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Hearthstone Education Plan

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12+ (Senior)

Young Men and Young Women who are 12 and over have an increased sensitivity to the physical differences between self and others.  Their ability to deal with abstract ideas increases and they have a heightened sense of spiritual awareness.  During the teenage years, youth will feel a growing desire to "own" their knowledge of truth instead of relying on others.  They are able to see that authority can be viewed as principles that govern both rules and people.  They are ready to apply a new level of effort to personal and academic achievement through a process of commitment and accountability.  The objectives for 12 and older youth are:   

  • Additional privileges and responsibilities  (not a job or task list, but to be in charge of defined responsibility)
  • Exposure to a variety of options in materials and classic works
  • Encouragement both morally and substantively to gain experience and exposure to great ideas 
  • Allow time to study long hours and to work hard at learning 
  • Time to ponder, think, read, write, listen, discuss, debate, analyze and learn
  • Set goals for post high school education.  See College Prep page for more information

What does a typical school day look like?

"Structured School Time" for Senior Students

1st Hour
 The Vineyard
Final Hour
"Hook Date" History 

Structured school time begins with a group devotional for Religious Studies. 



 Prayer (Invocation)

 Pledge of Allegiance


 Brief thought or recitation              by a student (optional)

Special musical number                by a student (optional)

Religious Study - Options include:

 The Bible (King James Version


 Additional religious resources as

               approved by parents

 Religious Music



  • Faith in Jesus Christ:  A one-month unit study for the beginning of each school year to study the mortal ministry of Jesus Christ.

  • See our Religion page for several links to more religious resources

  • Many Christian hymns on are appropriate for all Christian religions and may be downloaded for free.  (You can even transpose the key before downloading a musical score if needed)

Use variety to improve teaching of religious subjects.  Some ideas include:

  • Object lessons
  • Music
  • Application Techniques
  • Book Discussions
  • Discussions
  • Guest Speakers
  • Likening
  • Maps
  • Memorization
  • Panel Discussions
  • Peer Group Classes
  • Questions
  • Readers' Theaters
  • Role Play

Discover how the principles in the Garden Allegory will help you lead effective discussions. 

This time is set aside for personal study according to the age and development of the student.  Subjects include math, language arts, and science.  Parents and students select resources to meet their needs.  

Options include:

Create Educational Textbooks: This is a great way to preserve your student's work and share it with others. Senior students are encouraged to create textbooks in the areas of history and science.  Click here for more information.  

Math:   Our course road maps use the Singapore method and will guide students elementary mathematics and prepare them to take Algebra.  The math-oriented student may complete these courses by the time they are in 7th or 8th grade. They may continue their math studies by taking Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus.  
Click here to see math options. 

Language Arts:  Click here to see Language Arts resources. 

Science:  Senior students continue to create their own science textbooks. They will have the opportunity to participate in field trips and science labs with their families on Monday and Friday. These experiences will inspire them to seek understanding at a deeper level as they create their textbooks during class time on Tuesday-Thursday.  Students are encouraged to use science reference books to help them add content to their textbooks.  Science courses will follow a three-year rotation:

  • The Creation:  1st and 2nd Day (Light and Physics, Water and Chemistry)
  • The Creation:  3rd and 4th Day (Geology, Botany, Astronomy)
  • The Creation:  5th and 6th Day (Zoology, Physiology, Biology)

Click here to see science resources.

Senior students will end their structured school time with an hour segment of group study of Hook Date History. 

The curriculum incorporates the "hook date" method to increase memory retention of the many history stories and facts they will study in this course.  Each year students will study three specific areas: 

This is followed by a closing devotional:

Closing Song

Closing prayer   (Benediction)   

Resources for teaching Hook Date History

Kimber Academy:

  • Old Testament and World HIstory, Volumes 1 and 2
  • Middle East and European History, Volumes 1 and 2
  • God's Hand in the Building of America

Resources for Student-created history textbooks:

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