Online Classes

Here are details on my 2017-2018 course offerings… Visit the “Blog!” page for my updates. Please note: All 2017-2018 classes will be taught on the PowerSchool Learning and Adobe Connect platforms.

  • Algebra 2A is a rigorous, full-year class. It is being offered:
    11:00am – 12:30pm EST on Mondays (through My Fun Science) or
    1:00pm – 2:30pm EST on Tuesdays (through My Fun Science) or
    9:00am – 10:30am EST on Thursdays (through The Academy at Bright Ideas Press)

    Recommended for: Grades 9+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    “Ready for the next step? Master advanced algebra concepts, hone your calculator skills, and prepare for real-world application as we dig in and develop each topic. Chapters include: Linear Relations, Solving Systems, Matrices, Quadratic Equations and Systems, Polynomial Functions, Radicals and Exponents, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions, Rational Expressions and Equations, Trigonometry, Sequences and Series, Probability and Statistics, and Conic Sections. This isn’t about test prep… it’s about building skills and deepening connections. Sure you can use these skills on the SAT, but aiming trebuchet, measuring monuments, and hacking your local pizza parlor is just more fun!”

    Required Textbook: Algebra 2 Student Text (BJUP, 3rd ed) ISBN-13: 9781606821985

    Required Equipment: A TI-84 Plus (series) graphing calculator (The TI-83 is also acceptable.)

    [ Draft Algebra 2 Syllabus ]
  • Geometry is a rigorous, full-year class. It is being offered:
    1:00pm – 2:30pm EST on Mondays (through My Fun Science) or
    11:00am – 12:30pm EST on Tuesdays (through My Fun Science) or
    9:00am – 10:30am EST on Wednesdays (through The Academy at Bright Ideas Press)

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    “This mastery-based class “integrates discussions, cartoons, anecdotes, examples, and plenty of exercises. With a greater emphasis on problems, rather than long introductory instructions, this is a great text for learning-through-doing.” Topic include: “lines, angles, direct and indirect proofs, congruence, inequalities, parallel lines, quadrilaterals, transformations, area, similarity, triangles, circles, concurrence theorems,” and more. This is a rigorous and challenging course. . . but worth it! Students will be challenged to reason mathematically and apply that reasoning to a wide range of real-world problems. This focus on mastery builds a solid foundation for future math, science, and engineering classes.”

    Required TextbookGeometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding by Harold R. Jacobs * Please don’t purchase this yet! There’s a new-ish edition being published in April and we really need to all be on the same page. I will compare options and provide detailed information, including an ISBN number, by early May. *

    Required Equipment: A scientific (or graphing) calculator, protractor, and sturdy compass

    [ Draft Geometry Syllabus ]
  • Formal Logic is a rigorous, full-year class. It is being offered:
    11:00am – 12:30pm EST on Wednesdays (through My Fun Science)

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): High-School level reasoning skills

    In this class we study “the art and science of reasoning well” and discover that accurate facts are not enough… valid reasoning is just as important! We will start off by defining terms, forming and interpreting statements, and composing valid syllogisms. Next we’ll use those skills to analyze arguments and prove validity. Mid-year we will transition to more symbolic logic as we study truth tables, inference, validity, and even digital logic! Finally, we’ll apply our symbolic reasoning skills to the analysis of real-life arguments. Nance’s logic texts do an excellent job of breaking down the fundamentals of rational thought and this edition has been revised and reformatted for ease of use. Deductive Logic is foundational to subjects ranging from debate to geometry, computer programming, and engineering.

    Required Textbook: Introductory Logic: The Fundamentals of Thinking Well (2014, 5th ed) by Nance & Wilson [Student Edition, ISBN-10: 1591281652] and Intermediate Logic: Mastering Propositional Arguments (2014, 3rd ed) by Nance & Wilson [Student Edition, ISBN-10: 1591281660]

    While Logic resides in the intersection of Philosophy and Mathematics, Formal Logic falls on the mathematical side of things. I would consider this class to be one (1) high school math credit.

    * Unsure about Logic? You can check out my Logic, The Beginning of Wisdom? webinar.

    [ Draft Formal Logic Syllabus ]
  • Informal Logic is a fun, semester-long elective. It is being offered fall and spring:
    11:00am – 12:30pm EST on Thursdays (through The Academy at Bright Ideas Press)

    Recommended for: Grades 8+
    Prerequisite(s): Junior high+ students who are capable of abstract thought and enjoy the nuance of argument

    “My chief objection to a quarrel,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “is that it ends a good argument.” The Art of Argument is designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose. This workbook format is brimming with examples and practical exercises. Our class focus will be on identifying twisted arguments in the real world – and avoiding their use in our own communication. Don’t let the fun fool you: This class is full of puzzles that will challenge your brain! Group activities, marketing challenges, and a whole lot of humor transform this class into a great introduction to the kind of reasoning that will make your writing assignments, and your arguments, shine.”

    Required Textbook: The Art of Argument, student edition (Ver 8.0 ISBN: 978-1-60051-018-2) by Larsen, Hodge, and Perrin

    Why Study Informal Logic?
    We use informal logic to spot false advertising, twisted scripture, abusive behavior, irrational actions, and political manipulation. We also use it to help us avoid fallacies in our own reasoning, crafting winsome arguments that clearly present the truth. While Logic resides in the intersection of Philosophy and Mathematics, Informal Logic falls on the philosophical side of things. Because this class is designed with the junior high school student in mind, I would consider this class to be one half (1/2) a high school elective credit.

    * Unsure about Logic? You can check out my Logic, The Beginning of Wisdom? webinar.

  • Economics is a rigorous, semester-long class. It is being offered fall and spring:
    1:00pm – 2:30pm EST on Wednesdays (through The Academy at Bright Ideas Press)

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    This Introduction to Economics explores key principles of economics – from the grand sweep of national goals to the tough choices that individuals face daily. Students will discover the struggle for helpful regulation, discuss the value of Godly choices, and investigate issues relating to national economic policies. This textbook, and course, are Biblically rooted… but we also enjoy the diverse viewpoints that students from various cultures, countries, and communities bring to the table. Economics is a half-credit history/social studies class.

    Required Textbook: Economics Student Textbook (3rd ed.) by BJU Press  *Note: This NEW edition is being released on July 1, 2017. I will post an ISBN number when it becomes available*

  • Consumer Math is a full-year class. It is being offered:
    1:00pm – 2:30pm EST on Thursdays
    Pricing: Tiered at $480 / $320

    [ Registration for 2017-2018 Classes ~ Open Now! ]

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Pre-Algebra

    This class is math for the real world. Through hands-on, real-world learning, prepare yourself for adult-ing with topics like budgeting, personal banking, credit cards, debt, travel, and more!

    “Prepare your students for making financial decisions with instruction about credit card charges, taxes, interest on loans and savings, personal banking, and costs of transportation, food, clothing, utilities, insurance, and filling out income tax forms. Being a good steward of the Lord’s money is the primary emphasis. The student text presents concepts with numerous examples and step-by-step explanations.”

    Required Textbook: BJU Consumer Math Textbook, 2nd ed. copyright update – ISBN: 978-1-60682-811-3

    Required Equipment: A binder, lined notebook paper, calculator, pencils, pens, et cetera.

  • * Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, most of my Algebra 2 and Geometry classes will be taught using “mastery”, rather than “spiral,” curriculum. Mastery learning tends to be more friendly for the neuro-atypical among us… and it promotes excellence and application rather than simply test scores. I will, however, continue to offer Saxon-4th-edition based classes for those who wish to continue with that curriculum. *

    [ Spiral Algebra 2 ] is a full-year class. It is being offered:
    9:00am- 10:30am EST on Tuesdays
    Pricing: Tiered at $480 / $320
    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    [ Registration for 2017-2018 Classes ~ Open Now! ]

    “This year we’ll build on our existing algebraic skill set with exponents, polynomials, and logarithms. If Algebra I lays the foundation for higher mathematics, then Algebra II starts building the structure. Calculus, Physics, Aeronautics… The further we get into Algebra II the deeper and more intriguing its applications become! Algebra II can me tough. It can also be wildly fun! Some lessons will fly by while others will confuse you for hours, but if you fight for the understanding it will be worth it!”

    Required Textbook: Saxon Algebra 2 Homeschool Kit (ISBN13: 9780547625881)  ie Saxon Algebra 2 Textbook, 4th ed and Saxon Algebra 2 Solutions Manual, 4th ed

    Required Equipment: TI-83+ or TI-84 series graphing calculator

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    [ Spiral Geometry ] is a full-year class. It is being offered:
    9:00am- 10:30am EST on Mondays
    Pricing: Tiered at $480 / $320
    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    [ Registration for 2017-2018 Classes ~ Open Now! ]

    “From logic to constructions and polygons to Coordinate Geometry, this year we’ll be exploring how we represent our world, both physically and mentally. Sure we’ll be calculating dimensions and angles, but Geometry is so. much. more! The further we go, the deeper and more intriguing its applications become. This year will be a challenge– in the best sense of the word. Some lessons will fly by while others will confuse you for hours, but if you fight for the understanding it will be worth it!”

    Required Textbook: Saxon Geometry, 1st Ed, 2009 (ISBN-13: 978-1602773059) & Solutions Manual for Saxon Geometry, 1st Ed, 2009 (ISBN-13: 978-1602775619)… ie The Homeschool Kit

    Required Equipment: A scientific (or graphing) calculator, protractor, and sturdy compass

  • Summer classes will be taught using PowerSchool Learning and Blackboard
    Pricing is tiered at $240 / $120 / $60

    Informal Logic is a fun, semester-long elective.
    Classes meet daily, 11:00am-12:30pm, May 15 – June 2

    [ Registration for Summer 2017 Classes ~ Open Now! ]

    Recommended for: Grades 8+
    Prerequisite(s): Junior high+ students who are capable of abstract thought and enjoy the nuance of argument

    “My chief objection to a quarrel,” G.K. Chesterton wrote, “is that it ends a good argument.” The Art of Argument is designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose. This workbook format is brimming with examples and practical exercises. Our class focus will be on identifying twisted arguments in the real world – and avoiding their use in our own communication. Don’t let the fun fool you: This class is full of puzzles that will challenge your brain! Group activities, marketing challenges, and a whole lot of humor transform this class into a great introduction to the kind of reasoning that will make your writing assignments, and your arguments, shine.”

    Required Textbook: The Art of Argument, student edition (Ver 8.0 ISBN: 978-1-60051-018-2) by Larsen, Hodge, and Perrin

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    Economics is a rigorous, semester-long class. It is being offered fall and spring:
    Classes meet daily, 1:00pm-2:30pm, May 15 – June 2

    [ Registration for Summer 2017 Classes ~ Open Now! ]

    Recommended for: Grades 10+
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Algebra 1

    This Introduction to Economics explores key principles of economics – from the grand sweep of national goals to the tough choices that individuals face daily. Students will discover the struggle for helpful regulation, discuss the value of Godly choices, and investigate issues relating to national economic policies. This textbook, and course, are Biblically rooted… but we also enjoy the diverse viewpoints that students from various cultures, countries, and communities bring to the table. Economics is a half-credit history/social studies class.

    Required Textbook: Economics Student Textbook (2nd ed.) by BJU Press [ISBN: 978-1-59166-411-6]  *Note: BJU is releasing a new textbook edition on July 1st. We will use the older/2nd edition for this summer class.*