Tutor Seminars Offered

Great Books, Deep Conversations


Encompassing literature, history, theology and philosophy Great Books, Deep Conversations courses lead students through discussions of source texts from influential and wise minds over the course of human history.  Tutor Sessions lead discussions amongst peers in essential questions of philosophy and theology, while formal lectures form the frame-work of history and culture that precede, surround and follow the great book. 

In Great Books, Deep Discussions Students are taught to read well, reason biblically, and argue winsomely.  Text range from the Bible and ancient sources, to contemporary 20th century writers and cover a broad range of cultural topics.  Students read and complete written arguments during non-seminar days and are encouraged to bring the discussions from their course work to their parents for guidance. Tutor seminar sessions are an opportunity to present their thoughts before peers and mentors, and guidance in structuring their thoughts in written and oral arguments.

Great Books, Deep Conversations are designed around particular works and to addresses specific discussions of worth in developing a biblical worldview. However, through this integrated picture these Tutor sessions have interwoven distinct subjects traditional to education these are highlighted below each description to assist parents in their curriculum planing.

Dialectic (Grades 7-9)

The Light of Lewis: Discovering the Gospel and its Practical Application through the World of Narnia

Fantasy literature is an irreplaceable vehicle to open the minds of children to discern well and defend the truth.  The Gospel is the center of every well thought and well-practiced life and this Tutor Session utilizes C.S. Lewis’ Narnia to unpack the miracle and power of the Gospel. Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to read The Chronicles of Narnia and write a well structured argument in defense of the Gospel.

#MODERN #Bible   #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art     #World History 

Autumn 

Quests and Tests: The Mythology of Christendom, and the Pursuit of Holiness

Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to read Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Wee Sir Gibbie, and The Fairy Queen: Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves.

#MEDIEVAL   #Bible   #Literature   #Language   #Composition   #Speech   #Art   #World History   #Geography

Autumn 

Swimming Up the Mississippi: The Development of Christian Character in the Modern Age

Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to travel with Huck and Tom in Twain’s classic tales The Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer – and to delve into the journey of adolescence with How Now Shall We Live and the books of Joshua, Esther, and Ruth.

#MODERN   #Bible   #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art    #American History   #Civics   #Geography 

Spring 

Those Who Wonder are Not Lost: Breaking the Enchantment of Worldliness to Consecrate the World of Enchantment

Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to read Beowulf, The Saga of Hrólfr Kraki and His Champions, The Hobbit, Saint George and the Dragon, Crist by Cynewulf, Dat Erdmänneken and the books of Jonah and Mathew. Exploring the wonder of covenant creation mythology through northern myths.

#MEDIEVAL   #Bible   #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art  #World History

Spring
Rhetoric (Grades 10-12)

The Flame of the Gospel and the Burning of Rome: Paul, Augustine and the Holy Roman Empire

Following Christ’s, death, resurrection and ascension-God’s people and the culture underwent dramatic paradigm shift, which laid the foundation for the spread of the gospel and millennia later the Reformation of the church. Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to explore the Paulian epistles and the ancient culture in which they were written, and the subsequent influence of the gospel on the development of Western Civilization.

#ANCIENT   #Bible    #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art  #World History  #Civics  #Geography

Autumn

Agrarianism: The Art of Stewardship in an Ugly and Cavalier World

Through the works of Wendell Barry, Flannery O’Connor and J.R.R. Tolkien students explore the virtues of The Good Life: what it means to steward time, talent and Creation. Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to expand their understanding of the great commission, environmental rhetoric, and the calling placed upon their lives.

#MODERN #Bible  #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art   #American History   #Civics

Autumn

New Heaven and New Earth: The Sovereignty of God and Dystopian Society

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to expand their understanding of practical providence and the proper response to a culture of fear. Students read: Between Heaven and Hell, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters,  Animal Farm and A Brave New World.

#MODERN #Bible  #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   # American History   #Civics  #Geography

 Spring

The Divine Comedy: 

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to travel the Cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy – exploring morality, ethics, and civics through ancient and medieval cultures.

#MEDIEVAL  #Bible  #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art   #World History  #Civics    #Geography

Autumn 

Joy to the World: The Redemptive Saga of History 

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to experience the history of western civilization as the covenant story of redemption through How Then Should We Live and As Far as the Curse is Found- and develop their calling of the Creation Mandate and the Great Commission.

#MODERN  #Bible  #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art   #World History  #Civics    #Geography

Spring

To Bede or Boethius: The Thoughts and Actions of Early Church Fathers 

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to experience the history of western civilization and the spread of Christendom. Though the fall of Rome and the rise of England the gospel has shaped countries and molded hearts. Students read The Consolation of Philosophy, Ecclesiastes ,and the  Ecclesiastical History of the English People to explore the shift of the Greco-Roman philosophy and culture to that of the middle ages.

#ANCIENT  #Bible  #Literature   #Language    #Composition   #Speech   #Art   #World History  #Civics    #Geography

 Spring

 Sciences


The Art of Science is a fluid discussion of all branches of science that find commonality in one Creator and in their development through history.  Therefore, courses of science explore history, philosophy, and biblical application of the sciences.

Dialectic (Grades 7-9)

Introduction to Chemistry and Physics

Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to explore the discovery of matter and the laws of Creation through the past 2000 years. Students are guided through the fundamentals of atomic structure, energy, the universe and the fundamental laws that describe them.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have basic algebra and geometry skills. This is an excellent introductory course for the foundations of Rhetoric level sciences.

This course has experimental lab and lecture components.

Autumn and Spring

Stewardship 

Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to explore the the revelation of God through creation and pursue their calling as His stewards.  Course work includes ecology, life sciences, and the organisms of Creation- while exploring the structure of the earth and the universe. As students learn how God as ordered Creation, they are challenged to understand the nature of God and His requirements of them to care for His creation.

This course work is suitable to students who have basic Grammar school science skills. This is an excellent introductory course for the foundations of Rhetoric level sciences.

This course has experimental lab and lecture components.

Autumn and Spring
Rhetoric (Grade 10-12)

Nutrition

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to explore cell and organ processes through biochemistry and nutrition science. Course work is designed to engage students in the functions of cells and biblical stewardship of the body via food and medication.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have a basic understanding of chemistry and biology.

This course has experimental lab and lecture components.

Spring

Chemistry

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to explore atomic structure, the periodic table, and chemical reactions. Course work is designed to to develop the students understanding of chemistry on the atomic level and on the macroscopic level through application studies in cooking, forensics, and art.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have a moderate understanding of algebra and biology.

This course has experimental lab and lecture components.

Autumn and Spring

Physics

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to explore forces, motion, and energy – and the development of Scientific Laws through history.  Course work is designed to integrate understanding of biology, environmental science, and chemistry through the broader concepts of physics.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have a moderate understanding of algebra and trigonometry. (This course does not explore advanced mathematical studies of Physics)

This course has experimental lab and lecture components.

Autumn and Spring

Anatomy and Physiology 

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to explore the structure and function of the human body. Course work focuses on the created design and function of the body, discussing pathology, medical ethics, healthcare, and biochemistry.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have a moderate understanding biology and chemistry.

This course has experimental lab and lecture components.

Autumn 

Logic, Rhetoric, and Apologetic


Dialectic (Grades 7-9)

Logic and Apologetic 

Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to engage in speaking and writing a structured argument.  Students study well reasoned writers and speeches, identifying logical fallacy and explore symbolic logic.

  #Bible  #Language      #Composition   #Speech    #US and World History   #Civics

Autumn and Spring
Rhetoric (Grades 10-12)

Rhetoric and Apologetic 

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to engage in speaking and writing a structured argument. Students study well reasoned writers and speeches, to develop their own skills of persuasive and winsome argument.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have a basis in Logic and Rhetoric.

#Bible    #Language  #Composition   #Speech    #American and World History   #Civics

Autumn and Spring

Thesis 

Designed for Rhetoric students (10-12 grade) to engage in scholarly research and writing of  a substantial work, which they orally defend before their peers and panel of experts.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have a basis in writing and Rhetoric.

 #Bible  #Language      #Composition   #Speech

Spring

Maths


Dialectic (Grades7-9)

Algebra I

Designed for Dialectic students (7-9 grade) to explore the order of creation and its mathematical representation.  Through the work and writings of mathematicians- ancient to modern – and kinetic techniques students learn the fundamentals of algebra.

This course work is generally suitable to students who have basic grammar school math  skills. This is an excellent introductory course for the foundations of Rhetoric level sciences and maths.

Autumn and Spring

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