Class time will consist of age-appropriate exercises and active games. All ages will be together for PE.
recommended for 9th and up
Introductory Physics is a mastery-based physics course that unites unique pedagogical advantages with the excellence and beauty that Novare Science textbooks are known for. Learning to break the “Cram-Pass-Forget Cycle,” Novare students study for long-term retention of course content and deeper science learning. Introductory Physics is a truly ground-breaking approach to science education.
The course integrates related subjects of mathematics, history, written and verbal communication, and even a little philosophy to enhance physics and show the natural relatedness of learning. And a unique “kingdom-perspective” ties the study of God’s physical world into the Christian faith in relevant ways without being heavy-handed.
This book is ideal for 9th grade when most students are concurrently enrolled in Algebra I. There are no prerequisite courses.
recommended for 10th and up
General Chemistry uses a mastery-learning method. In this method, students build comprehension by adding new concepts while reviewing and rehearsing key material throughout the year. This method is implemented in carefully crafted exercises, quizzes, and the textbook narrative, and it facilitates learning, mastery and retention.
Related subjects are integrated into the narrative. The history of modern chemistry, mathematics and technical communication is emphasized throughout.
This book is appropriate for students concurrently enrolled in Algebra 2.
SPEECH (1st semester)
8th - 12th
Youth can become powerful communicators when from adolescence they practice public speaking skills. Students will complete four speeches over the course of the first semester: a self-introduction speech, a narrative speech, a descriptive speech, and a persuasive speech. Video instruction by Andrew Pudewa will be utilized in this class. This class will be open to high school students and 8th grade students who are not completing The Lost Tools of Writing during the first semester.
ART OF ARGUMENT (2nd semester)
8th - 12th
Students who complete The Art of Argument will know how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose . . . and have fun along the way! They will study and master 28 logical fallacies, which will provide an essential lifetime framework for filtering good and bad reasoning as well as writing and speaking effectively. This mastery of informal logic is a foundational subject by which other subjects are evaluated, assessed, and learned. The Art of Argument features clear explanations and illustrations, along with dialogues, worksheets, and dialectic discussion questions, making this text easy to follow and engaging. The fallacies become relevant with practical applications through an analysis of current social, commercial, and political issues, as well as over 60 comical and clever phony advertisements. Fun extras are included, such as a humorous skit for students to perform and the famous short story “Love Is a Fallacy” by Max Shulman. This class will meet during the second semester.
GOVERNMENT & ECONOMICS
The Take a Stand! series teaches students how to be historians. They learn not only basic facts of history, but how to analyze the events of the past. This unique approach makes the student an active participation in the analysis of the past. This is the best of critical thinking, Socratic discussion, and analytical writing in history. The Take a Stand! series is not a set of textbooks, but rather thinking, reading, speaking, and writing guides. Take a Stand! shows the student how to be a historian.
Content: Western Political Thought and American Government, The Declaration of Independence, American Democracy: Founding Ideas, The Role of Religion in American Education, The U.S. Constitution, The Supreme Court and Chief Justice Marshall, Free Market or Planned Economy? Globalization and Illegal Immigration, News Media and American Political Life, Totalitarianism and the United States, The American Electoral Process, Free Market, Socialism
Thinking Skills: Fact or Opinion? Judgment, Supporting Evidence, Primary or Secondary Analysis, Using Quotes, Taking Notes, Analyzing Primary Sources, Cause and Effect, and Compare and Contrast.
All students will be together for Enrichment classes. Students may choose from one of the following:
Students will spend the semester preparing to perform a short play for friends and parents. The class will be student-led with appropriate adult guidance and supervision. Students will be responsible for choosing a play, blocking, costuming, prop and set constructing, and everything else required for the performance. Past productions include The Three Museketeers, Treasure Island, and And Then There Was One. The students will give an evening performance for parents and other invited guests at the end of the first semester.
Students will have fun developing hand-eye coordination, rhythm, fine and gross motor control, and accurate throwing and catching skills as they learn timeless circus arts such as juggling, diabolo, and plate-spinning. These are non-competitive activities in which most students have a common starting point - that of a beginner. Students will perform some of their circus skills for parents and other invited guests at the end of the first semester.
Students assume the role of crime scene investigators as they use their observational skills and deductive reasoning to solve a realistic crime scenario. They attempt to identify a prime suspect from a pool of 6 alleged perpetrators using these traditional forensic techniques:
Hair analysis (requires low-power microscope, not included)
Tire track impression analysis
Blood typing (using synthetic blood)
Forensic entomology (with artificial fly larvae or maggots)
Police log review
Students with no chess background will enjoy learning the basics of the game. Those students already familiar with the game will learn strategies. Students will have fun competing against each other each week.