Social Studies Classes
This class will be a study of all the major world religions, their history, sacred writings, culture and tenets. This will include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and more. We will also study broader categories of worldview and belief systems (monotheism, polytheism, animism, atheism, etc.). The class will include readings both from a world religions book and from various sacred texts, and will include field trips to religious institutions in the Twin Cities. The primary focus of the class will not be apologetic but missional, to equip students with understanding in order that they may better love their neighbors throughout the world, and better love God, the author of truth and salvation.
Tutor: Kristina Eaton
Grade Level: 9th-12th
Class Length: FULL YEAR COURSE
Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15
Text: Students need to purchase their own textbook:
Wilkinson, Philip. Illustrated Dictionary of Religion. New York: Dorling Kindsley, 2006.
Supplies: 3 ring binder for class notes
Homework: 2 hours a week
World History & Geography (Renaissance to Present)
This world history class will cover the Renaissance thru the Gulf War time periods. As it is covering a large section of time, it will be a bird’s eye view of history giving the students the understanding of World events, how they shaped the world and changed it, and how it affects us today. We will be discussing such large ideas as communism, nationalism and imperialism, and details like the Berlin wall, The Bible in common language, WWI, WWII , the Holocaust and the formation of Israel as a nation.
This course also contains a geography component which will allow you to count ½ credit of Geography along with a credit of History.
While we will be using Notgrass World History textbook as our framework (volume 2 only), this class will be very project oriented helping students to directly connect with the history and make it relevant to them.
Students will have reading to do each week, as well as maps, and projects that will enhance their understanding of the subject. Classes will involve lecture, presentations, some speakers, group discussion and group work. Students will work closely with Primary sources also during the year, and will learn how to use online resources like the Library of Congress and online Museums. Students will also be taught note taking skills so they can record information given in class lecture times.
Tutor Name: Kate Yoakam
Class Length: Full year
Grade Level: 9th-12th (8th grade for motivated student)
Tuition: $170 per semester plus $10 supply fee. Supply fee will be collected the first day of class. Cash or check. Checks written out to Kate Yaokam.
Class Size: Min 5 students / Max 20 students
- Text: Students will need to purchase
- Exploring World History Volume 2 (2014 version only) ISBN 978-1609990626 $39.95
- In Their Words Notgrass (2014 only) ISBN 978-1609990633 $29.95
- Texts can be purchased at Heppner’s legacy homeschool resources, or online from Notgrass or Amazon
- Mapping packet will be provided by instructor on the first day
- Supplies: Students should also come prepared with
- Pens /pencils
- Spiral Notebook
- Colored pencils at home for mapping work
- 2 sets of folders for turning in assignments
- Folders or 3 ring binder for organizing class notes and completed homework
- Homework: Students should expect 4-5 hours of homework/week
- Required : Internet access
Personal Finance (fall semester only)
Class Length: one semester, Fall 2015
Grade Level: Grades 9-12
Tuition: $175 per semester
Class Size: Minimum of 5; Maximum of 20
Each student will need his or her own copy of the following worktext.
There are other editions available, so be sure you are getting the book shown in the following link.
Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Student Text
Homework: Homework will vary, but will be about 2-4 hours per week.
American Government/Civics (High School Level - Fall Semester 2015)
Students will be introduced to the foundational principles of government, the branches of government, the concept of democracy and active, responsible citizenship. Material to be discussed includes a biblical perspective of government, the components of the Constitution and its history, the Amendments, political parties, elections and more. The students will also explore the United Nations organization, U.S. foreign policy, and the impact of globalization on our nation. Students will participate in a mock trial and mock Congress. This course will conclude with a study of state and local governments.
Tutor: Robin Fraser
Grade Level: 8th – 12th
Class Length: Fall Semester
Class Size: minimum of 5 students with a maximum of 20 students
Materials: 3-ring binder with dividers and loose-leaf paper
Prerequisite: Desire to learn and analyze readings
Homework: Students will be expected to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week on homework
Light Bearer’s Worldview
Students will learn how “ideas have consequences”. What one thinks and the ideas one believes determines how he or she views the world and lives one’s life. This course will guide students in their exploration of the foundations of the Christian worldview while comparing these to the foundations of other, competing worldviews. Students will learn how to apply their Christian faith to every area of life: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, sociology, psychology, law, economics, and history.
Summit Ministries; “Light Bearers” curriculum will provide the core guidance through topics such as apologetics, cults, evolution, naturalism,
moral relativism, relationships, and socialism.
Tutor: Jeff Herringshaw
Class Length: Full Year
Grade Level: 8th – 12th grade
Class Tuition: $180 per semester
Class Size: 5 to 20 students
- “Light Bearers Student Workbook” $14.95 (on Summit Ministries website – http://www.summit.org/curriculum/middle-school/home-school/prices)
- “How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig” $9.95 (on Summit Ministries website above)
- Three-ring binder
- Loose-leaf paper
- Pens for writing
Prerequisite: Curiosity, a desire to think and ask questions.
Homework: Weekly writing and workbook assignments
Economics: (Spring Semester 2016)
Economics is all around us - Where does money come from? Why does the iPhone cost so much? Should I work for someone else or start a small business? Students will be exposed to what economics is and how it applies to their lives on a daily basis. Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic micro and macro economic concepts: defining economics, free enterprise, supply and demand, market-clearing price, consumer/savers/investors, money and financial institutions in the United States and more. This is a high school level course that will offer students the opportunity to learn about the economic system in America.
Textbook and Student Study Guide is provided by instructor and included in tuition
Tutor: Robin Fraser
Class Length: Spring Semester 2015 only
Grade Level: 8th - 12th
Tuition: $180 per semester
Class Size: Minimum of 5; Maximum of 20
Textbook Requirements: Textbook and Student Study Guide is provided by instructor and included in tuition
Homework: Students will be expected to spend 2-3 hours per week on homework
Middle School American History