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

Logic/Critical Thinking/Study and Time Management - Instructor: Mr. Chuck Crymble  - Grades 7-12

This course is will teach the fundamentals of logical reasoning and critical thinking.  The first semester will focus briefly on study skills, and then move on to learning how to identify fallacies, or errors in logic.  We will learn how to identify the most common errors in reasoning.  Semester two will focus on reasoning skills development.  We will learn how to organize thoughts, and construct sound arguments, as well as how to avoid the pitfalls of a weak argument.

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.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION - Instructors: Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12 

This is a 1 semester course offered second semester.

Are you concerned about if you have all the classes needed to complete high school?

Do you have no idea of what you want to do after high school? 

Do you know what you want to do, but not how to get there? 

If so, this is the class for you.

Picking a career is one of the most important decision you will make in your lifetime.  In order to

help facilitate defining possible career choices, each students will be taking a career assessment

test to help better define their interests and strengths.  At the end of the course, each student will

have a notebook specifically for them, highlighting possible career paths and what is required to

achieve their goals.


Career Exploration Homework Guide- Available in the HERO bookstore

OPTIONAL: JIST Works Inc. Exploring Careers. 2003.  ISBN- 9781563704888

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.

Study Skills - Time Management- Instructor: Ms. Stacie Zens - Grades 9-12

Time management, note taking, test taking strategies, how to student, managing stress, short term planning, etc.

Textbook: TBD

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

Textbook:  Omnibus series: Biblical and Classical Civilizations.  Biblical and Classical Civilizations. 

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

 Overview of the Old Testament (Hands On) - Instructor  Mrs. Jenny Lofstad: - Grades 4-6   2018-2019

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 Book I by John C, Traupman.  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.