Lighthouse Homeschool - New Hampshire -                Let us walk in the light of the LORD.  Isaiah 2:5

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Fall 2019 - Spring 2020




Beyond My Age
Ages 3, 4, and 5
Teacher: Geneva Hall 
Fee: $15
 12:45-1:40

Special equipment needed: Students should bring a supply box.

Course Description: In this class, preschoolers will explore various math concepts, such as numbers (yes, numbers beyond their ages of 3, 4, and 5), number sense, patterns, problem solving, and so much more! In addition, students will also get to hear a Bible story of the week from Henry the Puppet, as well as sing songs and listen to read-alouds.
 
 


Unit Studies for Preschoolers
Ages 3, 4, and 5
Teacher: Jenness Nordstrom 
Fee: $40
10:00-10:55
 
Special Equipment Needed: Students need to bring a pencil box with pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and scissors.

Course Description: Every month there will be a different theme unit study covering various subjects.  These 3-4 week units will include science, history, art appreciation, social studies, etc.  For example, in Unit 1 we will be learning about the five senses.  The unit will incorporate reading, hands-on experiments, and activities.  Unit 2 might be a social studies unit learning about the heroes in our community: fire fighters, military, and police professionals.  Unit 3 could be a unit on art appreciation, learning about different painters and art, and trying our own talents with different painting/art methods.  Other topics could include the ocean, the weather, the 4 seasons, plants, animals, etc. The class fee includes supplies for crafts and experiments, printing worksheets, and curriculum.

 
 

Bible with Abraham the Puppet
Ages 3, 4, and 5
Teacher: Christina Barnes 
Fee: $20 (Will include workbook)
11:00-11:55

Special Equipment Needed: Students will need to bring crayons, pencil, glue stick, scissors.

Course Description: Students will be learning about the God of the world, not just about the world of God, learning to seek the mystery and grace of God in everything.

 

 
Math-U-See (Primer)
K4-1st grade
Teacher: Cassie West 
Class fee: $20
9:00-9:55

Special Equipment Needed: Pencil box with crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue.

Course Description: Come along and join me as I open your child’s eyes to the exciting world of math with hands-on learning with Math-U-See manipulatives! We will be working our way through the primer book concepts.  My heart is to master our numbers while learning how to make math come alive with our colored manipulative blocks and number recognition. 

Homework: Reviewing class concepts to ensure we are getting the most out of this class.
 
 


Write from the Start
Grade 1
Teacher: Cathy Borchers 
Class fee: $30
11:00-11:55

Course Description: Students will learn to express themselves through pictures, storytelling, and journaling.  The class will include pre-writing skills, phonetics, story writing, basic grammar, sentence formation, sequencing, writing a note or message, composition, and conferencing.
 


 
Growing Engaged Readers: Learning Lessons Through Classic Picture Books
Grades: 1-2
Teacher: Heidi Leandro 
Class fee: $25
10:00-10:55

Other Supplies Needed: Basic pencil box supplies.

Course Description: Using classic children’s picture books, we will focus on character lessons.   Each class we will read a story, have discussion, learn a Bible verse, complete a hands-on activity (craft), and respond in writing.

Homework: Students can expect to work on homework for 30 minutes each week.
 


 
Aesop’s Fables Lap-n-Note
Grades: 1-3
Teacher: Lisa Ogley 
Class fee: $25
10:00-10:55

Other Supplies Needed: Standard pencil box.

Course Description: We will read, discuss, and do activities, crafts, and lap booking for: The Crow and the Pitcher, The Two Goats, The Dog and His Reflection, The Goose and the Golden Egg, The Young Crab and His Mother, The Fox and the Grapes, The Fox and the Stork, The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf, The Ants and the Grasshopper, The Fox and the Crow, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, and The Hare and the Tortoise.

Homework: Finishing details in the lap/note book
 


 
Artistic Exploration
Grades: 1-3
Teacher: Kim Taggett 
Class fee: $45
12:45-1:40

Other Supplies Needed: Colored pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, pencils.

Course Description: In this introduction to art class, we will be working with color wheels, color mixing, various mediums of art, including paint, pastels, clay, etc., as well as famous artist studies.  Each week an artist will be introduced and we will work on projects based on their artistic legacy.  I will be collecting the artwork throughout the year in portfolios.  The students will share and take home their projects at the Year-End Celebration in May.

Homework: Occasional finishing of projects started in class.
 

 

States and Capitals
Grades 2-3
Teacher: Christina Barnes 
Class fee: $20 (fee includes the workbook)
9:00-9:55

Other Materials Needed: Pencil box items.

Course Description: In this class, students will memorize the states and their capitals, and will learn about each state, including funny laws and interesting facts.

Homework: Minimal. Students will complete what we were not able to finish in class, or make-up work for unexpected weeks off.
 

 

Animals of the World – Draw Write Now
Grades: 2-3
Teacher: Cassie West 
Class fee:  $25
11:00-11:55

Other materials needed: Pencil box with pencils, erasers, black fine point Sharpie, and colored pencils.

Course Description: Each week we will introduce the week’s animal or subject through a living book or poem and discuss it.  Our next task will be to draw our outline of our animal.  The students are encouraged to add a realistic background to their picture.  Once completed, we will read and write out the sentence, focusing on nice and neat manuscript.  This is a No-Stress Zone, so we will work slowly, but steadily to ensure that we are doing our personal best! If time allows, students will color their masterpiece, or they will complete it as homework.  My desire is to be an encouragement to the students, that they can be creative while working hard for the Lord through their art and handwriting.

Homework: Finish coloring, if not completed in class.
 
 


Young Beginner Piano Class
Ages: 7-10
Teacher: Lisa Bailey 
Class fee: $25
10:00-10:55

Curriculum used: Wunderkeys Primer Books 1 and 2, binder, page protectors.

Other materials needed: Pencils, colored pencils.

Course Description: In this class, students will learn to read music and play the piano.  We will do a variety of activities, including rhythm activities, games, duets/ensembles,  ear training, and theory.  Parents must be available to facilitate daily practice at home.  Students must have a piano or keyboard available for daily practice.  Sign-up preference is given to current  piano students.

Homework: Daily practice (15-20 minutes per day) under parental supervision; handouts or workbook pages, as assigned.
 
 

 
A Reason for Science
Grades: 3-5
Teacher: Jenn Stratton  
Class fee:  $50  (includes student textbook)
1:45-2:40

Curriculum: A Reason for Science, Hands-on Activities with Scripture Values, Level D

Course Description: This course covers a variety of scientific topics through hands-on activities while building critical thinking skills.  Students need to bring their inquisitive minds to this class!
 

 

Liberty’s Kids
Grades: 4-5
Teacher:  Kelly Hart 
Class fee:  $40
9:00 - 9:55

Course Description: In this revolutionary class, we will spend time meeting the men and women who formed our great nation, as well as discovering the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and learn about the Revolutionary War! By studying the culture, the food, and the politics of Colonial life, we will be able to understand why the cause of liberty became so important that we fought a War of Independence.  Many hands-on crafts to keep things fun and we will even learn the steps to George Washington’s favorite dance...the Virginia Reel!

Homework: Will vary between .5 to 1 hour per week.
 

 

Your Kitchen: Going from Helping in the Kitchen to Serving an Entire Meal
Grades: 4-5
Teacher: Heather Brown 
Class fee: $30
9:00-9:55

Course Description: In this confidence-building cooking class, students will learn an overview of the kitchen as relevant to each student’s home needs in order to promote a love of culinary skills in to their teen years, learning a valuable life skill for self-care, as well as serving others.

Homework: Apply weekly learning at home.
 


 
Ancient History-Based Writing
Grades: 4-5
Teacher: Suellen Foreman 
Class fee: $10
10:00-10:55

Other materials needed: 3-ring binder notebook, pens, pencils, scissors, paper. Parent is responsible for ordering $29 student book from IEW.

Course Description: Discover the wonders of the ancient world while learning to write with structure and style.  Explore ancient civilizations of Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, and Asia through writing topics and assignments.

Homework: Depending on skill level, expect 1-2.5 hours of homework per week.
 
 


Zoology 1: Flying Creatures
Grades: 4-6
Teacher: Kelly White 
Assistant: Erin Maltais
Class fee: $20
12:40-1:45

Other materials needed: Textbook and notebooking journal.

Course Description: In this core science class, students will work through the full curriculum.  Class time will be utilized for reinforcement of material, hands-on projects, and student presentations.  Homework and in-class participation are essential.

Homework: Daily reading and notebooking assignments, as well as assigned projects and presentations—likely 2-3 hours per week.
 
 


All About Horses
Grades: 4-6
Teacher: Kate Meehan 
Class fee: $30
11:00-11:55

Other materials needed: 1-inch binder with page protectors.

Course Description: In this course, students will study all about horses from health and disease prevention, safety, nutrition, breeds, anatomy, and riding to communication. This is a fun class to learn all about these incredible animals God has given us!

Homework: 1 hour per week, on occasion.
 
 


Picturing America: Art History Appreciation
Grades: 4-6
Teacher: Jonelle Wilson 
Class fee: $10 
(notebook and copies of material)
11:00-11:55

Course Description: As we look at a collection of large color reproductions of unique art from different periods of American history, we will discover what each piece reveals about the time, people, and places of different historical periods.  Artists studied will include Copley, Wyeth, Audubon, Homer, Whistler, Sargent, Cassatt, Wright, Rockwell, and others.  Class time will also incorporate poetry and other literary connections to the art.

Homework: Minimal, and not every week.
 


 
Mapping Our Way with Literature
Grades: 4-6
Teacher: Heidi Leandro 
Class fee: $30
9:00-9:55

Other materials needed: Erasable colored pencils, good eraser, pencil box.

Course Description: Using Holling C. Holling’s classics we will study 3 geographic regions in the U.S., as well as world geography.  For each region, we will create a 24x18” map, labeling all geographic features.  Elements of history and science will also be included.

Homework: 90 minutes per week.
 
 


Tween/Teen Beginner Piano Class
Ages: 11 and up (adults are welcome!)
Teacher: Lisa Bailey 
Class fee: $35
11:00-11:55

Other materials needed: pencils, notebook paper.

Course Description: In this class, tweens and teens will learn how to read music and play the piano.  We will do a variety of activities, including improvisation, composition, duets/ensembles, ear training, and games.  Students must have a piano or keyboard available for daily practice.  Students must commit to the practice requirements; sign-up preference is given to current students.

Homework: Daily practice (20-30 minutes per day); worksheets, if assigned.
 


 
Famous Women
Grades 5-7
Teacher: Tia Parr 
Class fee: $20
1:45-2:40

Course Description: This class for both girls and boys will introduce students to various influential women throughout history.  Weekly lessons, combined with self-directed study, will allow kids to bring these female achievers to life.

Homework: Monthly reports and presentations are expected; dressing up is encouraged!
 
 


American Sign Language
Grades: 5-8
Teacher: Tia Parr 
Class fee: $30
12:45-1:40

Course Description: This class will explore the basics of American Sign Language.  We will include receptive and expressive signing, vocabulary, fingerspelling, and various aspects of deaf culture.

Homework: 2 hours per week.
 
 


What in the World?
Grades: 6-8
Teacher: Kelly Hart 
Assistant:
Class fee: $35
9:00-9:55

Other materials needed: “What was...” series.

Course Description: In this not-so-typical history class, we will spend 4-5 weeks learning about various events in history.  Using the “What Was…?” book series as our launching pad, we will dig into the causes and effects, life, food, and culture, etc. of events such as the Alamo, the Titanic, the Wild West, the Great Depression, and the Holocaust (although these specific topics are subject to change as I prepare the materials).  Homework may include reading, workbook pages, interactive notebooking, vocabulary, and projects to present in class; total time spent on homework may vary week by week, but should never exceed 1.5 hours.  The reading level itself is light for this grade range, but that just frees up our time to dig into the topic with other fun resources!
 
 


Basic Cooking
Grades: 6-8
Teacher: Jenn Stringer 
Class fee: TBD
10:00-10:55

Other materials needed: 1” binder, sheet protectors, sharp knife for chopping, an apron, and measuring spoons and cups.

Course Description: Chopping, dicing, slicing, and planning are all ingredients in this course.  It will be peppered with kitchen safety, use of appliances, meal planning, nutrition, and math.  The goal of this class is to teach your children how to safely and efficiently cook a healthy, well-balanced meal. 
Note: This is not an allergy-friendly class!

Homework: Worksheets, quizzes, cooking at home, and a midterm and final exam.
 

 

Middle School Art Lab
Grades: 6-8
Teacher: Carrie Sandblom 
Class fee: $45  
(includes graphite pencils, erasers, sharpener, watercolor paints, drawing pad, watercolor paper, paint brushes, black pens, copies, and shared supplies)
10:00-10:55
 
Course Description: In this beginner art class, students will explore art materials and learn basics such as the elements of art and color theory.  Each month we will hold an art-themed game day with favorites like pictionary and masterpiece go fish, as well as a few new games!  Throughout the year, there will be occasional art appreciation readings in class.  We will end the year with a student favorite...designing a fantasy map!

Homework: Approximately 1 hour per week.
 

 

Fix-It Grammar – The Nose Tree
Grades: 6-8
Teacher: Christina Barnes 
Fee: $25 (includes workbook)
10:00-10:55

Other materials needed: pencils, colored pencils.

Course Description: In this class, students will apply grammar knowledge and practice their editing skills  (from IEW). Students do not need to have taken IEW to enjoy this class.

Homework: Minimal—what we do not do in class will be finished at home.
 


 
Medieval History Writing
Grades: 6-8
Teacher: Suellen Foreman 
Fee: $10
11:00-11:55

Other materials needed: Bring a binder notebook, paper, pens, scissors. Parent is responsible for ordering $29 student book from IEW.

Course Description: From the Anglo-Saxons to the Renaissance, from chivalrous knights to Genghis Khan, students will improve their knowledge of medieval times while learning to write with structure and style.

Homework: Depending on skill level, students can expect to spend 1-3 hours on homework per week.
 


History of the English Language
Grades: 6-8
Teacher: Jennie Steinhauser 
Assistant: Hannah O’Dowd
Class fee: $28 (includes syllabus, additional copying, two books, and church rental for the class Canterbury Tales production and potluck).
9:00-9:55

Other materials needed: Pencil or pen.

Course description: Shakespeare can seem so intimidating for high schoolers the first time they approach it! What would happen if middle schoolers could be walked through gorgeous British literature, while also learning about how and why the English language has changed from Old  (Anglo Saxon), to Middle English, to modern?  In this class, students will read Beowulf, a portion of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,  a portion of The Faerie Queene, Much Ado About Nothing, as well as poetry by representative British authors.  All of our reading will be done together in class so that the stories can be discussed and explained.  Additionally, students will, together with their classmates, learn “The Lord’s Prayer” in Old English.

Homework: Students will be assigned one writing assignment, and will need to memorize their lines for the Canterbury Tales play that they will perform for their families near the end of the Lighthouse year.
 

 

Conversational Spanish
Grade level: 7-12
Teacher: Andrea Burns 
Fee: $25
1:45-2:40

Course description: This will be an informal class in which the students learn and practice speaking Spanish.  The class will focus on the Spanish language as it would be used  if the students were to travel to a Spanish-speaking location.  This class will not attempt to get the students to a level of fluency, or mastery of the grammatical aspects of the language.

Homework: Approximately 10 minutes per day for practice.
 

 

Computer Technology
Grade level: 7-12
Teacher: David and Christine Thompson 
Assistant: Colin Twardosky
Fee: $150
12:45-1:40
 
Other materials needed: Required but not included in the course fee:  HDMI ready TV or Monitor to use at home (we will provide HDMI cable). For class you'll need to bring a USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, 6-AA batteries, one 9volt battery, and one D Battery.  Students will also need a folder.   Also bring a plastic sealable box to class in order to safely carry parts & projects to and from class.  Some larger projects will require an additional shoe box or equivalent size box.  Parts, components, and accessories should NOT be placed in backpacks.  

Course description: This is a lab computer technology class. The main focus of this class will cover electricity, electronics, computer programming, and an introduction to robotics.  However, we will quickly cover some basic computer knowledge and a quick overview of basic software.  We understand that a lot of students are coming in with no computer knowledge at all, but we will get them up to speed quickly.  There is a lot to learn in 30 weeks so in order to keep moving forward there will be homework each week that will need to be done. We will use an online classroom to keep this class moving, even on snow days.  The online classroom will be home to all their assignments, grades, videos on how to do assignments, and a place to ask for help.  We will work hard to help all students.  Absent students will have everything they need to keep up.  Homework is to be uploaded to this online classroom by Friday at 8:00 p.m. every week.  Students will often be required to download files from the online classroom in order to be prepared for class.  This is a project-based class and the students will be learning by doing.  Good effort will be key in this class.  The students will display work to Lighthouse families twice during the school year.  By the end of the year, each student will have made about a dozen projects, including their own robotic car that they programmed and will keep.  Students will also be keeping their Raspberry Pi computer, Ardunio Uno type microcontroller board, and all their electronics sensors and components.  Computers, microcontrollers, and electronic components can be fragile and we will teach safe handling.  However, if a student breaks or loses a component that they need for a project, their parents may need to supply the child with a replacement.

Homework: Approximately 2 hours per week, depending on the project.
 
 


Fiber Arts
Grades: 7-12 
(adults welcome, space permitting)
Teacher: Carrie Sandblom 
Assistant: Kathy Valley
Class fee: $35
11:00-11:55

Other materials needed: Thin binder for patterns, handouts, notes, and collecting pictures of your work, sheet protectors, student sewing scissors (like Fiskars), fabric marking pencil or pen, thimble, spool of thread, small bag to keep projects, several large ziploc bags to keep projects clean while bringing back and forth to Lighthouse.  I will send students a list of fabrics and yarns needed for each project and will have some to hand out in class.
 
Course Description: In this beginning level fiber arts class, students will create a wide variety of pieces using basic techniques.  Each new technique will run for approximately one month.  Students will learn basic hand sewing, mending/visible mending, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross-stitch, weaving, and more.  After a new skill is taught, remaining work time during the month may include music, fiber art history readings, a pot of tea, and/or quiet social interaction (while work is being done). A few of the projects to be completed by students include a cross-stitch animal framed in an embroidery hoop, a knit cotton washcloth, embroidery doodle stitching, and a woven potholder.  Students will create a portfolio folder of their work during the year as a record of their hard work.  The class will collectively make a woven rug to be auctioned, students will decide on a charity where proceeds will be donated.

Homework:  Project times vary a great a deal.  Students will usually work for an hour or two at home on their projects.  This will vary depending on the skill and age of the student.  One project, in particular, is quite time-consuming; the cross-stitch animal may take a few hours per week during that month.
 

 

Fundamentals of the Faith—John MacArthur
Grades:  8-9
Teacher: Christina Barnes 
Fee: $20 (includes workbook)
1:45-2:40

Other materials needed: Bible, pencil.

Course Description: Students learn the foundational beliefs all Christ-followers should know and understand.  There will be group work, memory work, and personal writing.

Homework: 30-40 minutes per week.
 



A Capella Voice Ensemble
Grades: 8-12
Teacher: David Borchers 
Fee: $15
1:45-2:40

Other materials needed: 3-ring binder.

Course Description: Students will learn to sing together in SATB vocal parts using primarily historical and contemporary Christian themed musical scores.  They should come to practice with a desire to honor the Lord through the learning and memorizing of musical parts, and demonstrate a willingness to share their music with audiences in end-of-year performance opportunities.

Homework: Home practice of musical parts.
 

 

Famous Women in History
Grades: 8-12
Teacher: Tia Parr 
Fee: $20
10:00-10:55

Course Description: Male and female students will be introduced to various influential women throughout history.  Self-direct study, research skills, leadership abilities, and public speaking will be highlighted as these historic female achievers are brought to life.

Homework: Independent study each month to prepare for presentation day (approx. 2 hours/week).
 

 

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist/High School Essay Writing in Apologetics
Grades: 9-12
Teacher: David Borchers 
Fee: $45 
(for I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Geisler, Turec, and Winter (CBD Stock No: WW495610; let Mr. Borchers know if you want him to order the materials for you.  There are no additional fees. You may purchase this book on your own, or Mr. Borchers will order it for you.)
9:00-9:55
 
Course Description: In Apologia’s 14-session companion study to Norman Geisler and Frank Turek’s book, teens tackle questions about absolute truth, postmodernism, and moral relativism.  Chapters note which pages to read in the book, main chapter objectives, key topics, key terms to define, profiles of well-known thinkers, discussion questions, and exercises that encourage personal reflection while building writing skills.  The primary lesson content is divided into four sections that include warm-ups, opportunities to dig deeper into the book, independent assignments, and a summary/application section.

Homework: Weekly assignments: essay writing, presentations, or oral reports. 2-3 hours in addition to text and workbook reading.
 


 
The Great Wars
Grades: 9-12
Teacher: Kelly Hart 
Fee: $35
12:45-1:40

Other materials needed: Students will need copies of Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarell.
 
Course Description: In this high school level class about the Great Wars, we will cover both WWI and WWII, as well as spend a few weeks on the Holocaust. We will learn about the political powers at work, and how the “war to end all wars” actually lead to an even larger scale world war.  We will meet the famous men and women who played a role in both wars, some of whom gave their lives for such a cause, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi regime, conflicts, and battles.  Life on the American home front will also be covered.  We will use various texts and source materials, as well as literature to dig into these fascinating times that shaped our current world. 

Homework will be approximately 2 hours of reading per week, and may include writing essays, research reports, worksheets, or presentation projects.  We will also have a couple of movie nights throughout the year, depending on what literature we are reading. (The movie nights are optional!)
 
 


Christian Beliefs
Grades:  9-12 (8th by permission)
Teacher: Brian Johnsen 
Fee: $10
11:00-11:55

Additional materials needed: the Bible.

Curriculum used:Christian Beliefs by Wayne Grudem, 2005 edition or other.

Course Description: This course is a walk through 20 basic and essential Christian beliefs that every Christian should know, condensed down from seminary classes called Systematic Theology.  Topics include core understandings of God, Jesus, salvation, the Bible, etc. These topics are not without controversy, and discussion is encouraged.

Homework: We will be reading 20 chapters over the course of the year, along with Bible passages.  Content papers are OPTIONAL for parents who want students to receive more credit for this course.

 

 
British Literature
Grades: 9-12
Teacher: Jennie Steinhauser 
Assistant: Lillian Steinhauser
Fee: $20 (for syllabus and additional copying.  Students are responsible for gaining access to each of the books assigned.)
10:00-10:55

Course Description: Students will read literary masterpieces of British literature in chronological order, including Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Paradise Lost, Macbeth, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce. Students will be expected to participate in weekly classroom discussions regarding each of these works.Additionally, students will be taught various poetry forms and structures, and will read poems representative of these forms and structures, as well as other poetry by British poets.  Students will be taught a specific grammar rule each week, and a literary “fun fact” from ancient literature, upon which much of later literature is based or referenced.  Students will be expected to participate in weekly classroom discussions about each of the works that we will read.

Homework: Students can expect to read .5 to 1 hour of homework each day, depending on each individual student’s reading rate.  Typed papers will be assigned following the completion of each book.

 
 

Pi in the Sky—A High Altitude Project Class
Grades: 9-12 
(and 8 graders who have completed Computer Technology)
Teacher: David and Christine Thompson 
Fee: $50
1:45-2:40

Other materials needed: 3-ring binder, 4 folders, writing utensils
At home: access to online classroom, safe access to internet for online searching, possible phone access to make inquiries for this project (regular land line phone is fine)

Course Description: This class is all about 1 lofty project idea.  To launch a raspberry pi computer with sensors and a camera module up into the sky with a weather balloon to an ideal height of 25,000 feet.  The result should give us interesting data and photos.  It is possible we might even get a photo of the curvature of the earth! Like any experiment, failure is an option.  However, the plan is to have photo data be sent via radio so that even if we can’t find our Pi once it lands, we will use tracking to find it.  We will also do testing to do our best to ensure success.  This class is a leadership class.  It will be student driven.  Once class begins we will get started by breaking down the project into groups.  Then we will decide which students want to lead each group.  These group leaders would then also be considered “assistant teachers” and could add that to their college application. These group leaders would post links, assignments, and other things in the Google Classroom to keep their group on track.  However, all grading would still be done by us. We will also be monitoring all the groups and making sure that everyone’s voice is heard and developing leadership and project skills as they turn this lofty idea into a reality as everyone will be playing a part in the leg work. The class will have to do lots of research on the various aspects of this project, e.g., the technology aspects, legal aspects, mechanical aspects, weather aspects, etc.  Once the launch date/time and site location are approved we will then invite friends, family, and Lighthouse people to watch our launch in the spring.

Homework: Approximately 1 hour per week.
 

 

Theater
Grades 9-12 (mature 8 graders will also be included)
Teacher: Kathy Valley 
Assistant: Bernie Tuck
Fee: $10
12:45-1:40

Curriculum used: A Nation of Ordinary People Play.

Course Description: We will be doing a play for each semester.  The students will learn teamwork and public speaking skills.  We will learn how to put on a production and focus on the students’ strengths and gifts.

Homework: 1 hour per week and maybe more when students are learning their lines.
 

 

Yearbook
Grades: 10-12 
(Preference to students who have taken Yearbook before)
Teachers: Shelly Wineriter 
Kim Bouthiette
Fee: $15 (for internet access)
12:45-1:40

Other materials needed: notebook, laptop, Entourage website.

Course Description: Students will work cooperative and independently to create and publish a yearbook that reflects and represents the Lighthouse community.  Students will learn photography basics, page layout and design, and basic fundraising.  They will utilize their organizational skills to manage goals and deadlines.  Students will be supervised by their senior editors (students who have taken the class once before).  This class requires a significant time commitment during Lighthouse co-op days.

Homework: 2 hours per week.
 
 


Public Speaking
Grades: 10-12
Teachers: 
Lillian Steinhauser (lily1010@comcast.net); 
Assistant: Jennie Steinhauser
Fee: $15 
(includes printing fee and church use for presentation nights)
11:00-11:55

Course Description: Public speaking is one of the most useful skills a person can develop.  This class will teach students how to write and deliver a compelling speech, as well as gain an understanding of the basics of debate.  Students can expect weekly exercises, and be prepared to speak at two planned speech recitation nights that will be open to the public.

Homework: Will vary week by week, but will include research, writing, and memorization.
 
 


The Inklings
Grades 11-12
Teacher: Jennie Steinhauser 
$5 for photocopying
12:45-1:40

Course Description: The Inklings was a literary discussion group made up of scholars and writers from Oxford University. 
Members included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, among others. In this literature-heavy course, students will be reading works of fiction by the Inklings, and works that influenced  writers in the Inklings, including The Saga of the Volsungs, Farmer Giles of Ham (Tolkien), The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun (Tolkien), The Place of the Lion (Williams), Phantastes (George MacDonald), Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton), The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers), selected poetry, and Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength (C.S. Lewis). Prerequisites are selections from Morte d’Arthur (Thomas Malory), and Beowulf.
 
The format of our class time together will be teacher-led discussions, during which it is expected that the students, who have carefully read the assignment each week, will come to class prepared to contribute meaningful insight to the class discussions.  Because no writing will be assigned in this class, it is imperative that each student be a participant in the discussions.  The objective of this format is to better prepare college-bound students for thoughtful classroom discussions.

Homework: Students can expect to read 1 hour of homework each day, depending on each student’s reading rate.

 

 
Anatomy and Physiology
Grades: 11-12
Teacher: Kelly White 
Assistant: Erin Maltais
Fee: TBD
1:45-2:40

Other materials needed: Apologia Advanced Biology, 2 edition, student notebook, Kaplan Anatomy Coloring Book, colored pencils.

Course Description: This is an advanced science curriculum intended for high school students who have completed Biology.  Students will be given a schedule to work through the 16 modules, and class time will be utilized for reinforcement of content, microscope work, discussion, and quizzes.  This is a college preparatory class that requires a significant time commitment.  Students will gain a strong understanding of the 11 body systems and their functions.

Homework: 1 hour per day.
 
 


Christian Ethical Leadership
Grades: 11-12 
(10 graders after consultation and approval by instructor)
Teacher: Pat Testerman 
Assistant: Martha Testerman
Fee: $20 (for printed supplement)
9:00-9:55
 
Course Description: We will learn about ethics and leadership, different secular and Christian-based approaches to both, and consider how these theories have been demonstrated throughout history.  Students will use this knowledge to create their own vision for Christian ethical leadership in their lives, and as a capstone project will prepare a term paper and presentation describing how that vision will apply in a desired post-high school path.
 
This will be an intensive class demanding a high level of student engagement.  It should be considered as a college or career-preparatory class.  It will be suitable for 11 and 12 grade students, as well as 10 grade students on a case-by-case basis.  If your 10 grader is interested, please speak to me well before class sign-up so that we can talk about expectations.  Expect 50-75 pages of reading a week, with some weeks being more than that.  Reading will include some dense primary sources (like Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas) as well as biographies and case studies.  Expect to spend at least a solid hour of work on each of the four days you are not at Lighthouse, and more when you are preparing your projects.
 
This is not a class on writing; however, the class will be writing-intensive, with periodic short essays, take-home discussion questions, a biographical book report, and the capstone term paper and in-class presentation.  Students will participate in class discussions, debates, and verbal and written critiques.  I will expect grade-appropriate writing and will publish rubrics to explain what those expectations are.
 
The class will be from my Christian worldview based upon my understanding of the Christian Scriptures.  I expect that students will have differences of opinion with me and among themselves, and we will learn how to engage those differences vigorously yet respectfully.
 
Let this description prepare but not intimidate you.  This will be a fun class.  It will be an engaging class, and it will be about formation, not just information.  If you have any questions, please ask!
 
Additional homework: Due to time constraints, students will be expected to watch the following movies/videos outside of class:
  • The Caine Mutiny (1954, Not Rated)
  • The Hiding Place (1975, PG)
  • Remember the Titans (2000, PG)
 

I may show clips in class to emphasize or illustrate instruction.  I advise parents to review these beforehand by watching by themselves or with their students and/or by reading reviews (pluggedinonline.com is one very good resource). Please contact me well in advance of the applicable classes if you have any concerns with the chosen media so that I can address those concerns and, if necessary, make modifications to the course or offer alternate assignments.  Note—these videos may be available at your local library.

 
 
 


 
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