Social Studies Course Offerings

Geography: Exploring Countries & Cultures (8th & 9th grade) -- Tutor: Marilynn Bonner

Geography prepares students for a global future and provides a context for understanding world events. Students learn basic skills and background knowledge for navigating the world and understanding the relationships among people and places. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they investigate the topography, climate, economy, culture, political systems, and demographics of modern countries in the western hemisphere, South Pacific, and Western Europe. Major local, national, and world events will be emphasized throughout the year.  Students will develop research skills by studying various visuals and illustrations using maps of the seven continents.

  • Required Text: To Be Determined

  • Other Supplies: A sketchbook (that would be their homework/travel journal, notes) and an atlas is recommended, pencils, markers/colored pencils

  • Available: 8th & 9th grade

  • Annual Tuition: $495

American History – Tutor: Mrs. Jen Litowski  Click here for the information video of this course! 

Your high school student will gain a rich understanding of our nation's past by reading the history narrative and primary source documents, reading some classic American literature, completing a few writing assignments, map work and hands-on projects, and studying what the Bible says about issues and ideas in history. We will learn:

  • To understand history from the perspective of faith in God and respect for His Word. Each unit will highlight spiritual issues related to events in American history.

  • About events and issues from European exploration to the war on terror, with extensive coverage of the twentieth century

  • To enjoy studying history through the words of people who made it by reading some classic American literature, poetry, documents and speeches
     

  • Requirements:

    • This class and will require a minimum of 1.5 hours /day to be successful.

    • The student will read the required passages, do map work, take quizzes and work on presentation projects.

    • Class time will be used for content discussions, questions, presentations and mastery of material.

  • Required texts:

    • Exploring America, Parts 1 & 2, and American Voices, by Notgrass (2014 printing)

      • approx. $100. Notgrass does not discount their curriculum, but they do offer free shipping on orders over $50

    • Exploring America Student Review Pack (includes Student Review, Quiz & Exam book, & Answer Key)

      • approx. $17

  • Course Credit: The course will fulfill a full credit for social studies at the high school level.

  • Available: Freshmen and Above

  • Annual Tuition: $495

World History – Tutor: Mrs. Jen Litowski  Click here for the information video of this course! 

Exploring World History by Ray Notgrass is a one-year homeschool curriculum for high school that teaches students to understand history from a Christian perspective of faith in God and respect for the Bible. It provides one full-year of credit in world history. Your high school student will gain a rich understanding of world history by reading the history narrative and primary source documents, completing writing assignments and hands-on projects, and studying what the Bible says about issues and ideas in history.

 

  • Requirements:

    • This class and will require a minimum of 1.5 hours /day to be successful.

    • The student will read the required passages, do map work, take quizzes and work on presentation projects.

    • Class time will be used for content discussions, questions, presentations and mastery of material.

  • Required Texts:

    • Exploring World History Part 1 and Part 2, In Their Words (a collection of original source documents), and Guide for Parents.

      • This package gives you all of the lessons and assignments you need to complete the course, but it does not include any review or test material.  (2014 printing)

      • approx. $110. Notgrass does not discount their curriculum, but they do offer free shipping on orders over $50

    • The Student Review Pack includes the Student Review, with daily review questions, literature review questions, and Bible commentary; the Quiz and Exam Book, with a quiz for each unit and six exams; and the Answer Key.

      • approx. $17

  • Course Credit: The course will fulfill a full credit for social studies at the high school level.

  • Available: Freshmen and Above

  • Annual Tuition: $495

Government/Economics - Tutor: Matthew Bonner 

Government:

The purpose of this class is to examine the function of Government in society.  Starting with the definition of government and an overview of the various types of governments in the world, we will then dive into the specifics of US Government(s). This deep dive will include an examination of how the federal system of government works, including National, state, county, city, and even stretch into other forms of governments as well as historical changes over time. It will also examine the three branches, first as an overview, and then into details including the bureaucratic function, the various chambers of congress (national, state and local) and the hierarchy of the courts.  We will examine the role and history of political parties.  Finally, and most importantly, we will look at your role in this, including your rights and duties and obligations as a citizen of the United States of America as well as your expected role as a citizen of the world, community and society.

 

During this part of the class, students will be required to be active participants. This will include class participation, as well as regular weekly 5-minute presentations on assigned tasks. Tests and grading will be based on class participation, notes, as well as notes from other students' presentations.

 

Economics:

This section of the class will start with key concepts of macroeconomics, including supply and demand, international trade, deficits and inflation, as well as a dive into various forms of economics systems, including capitalism and socialism. Overtime, we will transition into an overview of microeconomics and examine how economic decisions that you make, or a company makes regarding resources such as money.  We will spend time on current topics such as crypto currency, inflation, taxation, as well as simply how to create a personal budget and managing personal finances.

 

Like the government section of the course, my expectation is extensive class participation, including giving regular, possibly weekly 5-minute presentations on assigned tasks. Tests and grades may include information for other students' presentations.

 

  • Required Resources/Texts for the Course:

    • Tutor will provide in class.

    • Internet access required.

  • Course Credit: The course will fulfill a full credit for Social Studies at the High School level.

  • Available: Freshmen and Above

  • Annual Tuition: $495

Personal Finance/Consumer Math - Tutor: Mr. Shawn Hill

Needful and yet practical, this is a class that every student should take before they graduate from high school.  The topics that are covered will last your child a lifetime, preparing them to make wise financial and consumer choices.     

The topics covered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Money – The Basics

  • Setting Financial Goals

  • Budgeting

  • Saving and Investing

  • Credit/Debt

  • Financial Institutions and the services they provide

  • Insurance

  • Careers

  • Taxes

 

Bible/Theology - Tutor: Mr. Shawn Hill

A.W. Tozer powerfully stated, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” 

In a world brimming with errors concerning the nature and work of God, we must have clarity when it comes to knowing God. Having an accurate and biblical view of God is essential for a proper understanding of the most basic and essential questions of human life such as—Where did we come from? Why are we here?  Where are we going? A clear understanding of God also helps us to better understand ourselves and the world in which we live.  In fact, our view of God affects every aspect of our lives, and therefore it is vital that we have a correct view of God.  Out of His kindness, God chose to reveal Himself to us in the Bible so that we may apprehend who He is. In this class, we will study the attributes of God as revealed in the scriptures and it will count as one high school credit.  The following are a few of the topics that will be considered during the class:

 

  1. How can God be Known?—The Word of God

  2. What is an attribute? —The Existence of God

  3. What is God? —The Spirituality of God

  4. From where did God come? —The Aseity of God

  5. Is God like us? —The Holiness of God

  6. Where is God? —The Omnipresence of God

  7. What Does God know? —The Omniscience of God

  8. What Can God Do? Part 1—The Omnipotence of God

  9. What Can God Do? Part 2—The Sovereignty of God

  10. Does God Change? —The Immutability of God

  • Course Credit: 1 credit of Social Studies 

  • Annual Tuition: $495