Psychology

Psychology

Psychology is the study of human behavior. Much of the field is political and it often has a bad name in the Christian world however, understanding this field can enrich our lives and increase our understanding of ourselves and others.

The goal of this course is to inspire students to inquisitively ask, question, and seek appropriate, Biblical answers to human behavior. This information will be applicable to their own lives, as well as to a broad range of career fields. This course is taught from a decidedly Christian point of view with the understanding that Psychology can be a helpful and effective tool. Students read, watch videos, and have regular vocabulary quizzes.

This class is appropriate for motivated 10th – 12th graders. It is particularly well-suited for upper-level High School students, especially those hoping to prepare for and pass the Psychology CLEP exam. This is an excellent course for students hoping to go into the Mental Health Services, Medical Field, Teaching, the Pastorate, or any work with direct customer service.

The CLEP exam takes a fact-based approach, as does this course, which will cover, “basic facts, concepts and generally accepted principles in history, approaches and methods of psychology; biological bases of behavior, sensation, and perception; states of consciousness; learning; cognition; motivation and emotion; personality; psychological disorders and treatment; social psychology; and statistics, tests, and measurements.”

Required Materials:

Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you would like help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.

This course would be well paired with Politics, Philosophy & Economics and Story of Christianity for a robust year of learning! Purchase a Bundle for greater savings.

Photoshop

Photoshop

Photoshop students will develop a foundational knowledge of tools that can be used to pursue graphic design, photo manipulation, print design, and a myriad of other projects. Incorporating fine art principles with technological execution will give students a variety of solid skills in basic design procedure that will be a launching pad for a diverse portfolio of work. Photoshop offers users the ability to create, enhance, or otherwise edit images, artwork, and illustrations

Students can expect to submit projects in multiple steps from basic mockups to a final polished product. This class is intended to give students a broad overview of this powerful industry-standard software. By the end of class they should have mastered the basic layout and functions of Photoshop and begun to incorporate workflow habits that are essential to efficient and effective design.

What can Photoshop be used for?

  • Enhance colors, adjust sharpness and blurriness, add contrast
  • Retouch an old photo
  • Add to an existing image
  • Fix up old photos
  • Crop an image
  • Combine multiple photos into a single image

This is an excellent class for students who have entrepreneurial aspirations, looking to work online or in marketing. This class will teach real-world skills for high school students to prepare them for a fast-changing, global world, where the gig economy will rule.

Required Materials: Adobe subscription in order to have Photoshop. Students can get a discount for their subscriptions. Photoshop and Lightroom together should cost about $10 a month.

Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you would like help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.

Middle school or Junior High Students who want to be challenged may also join this high school level class.

Pair this class with Entrepreneurship, Video Editing, Songwriting, Psychology and other amazing classes for a robust year of learning! Choose a Bundle for greater savings. For students who are unsure about what comes next, Orienteering is a great class to discover vocational interests.

 

Form and Color

Form and Color

Form and Color are foundational to all art. Understanding form and color gives students a greater vocabulary with which to create as well as broader definitions by which to understand art generally. 

Form and Color is a multimedia class that focuses on the two pillars of art:

  1. Form: The ability to build basic shapes into more complex ones.
  2. Color Theory: Practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination.

The first semester of Form and Color will focus on form, using the book Figure It Out: The Beginner’s Guide to Drawing People by Chris Hart. The second semester will focus on Color Theory with acrylic paints.

Color is a power which directly influences the soul. ~Wassily Kandinsky

We will also be taking a look at art development and styles through human history and touch on key artists and styles throughout both semesters. Art reflects culture and understanding Form and Color will give students insight and understanding of art and therefore culture.

This class is a foundational one for all High School students as they begin to look at the broader questions of culture and humanity, society, politics, and theology. 

This class has homework assignments and is graded based on attendance, participation, and the number of assignments turned in. Because art is subjective grading is never comparative and has a looser structure than other subjects.

This high school level class is best suited for mature 8th graders through 12th grade. 

Required Materials:

  • Figure It Out! by Chris Hart
  • 5×8 Sketchbook, pencils, erasers, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, 8×11 canvas boards

Pair this class with World Religions or Psychology for a robust year of learning. Purchase a Bundle for greater savings!

Strategy: War & Peace

Strategy: War & Peace

Strategy: War & Peace

Strategy: War & Peace will focus on the American founding. This course begins by considering the advice George Washington gave us on foreign policy in his Farewell Address. Why have we largely ignored that advice for more than a century? That question will take us back to the first principles of strategy.

What is war, and why do nations fight? What kind of peace do we want, and how can we preserve it? If we must go to war, how do we give ourselves the best possible chance to win? To answer those questions, we will look both at historical examples, and at the great theoreticians of war and national strategy.

Course readings for Strategy: War & Peace will have a wide range, including: ancient works such as Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian War, and the Chinese sage Sun Tzu; medieval and early modern authorities, such as Thomas Aquinas and Machiavelli; and contemporary scholars such as Angelo Codevilla and Edward Luttwak.

Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
― George Washington, George Washington’s Farewell Address

Students completing the coursework can be awarded 1 credit counted toward required social studies credits. This course is perfect for students interested in American history and what makes this country unique, who love strategy and are fascinated by war, and why countries go to war, as well as peace and how and why to keep it.

Combine Strategy: War & Peace with World Literature and Composition, World Religion, Physics, Psychology or Ancient History for a robust year of learning. Purchase a Bundle for greater savings!

Who Dun It – Literature and Composition

Who Dun It – Literature and Composition

Who Dun It Literature and Composition is a perfect class for those who like to curl up and read a cozy mystery. Who Dun It Literature and Composition is a perfect class for 8-12th graders who want to write their own mystery novel!

Get ready for a year of creating clues and red herrings, quirky detectives, and plots with a twist ending!

We will explore cozy mysteries starting with the Golden Age writers like Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton. As we read for enjoyment and lively book club discussions, we will also examine how the authors create characters, settings, plot lines, and trick the reader into suspecting the wrong person!

While we read, we will be writing too–completing a short novel by the end of the year—a  murder mystery, of course! At the beginning of the year, we will create detectives, red herrings, clues, settings, side-kicks, and other important ingredients of a who-dun-it. Mid-year, we will write a short story following clear easy-to-follow guidelines to create your own cozy mystery. The second half of the year will be spent writing a cozy novel.

As we write, we will read our writings aloud and give positive input to one another, as well as helping one another make our writing even better!

We will also watch TV detective shows on our own and examine them for creating scenes, building suspense, and leaving a trail of red herrings and clues.

Required Materials:

Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing by Meredith Curtis – you can purchase a print copy of Who Dun It from Amazon but the E-book is available too!

  • The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
  • The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Sir Conan Doyle
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Haired League, The Adventures of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb, The Final Problem, The Adventure of the Empty House) by Sir Conan Doyle
  • Favorite Father Brown Stories (The Blue Cross, The Sins of Prince Saradine, The Sign of the Broken Sword, The Man in the Passage, The Perishing of the Pendragons, The Salad of Colonel Cray) by G.K. Chesterton
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Where are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark (or As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark)
  • The Roman Hat by Ellery Queen
  • Choose 1 Children’s book from Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Trixie Beldon, Boxcar Children, Mandie Mysteries, OR Sugar Creek Gang

Short Stories: “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Ordinary Hairpins,” “The Archduke’s Tea,” and “A Singular Abduction.”—these are all included in Who Dun It Murder Mystery Literature & Writing in the back of the Who-Dun-It textbook!

  • Ability to attend online classes, discuss books read outside of class, and read writing assignments done outside of class aloud
  • Ability to watch at least one classic detective TV show a month and discuss it in class

Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.

Pair this unique Literature and Composition class with Physics, Government, Economics and Psychology for a robust year of learning! Purchase a Bundle for greater savings!