BIBLE: The curriculum for 7th and 8th grade Bible alternates between Route 66 (Positive Action for Christ) and Wise Up (Positive Action for Christ)
Route 66 provides a basic introduction to the structure and themes of the Word of God. As students journey through this fast-moving survey, they will discover truths and applications that God placed in each book of the Bible. God’s gracious work is clear—from creation to the cross to the consummation of time.
Wise Up, a study based on the book of Proverbs, walks students through the decision making process and takes a look at choosing friends, relationships with parents and others, following after God, and using discernment. Students learn passages of Scripture from Proverbs, James, and 1 Peter. Students are also encouraged to apply class lessons to real life situations.
ENGLISH: Grammar and Composition I (A Beka), Explorations in Literature (Bob Jones Press); Vocabulary Workshop Level B (Sadlier-Oxford)
Students continue to develop their grammar skills through the study of the parts of speech and sentence structure, as well as a review of punctuation and capitalization rules. They put their grammar skills into practice through various writing projects throughout the year. The study of literature includes thematic units that cover topics such as humility, courage, generosity, and more. Students focus on comprehension skills and summarizing and demonstrate their aptitude by presenting an oral book report with an outlined plan. The course includes a study of vocabulary.
GENERAL MATH: Prentice Hall Mathematics Course 2 (Pearson Prentice Hall)
Through seventh grade math students learn to think independently in the areas of decimals and integers, equations, fractions, exponents, percents, and geometry. Students apply these skills to everyday life.
HONORS PRE-ALGEBRA: Mathematics: Course 3 (Pearson Prentice Hall)
In seventh grade pre-algebra, students learn about integers and algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, and graphing on a coordinate plane. They learn to compare, order, and simplify rational numbers. Ratios, rates, and proportions are used to solve problems involving similar polygons and indirect measurement. A variety of percent problems are discussed, including discounts, markups, and interest. A review of powers extends to include power rules for multiplication. Students are introduced to square roots, irrational numbers, and probability. The year ends with a review of geometric ideas and concepts. Throughout the class a focus on writing equations to solve word problems prepares the students for success in Algebra I.
SCIENCE: Life Science for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press)
The foundations of life science are defined as they concern the value of science, limitations of science, and the Dominion mandate. Creationism and evolutionism are contrasted with alternative views of Creation, the Flood, and mutations. Botany, zoology, ecology, and human anatomy are brought to life through specimens, charts, and overheads. Students are challenged to solve problems and use information to consider the splendor of the Creator’s hand. There are many visual aids, experiments, and demonstrations that keep students actively involved in the subject matter being covered. Students are continually given present day examples of reasons the Christian must be ever vigilant in searching for the truth in a godless world.
HISTORY: World Studies for Christian Schools (Bob Jones Press)
Beginning with the routine of everyday people, circa 1100 Europe, the course of study is presented as a play. With the beginnings of bulging towns and into the Renaissance, the Reformation, Mongol empires, and African nations, peoples and nations are examined as they rise and fall. Although The Age Exploration brought with it the conquering of native kingdoms and the destruction cultures European Christian missionary work would later bring the lost to the gospel of Christ. Imperialism is examined as it brought with it the seeds of a world that would be encompassed in war and the optimism that followed is shown to be short lived. The rise of a new breed of dictators, who would not be appeased are revealed. The course concludes with how present day history is being written in the realignment of the Middle East.
ENRICHMENT: Various books (Take Tenn Publications)
Students benefit from their practical application of material covering the following topics: listening and participating in class, taking notes, preparing for tests, and taking tests. The course uses current classroom content so students are able to prepare for current work while they develop good study habits for the future.