COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

On this page you will find a brief Course Description of the various classes taught at Trinity Christian Academy. As more classes are offered in the curriculum, a corresponding Course Description will appear on this page. As some courses are electives they may not always be offered during a particular academic quarter. 

PRIMARY LEVEL CLASSES

  • MATH: Students will learn throughout the year Arithmetic Skills such as: counting, writing & reading numbers, place value of numbers, addition & subtraction, money, time & temperature, fractions & naming geometrical figures.

  • ELA: Students will be learning elementary spelling; reading skills to build their vocabulary, and in reading they will improve their comprehension skills and then further develop critical and creative thinking. In Writing, the students will practice daily to develop good penmanship, to recognize the alphabet, to learn to write complete sentences and even a short story.

  • SCIENCE: In Science the students will explore: Life: i.e. plants Animals, & the basics of the Human body; Physical: Movement, Light, & Sound; Earth: Weather, soil types, Mountains, Rivers and Caves; Space & Technology: Day & Night, & the Solar System

  • HISTORY: Students will begin to learn about our American History using basic geography skills which include the study of the continents and where we are in it; to know the states starting with our own, its capital and symbols. They will also begin to learn Citizenship and what it means to be a diverse world.

  • BIBLE: Answers Bible Curriculum was developed by Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis to present the gospel, beginning in Genesis, to all generations; to train believers to know, obey, and defend God’s Word; and to encourage believers to become conformed to the image of Christ. This curriculum was written with the following principles integrated throughout the lessons: We can trust all of God’s Word beginning in Genesis; The Bible presents true history; God’s plan of redemption is woven throughout Scripture; God’s attributes are displayed throughout the Bible; We must carefully and accurately interpret the Bible; We must be ready to give an answer for what we believe; We are to live in light of what the Bible teaches. The Quarterly Studies for this year are: We Can Trust the Bible; God is Creator and Redeemer; God is Faithful; God Is In Control. All students throughout the school will study the same material each week but will be taught at their own grade level for better comprehension.

  • HEALTH/PHYS ED: In the HEALTH portion of this course the students will learn about proper hygiene and about good eating habits, i.e. what makes up a healthy meal. In the PE component, the students will start to learn health related fitness. This will include; exercise, safety and the value of cooperation and teamwork; using age-appropriate motor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills. The students will be required to engage in physical activity.

  • MUSIC: The goal in this class is to give each student an exposure to a wide variety of music and help the student enjoy music. This will include skills such as: Singing; Listening; Moving and dance; Playing musical instruments.

  • ART: Students will do fun projects that will develop manipulative skills through coloring, painting, drawing, and cutting with various materials all to correlate with the Seasons and Bible teachings along with Academics.

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE LEVEL CLASSES

 

  • MATH:  Each student will be working at their own level.  If extra time is needed for a student to grasp a concept, then we will work with the student until that is accomplished.  If the student is able to progress quickly, we will move them ahead.

  • ELA:  The English class will be comprised of many different parts.  Our reading times will focus on comprehension and reading aloud to one other.  There will be times when we read for personal enjoyment.  Each week, every student will improve in spelling by working through lists and exercises.  Every student will learn or perfect cursive handwriting.  A vocabulary workbook will challenge them to learn and use new words.  Grammar is foundational, so they will master the contents of a dedicated binder.  The students will learn and enjoy the creative writing of poetry, fiction, and letters.

  • SCIENCE:  We will study the human anatomy, system by system.  Our internal organs and chemical interactions reveal the genius of our Creator with unmistakable clarity!  This course will be a haven for those who are tired of coarse or crass or perfunctory study of the human body.

  • HISTORY:  This course emphasizes geography.  We will travel around the world from a child’s point of view, learning about diverse peoples, cultures and nations.

  • BIBLE: Answers Bible Curriculum was developed by Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis to present the gospel, beginning in Genesis, to all generations; to train believers to know, obey, and defend God’s Word; and to encourage believers to become conformed to the image of Christ. This curriculum was written with the following principles integrated throughout the lessons: We can trust all of God’s Word beginning in Genesis; The Bible presents true history; God’s plan of redemption is woven throughout Scripture; God’s attributes are displayed throughout the Bible; We must carefully and accurately interpret the Bible; We must be ready to give an answer for what we believe; We are to live in light of what the Bible teaches. The Quarterly Studies for this year are: We Can Trust the Bible; God is Creator and Redeemer; God is Faithful; God Is In Control. All students throughout the school will study the same material each week but will be taught at their own grade level for better comprehension.

  • HEALTH/PHYS ED:  Health component -will be based on A Beka’s Choosing Good Health.  Students will learn basic safety and first aid, how to take proper care of their bodies, and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. PE Component - This year long, class meets once every other week. Students will work on individual skills such as strength, endurance, goal setting and overall personal fitness. As a group, students will work on cooperative skills, reaching common goals and teamwork. Students are expected to wear sneakers and “gym” clothes - see dress code for details.

  • MUSIC:  Music Theory component - will answer such questions as “How do I read music?”  “What did Mozart write?” and “What does an oboe sound like?”  Students will learn about the lives of the great composers and different styles of music.  They will develop at least a rudimentary ability to read music. Practice Component - This year long, class meets once every other week. Using the concepts taught by Mrs Bosse in Music Theory, students in Music Practice class will make music. We will begin with “making” our own instruments and progress to using actual instruments (recorder, rhythm, and others) to play a few tunes. Students must be willing to learn, try new things, practice, and participate.

  • ART:  This year long, class meets once each week. Students will explore the history of art, classic works, great artists’ and various art media and methods. Class will take a hands on approach with some discussion, research and light reading. In this class, student art talents are not as important as their willingness to try new things, learn about the subject matter and follow directions.

HIGH SCHOOL 1 LEVEL CLASSES

 

  • FOUNDATIONS OF HIGH SCHOOL MATH:  This year long core class will help give students an understanding of the various concepts high school students need to have as a basis for moving forward in high school mathematics. Class will be taught at each students’ current math level with lessons, worksheets and homework tailored to that student.

  • ELA – INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE: ELA-Introduction to Literature is a general education course based on the Trinity Christian Academy Course of Study utilizing sources from Rod and Staff for Grammar and English Composition and A Beka Literature books. This course emphasizes building essential skills including listening, reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, which are necessary for students to become effective language learners. Students will respond to a wide variety of texts and activities in order to learn to use language for both learning and reflecting. We will be studying: Literature; Composition; Grammar; Vocabulary; Spelling; Reading; Elocution and Penmanship.

  • EARTH SCIENCE:  This year long core class will help give students a Christian based scientific understanding of the various aspects of our universe. Class will be taught using a mix of lectures, discussions, and hands on activities.

  • CIVICS/MAINE STUDIES: Civics focuses on citizenship rights and responsibilities.  Students will examine immigration, naturalization, voter rights and governmental functions.  The structure of federal, state and local governments will be examined with major emphases placed on local governments here in Maine and in New Hampshire.  This course will enhance student’s ability to understand government in everyday life and take an active role in all levels of government. We will be studying: History-Principles-People; the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; National Government; State Government; Local Government; Election, Voting, Political Parties; Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities, Criminal and Civil Law, Economics.

  • BIBLE: Answers Bible Curriculum was developed by Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis to present the gospel, beginning in Genesis, to all generations; to train believers to know, obey, and defend God’s Word; and to encourage believers to become conformed to the image of Christ. This curriculum was written with the following principles integrated throughout the lessons: We can trust all of God’s Word beginning in Genesis; The Bible presents true history; God’s plan of redemption is woven throughout Scripture; God’s attributes are displayed throughout the Bible; We must carefully and accurately interpret the Bible; We must be ready to give an answer for what we believe; We are to live in light of what the Bible teaches. The Quarterly Studies for this year are: We Can Trust the Bible; God is Creator and Redeemer; God is Faithful; God Is In Control. All students throughout the school will study the same material each week but will be taught at their own grade level for better comprehension.

  • HEALTH/PHYS ED:  Health component - will be based on A Beka’s Choosing Good Health.  Students will learn basic safety and first aid, how to take proper care of their bodies, and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. PE Component - This year long, class meets once every other week. Students will work on individual skills such as strength, endurance, goal setting and overall personal fitness. As a group, students will work on cooperative skills, reaching common goals and teamwork. Students are expected to wear sneakers and “gym” clothes - see dress code for details.

  • MUSIC:  Music Theory component - will answer such questions as “How do I read music?”  “What did Mozart write?” and “What does an oboe sound like?”  Students will learn about the lives of the great composers and different styles of music.  They will develop at least a rudimentary ability to read music. Practice Component - This year long, class meets once every other week. Using the concepts taught by Mrs Bosse in Music Theory, students in Music Practice class will make music. We will begin with “making” our own instruments and progress to using actual instruments (recorder, rhythm, and others) to play a few tunes. Students must be willing to learn, try new things, practice, and participate.

  • ART:  This year long, class meets once each week. Students will explore the history of art, classic works, great artists’ and various art media and methods. Class will take a hands on approach with some discussion, research and light reading. In this class, student art talents are not as important as their willingness to try new things, learn about the subject matter and follow directions.

HIGH SCHOOL 2 LEVEL CLASSES

 

  • GEOMETRY:  This year long core class will help give students an understanding of the various aspects of geometry. Class will be taught using a mix of lectures, group problem solving, discussions, and hands on activities.

  • ELA- INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE: ELA-Introduction to Literature is a general education course based on the Trinity Christian Academy Course of Study utilizing sources from Rod and Staff for Grammar and English Composition and A Beka Literature books. This course emphasizes building essential skills including listening, reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, which are necessary for students to become effective language learners. Students will respond to a wide variety of texts and activities in order to learn to use language for both learning and reflecting. We will be studying: Literature; Composition; Grammar; Vocabulary; Spelling; Reading; Elocution.

  • BIOLOGY/BIOLOGY LAB:  This year long core class will help give students a Christian based scientific understanding of the creatures around us, the marvels of the human body, and the processes of life. Class will be taught using a mix of lectures, discussions, hands on labs and four dissections. Upon successful completion of the class and labs (70 or higher), high school students will receive 1 ½ science credits.

  • CIVICS/MAINE STUDIES: Civics focuses on citizenship rights and responsibilities.  Students will examine immigration, naturalization, voter rights and governmental functions.  The structure of federal, state and local governments will be examined with major emphases placed on local governments here in Maine and in New Hampshire.  This course will enhance student’s ability to understand government in everyday life and take an active role in all levels of government. We will be studying: History-Principles-People; the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; National Government; State Government; Local Government; Election, Voting, Political Parties; Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities, Criminal and Civil Law, Economics.

  • BIBLE: Answers Bible Curriculum was developed by Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis to present the gospel, beginning in Genesis, to all generations; to train believers to know, obey, and defend God’s Word; and to encourage believers to become conformed to the image of Christ. This curriculum was written with the following principles integrated throughout the lessons: We can trust all of God’s Word beginning in Genesis; The Bible presents true history; God’s plan of redemption is woven throughout Scripture; God’s attributes are displayed throughout the Bible; We must carefully and accurately interpret the Bible; We must be ready to give an answer for what we believe; We are to live in light of what the Bible teaches. The Quarterly Studies for this year are: We Can Trust the Bible; God is Creator and Redeemer; God is Faithful; God Is In Control. All students throughout the school will study the same material each week but will be taught at their own grade level for better comprehension.

  • HEALTH/PHYS ED:  Health component - will be based on A Beka’s Choosing Good Health.  Students will learn basic safety and first aid, how to take proper care of their bodies, and the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. PE Component - This year long, class meets once every other week. Students will work on individual skills such as strength, endurance, goal setting and overall personal fitness. As a group, students will work on cooperative skills, reaching common goals and teamwork. Students are expected to wear sneakers and “gym” clothes - see dress code for details.

  • MUSIC:  Music Theory component - will answer such questions as “How do I read music?”  “What did Mozart write?” and “What does an oboe sound like?”  Students will learn about the lives of the great composers and different styles of music.  They will develop at least a rudimentary ability to read music. Practice Component - This year long, class meets once every other week. Using the concepts taught by Mrs Bosse in Music Theory, students in Music Practice class will make music. We will begin with “making” our own instruments and progress to using actual instruments (recorder, rhythm, and others) to play a few tunes. Students must be willing to learn, try new things, practice, and participate.

  • ART:  This year long, class meets once each week. Students will explore the history of art, classic works, great artists’ and various art media and methods. Class will take a hands on approach with some discussion, research and light reading. In this class, student art talents are not as important as their willingness to try new things, learn about the subject matter and follow directions.

ELECTIVE CLASSES

 

  • ARTS & CRAFTS K-6:  Welcome to Arts and Crafts!  We will be exploring art and art concepts through fun projects during first quarter!  We will learn about color, painting, clay/sculpting and more.  There are two sections of this course, one for Elementary and one for Middle/Upper grades.  Both sections will cover the same concepts but in an appropriate way for the age and ability for the students.

  • ARTS & CRAFTS 7+:  Welcome to Arts and Crafts!  We will be exploring art and art concepts through fun projects during first quarter!  We will learn about color, painting, clay/sculpting and more.  There are two sections of this course, one for Elementary and one for Middle/Upper grades.  Both sections will cover the same concepts but in an appropriate way for the age and ability for the students.

  • MYTHBUSTERS SCIENCE K-6:  Can a person still swallow while standing on their head? Can fruit and vegetables really create electricity? Using the scientific method and hands on experiments, we will explore “why” and “how” common things happen - or don’t happen. Class topics will vary based on grade levels involved.

  • MYTHBUSTERS SCIENCE 7+:  Can a person still swallow while standing on their head? Can fruit and vegetables really create electricity? Using the scientific method and hands on experiments, we will explore “why” and “how” common things happen - or don’t happen. Class topics will vary based on grade levels involved.

  • COOKING & BAKING K-6: This course will help students to develop a love for cooking and skills to make healthy food choices. It will include; nutritional facts and myths, kitchen safety, meal planning to name a few. It will also help reinforce math, science and reading skills.

  • COOKING & BAKING 7+: This course will help students to develop a love for cooking and skills to make healthy food choices. It will include; nutritional facts and myths, kitchen safety, meal planning to name a few. It will also help reinforce math, science and reading skills.

  • DRAMA:  Class will start with the basics of drama and move forward - terminology, roles within the theater, auditioning, how to read a script, voice, characterization, etc. and move on to rehearsing and producing a short play/skit (title to be determined once the number of participants are known).

  • READERS THEATER:  Short stories will be re-told with use of voice, characterization, props and such. This is a hands on, active, energetic class. Students don’t need to be excellent readers or familiar with theater or performance, just open to the idea of having fun and being involved.

  • OUTDOOR SPORTS:

  • BOWLING:

  • ARCHERY:

  • LATIN 1: Memoria Press’ award-winning Latin programs are designed to teach the student to master the Latin grammar through an easy to use, step-by-step process that brings out the logical and systematic nature of this language, the mother tongue of Western civilization. In studying Latin, the student will gain an academic vocabulary, a mastery of English grammar, and will develop the critical thinking skills that come from the study of a complex, inflected grammar. Cheryl Lowe’s clear explanations, easy instructions, and step-by-step approach in Latina Christiana have led thousands of teachers and students to declare, “I love Latin!” Latina Christiana was designed as a beginning course for students of all ages. There is a history component to Latina Christiana taken from Chapters 1-13 of Famous Men of Rome. Learning the history and culture of Rome is often a great motivating factor for students studying the Latin language. Lingua Angelica, a supplementary resource, is an excellent Christian Latin reading and translation course. The CD contains 4 Latin prayers and 24 Latin hymns, beautifully sung by a six-voice a capella choir. The Student Book provides facing vocabulary, space for interlinear translation, and grammar word study exercises. Lingua Angelica introduces the students to translation in a systematic and doable method.  Christian Latin should always be the first step in learning to translate Latin literature because it has shorter, simpler sentences and clearer word structure than classical authors.  Just like you wouldn’t study calculus before you learn algebra, you shouldn’t approach Caesar, Cicero, or Virgil before you conquer Christian Latin.  As Cheryl Lowe puts it, “Christian Latin is infinitely easier to read than classical authors, so why would you start anywhere else?”

  • SPANISH 1: This high-school level course introduces students to effective strategies for beginning Spanish language learning, and to various aspects of Spanish speaking culture. This introductory course is designed for students with little or no previous study of Spanish. Some students in class might have studied Spanish in middle school, but have not grasped some of the important structures of the language. This course teaches basic language patterns and vocabulary. Repetition and comprehensible input are important components of this course. Focus is on all four language skills listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course encourages interpersonal communication through speaking and writing, providing opportunities to make and respond to basic requests and questions, understand and use appropriate greetings and forms of address, participate in brief guided conversations on familiar topics, and write short passages with guidance. This course also emphasizes the development of reading and listening comprehension skills, such as reading isolated words and phrases in a situational context and comprehending brief written or oral directions. Additionally, students will examine the practices, products and perspectives of Spanish-speaking culture; recognize basic routine practices of the Hispanic culture; and recognize and use situation-appropriate non-verbal communication. This course further emphasizes making connections across content areas and the application of understanding Spanish language and culture outside of the classroom.  Culture is an integral part of the course and is introduced through the use of media, games, adapted readings and class discussions. In addition to written tests and quizzes, students may also be assessed by means of aural activities. Homework assignments are an integral part of this course; they reinforce concepts/skills introduced and explored in class, which enable students to participate in class in a meaningful way. Completion of homework assignments is a must. Active participation is required.

  • FRENCH 1: The French 1 course is designed to teach basic French communication, to expose students to various Francophone countries and cultures, to enhance his/her knowledge of French history, to compare and contrast French culture to our own culture in the United States, and to explore the impact of French culture on our own culture and how becoming fluent in French may help him/her in his/her future. Students will learn to converse and write about daily life in present tense, to discuss future plans and to write/talk about past experiences. Students will be taught basic vocabulary words centered around school, home, food, shopping, recreational activities, vacations and feelings. For students to acquire proficiency in French, we will practice speaking/writing and listening to French speakers and reading French stories and dialogues. Students are expected to participate in the speaking drills and the listening activities and to complete reading and written assignments. First Start French is the perfect introduction to French for students. If you would like to add a modern language to your Latin studies, here’s the class for you. Modeled after the approachable Latina Christiana format, students learn the basics of grammar,  develop a large vocabulary, and assist in beginning to speak French. They will enjoy learning as they practice conversation, reading, and translation, and are introduced to French culture. The Student Book introduces vocabulary, grammar, and translation, with practice exercises for every lesson. This year-long course gives the students basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, through activities based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Throughout the material students learn to talk about themselves and others, describe their surroundings, use numbers for dates and time, discuss seasons and weather and express actions in the present tense. Many irregular verbs are introduced. Simple grammatical structures are practiced in innovative ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Some complexity to grammar is introduced in this course. Culture is presented throughout the course to help students understand the context of the language and to better understand the perspectives of the French-speaking world.

REBOUND

 

  • FRIDAY REBOUND: The Rebound class is not a specific subject class. It is a component of Trinity Christian Academy’s academic plan to ensure that all students complete their weekly core class classwork, homework and projects. Any student who fails to complete their academic work or to hand in their assigned homework on the appointed days of that week will be assigned to the Rebound class for Friday until all such work is completed satisfactorily. This means that the student will not participate in elective classes that day until all their week’s assigned academic work and homework has been successfully finished and been approved by their respective teachers.

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