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VIA Class Descriptions for Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

Younger Students

Catechesis of the Good Sheperd Level 1 (ages 3-6)

Tutor: Terese Weber
Course Description: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a multi-year Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program where children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in Scripture and liturgy. CGS is based on the belief that God and the child are already in relationship. Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child and God to come together and grow. This place or atrium is a specially prepared room where children can come to know Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The atrium is prepared with materials that children work with as a way of meditating upon the essentials of our faith found in Scripture and in liturgy.

Children's House

Tutor: Terese Weber
Course Description: Coming soon!

Catechesis of the Good Sheperd Level 2 (ages 6-9)

Tutor: Terese Weber
Course Description: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a multi-year Montessori-based Catholic faith formation program where children can grow in their relationship with God through a deep engagement in Scripture and liturgy. CGS is based on the belief that God and the child are already in relationship. Our work as adults is to provide a place for the child and God to come together and grow. This place or atrium is a specially prepared room where children can come to know Jesus, the Good Shepherd. The atrium is prepared with materials that children work with as a way of meditating upon the essentials of our faith found in Scripture and in liturgy.

Grades 4th-6th

Art

Tutor: Julie Leighton
Course Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of media including pencils, paints, clay, and collage. They will be shown how to use various art tools and taught basic skills and techniques. Supplies will be provided by tutor for use throughout the semester. (option to purchase and keep as their own)

Conversational Spanish

Tutor: Ana Grace Plotts
Course Description: Learn to speak Spanish the way all people learn their native language - by using it. We will discuss, listen, celebrate, play and eat our way through the Spanish language. We will immerse ourselves in the faith, culture, and daily life of the Hispanic people. In addition to in-class participation, there will be outside time required for specific online tools, and outside speaking/hearing opportunities.
Supplies Needed: Students will need access to a laptop at home to use Duolingo 10-15 minutes per day. Post-it Notes 5-90 sheet pads of 5 different colors. Lined paper in a three ring binder or a folder.

Performance Choir

Tutor: Joshua LaFond
Course Description: Show Choir is a mixed ensemble of 12-20 youth that combines the movement of the whole human person and singing to perform literature from various selected eras of musical history. This course emphasizes a strong awareness that the class will compliment the student’s participation in critical parish sacred liturgical music groups. Students will develop greater musicianship, proper use of breath support, phrasing, interpretation, postures, stage presence, and the other important musical disciplines. In this class students will study and perform vocal music in the various styles from the founding days of the American colonies through to and including modern Barbershop, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Theatre, and Pop styles. Students will learn the art of basic body movement as well as the enhancement of the vocal rendition of various works. Show Choir is appropriate for all abilities and is a fantastic way to step into the art of Performance Music! Requirements: Students will be required class attendance, participation in individual, duet, trio, and small group sessions where they will use their voices in song. Students will also perform at two of four scheduled venues including Nursing homes, small group show, or a parish performances. Supplies needed: TBA

Grades 7th-12th

Physical Science (grades 8-11)

Tutor: Sherry Zeisel
Course Description: This course will cover fundamental principles of the physical sciences of chemistry and physics in order to provide a solid foundation for further high school science courses of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Topics covered include an introduction to properties and states of matter, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, solutions, acids and bases, forces and motion, fluid forces, work, power, machines, energy, mechanical waves and sounds, the electromagnetic spectrum and light, optics, electricity, and magnetism.

Physics

Tutor: John Leighton
Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry
Course Description: Physics will include topics on: i) motion; ii) Newton's laws; iii) work and energy; iv) momentum; v) waves; vi) optics; and vii) electricity and magnetism. Since mathematics is the language of the sciences, math concepts will be remedially taught as needed. It is hoped that students will develop a deep and abiding love for mathematics when they begin to see her beautiful prose in describing the observable universe.

Writing Through Classic Literature

Tutor: Kristen Soley
Course Description: The classics are just that, CLASSIC. Each book can be read once or several times, and its reader is the better for it, having encountered a real-life struggle or opportunity. The classics allow us to walk with its characters and grow alongside them, coming out in the end, better than we were when we began. Using classical literature, we will see how God is truly present in each of the selected works and learn how to put our thoughts and ideas onto paper in a coherent way (writing). With God’s grace, the goal of this class is to dive into beautiful literature and gain some fundamental skills in writing, thereby enabling students to communicate clearly their thoughts through writing.

This course will cover three core areas:
1. Classical Literature and intro to Socratic-style book discussion,
2. Common-sense grammar for the students that need it,
3. Creative writing to help foster a love of writing.

NOTE: Younger students will develop their writing skills beginning with one to two paragraphs.
Book List Options:
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • Little Britches, Ralph Moody
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
  • Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
  • King of the Gold City, Mother Mary Loyola
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  • St. Margaret Mary, Mary Windeatt
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster

Moral Theology

Tutor: Jacob Nelson
Course Description: Moral Theology examines the Christian moral life from a perspective of man's universal call to holiness and his natural desire for happiness. We will explore principles that must always be followed in order to pursue Christian charity, while avoiding the viewpoint of morality as being a list of do's and don'ts. This class will give the reasoning behind why the Church professes what She does about Christian morality.

Conversational Spanish

Tutor: Maria Balderas
Course Description: Learn to speak and understand Spanish the way all people learn their native language - by using it! We will discuss, listen, celebrate, play and eat our way through the Spanish language. We will immerse ourselves in the faith, culture, and daily life of the Hispanic people. In addition to in-class participation, there will be outside time required for specific online tools, and outside speaking/hearing opportunities.

Trigonometry

Tutor: John Leighton
Course Description: Trigonometry

World Geography & Culture Unplugged

Tutor: Joshua LaFond
Course Description: World Geography and Culture engages the student in the study of countries, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills. This comprehensive reference class makes it enlightening and exciting to study all aspects of the natural features of the Earth, while also coming to understand what is at the heart of whole nations and cultures.

This class can serve for both history and geography classes and projects as well as for general country and U.S. state research since as the region of the Earth is studied, so naturally will also be the origin and development of the culture specific to that region. In-depth geographic terminology will be studied along with comprehensive geo-political analysis. Facts at a glance and in-depth coverage will be regularly employed

Highlights and features:
Authentic foods from each region explored. Student and guest participation encouraged.
Country and state/province profiles, with descriptions of more than 200 countries; all 50 states of the United States of America (including Washington, D.C.), with information on geography, people and culture, weather and climate, history, government, and society, plus a variety of maps, flags, facts and figures, images, and much more
Maps: more than 1,300 easy-to-read maps, including political, elevation, outline, regional geographic, thematic, city, state, physical features, and more
Compare and rank tools: valuable tools that compare and rank countries or U.S. states by a variety of criteria
News articles, updated regularly

British Literature: Chesterton & Orwell

Tutor: Chuck Chalberg
Prerequisites: High school level writing or VIA/tutor approval.
Course Description: G.K. Chesterton form the source. (See http://www.aquinascollege.edu/calendar-event/evening-gk-chesterton-chuck-chalberg-ewtn/). Chesterton Fall 2017 semester, Orwell Spring 2018.

Performance Choir

Tutor: Joshua LaFond
Course Description: Show Choir is a mixed ensemble of 12-20 youth that combines the movement of the whole human person and singing to perform literature from various selected eras of musical history. This course emphasizes a strong awareness that the class will compliment the student’s participation in critical parish sacred liturgical music groups. Students will develop greater musicianship, proper use of breath support, phrasing, interpretation, postures, stage presence, and the other important musical disciplines. In this class students will study and perform vocal music in the various styles from the founding days of the American colonies through to and including modern Barbershop, Blues, Jazz, Swing, Theatre, and Pop styles. Students will learn the art of basic body movement as well as the enhancement of the vocal rendition of various works. Show Choir is appropriate for all abilities and is a fantastic way to step into the art of Performance Music! Requirements: Students will be required class attendance, participation in individual, duet, trio, and small group sessions where they will use their voices in song. Students will also perform at two of four scheduled venues including Nursing homes, small group show, or a parish performances.
Supplies needed: TBD

Catholic Inspired Studio Art

Tutor: Julie Leighton
Course Description: Students will learn and develop skills and technique in the areas of drawing and painting. We will work with a variety of media including pencil, charcoal, pen & ink and water color. We will look at the act of creating art as a form of prayer working from the inspiration of many beautiful works of Catholic art. Advanced to beginner students in grades 7-12 welcome. Fall and spring semesters can be taken independently of each other.
Supplies needed: Drawing pencils: should include at least 4H,2H,HB,2B,4B. Recommended brands: Derwent, General's Kimberly, Artists' Loft.
Erasers: gum, vinyl, and kneadable
Blending stumps: a variety of sizes.
12 inch T-Square ruler
Drawing paper: 14" X 17" pad. 80lb. Recommended brand: Strathmore.
Inexpensive sketch paper: any size any brand.
Brushes: set of 3-5 or more in a variety of shapes and sizes. Recommended brands: Artists' Loft, or Liquitex.
Drawing board: optional. You can also use any large sheet of material with a hard, flat, smooth surface: wood, plastic, vernier or laminate etc.

Introduction to Scripture

Tutor: Jenna Leighton
Course Description: As Catholics, we know the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God but how often are we panged with guilt for not knowing the bible as well as we ought? St. Jerome convicts us when he says, “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. This course will strive to teach students the basics of Scripture as the covenantal story that it is. We will look at the Church’s teaching on Scripture and then dive into the Good Book itself, looking at the major covenants throughout Salvation History, the key figures, the prefigurements of Christ contained in the Old Testament, and the fulfillment of those prefigurements in the New.
Spring semester 2018 will focus on the new testement.
Possible Supplies Needed: Dei Verbum by Pope Paul VI; Bible Basics for Catholics by Dr. John Bergsma

Economics

Tutor: Justin Leighton
Prerequisites: Algebra I
Course Description: An introduction to Economics with an emphasis on macroeconomies, taught through a Catholic perspective with a parallel study of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum. This course will introduce students to the concepts of supply and demand, scarcity, opportunity cost, taxation and efficiency of markets, money and inflation, monopolies and perfect competition, unemployment and labor markets, short-run and long-run economic growth, as well as the corresponding Catholic social teaching.
Spring 2018 semester will focus on Micro Economics