World View Studies - Biblical High School for your Home School
World View Studies - Biblical High School for your Home School

Worldview Studies Presentation

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 below.

 

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 markwoolsey-wvs@yahoo.com 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 understanding.
  • 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.
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