This course will provide an overview of the arts of the Dark Ages, Medieval era, and Renaissance. It will explore the stylistic character, interrelationship and cultural significance of music, painting, sculpture and architecture from a Christian perspective. In addition to studying the lives and works of important figures of each period, the course will offer the opportunity to discover how the music and art reflect the current events and philosophies of the time. In this way, the Aesthetics course will walk hand in hand with the History and Literature courses.
This course desires to show students the accessibility of art and how art reflects God’s character.
History & Literature
In the upcoming school year, we will study the history of America from its founding to the present (including worldview and geography), literature, and aesthetics classes. Dialectic students will strengthen and solidify their learning through Socratic discussion.
Intro to Latin will be offered for incoming students with no Latin experience. Students will use the Lively Latin Big Book 1.
Lively Latin for 6th through 8th grades will use Big Book 2.
We fully acknowledge that GCT-Logic is not intended to replace all home instruction for your student. You, as the parent, are the primary teacher of your homeschooled student. This is particularly true for mathematics, where it is difficult to teach a higher-level math class with only two sessions per week. The limitations of our model require that students (and/or their parents) be highly motivated and able to navigate the textbook largely on their own in order to excel in the course.
For our 8th-grade math class, we believe that the BJU teacher’s text provides adequate help for most moms and students. However, if you feel that you or your student will likely struggle with the math texts, we recommend that you invest in the BJU DVD math instruction component, which will provide more instruction on a daily basis than that which GCT-Logic is able to offer. Check this out on the Bob Jones website if you are interested. If you would like to look at the BJU teacher or student texts, let us know.
Our math labs offer the advantages of having a face-to-face teacher twice a week to answer questions, being able to gauge one's progress compared to that of peers, and being held accountable for covering a set portion of the textbook and number of drills each week.
The intent of all classes is to well prepare our students for a rigorous Algebra I class in 9th grade. Our experience has convinced us that for most students, the transition from arithmetic to algebra is quite challenging and best prepared for by: (a) ensuring mastery of arithmetic fundamentals and (b) allowing sufficient development of the logic-stage skills required by the abstract thinking of algebra. With that background, our math texts for the year are as follows:
Eighth Grade: Description: Although we’ve selected an Algebra I text, this class is actually intended to prepare students for Algebra I. In our experience, the transition from arithmetic to algebra can be challenging for most students. The rigorous combination of logical and abstract thinking required by algebra is best served by a smooth transition. This class will introduce the concepts of algebra at a pace that will enable the student to be ready for a rigorous Algebra I text in 9th grade. Text: Algebra I, 2nd edition, BJU Press
During the fall semester, sixth and seventh grades will study physics on an age-appropriate level. During the spring semester, they will cover an introduction to chemistry.
Text: Real Science 4 Kids Middle School
The 8th grade will be studying Life Science this year. Students will study cell biology, genetics, the history of life, microbiology, botany, zoology, ecology, and human anatomy and physiology, all within a biblical framework. Text: BJU Life Science, 4th edition
Sixth Grade: Description: Writing with a grammar and diagramming component Primary text: Shurley Grammar
Seventh Grade: Description: Literary analysis with a grammar component Primary text: IEW Windows to the World
Eighth Grade: Description: History-based writing program with a grammar component; writing topics and class discussions will be taken from the history class. Primary text: Lost Tools of Learning I
Required 2nd Day - Monday Classes
The middle school program (Logic) meets on Mondays and Thursdays for all grades.