Online Homeschool Tutorial

List of Subjects

 

Subjects are listed by grade level first, then by subject area.

Middle School 

 

Virtues & Passions w/ Fr. Paul Girgis

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the tutor.

Summary: Drawing from the Book of Genesis, students will learn how man was created, what he was created for and the spiritual brokenness he finds himself in today. We will discover the method in which one is spiritually redeemed (healed) as well as develop a clear understanding of the passions and how we become entangled in their disorienting web. Concluding our discovery of the passions, we will focus on grasping the essential nature of cultivating virtue and the practical methods in which one does. All instruction draws from the Fathers and several contemporary theologians and is taught in practical ways appropriate to the experiential and spiritual level of the students.

Lives of the Saints w/ Fr. Michael Heningham

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the tutor.

Summary: During this semester, we will explore the definition of sainthood in the Orthodox Church, along with the lives of the righteous ancestors of Christ, the prophets, apostles, and angels. We will continue the discovery of the saint's lives who served Christ as evangelists, martyrs, and confessors.   

Pre-Algebra w/ Fr. James Hamrick

Required Text/Books: Saxon Algebra 8/7

Summary: Preparing students for Algebra

New Testament w/ Fr. Joel Gillam

Required Text/Books: Orthodox Study Bible

Summary: Students will study Acts through Revelation.

English 6-8 w/ Lindsey Birdsall

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary: In this course, students are introduced to lots of great stories: ancient and modern, comedies and tragedies, fiction and nonfiction, and even a film adaptation of a book. Students will develop knowledge of the basic components of a story and an appreciation for techniques that authors use to make their work both engaging and beautiful. Class discussions will take place from a foundation of Christian values, as we explore how the characters reflect, or fail to reflect, the wisdom which is revealed to us through the Orthodox Christian faith. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. They will include summaries, a personal narrative, a fictional story, and a compare/contrast essay. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher.

High School 

 

Attic (classical) Greek Level 1 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Athenaze Book 1 2nd Ed. 2003 by Balme and Lawall, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195149562
Summary: Introducing the language of ancient Athens, the language of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle among others, we will be starting with the Greek writing system, grammar (including Latin grammatical categories), morphological forms, and syntax. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction. For the spring semester: Completing the first book of the Athenaze series, we will continue to explore and break down morphological constructions, and build upon our understanding of syntax as we begin to read increasingly complex texts. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction.

Biblical Greek Level 1 w/ Brian Ashland

Required Text/Books: Summers/Sawyer's book Essentials of New Testament Greek 1995 by Ray Summers and Thomas Sawyer (ed.) Broadman and Holman Pub. ISBN 978-0805410013
Summary:  Introducing the language of the New Testament, the language of the Gospels and Epistles, as well as the Septuagint, we introduce the Greek writing system, grammar (including Latin grammatical categories), morphological forms, and semiticized syntax. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction. For the spring semester: Finishing up our book Essentials of NT Greek, we will look at more difficult forms of morphology: declension and conjugation, as well as increasingly complex syntax as we read the exercises in our book based upon large sections from the 1st Epistle of John. Modern Greek pronunciation will be used as a basis for reading instead of an historical phonological reconstruction.

9th & 10th Grade English w/ Lindsey Birdsall

Required Text/Books: TBA

Summary:  In this course, students encounter an interesting variety of literature: both classic and modern, comedies and tragedies, poetry, and even a film adaptation of a book. Students will review the basic elements of good storytelling, and they will become proficient at recognizing and commenting upon how these elements function in great works of literature. Class discussions will take place from a foundation of Christian values, as we explore how writers and characters can reflect, or fail to reflect, the wisdom which is revealed to us through the Orthodox Christian faith. Writing assignments can be adapted for the needs of each student. Throughout the course of both semesters, we will write some short summaries, a few kinds of essays, and a creative piece. Students enrolling in this course can benefit from the option of having a weekly, one-on-one writing conference with their teacher.

U.S History w/ Fr. Michael Heningham

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the teacher.
Summary: This study will explore the social and spiritual forces that shaped the history of the United States.  Instead of statistics and dates, it will take an apolitcal path of how humanity managed to develop the most unique human experience in history combining cultures and mythologies from all around the globe as an expression of destiny and exceptionalism.  We will be going where most histories have not gone before, to look behind the scenes and get as close as knowing the people of the times and what they experienced, and how they made decisions which impact, and to a degree, control our lives today.  We will learn about the failures and the miracles, and how none of it was an accident.  Through this study of American History, we will learn about the wisdom, fulfilments, and inspirations that were inherited from the most ancient times and continue to inspire the people of our nation.

Virtues & Passions w/ Fr. Paul Girgis

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the teacher.

Summary:  Drawing from the Book of Genesis, students will learn how man was created, what he was created for and the spiritual brokenness he finds himself in today. We will discover the method in which one is spiritually redeemed (healed) as well as develop a clear understanding of the passions and how we become entangled in their disorienting web. Concluding our discovery of the passions, we will focus on grasping the essential nature of cultivating virtue and the practical methods in which one does. All instruction draws from the Fathers and several contemporary theologians and is taught in practical ways appropriate to the experiential and spiritual level of the students.

11th & 12th Grade English w/ Fr. Fred Shaheen

Required Text/Books: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger. Chief Modern Poets of Britain and America Vol. 1, Poets of Britain by Sanders, Nelson, and Rosenthal.

Summary:  Students will read a novel and short stories with special attention to themes. They will discuss aspects of the work and write short essays. Students will also read selected poetry, once again with attention to recurring themes. They will answer questions with short essays. 

Compelling Conversations w/ Fr. David Rucker

Required Text/Books: TBA
Summary:
  Fr. David will guide teenagers on a group discussion about the basic tenets of the Orthodox faith and how to articulate them. The subject matter will focus solely on what Orthodox Christianity is and how to explain the faith at a high school level. This is not an evangelism/outreach class, but rather a catechesis of teenagers so that they may articulate their faith confidently.

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives w/ Fr. Paul Girgis

Required Text/Books: None, will be supplied by the tutor.

Summary: TBA

Personal Finance

Required Text/Books: Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition by Dave Ramsey

Summary: Personal Finance is a graduation requirement for many high schoolers throughout the United States. The two primary resources for this class are Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance: High School Edition and Andrew Geleris.

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