Middle School Classes  (7,8 Grade) 

(See HEED Adventures Program for K-6th grade classes)

English

English 7

Language Arts 7 

Mrs. Deb Grant

Supply fee- $25.00

 

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

Supply fee- $25.00
 

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 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

Middle School Human Anatomy, Health and Nutrition (2020-2021)

Mrs. Catie Frates

Lab fee- $50.00

Course Description: coming soon

Textbooks: coming soon

Social Science 

 

Our Middle School Social Science curriculum is a two-year course rotating between Year 1- Civics, Business & Finance, Year 2-US and World Geography, all taught by Mrs. Shannon Sonsky. Students may enter the program in either year.

Social Science 7-10

Mrs Giovanna Cavarretta

Middle School Social Science

Supply fee- $50.00

2019-2020 Civics & Finance*

Grades 7-10

Course Descriptions:


 

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- Geography  

Travel the world in this fun-filled geography class where students will explore cultures from all seven continents. While sampling foods, dancing jigs, and playing games, students will catch a glimpse into how others live around the world.  These country studies will be completed using the Passport Series by Milliken Publishing Company.  Through the study of The National Geographic Student Atlas and other resources, students will practice mapping skills and ascertain how to decipher physical, political, and thematic maps.  In addition, students will learn to identify landforms and water bodies that make up our miraculous planet.  Homework will consist of weekly reading assignments and activity pages that will take approximately 1-2 hours each week.  These assignments will be mostly student driven and will not require much parental assistance. Each student will deliver one 3-5-minute presentation of a country of their choice by the end of the year.  In an old-school co-op approach, this geography class will excite your child to learn about our magnificent world. Required Curriculum: Passport Series: North America, Milliken Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4291-2254-2, Passport Series: Western Europe, Milliken Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4291-2255-9, National Geographic Student World Atlas, 4th Edition, ISBN 978-1-4263-1777-4, *These books are available at Rainbow Resource Center and Amazon.​

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Electives

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Critical Thinking Skills and Brain Games 

Mrs. Mary Jones

Supply fee $50.00

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.

Public Speaking Class Part 2 / Spanish class Part 2  Offered in 2019-2020

Public Speaking Class Part 1 / Spanish class Part 1  Was Offered in 2018-2019

(7-8) Mrs. Gardner- Speech / Mrs. Cavarretta- Spanish

Supply fee- $25.00​

 

Middle School Spanish I and  II

Course Description: This class is perfect for the student who wants to get a feel for the Spanish language and have a strong foundation for High School Spanish 1. Students will build foundations in vocabulary, verb conjugation, pronunciation, syntax, and grammar usage, and they will have fun while doing it! After completing this class, students will be able to: • Meet and greet someone, talk about themselves, and ask others about themselves. • Say, write, and understand full sentences using vocabulary, verbs, and grammar concepts within the context of themes. • Ask and answer questions in full sentences. • Have short conversations about various topics. ​• Write or tell short stories with a theme. • Conjugate and use verbs in context as well as figure out how to conjugate new verbs based on what they know. • Give and follow instructions and participate in games and activities using only Spanish. • Pronounce with skill. Students will also get to work at home on learning correct pronunciation as they listen to audios of the vocabulary being pronounced by a native speaker.  This class is designed to be highly interactive; therefore, grading will be based on class participation (repeating after the teacher, completing oral exercises, participating in the in-class activities) and completion of assigned weekly homework.  

 

Parental Involvement: Parents will need to hold students accountable for completing the weekly homework assignments.  Parents (or the student, if parent chooses so) will also need to grade the homework every week (answer key will be provided).  Students will need to come to class prepared to show the graded homework and to discuss any questions they may have. Required Curriculum:  Spanish for You! Mi Vida Student Textbook for Grades 7-8

Middle School Speech Spring I and II

Course Description: Students can read, write, and memorize facts, but can they stand before the class and present information?  Many would rather have a root canal than deal with stage fright. Could this be because so often home school students lack the opportunity to stand in front of a class and present?  Younger students can become confident speakers! Like writing a paper or playing an instrument, public speaking requires concentrated training to develop ease in communication. First the student practices at home with help from parents and then in class with one-on-one coaching. The student then performs the finished product.  The student who can confidently look someone in the eyes and portray himself and his ideas will be an effective and refreshing communicator for the Lord.  The instructor Andrea Gardner, from her 20 plus years of experience teaching and coaching students of all ages in speech, has created this curriculum.  http://youtube/yzm0IPxxnxs

 

Parental Involvement:A weekly day-by-day assignment sheet spells out in detail exact steps to take to accomplish the speech.  Parents initial each day’s work and evaluate the speeches with parent evaluation sheets.  The practice and coaching given at home prepares the student for a successful experience in class.  The assignment sheets, class notes, and evaluation sheets are emailed each week. The grade involves 50% performance and 50% homework.  Required work at home varies but usually involves between 15-30 minutes each day. Required Curriculum:  Instructor provides the main curriculum for this class.​

Grammar Workshop 

​​(7-10) Mrs. Deb Grant

Not offered in 2019-2020

Supply Fee- $20.00

Course Description: This workshop will work through the Analytical Grammar Curriculum in one year. Class time will include instruction, practice, and grammar games. Students in middle school Language Arts will get extra instruction and practice in grammar. High School students who want extra grammar instruction or who have a weakness in grammar will benefit from this course.

Computer Science

Hey Siri! Artificial Intelligence and Computer Programming with Python 

LIVE ON LINE with Mr. Seth Lowrey

Tuition: $500 (32 weeks)

Materials fee $15

Learning to program computers is a valuable skill that starts in elementary school for many, but is soon left behind for core courses when students reach middle and high school.  The future demand for great programmers is increasing, and the demand for technically skilled individuals in all areas of business is exploding.  In addition, the number of systems that utilize AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is expanding rapidly with familiar names like Alexa, Siri, and Google Home.  

 

The job demands for people familiar with various aspects of AI and Machine Learning, and the opportunities for entrepreneurs in this field, will be astounding in our generation as AI presses forward in areas such as self-driving cars, smart homes, business analysis, security, communications, and robotics.  

 

The first semester of this course gives students a solid intermediate foundation with the Python language, which is commonly used globally to create programs and web sites, and which is used widely in research and electronics specialties to prototype and build AI and Robotics systems.  

 

In the second semester, students will receive an introduction to AI and machine learning, with access to online AI computing resources. This will give the student hands on experience with AI models and computer learning processes which are the foundations of all AI technology.

The book, Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming will be required.  The materials fee covers cost of online computer systems that students will use to do experiments in AI.

 

This course is open to high school students and 8th graders with strong math skills.

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