Class Descriptions

2022-2023

PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARDEN

Preschool Coordinator – Steffenie R.



Infants and Babies

(Under one year old by September 1)

Lead Support Mom: Steffenie R.


A nursery class is provided for those wishing to leave their infant with the nursery staff. Feel free to take your infant with you if you prefer. If you need help, please let the preschool coordinator know. All mobile babies will need to be, for their safety, in the nursery.

  • "Infants" are children with birthdays after September 1st of this school year.

  • Babies” are children with their first birthdays before September 1st of this school year.

  • Once “babies” start walking well, they are moved to the Bears roster (see below).


Lions, Tigers, and Bears -- Oh MY!

Please diligently restock the children's bags each Thursday evening (don't forget diapers and wipes).


Bears

(One year old by September 1)

Lead Teacher: Melanie K.


Tigers

(Two to three years old before September 1)

Lead Teacher: Johnette H.


  • Bears enjoy free play and loving care.

  • Tigers enjoy free play, read aloud time, simple crafts, and loving care.

  • Children usually go outside to play. Keep this in mind when choosing their clothes and shoes for the day.

  • Each child is picked up at lunchtime. Do not be late so the teachers can get to lunch with their own children! Parents may arrange for older siblings to pick up children with the child’s teacher.

  • Moms should plan to take their child to the rest room or change their diaper after lunch, and help them get settled on their mats for nap time before they leave.

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Supply List (to be brought each week):

  • Sippy Cup (labeled with child’s name)

  • Kindermat (labeled)

  • Diapers and wipes

  • Blanket and/or lovie for naps

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Lions and Pre-Kindergarten

(Three to four years old by September 1)

Lead Teacher: Teri S.


  • Lions and Pre-K classes include read aloud time, crafts, games, free play, and a music time.

  • All preschoolers have some time outside every day. Keep this in mind when choosing their clothes and shoes for the day.

  • Lions and Pre-K kiddos will have a rest time after lunch. Moms should plan to take their child to the rest room and help them get settled before they leave.

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Pre-K Supply List (to be brought each week):

  • Water Bottle (labeled with child’s name)

  • Kindermat (labeled)

  • Blanket and/or lovie for naps

  • Wide ruled spiral or composition notebook

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Kindergarten

(Five years old by September 1)

Lead Teachers: Tabitha D. and Kayla W.


  • Kindergarteners will enjoy read aloud time, crafts, games, free play, and a music time.

  • All kindergarteners have some time outside every day. Keep this in mind when choosing their clothes and shoes for the day.

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Kindergarten Supply List (to be brought each week):

  • Water Bottle (labeled with child’s name)

  • Wide ruled spiral or composition notebook

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ELEMENTARY - 1ST-4TH GRADES

Curriculum Coordinator – Cathy W.


  • First and second graders travel as a unit.

  • Third and fourth graders travel as a unit.


Although the double-grade groups often have the same subjects, the content is adjusted to be developmentally appropriate for the various ages.

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1st-4th General Supply List:

  • Backpack or satchel (labeled with child's name)

  • Inexpensive binder or folder (to hold handouts, art, etc.)

  • Sharpened Pencil (every week!!)

  • 1st-4th Water Bottle for PE (labeled with child's name)

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How to use this document

  • Only required or recommended items are listed for each class.

  • In explaining annual course rotations, "odd years" refers to school years beginning in an odd numbered year (i.e. 2021-2022), and "even years" refers to school years beginning in an even numbered year (i.e. 2022-2023).


Elementary Memory Work - General Information

  • Several elementary classes will provide opportunities to engage in the introduction and practice of memory pegs pertaining to that study or unit. While no outside work is required for 1st-4th graders, interested CHEC families can follow at home through the Claritas Memory Work Guides. The 22-23 school year will follow Cycle 1.


Elementary Writing - General Information

  • CHEC classes provide opportunities to engage in narration, storytelling, and the traits of good writing, but should not be considered a language arts curriculum. Families need to be teaching the fundamentals of reading, grammar, and writing at home.

Writing Workshop – 1st-4th Grades

Lead Teacher – Amy Mc.

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1st-4th Writing Workshop Supply List:

  • Spiral Notebook with wide-rule paper

  • (1st Grade) Notebook with handwriting paper for beginning writers

  • Sharpened Pencil

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Elementary Science - General Information

  • Apologia's Exploring Creation elementary science books are the texts for the elementary science classes.

  • For all of the Apologia elementary science books, owning a book gives parents free resources to go with that book. Apologia requires a personal account in order to access the book extras for the books you have. If you do not have an account, you may create one by going to their website www.apologia.com

  • The 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th science classes follow a rotation through four Apologia elementary textbooks:


Elementary Science - 1st/2nd Grades and 3rd/4th Grades

Lead Teacher: Lisa P.

2022-2023 (Year 4) Flying Creatures


  • Reading at home is beneficial and recommended for 3rd and 4th grades, but not required for class participation, especially in the 1st and 2nd age group. A schedule will be published on Band for families that desire to read along.

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1st-4th Science Supply List:

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Social Science/History

Foundations – 1st/2nd Grades

Lead Teacher: Aliza K.


  • Focus is on little things that we may forget to teach at home but are essential building blocks

  • Primary goal is to teach some important geography (U.S. and World) through culture exposure, read alouds, and hands on activities.

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Foundations Supply List:

  • Pencil

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Elementary History – 3rd/4th Grades

Lead Teacher - Chauna G.


  • Emphasis on God’s hand throughout HIStory with attention given to particular events and notable persons within specific eras.

  • Families wanting to study at home could consider utilizing The Story of the World texts.

  • While no outside reading is required, a schedule will be provided on the Elementary History Band for families that would like to follow at home.

  • 3rd-6th History follows a four year rotation:

  • 2022-2023 (1st year) Volume 1

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3rd-6th History Supply List:

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Fine Arts

Music - 1st/2nd Grades and 3rd/4th Grades

Lead Teacher: Brandi T.

Splash of Spanish: J'Lae W.


  • 1st & 2nd grade students learn about musical styles, composers, and instruments through listening and movement.

  • Visual aids, games, and physical activity help introduce rhythms, music theory and ear training.

  • 3rd and 4th grade students continue activities to learn music reading and instrument playing.

  • SPLASH OF SPANISH - a short Spanish lesson will be provided at the beginning of Music class, including basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar. Lessons are short and sweet.

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1st-4th Music Supply List:

  • Folder or 3-ring binder for music handouts. Please bring to every class.

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Physical Education

PE & Games – 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th Grades

Lead Teachers: RaeLynn H. & Heather V.


The students play games outside, weather permitting. If a student cannot participate for any reason, they should stay with their parent inside.

The three requirements for PE include:

  • Proper attire - good shoes (no flip flops)

  • Plenty to drink - bring a water bottle labeled with the student’s name

  • Positive attitude

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1st-4th PE Supply List:

  • Water bottle (labeled with child's name)

  • Good shoes (no flip flops)

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ELEMENTARY - 5TH-6TH GRADES

Curriculum Coordinator – Cathy W.


How to use this document

  • Only required or recommended items are listed for each class.

  • In explaining annual course rotations, "odd years" refers to school years beginning in an odd numbered year (i.e. 2021-2022), and "even years" refers to school years beginning in an even numbered year (i.e. 2022-2023).


Elementary Memory Work - General Information

  • Several elementary classes will provide opportunities to engage in the introduction and practice of memory pegs pertaining to that study or unit. While no outside work is required for 1st-4th graders, interested CHEC families can follow at home through the Claritas Memory Work Guides. The 22-23 school year will follow Cycle 1.


Combined Book Club and Writing – 5th-6th Grades

Lead Teacher : Jessica S.


  • Class time utilizes a Charlotte Mason approach to reading and writing, combining both living books and narration

  • 2022-2023 Book Club Book List (in the order to be read)

  • Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

  • Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore

  • The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

  • Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry

  • The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell

  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

  • John Newton by Janet & Geoff Benge

  • Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

  • Weekly reading IS required to participate fully in this class.

  • 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up by Ruth Culham will be used by the co-op teacher and may be helpful for the home teacher as a resource and support, but is optional.

  • Time is allotted for skills, drills and learning to write short paragraphs within given guidelines and parameters.

  • A reading schedule will be posted on Band, and parents should make every effort to secure copies of the books by the appointed times.

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5th/6th Book Club/Writing Supply List:

  • Composition notebook to record narrations

  • Pencil and eraser

  • All books from the book club list above

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Elementary Science - General Information

  • Apologia's Exploring Creation elementary science books are the texts for the elementary science classes.

  • For all of the Apologia elementary science books, owning a book gives parents free resources to go with that book. Apologia requires a personal account in order to access the book extras for the books you have. If you do not have an account, you may create one by going to their website https://www.apologia.com

  • The 5th/6th science class follows a rotation through two texts:


Elementary Science - 5th/6th Grades

Lead Teacher – Lecture: Karen R.

Lead Teacher - Activities:

2022-2023 (even year) - Chemistry & Physics


  • Families follow the published reading schedule at home to expose the students to the concepts before they come to class.

  • Class time is used to review the material and do the related activities.

  • There will be a fun class project the spring semester. Students will be building sonar devices with Arduinos! These will belong to CHEC and will be used every other year. Thus, they will not be going home with the students. However, if your student wants to take one home, you have the option to purchase one for $25.

  • There is a $5 supply fee for experimental materials, not including the sonar device.

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5th/6th Science Supply List:

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Elementary History – 5th/6th Grades

Lead Teacher - Chauna G.


  • Emphasis on God’s hand throughout HIStory with attention given to particular events and notable persons within specific eras.

  • Families wanting to study at home could consider utilizing The Story of the World texts.

  • While no outside reading is required, a schedule will be provided on the Elementary History Band for families that would like to follow at home.

  • 3rd-6th History follows a four year rotation:

  • 2022-2023 (1st year) Volume 1

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3rd-6th History Supply List:

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Art – 5th Grade

Lead Teacher: Crystal C.


  • The year is divided between drawing and painting instruction.

  • A numbered box during drawing, and a numbered felt roll-up (painting tools container) during painting are distributed to use throughout the class.

  • There is a $4 art fee to maintain these supplies and purchase consumable products.

  • Students are expected to care well for the shared materials.

  • On painting days, aprons will be provided by the teacher.

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5th Grade Art Supply List:

  • Pay $4 art fee

  • Sketchbook - 8.5"x11" or 8"x10", acid free, preferably white paper, and at least 24 pages

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Music & Games - 5th/6th Grades

Music Lead Teacher: Brandi T.

Games Lead Teacher:


  • Utilizing hand bells, 5th and 6th grade students learn ear training and reading music.

  • Class time is split between music instruction and outdoor recreation.

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5th/6th Music & Games Supply List:

  • 1" 3-ring binder to collect materials for music theory, instrument recognition, and sheet music.

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Music Appreciation – 6th Grade

Lead Teacher: Heather V.


  • Study includes specific pieces of music, composers and historical influences.

  • Musical instruments and formation of the orchestra are also introduced.

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6th Grade Music Supply List:

  • 1/2” 3-ring binder, preferably white with a clear cover.

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JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

7th and 8th Grades

Curriculum Coordinator - Christie G.


Junior High History

Lead Teacher: Cristen W.


  • Odd-numbered years cover the explorers up to the Civil War.

  • Even-numbered years begin with the Civil War and go as close to recent history as time allows. (*22-23 is an even-numbered year.)

  • Whether a student comes into junior high history the first or second half does not matter. They learn both halves eventually.

  • Texas history, being better understood in the context of the United States’ history, is studied as it naturally arises in the story. Texas geography and government are addressed in short units.

  • The 10-book series A History of US by Joy Hakim is the primary text for this class. Books 1-5 are used on odd years, and books 6-9 are used even years (book 10 is not required for co-op).

  • Co-op teachers are aware of the author’s occasional inconsistent Biblical worldview and challenge the students to think through what is true. It is a GREAT opportunity for parents and kids to read and discuss what others believe and then what the Bible speaks.

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7th/8th History Supply List:

  • A History of US, books 6-9, by Joy Hakim

  • Composition Notebook

  • Map colors/crayons

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Junior High Writing - General Information

The writing programs at CHEC focus on developing clear and effective communication of ideas and positions with proper structure and style, and when necessary, correct documentation of sources.


A NOTE ON GRAMMAR

  • For a student to be in a CHEC writing class, he must be following a grammar program at home. There are MANY grammar programs available for purchase. Ask for favorites on the loop.

*****Recommended Resource for 7th/8th grade*****

  • CHEC asks all families with junior high students in a writing class to consider purchasing Writers INC: A Student Handbook for WRITING and LEARNING.

  • Writers INC is NOT a grammar curriculum. It does not provide exercises or practice. It does, however, provide CHEC teachers with a standard place of explanation to direct students when they notice repetitive mechanical or grammatical errors.


HOMEWORK

  • To participate in a CHEC writing class, the students must complete the writing assignments when they are due and submit them in the form required by the teacher (or curriculum).

  • The teachers will let the parents know if the student is not handing in his or her work or not following instructions, but the parent really should know the status of the work as they oversee it at home.


WriteShop I

Lead Teacher: Nancy H.


  • This class is for all 7th graders and new-to-co-op 8th graders. Because WriteShop II builds on the foundation laid by WriteShop I, 8th graders are placed in WriteShop I for the first year to learn the program.

  • For a description of the curriculum, see Writeshop. Choose WriteShop I.

  • This program emphasizes clarity, conciseness, word choice, and sentence variety. The focus is on learning to write strong paragraphs by practicing a wide range of writing activities and editing techniques.

  • Lessons are introduced at co-op each week.

  • Students complete the four days of assignments, usually producing a paper (short paragraph), which they bring back to co-op for feedback.

  • Parents oversee homework and check for required elements using check sheets from the manual.

  • Parents do not need to purchase teacher manuals; the answer key is kept on the website with password protection for parental access.

  • Either 4th or 5th edition of the text will work for this class.

  • Most families make copies of consumable pages, so the manual can be re-used for future children/students.

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WriteShop I Supply List:

  • WriteShop I Student Workbook

  • Colored pencils

  • Pencil and loose-leaf paper

  • Thesaurus - not a junior thesaurus

  • Dictionary - not a junior dictionary

  • Optional, but recommended: Writer's INC (consider purchasing this used)

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WriteShop II

Lead Teacher: Chauna G.


  • This class is for 8th graders who have completed WriteShop I.

  • For a description of the curriculum, see Writeshop. Choose WriteShop II.

  • *NOTE* While many 4th edition copies of this book are available, CHEC will begin using the 5th edition this year. If you have already purchased or borrowed a 4th edition text, please reach out to Chauna as soon as possible so arrangements can be made for your student.

  • Parents do not need to purchase teacher manuals; the answer key is kept on the website with password protection for parental access.

  • Most families make copies of consumable pages, so the manual can be re-used for future children/students.

  • The curriculum is also available as a downloadable PDF E-book that can be purchased from WriteShop and printed for multiple students in your family.

  • During the fall semester, WriteShop II reviews and expands on the techniques learned in WriteShop I.

  • In the spring, students begin writing basic five-paragraph essays.

  • Lessons are introduced at co-op each week.

  • Students complete the four days of assignments, usually producing a paper (a paragraph or essay), which they bring back to co-op for feedback.

  • Parents oversee homework and check for required elements using check sheets from the manual.

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WriteShop II Supply List:

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Junior High Science - General Information

AT HOME

  • The content is learned at home through Apologia texts.

  • Parents oversee the reading, the completion of the On Your Own questions, the completion of the Study Guide (Chapter Review), and the testing.

  • Parents ensure that their science students are working through the material at a pace to be ready for the lab classes at co-op (usually 5-7 pages per day).

  • The year-long science calendar for the students to follow is on the 2022-2023 Info tab of the CHEC website, and most teachers link to it on their Band.

  • ALL science classes must allow two full school weeks to complete the modules—usually ten school days—consisting of six reading days, two co-op lab days, one study day, and one test day.

  • If a different schedule is presented, it should give more time on a module, not less.

  • All testing is done at home, proctored by the parents.

  • Although parents have test keys, some teachers are available to help with grading tests.


AT CO-OP

  • The labs and experiments are done at co-op.

  • The teachers oversee the experiments and put them in the context of the chapter.

  • In some of the books there are a few chapters with no experiments. These modules and others are developed with appropriate videos, guest speakers, and/or teacher lectures.


THE TEXTS

  • *NOTE*: For 22-23 the General Science class will be using the third edition book, while the Physical Science class will be continuing in the second. Because the content in these editions change considerably, students must have the correct version.

  • The books for all the junior high science classes are available to rent from co-op.


General Science - 7th Graders

Lead Teacher: Ginger C.


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General Science (7th) Supply List:

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Physical Science - 8th Graders

Lead Teacher: Trisha R.


  • Exploring Creation with Physical Science is the 8th grade text. CHEC offers the 2nd edition for rent, however, both 1st and 2nd editions can be used. See Apologia website to learn about the curriculum. *NOTE*: only 1st or 2nd editions of the text will work for this class.

  • Here's a secret: next year (2023-2024) we will transition to the 3rd edition of this book. Do not use the 3rd edition this year, but keep in mind that any purchases of the 1st and 2nd edition will not be useful after this school year.

  • A nominal lab fee may be charged for this class.

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Physical Science (8th) Supply List:

  • Book (please have the student bring their textbook to class each week) and Solutions Manual (not required to bring to class). Both are available for rent.

  • Binder (at least 1 inch) with loose leaf paper for taking notes, drawing diagrams, working the On-Your-Own problems, and completing Study Guides/Tests

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Junior High Math - General Information

  • The Junior High math program aims to lay a solid foundation for students so they are well prepared for higher math classes.

  • Co-op's program includes review of material and skills previously learned, but it also incorporates an introduction to more abstract concepts.

  • One goal of junior high math is to give students time to develop abstract thinking that comes with maturity (literally allowing time for the brain to get older!).

  • Several classes are offered, all with different pacing according to the needs and readiness of the students.

  • A traditional high school algebra course is also offered to 8th graders. It is taken with the high school students.


HOMEWORK

  • Given excellent textbooks, students can capitalize on one of the advantages of homeschooling by becoming their own best teacher.

  • CHEC’s perspective is that it is important for the students to have answers to the homework as they work. The students are encouraged to only work several problems before stopping to check their work for accuracy, eliminating bad habits before they’re formed. Only perfect practice makes perfect!

  • The answers are given to the students to check their work as they do the homework, not after they complete it. This approach assumes the parent is confident that the student is doing all the work without succumbing to the temptation of short cuts or copying answers.

  • Important: There is only so much that can be done in one hour per week; therefore, the student must be industrious at home during the week. During class the teachers answer questions about the previous week's work, but most of the time is spent getting the students ready to do the next week's work through overviews of the upcoming concepts and by working examples.

  • The assignments are given by the teachers and duplicated on Band.

  • Tests are provided by the curriculum and/or the teachers, and are given and graded at home.


TEXTS

  • All math texts are available for rent at a very reasonable cost.

Junior High Math - 7th Graders

Lead Teacher: Kitty O.


  • Junior High Math reviews elementary computation (including multiplication and division), works with integers, and develops speed and accuracy.

  • The review (not introduction) and repetitive practice of computation gives students a proper foundation for the higher math classes like algebra.

  • A traditional junior high math book (Mathematics Today - Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich) has been purchased by co-op.

  • Parents of participating students receive the book and pay a reasonable rental fee at orientation.

  • Algebra or Pre-Algebra can follow this course.

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Junior High Math (7th) Supply List:

  • Book (available to rent)

  • Pencil

  • Notebook

  • Simple calculator for occasional use (If a purchase is required, please consider high school needs before purchasing.)

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Pre-Algebra - 7th and 8th Graders

Lead Teacher: Daniel S.


  • The co-op pre-algebra course is available for 8th graders who choose not to take algebra their 8th grade year.

  • It may also be an excellent fit for 7th graders who are ready for the challenge of a more rigorous course before taking algebra in 8th grade.

  • CHEC’s pre-algebra course has been designed to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and to begin introducing students to more abstract mathematical concepts.

  • While students learn algebraic concepts, they have many opportunities to practice and solidify arithmetic.

  • Students work with decimals, fractions, positive and negative numbers, and percentages, but all in an algebraic context.

  • The textbook is full of challenging word problems with the aim of enhancing the mathematical reasoning skills of the students.

  • A traditional pre-algebra text (McDougal Littell Math, Course 3) has been purchased by co-op.

  • Parents of participating students receive the book and pay a reasonable rental fee at orientation.

  • Algebra can follow this course.

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Pre-Algebra (8th) Supply List:

  • Book and test solutions manual (available to rent)

  • Notebook or binder with paper

  • Simple calculator for occasional use (If a purchase is required, please consider high school needs before purchasing.)

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Algebra I

Lead Teacher: Tonya D.

  • This traditional algebra I course uses Paul Foerster’s Algebra I, which has been purchased by co-op.

  • Parents of participating students receive the book and pay a reasonable rental fee at orientation.

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Algebra I Supply List:

  • Book (available to rent)

  • Notebook or binder with paper

  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator (see recommendations under High School Math)

  • Graph Paper

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HIGH SCHOOL

9th - 12th Grades

Curriculum Coordinator - Christie G.

High School Writing - General Information

The writing programs at CHEC focus on developing clear and effective communication of ideas and positions in various types of essays, using proper structure and style, while correctly documenting sources. Though guided by co-op instruction, the parent is the primary teacher and is responsible to oversee the completion of assignments and provide initial editing and feedback of all drafts.


The material in the required text, Put That in Writing 2, is divided between two classes, High School Writing Part I and High School Writing Part II. Students may repeat either of these courses for a potential of 2-4 years of CHEC writing instruction.


A NOTE ON GRAMMAR

  • For a student to be in a CHEC writing class, they must be following a grammar program at home. There are MANY grammar programs available for purchase. Ask for favorites on the loop.


***** REQUIRED resource *****

  • Put That In Writing, Level 2 - Utilized for Part I & II of High School Writing, this manual serves as the basis for all in-class instruction as well as providing sample essays, writing exercises, and APA formatting information.

  • Writers INC: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning. All families with high school students in a writing class must purchase this text. It is NOT a grammar curriculum. The writing coaches utilize this resource for explanation of mechanical or grammatical errors.

HOMEWORK

  • To participate in a CHEC writing class, the students must complete the writing assignments when they are due and submit them in the form required by the writing coaches.

  • The writing coaches will let the parents know if the student is not handing in his or her work or not following instructions, but the parent really should know the status of the work as they oversee it at home.


High School Writing Part I

Lead Teacher: Aliza K.


  • The required text, Put That In Writing Level 2, provides an introduction to academic writing, research, and argumentation skills.

  • Beginning with simple essays, the students will produce original compositions under the guidance of the writing coaches.

  • Instruction and opportunity will be given to compose Narrative Essays, Comparison Essays, and Cause & Effect Essays.

  • The art of persuasion and argumentation will be a distinctive mark in each essay, and the student will learn to engage credible resources.

  • After class instruction, the student will carry out given assignments at home.

  • Though the writing coaches will provide feedback on submissions, parents oversee weekly coursework.

  • Before submitting each assignment, the student and parent should address grammatical issues, verify the paper is in the proper format (APA/MLA per assignment instructions), and complete any required checklist.

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High School Writing Part I Supply List:

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High School Writing Part II

Lead Teacher: Chas C.


  • This class is designed to be taken by second or third year CHEC high school writing students. A prerequisite of High School Writing Part I along with a teacher/coach recommendation is encouraged to register for this class.

  • Building upon the types of essays presented in High School Writing Part I, the student will learn to utilize the concepts of the Part I essays in longer compositions: Judicial Discourse and Deliberative Discourse.

  • The art of persuasion and argumentation are a distinctive mark in each essay. The student will do more than convey information; the essay must present a position and provide credible research to support the thesis.

  • After class instruction, the student will carry out given assignments at home.

  • Though the writing coaches will provide feedback on the submissions, the parents oversee the weekly coursework.

  • Before submitting each assignment, the student and parent should address grammatical issues, verify the paper is in the proper format (APA/MLA per assignment instructions), and complete any required checklist.

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High School Writing Part II Supply List:

  • Put That in Writing, Level 2 manual (Put That in Writing, Level 2 Answer packet if parent desires)

  • Writers INC (consider purchasing this used)

  • Spiral Notebook for class lectures

  • Internet access for gaining reference material

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High School Science - General Information

AT HOME

  • The content of the science courses is learned at home through the Apologia texts under the supervision of the parents.

  • Parents need to make sure that their science student is working through the material at a pace to be ready for the lab classes on Fridays (usually 5–7 pages per day).

  • The parent oversees the student’s reading of the text, answering the On Your Own questions, completing the Study Guide, working any Practice Problems, and taking the tests.

  • Parents grade tests with the answer book provided. If parents need help evaluating answers and giving a grade, teachers and other parents are available to give input.

  • The first module (chapter) is read before the first lab. The year-long science calendar for the students to follow is on the 2022-2023 Info tab of the CHEC website.

  • Students follow the lab teacher’s calendar if a different one is provided.

  • ALL science classes allow at least two full school weeks per module for reading, work, study, lab work, and testing. If a different schedule is presented, it should allow more time for a module, not less.

  • All testing is done at home and proctored by the parents. This frees co-op days for group activities and instruction.


AT CO-OP

  • The labs and experiments are done on Friday lab days. This means that the mess is made and cleaned up at co-op.

  • The teachers oversee the experiments and put them in the context of the chapter. In some of the books there are a few modules that do not have experiments. Those chapters and others are supplemented with appropriate videos, guest speakers, and/or teacher lectures.


TEXTS

  • CHEC currently uses the second editions for all classes. The links for each class description, below, are for the newer editions. The co-op science teachers have carefully evaluated newer editions and made purposeful decisions about which edition to use. Great care is taken to make sure that the science is up to date, the book is readable, and the information is accurate.

  • The books for all the junior high and senior high science classes are available to rent from co-op for a nominal fee.


Biology

Lead Teacher: Eric R. & Becky B.


  • See the Apologia website for a description of the course.

  • At co-op, students do only the lab work. The students are responsible for completing all readings, questions, reviews, and testing at home.

  • Biology is blessed to have quality microscopes, slide kits, dissection kits, and more.

  • The biology students pay for their dissection specimens at orientation--approximately $45.

  • The text, Exploring Creation through Biology, 2nd Edition, can be rented from co-op.

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High School Biology Supply List:

  • Text: Exploring Creation through Biology, 2nd Edition (available to rent from co-op)

  • Notebook (for lab)

  • Optional: folder for hand-outs

  • A dissection specimen fee to be collected at orientation.

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Chemistry

Lead Teacher: Karen R.

(Prerequisite: Algebra I)


  • See the Apologia website for a description of the course.

  • The students do only the lab work at co-op. The students are responsible for completing all readings, questions, reviews, and testing at home.

  • Chemistry students must have completed Algebra I.

  • CHEC owns all the lab equipment needed to perform the experiments.

  • The text, Exploring Creation through Chemistry, 2nd Edition, can be rented from co-op.

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High School Chemistry Supply List:

  • Text: Apologia’s Exploring Creation through Chemistry, 2nd Edition (available to rent from co-op).

  • Composition Notebook (for lab)

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Anatomy and Physiology

Lead Teacher: Craig D.

(Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry)


  • See the Apologia website for a description of the course.

  • The students do only the lab work at co-op. The students are responsible for completing all readings, questions, reviews, and testing at home.

  • CHEC owns all the lab equipment needed to perform the experiments.

  • The students pay for dissection specimens at orientation--approximately $50.

  • Students in Anatomy and Physiology must have completed Biology and Chemistry.

  • The text, The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, 2nd Edition can be rented from co-op.

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High School Anatomy & Physiology Supply List:

  • Text: The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, 2nd Edition (available to rent)

  • A dissection specimen fee will be collected at orientation.

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Physics

Lead Teacher: Jeremy R.

(Prerequisite: Algebra II)


  • See the Apologia website for a description of the course.

  • The students do only the lab work at co-op. The students are responsible for completing all readings, questions, reviews, and testing at home.

  • CHEC owns all the lab equipment needed to perform the experiments.

  • The text, Exploring Creation through Physics, 2nd Edition, can be rented from co-op. *Note: those who provide their own text must use the 2nd edition.

  • A lab fee may be charged for this class.

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High School Physics Supply List:

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High School Math - General Information


Homework

  • Given excellent textbooks, students can capitalize on one of the advantages of homeschooling by becoming their own best teacher.

  • CHEC's perspective is that it is important for the students to have answers to the homework as they work. The students are encouraged to do several problems (3–5 problems) and then stop to check their work for accuracy, eliminating bad habits before they’re formed. Only perfect practice makes perfect!

  • The answers are given to the students to check their work AS they do the homework, not after they complete it. This approach assumes the parent is confident that the student is doing all the work without succumbing to the temptation of short cuts or copying answers.

  • Important: There is only so much that can be done in one hour per week; therefore, the student must be industrious at home during the week. During class, the teachers answer questions about the previous week's work, but most of the time is spent getting them ready to do the next week's work through overviews of the upcoming concepts and by working examples.

  • The assignments are given by the teachers and duplicated on Band.

  • Tests are provided by the curriculum and/or the teachers, and are given, and then graded at home. Some teachers are available to help with grading tests.


TEXTS

  • All math texts are available for rent at a very reasonable cost.


CALCULATORS

  • Graphing calculators have become an essential part of every American high school math class, and they should be part of co-op math classes as well.

  • The math education that students receive at co-op is excellent, but students are truly hindered in their mathematical development when they do not have a graphing calculator that they are using throughout high school.

  • Co-op will allow any scientific or graphing calculator for Algebra I and Algebra II, but we will only support (give instructions for and know how to operate) TI calculators.

  • The two calculators listed below are both recommended.

      1. TI-84 Plus—This expensive (approximately $100) graphing calculator is worth every penny and is recommended for college-bound students. It will be a boon to students on college entrance exams, but only if they have used it consistently for years. Any student from grade 7 or 8 with plans for college will greatly benefit from this calculator. Because of its price, co-op will not require it, but it is very highly recommended. *** Please note that every traditional high-school student in America is likely using a graphing calculator, not a scientific calculator. *** This calculator can be purchased from Walmart, Amazon, and Staples. There are also many used ones available for purchase on Amazon, Ebay, and the local loop. Note: any of the calculators in the TI-80 family of calculators will work, but once a student has chosen her calculator, she should stick with it. Any calculator borrowing solution should be a long-term solution.

      2. TI-30 XIIS—This very affordable ($15 - $20) scientific calculator will provide the basic functionality that students need for high school. It is only recommended for students who do not plan to attend any college after high school. Students who plan for dual enrollment at NTCC should not use this calculator.

  • All the math teachers will be happy to discuss and provide counsel about which calculator would be best for each individual student.


Algebra I

Lead Teacher: Tonya D.


  • This traditional algebra course uses Paul Foerster’s Algebra I, which has been purchased by co-op.

  • Parents of participating students receive the book and pay a reasonable rental fee at orientation.

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Algebra I Supply List:

  • Book (available to rent)

  • Notebook or binder with paper

  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator (see recommendations)

  • Graph Paper

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Geometry

Lead Teacher: Katherine W.


  • This traditional geometry course uses Harold Jacob’s Geometry, which has been purchased by CHEC.

  • Parents of participating students receive the book and pay a reasonable rental fee at orientation.

  • *Note: Please do not purchase an expensive calculator for geometry. Most smart phones or simple calculators (with trig functions) work just fine.

  • If a calculator purchase is necessary, please consider asking for guidance from the CHEC math teachers. Not all calculators are created equal.

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Geometry Supply List:

  • Textbook (available to rent)

  • Protractor

  • Compass

  • Calculator (see note above)

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Algebra II

Lead Teacher: Shana A.

(Prerequisite: Algebra I)


  • This traditional algebra II course uses Paul Foerster’s Algebra II and Trigonometry.

  • Although this book includes trigonometry, the class covers only the algebra II portion of the text.

  • Parents of participating students receive the book and pay a reasonable rental fee at orientation.

  • Students need a graphing or scientific calculator for this class. (Students with any plans for college, including dual enrollment at NTCC, should have a graphing calculator. Those with no plans for college may use a scientific calculator.) *See the section on Calculators above for recommendations.

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Algebra II Supply List:

  • Book (available to rent)

  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator (see note above)

  • Graph paper

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Trigonometry – Spring Semester Only

Lead Teacher: Elibeth C.


  • This traditional trigonometry course uses Paul Foerster’s Precalculus with Trigonometry.

  • Although this book includes precalculus, the class covers only the trigonometry portion of the text.

  • Parents of participating students receive the book and pay a reasonable rental fee at orientation.

  • Students need a graphing or scientific calculator for this class. (Students with any plans for college, including dual enrollment at NTCC, should have a graphing calculator. Those with no plans for college may use a scientific calculator.) *See the section on Calculators above for recommendations.

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Trigonometry Supply List:

  • Book (available to rent)

  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator (see note above)

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Math-Hour Electives

SAT Math Prep – Fall Semester Only

Lead Teacher: Elibeth C.

  • This class is designed to teach students tips and tricks for mastering the SAT math test.

  • During co-op meetings, new tips and tricks from the SAT Prep Black Book will be demonstrated and practiced.

  • Then each week at home, students will apply those new skills as they take the math portion of one SAT practice test.

  • Time will be allotted weekly to review any interesting questions from the last test before new tips are introduced.

  • The SAT Math Prep class will require outside work of around one hour per week, with two hours as the absolute maximum.

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SAT Math Prep Supply List:

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Microsoft Excel – Beginner to Advanced

Lead Teacher: Toni Corbin

Using Kyle Pew’s Udemy course, students will:

  • Build a solid understanding of MS Excel, from beginner to advanced levels.

  • Learn the most common Excel functions used in the office.

  • Maintain large sets of Excel data in a list or table.

  • Unlock dynamic formulas with IF, VLOOKUP, INDEX, MATCH and many more.

  • Learn to automate tasks using macros and VBA.

  • Create dynamic reports using PivotTables.

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MS Excel Supply List:

  • Purchase of Udemy course:

    • Link: Microsoft Excel - Excel from Beginner to Advanced | Udemy

    • Cost: Up to $25 with sale price. (Udemy’s prices fluctuate frequently so sale price may vary. Please do not purchase at full price. Toni recommends you only visit the site once before purchasing as the price may jump, or reach out to her for help with securing the best deal.)

  • Students will need to complete up to 2 hours/week of video instruction at home. Additional time may be needed for extra practice problems included in the course.

  • Access to computer with Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2013, 2019 or Microsoft 365 Excel

  • A laptop is recommended for in-class use but is not required.

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Personal Finance - Spring Semester Only

Lead Teacher: Jeff W.


  • This spring semester course is designed to help students navigate adulthood by teaching them concrete money management skills.

  • Homework will require about an hour per week and will utilize spreadsheets to solve particular personal finance problems.

  • Familiarity with spreadsheets, including Google Sheets will be an asset, but not required.

  • Class topics include:

  • Making a budget

  • Online banking

  • Money management apps

  • Buying and owning a home

  • Understanding loans and interest

  • Buying and using home and auto insurance

  • Maintaining good credit

  • Filing Income tax returns

  • Saving for retirement

  • Investing wisely

  • Managing money with a spouse

  • Some basic economics knowledge is also helpful for personal financial planning, so a few basic economics topics will include:

  • How supply and demand determine prices

  • Money supply, inflation, and unemployment

  • Supply chains, production, and scarcity

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Personal Finance Supply List:

  • Access to a laptop or Chromebook during class. (If this presents an obstacle for your student, please notify the teacher who will have a few to loan for in-class use.)

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High School Social Studies


  • CHEC's Social Studies program rotates through the traditional high school courses.

  • Freshmen and sophomores typically rotate through World Geography and World History. During odd-numbered years, they study World Geography. During even-numbered years, they study World History.

  • Juniors and seniors typically rotate through United States History and U.S. Government. During odd-numbered years, they study U.S. Government. During even-numbered years, they study United States History.


World History

Lead Teacher: Michael G.


  • Mystery of History, Volume IV is the text for this class.

  • Because CHEC students have been exposed to the first three eras of the story of the world's nations and people groups through the elementary history classes, this text was chosen for its unique approach to world history from 1708 to the 21st Century.

  • By using a text focusing on the last few centuries, the class has more time to delve into the complicated world relationships that have developed recently.

  • This should equip students to be more informed citizens and wiser in their worldview.

  • For class, the students only need the student textbook. A CD comes in the front cover of the textbook and includes activities, quizzes, and tests.

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World History Supply List:

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United States History

Lead Teacher: Allison A.


  • This course is a general survey of the history of the United States of America.

  • While we will be using the text America, Pathways To The Present as a backbone text for the class, the goal this year is to assign primary resource material much more heavily and use the textbook to fill in the gaps when needed.

  • This primary resource material will likely be available for free online.

  • The goal for this class is to take a journey through time and walk, as much as possible, in the shoes of the people who helped form and build the country that we call home.

  • With the current challenges facing our nation, the class will spend a great deal of time digging for the truth of our past so it can correctly inform our present.

  • Prentice Hall's America - Pathways to the Present (5E Survey Student Edition 2003C) is a good read for the students and was selected for its fair treatment of history.

  • The ISBN is 0-13-052849-8, and it has a photo of the Lincoln Memorial on the cover. CHEC has these textbooks available to rent for a nominal fee. Used copies are also available on many sites.

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American History Supply List:

  • America - Pathways to the Present (available to rent from CHEC)

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Electives - General Information


CHEC makes every attempt to offer electives in predictable patterns for the ease of high school planning. However, our rotations have been under construction. Please note this new plan, like others, may be subject to change based on enrollment and teacher availability.


Even years: (22-23)

7th-12th options: Speech/Mock Trial (7th/8th), Shop & Mechanics, Art

9th-12th options: Shop & Mechanics, Art, Drama, Automotive, Speech, Spanish 2


Odd years: (23-24)

7th-12th options: Healthy Habits, Home Economics, Choir

9th-12th options: Healthy Habits, Home Economics, Drama, Choir, Spanish 1, History of Western Philosophy


*Parents should carefully consider the pros and cons of having their particular 7th or 8th grader participate in a high school class.

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*Additional electives are offered during the math hour for students who have completed CHEC's math series &/or for those who opt out of CHEC's math. These are described under the math-hour electives section (under the math courses).


Odd-year electives during the math hour:

  • SAT Math Prep (Fall semester)

  • Traditional Logic I (Fall semester)

  • Traditional Logic 2 (Spring semester)


Even-year electives during the math hour:

  • SAT Math Prep (Fall semester)

  • MS Excel (Fall semester)

  • Personal Finance (Spring semester)

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Intro to Speech & Mock Trial (7th-8th)

Lead Teacher: Cathy W.

(Class size will be capped at 14)


Speech - Fall semester


Fall semester goals include:

  • Basic public speaking skills (eye contact, pace, volume, use of gestures)

  • Engaging audience through expression, developing “hooks,” and “knowing” a speech rather than reading it.

  • Confidence in speaking in front of others as part of sharing the goodness and glory of God.

  • Weekly homework and practice should be expected.


Mock Trial - Spring semester


Spring semester goals:

  • Preparing a case to be heard in a local courthouse with students playing roles as attorneys and witnesses, students will gain a better understanding of the legal system - from rules of evidence to proper court decorum.

  • Students will learn how to engage the justice system with its intricacies as they decide on the most effective way to present their case and perform it for their parents, jury, and judge.

  • Opportunities include growth in critical thinking, public speaking, persuasive presentation, teamwork, and confidence.

  • Work outside of co-op, practice, and presentation are required.

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Speech/Mock Trial Supply List:

  • Students will need access to business dress clothes for the mock trial portion.

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Shop & Mechanics (7th-12th)

Lead Teacher: Tony D.

  • Following Shop Class for Everyone, students will be guided through basic projects at co-op.

  • No outside work will be required to participate in this class.

  • Some of the topics that might be covered:

  • Auto maintenance

  • Woodworking

  • Small engine maintenance

  • Simple introduction to home plumbing and electrical

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Shop Supply List:

  • There may be a project fee assessed for this class.

  • No text is required for this class.

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Drama (9th-12th)

Lead Teacher: Marissa M.


  • This class is an intro to theatre arts for students who are interested in acting, stage management, technical theatre, and prop/costume/set design.

  • Opportunities to develop: public speaking, collaborating in a group setting, memorizing, quick thinking, problem solving, considering the feelings of others, and following directions.

  • Students will perform monologues and/or ensemble scenes, and possibly produce a play for competition.

  • Plan for 1-2 hours of weekly homework: line memorization; basic drama terms and definitions; simple prop, costume, or set creation.

  • As any performance dates draw near, there will be some out-of-class rehearsals. Students should expect about 2-4 hours of rehearsals per week two months before a performance, and 4-6 hours per week during the month before the big performance.

  • Co-op owns a set of drama textbooks that are checked out to students at orientation.

  • No rental fee unless the book is lost or abused.

  • Plan for around $30 in production, script, and competition fees. *Note: this is only an estimate based on previous years and would be collected as needs arise.

  • Drama is available for 9th-12th grade students.

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Drama Supply List:

  • A 1" 3-ring binder with notebook paper will be needed for scripts and notes.

  • A sharpened pencil with eraser

  • Two highlighters of different colors

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Spanish II (7th-12th)

Lead Teacher: Rosy S.


  • CHEC is using the older edition of Abeka Spanish 1B, Por todo el mundo. Used copies are widely available. Here is a link for used versions for sale on Amazon: Abeka Spanish 1B

  • Because this is an older edition, parents may want their student to work assignments in a notebook instead of the consumable workbook.

  • Students will have assigned daily work.

  • Electronic flash cards on Quizlet and videos will be available to assist students with their daily work.

  • Teachers will review material in class on Tuesday and provide activities to reinforce what was learned throughout the week.

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Spanish II Supply List:

  • Supply fee of $35, which will cover all projects and activities

  • Access to Quizlet and YouTube

  • Abeka Spanish 1B, Por Todo el Mundo Abeka Spanish 1B

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Art (7th-12th)

Lead Teacher: Crystal C.


  • This class will focus on fine art instruction, theory and practice, including drawing and painting.

  • Elements of Art History (using the God and Art DVD series) and Art Appreciation will be incorporated.

  • Two major projects will be assigned for the year – a fall drawing final project, and a spring canvas painting final project.

  • Students will be assigned drawing homework each week.

  • To keep the cost of supplies at a minimum, students will utilize designated co-op art supplies in class. Students will be assigned their own art supply set at the beginning of the school year and will be responsible for the care of their supplies. Parents will be responsible for replacing damaged or lost tools.

  • This is a quality art class, but every effort will be made to keep it affordable. An initial $10 fee per student will be paid at orientation with the possibility of an additional fee being assessed in the spring.

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Art Supply List:

  • Sketchbook, 8.5x11" or 8x10", acid free

  • Spiral notebook, 100 sheets

  • $10 per student to be paid at orientation

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Automotive (9th-12th)

Lead Teacher: Chad N.

  • This new (and exciting!) class will utilize Auto Upkeep by Michael & Linda Gray. (From the publisher: Auto Upkeep is an introductory automotive elective textbook that provides students with fundamental, helpful information about owning and maintaining an automobile. From the basics of buying a car to performing basic maintenance and repair, Auto Upkeep is the perfect DIY guide for the new driver. Discover how to calculate auto expenses, navigate a repair facility, use common automotive tools, and learn about the various systems in the car, including ignition, lubrication, fuel, braking, drivetrain, and more.)

  • Here is a link for a new kit from Christian Book: Auto Upkeep The consumable student workbook is required, but not all sections will be covered, so purchasing used is welcome.

  • Class time will be spent diving deeper into the book’s chapters and practicing new skills with basic driveway-type automotive projects. (Think changing tires and replacing air filters.)

  • Reasonable at-home reading and review homework with occasional driveway projects can be expected.

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Automotive Supply List:

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Speech (9th-12th)

*High School Writing I is not a prerequisite, but will be helpful in engaging course material

Lead Teacher: Katherine W.


  • Students will examine well-written speeches from history as they learn components of persuasion through the required text, Rhetoric Alive! Book 1: Principles of Persuasion student edition.

  • Students will be introduced to deliberative, ceremonial, and judicial types of speech.

  • Students will develop their own speaking and persuasive skills in class through assignments and presentations.

  • Students should plan for work at home of 1-2 hours per week.

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Speech Supply List:

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