Abeka Phonics 1
Letters & Sounds1
Taught by Alice Harding, Phonics/1 – This course is the intoductory course for learners entering their educational career through school. Learners will be taught in the fundamentals of the Bible having an opportunity to engage and grow their own faith. The Bible is fundamental and foundational for life and for the learner. Bible is taught as a subject and will give grade level appropriate instruction. The teacher is the living model for Christ and the character, behavior, interactions, prayer, and attitude are all sourced and instructed from God’s Word and the goal is to model Christ Jesus.
In the 1st GRADE program as a whole, learners are instructed in BIBLE, as well as: reading, writing, communication, social development, phonics, letters and sounds. Additionally, instruction in enveloping young learners in art, music, social engagements, and specials designed to aide in an overall and balanced education platform. CBUA emphasizes a Christian Worldview and the Bible is integrated into all academic and supplement coursework.
Course Syllabus: Phonics/1
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I. CBUA PROFESSOR(S) BIO
Martin Cochran serves as the Superintendent/Principal for Colorado Biblical University Academy in Fort Morgan, CO. CBU Academy is an educational ministry of Colorado Biblical University. Martin has been in education for 38 years teaching at mostly private Christian schools but has also taught in a public charter school and as a visiting professor at DeVry University Online. Throughout his work in Christian Education, Martin has taught Algebra and Geometry to middle and high school students for 16 years. While serving in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and through early educational pursuits earned a bachelor’s degree at Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, Ca (Now San Diego Christian College) in counseling psychology with a minor in Bible and Science. Martin has had the educational experience of having professors such as Dr.’s Henry Morris, Tim LaHaye, and Stephen Austin. Christian Heritage College housed the Institute of Creation Research campus. Additionally, Martin pursued pre-medical courses which includes math and science undergraduate work at Grossmont and San Diego Mesa Colleges. He earned a Master of Education degree in Multicultural Education and teacher certification at National University in La Jolla, CA. Currently, he is working on a Doctorate degree in Education with Vrysity University.
II. COURSE DESCRIPTION
CBUA – PHONICS/1 is a course within the Kindergarten program for learners in the kindergarten grade level. This course will introduce students to reading and writing in the school setting. The phonics method will be the main source of instruction here. Biblical knowledge and integration is a core requirement at CBUA. The teacher presents the gospel through their personal and educational display of Jesus Christ. CBUA desires to present to Learners the information necessary to gain understanding and to enact and grow their own faith.
III. COURSE SUMMARY
Geometry contains the natural schema to teach and understand God the Creator through His Creation. Biblical applications and connections are fundamental. The Euclidean or Plane geometry contents will integrate triangle, quadrilateral, and circle dynamics teaching structural and conceptual properties. These properties including area, volume, similarity, and congruence. This course will connect the student to geometry in nature, architecture, and real-world connections exploring fractals, geometric symmetry, and transformations. The course prepares students for successful math progress while developing critical thinking skills and logic.
IV. LEARNING OUTCOMES
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
(1) To provide foundational geometric reasoning and logic that is a basis for critical thinking skills needed to move into higher math courses (Algebra 2 / College Algebra / Calculus)
(2) To provide strategies to assess real life situations with reason and logic generated through understanding the processes and procedures of geometric proofs and theorems.
(3) To prepare learners to perform logic processing using proofs and theorems while applying critical thinking strategies to both real-world problems and geometric relationships.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
- To equip Learners, as experienced educators and leaders, for individual, organizational, and system-level transformative leadership.
- To enhance Learners’ focus on the Biblical worldview-based theory, practice, and assessment.
- To prepare Learners for various special, diverse, innovative learning and leadership contexts.
- To produce Learners’ aptitude for multidimensional analysis, critical thought, and the synthesizing of transformative learning and leadership principles.
CBUA Learning Outcomes (VLOs)
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Research – Learners will demonstrate ability to think critically, solve problems, and conduct interdisciplinary research at a level appropriate to their program.
- Personal Growth – Learners will understand how learning is related to personal growth, and will be challenged to grow in their thinking, communication, conduct, and engagement with others.
- Skills Development – Learners will advance in skills related to their area of learning, demonstrating a level of competency appropriate to their program.
- Social Responsibility – Learners will appreciate the diversity in and value of others as designed by our Creator, and will grow in willingness and capability to serve others.
- Worldview Applications – Learners will become capable at thinking from a worldview perspective and will understand the relationship of description and prescription, so that they can ground their actions in sound principles.
V. COURSE READING
All CBU Academy courses use the Bible as a primary textbook. Translations used for coursework include any of the following: NASB, ESV, KJV, and NKJV. Other translations/versions may be used for complementary study and research.
- Christopher Cone, Applied Biblical Worldview: Essays on Christian Ethics (Exegetica, 2016) ISBN: 978-0976593096, $19
- Christopher Cone, Authentic Social Justice (Exegetica, 2020) ISBN: 978-0998280578, $14
- Christopher Cone, Redacted Dominionism: A Biblical Approach to Grounding Environmental Responsibility (Wipf & Stock, 2012) ISBN: 978-1620321591, $19
- Christopher Cone, Priority in Hermeneutics (Exegetica, 2018) ISBN 978-0998280523, $16
- George Smith, Atheism, The Case Against God (electronic)
- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (electronic)
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra (electronic)
- Plato, Republic (electronic)
- Clement Vidal “What is a Worldview?” (electronic)
- Jay Shim, “Reformed Theology as Worldview Theology: The Public Nature of the Gospel and Spirituality” (electronic)
- Leo Apostel and Jaak Vanlandschoot, “Interdisciplinarity: The Construction of Worldviews and the Dissemination of Scientific Results” (electronic)
- Casey Jones, “Interdisciplinary Approach – Advantages, Disadvantages, and the Future Benefits of Interdisciplinary Studies” (electronic)
- Bertus Haverkort and Coen Reijntjes, “Transdisciplinarity– Past Present and Future” (electronic)
- Julie Thompson Klein, “The State of the Field: Institutionalization of Interdisciplinarity” (electronic)
- Liviu Ursache, “The Role of Worldview in Hermeneutics” (electronic)
- Kimberle Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics” (electronic)
VI. COURSE OUTLINE
1. MODULE 1 – Unit 1 Part 1: Foundations / Unit 1 Part 2: Reasoning and Proof
2. MODULE 2 – Unit 2: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
3. MODULE 3 – Unit 3: Congruent Triangles
4. MODULE 4 – Unit 4: Relationships in Triangles
5. MODULE 5 – Unit 5: Quadrilaterals
6. MODULE 6 – Unit 6: Area
7. MODULE 7 – Unit 7: Circles
8. MODULE 8 – Unit 8: Surface Area and Volume
9. MODULE 9 – Unit 9: Transformations and Symmetry
10. MODULE 10 – Unit 10 – Part 1: Similarity / Unit 10 – Part 2: Introduction to Trigonometry
Module Assessment (25 points each x 10) 250 Points (Video Presentations)
- CLO 1 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 1,2
- Instructions: Learners will submit a 10-15 minute video presentation summarizing the content of each module (10 total videos)
- Course Content Assessment 250 Points (Short Essay Exam)
- CLO 2 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 3,5
- Instructions: Learners will choose any 5 essay topics of the 10 provided and answer the essay question in roughly 1000 words.
- Reading Content Assessment 250 Points (Reviews and Critiques)
- CLO 3 / PLO 3,4 / VLO 1,2
- Instructions: Learners will write a 1000-1500 word review and critique on each individual assigned reading (20 total readings). Learners should summarize the material and offer some critique or poignant analysis.
- Competency Assessment 250 points
- CLO 4 / PLO 1,2 / VLO 4,5
- Instructions: Learners will select and complete any 1 of the 3 competency assignments. Specifics of the assessment must be preapproved by the mentoring professor:
- Practical Engagement Component – a practical social engagement of 3-6 hours applying principles covered in the course, and a 2000-word report discussing: (1) Introduction of the Engagement, (2) Methodology, (3) Summary of What Happened, and (4) Benefits and Implications
- Journal Article Component – a journal article quality paper of 8000-10000 words on an approved topic related to the course material, to be submitted to a relevant academic journal (Style determined by the journal of submittal).
Teaching Encounter Component – preparing, delivering, recording, and submitting a 60-90 minute teaching to a live audience on an approved topic related to the course material
VIII. GRADING SCALE / Standards Based Grading
4 Performance exceeds standard; consistently produces outstanding work independently
3 Performance meets standard; produces quality w/ little to no teacher support. *1
2 Performance is approaching standard; applies learned skills with some teacher support.
1 Performance is below standard: needs frequent teacher support, re- teaching, practice **2
0 Performance does not meet standards to promote ***3
*1 Grade Level Expectation
**2 May require tutoring and/or summer school
***3 Cannot promote to next grade level
IX. CARNEGIE UNIT CREDIT HOURS
- Total Hours of Module Content: 20 hours
- Total Hours of Reading Content: 60 hours
- Total Hours of Minor Assessments: 20 hours
- Total Hours of Major Assessment: 20 hours
- Total Hours of Competency Assessment: 40 hours
Equivalent of 3 Credit Hour (160 hours of total course time)
Enrollment Agreement and Refund Policy
Colorado Biblical University Academy
914 State St., Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701 www.cbuacademy.com 970-743-3175
Program – 1st Grade – 6 Units
Course – CBUA – Phonics/1 – 1 Unit
Additional courses in Program Enrollment: Bible/1; Numbers/1; Letters&Sounds/1; Science/1; Phonics/1; SocialStudies/1; Art/E; Music/E; PE/E;
Thank you for enrolling in this course with Colorado Biblical University Academy. This is a program enrollment therefore the learner is enrolled into the 1st GRADE program which includes all of the courses for the learner in the 1st Grade year. The Parent of the Learner agrees to pay the amount for the program. Payment should be made immediately upon receiving this Enrollment Agreement. Failure to pay the amount reflected will result in failure to enroll or withdrawal from the courses enrolled.
Tuition: $2500 (Program Enrollment includes All courses)
Enrollment Fee: $350 per program
Total Program Cost: $2800 USD
Total cost includes textbooks, course materials, technology fee, and student services fee.
A supply list is available per program for those materials the learner is responsible for.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Colorado Biblical University Academy is committed to the highest level of service for its Learners. All subscriptions and tuition paid are fully refundable within 30 days of start of subscription or course. After 30 days, subscriptions and tuition paid are pro-rated.
Each CBUA course is structured for the school year beginning at first day of school or the date of enrollment. CBUA’s academic calendar is a 4 quarter, 2 semester school year and courses are full year with grade reporting at those intervals. The period of enrollment for this course (program) is a year August through May.
CBUA 2022-23 Calendar