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


*glue sticks

*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

*Glue sticks


*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:  Munford meets Robert Fulton

Second Semester Book:  The Adventures of Munford:  Munford meets Lewis and Clark

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 2017-2018 school year we will be studying these books in the following order: Molly Mclnitire 1944,  Nanea Mitchell WWII,  MaryEllen Larkin 1964,   Melody Ellison 1964,  

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 2017-2018 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.

 Paddle-to-the-Sea  (Great Lakes Literature/Mapping) - 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 Wars - Unit Literature Study (Formerly called Beginning Literature/Unit Study)  - Instructor: Mrs. Harris - Grades 5-7 

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  

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.

There is a $10 additional materials/textbook fee.  This can be purchased at the HERO bookstore. 

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 eraser

1 bottle of white glue (or glue sticks)

1 pocket folder


Tape (optional)

1 tablet tracing paper

1 tablet colored construction paper

1  12" ruler

From Sea to Shining Sea - Instructor: Mrs. Laura Harris - Grades  4-6 - 2017-2018

This is a two part history series.  This is the second book in the series.  IT is not necessary to go in chronological order.  America's history is foundationally based on Christian beliefs (or tenets), principles, and values.  Join us in From Sea to Shining Sea as we learn about he history of this great nation!  We will begin at Washington's presidency and end at the beginning of the Civil War.  Through educational tools and activities such as: short stories, library books, teacher's notes, timelines, collages, and portrait tracing, etc.  Students will gain a deeper understanding of American history!  We will be using the textbook by Peter Marshall titled: From Sea to Shining Sea (children's version)

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.  Along with in-class reading and discussion, we will engage in some hands-on projects to enhance our study.  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; grades will be based on class participation, successful completion of assigned work, and performance on four comprehensive tests.

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.

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams(Dragonfly717@msn.com)

Middle School Civics  -  Instructor: Leah Adams - Grades 6-8

This is an introductory course covering the basics of civics for the middle school student. 

Using the text entitled Civics in America, we will explore the topics of civics including:  citizenship, the foundation of our American government, the Constitution, the branches of our government, the political system, laws and our legal system, the economy, foreign policy, and global issues. 

Students will be required to complete assignments such as reading, writing, research, and memorization at home and come prepared to participate in class discussions and activities.

Our text is entitled Civics in America.  It is a Nextext Coursebook published by McDougal Littell which is a division of the Houghton Mifflin Company.  The copyright date is 2003 and the ISBN # is 0-618-22198-0.  The text will be available at the HERO Bookstore.

Students will also need the Abeka workbook entitled Civics Activity Book:  National, State, and Local Studies and a teacher supplement/folder.  Both will also be available at the HERO Bookstore. 

Instructor:  Mrs. Adams (Dragonfly717@msn.com)


Ancient World History in Christian Perspective  - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 10-12

Why study history? The word "history" means inquiry, so this will not be a class where students simply memorize names, places, and dates.  Learn about the history and culture of Asia, Africa, Europe, The Middle Ages, The Reformation Era, The Age of Ideas, and The Twentieth Century, and then recognize how these important times in history have shaped our world today.

This course will require reading an average of a chapter per week and doing the chapter review as well as periodical tests and quizzes. There will be a research paper. We will also use other source material besides the textbook.  Students will need a notebook, specific for this class.

Textbook required: World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, second edition. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.

American Government and Christian World View - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grades 9-12

This American Government portion will be taught second second semester. First semester Christian World View will be offered.

This course will aid high school students in developing a Biblical perspective for the understanding of history, governments, law, economics, psychology, biology, sociology, law and politics. 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.

We will be using the textbook, Understanding the Times by David Noebel, which can be purchased at HERO. There will be a research paper required.

This class will focus on the U. S. Government. Students will learn about the great body of knowledge that was the source of wisdom used to design the U.S. Government.  Students will understand their freedom comes at the cost of responsibility as citizens to participate in preserving our government. They will be able to recognize our government’s enemies, both domestic and foreign, and they will identify the separate branches of our government and the purpose of each.

The textbook used for second semester is American Government in Christian Perspective. -Third Edition. There will be classroom discussion as well as debates on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the HERO open house.

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/

High School 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.

ISBN- 9780030676796

American Government & Civics Homework Guide- Available in the HERO Bookstore.

American  History - Instructor: Mrs. Iris Dodge - Grades 7-9

Course Description This is a year-long course focusing on the study of American history from a Christian perspective.  It begins with the discovery of America and continues to present time.  Emphasis will be made on how God’s plan is 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 Tuesday

  • 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 and mechanics.

40% Tests and Quizzes Students will receive complete study guides prior to tests.

American History - Instructor: Ms. Stacie  Zens  - 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 Zens  - 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: $10 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:  Mrs. Iris Dodge- Grades 7-10

(CLASS SIZE limited to 15 STUDENTS) 

In this year long class, students will explore each continent using the curriculum Trail Guide to World Geography. They will be able to locate countries, read maps, learn geographical terms and more. 

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 HERO.

United States Geography -Instructor: Mrs. Westrup  - 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 

 Wars That Changed World History - Instructor: Mr. Beale- Grades 9-12

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.

Students will also learn that the way wars ended is in many cases predicted in the Bible. An example is Daniel 2:32 which tells the story of the king who saw a large image that represented the history of the middle east which was fulfilled by Alexander the Great and his 4 generals. Thus the wars could have no other outcome.

Textbook required: Battle: A Visual Journey Through 5,000 Years of Combat by R. G. Grant for in-class study. Textbookcan be purchased at HERO.

 Rhetoric  - Instructor: Mr. Beale - Grade 9-12

 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."

U.S. Constitutional Law - Instructor: Mrs. Iris Dodge - 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

The Declaration of Independence states that we are created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This Ethics class explores finding the meaning of “The pursuit of Happiness”.


The answer is found in the textbook for this class, THE NICOMACHEAN ETHICS of ARISTOTLE. 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, 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. Though the Bible is not mentioned in the textbook, this idea of happiness is Biblical as discussed in books by Christians such as St. Augustine and others, to this day.

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

INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY- CLEP - Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12


Sociology is the study of society.  This course covers basic facts and concepts of the society, as well as general theoretical approaches used by sociologists. Various off-site homework observations are required.  This is a one semester course.


Brinkkerhoff, David B. Essentials of Sociology 8th Edi. Australia; Wadsworth, 2010. # 9780495812951

CLEP Introductory Sociology 2nd Edi.  NJ; REA, 2012.  # 9780738610917

Introductory Sociology Study Guide              Available in the HERO Bookstore