Parents of 8th through 12th-grade students:
During the lockdown we did not miss a day. We moved from the classroom environment to online, teaching over skype and turning in all homework. Come and find out how we did it; details
I will be hosting the fourth presentation of my classes, World View Studies, for high school. These classes meet once per week, and are
designed to help you home-educate your children.
At this meeting you will hear about the biblical and classically-based 5-year program I can teach to your sons and daughters about ancient/medieval/modern literature, composition, philosophy,
theology, western civilization, humanities, world history, speech, debate, music history/appreciation, art history/appreciation, American government, political theory, American history, science
history, and economic theory. In fact, once a student successfully finishes this program, they will earn 20 high school credits.
For 8th grade I use Starting Points, a challenging and thought-provoking curriculum, published by Cornerstone Curriculum.
For high school, I use World Views of the Western World, published by the same company.
The fall will begin my twelfth year to teach the classes.
Details of the presentation:
- Date: Sat, April 18th
- Time: 6:00pm
- Location: Skype
- Addr: My skype ID is mark-woolsey. Download skype if you don’t already have it and ask to connect with me. If you wish, you may call in on a traditional phone. That
number is 424-260-7726.
- RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so I know how many to expect.
Preliminary class times & locations for 2020-21 are:
Lakeside Presbyterian Church:
2701 W Southlake Blvd
Southlake, TX 76092
Monday 8:30 – 11:30: Starting Points? Year 1?
Monday 12:00 – 3:00: Year 2
Monday 3:30 – 6:30: Starting Points? Year 1?
First Baptist Church Smithfield
7912 Main St.
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Tuesday 8:30 – 11:30: Year 4
Tuesday 12:00 – 3:00: Year 1
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
4729 S. Carrier Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas
Wednesday, 8:30 - 11:30: Starting Points? Year 1?
Wednesday, 12:00 - 3:00: Year 3
Wednesday 3:30-6:30: Year 4
Thursday, 8:30 – 11:30: Year 1
Thursday, 12:00 - 3:00: Starting Points? Year 1?
Classes meet once/week for 3 hours.
What are the advantages of putting my child in your “World View Studies” class rather than exclusively teaching him the “World Views of the Western
World” curriculum at home?
- I add speech. The students will make 15 – 20 in-class speeches in the first year, and then will speak to parents and family at a final presentation of at the end of the year.
- I add 5 debates (starting in second year). This forces the student to dig into a topic in even more depth that he normally would. He comes away with a new and deeper
- I grade all essays both for content and grammar. This is a huge benefit as most families have trouble grading grammar.
- I provide report cards for progress throughout the year.
- I explain HW material, especially when there are some difficult concepts to understand. Although this can also be done by the mom/dad, I think they don’t always have time to read all the
material for the class and thus would struggle explaining some of the more difficult topics.
- We grade the workbook each week, so you can see immediately the progress of your student.
- The students enjoy being in the class with other students learning the same topics. They encourage and challenge each other to keep up, and work hard.
- The parents are still involved in the work. Since we only meet once/week, most of the learning occurs at home; it’s still truly a homeschool environment. In fact, I think you will
find that your student is actually doing more work at home than he was before you put him in the class. This is why I call it “Homeschool for your high school.”
- It keeps the parents honest. I used to tell this to friends of mine when my children were in an external World View class and I was not teaching it. What I mean by this is that
there’s a tendency in homeschools (ours, at least) that when the parents are busy, some of the more difficult homework gets put off – especially when the student needs some help. In fact, it’s
probably the case that if I was still working at Texas Instruments and trying to teach World View to my oldest child (who started 8+ years ago) in my spare time, we’d still be on year 1! I had
one mom who contacted me saying that she bought the material over a year ago and intended to teach her son, but just could not complete the course. She was checking out the possibility of
putting her son in my class.
- I add the Propaganda game. This is a lot of fun; the students really enjoy it.
- I add vocabulary. Each week the student turns in 10 new vocabulary words with definitions that they have learned in the week.
- A man (that’d be me) teaches this course. Since most of the burden at home for teaching falls on the mom, this is a significant advantage, especially for her boys. Boys need a man
teaching them, and this class provides a good opportunity for that. Of course, their dad is the primary man in their life – and that is as it should be. But having an additional man
teaching them is a good thing, I think.