Lighthouse Homeschool Co-op: New Hampshire

                   Let us walk in the light of the LORD.

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Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Preschool Story Hour

Ages 3-4

Teacher: Geneva Hall


Fee: $15

11:00-11:55

Supplies needed: Students should bring a supply box.

Course Description: In this class, students will listen to a variety of stories from picture books and the children’s Bible. We will sing songs together as well as review some of the colors, numbers, shapes, and letters.


Homework: None

Introduction to Science

Grades: K-2

Teacher: Jenness Nordstrom


Fee: $40

11:00-11:55

Supplies Needed: Students need to bring a pencil box with pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and scissors, and Intro to Science Student Diary Pages.

Course Description: This class will cover a variety of subjects including chemistry, physics, geology, meteorology, botany, zoology and more.

Homework: 1-2 pages in notebook if not finished in class.

Creative Problem Solving Using Linker Cubes

Grades: K-1

Teacher: Cathy Borchers


Fee: $15

10:00-10:55

Course Description:  Children will work independently and in groups of two or three to solve thinking and math-related problems.  Counting, telling time, and money use skills will also be reinforced.


Homework: 1/2 to 1 hour each week

Phonics With Veritas Press

Grades: K-1

Teacher: Christina Barnes



Fee:$15

12:45-1:40

Supplies Needed: Phonics Museum Grade 1 Individual Student Kit without Primers, Basic pencil box supplies, glue stick, colored pencils


Course Description: Discover phonics through historical and biblical content in the Phonics Museum!  Follow a young child and their family on a scavenger hunt through the museum, learning about art while discovering letter sounds.  Utilizing multiple learning styles, children will learn to read on their own.


Homework: 1/2-1 hour each week

Write From the Start

Grade: 1-2

Teacher: Cathy Borchers


Fee: $30

9:00-9:55


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


Homework: 1/2 to 1 hour each week.



Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

Grades 1-3

Teacher: Heidi Leandro


Fee $25

10:00-10:55

Supplies Needed: Basic pencil box supplies and other basic household supplies as needed.


Course Description:  Do you love to learn? Are you curious about how things work? Do you like hands on learning projects? Does science and math intrigue you?  In this STEM class we will start our day with a piece of literature then dive into a hands on project that will peak our curiosity, challenge us to engage our minds and work both individually and as part of a team.


Homework:  minimal


Piano Class II

Ages 7-11 

(for students who took Beginning Piano)

Teacher: Lisa Bailey



Fee: $35

10:00-10:55


Course Description:  In this class students will continue in their music reading journey.  We will do a variety of activities including rhythm activities, games, duets/ensembles, ear training, and theory.  Parents must be available to facilitate daily practice.


Homework: Daily practice 15-20 minutes per day (under parental supervision), handouts or workbook pages, as assigned.


Our America

Grades: 2-3

Teacher: Kate Meehan



Fee: $20

12:45-1:40

Supplies Needed: Basic pencil box supplies, and Our America, textbook by Abeka.


Course Description: Instilling patriotism into the students with lessons about the people who made America great.  We will learn about historical accounts of the Pilgrims, Native Americans, early colonists, pioneers, cowboys, and immigrants.  We will also do small art projects occasionally.


Homework: Only if students do not finish in class assignments


Art Through the Ages

Grades: 2-5

Teacher: Melanie Waldvogel

Assistant: Kate Meehan


Fee: $35

9:00-9:55

Course Description:  This course will inspire a love of art history, and will teach about the artwork  of different time periods.  Young artists will spend the first 5-10 minutes of class learning about an artist and/or the art of a specific time period.  Next, students will create their own art work.  We will start with the "first art" (sculpture and cave painting), and progress through early art, the Renaissance, Impressionists, Cubism, and Modern Art.  We will explore all different mediums of art! The last five minutes will focus on something every artist needs to know how to do: clean up!


Homework: Minimal

Apologia Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day

Grades: 3-4

Teacher: Christina Barnes



Fee: $15

11:00-11:55

Supplies Needed: Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day textbook and Notebooking Journal (not the junior notebook),  colored pencils, pencils, scissors, glue stick


Course Description: Presenting information with a strong creationist viewpoint this class covers aquatic animals, cephalopods, and many other creatures you may not know even existed! Notebooking along with each chapter will enhance the lesson each week.


Homework: Notebooking and reading each week. 


All American Girls I

Grades: 4-5

Teacher: Kelly Hart


Fee: $45

12:45-1:40

Course Description:  In this fun history class, we will use various American Girl books to discover the early years of America.  We will begin with Nez Perce Indians in 1764, and finish with the Civil War of 1864.  Meaningful hands-on crafts and activities help bring these time periods alive as well as create nice keepsakes or even at times gifts that can be given  At the end of each era we cover, we will have a class party in which students will bring time and geographically correct food to share, as well as watch the American Girl movie that corresponds with the books.  Students will need the first 3 books in the series for the following American Girls:

Kaya

Felicity

Caroline

Josefina

Kirsten

Addy


Homework: Reading an AG book and completing the corresponding workbook pages or working on lapbooks.  A dictionary and Bible will be needed to complete workbook pages.

Visualizing and Verbalizing

Grades: 4-6

Teacher: Laura Owens



Fee: $10

10:00-10:55

Course Description:  Visualizing and Verbalizing is a program specifically designed to develop language comprehension and thinking.  During class time, we will learn the imagery-language connection to build a foundation for comprehension and higher order thinking. This class will be modeled after the VV program, and will provide support for any student struggling with reading comprehension.


Homework: None (if parents desire to practice VV throughout the week I am happy to share resources, etc)


Jonathan Park

Grades: 4-6

Teacher: Geneva Hall



Fee: $15

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed: Basic pencil box supplies


Course Description:  Students will get to listen to action-packed, educational-filled episodes of the adventures of Jonathan Park.  They will learn truths about God's Word, see amazing parts of His creation, and hear the evidence that God is the creator of the world and we can trust His word. Each semester, students will research a concept, write a report, and complete a project to go along with it. 


Homework: Write a report, and make an accompanying project each semester; finish up any classwork not completed in class.


Meet the Robins

Grades: 5-6

Teacher: Kim Ostrowski



Fee: $25

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: Pocket folder, erasable pen or pencil


Course Description: This course aims to foster an enjoyment of literature through listening to two historical fictions, The Door in the Wall, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. Students will engage in classroom discussions, learn new vocabulary, and be introduced to literary elements throughout the course.  


Homework: 1 hour per week (defining vocabulary, answering comprehension questions or completing a multiple choice test)


Map Skills/ World Geography

Grades: 5-6

Teacher: Jonelle Wilson



Fee: $20

11:00-11:55

Supplies Needed: The Geography Coloring Book, 3rd edition (Wynn Kapit); wide variety of sharpened colored pencils.


Course Description: Tune-up your map skills as well as your U.S and world geography knowledge.  Coloring maps necessitates paying attention to detail, and increases retention and understanding of geographical relationships.


Homework: Minimal; any unfinished classwork will be completed at home


Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy

Grades: 5-6

Teacher: Erin Maltais



Fee: $20

11:00-11:55

Supplies Needed: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition,

 Notebooking Journal (not junior), glue, scissors and ruler.


Course Description: We will study the sun, moon, planets, astroids, meteors and a few galaxies.  This class will be hands-on as well as reading chapters in the textbook.


Homework: 1-2 hours per week 

STEM Lab

Ages: 10-14 (Grades 5-8)

Teacher: Heidi Leandro


Fee: $35

9:00-9:55

Supplies Needed:  Basic pencil box supplies and other basic household supplies as needed.

Course Description:  Participate in problem-based, interactive, authentic learning while collaborating with your peers.  This hands-on class will be part "makers club", part "junk drawer robotics." We will participate in some challenges and a Maker's Expo (optional).


Homework:  no more than 1 hour/ week (usually less, mostly collecting supplies, fine-tuning projects, developing ideas.


Exploring Art Through Every Medium

Grades: 5-8

Teacher: Melanie Waldvogel


Fee: $35

1:45-2:40



Course Description:  This course will inspire a love of the different mediums artists use to create art. We will cover all of the basics, from drawing to painting, soft sculpture with wool, sculpture with found objects and clay, classic art such as still life, and how to do an abstract work of art. We will study composition and perspective, and learn to positively critique each other's work. We will also learn to speak about our own work. The last five minutes will focus on something every artist needs to know how to do: clean up!


Homework: Minimal

                        Middle school students will be expected to keep a small journal (provided), where they write down the date and medium used, draw a small picture (thumbnail sketch) of their work, and write down whether or not they enjoyed this medium, what they would do differently next time, and whether they want to work with this medium again.  


         Foundations in Personal Finance

Grades: 6-8

Teacher: Jenn Vachon


Fee: $25 (includes student workbook)

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed:  Folder


         Course Description: As a precursor to Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition for Homeschool, this curriculum offers timely and relevant personal finance lessons for middle school students.  Each lesson includes a Scripture reference to reinforce the biblical principles related to personal finance.


Homework: 1 hour/week


IEW: Bible-Based Writing

Grades: 6-8

Teacher: Christina Barnes



Fee: $15

9:00-9:55


Supplies Needed: IEW Bible-based lesson notebook, 3 ring binder, clear page protectors, lined paper, and 3 ring pencil bag


Course Description: Students will increase their knowledge in both Scriptures and the IEW writing method.  Students writing will grow and mature.


Homework: 1- 2.5 hours/week


American Literature: Poetry and Short Stories

Grades: 6-8

Teacher: Kim Ostrowski



Fee: $35

10:00-10:55


Supplies Needed: 1 1/2 inch 3 ring binder, 5 index tab dividers, loose-leaf paper, black or blue erasable pen or pencil, red erasable pen or red pencil


  Course Description: This course will introduce students to American Literature from the 19th and 20th century through poetry and short stories from 14 writers including Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, O'Henry, and Robert Frost. Students will learn about literary elements and devices as we read, discuss, and reflect on these works together.  Tests will be given for vocabulary, literary elements and devices, and comprehension.


    Homework: 1-2 hours/week; including defining vocabulary and answering pre-reading preparation questions; occasionally reading at home, written reflections and studying for tests.


Exploring Creation with General Science

Grades: 7-8

Teacher: Kelly White

Assistant: Christiane Green


Fee:$25

11:00-11:55


Supplies Needed: Apologia General Science, 3rd Edition Student Text, Student Test Booklet, Student Notebook, and 3-ring binder


Course Description: This curriculum provides a systematic introduction to the sciences, including the history of science, scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Middle schoolers will work through the entire curriculum on a weekly schedule.  Class time will primarily be utilized for lab experiments. Coming prepared to class with assigned reading and journal work completed is essential for participation in lab.


Homework: 4 hours/week


Public Speaking and Debate

Grades: 7-9

Teacher: Jolie Hassler


Fee: $15

11:00-11:55


      Course Description: The course will introduce students to the essential elements of public speaking and debate. They will learn the format and protocol for the Middle School Public Debate Program. Every student will learn how to choose their words, captivate their audience, pace their speaking, research their topic, and argue with good reasoning and evidence.


Homework: Students will be expected to research their topic and practice their speeches


History Revealed: Modern World History

Grades: 7-9

Teacher: Kelly Hart



Fee: $40

1:45-2:40


  Supplies Needed: Students will need their own copy of the following books: Salt: A Story of Friendship by Helen Frost, The River Between Us by Richard Peck, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

Course Description:  Did you realize the Napoleonic Wars, William Wilberforce's abolition movement, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, and William Carey's missionary vision to translate the Bible into various languages were all happening across the world at the same time? In this credit-worthy class we will use timelines, geography, vocabulary, and learn the fascinating history of many famous and not-so-famous people and events with a Christian world view. We will see the amazing fingerprints or our redeeming God working through His people during some of the most tumultuous times in world history from 1800-1950. We will also read 4 living history novels throughout the year to go along with this engaging fast paced curriculum.



        Homework: Weekly, but will vary between reading, writing, and hands-on activities


Famous Women in History

Grades: 6-12

Teacher: Tia Parr



Fee: $20

10:00-10:55

Supplies Needed: Students will need access to a printer at home


    Course Description: Both male and female students will be introduced to various influential women throughout history. Self-directed study, research skills, leadership abilities, and public speaking will be highlighted as these historic female achievers are brought to life.


                      Homework: 2 hours/week,  Independent study each month to prepare for presentation day


American Sign Language

Grades: 8-12

Teacher: Tia Parr


Fee: $30

1:45-2:40


        Course Description: This class will explore the basics of American Sign Language. We will include receptive and expressive signing, vocabulary, finger spelling and various aspects of Deaf Culture.


Homework: 2 hours/week


Exploring Creation with Physical Science

Grades: 8-12

Teacher: Andrea Burns



Fee: $25

1:45-2:40

Supplies Needed: Exploring Creation with Physical Science Text and Test-Answer booklet, 2nd edition, by Dr Jay Wile, as well as the Student Notebook for this course. 


Course Description: Class time will focus on completing the laboratory experiments.  Students will be expected to complete the chapter readings and tests at home.  Students will also be required to write lab reports.


Homework: 1-3 hours/week depending on the student's reading level


English From the Roots Up

Grades: 8-12

Teacher: Kathy Valley



Fee: $20

9:00-9:55

Supplies Needed: Pack of 3x5 index cards, red. green, and blue markers


    Course Description: This course gives students 100 Greek and Latin base words with added derivatives equaling over 600 words that aid students with figuring out unknown words and their meanings.


Homework: 20-30 minutes/week, some weeks up to 1 hour

A Capella Voice Ensemble

Grades:8-12

Teacher: David Borchers



Fee: $15

1:45-2:40

Supplies Needed: 3-ring binder


    Course Description: Students will learn to sing together in SATB vocal parts using primarily historical and contemporary Christian themed musical scores. They should come to practice with a desire to honor the Lord through the learning and memorizing of musical parts and demonstrate a willingness to share their music with audiences in possible end-of year performance opportunities.


Homework: Home practice of musical parts


Themes in Literature: Power and Ambition

Grades: 9-12

Teacher: Jennie Steinhauser

Assistant: Kelly Hart



Fee: $20

9:00-9:55

Supplies Needed: Copies (electronic or paper) of each book assigned


       Course Description: In this college-preparatory English class, students will read a variety of books, short stories, and poetry that all point to the theme of power and ambition in man, government, books and society. Students will need to have their own copies of the books: Moby-Dick by Melville, The Iliad by Homer, Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlow, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Included in the curriculum will be other selections that students will read, including poems and short stories that point to the theme of power and ambition. In addition, students will study various poetry forms, learning from direct instruction and from examples included in the curriculum, and will also study English grammar.


           Homework: The homework requirement for this course is fairly hefty, and includes daily reading or, in some instances, writing. Both are necessary in order to enable the students to participate in meaningful classroom discussion.


Although not all of the literature studied in this class is written by American authors, the bulk of the books are.  Students who satisfactorily complete this class will earn 1 credit of American Literature.


FAA Private Pilot Ground School

Grades: 9-12 

(students must be 15yo+ to take FAA Private Pilot Test at end of year)

Teacher: Patrick Testerman*



Fee: $29

10:00-10:55

Supplies Needed: Online FAA materials (free), Two books (TBD~$20 ea), Logbook (for endorsement), basic calculator, access to internet and printer, email access, pen/pencil/highlighter, 1 1/2in 3-ring binder

 Navigation planning tools (please wait until after 1st class to order):

-E6B or equivalent flight computer/circular slide-rule (~$12-27 on Amazon) *miniature watch slide-rule will not be sufficient

-Plastic Navigational Plotter ($10-15)

Total expected cost including class fee, books, and materials ~ $90-105, not including optional FAA exam)


Course Description: This course will prepare students for the FAA Private Pilot general knowledge exam, covering basic aerodynamics, aerospace physiology, meteorology, physics, navigation/cartology,  mathematical concepts, safety, regulations, communications, and other related subjects. It would easily fit as an elective in general science, applied technology, general education etc.


Homework: Weekly study and workbook/worksheet assignments. Two or three 2-hour classes outside of Lighthouse days, including a flight line/aircraft tour and at least one test preparation session.


* The instructor is an FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor (Instrument), so after students demonstrate satisfactory knowledge through completion of the course and final exam, he will endorse their logbooks to take the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test, which would be optional and not required for the course itself. Students will need to schedule the test on their own- there are 5 locations in NH and the cost is about $150


Apologia Physics Laboratory

Grades: 9-12

Students must have completed Algebra 1 and be taking or have completed Algebra II;  they should begin the year with at least a rudimentary understanding of trigonometry

Teacher: David Borchers



Fee: $20

11:00-11:55

Supplies Needed: Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd edition by Apologia with solutions and test booklet, calculator which includes trigonometric functions (these are also available on smart phones)


Course Description: This college-prep physics course is designed for the student who has  completed algebra and has had an introduction to the definition of sine, cosine, and tangent.  It provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics.  Heavily emphasizing vector analysis, this text is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton's Laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism. 


    Homework: Weekly assignments: quality, typed high school level lab reports; also, occasional oral presentations and alternative teaching/learning responsibilities. 1-3 hours in addition to text reading/studying.


Students will receive a yearly grade for laboratory performance only.  All testing and final grading is the responsibility of homeschool parents.


Art Through Classic Literature

Grades: 9-12

Teacher: Carrie Sandblom



Fee: $35

11:00-11:55

Supplies Needed: Students will need books for the 9 units which include: The Hobbit, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Selections from Grimm's Fairy Tales, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, Sherlock Holmes selections, and various readings from mythology.  Final list may vary slightly. 

1/2 in binder, scissors, glue sticks, eraser, sharpener, 2-3 graphite pencils (such as 2H, 5-6B, Ebony, HB), and quality colored pencils such as Prismacolor 24 piece set. Student pan watercolors such as Prang or Winsor & Newton Cotman and a couple of paintbrushes are optional, but recommended. *siblings may share colored pencil/paint sets.  I will order any needed items over the summer and get a bulk discount through Dick Blick so please let me know if you need to order any of these supplies. 


Course Description: In this engaging high school art and literature class, students will create a variety of work in many different mediums and techniques based on monthly literature themes. Compelling art projects will go hand in hand with fabulous (and adventurous) literary classics. Create a colorful and bold colored pencil dragon's eye while reading through Tolkien's The Hobbit and studying illustrations from Tolkien himself, learn perspective and hatching with a realistic drawing of the Parthenon while reading classic Greek mythology, create a drawing of the Tower Bridge in London while reading Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries (the tower was built during the time of the stories), paint geodes and fossils during our Journey Through the Center of the Earth, create work based on 1920s artist and fashion designer Sonia Delaunay while reading The Great Gatsby, study the work of brilliant artist and Disney animator Mary Blair while reading the American folk tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and more! As we work through each monthly theme, we will compare illustrations from various editions of the book being read.


*Note that 2 books read during this class (The Great Gatsby and Frankenstein) are also used for Jennie Steinhauser's high school English class. We will coordinate the timing of these books to be read during the same month. 


Homework: Students will have approximately 3-4 hours of reading each week (audio books are fine). They should be prepared for a 5 minute discussion at the start of each class by jotting down the main ideas from the reading on the literature summary sheet (2-3 brief sentences). There may be some weeks with art related homework, depending on the project.


.5 Highschool art/art appreciation credit

1 HS literature credit



Foundations in Personal Finance: High School

Grades: 9-12

Teacher: Jenn Vachon



Fee: $35 (includes student workbook)

10:00-10:55

Supplies Needed: folder


Course Description: Foundations in Personal Finance will provide students with personal finance knowledge and life skills in a student-centered, competency-based approach to learning. The goal is to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to make sound financial decisions for life! Lessons will reinforce biblical principles related to personal finance.


Homework: 1-2 hours/week



Life Skills

Grades: 9-12

Teacher: Jenn Stringer

Assistants: Luke Stringer

Kadin Burns



Fee: $40

12:45-1:40

Supplies Needed: 1 1/2 in binder, writing implement


Course Description: Basic car maintenance, general finance, job interviews, apartment applications, menu planning, cooking your own meals, economy of motion, basic tool use, and much more will be covered in this credit worthy course.


Homework: Weekly assignments to solidify or expand on what was learned in class. Quizzes, tests, mid-term and final will also be assigned.

Pioneer Arts

Grades: 9-12

Teacher: Melanie Waldvogel

Assistant: Kathy Valley



Fee: $30

12:45-1:40

Course Description: This course will teach students many traditional arts, such as spinning, weaving, needle felting and crochet using wool, basic sewing skills, and basics for making traditional medicines using herbs.


Homework: Minimal; may be limited to working on projects at home and watching YouTube videos/reading books to reinforce skills learned in class

Yearbook

Grades: 10-12

Teacher: Kim Bouthiette



Fee: $15 (includes internet access through a hotspot)

12:45-1:40


Supplies Needed: Notebook, laptop


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


Homework: 1-2 hours/week


.5 elective credit

English Essay Writing in Science, Ethics, and Philosophy

Grades: 9-12

Teacher: Dave Borchers

Fee: $35 (cost of the book, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (CBD stock No: WW495619)

10:00-10:55


Course Description:  In Apologia's 14-session companion study to Norman Geisler and Frank Turek's book, teens tackle questions about absolute truth, postmodernism, and moral relativism. Chapters note which pages to read in the book, main chapter objectives, key topics, key terms to define, profiles of well-known thinkers, discussion questions, and exercises that encourage personal reflection while building writing skills. The primary lesson content is divided into four sections that include warm-ups, opportunities to dig deeper in to the book, independent assignments, and a summary/application section.


Homework: Weekly assignments could include: short essay writing, workbook assignments, and pop quiz preparation; also, occasional oral presentations and alternative teaching/learning responsibilities. 1-3 hours in addition to text and workbook reading.