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HeartStrong

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HeartStrong offers once-weekly, Christ-centered core and non-core classes for elementary students in Pre-K through 6th grades. It provides a community for learning and fellowship, both for parents and students. Students learn and explore together on Wednesdays, but they also meet up for field trips, park days and other events. The parents also have the opportunity to build community as they support and encourage one another through this homeschool journey.

SCCHE understands that the parents are the primary instructors and caregivers for their children, and in that regard, the SCCHE HeartStrong classes are designed to be an adjunct to the student’s home education, and not a replacement for it. We love supporting parents in homeschooling their children, while maintaining that parents have the ultimate authority for their children’s education.

The ultimate goal of all SCCHE classes/programs is to develop a love for learning which will equip the student to lead a successful life.

Classes

  • Earth ScienceExploring Creation with Earth Science (Apologia) is a two-semester course that will look at Earth’s place in the universe, the spheres of the Earth, rocks, land forms, climate, weather, the cycles of life, and more. All ages of students will follow the same reading schedule, and there will be hands-on experiments and activities each week to reinforce the material. The instructor will provide a supplemental notebook and materials.

  • American History – Thru the Eyes of the Presidents: This class will be a two-year study. Each student will compile a notebook focusing on the lives of each of the U.S. Presidents, First Ladies & their families, states entering the union, and wars fought during each administration.

  • Spanish: Students will be immersed into Latin American cultures through language as well as geography, food, song, and many other avenues!

  • Economics: The students will work through Personal Finance, Money math and Economic topics in class with short activities to complement the in-class lessons for the students. Every year will have different activities where students acquire the tools needed for each of the four themes. The four themes are: earning an income, saving, spending and credit, and money management. Students will explore the basic economics concepts that will prepare them to be better citizens, consumers and workers.

  • Creative Language Arts: Language arts class that will use crafts and art projects to reinforce our learning. Each week we will focus on a book or poem, discuss different language art components, and do a coordinated activity. Options for either a full language arts program or an enrichment class are provided.

  • Music & Movement (1st-2nd) & Music Appreciation (3rd-6th): Students will deepen their understanding and appreciation for God's gift of music by learning about different types and applications of music, as well as opportunities to express themselves through song.

  • Learning Through Play (Pre-K & Kindergarten): Rich with hands on crafts and activities, read-alouds and play, Pre-K and Kindergarten students will enjoy imaginative early literacy learning and socialization- with some math and science thrown in! Full day and half day options available.

Message about 6th Grade

Parents have extra choices for their 6th Graders beyond our HeartStrong offerings. If you look under Learning Center, on Thursdays there will be college model classes available. It's completely up to the parents to decide which would be most beneficial for their student.

 

Pricing

- Pre-K through 6th Grade Full Day Tuition (Supply and Registration Fees Included): $1,099

- Half Day Tuition- Pre-K and Kindergarten ONLY (Supply and Registration Fees Included): $549

- Individual Classes- 1st through 6th ONLY (Supply and Registration Fees Included): $280


Schedule

  Learning Through Play- Pre-K & Kinder 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade
9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting Morning Meeting
9:15-10:05 AM American History Part 1 Creative Language Arts Earth Science Spanish Economics Music Appreciation
  Mandy Johnson/Bianca Lopez- Narnia Room Joan Ferbrache- Chippingford Room Beth Porch- Beaversdam Room Cheryl Hotchkiss- The Great Hall Jeana Dixon- Cair Paravel Room Alyssa Ward- Narrowhaven Room Sanctuary
10:10-11:00 AM Earth Science American History Part 1 Creative Language Arts Music Appreciation Spanish Economics
  Mandy Johnson/Bianca Lopez- Narnia Room Cheryl Hotchkiss- The Great Hall Joan Ferbrache- Chippingford Room Beth Porch- Beaversdam Room Sanctuary Jeana Dixon- Cair Paravel Room Alyssa Ward- Narrowhaven Room
11:05-11:55 AM Creative Language Arts Earth Science Amereican History Part 1 Economics Music Appreciation Spanish
  Mandy Johnson/Bianca Lopez- Narnia Room Beth Porch- Beaversdam Room Cheryl Hotchkiss- The Great Hall Joan Ferbrache- Chippingford Room Alyssa Ward- Narrowhaven Room  Sanctuary Jeana Dixon- Cair Paravel Room
12:00-12:20 Lunch Lunch Lunch Recess Recess Recess Recess
12:20-12:40 Recess Recess Recess Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:45-1:35 PM Spanish Economics Music Appreciation American History Part 1 Creative Language Arts Earth Science
  Mandy Johnson/Bianca Lopez- Narnia Room Jeana Dixon- Cair Paravel Room Alyssa Ward- Narrowhaven Sanctuary Joan Ferbrache- Chippingford Room Beth Porch- Beaversdam Room Cheryl Hotchkiss- The Great Hall
1:40-2:30 PM Music & Movement Spanish Economics Earch Science American History Part 1 Creative Language Arts
  Mandy Johnson/Bianca Lopez- Narnia Room Wendy Eulentrop- Sanctuary Alyssa Ward- Narrowhaven Room Cheryl Hotchkiss- The Great Hall Joan Ferbrache- Chippingford Room Beth Porch- Beaversdam Room  
2:35-3:25 PM Economics Music & Movement Spanish Creative Language Arts Earth Science American History Part 1
3:30-3:45 Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal Dismissal
3:30-4:30       Cantando Choir- Add On Cantando Choir- Add On Cantando Choir- Add On Cantando Choir- Add On

 

Requirements for Participation

- SCCHE Membership: In order to register for HeartStrong classes, the family must be members of SCCHE. Annual family membership is $25.

- Registration Fees: Once the registration fee for each student is received, their spot on the roster is secured. If payment is not received within 30 days, then the student will be removed from the roster.

- Volunteer Commitment: If you sign up a student for 3 or more classes, you will be asked to fulfill a Volunteer Role. Given the growth of our program, we are no longer able to effectively function without significantly more help. While we do not require all parents to remain on-site for the entire duration of classes, which is a very common requirement of other homeschool groups in our area, we do ask that: 
  i. Every participating family provide one family representative (adult or student 13 years or older) to commit to one volunteer slot. There are certain slots that only adults will be able to fill, but several available for older students. 
  ii. All volunteer needs have been divided into two teams (Alpha and Beta) which will alternate Wednesdays. This way, each volunteer has at least every other Wednesday free.
  iii. **Unfortunately there are no longer any non-Wednesday Volunteer Positions Available**
  iv. We will have the nursery available for any volunteers who need childcare while serving. 
  v. All volunteers aged 16 and up will need a background check once every 5 years. The cost is $20.
  vi. Upon registering, each family will receive the full list of available volunteer positions and will be asked to sign up for at least one within 30 days.
  
Our heart and mission is to minister well to all of our students, as well as the parents. We pray that this new requirement ensures that all students feel safe and cared for. In addition, we believe that serving together is a great way for volunteers to build meaningful relationships and community with one another.

List of Volunteer Opportunities (Same list for Alpha & Beta Team, 36 Positions for Each Team):

**All items with an asterisk can ONLY be adults 18 years or older.

Grade Captains x 18- One for each grade, 1st through 6th, Pre-K/K needs 3, AM (9:00am-12:30pm), PM (12:15pm-3:45pm): This is the MOST IMPORTANT Volunteer Position! Think Camp Counselor! Instead of needing to have one teacher assistant per class, Grade Captains will be with their designated grade throughout all 3 of their morning or afternoon classes, switching in the middle of lunch. 1st through 6th Grade Captains need to be adults.

Nursery x 5, AM x 2 (9:00am-12:30pm), AM x 1 (Only there to help during Bible Study time 9:15am-10:45am) PM x 2 (12:15pm-3:45pm): Attends to toddlers and babies of volunteers and teachers. At least one AM and one PM Nursery Attendant needs to be an adult.

THIS POSITION IS FILLED *Morning Meeting Leader x 1 (9:00am-9:15am): Prepares a morning devotional for the students, gives any announcements for the morning, and dismisses students to their first classes.

THIS POSITION IS FILLED *Nurse x 2 AM (9:00am-12:30pm), PM (12:15pm-3:45pm): Available to attend to kids who are hurt or who feel poorly.

*Substitutes x 2 AM (9:00am-12:30pm), PM (12:15pm-3:45pm): Fills in wherever needed, helping to cover for other volunteers who are unable to make it that day

THESE POSITION ARE FILLED Lunch Cleaners x 3 (12:45pm-1:30pm)

End of Day Cleaners x 4 (2:45pm-3:45pm)

There are a very few additional roles for families who absolutely cannot be present for any of the time slots listed above due to all caregivers working or other unique family circumstances would include: Set-up/Clean-up for a fundraiser or event, Monthly Newsletter, Events Committee. These roles will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis

 

Important Dates

- May 1st- Registration for 2022-23 school year opens!

- May 18th- SCCHE Used Curriculum Booksale & Widow's Fund Sale

- August 24th- First Day of HeartStrong Classes for 2022-23

- November 23rd- Thanksgiving Break- NO CLASS

- December 14th- Last Day of Semester; End of Semester Presentations and Party from 2:15-4:00

- January 11th, 2023- HeartStrong Classes Resume for Spring Semester

- March 15th, 2023- Spring Break- NO CLASS

- May 3rd, 2023- Last Day of Semester; End of Semester Presentations and Party from 2:15-4:00

 

Location

Liberty Church located at 709 Crestview Dr. O'Fallon, MO 63366.

Click here for a map to the Liberty Church.

Learn more about the Liberty Church by clicking here.

Liberty Church is a gracious host to many SCCHE activities and programs. SCCHE requests that all members and children endeavor to respect to their property and business activities.

 

Instructors

All SCCHE instructors are biblical Christians who agree with the St. Charles Christian Home Educators Statement of Faith. Instructors teach their classes from a biblical worldview. Instructors do not use materials or lessons that might be considered contrary to what scripture teaches and thus objectionable to SCCHE families.

 

Tours and Questions

HeartStrong Tours occur the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30am or 1:30pm.

To set up a tour, or if you have any additional questions, please contact our HeartStrong Director, Sharon Bax, at: [email protected]