Holy Martyrs Catholic Church

Home School Curriculum

HOME SCHOOL CURRICULUM

RELIGION:

*GRADES K, 1, 2
Teacher: Mrs. Marlow
This course will incorporate units from the Faith and Life Series, either book 1 or some of books 1 & 2.

*GRADES 3, 4, 5
This course will incorporate units from the Faith and Life Series, either book 4 or some of books 3, 4, & 5.

*GRADES 6, 7, 8
This course will incorporate units from the Faith and Life Series, either book 7 or some of books 6, 7, & 8.

*HIGH SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
The course will be a general overview of what Philosophy is, how to think about metaphysical and ethical questions, and reading and review of the three Socratic dialogues of Plato.

LATIN:
Pre-Cambridge Latin and Latin I are dependent on the number of students enrolled. A minimum of 8 students per level is required.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $200 per year per student

*PRE-CAMBRIDGE LATIN
Teacher: Mrs. Cruikshank
Grades 6, 7, 8
Mrs. Cruikshank has a BA in Classics and a Masters in Classical Archaeology. She will encompass history of Roman and Greek culture, origins of church Latin, and the Latin language in her class.

*CAMBRIDGE LATIN I
Teacher: Mrs. Cruikshank
Grades: High School (or Jr. High with Pre-Cambridge Latin or equivalent)
Mrs. Cruikshank has a BA in Classics and a Masters in Classical Archaeology. She will encompass history of Roman and Greek culture, origins of church Latin, and the Latin language in her class.


SCIENCE:

*MYSTERY SCIENCE
Teacher: Mrs. Naaden
MysteryScience.com is a video-based set of modules about a variety of topics from astronomy to weather to plant life. Each module has several lessons that pose a question and build on the prior lesson in that module.
       Grades K, 1, 2 will learn the answers to such questions as:
       "Could a statue's shadow move?"
       "Why are some apples red and some green?"
       "Why is there sand at the beach?"
       Grades 3, 4, 5 will learn the answers to such questions as:
       "What would happen if you screamed in outer space?"
       "Could you knock down a building using only dominoes?"
       "What makes bridges so strong?"
We will watch the video, engage in conversation as directed by the video, and then we'll conduct an experiment or do a project. The projects are usually quite simple, with easy-to-access materials, which will be provided. The students will work projects in pairs.The lesson has step-by-step video directions to complete each project.
 
*LEARNING MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE THROUGH EXPERIMENTS
Teacher Mrs. Ujueta
Grades 6, 7, 8 +
The students will perform experiments touching on Earth Science, Life Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. They will also learn about the scientific method and how to write lab reports. In addition, they will learn about Catholics who influenced the sciences.

MATH:

*LEARNING MATH THROUGH ART AND GAMES
Teacher: Mrs. Ujueta
Grades 3, 4, 5
Students will be taught different math concepts through art projects and games. A concept will be taught and then enforced through various art projects and/or games. Depending on the project/game they will work in teams or individually. Some of the concepts that will be explored include place value, number sense, fractions, area, and perimeter.

*GET READY FOR ALGEBRA
Teacher: Mrs. Ujueta
Grades 6, 7, 8 +
In this course students will go over the concepts to get them ready for Algebra. Concepts will be reinforced through worksheets, a few different types of games, real life problems, and critical thinking problems.

ENGLISH:

*STORY TIME
Teacher: Mrs. Cotton
Grades K, 1, 2
The class will explore an age appropriate read aloud each week and create a craft or do an activity related to the book.

*HIGH SCHOOL BOOK CLUB
Our book club will involve the reading and discussion of books both Classic and Contemporary. Titles will be catered to needs of students : i.e. comfortable reading level, titles that haven't already been read multiple times by students, titles that provoke fruitful discussion, etc. Tastes will also be taken into consideration and student suggestions will be entertained later in the course. All title suggestions will be subject to parent approval. Further details will be provided based on sufficient enrollment.

HISTORY / GEOGRAPHY:

*CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD
Teacher: Mrs. Cotton
Grades K, 1, 2
The class will learn about children from around the world by exploring what they eat, the clothing they wear and how they play. In addition the students will learn about the countries as well.

*AMERICAN HISTORY
Teacher: Mr. Horning
Grades 3, 4, 5
Using Drive Through History Adventures students will join Dave Stotts on an adventure through early American history (Columbus to the Constitution) as he tells the stories of the people, places, and events that shaped the founding of the United States of America. Students will watch a series of 30 minute videos of Dave exploring the areas of the world where not only history happened, but explain the circumstances surrounding the events as they happened. The goal being to not only help the students learn true history, but help them to understand the how and why, while enjoying the fun and silly antics of the animated host as he visualizes the historical landscapes where it happened. The video will be followed up with discussion and support material.

*AMERICAN HISTORY
Teacher: Mr. Horning
Grades 6, 7, 8+
Using Drive Through History Adventures students will join Dave Stotts on an adventure through early American history (Columbus to the Constitution) as he tells the stories of the people, places, and events that shaped the founding of the United States of America. Students will watch a series of 30 minute videos of Dave exploring the areas of the world where not only history happened, but explain the circumstances surrounding the events as they happened. The goal being to not only help the students learn true history, but help them to understand the how and why, while enjoying the fun and silly antics of the animated host as he visualizes the historical landscapes where it happened. The video will be followed up with discussion and support material.

ELECTIVES:

*PUBLIC SPEAKING
Teachers: Mrs. Naaden & Mrs. Morton
All Ages
Speaking in front of a group of people is a wonderful skill for all ages. Sometimes, the younger children learn from the older ones and gain confidence through their example. Sometimes, the younger children teach the older children to throw aside inhibitions and shine brightly. In this class, we'll practice speaking in front of a group using poetry or tongue twister recitation. "Homework" will include memorizing the poem or tongue twister that will be recited in class. Students can recite any piece they wish, or I will provide some simple pieces and work up from there. We will work on diction and clarity in speech, as well as eye contact with the audience, posture, and general comfort speaking in front of people. Poetry memorization is an excellent skill in its own right, and reciting the memorized poetry is a wonderful way to practice public speaking without the added pressure of preparing a speech. In general, each class time will involve students taking turns to recite their poems, while the rest of the class practices being an attentive audience.
 
*ART
Teachers: Mrs. Cotton & Mrs. Morton
All Ages
Using the Meet the Masters program the students will be introduced to an artist and his work, learn the technique of that artist and put it into practice by creating their own version of the masterpiece.