MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

We encourage every family to have an academic plan for their student.  At HEED this plan or "scope and sequence" for your student will typically follow a traditional high school preparatory plan as seen below.  We are here to help you make a customized plan for your children so you can successfully educate them at home.

Middle School Class Plan

(See schedule tab for days and times)

 

LEVEL A PROGRAM 

HEED English A (English 6)

Mrs. Olivia Calder Read

Materials Fee: $10

Course Description: This Language Adventure is the first step in HEED’s middle school language arts program. The course is designed to learn the traditions of a language arts program through teacher-guided, interactive lessons. Each week the class will contain 4 elements:

1. Grammar, Instruction and fun

2. Vocabulary, introduction and review of words

3. Writing Fundamentals

4. Literature Adventure Projects (3 projects)

The grammar curriculum is Shurley Grammar.  The writing curriculum follows Building Writing Skills Level 2, where the instruction introduces the five steps in the writing process and will focus on expository, persuasive, and personal narrative writing. Our Literature Adventures will include the students completing two novel studies one during the fall and one during the spring. One of the required books will be Wonder by R.J. Palacio and the other is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, both are incredible books.  They will then complete a hands on project showcasing the theme and what they learned from the book. 

Required Curriculum: Shurley English Homeschooling Kit Level 6: 978-1-58561-028-0

A kit contains everything needed to teach one student for the entire school year. Each kit contains the following items:

  • Teacher's Manual

  • Student Workbook

  • Homeschool Audio CD (Introductory CD)

Building Writing Skills Level 2 Workbook by Critical Thinking Co. 2017 ISBN-13: 9781601448880 

All Readers: "Wonder by R.J. Palacio" and "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

HEED Math 6  (Saxon 7/6)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Materials Fee: $10

Course Description: Saxon 7/6 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts. 

Building upon the principles taught in Saxon Math 6/5, this Saxon 7/6 textbook introduces functions and coordinate graphing, integers, exponential expressions, and prime factorization. Students will specifically learn about the order of operations, number lines, decimal place value, how to find the percent of a number, how to round decimal numbers, attributes of geometric solids, and more. Lessons contain a warm-up (with facts practice, mental math, & problem-solving exercises); introduction to the new concept, lesson practice exercises where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice exercises, which includes 25-30 old and new problems. In-depth "Investigations" are provided every 10 lessons, and have their own set of questions.​

Parental Involvement: 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 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. 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 7/6; Homeschool Packet; Tests & Answers; Solutions Manual.

Florida Science / Florida History (6,7,8 grade)

Mrs. Michelle Moody

Materials Fee: $60

Course Description: Florida is the southernmost state in the continental United States. It’s the 22nd largest and 3rd most populous state in the nation. Sunny Florida is best known for its theme parks, beaches, alligators, and—of course—its where we live!  This fun interactive class will have students investigating how our great state of Florida came to be, was discovered, settled, grew, and changed through the centuries, including opening treasure chests filled with Florida historical artifacts and surprises. Join us as we learn how Florida impacted the United States as it was forming into our great country.  Students will take a trip into the past as they learn the many struggles and triumphs Florida faced becoming a state.  Students will participate in hands on labs that reinforce each application as they explore Florida’s diverse ecosystems. This Florida history/science class will also include optional family field trips.

Required Curriculum: ACE PACEs  Florida State History books 1037-1041 and Florida/Marine Science required books will follow  

Social Science  World Geography (6,7,8 grade)

Mrs. Olivia Calder Read

Materials Fee: $60

Course Description: In our World Geography class we will explore all 7 continents and the unique cultures that live there. Through fun interactive activities students will gain experience with map reading using an atlas, create their own personal "passport" geography notebook, or portfolio, develop critical thinking skills, study cultures and peoples, learn countries and capitals and so much more.  Did we mention ​learning about  and preparing foods from around the world?  This class is a great foundation for a future high school world history class.

Required Curriculum:   Please purchase the National Geographic Student World Atlas 5th Edition. (Available on Amazon)   Isbn: 978-1426334795

Elective: Mixed Media Art & Life/Study Skills  (6,7,8 grade)

Lori Murphy - Mixed Media Art

Kat Scharmann - Life/Study Skills

Materials Fee: $60

Course Description: In this class students will learn how to express themselves through art. They will explore the basic principles and elements of art including color theory, value, form, and line. This class will help students observe and understand the beauty of God’s creation through a variety of class projects. Students will also study great works of art from master artists. They will gain an understanding of the techniques and media used by the artists and create their own works of art with that influence as a foundation.  Life skills days will include study skills and more.

LEVEL B PROGRAM 

HEED English B (English 7)

Mrs. Deb Grant

Materials Fee: $10

Course Description: This course is the foundation which prepares students for the rigors of a strong high school language arts program. The course contains 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 instructor’s years of teaching middle school writing. The IEW writing program focuses on two key aspects of writing: structure and style. Students begin learning nine structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essays, and critiques). The literature portion of the course is designed to help spark and foster a love of reading through student-selected, award-winning novels; enjoying books from the Narnia series; and reading short articles and current events through Read Works. 

Required Curriculum: Analytical Grammar Set by R. Robin Finley, 1996, (Student Workbook & Teacher Book) Find at www.rainbowresource.com  

Optional for Use at home only:  Analytical Grammar Companion DVD set.  This DVD set features the authors of Analytical Grammar teaching each grammar unit and practicing sentences from the worksheets. It doesn't take the place of the teacher manual but merely provides some reinforcement if needed. The DVD set is optional; the teacher book is mandatory.

IEW Following Narnia Volume 1: The Lion’s Song by Lara Bettis, (Student Book and Teacher Book) ISBN: 978-1-62341-238-8

With this curriculum, dig into Narnia - not to mention related science and history topics. Experience and practice the writing associated with literary analysis. Explore, practice, and perfect IEW writing skills. Writing lessons are intertwined with reading assignments from the Narnia books. 

Prerequisites: Students should have completed a basic grammar curriculum and understand grammar terminology, know how to identify parts of speech or word jobs within sentences.

HEED Math 7 (Saxon 8/7)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Materials Fee: $10

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: 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 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. 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:  Successful completion of HEED Middle School Math 6 or proficiency as demonstrated on placement test.

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Middle School Science is a two year rotation.

Students will take both parts, 1 and 2, in Level B and C.     

These classes can be taken in any order.   

GENERAL SCIENCE (6,7,8 grade) HEED Science B,C Part 1 

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

Mrs. Mary Jones

Materials Fee: $50

Course Description: We will focus on the sciences that are included in the first four creation days. Our adventure will include an introduction to chemistry, meteorology, oceanography, geology, botany, and astronomy studied in the order in which God created them. This course will be taught from an uncompromising Biblical Worldview. We will glorify the "God of wonder beyond our galaxy" as we worship by studying God's creation.

Required Curriculum: (3 books sold separately)

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Planet-Earth-Gods-Design/dp/1626914427

2.) Weather and Water 

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Weather-Water-Gods-Design/dp/1626914486   

(Or you may order for cheaper on Christianbook.com)

https://www.christianbook.com/design-heaven-earth-weather-water-student/debbie-lawrence/9781626914483/pd/914483

3.) World of Plants 

https://www.christianbook.com/design-life-world-plants-student-text/debbie-lawrence/9781626914247/pd/914247

HEED Science  B,C Part 2    LIFE SCIENCE  (6,7,8 grade)

Creation Days 5 & 6 (Biology & Anatomy)

Mrs. Mary Jones 

Materials Fee: $50

Course Description: Students will be fascinated with the creatures created on the 5th and 6th days of creation from the smallest microbes to the most gargantuan dinosaurs and whales. The second semester will focus on God's grand finale of creation, mankind. We will explore human anatomy and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

Required Curriculum:  TBA

Middle School Social Science is a two year rotation.  

Students will take both parts 1 and 2 in Level B and C.  

These classes can be taken in any order.  

US Civics /Elections; US Geography HEED Social Science B,C (2020-2021)   (6,7,8 grade)
Mrs. Giovana Cavarretta

Materials Fee: $50
Students who completed Middle School Civics at HEED last year can take this civics class on a high school track and earn 1/2 high school credit of civics and 1/2 credit geography. This will involve additional activities assigned. Additionally some of these students may only want to take the geography.

Civics/Elections

Course Description: In this class, students will learn all about being citizens of our great country!  Topics will include: what is a citizen, citizen’s rights and responsibilities, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Our Nation’s foundations, our Federal government, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the Legislative Branch, Elections, Voting, and Patriotic Holidays. As part of our learning, students will participate in engaging, hands-on activities; they will create a bill, they will participate in a Voting simulation since this is an election year in our country , and in a Courts Simulation.  We will also attend a

Mock trial and Tour at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.  This hands-on learning opportunity combines a shortened tour of the galleries with a first-hand civics lesson that challenges students in advocacy, critical thinking, and working through life problems using inquiry-based learning. This experience is exciting for students as they role-play as trial attorneys, witnesses, clerks, judge and bailiffs, while gaining a better understanding of law, court procedures, and
our criminal and civil justice system. 

Required Curriculum: Whatever Happened to Justice? Revised Edition, by Richard J. Maybury, ISBN 0-942617-46-0


US Geography 

Course Description: We will continue studying our great country state by state.  Students will be building their own US Atlas complete with maps, historical facts, geographical facts and more. As we make our away around the US states and students will be learning about state histories, state capitols, unique geographical attributes, football teams and of course food!  The class will be taught at a middle school level and include lots of hands on activities and families will be encouraged to take field trips!  These classes are a great foundation for future civics and American history classes.
Required Curriculum: States and Capitals History Student Study Guide, Memoria Press  ISBN: 9781615380510 
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HEED Social Science B,C  (2021-2022)  Personal Finance / Entrepreneurship (6,7,8 grade)
Mrs. Giovana Cavarretta

Materials Fee: $50
Course Description: In the Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Class students will participate in the junior achievement program and will learn the basics of handling personal finances and how financial decisions will impact their lives, as well as, the basics of being an entrepreneur. Topics include: God’s view on money, how to set up a budget, how to shop for a car, what is car insurance, learning about health insurance, the basics of investing, types of taxes, credit cards and managing credit, checking and savings accounts, and more.  Students will also learn about entrepreneurship topics such as, what is an entrepreneur, business ideas, having a business plan and funding a new business.  To wrap up our class, we will participate in the Junior Achievement’s Finance Park program in which students engage in a simulation where they are given a persona and are able to make a virtual budget and shop for the basic needs every adult needs to shop for, putting into practice the skills they have learned.  Students will also complete a Car Purchase Project (choosing a car, finding out insurance and  financing information necessary to purchase the car) and an Entrepreneurship Project in which they will have the chance to create their own business idea, craft a pitch for their idea, and present their business plan to the class to convince them to invest in their business!

Required Curriculum : JA Finance Park Student Book (provided by teacher), Whatever Happened to Penny Candy 7th. ed. by Richard J. Maybury; ISBN: 0942617649; ISBN-13: 9780942617641.
Curriculum for Entrepreneurship class will be provided by instructor.

HEED Elective: Mixed Media Art  A,B,C (6,7,8 gr)

Lori Murphy- Mixed Media Art

Kat Scharmann - Life/Study Skills

Materials Fee: $60

This elective period will include mixed media art and life skills days.

Mixed Media Art

Course Description: In this class students will learn how to express themselves through art. They will explore the basic principles and elements of art including color theory, value, form, and line. This class will help students observe and understand the beauty of God’s creation through a variety of class projects. Students will also study great works of art from master artists. They will gain an understanding of the techniques and media used by the artists and create their own works of art with that influence as a foundation.  Life skills days will include study skills and more.

LEVEL C PROGRAM 

HEED English C (English 8)

Mrs. Deb Grant

Materials Fee: $10

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. 

Curriculum information:  TBA

Analytical Grammar Set (Student Workbook & Teacher Book) by R. Robin Finley; Find it at www.rainbowresource.com 
 

Optional for Use at home only:  Analytical Grammar Companion DVD set.  This DVD set features the authors of Analytical Grammar teaching each grammar unit and practicing sentences from the worksheets. It doesn't take the place of the teacher instruction but merely provides some reinforcement if needed. The DVD set is optional; the teacher book is mandatory.

U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only]  ISBN:9781623413248 

Published by The Institute for Excellence in Writing. 

Implementing the Structure and Style® Writing Method, Author:  Lori Verstegen

Travel back in time to early United States history! This theme-based writing curriculum allows students to delve into the excitement of explorers, battles, land expansion, famous ships, and founding fathers while learning to write with the Structure and Style® writing method. Offering a full year of instruction for students in grades 6–8, these lessons cover all nine IEW Units. Vocabulary cards, literature suggestions, and access to helpful PDF downloads are also included.

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 Middle School English B or proficiency as demonstrated on placement test.  Students entering English C who were not enrolled in English B will need to be sure they are ready to begin the second half of the Analytical Grammar book. 

HEED Math 8  Pre Algebra (Saxon 1/2)

Mrs. Nichole Salisbury

Materials Fee: $10

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: 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 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. 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 Middle School Math B or proficiency as demonstrated on placement test.

Middle School Science is a two year rotation.

Students will take both parts, 1 and 2, in Level B and C.     

These classes can be taken in any order.   

HEED General Science Part 1, Level B,C  All Things Bright and Beautiful  ( 7,8, grade)

Mrs. Mary Jones

Materials Fee: $50

(Astronomy, Earth Science, Physics, Botany)

Course Description: We will focus on the sciences that are included in the first four creation days. Our adventure will include an introduction to chemistry, meteorology, oceanography, geology, botany, and astronomy studied in the order in which God created them. This course will be taught from an uncompromising Biblical Worldview. We will glorify the "God of wonder beyond our galaxy" as we worship by studying God's creation.
Required Curriculum: (Textbooks are sold separately)

1.) Planet Earth   (Amazon is one day shipping with prime)

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Planet-Earth-Gods-Design/dp/1626914427

2.) Weather and Water 

https://www.amazon.com/Our-Weather-Water-Gods-Design/dp/1626914486   

(Or you may order for cheaper on Christianbook.com)

https://www.christianbook.com/design-heaven-earth-weather-water-student/debbie-lawrence/9781626914483/pd/914483

3.) World of Plants 

https://www.christianbook.com/design-life-world-plants-student-text/debbie-lawrence/9781626914247/pd/914247

HEED Science  Part 2,  Level B,C    All Creatures Great and Small  (7,8 grade)

Creation Days 5 & 6 (Biology & Anatomy)

Mrs. Mary Jones

Materials Fee: $50

Course Description: Students will be fascinated with the creatures created on the 5th and 6th days of creation from the smallest microbes to the most gargantuan dinosaurs and whales. The second semester will focus on God's grand finale of creation, mankind. We will explore human anatomy and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made, completing our adventure by looking at health and biblical nutrition.

Required Curriculum: Your Body and How it Works by Pat and Barb Ward (ISBN: 9781580371117)

Middle School Social Science is a two year rotation.  

Students will take both parts 1 and 2 in Level B and C.  

These classes can be taken in any order.  

 US Civics & US Geography (7,8 grade) HEED Social Science B,C (2020-2021) 

Mrs. Giovanna Cavarretta

Materials Fee: $50

Students who completed Middle School Civics at HEED last year can take this civics class on a high school track and earn 1/2 high school credit of civics. This will include additional activities assigned.  We also will have an option for a  student to take a study skills class instead of civics again.  


Civics

Course Description: In this class, students will learn all about being citizens of our great country!  Topics will include: what is a citizen, citizen’s rights and responsibilities, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our Nation’s foundations, our Federal government, the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the Legislative Branch, Elections, Voting, and Patriotic Holidays.  As part of our learning, students will participate in engaging, hands-on activities; they will create a Bill, they will participate in a Voting simulation, and in a Courts Simulation.  We will also attend a Mock trial and Tour at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.  This hands-on learning opportunity combines a shortened tour of the galleries with a first-hand civics lesson that challenges students in advocacy, critical thinking, and working through life problems using inquiry-based learning. This experience is exciting for students as they role-play as trial attorneys, witnesses, clerks, judge and bailiffs, while gaining a better understanding of law, court procedures, and our criminal and civil justice system. 

Required Curriculum:  Whatever Happened to Justice? Revised Edition, by Richard J. Maybury, ISBN 0-942617-46-0

 

U.S. Geography

Course Description: We will continue studying our great country state by state.  Students will be building their own US Atlas complete with maps, historical facts, geographical facts and more. As we make our away around the US we'll be learning about state histories, state capitols, unique geographical attributes, football teams and of course food!  The class will be taught at a middle school level and include lots of hands on activities and families will be encouraged to take field trips! 

These classes are a great foundation for future civics and American history classes.

Required Curriculum: States and Capitals History Student Study Guide, Memoria Press  ISBN: 9781615380510 

HEED Social Science B,C  (2021-2022)  Personal Finance / Entrepreneurship (7,8 grade)

Mrs. Giovanna Cavarretta

Materials Fee: $50

Junior Achievement Curriculum and Activity​

Course Description: In the Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Class students will learn the basics of handling personal finances and how financial decisions will impact their lives, as well as, the basics of being an entrepreneur. Topics include: God’s view on money, how to set up a budget, how to shop for a car, what is car insurance, learning about health insurance, the basics of investing, types of taxes, credit cards and managing credit, checking and savings accounts, and more.  Students will also learn about entrepreneurship topics such as, what is an entrepreneur, business ideas, having a business plan and funding a new business.  To wrap up our class, we will participate in the Junior Achievement’s Finance Park program in which students engage in a simulation where they are given a persona and are able to make a virtual budget and shop for the basic needs every adult needs to shop for, putting into practice the skills they have learned.  Students will also complete a Car Purchase Project (choosing a car, finding out insurance and financing information necessary to purchase the car) and an Entrepreneurship Project in which they will have the chance to create their own business idea, craft a pitch for their idea, and present their business plan to the class to convince them to invest in their business!

Required Curriculum: JA Finance Park Student Book (provided by teacher)

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy 7th. ed. by Richard J. Maybury; ISBN: 0942617649; ISBN-13: 9780942617641 

Curriculum for Entrepreneurship: This curriculum will be provided by instructor

HEED Elective C​​  Critical Thinking Skills and Brain Games 

Mrs. Mary Jones​

Materials Fee: $60

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!  This class is so valuable for helping students master high school logic and geometry in later years.

Required Curriculum:  Curriculum is provided to the students.

Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in Pre-Algebra or higher.