MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

HEED
Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES

  • Middle School serves as a bridge between our hands-on elementary program and our high school program.   

  • Classes for 2021-2022 school year will be held at NE Boca Raton location weekly on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 3:00 for 32 weeks.       

  • Students build wonderful rapport with teachers and long lasting friendships with peers.

  • Students are well prepared to succeed in high school math and English.  

 

 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. Make an advising appointment with us if you want help in this area.

Suggested Middle School Plan

(See Schedule tab for class days and times)

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Brand New for Middle School in 2021: 

Science Fair, Invention Convention, Art Show, International Day & more

NEW GRAPHIC DESIGN COURSE:

Graphic Design (Grades 8-12)

Mr. Ron Noel 

Course DescriptionIn this course students will be introduced to the fundamentals of graphic design and the graphic design industry. They will learn what designers do, and what graphic design is (it’s more than just creating pretty pictures). Students will learn to create thumbnail sketches, rough sketches, and comprehensive design, the building blocks of the design process. Students will discover the fundamentals of 2D design, the foundation of visual communication: points, lines, planes, shape, balance, rhythm, unity, and color. Students will learn and practice the design process—the process designers use to find solutions to visual problems. Students will be introduced to basic typography and learn how type is a powerful communication tool. Students will create designs based on what they learn in class. The class will be fun and enjoyable and will be a great starting point for all creative students and especially those interested in pursuing graphic design as a career.

Required Curriculum: will be provided by the instructor. Students will be responsible for miscellaneous art supplies. 

 

ENGLISH

HEED  English 6

Mrs. Rose Shaffer

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 writing curriculum 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 at least two novel studies, one during the fall and one during the spring.   They will then complete a hands on project showcasing the theme and what they learned from the book. 

Required Curriculum:

1)   Spiral Notebook

2)  Easy Grammar Plus Revised ISBN:  978-0936981130 and Test Booklet  ISBN: 0936981536

3)  Wordly Wise 3000® 3rd Edition Grade 6 SET - 

Student Book 6  ISBN: 9780838876060 and

Answer Key 6 ISBN:   978-0936981536

4)  From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by -  E.L. Konigsburg

HEED English 7  (2021-2022)

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). Vocabulary is integrated with the IEW writing curriculum. Parents may choose to oversee a program utilizing the Wordly Wise curriculum. The literature portion of the course is designed to help spark and foster a love of reading through student-selected, award-winning novels and enjoying books selected from several in the IEW curriculum. 

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

IEW U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons by Lori Verstegen, (Student Book and Teacher Book) ISBN: 978-1-62341-325-5

Vocabulary (optional / not part of class) - Wordly Wise Level 8, either 3rd or 4th edition, (Student workbook, answer key, test booklet) 

Prerequisites: Students should have completed a grammar curriculum and understand grammar terminology, know how to identify parts of speech or word jobs within sentences, know the 51 most common prepositions and the 23 helping verbs.

HEED English 8  (2021-2022)

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 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 content continues from where English B ends. 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. Lessons continue the nine structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essays, and critiques) blended with U.S. history. Vocabulary is integrated with the IEW writing curriculum. Parents may choose to oversee a program utilizing the Wordly Wise curriculum. 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 continue the joy of reading through student-selected, award-winning novels; traveling through the US on history adventures; and continuing short articles and current events through Read Works

Curriculum information:  Analytical Grammar Set by R. Robin Finley, 1996, (Student Workbook & Teacher Book)

IEW U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons by Lori Verstegen, (Student Book and Teacher Book) ISBN: 978-1-62341-325-5

Vocabulary (optional / not part of class) - Wordly Wise Level 9, either 3rd or 4th edition, (Student workbook, answer key, test booklet)

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of HEED Middle School English 7 or proficiency as demonstrated on placement test. Students entering English 8 who were not enrolled in English 7 will need to be sure they have worked through and understand Analytical Grammar Units 1-13 and are ready to begin the second half of the Analytical Grammar book, which begins with a review of Units 11-13.

MATH

HEED Math 6  (Saxon 7/6)

Mrs. Rose Shaffer

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: 

1)   Saxon Math 7/6 Student Textbook (4th Edition) 

2)  Saxon Math 7/6 Tests & Worksheets (4th Edition) 

3)  Saxon Math 7/6 Solutions Manual (4th Edition) 

HEED Math 7 (Saxon 8/7)

TBA

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.

HEED Math 8  Pre Algebra (Saxon 1/2)

Mrs. Donna Kay Davis

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.

SCIENCE 

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 The Marine Biology Coloring Book  (2nd edition)

 

LIFE SCIENCE  (7,8 grade) Creation Days 5 & 6 (Biology & Anatomy)

Mrs. Mary Jones   (offered in 2021-2022)

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:  

1)The World of Animals by Debbie and Richard Lawrence, 4th Edition ISBN: 9781626914308

2) 2nd semester human body book tba 

GENERAL SCIENCE (7,8 grade)  Creation Days 1 -4 (Astronomy, Earth Science, Physics, Botany)

Mrs. Mary Jones )  (offered in 2022-2023)

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

SOCIAL SCIENCE

 

World Geography (6,7,8 grade)

TBA

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

Personal Finance / Entrepreneurship (6 - 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, Finance Park* 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. Participation in the JA Achievement Finance Park program will depend on whether program is live or virtual.  


US Civics /Elections; US Geography  (2022-2023)   (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.

Fall 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

 

Spring 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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ELECTIVES

Mixed Media Art / Life Skills (6,7,8 gr)

Lori Murphy 

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.

Life/Study Skills 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.

HEED Elective C​​  Critical Thinking Skills and Brain Games  ( pre Algebra is a co-requisite for critical thinking)

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.