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Humanities

Artist Studies: (all ages) This class studies Picasso, Kahlo, Monet, O’Keeffe, Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt, Renoir, Jackson Pollock, Michelangelo, and Faith Ringgold. Ms. Laura reads two books per artist with one book geared toward elementary leveled students and one geared toward middle school leveled students. The two series used the most are the Who Was… and Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists but when those are not available for the artist, other books are used. High school students will find it easy to dig deeper to bring these simpler books to their level. Each lesson will consist of Ms. Laura reading a few chapters from each book to students, review vocabulary words, take notes on the artist’s life timeline, and discuss popular works and styles of the artist. Ms. Laura models Charlotte Mason style picture study from time to time.
April 2019 – TBD

About the teacher: Ms. Laura is a homeschooling mother of 5. She has homeschooled for 11 years. She is an avid nature lover and enjoys spending her days outside. She also is a huge Whovian and Potter Head. Ms. Laura works alongside the students in classes. She does the projects and reading right along with them. She also tries to convey the message that learning is individual and the students have the freedoms to complete each project how they see fit.


Arts & Crafts 7 & under: (ages 3+ with adult supervision) Cascade shows students how to create unique crafts, promoting fine motor skills and creativity. Students explore different mediums as they create their personalized crafts. Supplies are listed for each craft in the Archive.
January 2019 – December 2019

About the teacher: Cascade is a creative and crafty homeschooling teen with a love for animals! She raises guinea pigs, goats, and rabbits for 4H.


Arts & Crafts 8 & Up: (ages 8+) Cascade shows students how to turn everyday items such as eggs, string, and wood into unique works of art. Supplies are listed for each craft in the Archive.
January 2019 – December 2019

About the teacher: Cascade is a creative and crafty homeschooling teen with a love for animals! She raises guinea pigs, goats, and rabbit for 4H.


Becoming a Master Builder: Lego Construction: (elementary) Join Ms. Laura for a fun 12-week course of Lego building. The class starts with a simple truck and works its way up to a functional candy dispenser. Some weeks will be a guided build while others will be a 15-minute free build session with a theme. Students will need a good variety of Lego or similar building bricks including a set of wheels, a door, windows, and a baseplate.
March 2020 – June 2020

About the teacher: Ms. Laura is a homeschooling mother of 5. She has homeschooled for 11 years. She is an avid nature lover and enjoys spending her days outside. She also is a huge Whovian and Potter Head. Ms. Laura works alongside the students in classes. She does the projects and reading right along with them. She also tries to convey the message that learning is individual and the students have the freedoms to complete each project how they see fit.


Bible grades 3-5: (ages 8-12) Ms. Sarah gives a brief overview of stories from the bible, reads selected verses, and leads a discussion about how these stories apply to life. Ms. Sarah provides optional memory verses each week.
January 2019 – October 2019

About the teacher: Ms. Sarah is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of 2. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Christian Counseling in 2014 and currently serves at her local church alongside her husband. She is an Evangelical Baptist Christian and naturally teaches from that worldview. However, she tries to keep controversial topics to a minimum to allow parents more confidence and freedom to teach their children. Ms. Sarah reads verses from the NASB translation.


Bible Middle/High School: (ages 13+) Ms. Sarah reads portions of the Bible verse-by-verse and helps students analyze the meaning and see the greater picture. Daily journaling is encouraged with questions provided at the end of each lesson. Ms. Sarah provides optional memory verses each week. Students may use any Bible translation they prefer but Ms. Sarah will be reading from NASB.
January 2019 – October 2019

About the teacher: Ms. Sarah is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of 2. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Christian Counseling in 2014 and currently serves at her local church alongside her husband. She is an Evangelical Baptist Christian and naturally teaches from that worldview. However, she tries to keep controversial topics to a minimum to allow parents more confidence and freedom to teach their children. Ms. Sarah reads verses from the NASB translation.


Community Studies: (varies by unit) Mrs. Jenny teaches students a variety of lessons including dowsing, retention ponds, internet safety, city planning and zoning, and how to write an essay. Suggested supplies include two wire hangars to makes dowsing rods and the caboodle for one of the units. She uses a conversational approach to teach lessons as well as showing videos of her on field trips to relevant local areas demonstrating certain parts of the lesson such as how to use a dowsing rod.
January 2019 – March 2019

About the teacher: Mrs. Jenny lives in a small town and spent 30 years building houses with her husband before joining the City Planning Commission in her area. She enjoys discovering mysteries and researching to find the answer. She is passionate about preserving history, protecting the environment, and helping others stay safe. She encourages thinking both inside and outside the box.


Crochet: (beginner level) Mrs. Sandra teaches students how to crochet. She begins with teaching the basic stitch and then moves on to how to use those stitches to create different projects. Learn how to make dish clothes, baby blankets, scarves, slippers and more. There is a list of projects and supplies posted for each unit.
May 2019 – December 2019

About the teacher: Mrs. Sandra is a parent to one and has been homeschooling her daughter for 6 years. She believes that learning should not only be educational, but also fun. Her teaching style is laid back and hands on.


High School Psychology: (high school) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses a “dry” high school/college level textbook to teach students how to take notes and understand classes presented in this way. The textbook is provided as a printable PDF in the classroom. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
September 2020 – TBD

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


High School Sociology: (high school) Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses a “dry” high school/college level textbook to teach students how to take notes and understand classes presented in this way. The textbook is provided as a printable PDF in the classroom. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
January 2020 – July 2020

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Jesus Storybook Bible Study: (grades K-2) Ms. Rebekah reads and discusses each story from the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. There is an optional Bible verse for each lesson for memorization. Ms. Rebekah uses the ESV version for the Bible verses but students are encouraged to use whichever version they prefer.
August 2020 – TBD

About the teacher: Ms. Rebekah is a homeschooling mother of 3 boys under the age of 7. Her sons are usually a part of class which means sometimes unexpected things happen in the middle of class, but Ms. Rebekah is graceful in redirecting focus back to the lesson. Her #1 goal in teaching is to be fun and joyful, bringing lots of laughter to her classes.


Medical Terminology: (ages 14+ with written parental permission) In this class, Mrs. Shelly reads and discusses the Medical Terminology by David Andersson book with voluntary student participation. Note-taking is taught by example. There are optional printable caboodle packets and question packets for the book. You may purchase or borrow the book. Each lesson has vocabulary and unanswered questions for students to work with and study on their own. Mrs. Shelly models note-taking, questioning, and self-guided study.
May 2020 – July 2020

About the teacher: Mrs. Shelly is a bio-adopt mother to 6 children and grandmother to two. She has homeschooled for over 20 years, has 4 homeschool graduates and two at home. Two of her children graduated with an Associate Degree at the age of 17/18 respectively, another is certified in welding, and yet another is still in college. Mrs. Mabe is an avid advocate for Blue Collar Education and “College at 14” for homeschooling families. Mrs. Mabe facilitates education by reading and DOING the work with the students.


Mini Weapons: (mature ages 14+ with adult supervision) Mad Miss Kay shows students how to make weapons from Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction by John Austin. The weapons are all made from common office supplies and can be quite dangerous, for this reason this class has a MATURE 14+ age recommendation. Mad Miss Kay also provides students with research topics and interesting online articles in case they want to learn more about weapons and history.
October 2019 – November 2019

About the teacher: Mad Miss Kay is a homeschool graduate, writer, crafter, and lover of all things geeky.


Music Around the World: (all ages) This class takes students on an imaginary journey around world, visiting each continent to learn some fun facts, local music and instruments, and cultural dances of the area. There are printable files which include passports, passport stamps, information, and notebooking pages for each country we visit. Mrs. Hamilton uses a variety of teaching tools such as PowerPoint presentations, YouTube playlists, worksheets, and lectures. Links are provided for extending study beyond the class. The links for this course are primarily YouTube videos.
June 2019 – September 2019

About the teacher: Mrs. Kathleen Hamilton taught in public schools for 26 years and now homeschools her two grandsons. She studied Music Therapy in college but later switched to Elementary Education. She is PK/Elementary certified, with specialties in Early Childhood, Music, Special Education, and English as a Second Language and has taught everything from PK-5th grade, PE, two different types of computer classes, and music. She grew up in a teaching family, learning what it means to be a teacher from them. Over the years her teaching style has changed, as she has grown and learned how to use different learning styles. Her goal is to have students enjoy learning something new. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, baseball (GO Texas Rangers!), listening to music, and watching Texas Flip and Move.


Oil Pastels: (all ages) This class is an introduction to oil pastel art. Students will create an oil pastel painting along with Ms. Laura while they listen to her verbal instructions and watch her model the technique in small steps. Each lesson is built upon developing certain skills so it is highly recommended to start with the first lesson. The suggested supplies for this class are Craypas Junior artist oil pastel set of 50, Canson pastel paper gray tones, paper towels, scratching tools such as a toothpick or pen cap, and white acrylic paint (optional since only a tiny amount is used). These brands are suggested as they are the best quality for the least cost according to Ms. Laura.
January 2019 – March 2019

About the teacher: Ms. Laura is a homeschool mom of 5 children. She has homeschooled for 11 years. She is an avid nature lover and enjoys spending her days outside. She also is a huge Whovian and Potter Head. Ms. Laura works alongside the students in classes. She does the projects and reading right along with them. She also tries to convey the message that learning is individual and the students have the freedoms to complete each project how they see fit.

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