and the Prophets. Students will be taking an inspiring journey back in time. They will learn the historical background, the literary and the theological themes in the Old Testament. Students will learn the relevance of the Old Testament writings to today’s Christian, showing how they can be applied in personal faith and practice A strong emphasis will be placed on recognizing the Christological significance in the Old Testament and how the Old Testament points to Christ as our Redeemer and Savior.
To increase familiarity with the purpose, the nature and the Spirit filled content in the books of the Old Testament.
To gain a better historical,literal, and theological perspective and understanding of the historical setting that occasioned the writing of the books of the Old Testament.
To inspire a passion for studying the Old Testament.
To understand how the Old Testament verifies the New Testament by linking Old and New Testament passes.
To learn to think critically to be able to defend one's faith in addressing ovjections to the accurancey of the Old Testament in our culture today.
Understanding the Faith: A Survey of Christian Apologetics - Instructor: Linda Blessner - (Grades 10-12) Email: Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout this course, the student will learn the importance of having a Biblical worldview and how to defend their faith. Students will learn that Biblical Christianity is both logical and truthful. Students will use wisdom, knowledge and character to stand for their faith in the marketplace of ideas.
Text: Understanding the faith: A Survey of Christian Apologetics by Summitt Ministries
US Constitutional Law - Instructor: Mrs. Batchelder - Grades 9-12
In this course we will learn the ins and outs of the United States Constitution. Students will learn how and why our founders chose a constitutional republican government, be guided through a close reading of the Constitution, and then read the most important Supreme Court decisions interpreting the Constitution. Class discussion will incorporate current events and pending court issues. Upon completion, students will understand the structure of our government, the meaning of our rights, the important questions presented to the Supreme Court, the responsibilities of enlightened citizens, and the clashing philosophical viewpoints in constitutional interpretation.
Text: Constitutional Law for Enlightened Citizens, by ESQ Michael P. Farris (Preferably the Hard Cover:
- ISBN-10: 1880665026 or ISBN-13: 978-1880665022
Ethics - The Pursuit of Happiness - Instructor - Mr. Beale - Grades 10-12
Textook: THE NICOMACHEAN ETHICS of ARISTOTLE.
The Declaration of Independence states that we are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
What is the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?
The answer is found in the textbook for this class.
According to Aristotle, virtue is the law under which
we are born, the law of nature, that law which, if we would
attain to happiness, we are bound to fulfill. Happiness,
in its highest and purest sense, is our "being's end and
aim;" i.e. the pursuit of Happiness.
What then is a virtue?
It has been seen that it is a habit, that it is based upon the natural capacities of the human soul, that it is formed and established by a voluntary agent acting under the guidance of deliberate preference or moral principle (or Ethic). But to these conditions it is also necessary to add, what is the end or object at which the habit is to aim? Experience, then, that great practical guide in human affairs, teaches us what that end is. An induction of instances shows that it is a mean between Excess and Defect; or too much or too little.
Therefore, this Ethics class explores finding the mean for many human characteristics and ultimately defining “the pursuit of Happiness”.
The textbook will be provided. Also included are questions pertaining to each chapter. Homework will require reading a portion of the book each week and answering the pertaining questions.
History of the United States I- CLEP - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12
This course covers the history of the United States from early colonization through Reconstruction after the Civil War.
Students have two choices when taking this class. The first is to take this class for a high school American history class. The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for History of the US I. Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits.
The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.)
Roark, James L., et al. The American Promise: A Compact History Vol. 1: To 1877. 5th Edi. Boston; Bedford, 2013. # 9781457631450
CLEP- History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877. 6th Edi. NJ; REA, 2012. # 9780878912728
History of the US I Study Guide Available in the HERO Bookstore
History Of The United States II CLEP - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grade 9-12
This course covers the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present time.
Students have two choices when taking this class. The first is to take this class for a high school American history class. The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for History of the US II. Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits.
The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.)
Roark, James L., et al. The American Promise: A Compact History Vol. II: From 1865. 5th Edi. Boston; Bedford, 2013. # 9781457631467
CLEP- History of the United States II. 2nd Edi. NJ; REA, 2013. # 9780738611273
History of the United States II Study Guide Available in the HERO Bookstore
CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION DSST - instructor- Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12
Civil War and Reconstruction deals with the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, taking an in depth look at the causes for war, the battles and generals during war, and the rebuilding of America after war.
**Please note: This DSST exam is for upper level college credit. Therefore, the degree of difficulty is harder and knowledge of American history prior to taking this class is recommended.
Students have two choices when taking this class. The first is to take this class for a high school history class. The second is for the purpose of passing the DSST test. Upon passing the DSST exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 upper graduate college credits.
The DSST exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional DSST study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.)
Civil War Study Guide Available in the HERO bookstore
Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction3rd Edi.
By James M. McPherson. # 9780072317367
Civil War & Reconstruction Ace the CLEP (Blue guide)- # 9781614331773