CULTURE & LITERATURE
Little House on the Prairie
Teacher: Jessie Jordan
Mission: To study the Bible and Christian character in the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
We will use the Prairie Primer as our spine, using literature to study Bible and character. We will also go through various arts and crafts projects.
Tuition: $160 Per Student for the Year (Siblings $120 Per Student Per Year)
Materials Fee: $30 Per Student for the Year
Teacher: Rachel Cascarelli
Mission: To develop imaginative and effective creative writing skills that point others to God's goodness, truth, and beauty. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Phillippians 4:8
In creative writing, we will explore one of the world's most compelling mediums-storytelling. In the first semester, we will explore what makes a good story. Learn about brainstorming, outlining, character development, and forming a short story. In the second semester, we will refine these skills and focus on a specific genre or form of writing to be determined at the end of the first semester. During both semesters, we will read and listen to some great classic short stories to better understand our craft. Yes, there will be some poetry added in for good measure. This class includes homework that must be submitted to the instructor for evaluation. Grading of grammar and punctuation is available for an additional $5/month.
Tuition: $200 Per Student for the Year (add $5/month for grammar grading)
Materials Fee: $40 Per Student for the Year
Companions in Contemplation: A Bezalel Book Club
Teacher: Cheri Hall
Mission: To provide an atmosphere conducive to reflection and discussion where high school students may consider the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty we find in age-appropriate literature, as well as in Great Music and Fine Art. We will examine how these reflections draw us closer to the one true God and kindle our worship of Him.
"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." Proverbs 24:3-4
Meeting right after lunch, we will continue to share refreshment together while examining the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty we find in Scripture, literature, great music, and fine art. We hope to provide an atmosphere conducive to reflection and contemplation of noble ideas. Light refreshments will be shared in class, being mindful of any student allergies. We will encourage one another to set our minds on things above and, with thoughts and hearts submitted to God, allow ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Some teacher read aloud and class discussion of literature selections will take place during class. Further independent reading and reflection outside of class will be required. As the emphasis of this time together will be to soak in that which is true, good, and beautiful, we will not rush through these works, but will read slowly and reflect deeply - and hopefully, grow in our understanding of what it means to be created in the image of God. Careful consideration will be given to literature and art selections that seek to honor God and are age appropriate. The class size will be kept small to encourage sharing of thoughts and discussion. A minimum class size will be required for this class to be offered.
Students will be asked to spend approximately 1-2 hours per week reading outside of class, and to choose and write out one quote or passage from their reading to share in class each week. Families will be asked to sign up to provide light refreshments for the class approximately 3 times/year, depending on the class size.
Students will need a journal-type notebook and a writing instrument. Students who wish to take notes in class will need a binder other than the journal.
Students will be expected and encouraged to engage in discussion and show honor, consideration, and respect to one another and to the instructor.
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." Philippians 4:8
Tuition: $200 Per Student for the Year (Siblings $120 Per Student Per Year)
Materials Fee: $30 Per Student for the Year
Cultural (World) Geography
Teacher: Carolyn Christiansen
Mission: To see all people as valuable and in need of Jesus and to discover ways to transform cultures with the love of Christ. "Behold, a great multitude that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people, and language standing before the throne and before the Lamb...singing a new song 'Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God'...to Him was given dominion, glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is everlasting and His kingdom will not be destroyed." Revelation 7:9, 5:9-10, Daniel 7:14
This class is designed to teach students about God's mission field around the world. Students will label and color all the countries in each region of the world on a set of maps. They will choose a country to research throughout the year and present their country to the class at the end of the year with a slideshow or poster-speech and bring a food typical of their country to the last class of the year's "International Feast". If you want a full high school credit for this class, you must purchase the textbook (used is fine) so you can answer chapter questions: BJU Press "Cultural Geography" 2nd edition. Credit students must also have access to the internet at home, for a weekly online quiz and country research.
Tuition: FREE (use your money to buy a used copy of the textbook)
Materials Fee: $25 Per Student for the Year (this goes to purchase special map sets)