Libertas Academy Middle School History

Another exciting class and exciting new teacher next year!

Benny Phillips earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University in 1977.  He has pastored several churches in the Washington D.C. and Orlando areas, and is currently the senior pastor at Redeemer Church at Lake Nona.  He has been an active member of the homeschooling community for over 30 years, and homeschooled all 7 of his children.  He served as the principal of The Regent Academy from 2004-2011

WORLD AND CHURCH HISTORY

(Rome to Renaissance)

Grades 6-8

 World and Church History begins with a brief review of the people of God in the Old Testament and the development of the new “Israel of God” in the New Testament.  As the new church experienced the Roman Empire and the Roman persecution students will see persecuted Christians emerge from hiding to spread their faith all over the Roman Empire, from the Middle East, Italy and North Africa to faraway Gaul, Britain and Hispania. Then, in the 600s, students will watch the brand-new Islamic faith arise in a flash to drive Christianity out of the Middle East, North Africa and Hispania– even as Christianity continues to spread into Germany, Eastern Europe and beyond.

Next, students will look at the Vikings as they invade coastal territories all over Western Europe and gain a permanent foothold in northwest France, part of which the French will name “Normandy” after these “Northmen.” In 1066, Norman Vikings will leap across the English Channel to conquer England. We will study every monarch of England from that first French-speaking Norman king, William the Conqueror, through the thoroughly English Queen Elizabeth I. Along the way, students will learn of the progress and regress of the Christian faith.  We will take a look at the conditions that gave rise to the reformation and its’ influence on the culture.

During the season of exploration explorers  Columbus and his successors will discover a whole New World– two whole continents and countless islands that no living European knew existed. The Spanish conquistadors will overwhelm the natives of this New World, exploiting its resources to build the largest, mightiest empire the world has yet seen.

Curriculum will be the second year of Biblioplan. For more information visit http://www.libertasacademyorlando.com or email libertasacademyorlando@gmail.com

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America’s Story – Elementary History

Libertas Academy is happy to welcome Laura Williams to our teaching team.

Laura Williams, mother of two, has been homeschooling since her soon-to-be middle schooler was in preschool. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry from Liberty University, where she went on to earn her M.A. in Counseling. She has taught or assisted in a variety of homeschool classes since 2012. She desires to make learning fun, relevant, and adaptable for each student’s various learning abilities.

Below is information on the class she is teaching.

 

America’s Story ~ Elementary History

From the Ancient Americas to the Great Gold Rush

then onto the Civil War to the Industrial Revolution.

Grades 2-4
We begin at the infancy of our country and travel through the founding of our great nation, catching glimpses of the men who would become known as the Founding Fathers. Then we travel to the Wild West and then go on to explore the Industrial Revolution. History comes alive in the stories and adventures of explorers, pioneers, and innovators who saw in America the chance to live a dream — to freely worship God, to have the chance to own land, and the search for wealth and opportunities. Discover the people who braved and tamed a wilderness to form communities and states that dot the landscape of this great land we know today. Finally, meet the amazing Americans who changed the world with invention and ingenuity.

 

We will have fun in this class learning our country’s great story in a gentle and multi-sensory way. A variety of learning methods will be used from story reading, story telling, music, arts and crafts, narration, drama, research, presentations and more. This curriculum is appropriate and adaptable for all elementary ages.

 

Required Resources

Semester 1: America’s Story Volume 1 plus Teacher Guide (Previously called Student Journal, it includes the necessary Student Journal and project material as well as expanded information for the home education teacher.)     By Angella O’Dell
Semester 2: America’s Story Volume 2 plus Teacher Guide (Previously called Student Journal, it includes the necessary Student Journal and project material as well as expanded information for the home education teacher.)    By Angella O’Dell

This class will have a small materials and project fee.  For more information on Libertas Academy visit http://www.libertasacademyorlando.com or email libertasacademyorlando@gmail.com.

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Middle School Earth/Space Science

Just one of the amazing classes offered at Libertas Academy next school year.  We are excited to have David Brackin join our teaching staff!  For more information visit http://www.libertasacademyorlando.com or email libertasacademyorlando@gmail.com.

 

Earth/Space Science: This course is designed for the middle school student (6-8).   Using a strong inquiry base approach students will handle meteorites, rocks and hardened volcanic lava. They will build working weather instruments and safely look directly at the Sun. Areas of study will be the Universe, galaxies, our solar system, the sun, moon, asteroids, meteors, and comets.

The role of Florida in space exploration will be examined. The influences, causes, and effects of weather will be explored. A biblical view of the Earth’s structures and history will be thoroughly assessed from a geologic standpoint. All topics are approached from an inquiry hands-on basis.

Required resources are the 4th Editions of Answers in Genesis: Our Universe, Our Weather and Water and Our Planet Earth books (3 books total) Students will need a 3-ring binder with 5 dividers. This class has a 40 dollar lab fee plus monthly tuition.

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David Brackin(djbrackin@gmail.com)

David received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 1979 and Masters of Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983. After graduating from NOBTS he returned to UCF for post baccalaureate work in education in order to qualify for a Florida Teaching Certificate. He received his Florida certification in 1985. His certifications are in Middle Grade Science, Biology, 9-12 History and Social Studies. In 1985, after 3 years of teaching high school and middle school history and science in private schools, he began his 31 years as a middle school science teacher for Orange County Public Schools. During his time with OCPS he taught life science, earth/space science and physical science at different times as he was placed “where his experience was needed most.” He and his wife Julie home schooled their four children for 20 years and during that time that he worked in public schools. He retired from OCPS in June of 2016 and is now looking forward to working with the homeschool community. David’s philosophy in teaching is that science should be as much of a hands-on experience as possible. The labs that he has written and will be using for this class have been distributed throughout Orange County Schools been published on the Florida Department of Educations website CPALMS.