Middle School Classes  (6,7,8 Grade) 

(See HEED Adventures Program for K-5th grade classes)

The 2019- 2020 Middle School Program for 2020-2021 is being reworked. Information will be available in February 2020

English 6

Language Arts 6 

Mrs. Deb Grant

Course Description: Coming Soon

English 7

Language Arts 7 

Mrs. Deb Grant

 

Course Description: This course is the foundation which prepares students for the rigors of a strong high school writing and literature program. The 32-week course integrates grammar, writing, literature, and vocabulary.

 

The grammar portion of the course focuses on Analytical Grammar, which provides a systematic approach to learning sentence structure (through diagramming), parts of speech and their functions, usage, and punctuation. The writing portion of the class integrates the highly successful Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum along with the resources gathered over the instructors' 14 years of teaching middle school writing at a local Christian school. IEW’s writing program focuses on two key aspects of writing: structure and style. This curriculum uniquely meets the needs of a wide range of students, fostering competency, independence, and creativity, all with a concrete system of evaluation to measure achievement. The literature portion of the course is designed to help spark and foster a love of reading by introducing Newbury Award winning novels and short articles of current events through Read Works. In addition, the course encompasses two of C.S. Lewis’s award-winning novels – Magician’s Nephew-Lion, and The Witch, and the Wardrobe – combined with the IEW writing curriculum in Following Narnia, The Lion's Song Volume 1 text book.

 

Curriculum information: 

Analytical Grammar Set (Student Workbook & Teacher Book) by R. Robin Finley;

Stock # WW262101 – ChristianBook.com

Wordly Wise Book 8 - Item #: 051004 ISBN: 9780838876084

Wordly Wise Book 8 Test Booklet - Item #: 051021 - ISBN: 9780838876640

Wordly Wise Book 8 Answer Key – Item #050996 ISBN: 9780838876343

RainbowResource.com

 

Following Narnia Volume 1: The Lion's Song Student Notebook (2016) by Laura Bettis - 9781623412388 (older versions are not compatible with the lesson content) IEW.com or RainbowResource.com.  

Novels will be assigned throughout the year and information will be provided at that time.

Parental Involvement: Parents will need to remain involved by being aware of assignments, due dates, and student progress, as well as providing help for their individual student when needed. Students and parents enrolling in this course must have access to a word processing program and possess basic computer skills.  Families must have access to a working printer for weekly assignments and handouts. ​ 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of HEED Placement test

English 8

Language Arts 8 (Middle School English II -Grade 8)

Mrs. Deb Grant
 

Course Description: This course continues building the foundation which prepares students for the rigors of a strong high school writing and literature program. The 32-week course integrates grammar, writing, literature, and vocabulary. All facets of the program pick up from where the 7th grade course ends. The grammar portion of the course focuses on Analytical Grammar, which provides a systematic approach to learning sentence structure (through diagramming), parts of speech and their functions, usage, and punctuation. The writing portion of the class integrates the highly successful Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) curriculum with the resources gathered from the instructors 14 years of experience as a middle school writing teacher . IEW’s writing program focuses on two key aspects of writing: structure and style. This curriculum uniquely meets the needs of a wide range of students, fostering competency, independence, and creativity, all with a concrete system of evaluation to measure achievement. In addition to the IEW writing program, this course introduces students to specific types of essays: expository, narrative, argument/debate. The literature portion of the course is designed to help spark and foster a love of reading by introducing Newbury Award winning novels and short articles of current events through Read Works. In addition, the course encompasses two of C.S. Lewis’s award-winning novels –The Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Horse and His Boy – combined with the IEW writing curriculum in Following Narnia, The Lion's Song Volume 1 text book.

 

Curriculum information:

Analytical Grammar Set (Student Workbook & Teacher Book) by R. Robin Finley;

Stock # WW262101 – ChristianBook.com  (if not previously purchased)

Wordly Wise Book 9 – Item #053668 ISBN: 9780838876091

Wordly Wise Book 9 Test Booklet - Item #: 054839- ISBN: 9780838876657

Wordly Wise Book 9 Answer Key – Item # 054843 ISBN: 9780838876350

RainbowResource.com           

 

Following Narnia Volume 1: The Lion's Song Student Notebook (2016) by Laura Bettis - 9781623412388 (older versions are not compatible with the lesson content) IEW.com or RainbowResource.com   (if not previously purchased)

Novels will be assigned throughout the year and information will be provided at that time.

Parental Involvement: Parents will need to remain involved by being aware of assignments, due dates, and student progress, as well as providing help for their individual student when needed. Students and parents enrolling in this course must have access to a word processing program and possess basic computer skills.  Families must have access to a working printer for weekly assignments and handouts. ​ 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of HEED Placement test or English 7

Students entering English 8 who were not enrolled in English 7 will need to be sure they are ready to begin the second half of the Analytical Grammar book. 

Middle School Math

Math 6

Foundations for Pre Algebra (Saxon 7/6)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Course Description:  coming soon

Math 7

Foundations for Pre Algebra (Saxon 8/7)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Course Description: The Foundations for Pre-Algebra course begins with the concrete concepts of arithmetic processes and then builds the beginning framework for the abstract concepts of algebra.  Topics include: various operations with fractions, decimals and percents, order of operations, unit conversions, prime and composite numbers, area, perimeter and positive exponents. Parental Involvement: Students are required to complete assigned daily work entailing a minimum of an hour a day.  Proper completion of homework and tests involves neatly showing all work - not just answers and not leaving blanks.  Parents commit to personally proctor all math tests.  Parents must check homework and tests for proper completion and accuracy (preferably daily but at least weekly).  This involves simply circling any question that has an incorrect or unreadable answer.  Parents do not need to understand the work; they just need to be involved in the process so they will know immediately if their student is having difficulty. Students must then correct the mistakes to prevent repetition of the same error on future assignments.  Students must remain current with the class assignments and maintain a minimum 75% average or risk being dropped from the class unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students must never be in possession of the answer keys for tests!  All work must be the student’s own work, not copied from any answer key or solutions manual or other student. Copying from any source for homework or tests is cheating and grounds for dismissal from HEED. Required Curriculum:  Saxon Math 8/7; 3rd Edition; ISBN-9781591413202, Saxon Math 8/7; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; ISBN-9781591413240 Saxon Math 8/7; Solutions Manual; ISBN-9781591413288.  Prerequisites:  Proficiency as demonstrated on Diagnostic Test. 

Math 8

Pre Algebra (Saxon 1/2)

Mrs. Kathy Tout

Course Description: This Pre-Algebra course blends concrete arithmetic concepts with increasingly abstract algebraic and geometric topics. Topics include: ratios and proportions, signed numbers, scientific notation, roots, negative exponents, variables, volume and patterns for solving various types of word problems. Parental Involvement: Students are required to complete assigned daily work entailing a minimum of an hour a day.  Proper completion of homework and tests involves neatly showing all work - not just answers and not leaving blanks.  Parents commit to personally proctor all tests.  Parents must check homework and tests for proper completion and accuracy (preferably daily but at least weekly).  This involves simply circling any question that has an incorrect or unreadable answer.  Parents do not need to understand the work; they just need to be involved in the process so they will know immediately if their student is having difficulty. Students must then correct the mistakes to prevent repetition of the same error on future assignments.  Students must remain current with the class assignments and maintain a minimum 75% average or risk being dropped from the class unless there are extenuating circumstances. Students must never be in possession of the answer keys for tests!  All work must be the student’s own work, not copied from any answer key or solutions manual or other student. Copying from any source for homework or tests is cheating and grounds for dismissal from HEED. Required Curriculum:  Saxon Algebra 1/2; 3rd Edition; ISBN-1565771494 or 156577499X, Saxon Algebra 1/2; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; ISBN-1591411726, Saxon Algebra 1/2; Solutions Manual; ISBN-1565771311. Prerequisites: Successful completion of HEED Foundations for Pre Algebra or Diagnostic Test.​

 

Natural Science

Middle School Wild Florida and Marine Biology (2019-2020)

Mrs. Catie Frates.

Lab fee- $50.00

 

Middle School Marine and Florida Biology

Instructor: Catie Frates

What could be more practical and fun than making science a course that allows students to understand the beautiful natural resources all around us?!  This exciting expedition will start with Florida’s diverse inland ecosystems then plunge into marine environments becoming acquainted with their mysterious inhabitants.  An introductory marine biology class and so much more, this adventure will awaken a new-found love for the wonders of God’s creation all around us, and students will be better equipped to steward natural resources in and around our home state.  Our adventure will include microscope work, shark dissections and many other hands-on experiments and includes dipping into the treasures of marine biology, botany, zoology, meteorology, hydrology, geology and ecology as they relate to the Sunshine State. 

 

Textbooks:  The Marine Biology Text and workbook/tests and answer key will be available for sale the first day of classes as Mrs. Frates will be compiling them over the summer. Additional books include:

Florida 's Uplands Vol 1, Florida 's Wetlands Vol 2,  Florida 's Waters Vol 3 - Florida's Natural Ecosystems and Native Species 

By Ellie Whitney and D. Bruce Means, 

ISBN-10: 1561646857,  ISBN-13: 978-1561646852, 

ISBN-10: 9781561646876, ISBN-13: 978-1561646876

ISBN-10: 156164868X, ISBN-13: 978-1561648689

 

2020-2021

Middle School Science 6 

Florida Science / Forensic Science 

Course Description: coming soon

Middle School Science 7 

All Things Bright & Beautiful by Catie Frates 

Creation Days 1-4 (Astronomy, Earth Science, Physics, Botany)

Course Description: coming soon

Middle School Science  8 

All Creatures Great and Small Day by Catie Frates 

Creation Days 5 & 6 (Biology & Anatomy) 

Course Description: coming soon

Social Science 

Social Science 2019-2020

Mrs Giovanna Cavarretta

Middle School Social Science

Supply fee- $50.00

Finance Park (Fall)

The Personal Finance Class is based upon The Junior Achievement program, Finance Park, which teaches students how financial decisions will impact their lives. These include expenses related to family health care, real estate and home improvements, automobiles, insurance, entertainment, education, and purchasing items such as clothing, furniture and groceries.  Prior to visiting JA Finance Park, students engage in a comprehensive classroom curriculum that teaches them about God's view on money, Checking, Savings, Budgeting, Investing, Taxes, Insurance, Credit and Managing Credit.  After class, students will attend a simulation at Finance Park where they will be able to put into practice the skills they have learned.

 

Curriculum Required:

JA Finance Park Student Book (provided by teacher)

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy 7th. ed. by Richard J. Maybury; ISBN: 0942617649; ISBN-13: 9780942617641 (Suggested as Read-a-loud for MS credit but Required for High School Credit)

Civics (Spring) 

This semester the emphasis will be on teaching our students American Government in order for them to understand our country’s principles as they prepare to study World History and American History in High School.  Students will learn about the founding of our government, it’s structures, the duties and rights of citizenship, how our political and economic systems are supposed to work in the United States, and the history of various patriotic holidays, such as Independence Day and Constitution Day.

This course will have lots of hands on activities while preparing students with important concepts that will benefit them in high school and beyond.   “The last and best hope for the long-term preservation of American freedom and the remarkable legacy of the constitutional republic created by our founding fathers is in the education of young Americans to think and learn for themselves the truth about government as it ought to be.”  

2020-2021

Middle School Social Science 6 

World Geography & Florida History

Course Description: coming soon

Middle School Social Science 7 

Civis & US Geography

Course Description: coming soon

Middle School Social Science  8 

JA Finance & Entrepreneurism 

Course Description: coming soon

Electives

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Critical Thinking Skills and Brain Games  Grade 8

Mrs. Mary Jones

Course Description: Critical Thinking is one of our students all-time favorite classes!  This is an exciting and entertaining class period of thinking games, activities and even a mystery guest or two. These mind-challenging games will also focus on spatial reasoning and detective strategy.   This curriculum, developed by a HEED teacher ten years ago, has equipped many of our students to think in a whole new way. Teaching critical thinking raises IQ’s and boosts inventiveness, and studies show that kids become better learners when they are forced to explain how they solve problems.  "Critical thinking comprises a number of different skills that help us learn to make decisions. It is the ability to evaluate information to determine whether it is right or wrong.  To think critically about an issue or a problem means to be open-minded and consider alternative ways of looking at solutions.”  Through the use of riddles, puzzles, and hands on group activities students learn to think, analyze, create categories, identify relevant information, reason and construct arguments, test hypotheses, recognize fallacies, and analyze evidence all while having fun. In fact, research suggests that explicit instruction in critical thinking may make kids smarter, more independent, and more creative.   This hands-on learning experience will help students build critical thinking skills in preparation for high school logic while having loads of fun. Students taking the critical thinking class must be in pre-algebra math or higher to handle the math work in this class. Parental Involvement:  There is very little work required at home. Weekly homework worksheets are done online at home, and students are required to practice their mental math skills at home with a parent 5 minutes a day.   Parents are invited to assist in the class any week and to compete against their students at two different class periods during the year to solve mysteries!  Required Curriculum:  Curriculum Developed by Mrs. Sandy Tiller is provided to the students.

Art & Music & Etiquette  Grades 6 & 7

TBA

Supply fee TBA

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