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Instructor – Sandra Selling (Sandra@inspiredwritingandlit.com)



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Instructor – Sandra Selling (Sandra@inspiredwritingandlit.com)


Recommended Credit: 1

Tuition: $375

Grades 7-8 The Diagnostic test must be taken and submitted before your placement in the class will be confirmed; however, this course is open to all. The diagnostic allows the instructor to prepare for the needs of the upcoming class.

Course Description: For 7th-8th graders with less than one year of instruction from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Ideally, every student would progress to high school writing with at least two years of instruction in the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) methods. Designed to meet the needs of students with less than a year of such instruction, this 32-week course covers IEW’s first-year Structure and Style syllabus, including key word outlines, short story summaries, single- and multi-reference reports, and creative essays, along with a variety of stylistic techniques to strengthen and enliven students’ writing. Equipping every student with tools to produce more powerful and engaging prose, this class’s foremost objective is to provide students a successful writing experience in which they discover not only that they CAN write, but also that they can write WELL. Additionally, students will review grammar and increase their vocabularies through a study of high-frequency SAT words, as well as Greek and Latin roots, suffixes, and prefixes.

Students should expect to spend 4-6 hours a week preparing for all portions of this class: writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Assignments will be broken into daily segments. Completing the assignments daily, instead of waiting until the end of the assignment period and attempting to do everything at once, is highly important. Without daily practice, students will not improve in their writing skills. Good writing takes time to develop.



Parental Involvement: Because parental involvement is crucial to the success of each student, parents should expect to attend a mandatory initial meeting and 4 additional webinars to cover what students are learning and how parents can assist at home. (The 4 latter webinars may be attended online from the comfort of your home.) Parents should be prepared to spend 2 hours minimum each week for the first 4 weeks learning how to help and then helping their student. Webinar attendance is included in this 2-hour minimum. After this initial period, parents may choose to attend or not to attend webinar sessions held for their benefit as they see fit, although they will continue to provide support to their students as before. In addition to monitoring their children’s progress, parents will be expected to assist them with proofreading, revisions, and oral grammar drill, in addition to grading of grammar assignments.  Parents, if writing and grammar are not among your strengths or if English is your second language, please don’t worry – you will be provided the tools you need to assist your students. 
Required: High Speed Internet Access (Please Note: Linux operating systems unfortunately don’t work with my webinar system.) Some instruction will consist of online video and tutorials.
Required Materials: Each family is required to obtain the following PRIOR to the first day of class:

  1. Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (This resource is for the parent)

Link: http://iew.com/shop/products/teaching-writing-structure-and-style-second-edition-seminar-and-practicum-workbook

  1. Rodale’s Synonym Finder. (This resource is far superior to any standard thesaurus.)

3. IEW Student Resource Notebook Link: http://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook

4. A 2-inch 3-ring binder containing the following:



  • 30 page protectors

  • The dividers found at this link: tabbed dividers (These dividers extend beyond the page protectors and are thus visible. Most dividers do not do this.)

  • College-ruled paper

  • Unlined paper

5. Grammar curriculum – to be announced

6. Course Handbook - $20 Available in class on the first day

7. Microsoft Office Word (Note if you don’t have this, the full office suite with Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, etc., is available through Office 365 for $6.99/mo. for 1

PC or Mac or $9.99/mo. for 5 PC or Macs)


IEW A2 Instructor – Sandra Selling (Sandra@inspiredwritingandlit.com)


Tuition: $375 Grades 7-8: First-time students in the BEHC English Program must take and submit a diagnostic test before their placement in the class will be confirmed; however, this course is open to all. The diagnostic allows the instructor to prepare for the needs of the upcoming class. Prerequisite is IEW A1 or its equivalent.

Course Description: For 7th-8th graders with one year or more years of instruction from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Ideally, every student would progress to high school writing with at least two years of instruction in the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) methods. This 32-week course provides a second year of such instruction, including key word outlines, short story summaries, single- and multi-reference reports, creative essays, formal essays, and literary critiques, along with a variety of stylistic techniques to strengthen and enliven students’ writing. Equipping every student with tools to produce more powerful and engaging prose, this class’s foremost objective is to provide students a successful writing experience in which they discover not only that they CAN write, but also that they can write WELL. Additionally, students will review grammar and continue to increase their vocabularies through a study of high-frequency SAT words, as well as Greek and Latin roots, suffixes, and prefixes.
Students should expect to spend 4-6 hours a week preparing for all portions of this class: writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Assignments will be broken into daily segments. Completing the assignments daily, instead of waiting until the end of the assignment period and attempting to do everything at once, is highly important. Without daily practice, students will not improve in their writing skills. Good writing takes time to develop.

Parental Involvement: Because parental involvement is crucial to the success of each student, parents should expect to attend a mandatory initial meeting and 4 additional mandatory webinars to cover what students are learning and how parents can assist at home. Parents whose students have graduated from IEW A1 only need attend 2 additional webinars. These latter webinars may be attended online from the comfort of home.  Parents should be prepared to spend 2 hours minimum each week for the first 3 weeks learning how to help and then helping their student. Webinar attendance is included in this 2-hour minimum. After this initial period, parents may choose to attend or not to attend webinar sessions held for their benefit as they see fit, although they will continue to provide support to their students as before. In addition to monitoring their children’s progress, parents will be expected to assist them with proofreading, revisions, and oral grammar drill, in addition to grading of grammar assignments.  Parents, if writing and grammar are not among your strengths or if English is your second language, please don’t worry – you will be provided the tools you need to assist your students. 
Required: High Speed Internet Access (Please Note: Linux operating systems unfortunately don’t work with my webinar system.) Some instruction will consist of online video and tutorials.
Required Materials: Each family is required to obtain the following PRIOR to the first day of class:

  1. U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, Volume 1 – New edition only – this text has been recently updated and is significantly changed and improved.

Link: http://iew.com/shop/products/us-history-based-writing-lessons-vol-1-explorers%E2%80%93gold-rush-student-book-only

  1. Rodale’s Synonym Finder. (This resource is far superior to any standard thesaurus.)

3. IEW Student Resource Notebook Link: http://iew.com/shop/products/student-resource-notebook If your student would benefit by keeping everything in a

single 2-inch binder, this may be printed out in pdf format at a cost savings.

4. A 2-inch 3-ring binder containing the following:


  1. 30 page protectors

  2. 1 set of the dividers found at this link: tabbed dividers (These dividers extend beyond the page protectors and are thus visible. Most dividers do not do this.)

  3. College-ruled paper

  4. Unlined paper

5. Grammar curriculum – to be announced

6. Microsoft Office Word (Note if you don’t have this, the full office suite with Powerpoint, Excel, OneNote, etc., is available through Office 365 for $6.99/mo for 1 PC

or Mac or $9.99/mo. for 5 PC or Macs)

ELECTIVES

Note: If considering college, all students are required to have 8 electives in high school.


Basic Art 101 Instructor – Brenda Sodergren (momsodie1062@gmail.com) Tuition: $375 + $75 supply fee 1 Credit Grades 7-8

Course Description: Create fun works of art and learn the techniques used by famous and not so famous artists! This class emphasizes the fundamental principles of art through painting, collage, drawing, art journaling, assemblage art, sculpture and various other media. We will introduce or review as necessary the basic skills that are foundational for all art production.  Students will learn the elements and principles of design, and will gain expertise in art by looking at great works of art created by the masters, discussing the elements found in those works, and imitating the techniques used.

The course will touch on a variety of artists with a wide range of styles, using a wide range of materials in order to give students the opportunity to see how many different ways there are to “do” art. Learning the fundamentals of art helps to give the students confidence to express themselves through art in ways that they maybe haven’t experienced before. The students will use a variety of media which may include but is not limited to: paper, acrylics, ink, colored pencil, Paper-Mache, clay, and “found objects”, creating both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art. All projects will be completed in class, and students will keep an art notebook with lesson plans, art history, vocabulary, and space for art journaling.


Note: This class is for the real beginner who just wants to have fun creating in a crafty way.

Required Materials:  11/2" white binder with clear outer sleeve, printer paper, colored pencils, #2 pencils, sharpener, eraser, pencil/supply holder to be kept in notebook, tab dividers (5)


Art 2D/3D

Instructor: Clarence Hinkins (shyneart@gmailcom)

Brenda Sodergren (momsodie1062@gmail.com) 

Tuition: $375 +$75 supply fee

1 Credit

Grades 7-12

Course Description: Two-Dimensional Art (taught in the Spring) is a course for beginning students who are interested in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Students will use different mediums to create visually stunning artwork for their portfolio. This course will give students a strong foundation in art and design fundamentals. Students who plan on having a career in art should take this course. Students will learn color theory and application, design elements, and art history as well as:

 Drawing

 Perspective Drawing (1,2 and 3 point)

 Color Application

 Painting

Landscape Art

 Visual Communication

 Concept Development

Students will learn both basic and intermediate principles of Three Dimensional Art (taught in the Fall). Students will demonstrate these principles through the creation of art pieces designed to promote various aspects of the discipline. This will include traditional sculpting, creating art from objects, 3D drawing techniques, Creating Art from everyday items, Clay molding, Sculpting using various mediums, Creating 3D collages, the use of space and proportion in 3D art
Required Materials: 11/2" white binder with clear outer sleeve, printer paper, colored pencils, #2 pencils, sharpener, eraser, pencil/supply holder to be kept in notebook, tab dividers (5), sketchbook (if using a spiral bound, please make sure the drawing sheet can be removed if required)

Critical Thinking

Instructor – Carmen Behar (brainworks100@gmail.com)

Tuition: $300+$25 supply fee

Grades 6-8, 9-12
Course Description: Students will be challenged to use every part of their brain in this fun, mind-engaging course! This course will consist of two components: Mind Puzzles and Brain Games. Students will solve critical thinking puzzles that build: associative reasoning, logic and algebraic reasoning, deductive/inductive reasoning, critical questioning, visual spatial and visual verbal reasoning. Secondly, students will play a variety of games that will work their brain to the “Max.” Only games with the MENSA SELECT Award are selected. MENSA is an organization that exists for the stimulation of the intellect. Games are grouped according to skill strands. Students learn the games, learn the strategies, gain mastery and speed and then tournament at the end of each quarter/semester.
Materials: 1“ binder, dividers, notebook paper, pencil/pen

Optional: Online practice of some strategy games


Graphic Design


Instructor: Clarence Hinkins (shyneart@gmail.com)

Tuition: $375 1 Credit Grades 9 - 12 Course Description: Students will learn the basic principles of graphic design. They will study corporate branding and advertising techniques, as well as the effective use of type in advertisements and typography, the art of using fonts to create. Additional topics include:

  • How to stimulate creative thinking

  • Drawing Basics

  • Color application

  • Layout for print materials and various media,

  • Cohesive Design Principles

  • Logo Design

  • Typography

Students will also learn how to use the tools and computer programs associated with graphic design such as GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus as well as creative uses for Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Publisher.


Required Materials: Students will need to have access to a Laptop computer with Microsoft program capability and brought weekly to class.

Lego Robotics Instructors – Lucy Tamez (lucy.t@brightandsmart.com) Alda Ferraro (alda.f@brightandsmart.com) Tuition: $400 1 Credit Grades 6-12 Course Description: We welcome all future engineers and scientists, girls & boys to our program where children learn robot assembly and computer programming (coding) in a fun-filled experience that fosters Engineering. In this course, students will use their creativity and teamwork to design, create, and build full-fledged LEGO® robots that are programmed to complete tasks by using computers. Each class will promote experiences and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) areas using LEGO® in an interactive, hands-on way. The students will program the robots that they build using light, touch, ultrasonic, and sound sensors to perform mission tasks, and learn all about the science concepts and technology used in the field of robotics. While learning about engineering and robotics applications, the students will develop critical and higher-level thinking skills to solve problems by working cooperatively to plan, construct, and complete missions. The students will learn how to do age-appropriate computer programming while they expand their knowledge of robotic utilizations and task solving. This course is such a fun way to learn robotics and critical thinking and is a must for any aspiring engineer or young inventor!!

Psychology

Instructor: Kelly Fifelski (fifebunch@yahoo.com) Tuition: $375 1 Credit Grades 10-12 Course Description: Psychology is used in a number of different professions and is often a mandatory college-level course. This class will give the student a context and understanding of Psychology from a Christian perspective while still in high school! Course components include: Understand how naturalism, behavioralism, humanism, evolutionism, moral relativism and reductionism are used within psychological theories, History of psychology, Current psychological theories, Bible vs psychological theories, Relationships with God, family, friends, employers, future spouse. This class will place a special emphasis on "relationships", based on the research of Christian psychologists Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. It will not only equip the student for a college psych course, but for what is eternal...relationship to God and others.

Required Materials: "Psychology: A Christian Perspective, High School Edition" by Dr. Tim Rice. Rocking R Ventures, 2011. ISBN 978-0981558721. "Real Relationships: From Bad to Better and Good to Great" by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott. Zondervan, 2011. ISBN 13: 9780310332961. "Real Relationships: From Bad to Better and Good to Great" (Workbook) by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott. Zondervan, 2011. ISBN 13: 9780310334460. Notebook, pen or pencil.

Parental Involvement: Parents will need to hold their students accountable for the reading and homework so they are prepared for class discussions each week. Parents and students must have valid email addresses as exams and assignments will be sent home regularly via email



Speech I

Instructor – Mary Kinney (kinneym61@juno.com)

Tuition: $375

1 Credit

Course Description: With a Christian world view emphasized by the instructor and the instructional materials, this course systematically and thoroughly covers all of the basic skills essential for students to become adept with communication skills and public speaking. With light homework required, each classroom visit will include a fun icebreaker and brief lecture followed by ample time for students to apply their knowledge through various public speaking activities. From oral recitation to improvisation, from extemporaneous speeches to a formal debate, students will hone their skills weekly, receiving positive peer feedback and guidance from the instructor in a gentle and loving, yet competitive environment.
A onetime supply fee of $40 per student covers all necessary instructional material (which will be supplied by the instructor on the first day of class).

Spanish 1

Instructor – Alicia Willis (awillis@apluslanguages.net)

Tuition: $375

Grade 8-12 (7th grade with permission)

Course Description: Spanish 1 is an introductory course, which emphasizes basic sentence structure, listening skills, oral communication and contemporary culture. The course is designed for students who have had little or no previous study of the Spanish language. Learning strategies include vocabulary and grammar exercises, conversation, quizzes, discussions and written assignments. The course provides interesting insights into the cultural richness of Spain, the Caribbean and Central & South American countries. Homework assignments are an integral part of this course as they reinforce the concepts/skills introduced in class. Completion of homework assignments is a must and active participation is highly encouraged. The class is taught using a multi-sensory approach that makes learning Spanish fun!
Required Materials: Textbook, “¿Como se dice...?” by Jarvis, Lebredo & Mena-Ayllon – 9th Edition, ISBN: 978-0-495- 90981-1 and the “Student Activities Manual – Ninth Edition for ¿Como se dice...?” ISBN: 9780547001395 (students can purchase a new or used book & workbook online). Students should also bring a notebook, pen and a Spanish Dictionary or

Translator device.


“¿Cómo se dice...?” has proven itself as the most solid, reliable, full-scope introductory Spanish program in the
market. Its solid four-skills methodology, unparalleled grammar explanations, flexibility, and ease-of-use have been some of the main reasons for the program's success with students and longevity in the language classroom.
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