Shine science classes always consist of fun labs, hands-on experiments, and engaging projects that foster curiosity and wonder as we study the amazing world our God created. Students will rotate through three cycles (one per year), which include biology/earth science, astronomy/ecology, and anatomy/chemistry. The science semester often concludes with some type of personal project, presentation, academic bowl, or fun event.
Our history classes serve two purposes. They are designed to teach history through engaging lessons and activities, and to help students practice vital communication skills which will serve them in every facet of life. We believe providing opportunities to build strong communication skills is an important aspect in our mission to equip our children to be leaders in their future communities, defenders of their faith, and warriors for Christ. History class has proven to be a perfect place for students to naturally practice these skills.
Our history classes are on a three year rotation, in which students will study ancient history, medieval history, and US history.Teachers use dress up, pretend play, artifacts, show and tell, and creative writing to capture the imaginations of our students and bring history to life.
Younger students are given opportunities to articulate what they have learned in their studies, which helps them learn to gather their ideas and formulate thoughts into words.Older students are led through writing exercises which help them learn to take ownership of and defend their ideas, articulate their thoughts, and persuade their audiences.
Our worldview classes are taught from a Christian perspective and are offered at three age levels. Our very young students study Bible stories, older elementary aged students study the Christian worldview (Who is God? Who am I? Who is my neighbor?). Middle school aged students study logic and reasoning , critical thinking, discernment skills and apologetics.
We understand the gravity of the spiritual and faith based content being taught in our worldview classes. We take every measure to ensure quality control regarding the content students are taught in class.One of these measures include using only approved, accredited, Christian curriculum. We also adhere to a strict doctrinal statement. While our Shine families represent a variety of local churches and denominations, we agree on our essential beliefs regarding God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, eternity, the Bible, and salvation. Teachers refrain from doctrinal topics other than the issues directly stated in our statement of faith
Our Tuesday morning academic classes are designed in a way that allows students to participate in fun, engaging classes once a week, and study the content at home throughout the week. Every teacher provides a syllabus to outline the weekly topic to be studied in class as well as homework assignments or activities for students and parents to study at home. Homework completion is highly recommended in order for students to glean the most from their Shine classes.
One parent/guardian per family is required to stay on campus for the entire duration of our Tuesday morning (academic) classes, and participate in some capacity, either as a teacher, teacher’s assistant, or in another valued role. This ensures the success of our co-op model.