Mission Statement

To glorify God in the training of our children, providing them with the skills to think critically, clearly and Biblically.

To develop our children with strong Godly character, sound mind and body, so they may share with others the love of God, while learning to serve our Lord and Savior, the Chief Cornerstone.

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  Fall 2017 Classes PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HS

8:30 - 9:25








1 Fish, 2 Fish X X                  
Karate   X X X X X X X      
Beginning Writing         X X X        
Merriment & Merth Writing               X X X  
Mighty Pen               X X X  
Biology                     X
Piano / Flute or Guitar Lesson ** 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 (8:00 and 8:30 piano available)                      
  Fall 2017 Classes PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HS

9:30 - 10:25








Play School with Me X                    
Storytellers       X X            
Cultures Around The World   X X X X            
For the Love of Art           X X X      
Moses: Ordinary to Extraordinary           X X X      
Karate             X X X X X
Art History               X X X  
Foundations for Finance                     X
Piano / Flute and Guitar Lessons 9:30 or 10:00 (Only Guitar Lessons Available)                       
   

10:30 - 10:50








ASSEMBLY

(pledge, prayer, birthdays, games & more!)
    Fall 2017 Classes PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HS

10:55 - 11:50








ABC's and 123's X X                  
Hero Training Camp     X X X            
Rocks and Minerals     X X X            
Burning Rubber            X X X      
Survival of the Skillest           X X X      
Biology               X X X  
Sign Language               X X X X
Art History                     X
Piano / Flute or Guitar Lessons 10:55 or 11:25 (11:25 Guitar available ONLY)                      
  Fall 2017 Classes PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HS

11:55 - 12:50








My Body  X X                  
Run, Jump, Play!    X X X X            
History Explorers     X X X            
Galloping the Globe           X X X      
Constitution               X X X  
Mighty Pen Essays                     X
Piano / Flute Lessons 11:55 or 12:25                       
Guitar Lessons 12:55                       

Preschool-Kindergarten

1st Hour

1 Fish, 2 Fish Grades Pre-K (age 3 as well)

Do you love books? What’s your favorite picture book? 1,2,3, come join me and we will read some of the most popular picture books and use them to explore the world of math. Miss Spider’s Tea Party, The Rainbow Fish, Chrysanthemum and so many more loved stories can provide fun ways to introduce early math skills. Mom’s and Dad’s some of the math skills we will explore are; operations, patterns, geometry, measurement, data analysis and more.

Min:   2         Max: 10

Materials fee: $0  Hoping to keep this free. I may ask for donations of certain materials along the way, especially if at the maximum of kids.

Required Supplies: also please send crayons, pencils, and a folder.

Workload: 1 (occasionally they will be asked to bring things from home to help with a math concept)

Teacher: Machell Klee

Aide: Liz Nussbaum


2nd Hour

Play School With Me Ages 3-4

Are you 3 or 4 years old? Do you like to learn all you can about the world around you by touching, seeing, listening, smelling, and even tasting? Play School With Me is a class for you, CCHC’s little learners with big imaginations. You will have fun playing, sometimes getting messy, learning, and making friends. We will explore a new theme each week by listening to stories and doing hands-on activities. Our activities may include science, arts and crafts, fine motor practice, sensory play, gross motor fun, and literacy. You will also learn public speaking skills by taking turns bringing something special for show and tell. 

Min:   Max: 10

Materials Fee: $15.

Required Supplies: Required materials brought from home include Crayons, pencil, safety scissors, folder, art smock to old t-shirt to protect clothing.

Workload: 1 (Occasionally will need to prepare for show and tell).

Teacher: Susan Dahl

Aide:


3rd Hour

ABC’s and 123’s Pre-K

Hey Little One's!!!! Come join us for a fun class where you'll be learning your letters and sounds, your numbers, and  some sweet Bible verse songs. We'll be celebrating God's beautiful world, as we learn about the weather and  the seasons.   Every one of you will have a chance to be "Special Kid of the Week" and bring in your favorite toy for show and tell, and we'll play games and enjoy arts and crafts too!  I cant wait to meet you and enjoy our time together.

Min:   Max: 12

Materials Fee: $15 unused money will be returned at the end of the semester.

Required Supplies: Bring from home: crayons, pencils, glue stick, some safety scissors

Workload: 1-2

Teacher: Christy Shue

Aide:


4th Hour

My Body preschool age (kindergarten may join as well)

Our bodies are amazing creations! In this fun, hands-on science class, we will read great books, exercise, sing, create lapbooks, and dance, all while learning about different parts of your body. This preschool class has it all!

Min: 4           Max: 10

Materials Fee: $5

Required Supplies:

Workload: 0

Teacher: Paula Wagner

Aide:


1st - 3rd

1st Hour

No class for Grades 1-2

Beginning Writing Grades 3-5

Fledgling writers will learn to compose with structure and style. Using source materials, students will take notes and summarize narrative stories. With the help of a good thesaurus, kids will add strong words to dress up their essays, no boring words allowed. This class will focus on the fundamentals of a sound paragraph and is designed to equip students for more advanced IEW essay writing.

Min: 4            Max: 10

Materials Fee: $10

Required Supplies: Required “All Things Fun and Fascinating” $29 , “Student Resource Notebook” Free (downloaded from IEW website), note cards and highlighters.

Workload: 4 (parental oversight is required)

Teacher: Kathy Cannon

Aide:


2nd Hour

Storytellers grades 2-3

Description:  You will write a variety of exciting stories while also learning how to diagram sentences.  Once your stories are complete, you will practice reading your individual stories in front of the class. You will short daily writing in your journal for homework.     Prerequisite for this class:  know parts of the speech, be able to read and write, be familiar with diagramming sentences.

Min: 4           Max: 10

Materials:  $10

Required Supplies: plus a folder dedicated to Storytellers, pencils erasers, notebook to use as a journal

Workload: 3

Teacher: Diane Sharp

Aide:


Cultures Around the World grades 1-3 (5 year olds too)

There are many countries in our world, and they each have a unique way of life.  Although we may be different, we also have much in common.  We will explore different cultures around the world through stories, crafts, foods, music,  and more.  When our travels are completed, you will have a passport featuring all of the places we visited.

Min: 4           Max: 12 (more if space allows)

Materials: $15

Required Supplies: basic school supplies needed (crayons, glue, scissors, pencil) and various household supplies upon request.

Workload: 1-2

Teacher: Sheri Issacson

Aide:


3rd Hour

Hero Training Camp Grades 1-3

Slingshots, giants, heroes, oh my!  Hero Training Camp uses the life of the hero David, activities, songs, crafts and experiments to teach what it means to be a hero now in four areas: do what’s right, deal with wrongs, be honest, and care about others.  You will learn how to handle mistakes and mess-ups, handle the challenge of being honest under pressure, jump into action to help others, how to be a one minute hero, and the skill of seeing things that need to be done and doing them.  All the qualities of a hero!  Let’s start the training!! (Curriculum found through National Center for Biblical Parenting.)

Min: 5           Max: 12

Materials Fee: $10

Required Supplies: crayons, markers, pen/pencil, glue stick, scissors, a knee high stocking (nylon), various household supplies upon request

Workload: 3 -there will be parental involvement needed during the week (possibly reading of short 1-2 page stories and/or prep or completion of a craft)

Teacher: Jenny Curtis

Aide:


Rocks and Minerals Grades 1-3

What is this thing anyways?! Have you ever found a rock in your back yard and wondered what it is made of? Where did it come from? Well, come to our Rocks and Minerals class and learn how you can play geologist with me! We will learn about the three different types of rocks, how they're made, and the common minerals that make them up! We will have fun doing activities with the rocks as well. We will even plan a visit to the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary art in Elmhurst, and have a REAL geologist and volcanologist as our guide!

Min: 4           Max: 12

Materials Fee: $10

Required Supplies:

Workload: 0

Teacher: Mandi Capo

Aide:


4th Hour

Run, Jump, Play grades 1-3

Learn new games and play old favorites in this group games class. Spend the last part of your morning running and playing with your friends. We will devote time to learning and playing structured games and throw in a little free time as well. You'll be free to shake out the sillies in this class

Min: 8           Max: 12

Materials Fee: $0

Required Supplies:  Sneakers or comfortable shoes for playing and occasionally a jacket for outdoor play when the weather is warmer

Workload: 0

Teacher: Nikki Steen

Aide: Tammy Thompson


History Explorers: Bible and Ancient Egypt grades 1-3

If you are curious about the mysterious places in the Bible stories you’ve read and what else was going on in the world at the same time, you will want to explore Simply Charlotte Mason’s Genesis-Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt with us. We will read books that make history and geography come alive so we can better understand these first books of the Bible. After looking at maps and photographs of historic places, we will each create a Book of Centuries timeline and do other hands-on activities that will help us connect with God’s word while learning about the history and geography of God’s world.

Min: 3           Max: 10

Materials Fee: $10

Required Supplies: pencils, crayons, scissors, glue, erasers, two-pocket folder with name on it, and 1/2” binder

Workload: 1

Teacher: Susan Dahl

Aide:


4th - 6th

1st hour:

No Class for Grade 6


Beginning Writing Grades 3-5

Fledgling writers will learn to compose with structure and style. Using source materials, students will take notes and summarize narrative stories. With the help of a good thesaurus, kids will add strong words to dress up their essays, no boring words allowed. This class will focus on the fundamentals of a sound paragraph and is designed to equip students for more advanced IEW essay writing.

Min: 4            Max: 10

Materials Fee: $10

Required Supplies: Required “All Things Fun and Fascinating” $29 , “Student Resource Notebook” Free (downloaded from IEW website), note cards and highlighters.

Workload: 4 (parental oversight is required)

Teacher: Kathy Cannon

Aide:


2nd Hour

For the Love of Art Grades 4-6

Calling all artists! Throw on your smocks and create your very own works of art!

While learning about what inspires artists, how to use the different mediums (art stuff like pastels, watercolor, ebony pencils and more) we will master elements of composition, imagination, space, lines…. the possibilities, endless.  Along the way, you will meet some famous artists and be exposed to large prints of well-known works.  Let’s develop those observational skills as we delve into the creative process!

Min: 5           Max: 12

Materials Fee: $0

Required Supplies: 1-ebony pencil, 1-vinyl eraser, 1-small set of soft pastels (powdery like chalk, not professional grade), 1-small set of oil pastels (CrayPas, Junior Artist brands recommended), 1-sketch or drawing paper pad, 1-set of 10-15 watercolor crayons (Caran d’ache, Neocolor II Watersoluable brand recommended), 1-#8 round watercolor brush that comes to a point, 1-watercolor paper pad, art smock/old tshirt

Workload: 3 (Possibly some short reading, observational questions or completion of projects at home).

Teacher: Jenny Curtis

Aide:


Moses: Ordinary to Extraordinary grades 4-6

Four Books of the bible often passed over, but these four books were packed with God’s amazing power to take the ordinary Moses and use him to do extraordinary things! 12 weeks in Exodus/Leviticus and 12 weeks in Numbers/Deuteronomy. Class Structure will be prayer, read bible passage, teacher led lesson and explanation on bible passage. During lessons, students will be encouraged to listen intently and jot down questions. We will dig deep into the text to discuss the aim (what God wants us to know) and discover truths about God and how we can apply those truths to our lives today. Each week we will learn a different attribute of God found within bible lesson. Students will be encouraged (though NOT required) to re-read the text throughout the week. They will also be encouraged (though NOT required) to read the text to be discussed the following week. Assignments include looking for God’s attribute during the week. Example: How have you seen God as faithful this week? 

Min: 4 students       Max: 12 students

Materials Fee: $0

Required Supplies: Bible (ESV, NIV, NIrV), pens/pencils, journal or notebook, folder or 3 ring binder.

Workload: 4-5

Daily reading/prayer *Parents PLEASE do not make this a CHORE for your child. Their choice to read/pray or no to is between them and the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit be their Helper and trust that God is at work IN SPITE of them! Amen?

Teacher: Amy Hiller

Aide:


3rd Hour

Survival of the Skillest Grades 4-6

Marooned on a desert island, stranded on a mountain, capsized in an ocean: it could happen to you! Do you have the skills it takes to survive? You’re going to need water, food and shelter; but the water is muddy, the food keep moving, and the only thing around is sticks and leaves. Now what? Well, it’s a good thing that you took that class and learned how to filter water, find food and build shelter. Oh, and how to signal for help! Bear Grylls had nothing on Bar Meyer. There will be lots of hands-on activities in this class, so be ready to move and learn!

Min: 5            Max: 12

Materials Fee: $10

Required Supplies: additional supplies TBD

Workload: 1

Teacher: Noreen Meyer

Aide:


Burning Rubber Grades 4-6

We will be burning off some energy in this gym class. We will be stretching, exercising and playing classic recess time games. Bring your gym shoes and get ready to have some fun.

Min: 8           Max: 25

Materials Fee: $0

Required Supplies: Gym Shoes

Workload: 0

Teacher: Tammy Thompson

Aide: Nikki Steen


4th Hour

Galloping the Globe Grades 4-6

We live in a diverse culture and we hear breaking news of the missing underwater continent. It is becoming increasingly important that we understand the world and cultures around us. With hands-on activities and sometimes edible activities, you will learn geographical terms, mapping skills and atlas usage. We will explore the continents, countries and geographic features.

Min: 5           Max: 12

Materials Fee: $5

Required Supplies:

Workload: 2

Teacher: Tracie Orlowski

Aide:


Middle School

1st Hour

Merriment & Merth: The Mighty Pen Continues, Part II  6 previously enrolled students from Spring 2017 only.

Fairies, Knights and Princesses, OH MY!  Continuing IEW writers gather weekly in this small group writing class to brainstorm, share compositions and learn from each other.  We will use IEW's Fables, Myths and Fairytales to focus on style and structure as well as expand our vocabulary.  Grammar skills and editing techniques will be strengthened.  Our writing skills will be put to good use in new and exciting ways with this light-hearted and imaginative curriculum.

Parents:  As always, you are expected to assist and support your student(s)  as needed.  Unless otherwise assigned, editing of assignments and checklist completion at home is required.  This is the home-schooling component of the class. Max:  This class is limited to the 6 previously enrolled students from Spring 2017-you know who you are!This class is subject to the CCHC Academic Agreement. 

Class Fee: $50/semester This will be a year long class

Required Supplies: Fables, Myths and Fairytale/Student Edition (Second Edition, July 2014) $29 from IEW, note cards, highlighters, pens, binder and, of course, your Student Resource Notebook (which you probably already have from last year).

Workload: 5

Teacher: Marcia Boland

Aide:


The Mighty Pen Creative Writing Grades 6-8 and high school

Open only to students with over 2 years of IEW writing experience, this class will dive deep into units 5, 7 and 9 of IEW’s sequence of creative writing.  Over the course of two semesters, students will write from prompts and pictures, learn journalistic techniques, formulate critiques, and create stories. Greater attention will be on mastering all style and structure requirements of IEW, in addition to learning abstract aspects of writing like voice, tone, mood, theme, fluency, and word choice.  Adherence to the IEW checklists, participation in the revision process, and commitment to one hour per day of writing at home is expected. Parental oversight is mandatory.  This class is subject to the CCHC Academic Agreement.

Min: 6           Max: 10

Class Fee: $50/semester This is a year long class.

Required Materials: IEW Student Resource Notebook and writing supplies (No book is required.  Handouts will be emailed to be printed at home.)

Workload: 5 parental oversight is required

Teacher: Julie Renner

Aide:


2nd Hour

Art History Grades 6-8

This class will offer a chronological full emersion into art forms, including, but not limited to music and art mediums/techniques, and those artists who created these forms of art. Some art projects will, at times, be completed at one and returned the following week.

Min: 6           Max: 10/12 depending on room size

Class Fee: $50

Materials Fee: $50 (any unused supply fees will be returned at the end of the semester)

Required Supplies: 11x14 art portfolio RECOMMENDED for transporting art.

Workload: 2-3

Teacher: Sandy Gonda

Aide: Diane Sharp


3rd Hour

Biology Grades 6-8

A beginning introduction to biology that sets the foundations for high school studies. The class will focus on vocabulary and basic concepts. There will not be dissection at this level. This class is subject to the CCHC Academic Agreement.

Min: 5           Max: 12

Class fee: $100/semester This is a year long class

Supply/lab Fee: $50/year this includes lab materials,

Required Supplies: Requires lab goggles, dedicated lab notebook, dedicated biology folder, internet access, colored pencils, pencils

Workload: 5+

Teacher: Heidi Short

Aide: Jeni White


Sign Language Grades 6-12

Did you know that Sign Language is the 3rd most used language in America behind English and Spanish. Do you like to talk with your hands or know how to communicate without using your voice.   Students like you love to talk with their hands. Sign Language is a visual language that you can pick up easily and you will enjoy practicing with your friends and family. Come learn some words in sign language, make sentences, sign songs and learn about the history of sign language and their culture.   For those needing High School Credit there will be weekly assignments and quizzes. 

Min: 4           Max: 14

Class Fee: $70

Required Supplies: Joy of Signing book.

General school supplies would be required as well.  

Workload: MS/2-3 HS/4

Teacher: Tracie Orlowski

Aide:


4th hour

Constitution Grades 6-8

During this year long class the students will be focusing on how our government works, it's history, and who is involved. We will be starting with the birth of our independent country after the American Revolution and ending with our government today. Towards the end of the second semester we will be discussing the Illinois constitution and government. Throughout this class the  students will be taking a series of quizzes after we finish each section. There will be a final culminating test during the second semester. Students can expect a moderate amount of written work in addition to studying for tests and quizzes. This is a subject that I enjoy teaching, as I have taught American History for a good number of years to seventh graders.

Students will be required to have a notebook and writing utensils in class everyday. I will be supplying all students with most copies of handouts and booklets when needed.

Min:   Max: 15

Class Fee: $65/semester This will be a year long class.

Workload: 4

Required Supplies: Students will be required to have a notebook and writing utensils in class everyday. I will be supplying all students with most copies of handouts and booklets when needed.

Teacher: Tom Spielman

Aide:


High School

1st Hour

Biology Grades 9-12

A CLEP preparation class that meets all the requirements for a high school credit in biology as a lab class. This is an academic class with a heavy homework load. The Fall semester will focus on microscope labs and the Spring will focus on dissections. This class is subject to the CCHC Academic Agreement.

Min: 6           Max: 10

Class Fee: $100/semester This is a year long class

Supply/lab fees: $120/year this includes lab materials, specimens, tools, and cleaning supplies

Materials: Requires Science Shepherd Biology Textbook, lab goggles, dedicated lab notebook, dedicated biology folder, internet access, colored pencils, pencils

Workload: 5+ (There will be daily work and weekly tests)

Teacher: Heidi Short

Aide: Tracie Orlowski


2nd Hour

Foundations in Finance grades 9-12 (8th graders upon request)

Adulthood. It is inevitable. We all have to grow up one day.  And with adulthood comes responsibilities: paying bills, buying a car, and making a budget to name a few.  These can seem daunting to anyone without the right knowledge.  But it doesn’t have to be! Learn the ins-and-outs of being financial responsible in this class.  We will be using Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance - High School.  

This class is a 2 semester class.  The course utilizes DVDs,  student workbook, in-class and in-home activities, and assessment testing.  Grades will be given for completed assignments, reviews, and tests.  This class is subject to the CCHC Academic Agreement.

Min: 8           Max: 12

Class Fee: $65/semester This is a year long class

Required Supplies: A copy of the student text is required and is to be purchased by the student.

Workload: 5

Teacher: Noreen Meyer

Aide:


3rd Hour

Art History

This class will offer a chronological full emersion into art forms, including, but not limited to music and art mediums/techniques, and those artists who created these forms of art. Some art projects will, at times, be completed at one and returned the following week. In addition, students will have occasional written assignments.

Min: 6           Max: 10/12 depending on room size

Class Fee: $60

Materials Fee: $50 (any unused supply fees will be returned at the end of the semester)

Required Supplies: 11x14 art portfolio RECOMMENDED for transporting art.

Workload: 4

Teacher: Sandy Gonda

Aide: Diane Sharp


Sign Language Grades 6-12

Did you know that  Sign Language is the 3rd most used language in America behind English and Spanish. Do you like to talk with your hands or know how to communicate without using your voice.   Students like you love to talk with their hands. Sign Language is a visual language that you can pick up easily and you will enjoy practicing with your friends and family. Come learn some words in sign language, make sentences, sign songs and learn about the history of sign language and their culture.   For those needing High School Credit their will weekly assignments and quizzes. 

Min: 4           Max: 14

Class Fee: $70

Required Supplies: Joy of Signing book

Workload: MS/3 HS/4-5

Teacher: Tracie Orlowski

Aide:


4th Hour

Mighty Pen Essays grades 9-12 (8th graders with permission from instructor)

Open to diligent students ready to dig into the fundamentals of writing the best essay.  They will learn thesis statements, introductions, conclusions, transitions, descriptive and persuasive techniques.  Meetings will include sharing ideas and discussing many of the subjective aspects of writing like voice, tone, mood, word choice, and flow. Students will utilize a social media platform designed for classrooms throughout the weeks to check in with the teacher and share their ideas with their peers.  Class assignments will include vocabulary, in-class activities, workbook exercises, essay writing, mid-week participation, and quizzes. Students can expect to devote one hour per day to assignments.  Parental oversight is strongly suggested. This class is subject to the CCHC Academic Agreement. *This class alone does not meet credit requirements for a comprehensive high school English class.

Min: 8  Max: 12

Class Fee: $65 per semester

Required Supplies: The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons student book, third edition

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Workload: 5 Students can expect to devote one hour per day to assignments

Teacher: Julie Renner

Aide:

Private Piano / Flute Lessons

Time:
8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:55, 11:25, 11:55 or 12:25

Kristin is back this spring bringing her love and passion for music to Cornerstone. Join her for private piano lessons! Daily practice is expected.  Kristin also teaches Flute as well.
Instructor:
Kristin Medley
Grade Levels:
per request
Class Fee:
$180

[Required Materials] - TBD

WL 3

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Private Guitar Lessons

Time:
8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:55, 11:25, 12:55

Guitar lessons for beginners to advanced players. All students will need their own guitar. Copies of music and worksheets will be supplied. Guitar students are expected to practice 20 minutes a day. Parents will be contacted before the beginning of the session to discuss their child's ability level.
Instructor:
Tom Spielman
Grade Levels:
per request
Class Fee:
$180

[Required Materials] - Properly sized guitar, pick, capo 

WL: 4

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