Challenge IV students sink their teeth into ancient writings of Homer, Virgil, and Hesiod, as well as modern writings of Lewis and Leithart. Students survey the Old Testament and highlight the poetry of Scripture through a study of the Psalms. They translate the Aeneid from Latin into English through Henle Latin, while translating creation into number through math and physics. Challenge IV crowns the Challenge years by contemplating duty, honor, and leadership across the ages and into our own day.
In this, their final year of homeschooling while prepping for their next steps, whether it be college, a trade, or jumping right into a career field, parents will see their child flourish and reap the rewards of their investment into educating at home. These high school-aged students and their parents will continue to homeschool with the support and accountability of their local community group. Additionally, students will be able to earn college credits toward higher education through our CC Plus program.
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The Six Strands of Challenge IV
Take the natural next step towards mathematical aptitude. Students further their math understanding and facilitate learning the assigned concepts from pre-calculus and calculus. Conversations synthesize the ideas of relationships, shapes, higher order equations, variables, Euclidean proofs, trigonometry functions—and, in some cases, limits, derivatives, and integrals.
Have you often longed to read a document in the original language? It is not as difficult as you might imagine. Challenge IV’s Virgil and Assorted Translations seminar will explore and translate everything from hymns, to the Latin Vulgate Bible, to poetry. In the second semester, students uncover the literal meaning of Virgil’s Aeneid in the ancient Latin, while studying this epic poem in the Exposition strand.
Even the abstract can be explained. The main goals of this homeschool math-based physics seminar are to provide a good foundation for understanding the mechanics of natural science and to develop a solid mathematical foundation for explaining the abstract ideas of work, energy, motion, and more. Lessons are targeted, concepts are explored, vocabulary is defined, and problems are practiced both at home and in community.
Genuine faith is not blind. In the first semester, students complete a study of the Psalms, along with a survey of the Old Testament. Understanding the stylistic devices that are used in the poetry of the Psalms, students gain an appreciation of the theology of this book of Scripture. The second semester changes its focus to the New Testament ideals of the Christian faith and the Christian response reflected in behavior and actions.
Every text is an opportunity to learn. Ancient literature of Greek and Roman poets is the prime focus of the literature seminars. Students analyze, discuss, and examine each epic work through a biblical lens. The students translate the Aeneid in the Grammar seminar from Latin to English, while reading the Aeneid in a poetic English form. Students practice rhetorical skills by leading community group seminar discussions and performing dramatic interpretations.
Unexamined history is bound to repeat itself. World History focuses on various scientific discoveries that have impacted and changed the course of nations. In this homeschool strand, students read the text, record pertinent facts, and create a timeline to organize the discoveries in a linear context. Six oral presentations of different scope and focus exercise students’ knowledge and raise their rhetorical and public speaking skills to new heights.
We embrace a real-world approach in all aspects of our education. Local directors can choose to offer a yearly formal event for Challenge students to better learn how to interact with their communities and each other.
I love the community, like-minded families, Christ-centeredness, teaching our children how to think for themselves when the world wants them to think the way it does.
It is hard to choose what I love best because there is so much to love… Christ-centered, integration of subjects, accountability and I absolutely love my community!
I love the Accountability, Community, Freedom within a Structure, the TIMELINE, integrating it all together!
I love the Christ-centered conversation for young people and their families and learning to ‘see’ Him in all things and learning to see myself rightly.
I love thinking big thoughts with a community that has become blessed friends and leading my own children (and their friends) to embrace ‘hard things’ while mastering the skills of learning.