English Tutorials Special note about English tutorials at BHSE: In an effort to give students the best opportunity to succeed in our Language Arts tutorials, we highly suggest that students wishing to take English I, II, III, or IV take English Structure & Use. If a student wishes to enter a BHSE English class and they have not completed the previous level at BHSE, the tutor will require a parent & student meeting to ensure the student is at the level needed to succeed in the class.
7th Grade English: Angie Kelley 7th grade This class is a combination of literature, (including: short stories, the story of Helen Keller and The Diary of Anne Frank) grammar, creative writing, spelling and vocabulary. There will be some memory work involved in order to get you prepared for your higher-level Language Arts classes. This class will involve learning some organizational skills. Random pop quizzes, as well as unit test, will be given.
Text(s): Analytical Grammar and Spelling Workbook G ; 3 novels to be purchased throughout the year. Average Study Time: 4-5 hrs/week
English Structure & Usage: Angie Kelley 8th grade This class is designed to prepare students for high school Language Arts coursework. It focuses on the mechanics of the English Language, including the basic parts of speech, sentence formation and the beginning stages of writing effective paragraphs. Short compositions, journals, spelling and vocabulary will also be addressed. Students will be required to read a selected novel each unit, with class discussions and activities to follow. Cumulative book and vocabulary tests will take place at the end of each nine weeks. In this year we pick up with Season 3 of Analytical Grammar which builds on parsing and diagramming (proper part of speech, sentence structure.) Note: It will not hinder a student if they are new and did not take Season 1 and 2 in 7th grade.
Text(s): Analytical Grammar and Spelling Made Easy by Connie Schenkelberg; 4 novels will also need to be purchased throughout the year. Average Study Time: 4-5 hrs/week
English I: TBD9th grade Prerequisite: English Structure English 1 focuses on developing the essay through learning to analyze and apply multiple aspects of literature. Students learn literary elements and literary devices, how to write several essays, and how to analyze several short stories and shorter novels and write about them. Grammar will be reinforced using Easy Grammar 9 and vocabulary will be given through literature. Text(s): Windows to the World, Easy Grammar 9 Novels include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, and Hamlet. Other Requirements: Student must submit typewritten papers. Average Study Time: 4-5 hours/week
English II: TBD 10th grade Prerequisite: English I This course will cover four of the language arts in depth: writing, literature, vocabulary and applied grammar. In classroom work and at home, students will develop skills in all four areas in order to become effective consumers/communicators of the written word. Students in this class will focus on developing essay writing skills and fostering skills in critical analysis of classic literature. An introduction to MLA style for research and documentation will also be included. Reading will include classic works of various sizes and genres from all over the world.
Text(s): World History-Based Writing Novels: Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom; Animal Farm; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Cry, the Beloved Country; Farhenheit 451 Average Study Time: 5 hours/week
English III/IV: Jennifer Stewart 11th - 12th grades Prerequisite: English II if taking III/III if taking IV *this class rotates British Lit and American Lit to fulfill 11th & 12th grade LA* The 2018/19 school year will focus on American Literature. The course will cover four of the language arts in depth: writing, literature, vocabulary, and applied grammar. In classroom work and at home, students will continue to develop skills in all four areas to broaden and deepen their skills as effective consumers/communicators of the written word. Students in this class will focus on honing and perfecting their essay writing skills in addition to analysis of classic literature. Further instruction on MLA style for research and documentation will be included. The last 6-8 weeks of the year will be devoted to guided instruction toward writing a final research paper. Classic works include The Last of the Mohicans and The House of the Seven Gables.
Text: Excellence in Literature: American Literature (Janice Campbell) “Rip Van Winkle” Novels: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow(Washington Irving), The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper), The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain), The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass), The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway)Others novels may be needed. Average Study Time: 5-6 hrs/week
Fine Arts Tutorials Art: JoAnn Woodland 7th - 12th grades Students will be working on the basic skills, elements, and techniques that are so important to the arts, while adding advanced skills such as a pencil, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, clay, mixed mediums, and more. This course is hands-on and will explore different styles of artwork along with the discussion of a variety of artists as students work on their projects. Field trips will be planned throughout the year. A sense of professionalism will be stressed in displaying their work, taking care of materials, using the correct terms, and keeping a student portfolio. Students will be encouraged to use their own ideas during projects, within reason of the lesson being taught.
Required Materials: large portfolio which will be discussed first day of class. Parental Support: Encourage students with their interest in art and remember that it is the process not the product that matters.
**Please note that you may need to provide extra work with this class in order to meet the requirements for high school credit with your umbrella school**
Advanced Art: JoAnn Woodland 8th - 12th grades Students entering this class should have experience with composition and some of the materials that create art, such as pencils, charcoal, watercolor, ink, acrylics, papers, canvas, etc. Students should also be familiar with perspective, shading, what a good composition consist of, and creating a design while using their imagination. Independence in the art room will be given while developing their own style and confidence. Ms. JoAnn will be there to guide them, teach them how to look at and study objects, work with different techniques, and help them to complete their projects to their satisfaction. The skill of the elements and principles of design along with line, color, value, form and shape will be reinforced. The students must come to class with their own ideas and have a feel for what type of materials they want to use. Quality art illustration books will be used in the classroom as well as samples of works by famous artists, then and now. The students will go on field trips to see different works of art. They will also present art shows and learn to have a sense of professionalism.
Note: This class will be for the student who have had art classes from Ms. JoAnn or another art teacher. Exceptions will be given upon her approval. Required Materials: Large portfolio which will be discussed first day of class
**Please note that you may need to provide extra work with this class in order to meet the requirements for high school credit with your umbrella school**
Drama: Marilyn Fair 7th - 12th grades This is a year-long class that will start with fun improvisational games, learning theatre terms and practicing acting skills through monologues and scenes. The class will work together to choose a script, audition for parts, prepare costumes, props and scenery as well as rehearse for two productions (fall/spring). Parental involvement includes: assisting with costume construction, helping to set up lights, sound and scenery and assist with make-up.
Poetry & Songwriting: Scot Gilmore 8th - 12th grades Words are at the center of everything we see, experience, and know. They are the very vehicles of creation and when spoken, written, sang, or even thought upon, they can change the very world around us. Throughout this course we will explore the power and wonder of words as we arrange them, exchange them, align them, and define them to help us express ourselves.
Beginning with the basic structures of rhythm, sound, imagery, line, and density, we’ll seek to employ poetry, songwriting, and spoken word for the purpose of personal expression. Students will be encouraged to complete a work for performance with or without accompaniment and guidance/demonstration in instrumental accompaniment will be offered. This course is meant to be fun, creative, and expressive. The instruction will be in an exploratory style with an intentional focus on discovery and performance. There will always be an atmosphere of encouragement, inspiration, affirmation, and love as each student thoughtfully explores their own creativity. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said...” Acts 17:28
Required Materials: Standard composition notebook Average Study Time: 2-3 hrs/week
Pre-Algebra: TBD7th - 9th grades Pre-Algebra eases the transition from arithmetic to algebra. Algebraic expressions and linear equations are applied throughout a thorough review of integers, fractions, ratios, percent, and radicals. Problem solving and real-life applications are explored during this course. Parent requirements: It is important for the success of your child in this class that the tutor and parents partner together. The class will be tutored for an hour each Monday and assigning homework, as well as assessing the student’s understanding through testing. It is essential for parents to ensure homework is completed and checked each day and to proctor tests at home. Parents should utilize the Toolbox by weekly viewing student accounts to assess if there is any missed work and/or low grades to be able to quickly step in to support and help the student to reach their full potential.
Text: Math U See: Pre-Algebra - Level Up Base Set (incl: text, tests, instructor/solutions, DVD) Required Materials: Calculator, folder, pencil, paper Average Study Time: 4 hrs/week
Algebra I: Aaron Spencer 8th - 10th grades Algebra I covers Commutative and Associative Properties, Order of Operations, Solving for an Unknown with One Variable, Distributive Property, Cartesian Coordinates, Graphing a Line, Slope- Intercept Formula, Graphing Parallel Lines and the Equation of a Line, Graphing, Perpendicular Lines, Finding the Slope-Intercept Formula with Different Givens, Graphing Inequalities, Solving Simultaneous Equations by Graphing, Solving Simultaneous Equations by Substitution, Solving Simultaneous Equations by Elimination, Coin Problems, Consecutive Integers, Multiplication and Division with Exponents, Negative Exponents and Raising Exponents to a Power, Addition and Multiplication of Polynomials, Factor Polynomials, Factor Trinomials and much more.
Text: Math U See: Algebra I -Level Up Base Set (incl: text, tests, instructor/solutions, DVD) Required Materials: Loose-leaf notebook paper, binder, pencils, and calculator. No spiral notebooks! Average Study Time: 4 hrs/week
Geometry: Aaron Spencer9th - 11th grades Prerequisite: Algebra I Geometry covers: Points, Lines, Rays and Line Segments, Planes and Sets, Angles, Types of Angles, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines with Midpoints and Bisectors, Supplementary and Complementary Angles, Transversals with Interior and Exterior Angles, Perimeter of a Rectangle, Triangle, Parallelogram, and Trapezoid, Area of a Rectangle, Triangle, Parallelogram, and Trapezoid, Constructing and Identifying Triangles, Regular Polygons, Geometry of a Circle, Sphere and Ellipse, Inscribed and Circumscribed Figures, Area and Circumference of a Circle, Area of an Ellipse, Latitude and Longitude, Volume of Rectangular Solid and Cylinder, Volume of Pyramid, Cone, Prism, and Sphere, Surface Area of Solids, Radicals, Pythagorean Theorem, More on Radicals, Special Triangles: (45°-45°-90°), Special Triangles: (30°-60°-90°), Axioms and Postulates, Corresponding Parts of Triangles and Remote Interior Angles, Proving Triangles Congruent with SSS and SAS, and much more.
Text: Math U See: Geometry - Universal Set (text, tests, instructor/solutions, DVD, online) Required Materials: Loose-leaf notebook paper, binder, pencils, and calculator. No spiral notebooks! Average Study Time: 4 hrs/week
Algebra II: Lorrie Shank 9th - 12th grades Prerequisite: Algebra I Algebra II covers: Exponents, Rational Expressions, Scientific Notation, Combining Like Terms, Radicals: Basic Operations and Simplifying, Factoring Polynomials, Fractional Exponents, Solving Equations with Rational Expressions, Imaginary and Complex Numbers, Conjugate Numbers, Cubes and Pascal's Triangle, Binomial Theorem, Completing the Square, Quadratic Formula, Discriminants, Applications Using Percent, Isolating a Variable, Ratios, Unit Multipliers and Metric Conversions, Distance = Rate x Time, Motion Problems, Graphing Lines, Graphing Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Graphing Inequalities, Distance Formula and Midpoint Formula, Conic Sections: Circle and Ellipse, Conic Sections: Parabola, Parabola: Maxima and Minima, Conic Sections: Hyperbola, Solving Systems of Equations: Lines and Conic Sections, Coin Problems, Consecutive Integers, Chemical Mixtures, Age and Boat in the Current Problems, Solving Equations with Three Variables, and Vectors
Text: Math U See: Algebra II - Universal Set (incl: text, tests, instructor/solutions, DVD, online) Required Materials: Loose-leaf notebook paper, binder, pencils, and calculator. No spiral notebooks! Average Study Time: 4 hrs/week
7th General Science: Nicole Coffman-Cole 7th grade **** NEW FORMAT: PLEASE READ**** This year this course will use two books: Apologia Exploring Creation with General Science and Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers. Using both books will present more opportunities for hands on learning on Mondays. The course will cover such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide. There are many hands-on experiments to do, and they all use household items. Some simple experiments will be performed in the class. Many of the experiments need to be done over the course of a few days or a week, so those will need to be done at home. Again, all use household items or the tutor will provide the materials. Students will participate in the annual BHSE Science Fair as part of this course.
Text: Apologia: Exploring Creation with General Science 2nd edition (text and solutions manual) Average Study Time: 3-5 hrs/week
Chemistry: Ruthie Johnson 10th - 12th grades Prerequisite: Biology This course will be a change from Chemistry as taught in year’s past at BHSE. We will be using the 101 Series format in an extremely hands-on fashion. It is my desire to help our students understand and love God's chemical world. Class time will include discussion of the material but will be mostly lab work and experimentation. Students will watch the course videos and do the required workbook assignments at home, utilizing classroom time for hands-on learning and application. The videos are so good the whole family might enjoy them!
Topics covered: The Road to the Periodic Table: The Last Alchemist, Birth of Modern Chemistry, The Bold Russian, Lots of Mystery Rays, The Likeable Rutherford, The Periodic Table of Elements, Quantum Mechanics; Chemistry Essentials: Neutrons, Isotopes and Ions, Compounds and Molecules Part, Balancing Equations; Elements: The Four Main Columns, Non-Metals and Poor Metals, and Transition Metals Text: Westfield Studios: Chemistry 101 (DVD series contains the text and tests) Additional information: Research project for the BHSE Science Fair and participation in labs is required. Average Study Time: 4 hrs/week
Physical Science: Kim Bell 8th - 9th grades Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra before or in conjunction with this class This course is an eighth-grade/freshman level hands-on course and will cover basic physics, atomic theory, a little chemistry, and electricity and magnetism. Students will be introduced to lecture, lab-write up techniques and independent testing. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take high school chemistry and physics science courses. A great deal of math is required in this class, and calculators should be allowed for the math portion of the exercises.
Additional information: Some umbrella schools will accept this as a high school science lab requirement with minor adjustments. Please consult your umbrella school before attempting to use this as a high school lab credit. Text: Apologia: Exploring Creation with Physical Science 2nd Edition; text & solutions manual and Apologia: Physical Science Student Notebook Additional information: Research project for the BHSE Science Fair and participation in labs is required. Average Study Time: 2-4 hrs/week
Physics: Ruthie Johnson 11th - 12th grades Prerequisite: Biology Physics can be a complicated subject, but that doesn't mean that it must be boring and impossible to understand. We will be using a very hands-on approach and the 101 series videos (watched at home) to take you on a journey into the incredible universe created by God, from Newton's laws to the complex concepts behind quantum mechanics. Once your students have finished this course, they will feel at ease discussing relativity, explaining the correlation between energy, mass and the speed of light, and perhaps. even Schrodinger's cat. Topics covered: Physics of Light: Light and Color, Mirrors and Lenses, Invisibility and Speed of Light; Physics of Sound: Introduction to Sound, Acoustics, Sound of Music; Physics of Heat: What is Fire, Three Laws of Thermodynamics, Refrigeration (Hot and Cold); Physics of Electricity: What is Electricity, Outlets and Circuits, Batteries and the Electromagnetic Spectrum; Physics of Motion: Life of Isaac Newton, Universal Law of Gravity, 1st Law of Motion, 2nd and 3rd Laws of Motion; Physics of The Weird: The Life of Albert Einstein, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, The future of Physics
Text: Westfield Studios: Physics 101 (DVD series contains the text and tests) Additional information: Research project for the BHSE Science Fair and participation in labs is required. Average Study Time: 4 hours/week
Language Tutorials American Sign Language I: Nicole Coffman Cole 9th - 11th grades We will cover deaf history and culture, basic vocabulary and conversation skills. Sign Language is a wonderful skill for everyone to have in their back pocket. Whether it’s to talk to the deaf person next to them at the store or to quietly talk to someone across the room from you! Or maybe you will want to pursue a career as an interpreter! There are over 100,000 deaf/hard of hearing people just in Tennessee alone and over 38 million in all of the U.S.!! *This class can serve as a foreign language credit for some colleges. Check with your umbrella school to confirm. Text will be provided by the tutor. Required Materials: ¼” binder,notebook paper and pencil. Average Study Time: Will vary but at-home practice is CRUCIAL to success. There will be little written homework, as ASL is not a written language.
American Sign Language II: Nicole Coffman Cole 10th - 12th grades Prerequisite – American Sign Language I This class will be a continuation of everything you learned in ASL I. We will increase our conversation skills this year by concentrating more on actual conversations instead of just single signs. The class this year will be primarily silent. What this means is that most of the teaching will be done by use of ASL instead of the teacher’s voice. This is the most effective way to learn ASL! (This class can serve as a foreign language credit for some colleges. Check with your umbrella school to confirm.) Text will be provided by the tutor.
Required Materials: ¼” binder to hold materials for the class, along with notebook paper and pencil. Average Study Time: Will vary but at-home practice is CRUCIAL to success. There will be little written homework, as ASL is not a written language.
Conversational Spanish: Claudia Hatfield 7th - 9th grades In this class, the students will learn the alphabet, the numbers, and the days of the week, the months, the household items, the articles, verb endings, and a lot more vocabulary. This class introduces the language. **This class is a Prerequisite for Spanish I *Please note that you may need to provide extra work with this class in order to meet the requirements for high school credit with your umbrella school.
Required Materials: Notebook or binder, loose leaf paper Average Study Time: Review the previous lesson
Spanish I: Claudia Hatfield 9th - 11th grades Prerequisite: Conversational Spanish (or a test given by tutor) The students will learn grammar including verbs/conjugations, articles, and word formations. The students will participate in interviews; readings and they will also translate some of those readings. They will also memorize a Bible verse each week. This class is graded by participation, test grades, and homework. The student’s grade for homework will be by turning in all of the homework on time. There will not be partial points for some homework. The homework is very important; it helps me to see if the student has any problems with the lesson.
Text(s): Abeka - Por Todo El Mundo Spanish 1 Books A/B (these are a set), Vocabulary Manual, and Student Test Booklet Average Study Time: 2-3 hours/week
Spanish II: Claudia Hatfield 10th - 12th grades Prerequisite: Spanish I The students will pick up with Spanish I Book B before starting Spanish II A book. The students will continue learning grammar and verb conjugations in different tenses. They will read and learn about different Spanish speaking countries. The students will continue to memorize Bible verses and participate in interviews. This class is graded by participation, test grades, and homework. The student’s grade for homework will be by turning in all of the homework on time. There will not be partial points for some homework. The homework is very important; it helps me to see if the student has any problems with the lesson.
Text(s): Abeka – Por todo el mundo Spanish 1B; Spanish 1 Test Booklet, Mas Que Vencdores Spanish 2 Books A/B (a set), Vocabulary Manual Average Study Time: 2-4 hours/week
Social Studies Tutorials U.S. Geography: Nicole Coffman Cole 8th - 12th grades How well do your students know the geography of our great country? Let’s make sure they graduate with the knowledge and appreciation for the USA that it deserves. Using various websites and books, the tutor will cover all 50 states throughout the year. Students will learn all capitals, history, landmarks (natural and manmade), and more. Text will be provided by the tutor.
Required Materials: All students should have a ½” binder to hold materials Average Study Time: 2-4 hours/week
American History: Dick Achuff 9th - 11th grades This positive, patriotic approach to American history brings to life events and personalities that have shaped America and places a special emphasis on America’s Christian past. Heritage of Freedom rejects the conflict approach of Marxist historians (and progressive educators and liberal newsmen) to give a narrative account of what has made our country great and what can keep it great. Every Student needs to take this course as as it may be the last time he or she may be exposed to the the truth of our Christian founding. Requires a lot of reading study.
Text: Abeka: United States History in Christian Perspective, Heritage of Freedom (3rd edition) Average Study Time: 5 hours/week
Civics (1st semester class): Dick Achuff 11th - 12th grades A conservative, Christian perspective makes this civics and government course unique. Students need the firm foundation this course provides to become informed, responsible citizens and voters in today’s world. “American Government” opens with an inspiring look at the blessings we enjoy and the symbols we hold dear as American citizens. At the core of the text is study of the Constitution; the rights and privileges it guarantees the American people, and the government it established with its limits, and responsibilities. Next students learn about federalism and government at the state and local levels. The course stresses the opportunities and responsibilities of American citizens, and the necessity to get involved in the political system. This is a challenging course requiring much preparation but a MUST for our future leaders of America; YOUR CHILDREN. There will much in-class participation and discussion.
Text: Abeka: American Government in Christian Perspective. Average Study Time: 4-6 hours/week
Economics (2nd semester class): Dick Achuff 11th - 12th grades Emphasis on free enterprise capitalism in a free market economy. The Biblical views of work, wealth, and stewardship appear throughout the course, helping students to understand the proper economic roles of individual producers and consumers as well as that of the government. Taught from a conservative, Christian perspective, the stark contrast between the market economy—the cornerstone of prosperity in the United States—and the command economy—the hallmark of fiscal failure in Communist countries—is graphically presented. Essential concepts such as competition in the marketplace and private ownership of capital are discussed from a Christian conservative perspective. This is a challenging course requiring much preparation but is a MUST for our future leaders of America; YOUR CHILDREN.
Text: Abeka: Economics: Work and Prosperity Average Study Time: 4-6 hours/week
Constitutional Literacy: Dick Achuff 8th - 12th grades A course designed to explore and study the Constitution of the United States. Starting with the Declaration of Independence, the course will examine the history and development of the Constitution and study of each article and amendment. Using original correspondence of the time including the “Federalist Papers,” arguments both for and against the document will be studied. This is a challenging course requiring much reading but is a must for future leaders of America. Text:Constitutional Literacy, by Michael Farris. *Companion DVD is not required. Average Study Time: 4-6 hours/week
Other Tutorials Speech & Debate: Kelly Hornbeak 9th - 12th grades “Speech is power: Speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders. They will be leaders at home, at work and in local and global communities. As leaders they will need to speak up. They will need to be heard. They will need to be proficient not only at texting or communicating through social media but also at talking. The next generation of leaders need the skills and confidence to be heard. This non-traditional textbook is focused on giving the students multiple speaking opportunities with every student speaking in some way in every class meeting. Speaking roles will be main speaker, impromptu speaker, evaluator, grammarian, timer, and etc. Students will also be listening to memorable/historic speeches and give a variety of speeches themselves. **Course credit: check with your umbrella school for requirements & acceptance of elective credit.
Text:Speech Class for Teens:28 Speech Class Lessons by Diane Windingland Additional resources: Communication 101: Essays and Speeches” by Meredith Curtis Average Study Time: 3 hrs/wk
Computer Literacy: Kim Bell 8th - 12th grades Required Materials:laptop with Office 2016 and these three books: Word 2016 - ISBN #9781840786521; Excel 2016 - ISBN #9781840786514; Office 2016 - ISBN #9781840786507 Personal Finance: Amy Thurman 10th - 12th grades Text: Foundations of Personal Finance, Student Workbook by Dave Ramsey Other Requirements/Materials: Internet access (A portion of weekly homework will involve accessing various financial websites and listening to real-life calls with the Dave Ramsey Show); Calculator; folder; pen/pencils; colored pencils, loose-leaf notebook paper