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Lighthouse Homeschool Co-op: New Hampshire

                   Let us walk in the light of the LORD.

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Fall 2022 - Spring 2023


Symbols, Sounds and Stories (CLOSED)

Grade: K

Teacher: Cathy Borchers


Fee: $30

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: Basic classroom supplies


Course Description: This class for kindergarteners will enable children to recognize letters and sounds of the alphabet, and begin to read short vowel words and simple sentences.


Prerequisites: Children should start this class with the ability to use pencils and crayons for drawing and coloring, and glue stick to assemble paper pieces.


Homework: Students will practice writing letters and words as they progress through the school year.

Grow with Math and Reading (CLOSED)

K-young 1st (ages 5+6)

Teacher: Geneva Hall


Fee: $20

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Crayons, glue, scissors, supply box


Course Description: In this course, we will listen to read alouds, sing songs, and work through our monthly packets that cover kindergarten and early first grade math and reading concepts.


Homework: Complete unfinished classwork

Introduction to Science (CLOSED)

Grades: K-1

Teacher: Jenness Nordstom


Fee: $30

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: Each student will need an Intro to Science student notebook by Paige Hudson.  


Course Description: This class will include all 36 lessons of  the early elementary science curriculum.  This will include teaching concepts, hands-on activities, reading and fun demonstrations to engage students.  The 6 units include Intro to Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Meteorology, Botany, and Zoology. For more information see link below.  

https://elementalscience.com/collections/intro-to-science/products/intro-to-science-student-pages


Homework: Unfinished class work

Bible Adventure (CLOSED)

Grade: 1

Teacher: Geneva Hall


Fee: $15

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: Basic classroom supplies, folder


Course Description: In this course, we will be studying Bible stories and Bible characters through stories, songs, and activities.  We will be working through weekly pamphlets that will cover an Old Testament or New Testament story or character.


Homework: Any unfinished work

Stem Lab Fun! (CLOSED)

Grades: K-2

Teacher: Heidi Leandro


Fee:$25

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed: Basic pencil box supplies and tape


Course Description: In this hands on class ,students will gain exposure to different aspects of science with a new stem challenge each week.  Through discovery, experimentation, and creativity they will grow their problem solving skills and confidence! 


Homework: None

Music, Movement, & Fitness (CLOSED)

Grades: K-2

Teacher: Jolie Hassler

Assistant: Sara Kender


Fee:$25

1:45-2:40


Supplies Needed: Sneakers, clothing they can move in (no tight jeans, no crocks, no flip flops, etc.)


Course Description: I am a Certified Youth Fitness Instructor who loves to inspire kids to love exercise! We are going to have fun learning new skills through dancing, singing/marching, gymnastics, beginner sports, playing games, doing strengthening exercises, and balance skills.

Homework: Students will have a fitness contract asking for exercise or movement each day. Some weeks it might be try new foods. Please do not stress, they will want to do this!

Write From the Start (1 SPOT LEFT)

Grade: 1

Teacher: Cathy Borchers


Fee: $30

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Basic classroom supplies


Course Description: Children 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. 

 

Prerequisites: Children will need to enter class in the fall already knowing their alphabet and sounds of letters.


Homework: Approximately 1/2 to 1 hour each week

Song School Spanish (CLOSED)

Grade: 2-3

Teacher: Jessica Bruno


Fee: $20

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: Song School Spanish Student Book with CD


Course Description: This course will be an introduction to Spanish using the Song School Spanish I program, which has a weekly lesson with songs, and workbook assignments.  We will have a lively class with singing, games, art, and the occasional Spanish snack.  Looking forward to learning Spanish together in this fun class format!


Homework: 1-2 pages if not finished in class.  Students are encouraged to listen to and sing songs at home to reinforce learning.

Learning About Literature (CLOSED)

Grades: 2-3

Teacher: Kim Ostrowski


Fee: $25

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: Basic supply pencil box


Course Description: The students in this class will experience a variety of literature that will also vary in length, beginning with poems, fables and folktales, then following with The Tale of Johnny Town Mouse by Beatrix Potter and the chapter book Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel.  There will be comprehension discussions, recalling story sequence activities, as well as identifying literary elements of character, setting and plot.  In the poetry work, they will identify end rhyme, alliteration, and personification.  Students will be copying sentences off the board in class and keeping a written response journal throughout the year.  Creative activities will be incorporated in their study. 


Homework: Writing one entry in their journals each week as a response to the literature shared in class.  Drawings to accompany their written work is encouraged.  Reading from Frog and Toad Together will be assigned near the end of the year.

Earth Science and Astronomy for the Grammar Stage 

(CLOSED)

Grades: 2-4

Teacher: Jenness Nordstrom


Fee: $45 

(includes workbook, lapbook, coloring pages, activity kit)

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: DK First Space Encyclopedia (2016),  DK First Earth Encyclopedia (2018)


Course Description: Provides a first-look at the planet and solar system for the classical student.  Please go to link below to see sample pages.

https://elementalscience.com/collections/earth-science-astronomy-for-the-grammar-stage


Homework: Unfinished class work, weekly reading and question answering.

An Animal a Week (CLOSED)

Grades: 2-4

Teacher: Kate Meehan


Fee: $25

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Binder with page protectors


Course Description: Each week the students will become experts on a different animal (pets to exotic).  After reading to learn, we will share our new facts in a hands on project.


Homework: Finish up on what we did in class

Fun with Literature (2 SPOTS OPEN)

Grades: 3-4

Teacher: Cathy Borchers


Fee: $10

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: Pencils, crayons, scissors, etc.  A one-inch binder with a plastic sleeve on the cover for labeling.  A small amount of loose-leaf paper (not college ruled).  A list of basic classroom supplies needed by each student will be sent to parents during the summer.


Course Description: This class for 3rd and 4th graders will use Grandpa's Box as a literature base.  It is the retelling of the Biblical story of redemption through the eyes of a grandfather.  Students will also be asked to read and use Stone Fox and Sarah Plain and Tall over the course of the school year.  On their own, the children will be expected to occasionally read and share information from books about famous scientists, or famous historical figures, or notable Christians.


Prerequisites: Students should be able to read and write at grade level


Homework: Students will be expected to commit to one to two hours a week outside of class.

Shurley English 2 (1 SPOT OPEN)

Grades: 3-4 (or 2nd graders who have completed Shurley English 1)

Teacher: Christina Barnes


Fee: $10

1:45-2:40


Supplies Needed: Notebook, folder, Shurley English level 2, Student workbook, practice booklet


Course Description: Shurley English is a wonderful way to have your student engaged in the study of grammar.  Through jingles that help you memorize and activities which drive lessons home, we enjoy all the new lessons English has to teach us.


Homework: 40 minutes, review and workbook.

Drawing and Painting (CLOSED)

Grades: 3-6 

(younger students may be allowed with the teacher's permission)

Teacher: Melanie Waldvogel


Fee: $20

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: All art supplies will be provided, but students will be asked to provide their own clipboard, pencil sharpener, and stocked pencil boxes with glue sticks, colored pencils, and scissors.  They will need this for most of their classes.


Course Description: This course is for both beginners and experienced young artists.  Students will have fun using pencils, charcoal, and different kinds of paint while learning proportion and composition, and developing keen observational skills.  Students will learn the principles of using line, tone, light, texture, composition, and perspective through fun and engaging projects drawing portraits, animals, landscapes, still life, and imaginative imagery.  Let's have fun making art!


Homework: Minimal.  We will try to finish our art in class, but students may work on some assignments at home, or be encouraged to explore techniques at home.

Fun Fitness (CLOSED)

Grades: 3-4 

(could possibly accept an older 2nd grader, after speaking with parent)

Teacher:  Jolie Hassler

Assistant: Sara Kender


Fee:$25

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed: Sneakers and clothing they can move in (no tight jeans, no crocks, no flip flops, etc.)


Course Description: I am a Certified Youth Fitness Instructor who loves to inspire kids to love exercise!  We are going to have fun learning new skills, playing games, doing strengthening exercises, and sports.

Homework: Students will have a fitness contract asking for exercise or movement each day.  Some weeks it might be trying new foods.  Please do not stress, they will want to do this!

Lego STEM Lab (CLOSED)

Grades: 3-5

Teacher: Kate Meehan


Fee:$20

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: 1/2 inch binder with page protectors


Course Description: Ready, Set, Build!  Each week in our Lego Stem Lab, the students will be presented with a new Lego challenge.  Students will work on problem-solving skills, being independent thinkers, working in teams at times, and building skills.  At the end of the class, students will practice their communication skills when they share their projects with their classmates.


Homework: none

Card Making/Crafting (1 SPOT OPEN)

Grades: 4th and up

Teacher: Monika Davis


Fee$30

1:45-2:40


Supplies Needed: Scissors, adhesives, favorite coloring mediums


Course Description: Card making and crafting using different mediums and techniques.


Homework: none

Early American History Literature (CLOSED)

Grades: 4-6

Teacher: Heidi Leandro


Fee:$25

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Basic pencil box supplies, book list will be provided before the beginning of summer


Course Description: We will study from the Viking expeditions all the way through the Civil War by reading living books and quality literature.  In class, we will create notebooking pages as well as hands-on projects based on the timeline and events we are studying.


Homework: 2 hours per week-all reading at home

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey (CLOSED)

Grades: 4-6

Teacher: Katie Sexton

Assistant: Jessica Bruno


Fee:$30

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: Physics 1 extra student pages, basic pencil box supplies (with colored pencils, ruler, glue, and scissors)


Course Description: R.E.A.L Science Odyssey allows students to read, explore, absorb, and learn science in a fun, hands-on way.  This Physics course introduces the scientific method and scientific vocabulary while covering the study of matter, motion, friction, sound, magnetism, and electricity.  Lessons are short and simple, with a focus on hands-on learning through experiments and observations.


Homework: Short and simple weekly reading assignments

Spanish For Children: Primer A (CLOSED)

Grades: 4-6

Teacher: Jessica Bruno


Fee:$15

1:45-2:40


Supplies Needed: Spanish for Children: Primer A book and Tin Bot, Spliced Reader


Course Description: "Learn more than how to order a taco!"  This class will teach students the rules behind the language, comparing both English and Spanish grammar.  This beginner Spanish class will teach using chants for memorization, common words, and grammar concepts like a verb, conjugation, tenses, and noun gender.  There will be weekly worksheets, a video lesson in class, and games to reinforce learning.  We will read Tin Bot as part of this curriculum.


Homework: Weekly workbook assignments and vocabulary words.

IEW Fix It Grammar-Robin Hood (CLOSED)

Grades: 5-6

Teacher: Christina Barnes


Fee: $10

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed: Notebook, folder, IEW Fix It Grammar


Course Description: Students get to hunt and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story.  Fix It Grammar encourages students to apply new grammar knowledge in every lesson while continuing to practice what they already know.


Homework: 40+ minutes, finish what was not done in class.

Lego Club (CLOSED)

Grades: 5-8

Teacher: Monika Davis


Fee: TBD Approx. $45

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed: TBD, About $45 with the starter kit, base plate, and miscellaneous pieces


Course Description: Create, build, and express your creativity with Legos! We will have weekly themes and various engineering design challenges!


Homework: Taking creations apart so pieces are ready for the next class.

God's Redemption Story: (OPEN)

Hands-on Bible Basics from Genesis to Revelation

Grades: 6-8

Teacher: Josh Trowsdale


Fee: $0 

(Harvest Baptist Church will donate printing costs)

Time: 11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: Occasional project supplies


Course Description: Course would provide overview of God's redemption story via book overviews from Genesis to Revelation, utilizing Bible Project videos each week (5-10 minutes), teaching on  how each book fits into the framework of God's plan of salvation, and discussion/hands-on activities to help the scriptures come alive in relevant, practical ways in the lives of students.


Homework: minimal-weekly devotional reading/occasional hands-on projects

WWII: A World at War (OPEN)

Grades: 6-8

Teacher: Kelly Hart


Fee: $45

Time: 10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: None


Course Description: World War II was considered the war that would end all wars.  In this class, we will learn about the causes that led the world to war, the rise of dictators, and the men and women who fought for freedom.  We will take a look at the weapons used and battles fought, as well as the home front efforts.  We will spend about 6 weeks studying the Holocaust and Jewish resistance.  This unit can be a little difficult for students of a very sensitive nature, but we will keep it age appropriate.


Homework: 1-2 hours a week.  May consist of reading, vocab, mapping, notebooking, and hands-on projects

Learning about Ancient Civilizations Through STEM 

(2 SPOTS OPEN)

Grades: 6-8

Teacher: Heidi Leandro

Assistant: Linda Adams


Fee:$50

Time: 1:45-2:40


Supplies Needed: Basic pencil supply box, hot glue gun, scissors, pocket knife


Course Description: We will learn about Ancient Civilizations through STEM challenges. We will study the Stone Age through Ancient Rome by creating STEM project relative to that time period. A brief history about the time period will be shared. The in-depth learning will come from building Stone Age tools, pyramids, a Masada Fortress, chariots, catapults, and aqueducts. 


Homework: 2 hours per week max, to finish projects as needed

Fantastical Literature(OPEN)

Grades: 7-8

Teacher: Kim Ostrowski

Fee:$55 includes 3 books and study guide

Time: 12:45-1:40

Supplies Needed: Pen/pencil


Course Description: The students in this course will read and discuss three novels with the literary genres of fantasy or sci-fiction: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The 5 structural elements of fiction will be taught as well as literary devices used by the authors.  Elements include setting, character, plot, conflict and theme.  Some of the literary devices include irony, foreshadowing, symbolism, allusion, simile, and metaphor.


Homework: Several chapters of reading and accompanying assignments will be assigned each week.  Assignments will include comprehension, vocabulary, and short answer passages.  Each book will have a culminating project or writing assignment.

French 1 (OPEN)

Grades: 7-8

Teacher: Jonelle Wilson


Fee: $50

(includes student book)

Time: 1:45-2:40


Supplies Needed: Pen/pencil


Course Description: Introduce your student to a modern language, so that they can have a greater success in their high school level language studies.  Modeled after the Latina Christiana format, students will learn grammar basics, develop a large vocabulary, and begin to speak French!  French 2 will tentatively be offered 2023-2024


Homework: 20 minutes, 3 days a week; parent administers quiz at the end of the week.  It is expected that if the student misses a class, the parent will teach the lesson at home (using the teacher's manual/pronunciation CD which will be provided for each student).

Math-U-See Pre-Algebra (OPEN)

Grades: 7-9

Teacher: Jenn Vachon


Fee: $55

 (includes student book, test book, and manipulatives we will use in class)

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Pencil, folder


Class Description: We will watch a video lesson together each week then review the lesson.  Students will then complete daily practice pages at home during the week. Math-U-See is skill-based, multi-sensory mastery curriculum.  Designed to teach students specific skills in a definite, logical sequence, this systemic and cumulative approach will help students learn how to solve math problems and discover why they're solving in such a way. We will cover negative numbers, order of operations, solving for the unknown, number lines, and more. This course will give students a solid foundation for Algebra 1


Homework: 3-4 hours per week

Fallacy Detective ​(CLOSED)

Grades: 7-9

Teacher: Kim Bouthiette 

Fee: $25 (includes book)

Time: 10:00-10:55

Supplies Needed: folder, pencil


Course Description: Students will be guided through 38 lessons designed to help them pay attention to details, listen carefully, and recognize faulty reasoning, deception, and propaganda where they encounter it.  Lessons are taught through practical real world examples and class discussions.  Students who master the skills of solid reasoning exercise better stewardship in making decisions, saving time, and investing resources wisely.  .25 elective credit in critical thinking.


Homework: none

General Science (CLOSED)

Grades: 7-9

Teacher: Jenn Vachon

Assistant: Kelly White


Fee:$30

11:00-11:55

Supplies Needed: Apologia General Science 3rd edition text, notebook, and test booklet


Course Description: This course will explore earth sciences-astronomy, geology, paleontology, meteorology, and oceanography as well as biology, chemistry, and physics.  It will help students comprehend the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry and method, sharpen their critical thinking skills and deepen their appreciation of God's creation.  This class will have many hands-on activities during class time.  Most of the book work will be done at home.  A weekly zoom meeting will be offered to help answer questions and review the reading assignments.


Homework: approximately 3-4 hours per week

Public Speaking and Interview Skills (OPEN)

Grades: 7-10

Teacher: Sheryl Goedecke

Fee: $15

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: access to google classroom-link will be provided


Course Description: Through fun games and group projects students will learn how to present themselves in front of others.  Topics will include preparation, improv, use of movement, inflection and stage-fright management.


Homework: 1.5 hour weekly

Algebra I: Math-U-See (OPEN)

Grades: 7-11

Teacher: Jolie Hassler


Fee: $15 (for weekly copies)

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: Math-U-See Algebra I student workbook (This can be purchased on https://www.christianbook.com/math-see-algebra-1-student-pack/pd/531111?event=Homeschool|1008673 or directly on the Math-U-See website for $44)


Course Description: I will be showing the 20-30 minute Math U See instructional video weekly.  We will practice learning the problems in the students' workbooks.  Allowing for ample opportunity to ask questions and learn.  I will be sending them home with additional practice worksheets that I have purchased separate from Math-U-See to make sure they are learning and receive a high school credit for those who need it.  Math-U-See does provide a test booklet which we will be using as well.


Homework: Weekly worksheets that should take a couple of hours to complete

Sculpture (CLOSED)

Grade: 7-12 (5 or 6 with teacher permission)

Teacher: Melanie Waldvogel


Fee: $35

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed: Art supplies will be provided, but students will be asked to provide their own stocked pencil boxes with glue sticks, pencils, colored pencils and scissors.


Course Description: Let's learn sculpture! This course is designed for the older student to work on an art portfolio for high school credit, and to work hands-on with many different materials.  Students will be expected to write project pages and work independently.  Sculpture and three-dimensional design involve space, materials, techniques, and ideas.  Students will work in a variety of mediums, such as wood, paper mache, clay, wool, and wire to explore what they like to create and learn new techniques.  At the end of the semester, students will have an independent study where they request supplies or source their own supplies to work independently on their own project.  They will present their projects to the class.


Homework: I expect homework to be very minimal (they may watch YouTube videos on technique and they will be encouraged to work on projects and/or project pages at home), but most work will be completed in class.

Foundations in Drawing and Design (1 SPOT OPEN)

Grades: 7-12 (5 or 6 with teacher permission)

Teacher: Amanda Fontaine

Assistant: Melanie Waldvogel


Fee: $35

1:45-2:40


Supplies Needed: Art supplies will be provided, but students will be asked to provide their own stocked pencil boxes with glue sticks, pencils, colored pencils, and scissors


Course Description: In this class, we will focus on color theory, art history, different drawing techniques, and the fundamentals of design.  We will draw every class, and practice all techniques learned.  These techniques can be used in any medium.  Drawing will begin in black and white then we will add shading, primary colors, secondary colors, perspective, and different mediums.  The skills will remain for a lifetime!


Homework: none

Italian Level 1 (OPEN)

Grades 8-12

Teacher: Kim Ostrowski

Assistant: Jolie Hassler


Fee: $20

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: Online subscription to Rosetta Stone Italian will be needed for at-home work on a computer.  This can be purchased through Rosetta Stone at https://www.rosettastone.com/buy-italian/ or other authorized retailers including Christian Book Distributors and Rainbow Resource Center.


Course Description: This course has been designed for students interested in earning high school foreign language credit.  We will be studying Italy's culture while learning how to speak the Italian language.  Students will be responsible for getting their own subscription to Rosetta Stone Italian to work through the language lessons daily during the week.  In class, we will be completing a survey of Italian culture.  This could include history and geography, landmarks, religion, art and architecture, and holidays in addition to practicing the words and phrases we learn from Rosetta Stone.


**Rosetta Stone notes that completing Rosetta Stone Level 1 and Level 2 fulfills the 2-year high school requirement for Foreign Language credit.  This course is being offered with the sincere intention of offering Level 2 the following academic year with a cultural component as well.


Homework: Completing five 30 minute language lesson sessions during the week that will be reviewed and practiced on Mondays.  Additional assignments (in English) related to our study of the language culture will vary, though could include preparing presentations in English, cooking at home, research and writing.  The amount of time needed for this will vary though this will not be weekly and it will be announced ahead of time.  Parents will be responsible for the monitoring of their child's work on the language lessons at home.

Travel Journaling/World Cultures (OPEN)

Grades: 8-12

Teacher: Sheryl Goedecke


Fee: $25

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: Students must have computer access at home, full list available at https://sites.google.com/view/traveljournling/class-overview


Course Description: This course takes a creative approach to investigating the influence of geography on world cultures.  Students will create their own travel journal using various water based media while investigating relationships, politics, economics, and more.  1/2 credit art, 1/2 credit Social Studies, more info at https://sites.google.com/view/traveljournling/class-overview


Homework: 1.5 hours of reading/research, 1.5 hours studio weekly

British Literature (CLOSED)

Grades: 8-12

Teacher: Kim Ostrowski

Assistant: Jolie Hassler


Fee:$55 (Includes 3 books and study guide binder)

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Pen/pencil


Course Description: This course will cover 4 classic works of British literature: The Hounds of Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  Students will read three of these works and watch a movie version of Shakespeare's comedic play.  Students will be expected to read the novels, complete the study guide assignments, and come to class prepared for "round table" discussions where we will dig deeper into what the author is sharing with his reader.  In order to be prepared for these discussions, parents will need to use the provided study guide answer key to check their child's comprehension of the novel by correcting a portion of the study guide pages each week.  This will help parents stay informed of their child's work and assist the teacher in assuring their child is ready for a deeper discussion about the novels with their peers.  The viewing and discussion of the Shakespeare movie will be completed entirely in class.  Accompanying homework may be assigned for this work.


Homework: Several chapters of reading and accompanying assignments will be assigned each week.  Assignments will include comprehension, vocabulary, and short answer passages.  Each book will have a culminating project or writing assignment.

Omnibus III Writing Workshop (CLOSED)

Grade: 9-10

Teachers: Josh and Laura Owens


Fee: $10

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: "They Say I Say" by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein


Course Description: Omnibus III Writing workshop is designed to develop students' abilities to think, organize and express their ideas clearly and effectively in writing.  This course incorporates reading, research, and critical thinking about the assigned reading in Omnibus III.


Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in Omnibus III, primary and secondary


Homework: 1-3 hours per week

Biology (CLOSED)

Grades: 9-11

Teacher: Kelly White

Assistants: Jenn Vachon, Kim Bouthiette


Fee:$45

12:45-2:40 **2 class periods


Supplies Needed: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology (3rd Edition), notebook journal, test book


Course Description: In this high school level, college-prep biology course, students will study the science of life.  We will work through the entire text using class time for teaching and reviewing concepts, as well as hands on projects and labs.  Reading and testing will be done at home following a schedule.  Each module will include an in class quiz and lab report.  Additional assignments include responsive essays and oral presentations of assigned topic.  This class will be held over 2 class periods.  Parental involvement will include proctoring bi-weekly tests, otherwise minimal.  Students will be supported through zoom sessions.  


Prerequisites: Successful completion of Physical Science


Homework: 4-5 hours.  Reading and studying material is expected and necessary for in class learning and participation.

Citizens in a Republic (OPEN)

Grades: 9-12

Teacher: Pat Testerman


Fee: $10

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Bible, Biography approved by Instructor, Videos (See description), Computer with word-processing software. Internet access to submit papers and access course material. Equipment to watch videos at home.


Course Description: “A democratic republic such as ours—an effort to realize its full sense government by, of, and for the people—represents the most gigantic of all possible social experiments, the one fraught with great responsibilities alike for good and evil.” – President Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,” speech to the Sorbonne, France, April 23, 1910.

What does it mean to be a citizen in a republic such as ours? While many will point to the impressive, even overwhelming, privileges of citizenship in our republic, do we understand the corresponding duties and responsibilities? Do we even have a functional understanding of the laws that define the republic itself? Moreover, as we consider the role of any citizen of our republic, how do we balance this role to which we have been

called and placed by God with our primary role and identity as citizens of heaven? How do we engage our government, whether in assent or dissent, in a Christ-honoring manner? How do we balance the teachings of Romans 13 (submission to authority) and Acts 4-5 (obeying God rather than man)? This class will delve into these questions and more. We will dig into the United States Constitution and its amendments, including pertinent case law. We will examine the structure of the government it describes, and critique our nation’s adherence and departures from those principles through studies of historical and current events. 

Two options are available for taking this class. The standard class will involve all in-classwork as well as reading and other homework during the week. Expect up to approximately 10 pages of reading a week including some primary sources (including excerpts of the Declaration, Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and court decisions). Writing assignments will primarily be short essays and take-home discussion questions. 

The honors option should be considered college/career-preparatory, will be writing-intensive, and include additional and more challenging reading and homework assignments. Expect 20 or more pages of reading a week, with additional reading for the reports. Reading will include some dense primary sources, and excerpts from significant works) as well as biographies and case studies. Expect to spend 2-4 hours of work each week preparing for class. Writing assignments will include short essays, take-home discussion questions, a biographical book report, and a final paper. All students will participate in class discussions, debates, and verbal and written critiques. In-class quizzes will be used from time-to-time, but most assessment of student learning will be through discussions and written assignments. I will expect grade-appropriate writing and will publish rubrics to explain what those expectations are.

Students in the honors option may decide to change to the non-honors option at any time (with parental permission). Due to the nature of the additional workload of the honors option, it would be difficult to “upgrade” to it after the first few weeks of class. 


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 amongst 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!


Homework: Additional: Due to time constraints, Students will be expected to watch some movies/videos outside of class (TBD).

I may show clips in class to emphasize or illustrate instruction. I will give ample notice of this and 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 many be available at your local library.



Yearbook (1 SPOT OPEN)

Grades: 10-12

Teacher: Cori Carnahan


Fee:$15

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: Laptop, Notebook


Course Description: Students will work cooperatively and independently to create and publish a yearbook which will represent the Lighthouse community.  Students will learn photography basics, page layout, and design, and basics fundraising.  They will utilize their organizational skills to manage goals and deadlines.  (Must have laptop to use in class and at home).

*.5 elective credit


Homework: 1-2 hours per week

Algebra II: Math-U-See (OPEN)

Grades: 10-12

Teacher: Lance Hartford


Fee: TBD

(The class needs one Math-U-See Algebra 2 Universal Set which is $131, so the final fee will depend on the number of students)

Monday evenings via Zoom, 

Time TBD, based on what works best for all participants


Supplies Needed: Student Pack ($44 each)

Course Description: Besides review and expansion of topics taught in the Algebra 1, the course covers advanced factoring, imaginary and complex numbers, conjugate numbers, the binomial theorem, the quadratic formula, motion problems, and other kinds of application problems.  Graphing includes extensive practice with conic sections and solving systems of equations visually and algebraically.  Vectors are also introduced.  

Prerequisites: High level of interest.  Algebra 1 with grade of B or better.  This course is more challenging than Algebra 1 and I want everyone to have good chance of success.  Please ask me if you have questions or concerns.  

Homework: 4 hours per week