Teaching in a Christian school is a high calling; it comes with great responsibility but allows us to have an impact on eternity. Educating young people is both challenging and exciting. Over the past thirteen years, I have enjoyed getting to know my students and passing along my love for the Lord and His creation. History, after all, is the story of how God has dealt with man and Art reflects the beauty He has created. What a privilege it is to be used by Him in this ministry.
In US History, our goal is to study the events that have made this great nation from its discovery to the present . We will carefully consider these events in light of their political, economical, geographical, cultural, and spiritual impact on the United States and the World. We will clearly see God’s providence and provision as our country grows and matures. In addition to a textbook, we will evaluate primary documents, literature from the times, and films and documentaries in our quest to learn and discover. A number of projects will be employed to give students an opportunity for outside research. Creating colonial brochures, presidential campaign posters, and Civil War newspapers are a few examples.
World History is a survey course that begins in the Garden of Eden and culminates with current events and history. First semester we have the opportunity to take a brief look at a number of civilizations in the ancient world. Our first semester ends with the very popular ancient monuments project and contest. Each year students must research and build a model monument that we have studied.
Our 5th grade students are then invited to vote on the best projects. The competition is very competitive and there are prizes for the winners. Second semester begins with a look at the medieval world and the impact of the Roman Church. The Renaissance, Reformation, age of discovery, and major conflicts are also analyzed for their importance and impact on the world. A variety of different methods are utilized to teach the material. Films and documentaries, skits, maps, puzzles, and art projects allow for variety in the classroom.
High School Art will focus on the introduction of the basic elements of art: line, color, value, texture, and shape as well as the basic principles of art: space, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, balance, variety, and repetition. Students will experience a variety of media including graphite, ink, colored pencil, charcoal, pastels, and paint in their projects. Second semester will focus on Art History and projects will reflect Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Medieval and modern influences. The highlight of the year is the designing, drawing, and painting of an Egyptian Mural on the wall. Various artists will be introduced throughout the year.
Our students also have the opportunity to enter pieces in the Midwest Christian School Academic and Fine Arts Festival held each year in the spring.
Students can also become involved in SCA Scholars Bowl. We currently compete at both the novice and varsity levels. This year for the first time we competed in the Wichita City League Tournament at East High School where we made it into the quarterfinals.
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