# Plus+ Courses

Open to all homeschool families## KONOS Academy offers accredited math, science, foreign language, and art classes to any student (subject to available space and prerequisites).

**Course descriptions are listed below. For specific questions about courses, please contact the course teacher directly. Materials fees for Konos Plus courses are due June 15.**

### Middle School Math (6th-7th)

**Marielle Hersey**Middle School Math will be composed of four different areas: Homework, Speed Drills, Mental Math and Assessments. Because we often find that math skills are not mastered, math fact drills are an integral part of class. 3×5 Index cards will be created with formulas/concepts that can be used to review prior to standardized tests. Mental Math is critical. In this class, basic math skills will be mastered in preparation for upper level math.

**Cost: $67 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee**

Class Day: Monday

marielle@konos.org

Class Day: Monday

### Pre-Algebra (7th-8th)

**Marielle Hersey**Pre-Algebra will be composed of four different areas: Homework, Speed Drills, Mental Math and Assessments. Because we often find that math skills are not mastered, math fact drills are an integral part of class. 3×5 Index cards will be created with formulas/concepts that can be used to review prior to standardized tests. Mental Math is critical. Students will continue to build up on skills as they transition from concrete math as they master their math facts and start to work on algebraic concepts.

**Cost: $67 per month plus $50 one-time materials fee**

Class Day: Monday

marielle@konos.org

Class Day: Monday

### Algebra I (8th-9th)

**Marielle Hersey**In-depth introduction of variables, constants, expressions and equations. Topics covered will be: solving equations, simplifying expressions, understanding order of operations, using properties, arithmetic operations with positive and negative numbers, polynomials, factoring, graphing (linear and quadratic equations), working with radicals and expanding arithmetic knowledge.

**Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra; prerequisite testing**

**Cost: $67 per month plus one-time materials fee of $50**

Class Day: Monday

marielle@konos.org

Class Day: Monday

### Algebra II (10th-11th)

**Marielle Hersey**This course goes over Algebra topics at an advanced level. Major topics include the solving and graphing of linear and quadratic equations, factoring, a variety of types of word problems, solving quadratic equations by completing the square, solving simultaneous equations with fractions and decimals, complex roots of quadratic equations, solving systems of nonlinear equations, graphing and solving a system of inequalities and exponential equation.

**Prerequisite: Algebra I; prerequisite testing**

**Cost: $67 per month plus one-time materials fee of $50**

Class Day: Monday

marielle@konos.org

Class Day: Monday

### Geometry

**Cassie McGuire**A comprehensive course featuring coverage of geometric terms and processes, logic and problem solving. Includes topics such as parallel lines and planes, congruent triangles, inequalities and quadrilaterals. Various forms of proof are studied. Emphasis is placed upon reasoning and problem solving skills gained through study of similarity, areas, volumes, circles, and coordinate geometry.

**Prerequisite: Algebra I; prerequisite testing**

**Cost: $67 per month & materials**

Class Day: Monday

cassie@konos.org

Class Day: Monday

### Pre-Calculus

**Cassie McGuire**This course prepares the student for future success in calculus, chemistry, physics, and social sciences. The incremental lessons provide in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, and upper-level algebraic concepts. Includes continued practice of intermediate algebraic concepts and trigonometry introduced in Algebra 2 and features new lessons on functions, matrices, statistics, and the graphing calculator.

**Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II/Geometry. Demonstrating an understanding of Algebra II concepts by passing a “Readiness Test for Advanced Mathematics.”**

**Cost: $67 per month & materials**

Class Day: Monday

cassie@konos.org

Class Day: Monday

### Statistics

**Micayla Clark**

This course provides students with an introduction to important topics in statistics by focusing on the statistical thinking behind data collection and analysis. It helps students be more discerning consumers of statistics, teaching them to interpret the numbers in surveys, election polls, and medical studies. Topics include sampling, surveys, experimental design, organizing data, distributions, probability, and inference.**Cost: $67 per month & materials****Class Day: Monday**

### Middle School Science

**Denise Chrzanowski**

This middle school science class is designed to give students in the logic stage an overview of life science. We will use a hands-on approach to study plants, animals, and the human body, giving the students a solid foundation for high school biology. Students will be challenged to think analytically about facts and become familiar with the scientific method. Students will encounter a classically taught Charlotte Mason class that will begin the transition to traditionally taught upper level science.**Cost: $60 per month & materials****Class Day: Monday**

denise@konos.org

### Physical Science

**Martha Blanchard**

The course is designed as an introductory overview of the major concepts in chemistry and physics to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in physical science. The course includes more abstract concepts such as structure of atoms, motion and forces, conservation of matter and energy, action-reaction principle, and the behavior of waves. These concepts are investigated through laboratory experiences and fieldwork designed for students to develop appropriate knowledge and skills in science as inquiry.**Cost: $77 per month & materials****Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday**

martha@konos.org

### Biology

**Dr. Jessica Shockey (10:30-12:00)**

This course will cover the basics of biology through lecture, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises. Students will be required to prepare for labs prior to coming to class, and they will have homework assignments as well as in-class quizzes. In addition, they will have at least 4 exams each semester, including a mid-term and a final. Some of the major topics we will cover include: Basics of Science, Science of Biology, Chemical Basis of Life, Molecular and Cellular Structure, Biological Energy, DNA, Genetics & Inheritance, Microbes, Plants, Animals, Biodiversity, and Human Structure and Function.**Cost: $77 per month & materials****Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday**

jessica@konos.org**Biology: God’s Living Creation****Cheryl Turner (2:00-3:30)**

This course covers all the basics of high school biology through lectures, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises. Topics include botany (plants), zoology (animals), and cytology (cells), as well as a heavy emphasis on human anatomy and physiology, diseases, immunology, genetics, and DNA. All subject matter is taught from a Christian, Biblical perspective with detailed discussions about Creation versus evolution.**Cost: $77 per month & materials****Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday**cheryl@konos.org

### Chemistry I

**Dr. Jessica Shockey**

This college preparatory course is designed to meet or exceed Georgia Performance Standards as published by Georgia’s Department of Education. The class format consists of one hour of lecture and one hour of hands-on laboratory. The following topics are covered: Matter Classification, Atomic Theory, Periodicity, Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Law of Mass Conservation, Empirical and Molecular Formulas, Stoichiometry, Kinetic Theory, Gas Laws, Solution Chemistry and Acid/Base Chemistry. Each week there are text and laboratory assignments. The course also includes in-class quizzes, proctored exams, a midterm and final exam.**Prerequisite: Must have completed Algebra I****Cost: $77 per month & materials****Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday**

jessica@konos.org

### Physics 1

**Martha Blanchard**

This is a thorough physics course that emphasizes problem solving to build a strong conceptual understanding of physics principles ranging from classical mechanics to modern physics. Using a hands-on approach to physics concepts, the course presents the ideas behind what makes physics practical, while building a solid base of knowledge of how the physical universe works. Minimum math prerequisite is geometry, while current enrollment in Algebra 2 or Pre-calculus is preferred.**Materials: Conceptual Physics****Cost: $77 per month & materials****Class Day: Monday, plus lab every other Friday**

martha@konos.org

### Middle School Spanish (6th-7th)

**Kendra Cauble**

This Spanish course uses the Bob Jones University Spanish I for Christian Schools textbook with a consumable workbook. The students will get a well-rounded introduction to Spanish vocabulary, grammar and language. They will get practice in pronunciation and reading through conversational skits, dramatic readings of bilingual stories and easy Spanish readers. Regular language drills, games, class projects and some seasonal hands-on activities are used to reinforce Spanish and cultural teaching.**Cost: $60 per month plus one-time materials fee of $50 for all books and supplies****Class Day: Monday**

kendra@konos.org

### Spanish I (8th-12th)

**Kendra Cauble**

Introduction to Spanish with exercises in reading, listening, speaking, writing, grammar, vocabulary and culture using *Descubre 1* curriculum and other resources. Drawing from my background as a Spanish native speaker and more than thirty years of Konos Curriculum teaching experience, this class has a thorough curriculum foundation, while engaging in fun Konos-style projects. The student will learn Spanish communication skills that with application she or he can use in everyday life and travel. I love teaching Spanish and enjoy imparting that enthusiasm to my students.

The *Descubre 1* curriculum (from Vista Higher Learning) used in this class is an outstanding program that cohesively integrates the text, technology and media with an unprecedented access to multiple learning resources. Its dramatic video presentations, online tutorials and practice exercises, cultural and language-learning information make this one of the best teaching tools available on the market today. The purchase of this material offers ongoing Vista online support.**Cost: $67 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time materials fee of $50**

**Class Day: Monday**

kendra@konos.org

### Spanish II

**Kendra Cauble**

Intermediate level study of Spanish with an emphasis on increasing communication skills through speaking, listening, writing and reading, continuing to build vocabulary, grammar, and cultural insights. The Level 2 *Descubre* curriculum is used along with other resources. Drawing from my background as a Spanish native speaker and more than thirty years of Konos Curriculum teaching experience, this class has a thorough curriculum foundation, while engaging in fun Konos-style projects. The student will learn effective communication skills that with practice and application can be used in everyday life, work or further schooling. I love teaching Spanish and enjoy imparting that enthusiasm to my students.

The *Descubre 2* curriculum (from Vista Higher Learning) used in this class is an outstanding program that cohesively integrates the text, technology and media with an unprecedented access to multiple learning resources. Its dramatic video presentations, online tutorials and practice exercises, cultural and language-learning information make this one of the best teaching tools available on the market today. The purchase of this material offers ongoing Vista online support.**Prerequisite: Spanish I (Evaluation required for transfer students)****Cost: $67 per month, purchase of Descubre curriculum and one-time materials fee of $50**

**Class Day: Monday**

kendra@konos.org

### Spanish III/IV

**Kendra Cauble**

Intermediate/advanced level of study with emphasis on Spanish communication skills through speaking, writing and reading, continuing to build vocabulary, grammar and cultural insights through literature and composition. Drawing from my background as a Spanish native speaker and more than thirty years of Konos Curriculum teaching experience, the course will engage the student in some fun Konos-style activities, while studying an intermediate/advanced curriculum available in a two-year cycle to provide the opportunity to earn Spanish 3 and/or 4 credits. With practice and application, the student is poised to acquire higher level Spanish understanding and communication skills by high school graduation. Honors Language Medallion at graduation may be earned with the completion of Spanish 4 at Konos Academy and some requirements (contact Spanish teacher for details).**Prerequisite: Spanish II/III (Evaluation required for transfer students)****Cost: $67 per month & one-time $60 materials fee includes a textbook, a consumable workbook and resources used in the class****Class Day: Monday – online**

kendra@konos.org

### Classical Art

**JoDette DiDomizio**Our instructional program teaches classical art principles: students begin at their current level of artistic ability, and then move to higher levels of personal success. Whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, our goal is focused on building a solid foundation of art skills while discovering individual creativity. Students learn to utilize functional drawing techniques by layering different mediums through step-by-step instructions. Students also learn elements of art using various mediums like pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and pastels. Drawing techniques include a TouchPoint Drawing system (which develops the eye and hand while drawing with accuracy and proportion). Our exercises are building blocks for skills that prepare students for future career opportunities in design and graphic arts.

**Cost: $77 per month plus one-time $50 materials fee**

Class Day: Monday

1jodetted@comcast.net

Class Day: Monday

### Critical Thinking

**Ray Lewis**Research today could be described as “click and scan” rather than a more traditional and thorough process of contemplate, plan, sort, think/concentrate, evaluate, and repeat. Whether reading or listening, students need critical thinking skills. In this class, students will be exposed to many common fallacies – and how to recognize the difference between relating a story and advocating a position. They will read and discuss many examples from Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle’s famous consulting detective to learn how to observe, what to observe, and methods to sort and evaluate. The texts include

*Mastermind [How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes]*by Maria Konnikova and

*The Art of Thinking Clearly*by Rolf Dobelli;

*Thinking Critically*by Tom Chatfield will be used as a reference and workbook. Class style will be lecture with much discussion and in-class evaluation of written and spoken examples.

**Cost: $67 per month plus materials**

Class Day: Monday

ray@konos.org

Class Day: Monday