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The Merit Planner

Are you a student who needs help managing your time and keeping track of your schedule? Is there just too much to remember and too much to do? The Merit Academic Planner is made just for you.

Other planners just don’t cut it. They don’t allow you to block off your time the way you actually use it and they don’t include enough space for evenings and weekends.

The Merit Academic Planner is more powerful. It breaks days down into 30-minute intervals so you can block off just the right amount of time for classes, homework, studying, eating and extracurriculars. Since we all have weekends and evenings, the planner includes just as much space for evenings and weekends.

The companion book—The 21st Century Mother's Guide to Managing Your Life and Taking Control of Your Life!—allows parents to guide their children in learning how to use the planner and how to manage their time.

 $24.99

Beat the College Admissions Game: Do a Project!

You’ve heard stories about high schoolers with 4.0+ GPAs and perfect SATs being rejected from Harvard or Stanford. Some of these students also have long resumes filled with extra-curricular activities and club memberships. If they can’t get in, what kind of students are these colleges looking for?

To get into selective colleges, it’s not good enough to just get good grades and score high on the SATs. Anyone can study for a test and complete the work they’re assigned. Anyone can attend club meetings or show up for practice. These things don’t stand out any more.

What these admissions committees are looking for are students who also excel outside of the high school setting, students who demonstrate true creativity, initiative, and leadership, students who show the potential to become the next John Updike or Bill Gates.

How can you convince colleges that you have this talent and potential? The best way to do it is with an independent project—not just a class project that consists simply of posters and presentations—an original undertaking outside the classroom that reflects the student’s vision, initiative, passion, and tenacity.

What could this project be? Ideally the project should reflect a student’s current passions and future aspirations. Students have started businesses, organized non-profits, written publications, produced films, conducted experiments, influenced politics, and advocated for change.

This book guides the student through the entire process of doing a college project—from brainstorming to implementation to fruition. With examples of other projects that students have completed, the students learn how to plan each step, how manage their time to get it done, and how to present it on college applications to leave admissions committees dazzled.

 $24.99

Our Entitled Children: And American Tiger Mom's Story

You don't need to be a Tiger Mom to take control of your kids' education and get them into Stanford. In "Our Entitled Children: An American Tiger Mom's Story," visionary educator Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy reveals a more practical approach to raising the kind of children that Ivy Leagues covet. 

Everyone wants to raise successful, high-achieving children, but for many parents today, America's predominant style of coddling, helicopter-style parenting seems like a recipe for just the opposite. As a third-generation Japanese-American, Susan scrutinizes the American instinct to entitle one's child to a life of as little hardship and failure as possible. She offers a provocative analysis of where our parenting culture has gone wrong, as well as a wealth of insight on how we can fix it. 

As an American Tiger Mom, Susan departs from the Tiger Mom approach in many ways. She encourages her kids to socialize and to adopt personal interests, hobbies, and causes, in order to build self-confidence and promote empowerment. Rather than force her daughters to play the violin for hours on end, she embarks on a journey to start a top-notch private school - Merit Academy - just for them.

Susan's story crackles with witty observations and charming anecdotes as she details her quest to provide her daughters with a world-class education. She explains how she was able to give them one-on-one class sizes, pair them with passionate teachers, expose them to amazing leaders of science and industry, encourage them to make a difference by doing Projects, and more - without paying for any of it herself.

Always affable yet frank, Susan seeks to help America's beleaguered parents by giving them a thorough account of her attempts to raise her daughters the right way. Through it all, she looks back and wonders if she has ultimately been successful, or if her girls, as highly accomplished as they both are, have turned out to be entitled despite - or perhaps because of - her best efforts. More than just an inspiring tale of old-fashioned American ingenuity and entrepreneurship, "Our Entitled Children: An American Tiger Mom's Story" paints a remarkable portrait of the modern American family, and is an invaluable resource that any parent can take something away from.

 $18.99

Simply Gorgeous Braids

This how-to book is filled with easy to understand instructions and photos to show you each step. We include variations on braids so you can mix and match with other designs to make your braids unique to you! We give you the tools you need to create dozens of braided hairstyles for any occasion. This is the only braid book you'll ever need!

 $19.99

The Working Mother's Guide to Free Childcare in Your Home!

This guide takes parents step-by-step through everything they’ll need to know about starting up childcare in their home—from planning to execution. After hiring a caretaker and enrolling a few other children, the business can operate at no cost to the parents.

When it comes to childcare, parents today feel like they’re forced into making a big sacrifice. Of course, they want the best for their children, but the best childcare centers have the longest waiting lists and the highest costs, so many parents end up settling for something less than ideal.

Parents need to know that there is a way they can have top-notch childcare, and they can have it in their home at no cost. Following the guidelines in this book, anyone with a little motivation can set up their own at-home childcare, building the top-notch, stimulating environment that their children deserve. Besides setting up the ideal preschool program for your child, you can also arrange to have meals prepared, the house cleaned, laundry done, and errands completed before you get home from work!

 $9.99

The 21st Century Mother's Guide to Managing Your Time and Taking Control of Your Life!

More and more women pursue active lives outside their homes. Between their careers, their families, and their personal lives, mothers today juggle a staggering load of responsibilities. Not surprisingly, many are seeking a solution to take back their lives.

This guide takes mothers through all the steps they’ll need to restore order and organization to their life and the lives of those around them. The program emphasizes time management, careful planning, and ongoing communication with family and coworkers.

First, the Merit Planner is introduced—a separate daily planner that even includes evenings and weekends. (the Merit planner can be purchased at this website too.) Mothers are guided to enter all their regular commitments into the planner. But there’s also an eye for the bigger picture; long-term goals are entered next and then they are broken into more manageable subtasks. Next mothers are shown how to coordinate with the other members of their family and how to get them organized too. Three chapters are devoted to cooking, housekeeping, and shopping. There is a fun chapter dedicated to scheduling “time for you,” as well as a chapter on maintaining motivation and a chapter on miscellaneous ways to better utilize time. After following these steps, you’ll be amazed at how much more time you have and how much more in control you feel!

 $14.99

The Clueless Teen's Guide to Dating

The target audience for this book includes teenagers from ages thirteen to eighteen. The information is specifically written for girls; however, it may prove to be interesting to boys as well.

This book is divided into four chapters that will chronologically cover advice spanning from the initial sparks to the end of the relationship. There is also information about contraception, pregnancy, STD’s, and birth control.

D'Arcy discusses typical scenarios that girls and their friends may have already encountered and some they may have not. Fictional stories are also added to illustrate the reasoning for my tips.

The information in this book is useful and practical. The statistics on teenage problems were gathered from surveys taken by teenagers across the United States. With both the surveys and D'Arcy's own personal experience, she tries to create helpful and informative advice to guide teenagers through a challenging and exciting time in their lives.

 $9.99

The Eco Xmas Tree

Are you stressing over the dilemma of whether to buy a live Christmas tree or one that’s made of plastic? Buying a live tree each year is a wasteful tradition that contributes needlessly to deforestation. But a plastic tree just feels artificial; you can’t enjoy the fresh smell of real pine in your house.

This book walks you through the simple steps to build your own solution—the EcoTree. What is the EcoTree? It consists of a wooden “trunk,” made of 2” x 4”s, which is attached to a wooden base. Simply drill holes in the trunk and then place pine branches into each hole. With the EcoTree, you can make your tree using your choice of tree branches. Each Christmas, you adorn the “trunk” with fresh-cut pine branches. Never again will you have bare sports on your Christmas tree; all you have to do is drill another hole in the trunk and place a branch into the hole to cover the bare spot. When you’re done, the EcoTree looks and smells just like a real Christmas tree—the only difference is that you aren’t killing a tree each year. Just like a real Christmas tree, you can hang ornaments on it and place presents beneath it. The whole family will enjoy the scent of fresh pine but no one will notice the difference

 $10.99

The Coolest Braid Designs

While I was traveling in Costa Rica with my mom, I ran out of bobby pins and needed to find a way to keep my hair off my neck. It was 90 degrees! So I invented the weave (a way to French braid my hair and then weave the tails back through my hair.) The braided weave was tight and held in place without pins. And, amazingly, it looked really cool! Everyone came up to me and stared at my braided weave. They couldn’t figure out how I did it, when they saw it.

After creating the Weave while in Costa Rica, I have designed hundreds of cool braids for all kinds of hair types. Whether you have short or long hair, straight or frizzy hair, one length or layered hair, you’ll find braid designs that will look good and work with your hair.

 $24.99

Busy Woman's Organizer

Here's a practical resource to help you gain control of your busy life, so you can do all the things you have to do and still find time for the things you want to do.

Here is a book and planner for women who run households or work outside the home. When your home life runs smoothly, so does the rest of your life. With the forms, checklists, tips and techniques in this book, you'll be able to quickly organize your household.

Here's a sample of the help you'll find inside:

- Techniques to streamline household chores

- Fast ways to reduce clutter and do away with disarray

- A fast shopping/menu list to organize meals for an entire week

- No-fail strategy to remember important dates throughout the year

- A simple form to make car-pooling a breeze

- Forms and checklists to help you painlessly plan birthday parties and formal events

- Information and forms to ensure you can really relax on your vacation

- Everything you need to find quality child care, schooling, and elder care for your loved ones

- A moving survival kit-from cleaning up and packing to settling into your new home

- Forms and checklists to help you organize your assets, wills, and other important documents

- A Disaster Plan organizer that helps you be prepared for any emergency

 $19.99

Busy Woman's Checklists

Feel like there’s too many little things to remember when you’re running back and forth from work, to home, and to pick up the kids?

This mini-organizer provides checklists, calendars and worksheets to organize your daily responsibilities and important events, all in a handy, portable design that fits easily into your purse.

Use it to streamline household chores, cut down on clutter, shop more efficiently, remember important dates, plan events, and—most of all—to regain precious time for yourself and your loved ones.

Don't miss the complete companion resource, Busy Woman's Organizer, which features an expanded array of tips, techniques, checklists and forms to help you get organized in every aspect of your life.

 $14.99

The Working Woman's Wedding Planner

The only wedding planner specifically designed to meet the needs of today's busy working woman, The Working Woman's Wedding Planner has helped more than 400,000 happy couples plan and enjoy their dream weddings.

This newly updated and expanded edition of the classic all-in-one planner walks you though every detail, from engagement to honeymoon, giving you expert tips and advice to ensure that every aspect of your celebration is perfect. Best of all, scores of ready-to-fill-in charts and checklists save you time and effort every step of the way, helping you accomplish your wedding planning within even the busiest work schedule.

The Planner includes a complete six-month calendar to keep you on schedule; a 31-point budget checklist to help you estimate costs and trim excess spending; sample wedding invitations; plan-ahead lists for photographer, reception, entertainment, honeymoon, and out-of-town guests; ready-to-use seating charts; wedding-theme and vow suggestions; and everything you need to enjoy complete peace of mind on your special day.

 $19.99

ENG 910H-930H: English Grammar: Honors

In 9th grade, students will learn the rules of correct English grammar. They will start the year by reviewing parts of speech, parts of a sentence, the phrase, and the clause. They will focus on word usage: origins of English, agreement, correct use of pronouns, correct form and use of verbs, correct use of modifiers, and common usage problems. Next, they will study writing mechanics: capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. And finally, they will learn about the composition and the writing process: structure of the paragraph, the composition, expository essays, persuasive compositions, creative and expressive stories, research papers, business correspondence, and effective diction. By receiving daily grammar instruction and exercises, the students will become competent in English grammar. They will also learn the rules of writing mechanics by doing exercises and by applying them to the articles, essays, critiques, and research papers. 

They will also put their learning into practice by writing journalism articles of various types: news, editorial, and feature. The students do interviews, take notes, write an outline, and edit their articles at least 3-5 times until they are polished. While doing newspaper layout, the students learn how to correct and improve images with PhotoShop and ImageReady, and they learn page layout with PageMaker and Quark. 

Students will also continue to develop their vocabulary skills, learn new words, and review previous ones. They will be encouraged to use new words in their speech and writing. In order to prepare for their upcoming SAT/ACT Reading and Writing portions of the exams, the students will take one section (30 minutes) each week as homework. 

 $99.99
 

ENG 1010H-1030H: English Grammar and Journalism: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 9th grade grammar class, and is designed to provide students with a solid grammatical foundation, and to improve grammar skills, vocabulary range, and writing ability. Students will study a variety of grammar textbooks and writing manuals, read novels, do grammar and vocabulary exercises and take practice SAT/ACT Reading and Writing tests. They will also apply their knowledge of English grammar and syntax to a variety of writing projects, including journalism articles, chapter analyses of literary works, and an essay. By the end of the year, students should have an even stronger command of correct written and spoken English; they should also have significantly increased their vocabularies and improved their writing styles. They should also be able to edit and revise their own written work, and to craft strong journalism articles, chapter analyses, and essays.

 $99.99

ENG 1110H-1130H: English Composition and Journalism: Honors

This course is designed to build up and enhance students' grammar and syntax skills, vocabularies, and writing and editing abilities. Students examine a variety of writing styles and focus on writing clear and concise sentences, paragraphs, and essays. They will continue to read short stories and contemporary novels, do writing exercises, and improve critical thinking and vocabulary skills. They will also put their skills to practical use by writing journalism articles, poetry, reaction papers, impromptu writing exercises, and their college application essays. By the end of the year, students should have a strong command of written and spoken English; they should also have a comprehensive vocabulary and improved their writing styles. They should also be able to edit and revise their own written work, and to write strong journalism articles, book analyses, and essays. Perhaps most importantly, they should also have become lucid and thoughtful communicators who have developed not only strong grammatical skills and good vocabularies, but also a set of good analytical, critical, organizational, writing, and revising skills.

 $99.99

ENG 1210H-1230H: Writing for the Sciences, Scholarships, and Autobiographies

English in 12th grade at Merit Academy is designed to prepare the students for college writing. This class assumes student mastery of grammar, writing mechanics, and research writing skills from previous courses. Under the guidance of their teacher, the students will learn how to manipulate the English language for a diverse selection of audiences. In order to prepare them for the wide range of writing demands that come with university and the job/internship market, the students will learn how to write investigative and personal journals, analytical reports, and candid articles during the fall trimester. The students will learn how to write scientific journals, treatise, and research papers. The students will receive an introduction to statistics, with a focus on hypothesis testing, to prepare them to better understand statistical figures used in technical and scientific journals. The students will read creative, insightful, and technical articles written by and for scientists from various publications to gain a solid insight into the world of science writing.

 $99.99

HIS 910H-930H: United States History: Honors

This first course of a three-trimester series focuses on early United States history. It includes coverage of Native American tribes, Native American interaction with European exploration and settlement, colonial times, revolution, and the United States under the Articles of Confederation. This course centers on those experiences which formulated the American character such as the Constitution, westward expansion, manifest destiny, slavery, the Civil War, immigration, invention, and industry. The students will examine the events that led to the founding of the nation and the ideal philosophy of the government described in the Declaration of Independence. They will also discuss the presidents, currency, political parties, timelines, etc. They'll analyze the effects of the Industrial Revolution, migration to the city, and immigration from Europe. They'll also look at how religion has affected the birth of our nation and continues to have moral, social, and political impact on society today. And finally, the students will trace the United States' rise to its role as a world power in the 20th century. Studies of groups, individuals, philosophy and social impacts will have equal coverage with political, economic, and military developments. Primary source material, historical works, biographies, and literature will provide further in-depth studies and clarification of events. 

The second course examines the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s. The students will analyze the different causes for the Great Depression and how the New Deal fundamentally changed the role of the federal government. They will also analyze America's participation in World War II and the post-WWII economic boom and social transformation of the United States. This course follows the United States from the Theodore Roosevelt era through the world wars, conflicts, social and economic upheavals, and the struggle of world leadership. Philosophy, biography, and literature will be studied to gain insight into the development and progression of each theme. The students critically evaluate the events and issues of this era. Note-taking techniques and skills are refined and organizational skills are emphasized.

The third course examines the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s. The students will analyze US foreign policy since WWII and will discuss federal civil rights and voting rights. They'll end the trimester by analyzing major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society. Internal American history, as well as external situations, will create a spectrum of topics for critical evaluation of our history: how art and music reflects changes in lifestyles and social structures in American society; how urban and suburban movements, transportation, fast food, air conditioning and the computer revolution create havoc with the traditional family and community units; how immigration quotas are only a small part of America's struggle with its 'melting pot' image. Interviews with people who have been first-hand witnesses to various historical events will provide different, more individual perspectives and insights into the events being studied.

 $99.99

HIS 1010H-1030H: World History: Honors

Merit Academy's comprehensive year-long World History course traces the major historical, cultural, and economic events from pre-1500 to the present day. It assumes the students have an extensive background in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Era of Revolutions, and U.S. History. Equal emphasis will be placed on the study of groups, individuals, and philosophies, and the students will examine political, military, and economic developments throughout history. All 10th grade courses at Merit Academy revolve around the unifying theme of world history and culture; much of the coursework in this class will intersect with and complement that of English and literature courses. This class consists of lectures, assigned reading, in-class discussions, timeline and map creation, art projects, class presentations, field trips, tests and quizzes, and three major research papers. 

Merit Academy's high school World History course is a review of a comprehensive six-year study of world history that spans from 4th to 9th grades. Prior to this course, they will have studied ancient civilizations (one-year study); medieval civilizations (one-year study); the Renaissance: Reformation, Science Revolution, Explorations, Art and Culture, Religions (two-year study); Age of Revolutions (one-year study); and United States history (one-year study). Given this background, this course will launch straight into the modern era after a brief review. The students will analyze the causes, the course, and the effects of WWI. They will cover domestic discontent and how nationalism mobilized the civilians to support the war; principal theaters of battle and geographical factors; the negotiating roles of world leaders and their influence on such treaties and policies as the Treaty of Versailles and Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points; and how the war influenced literature, art, and music. The students will also examine Lenin's totalitarian control and the Russian Revolution and how Stalin's use of economics, politics, controlled press, and violations of human rights led to his rise to power in the Soviet Union. Finally, the students will compare and contrast the Fascist and Communist totalitarian regimes that followed WWI. 

This second course in Merit Academy's year-long world history class will explore the impact of world politics, philosophy, warfare, music, and industrial changes on society between the end of WWI and WWII. Lectures will provide both specific and theme-related historical information, while literary and historical selections for World Literature will provide further in-depth study. Students will also study music and art from the era.

The third course examines the 20th Century shift of power, which brings economic and military problems and signals change in the power structure of the world. In a final internal fight for the control of Europe, World War II exhausts both the losers and winners and involves the world community. A new Europe emerges as old enemies try to coexist and work amid outside threats. Nuclear arms, the Cold War, and loss of colonial possessions are significant issues. The students at Merit focus on Non-European and American world history by studying the cultural, military, economic, and international situations of the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Latin America, and South East Asia. By studying world history from a global and chronological perspective, the students will have a better understanding of the major issues that will unfold during the 21st Century: Health care, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, energy, over population, global warming, and warfare. Further appreciation of the changing world will be gained from the study of art, literature, and music. Students will study maps and make timelines, listen to lectures, and participate in discussions. 

 $99.99

HIS 1110H-1130H: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Global Issues: Honors

Merit Academy's two-part Economics program begins with a study of microeconomics. This course examines how markets allocate resources in different kinds of economies. Topics include competitive markets, monopoly, financial markets, income distribution, market failures, the environment, and the role of government. The students will look at the use and misuse of graphs to analyze economic trends. They'll also discuss scarcity and choice; supply and demand; choice and demand; and demand and elasticity. The students will examine supply analysis of the economic short run versus the economic long run. Next they will look at marginal analysis: output, price, and profit. And finally, the students will discuss markets: competitions and monopolies; price systems and market mechanisms; real firms and financing; the factors of production; market regulation; taxation and resource allocation; externalities and natural resources; international and competitive advantages, and other such topics. The section on markets will also include discussions of income distribution, labor, poverty, inequality and discrimination. 
Students will also watch and discuss the economies represented in films. They'll also play a variety of games that stress strategy, networking, and concepts in economics. 

The macroeconomics course examines how markets allocate resources in different kinds of economies. Topics include aggregate outcome of individual actions and examine topics such as: income and spending, the demand-side equilibrium, changes on the demand side, supply side equilibrium, and managing aggregate demand. Students also discuss money and the banking system; monetary policy and the national economy; debate over monetary policy; deficits, monetary policy, and growth; and the Phillipp Curve and Economic Growth. Each student writes a 5- to 15-page analytical essay for each course. 

Global Issues prepares the students to become active stewards to promote change in the world. It is assumed that students have a comprehensive background in United States and World history. This one-trimester course is designed to enlighten students about global issues that face the human race from an international perspective. The students explore current issues: human rights, civil rights, racism, sexism, violence, terrorism, war/peace, poverty, hunger, justice/rehabilitation, energy, education, environmental stewardship, international trade/business, health/disease, eldercare, United Nations, and religion. They are required to read a plethora of magazines and newspapers to evaluate how various media sources report the news. The students also give an oral presentation after the in-class reading to develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Debates and discussions will follow. By enlightening students about current international and national crises, the students will learn to defend their opinions on a wide variety of issues. One of the goal of this class is to teach the students to use concise oral language skills in describing opinions, events, solutions, and philosophies. 

The students write four essays (5-10 pages). After collecting current events, the students discuss issues that will impact the lives of people around the world and brainstorm about possible solutions to these problems. The students also watch movies for Merit's Movie Nights to see a fictional spin on a variety of the global crises. To chronicle their responses, each student keeps a journal to document their thoughts, fears, concerns, and hopes. In order to engage the students in these global issues, each student is required to participate in a program that addresses one of these issues. After volunteering for a minimum of 25 hours, the student provides a presentation to the class about the social concern, the program's organization, and suggestions for improving the program. 

 $99.99

HIS 1210H-1230H: Civics, Psychology, and World Religions and Cults: Honors

Merit's comprehensive Civics course will introduce the students to civics, politics, and government. They will examine the history and changing interpretations of seminal documents such as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and will learn about the structure and foundations of (as well as the relationships between) all levels and branches the United States government. To temper raw idealism with first-hand experience and real-life situations, students will attempt to initiate political change by proposing a local, state, or national initiative or joining a campaign. Students conduct a project, write a formal research paper, intern with a politician, read a variety of newspapers and magazines, read a contemporary book on current politics, and watch films that portray politics in action (historical and fictional). At the end of the trimester, the students tour the state capitol or Washington, DC. They will come away from this class with a thorough understanding of both the rights and the responsibilities of American citizens. 

Merit's Introduction to Psychology course will introduce the students to the study of human consciousness and behavior. Topics to be covered include neuroscience, learning, perception, cognition, memory, the psycho-pharmaceutical industry, human development, social interactions, and mental disorders. Students will read a selection of original influential writings by Freud, Jung, Skinner, Maslow, and Rogers. An attempt will be made to enmesh various psychological movements and schools of thought to relevant social, philosophical, and historical movements. Each student will volunteer to participate in psychological research studies at a local college. They'll write a term paper entitled 'Who am I really?'(12-15 pp), which considers the application of the psychological perspective to the student's daily life. The students will also write weekly response papers about in-class readings and lectures. The class will take two field trips: (1) to the Behavioral Health Unit at the local hospital, and (2) to a mental institution. 

Merit Academy offers this world religions course to give the students an overview of the five major religions in the world. Entering adulthood and preparing for college, the students will have a comprehensive foundation in understanding how these religions have expanded since the beginning of man. This one-trimester course will introduce the students to the following 5 major contemporary religions of the world: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. During the last 2 weeks of class, the course will focus on cults and other dangerous organizations that prey on individuals who are susceptible to cult leaders. The students will discuss the types of people who become involved in cults and they'll learn about therapies to help individuals recover from the control of these cults. The students can either write a paper comparing the 5 religions, investigating cults, or researching current religious wars (10-15 pages). After reviewing the history of each, the students will then compare and contrast the religions, and they'll attend religious sermons to learn more about each religion. 

 $99.99

LIT 905H-925H: American Literature: Honors

Merit's year-long American Literature course covers the time period from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The students read 36 unabridged works of American literature and a variety of speeches, essays, poems and short stories; they also watch 36 movies (12 per trimester). Students will not only learn about significant authors and literary works; they will also gain insights into important historical personages, events, and lifestyles. They will also use their study of American literature to improve their communication and analytical skills, producing papers and in-class presentations, as well as engaging in discussions and debates. Since all 9th grade courses at Merit Academy revolve around the unifying theme of US History, much of the coursework in this class will intersect with that for other classes.

 $99.99

LIT 1005H-1025H: World Literature: Honors

Merit's year-long World Literature course is an exploration of European literature from a variety of perspectives. Lectures and readings will familiarize students with the history and development of European literature. To provide students with a variety of intellectual stimulation and critical analysis opportunities, each trimester presents the material in a different manner and with different critical emphases. The first trimester is organized by literary genre, (American and English Drama); the second provides students with the opportunity both to analyze original works of European literature and to address issues of translation and adaptation for other media (Translation and Adaptation); and the third organizes material by theme (Utopias and Dystopias). This provides students with the opportunity to concentrate on different facets of literature and critical analysis throughout the year.

The first trimester course will provide students with both exposure to European literature and a solid foundation for the interpretation and analysis of plays. Students will read a selection of plays ranging from an ancient Greek tragedy to modern American and European drama and watch a selection of dramas (both live and in film format). The students also read 12 unabridged novels/plays. They will write 1-2 page critiques of each play/novel and also produce a 3-5 page compare-and-contrast paper. In order to further their knowledge of and appreciation for this art form, students will also write a one-act play. Students will come away from this course with an understanding of the history and development of drama. They will have read a selection of important dramatic works, and will be able to discuss and critique these intelligently. They will also come away from this class with practical experience in the art of drama, having written and produced their own one-act play. Each student will write character sketches, a detailed outline, and several drafts under the guidance of the teacher. They will also create a set design model for the play. The students will create scenes complete with furniture, costumes, and props. 

The second trimester course has two main focuses: to familiarize students with canonical works of English literature, and to foster critical awareness of the issues involved in both reading literature in translation and adapting literary works to film. The impact of foreign language and literature on the English language will also be discussed. Lectures will provide history and context. The students will read unabridged novels and write 1-2 page critiques of each; they will also watch full-length movies of these works to compare the director's interpretation of the novels. Other required work includes: tests and quizzes, reaction papers and essays, and a short translation of a selected work. The translation will be done with the combined instruction and guidance from the foreign language teacher and class. The students will also participate in weekly in-class readings, memorize 5 classic quotations from European authors, and deliver 2 speeches or drama characterizations.

The third trimester course during the 10th grade coincides with the study of World Wars in HIS 1030. As such, the works chosen for study and analysis for this course deal with war, its impact on society, the utopian ideals for which such battles are fought and the nightmarish dystopias that may result. Lectures and movie selections will focus on the development of European literature and readings from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

The students will read 12 unabridged novels each trimester and write 1-2 page critical analyses of each. Students will also watch films and take tests and quizzes. They will also participate in weekly in-class readings, memorize 5 classic quotations from European authors, and deliver 2 speeches or drama characterizations.

 $99.99

LIT 1105H-1125H: Asian, Non-Fiction, and Women in Literature: Honors

Merit's Asian Literature course is a general introduction to the rich world of Asian literature, and is targeted towards advanced students who already have a firm grasp of literary and critical analysis. Students will receive a general introduction to the history and development of Asian literature, read 12 unabridged books, and watch 12 films. They will also take tests and quizzes, and write 2-page response papers about each work studied. Students will come away with this course with a grounding in Asian literature, and an understanding of its history and development; they will also be able to put the works in historical and cultural context. At the end of the trimester, the students will embark upon a 3-week cultural, political, and historical tour of Japan or another Asian country. 

Merit's Non-Fiction in Literature course offers an in-depth examination of non-fiction in literature. It is targeted towards advanced literature students who already have a firm grasp of literary analysis and criticism. Students will read 12 unabridged works from authors such as Stephen Hawkings, William Beebe, James Herriot, Henry Adams, Milton Friedman, and John Galbraith. They will also write 2-page response papers about each work studied. In addition to traditional discussions, readings, and writings, the students will also watch full-length classic films to offer a well-balanced perspective on non-fiction in literature. The students will also give two speeches and participate in one debate to further their analytical skills using themes covered in the reading selections. 

Merit Academy's Women in Literature course will critically examine the cultural endeavors and legacies of women writing in the English language, addressing both the similarities between the women writers/characters and the differences due to ethnic, socio-economic, age and national differences. It is an examination and exploration of women as subjects in and authors of literature, with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century works. The students will read 12 unabridged novels written by a diverse range of voices. The students write 1-2 page critical analyses, watch 12 movies, give speeches, participate in debates, and recite quotations. It is aimed at advanced students who have a firm grasp of literary history and have developed their critical reading and analysis skills. 

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LIT 1205H-1225H: Civics, Inner Self, and Interpersonal Relationships in Literature: Honors

Merit Academy's Civics in Literature course offers the students selections of classic and contemporary literature that explore the world of government and politics. The students are required to read one abridged book per week (12 per trimester) and to write a 1-2 page critical analysis for each. Weekly lectures will provide background information and historical context. In order to foster critical thinking and familiarize students with various social and ethical concepts, this course places heavy emphasis on guided reading and film viewing, discussions and critical writing assignments. Also included in weekly studies are discussions and memorization of important quotations, in-class readings with evaluative examination of works by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc., and viewed documentaries. Students will personally prepare and present speeches, essays, and participate in political debates.

Merit Academy's Inner Self in Literature course offers the students unabridged selections of classic and contemporary literature that explores the human psyche and the quest for self-discovery. Required class work includes discussions and debates, critical analyses, a midterm and a final exam. While lectures will provide students with necessary background information and context, the main focus of this class will be discussion and debate. By reading and discussing the assigned reading and relating their discoveries to the material covered in their Psychology class, students will also develop an interdisciplinary perspective on both the assigned literature and the world in general. They will also hopefully be able to turn their critical and analytical skills on their own lives, and probe their own psyches with the intellectual rigor they apply to their course material. They will also watch selected films that pertain to the theme of this class.

Merit Academy's Interpersonal Relationships in Literature course offers the students unabridged selections of classic and contemporary literature that demonstrate a variety values and roles people play in relationships. Students evaluate and discuss the selections to gather deeper insights into their relationship with the outside world. Lectures cover the various viewpoints of personal interaction in several types of writing: epics, poetry, short stories, novels, and dramas, so the student is able to understand motivation and character. Discernment and discrimination are major goals for the student when dealing with others. In addition to reading weekly novels, the students will also read special selections in class. Memorization of quotations gives the students a bank of classic quotes that they will be able to draw upon to use in their future essays and dialogues. Individual speeches and class debates will hone research skills and prepare the students to defend and speak about their personal theories and values. 

Through the eyes of Shakespeare, Austen, Faulkner, Vergil, Aeschylus, O'Neill, Freud, and others, the students will be able to contemplate their essence and evaluate their motives and goals. Discussions about verbal and non-verbal communication and their effects on relationships with the teacher and peers will help students to probe deeply into their personal relationships with those around them. By watching 12 full-length movies, the seniors will be exposed to both classic and contemporary films that have themes that center around interpersonal relationships. 

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MTH 910H-930H: Geometry/Algebra 2: Honors

This is a full-year geometry course designed for accelerated students with a background in algebra. It strikes a balance between theory and application, and integrates concepts of space geometry and plane geometry throughout. The course begins with an introduction to proofs, which is followed by lessons in deductive and deductive reasoning as well as indirect proofs. After this, topics covered include: congruent triangles, similar polygons, right triangles, circles, construction and loci, plane figures, areas and volumes of solids, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Students solve geometry and logic problems, and work through proofs in long form throughout the course. To ensure their thorough understanding and retention of geometry concepts, students also complete all exercises in every chapter of the textbook. Students will begin Algebra 2 during the last 5 weeks of the academic year. 

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MTH 1010H-1030H: Algebra 2/Trigonometry: Honors

Algebra II is one of the most fundamental courses for a future science student, and is essential for the study of chemistry, physics, biology and higher mathematics. Topics covered are graphs; linear equations; functions; systems of linear equations; exponents and polynomials; rational expressions; roots and radicals; quadratic equations and inequalities; inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions; conic sections; and sequences and series. 

In order to build understanding and retention of the concepts taught in class, students are required to do 40-60 problems per night. Working at their own pace, the students complete the entire book in 2 trimesters. One quiz and one chapter test is given at the end of each chapter; a comprehensive final exam is given on the last day of the trimester. 

In order to acclimatize them to standardized tests, the students will be given an SAT Math test on alternate weeks. They will also solve a logic problem every other week. Although the teacher will discuss the solutions with the students in class at the end of the week, those who solve the problems before hand will receive extra credit points.

The trigonometry course will cover trigonometric functions, acute angles and right triangles, radian measure and the circular functions, graphs of circular functions, trigonometric identities, inverse trigonometric functions and trigonometric equations, application of trigonometry and vectors, complex numbers, polar equations, parametric equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions. It is a prerequisite to Precalculus. 

To build a strong trigonometry foundation, students will do 30-40 problems per night, and complete the entire textbook in one trimester. Students will also take one quiz and one test per chapter completed, solve logic problems once every two weeks, and take one SAT Math test every other week

In order to develop problem-solving skills, the students will also solve one logic problem every other week. Although the teacher will discuss the solutions with the students in class at the end of the week, those who solve the problems before hand will receive extra credit points.

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MTH 1040H-1130H: Precalculus/Calculus AB: Honors

This one-trimester Pre-Calculus course will prepare students to take Merit's Math 1210H-1260H (Calculus). To ensure that students receive maximum exposure to and understanding of the relevant mathematical concepts, they will complete assigned homework exercises in each section of the textbook (and additional problems if necessary for comprehension). This pre-calculus course covers coordinates, graphs, and inequalities; functions; polynomials and rational functions/applications to iteration and optimization; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions of angles; trigonometric functions of real numbers; analytic trigonometry; additional topics in trigonometry; systems of equations; analytic geometry; roots of polynomial equations; and additional topics. 

Accelerated students may test out of Precalculus and take this three trimester Calculus course. Students who choose to take the Precalculus course will need to finish the third trimester of Calculus during summer session. 

Merit's three-trimester calculus course will prepare students to take university physics series and advanced mathematics courses at the university level. It covers functions and models, limits and derivatives, differentiation rules, applications of differentiation, integrals, application of integration, and techniques of integration. To ensure that students thoroughly understand and retain the relevant mathematical concepts, they will complete all homework exercises in each section of the textbook. In order to give the students a good foundation in problem solving, they will work on one logic problem every other week. 

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MTH 1210H-1230H: Calculus BC: Honors

Merit's 2-Year (six-trimester) calculus course will prepare students to take university physics series and advanced mathematics courses at the university level. It covers applications of integration; differential equations, parametric equations and polar coordinates, infinite sequences and series, vectors and geometry of space, vector functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, vector calculus, 2nd order differential equations. To ensure that students thoroughly understand and retain the relevant mathematical concepts, they will complete all homework exercises in each section of the textbook. In order to give the students a good foundation in problem solving, they will work on one logic problem every other week.

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SCI 910H-930H Introduction to Chemistry

This accelerated Chemistry class serves as an introduction to chemistry and a prerequisite to other science courses. It covers chemical foundations: atoms, molecules and ions; Dalton's atomic theory, Boyle's chemical element, Charles's Law and the Bohr model; chemical equations; electricity; stoichiometry; Ideal Gas Law; Hess's Law; Plank's Postulate; Louis de Broglie's hypothesis; Heisenberg's uncertainty principle; wave functions; galvanic cells; La Ch'telier's principle; diffusion versus effusion; and heat. The goal of this class is to give the students the opportunity to enjoy chemistry while learning complex concepts that will prepare them for a future in the sciences. 

Chemistry labs will take place in the classroom or at a local laboratory, which will be arranged by the teacher. The students will conduct labs biweekly. The students will write at least one formal laboratory report per trimester as well as regular lab reports for each experiment conducted. The students will also take field trips to chemistry and energy labs to learn about a career in chemistry. 

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SCI 1010H-1030H: Introduction to Biology: Honors

Merit Academy's Introduction to Biology course serves as an introduction and a prerequisite to other science courses. It covers chemical foundations of life; molecular biology; cell physiology; genetics; morphology; physiology; development; evolution; natural selection; genetic variation; adaptation; speciation; ecosystems; behavioral, community, and population ecology. The goal of this class is to give the students the opportunity to enjoy biology while learning complex concepts that will prepare them for a future in the sciences. 

Homework assignments will be posted every week; homework will be collected and graded at every class meeting. Each trimester includes two midterm exams and one final exam. 

Biology labs will take place in the classroom or at a local laboratory, which will be arranged by the teacher. The students will also take various field trips to reinforce concepts learned in class and to learn about careers in biology. 

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SCI 1110H-1130H Introduction to Physics Honors

This class serves as an introduction to physics and a prerequisite to other physical science courses. It covers all areas of classical physics: Newton's Laws of Motion, straight line motion, circular motion, work and energy, potential and kinetic energy, conservation of energy, momentum, fluid mechanics, Bernoulli's equation, Doppler effect, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, Huygens' Principle, microscope, telescope, constructive and destructive interference of light, Michelson interferometer, thermodynamics, Carnot cycle, electromagnetism, Coulomb's Law, Gauss's Law, Faraday's Law, Ampere's Law, Lenz's Law, Maxwell's equations, Kirchhoff's Rules and electrical circuits. The goal of this class is to provide the students with the opportunity to enjoy physics while learning complex physics concepts that will prepare them for a future in the sciences.

Physics labs will take place in the classroom, at a local physics laboratory or on a computer. The students will conduct many labs to reinforce their learning process. The students will also take field trips to physics and energy labs to learn about a career in physics. 

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SPA 910H-930H: Introduction to Spanish 1A-C: Honors

Merit Academy's Introduction to Spanish Honors for 9th grade is an accelerated course designed to review grammar at a quick pace and emphasize complex grammatical structures. Instruction of the material is given in Spanish, and students are required to speak in Spanish during each class. Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills are built through reading newspapers, short stories, poetry, listening to music, and learning idioms. Although this is a 9th grade Spanish class, the prerequisite to this class is Merit Academy's SPA 830H, an introductory Spanish class. It is assumed that the students have had two years of introductory Spanish to build vocabulary and present and past tense verb conjugations before entering this course. In order to become fluent in Spanish at the end of this 4-year program, the students will focus on Spanish grammar: adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, interjections, nouns, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs. A special emphasis will be placed on conjugating verbs in the past, present, and future tenses. The students will also begin to examine the structure and use of the subjunctive. 

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SPA 1010H-1030H: Introduction to Spanish 2A-C: Honors

Merit Academy's Spanish course for 10th graders is accelerated and designed to improve oral and written Spanish skills by building a stronger foundation of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Instruction of the material is given in Spanish; students are expected to engage in Spanish conversation during each class. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills are practiced through novels, poetry, film, music, and translations of newspaper articles. To further solidify the students' Spanish grammar foundation, an emphasis will be placed on the subjunctive and complex, compound verbs in the present, past, and future tenses. By year's end, students will be expected understand Spanish grammar, translate reading material (from Spanish to English and vice versa), read literature and newspapers, write detailed essays on a variety of topics, and engage in extended discussions of Spanish literature, history, culture, and current events. They will also continue their immersion into Spanish history and culture by exposure to books, newspapers, films, music, and television. The students will travel to Costa Rica for 11 days at the end of the school year to be immersed into the language and culture of this Central American country.

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SPA 1110H-1130H: Introduction to Spanish 3A-C: Honors

Merit Academy's Introduction to Spanish Honors for 11th graders is accelerated and designed to improve students' oral, written, and comprehension skills in Spanish. Classroom instruction and discussions will take place solely in Spanish. Grammar lectures and exercises, combined with further study of the subjunctive and complex/compound verbs in the present, past, subjunctive, and future tenses, will provide students with a solid foundation and reinforce lessons already learned. Weekly writing assignments about aspects of Latin American politics and culture and critiques of Spanish literary works are required. Students will be assigned a wide selection of Spanish literature and poetry, and will further improve their reading and comprehension skills by reading newspapers, watching Spanish news on television, listening to Spanish music, and seeing Spanish films. Field trips to Spanish films, restaurants, dances, and food markets will provide further exposure to Spanish language and culture. Students will continue their study of advanced Spanish grammar and vocabulary and review any problem points; they will also continue their immersion into Spanish history and culture by exposure to books, newspapers, films, music, and television. By year's end, students will be expected to master advanced Spanish grammar, translate reading material (from Spanish to English and vice versa), read literature and newspapers, produce analytical and critical papers on a variety of topics, and engage in extended critical discussions of Spanish works, history, culture, and current events. Cultural lectures with works from Marquez, Gamez, Borges, Laguna, etc. will be studied. The students will travel to Spain for 11 days to experience the Spanish culture, speak the language with the natives, experience the European difference in language accents and grammar. 

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SPA 1210H-1230H: Introduction to Spanish 4A-C: Honors

Merit Academy's 4th year Spanish course prepares students to take upper division Spanish courses at the college level. Heavy emphasis will be placed on learning useful, idiomatic Spanish vocabulary and in both producing and comprehending fluent, conversational Spanish. The instructor will provide time outside of class for individual review of any problem points for students, and class time will be dedicated to discussion. It increases proficiency using authentic materials from all media ranging from reading selections to video. Materials focus on topics such as social class, ethnicity, education, religion, economic and political developments and issues pertaining to the Spanish-speaking world with an emphasis on Latin America. Each student will share bi-weekly, a brief report of a Spanish article that has been read in a current newspaper or magazine. Students will be evaluated on the basis of written essays; regular participation in class activities and discussions; quizzes covering vocabulary and material from readings, tapes, films, etc.; presentation of an oral report; bi-weekly presentation of a film review or article from a Spanish news program or magazine; two interviews with the teacher (one as a midterm, the other as a final). There will also be a telephone interview (the most difficult form of communication in a foreign language). In addition, students will prepare a brief tape discussing some theme from the class. The teacher will provide detailed evaluation of each tape, giving the student specific pointers to improve his/her oral skills. During the spring trimester, the students will dedicate 4 weeks for the preparation of the AP Spanish exam. The following 8 weeks will include Spanish movie and documentaries about historical and literary figures. The students will end their 4-year Spanish studies with a trip to Argentina. 

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LAT 910H-930H Introduction to Latin

This Introduction to Latin course is designed to lay the foundations for the further study of Latin. To this purpose, Merit uses the Cambridge Latin Course series of textbooks. The first two units of these textbooks introduce students to a broad range of grammatical concepts and vocabulary. While much of this is done with more traditional methods such as quizzes and written homework exercises, narrative and dramatic passages form the core of the course. They are the main means of consolidating the language, and increase in length and complexity as the course progresses. The passages have a developing story line and context related to a featured aspect of Roman culture. Readings on these cultural topics are assigned at the end of each stage and reviewed in class. Grammatically, the course introduces students to the nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative cases as well as several verb tense tenses - some of which we do not have in English.

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LAT 1010H-1030H Introduction to Latin

This accelerated 10th grade Latin course is a continuation of LAT 910H-930H. It is designed to improve upon and cement the foundations of Latin learned the previous year. Merit uses the Cambridge Latin Course series of textbooks to introduce students to a broad range of grammatical concepts and vocabulary.

While much of this is done with more traditional methods such as quizzes and written homework exercises, narrative and dramatic passages form the core of this course. They are the main means of consolidating the language, and increase in length and complexity as the course progresses. The passages have a developing story line and context related to a featured aspect of Roman culture. Readings on these cultural topics are assigned at the end of each stage and reviewed in class. The course expands upon the usage of cases and verb tenses learned the year prior, in addition to introducing several new concepts such as the subjunctive mood and the passive voice.

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LAT 1210H-1230H Introduction to Latin

This year-long course is designed to solidify the Latin that students have learned over the past three years. It not only prepares them for upper division university Latin courses, but awards them university credit with the passage of the AP Latin: Vergil Test. The course is designed to challenge the student and encourage the development of independent study habits.

The reading for the course is from one of the most widely read and admired texts in the Western canon: Vergil's epic poem Aeneid. To prepare students for the rich, complex language of Vergil, there will be lectures and quizzes on a variety of figures of speech. Words that are found 24 times or more in the Aeneid, the 'General Word List', are an essential key to reading this text smoothly and quizzes are given weekly to ensure that students are up-to-date on the matter. Much of the work done in class consists of translating passages of Vergil and students are required to prepare between 50 and 80 Lines of Latin each week. In addition to analyzing selections of the original text, students will be required to read the entire Aeneid in English translation as well.

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BUS 610H-630H: Introduction to Business: Honors

The students start and run their own businesses as part of the Merit curriculum. Each student does market research to select a business to start during the school year. They write their Business Plan. After completing their Business and Marketing Plans, they will write a cover letter summarizing their intent. Next, they seek financing. Each student runs their own business in order to give the students a well-rounded perspective on business. This way, each student has the opportunity to work in sales, marketing, accounting, customer service, and manufacturing (if applicable). Weekly business meetings with their business advisor help the students to stay focused so they reach their goals. Students write a flow chart to organize the complete operation of their businesses. They discuss possible problems and set policies to ensure success. To improve customer service and internal operations, the students create forms and checklists.

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BUS 710H-730H: Introduction to Writing for Publication: Honors

Merit Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to write books for publication. Under the guidance of the business advisor or English teacher, the students select topics, do market research, organize outlines, and write books. This course offers students the opportunity to write books for publication as part of the Merit curriculum. After completing one year of Introduction to Business Honors in the 6th grade, the students will be prepared to publish and market their books at the end of 7th grade.

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BUS 810H-830H: Introduction to Book Publishing: Honors

Merit Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to write and publish books. Under the guidance of a business advisor, students spend the year preparing their books for publication. After completing one year of business in the 6th grade and writing a book in the 7th grade, Merit Academy students will be prepared to forge ahead in the publishing world. By exploring the many publishing options, the students makes educated decisions about how best to publish their books. They first market their books to small and large book publishers across the United States. Next they explore on-demand book publishers. And then they consider e-books. By filing their books with the Copyright Office in Washington DC or with their publishers, the students protect their work. By targeting niche markets, students prepare a marketing plan to sell their books.

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ENG 610H-630H: English Grammar: Honors

This course is designed to provide the students with a formal study of grammar. Students consistently refine their journalistic skills, in order to understand the importance of revision in the writing process. The course also focuses on building vocabulary using common words and understanding their Latin and Greek roots. The students engage in Kumon English exercises to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. They also participate in the Speed Reader program to increase reading speed and fluency, as well as comprehension.

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ENG 710H-730H: English Grammar: Honors

Merit Academy offers a unique opportunity for students to write books for publication. Under the guidance of the business advisor or English teacher, the students select topics, do market research, organize outlines, and write books. This course offers students the opportunity to write books for publication as part of the Merit curriculum. After completing one year of Introduction to Business Honors in the 6th grade, the students will be prepared to publish and market their books at the end of 7th grade.

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ENG 810H-830H: English Grammar: Honors

ENG 810H-830H will focus on grammar skills and writing mechanics. The students will review parts of speech and special grammar functions such as verb phrases, articles, modifiers, and subject-verb agreement. Students will practice using and recognizing parts of speech through various class exercises and writing assignments. Using high school and college-preparatory texts, the students will learn grammar, writing mechanics, and word-usage skills to prepare for Merit Academy’s rigorous high school English program. The students should be able to clearly identify and label structural features of complex sentences and build upon these to advance individual writing skills. To hone in on the students’ journalism writing and newspaper layout skills, the students will write articles and do layout exercises to reinforce new concepts. They will write news, editorial, and feature articles, and they will learn how to develop the context and style of the articles as well as the newspaper layout.

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HIS 610H-630H: Renaissance History (Part 1): Honors

This two-year course provides an in-depth, exciting examination of the various historical, cultural, and economic developments that took place around the world during the Renaissance Period (1450-1779). Although Renaissance history typically centers around the “rebirth” in European cultures, in the 6th and 7th grades at Merit Academy, the students explore all of the cultural, scientific, economic, and political changes that took place around the world during this exciting 200-year period. The Scientific Revolution, the Reformation, the Exploration, and the Renaissance are only part of the awakening that took place in the world. Japan celebrated individualism, China exchanged products and knowledge, Africa and South America provided resources, and throughout the world new contacts and exchanges encouraged change. Political arguments, military engagements, and economic booms and crises are only a part of the story.

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HIS 710H-730H: Renaissance History (Part 2): Honors

This two-year course provides an in-depth, exciting examination of the various historical, cultural, and economic developments that took place around the world during the Renaissance Period (1450-1779). Although Renaissance history typically centers around the “rebirth” in European cultures, in the 6th and 7th grades at Merit Academy, the students explore all of the cultural, scientific, economic, and political changes that took place around the world during this exciting 200-year period. The students will focus on the Exploration and the Enlightenment during the 7th grade. Political arguments, military engagements, and economic booms and crises are only a part of the story. Group influences, individuals of character (or notoriety), and emerging philosophies will be evaluated as well. This class requires lectures, assigned reading, in-class discussions, tests and quizzes, timeline and map creation, class presentations, field trips, and 3 major research papers.

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HIS 810H-830H: History Revolutions: Honors

This course focuses on the major turning points that changed the world after the Renaissance: 1714-1914. The students will examine the rise of democratic ideas and look back at the historical roots of current world issues. During the fall trimester, the students will study Impressionism, Colonial Expansion, and the Revolutions of England, America, and France; winter trimester, Industrial Revolution and Inventions; and spring trimester, Industrial Revolution and Nationalism. The students will extrapolate from America’s short history that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, continue to be vulnerable, and are not respected or practiced everywhere in the world. The students will write three major research papers over the course of the school year. This class will also travel to England to visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution: Iron Bridge Gorge to fully realize the changes that occurred during this time period.

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LIT 605H-625H: Renaissance Literature: Honors

This course is the first part of a two-year Renaissance Literature (6th and 7th grades) course. The students will read 35 classic Renaissance works of literature during this 3-trimester period (71 for the entire 2-year course). Students will come away from this course with a foundation in the development and impact of literature on culture and society of the Renaissance Era. Memorization and writing will convince the students of the beauty and difficulty of literature of this time. Lectures will guide and inform the student in the development and personalities present, and movies will illustrate and reinforce their new found information. Their understanding of its history and development will be heightened, and they will also be able to put the works in historical and cultural context.

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LIT 705H-725H: Renaissance Literature: Honors

This course is the second part of a two-year Renaissance Literature (6th and 7th grades) course. The students will read 36 classic Renaissance works of literature during this 3-trimester period (71 for the entire 2-year course). Students will come away from this course with a foundation in the development and impact of literature on culture and society of the Renaissance Era. Memorization and writing will convince the students of the beauty and difficulty of literature of this time. Lectures will guide and inform the student in the development and personalities present, and movies will illustrate and reinforce their new found information. Their understanding of its history and development will be heightened, and they will also be able to put the works in historical and cultural context.

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LIT 805H-825H: Age of Revolution Literature: Honors

This course follows a 2-year intensive Renaissance literature program. The students will read 36 classic novels that focus on mood, romanticism, Realism, and the movement toward modernity during this 3-trimester period. The students will travel to Great Britain on an English Literary Tour with their Literature teacher. They will visit the homes and museums of English writers (Shakespeare, Bronte, Dickens, Austen, Keats, Wordsworth, etc.). Students will come away from this course with a depth of perception about human motivation and value. The program will include lectures about authors, their times, impact and the changes in literature of the era. Students will participate in discussions, write critical analyses, memorize and recite quotations, and present speeches. These skills are invaluable to their understanding of the literary milieu. The students’ understanding of life and human interaction will be enhanced; they will also be able to put the works in historical and cultural context.

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MTH 610H-630H: Pre Algebra: Honors

This three-trimester 6th grade honors pre-algebra course will prepare students to take Introduction to Algebra with confidence. This course has three main components: math fundamentals, problem solving, and Kumon Math. In order to maximize the students’ exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section. In addition to one-to-one instruction in math concepts, the students also do Kumon Math, which offers the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way to calculus. The students also tackle problem solving and logic problems to apply their math skills and to think critically.

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MTH 710H-730H: Intro Algebra: Honors

This three-trimester Introductory Algebra course will prepare students to take Algebra 1 with confidence. This course will has three main components: algebra concepts, problem solving, and basic skills. In order to maximize the students’ exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete All problems in each section. In addition to one-to-one instruction in algebraic concepts, the students also do Kumon Math, which offers the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way to calculus. The students also tackle problem solving and logic problems to apply their math skills and to think critically.

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MTH 810H-830H: Algebra I: Honors

This three-trimester Algebra 1 course is an extension of the comprehensive Pre-algebra course offered in 7th grade at Merit Academy. This course consists of three main components: algebra concepts, problem solving, and basic skills. In order to maximize the students’ exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section. In addition to one-to-one instruction in algebraic concepts, the students also do Kumon Math, which offers the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way to calculus. The students also tackle problem solving and logic problems to apply their math skills and to think critically. Success in calculus requires a solid algebra foundation.

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SCI 610H-630H: Intro Bio, Chem, Physics: Honors

In sixth grade at Merit Academy, the students are introduced to the foundation sciences: biology, chemistry, and physics. During the fall trimester, the students will study biology; winter trimester, chemistry; and spring trimester, physics. The purpose of this introduction is to prepare the students for the human physiology course which is offered in 7th grade at Merit Academy. College-level courses in biology, chemistry, and physics will be taken in high school.

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SCI 710H-730H: Human Physiology: Honors

This full-year course is designed to introduce students to human physiology. They will learn about the function of each system as well as the physiology of how each system works. The students will participate in dissections and they’ll observe the dissection of a human cadaver. They will watch Professor Anthony Goodman’s videos to receive a college lecture and observe other dissections. One of the unique aspects of Merit Academy’s physiology class is the seminars given by local physicians following each system studied. By the end of the year, students will have a comprehensive understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to nourish and maintain them.

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SCI 810H-830H: Intro Chemistry: Honors

This full-year course is designed to prepare the students to take Merit’s high school Introduction to Chemistry course. By studying chemistry at the high school level during 8th grade, the students will have a good foundation for entry into a high school introductory Chemistry course. By the end of the academic year, the students should have a good understanding of introductory chemistry concepts.

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SPA 610H-630H: Intro Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 5th grade Spanish class, and is designed to introduce the students to Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. The students write weekly journal entries. Cooking classes, presentations, and daily dialogue introduce students to the world of the Spanish language. Weekly vocabulary and grammar quizzes reinforce a strong foundation that the students will need when entering Merit Academy’s intensive Spanish 1-4 program in high school.

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SPA 710H-730H: Intro Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 6th grade Spanish class, and is designed to introduce the students to Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. The students write weekly journal entries, bi-weekly essays, and embark upon their first research paper in the spring trimester. Cooking classes, presentations, and daily dialogue introduce students to the world of the Spanish language. Weekly vocabulary and grammar quizzes reinforce a strong foundation that the students will need when entering Merit Academy’s intensive Spanish 1-4 program in high school.

 $69.99

SPA 810H-830H: Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 7th grade Spanish class, and is designed to introduce the students to Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. The students write weekly journals, essays, and research papers. Cooking classes, writing to Spanish-speaking pen-pal, presentations, and daily dialogue introduce students to the world of Spanish. Weekly vocabulary and Spanish grammar quizzes reinforce a strong foundation that the students will need when entering Merit Academy High School’s intensive Spanish 1-4 program. At the end of the year, the students will travel to Costa Rica or Argentina to use the Spanish-language skills they have learned in middle school.

 $69.99

ENG 010H-030H: English Grammar: Honors

This course is designed to build word attack skills, English grammar, and vocabulary. The students will learn sight vocabulary and specifically focus on difficult words they find in their reading and research. The students will also write articles for the Merit Chronicle and they’ll participate in the yearbook compilation. Merit students read 12 books that tie into their autobiographies and biographies of famous people studies. They also read award-winning books. The students do Kumon exercises to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. The students will do daily grammar and writing mechanics exercises. The students practice printing, and good penmanship will be emphasized. In conjunction with Social Studies, the students will write a comprehensive autobiography. The research portion of the project will take place in Social Studies, and the writing mechanics, grammar, and spelling will be taught in English. The students will write an outline and 10-15 drafts to complete this project.

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ENG 110H-130H: English Grammar: Honors

This course is designed to build comprehension , grammar, and vocabulary skills. They’ll learn vocabulary and will specifically focus on difficult words in their reading and research. The students will write articles for the Merit Chronicle and they’ll participate in the yearbook compilation. Merit students read at least 36 children’s books that tie into biographical studies, cultures, and folklore. They write 1-page critiques of all books read. The students also do Kumon English exercises to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. The students will do daily grammar and writing mechanics exercises. The students practice printing, and good penmanship will be emphasized. In conjunction with Social Studies, the students will write a comprehensive biography. The research portion of the project will take place in Social Studies, and the writing mechanics, grammar, and spelling will be taught in English. The students will write an outline and 10-15 drafts to complete this project.

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ENG 210H-230H: English Grammar: Honors

This course is designed to build reading comprehension skills, English grammar, and vocabulary. They’ll learn vocabulary and specifically focus on difficult words they find in their reading and research. The students will also write articles for the Merit Chronicle and they’ll participate in the yearbook compilation. Merit students read 12 novels that tie into genealogy, cultures, and immigration. They write 1-page critiques of all books read. The students also do Kumon English exercises to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. The students will do daily grammar and writing mechanics exercises. The students practice printing, and good penmanship will be emphasized. In conjunction with Social Studies, the students will write a comprehensive genealogy report. The research portion of the project will take place in Social Studies, and the writing mechanics, grammar, and spelling will be done in English. The students will write an outline and 10-15 drafts to complete this project.

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ENG 310H-330H: English: Honors

This course is designed to build a strong foundation in reading comprehension, English grammar, and vocabulary. The students will learn vocabulary words and specifically focus on difficult words they find in their reading and research. The students will also write articles for the Merit Chronicle and they’ll participate in the yearbook compilation. Merit students will read 12 novels that tie into Prehistory and Evolution. They will write 1-page critiques of all books read. The students also do Kumon English exercises to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary. The students will do daily grammar and writing mechanics exercises. The introduction and practice of good penmanship will be emphasized.

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ENG 410H-430H: English: Honors

This course is designed to build a strong foundation in English grammar and vocabulary. The students will continue to review parts of speech and verb tenses in English grammar. They’ll learn vocabulary and specifically focus on difficult homonyms and other confusing words. The students will also write articles for the Merit Chronicle and they’ll participate in the yearbook compilation. Merit students read 12 novels per trimester that tie into Ancient Civilizations and California History studies (for California students). They will write one-page critiques of all books read. The students also do Kumon English exercises to improve reading comprehension and increase vocabulary. They also participate in the Speed Reader program to increase reading comprehension, speed, and fluency. Good penmanship will be emphasized.

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ENG 510H-530H: English Grammar/Medieval Literature: Honors

This course is designed to prepare the students to enter and successfully function in Merit Academy’s Middle School program. The students will continue to review parts of speech and verb tenses in English grammar. They’ll learn vocabulary and specifically focus on difficult homonyms and confusing words. The students will also write articles for the Merit Chronicle and they’ll participate in the yearbook compilation. To improve reading comprehension and vocabulary, the students will do Kumon English exercises. They also participate in the Speed Reader program to increase reading comprehension, speed, and fluency. Good penmanship will be emphasized.

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ENG 540H-560H: English Grammar/American Literature: Honors

This course is designed to prepare the students to enter and successfully function in Merit Academy’s Middle School program. The students will continue to review parts of speech and verb tenses in English grammar. They’ll learn vocabulary and specifically focus on difficult homonyms and confusing words. The students will also write articles for the Merit Chronicle and they’ll participate in the yearbook compilation. To improve reading comprehension and vocabulary, the students will do Kumon English exercises. They also participate in the Speed Reader program to increase reading comprehension, speed, and fluency. Good penmanship will be emphasized. Introduction to Consumerism will also be covered in this course.

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HIS 010H-030H: Autobiography: Honors

In this one-year course, students will begin their comprehensive history program by starting with the most important person: the student! By spending the entire kindergarten year writing their own autobiographies, the students get to know more about themselves and they begin to learn how to calculate time. The students ask their parents to fill out a questionnaire that asks for details and dates about the students’ lives. They will make a ten-foot timeline of their lives including first teeth, first vacations, first books, etc. They will write their first drafts phonetically and look at photo albums to help them fill in the details.

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HIS 110H-130H: Biography Parents: Honors

In this one-year course, students will select one parent to interview and to write a biography about. This course will teach students how to interview one parent and how to record the data. The focus of this course is to help students expand their center of the world to include their parents. By interviewing a parent, the students will learn how to organize information as they begin to fill out Merit’s questionnaire. The students write the biography in chronological order. The students will read 20-30 biographies of famous people throughout the year. The students are encouraged to visit their parent’s hometown and to interview this parent’s siblings and parents (if available). Looking through old family albums, heirlooms, and family records will make the biography much more interesting.

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HIS 210H-230H: Genealogy Research: Honors

In this course, students will trace their family genealogy as far as possible. This course teaches students to research their family genealogy by constructing their family trees, to interview family members, to record data, and to write a genealogy research paper. The student will visit a local genealogy society to learn how to begin their genealogy research. The student will attend local history seminars to learn about research methodology. The student will take a trip to New York City to visit Ellis Island where they will learn more about what their ancestors experienced when they came from Europe to the United States. A tour through Angel Island in San Francisco will also give the students a contrasting perspective of what the Chinese immigrants experienced when they entered the United States from the West Coast. Each student will create a computerized family tree that will be displayed in classroom. Students are to draw family crests for each family and draw maps for each country of origin.

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HIS 310H-330H: Big Bang Evolution: Honors

This one-year course provides an in-depth, exciting examination of the possible events that lead to the beginning of our universe from a scientific perspective and to rediscover the 14-billion-year journey through an opaque mass of gases that lead to human evolution. Studies will include how the earth was formed and how prokaryotic cells and photosynthesis brought life to our universe. Students will participate in the Merit Geographical Society to study geothermal energy and the Petrified Forest in Napa, California. Class work will be enhanced by field trips, guest speakers, college lectures, films, and fossil digs.

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HIS 410H-430H: Ancient Civilizations: Honors

This one-year course provides an in-depth, exciting examination of the various historical, cultural, and economic developments that took place around the world during the Ancient Civilization. Studies will include geography, timeline, religion, quotations, journals, and essays. Book club selections that focus on Ancient Civilizations will be read, critiqued, and discussed in English 410H-430H. Students will participate in the Merit Geographical Society with the rights and responsibilities of active members. Class work will be enhanced by field trips, guest speakers, college lectures, films, and a tour of the Yucatan.

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HIS 460 US History and Literature: Honors

This one-trimester course provides students with an understanding of the reasons for studying history and of the relationships between the past and the present. They will develop an awareness of the ways in which we learn about the past and the methods and tools of the historian. Students will learn about the meaning of time and chronology and analyze the sometimes complex cause-and-effect relationships of ideas and events, recognizing also the effects of the accidental and irrational on history. There are reasons for both continuity and change and interrelatedness of Maps, economics, culture, belief systems, and political systems within history. They will cover the history of women, minorities, and the full range of social classes, not just the history of the elite or the notable individual. The students will also read historical fiction about American history.

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HIS 510H-530H: Medieval Civilizations: Honors

This one-year course provides an in-depth, exciting examination of the various historical, cultural, and economic developments that took place around the world during the Medieval Period. Studies will include geography, timeline, religion, quotations, journals, and essays. Students will write comprehensive research papers under the careful guidance of their teacher. Book club selections will be read, critiqued, and discussed. Students will participate in the Merit Geographical Society with the rights and responsibilities of active members. Class work will be enhanced by field trips, guest speakers, college lectures, films, and a tour of Germany.

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MTH 010H-030H: Math: Honors

This three-trimester Kindergarten honors math program will prepare students for Merit Academy’s 1st grade math. This course will use manipulatives to provide students with hands-on spatial learning that builds a strong foundation in math. Looking at relationships between numbers and patterns in number sequences at an early age helps the students to enjoy the world of mathematics. In order to maximize the students’ exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section of their workbooks. In addition to one-to-one instruction in math concepts, the students also do CoreBasixx or Kumon Math, which offer the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way through more advanced mathematics.

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MTH 110H-130H: Math: Honors

This three-trimester 1st grade honors math program will prepare students for Merit Academy's 2nd grade math. This course continues to use manipulatives to help students to make the connection between addition and subtraction concepts. The students will study charts and learn “borrowing” and “carrying” concepts with a place-value chart. In order to maximize the students' exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section of their workbooks. In addition to one-to-one instruction in math concepts, the students also do CoreBasixx or Kumon Math, which offer the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way through more advanced mathematics.

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MTH 210H-230H: Math: Honors

This three-trimester 2nd grade honors math program will prepare students for Merit Academy's 3rd grade math. This course will focus on place-value exercises on paper. The students will examine charts and review addition and subtraction exercises with money. In order to maximize the students' exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section of their workbooks. In addition to one-to-one instruction in math concepts, the students also do CoreBasixx or Kumon Math, which offers the students the opportunity to master math skills in their weak areas to ensure success as they work their way through more advanced mathematics.

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MTH 310H-330H: Math: Honors

This three-trimester 3rd grade honors math course will prepare students for Merit Academy's 4th grade math course. This course will focus on “borrowing” concepts. The students will study graphing and decimals as well as use computer and electronic math stations. In order to maximize the students' exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section of their workbooks. In addition to one-to-one instruction in math concepts, the students also do Kumon Math, which offer the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way to Algebra.

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MTH 410H-430H: Math: Honors

This three-trimester 4th grade honors math course will prepare students for Merit Academy's 5th grade math course. This course will focus on multiplication and division concepts. The students will continue study graphing and decimals as well as use computer and electronic math stations. In order to maximize the students' exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section of their workbooks. In addition to one-to-one instruction in math concepts, the students also do Kumon Math, which offer the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way to Algebra.

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MTH 510H-530H: Math: Honors

This three-trimester 5th grade honors math course will prepare students to enter Merit Academy's Middle School. This course will have three main components: math fundamentals, problem solving, and Kumon Math or CoreBasixx. In order to maximize the students' exposure to each new concept, the students are required to complete all problems in each section. In addition to one-to-one instruction in math concepts, the students also do Kumon Math, which offer the students the opportunity to master mathematic areas where they may be weak to ensure success as they work their way to Calculus. The students also tackle problem-solving and logic problems to apply their math skills and to think critically.

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SCI 010H-030H: Intro Science: Honors

In kindergarten at Merit Academy, the students will be introduced to science. They will study nature, explore the solar system, learn about the scientific method, and follow directions for science experiments. They will learn how to conduct experiments to answer questions about chemistry, physics, and biology.

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SCI 110H-130H: Intro Evolution: Honors

In first grade at Merit Academy, the students will be introduced to the fundamentals of biological evolution. They will start by replicating Gregor Mendel’s famous pea plant study in order to see first-hand the ways in which genetics and morphology are connected. This experience will then be broadened, as students will apply what they have learned to studying animals in various habitats around the world, focusing on differences and similarities between species that live in the same area and those that populate different ones. They will examine how various traits in certain animals are adapted to those animals’ environment, and in this way they will begin to understand the fundamentals of evolution. In addition to the pea plant experiment, the students will put together a collage in which they categorize species according to habitat and present it along with a map displaying the regions around the world where each habitat can be found.

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SCI 210H-230H: Intro Ecology: Honors

In second grade at Merit Academy, the students explore the plant kingdom, ecology, and life cycles to prepare themselves for geology and earth science in third grade. The students study plant physiology and habitats, the fundamentals of ecology and sustainability, and the life cycles of all types of organisms from bacteria to humans. They will learn about pollution, over-population, deforestation, and global warming. This will offer an opportunity for the students to lead a fundraising campaign to raise money to protect areas of the world affected by one or more of these problems. The students will also participate in several experiments and projects, including raising several types of animals in their studies of life cycles.

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SCI 310H-330H: Earth Sciences: Honors

In third grade at Merit Academy, the students explore geology and earth sciences to complement their studies of the beginning of the universe, the formation of Earth, the first forms of life, and human evolution in their History class. The students will learn about plate tectonics, rock formations, evolutionary geology, volcanoes, rivers, minerals, rocks, and crystals. They will learn chemistry when they study the first forms of life, biology when they study cells and life forms, and physics when they study energy and the creation of the universe.

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SCI 410H-430H: How Things Work: Honors

In fourth grade at Merit Academy, the students have the opportunity to explore how everyday appliances, machines, and equipment work. The students learn how things work by learning the theories and then dissecting the equipment to further examine them. Guest speakers visit the classroom each week to share with the students their expertise in each field. The students also go on field trips to tour facilities to learn more about their subject of the week. At the end of the school year, the students will have studied 36 different things.

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SCI 510H-530H: Intro to Anatomy: Honors

In fifth grade at Merit Academy, the students are introduced to human anatomy. The students will spend the entire academic year learning about the organs and systems of the human body. The students will participate in many laboratory dissections of hearts, eyeballs, livers, and a fetal pig. The purpose of this introduction is to prepare the students for the biology and human physiology courses offered in 6th and 7th grades. College-level courses in biology, chemistry, and physics will be taken in high school. The students learn basic concepts of anatomy and the systems of the human body. They will use college anatomy books as a basis of information to accompany the Anatomy Coloring Book.

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SPA 010H-030H: Intro Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the Pre-Kindergarten Spanish class, SPA 48M, and is designed to teach students the Spanish vocabulary of body parts, weather, clothing, seasons, classroom objects, furniture, and food. Students will begin conversational dialogue with "Hello, my name is" ("Hola, yo so”y) and begin the dialogue of "How are you? I am well/bad" ("Como esta? Estoy bien/mal”). Students will learn the names for body parts and clothing. The teacher should be fluent in native Spanish and speak to the students in Spanish so that they pick up colloquial sayings and phrases. Students will increase their vocabulary with weekly vocabulary lists to reinforce a strong foundation that the students will need when entering Merit Academy’s intensive Spanish program in elementary school.

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SPA 110H-130H: Intro Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the Kindergarten Spanish class, and is designed to teach students the Spanish vocabulary of body parts, weather, clothing, seasons, classroom objects, furniture, food, colors, months, numbers, shapes, animals, fruits, vegetables, people, professions, things outside, things inside, bedroom objects, plants, leaves, flowers, things in the kitchen, and things in the room. Students will begin conversational dialogue with phrases using "Me gusta," "No me gusta", and "Esta es" and continue with "Hello, my name is" ("Hola, yo soy) and begin the dialogue of "How are you? I am well/bad" ("Como esta? Estoy bien/mal). The teacher should be fluent in native Spanish and speak to the students in Spanish so that they pick up colloquial sayings and phrases. Students will increase their vocabulary with weekly vocabulary lists to reinforce a strong foundation that the students will need for Merit Academy’s intensive Spanish program in elementary school.

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SPA 210H-230H: Intro Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 1st Grade Introduction to Spanish Honors class, and is designed to increase students’ Spanish vocabulary and teach them how to tell time in Spanish. They will learn how to relate time in hours, minutes, and seconds as well as describe the amount of time that has passed since (desde de) and use words that describe before and after. Students will continue conversational dialogue with phrases using “Me gusta," "No me gusta", "Esta es," and "Como se dice?" and begin using phrases like "estoy caminando/hacienda." The teacher should be fluent in native Spanish and speak to the students in Spanish so that they pick up colloquial sayings and phrases. Students will increase their vocabulary with weekly vocabulary lists to reinforce a strong foundation that the students need in Merit Academy’s intensive Spanish program in elementary school. Students will play oral matching games to match pictures with their words using flashcards and games.

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SPA 310H-330H: Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 2nd grade Spanish class, and is designed to introduce the students to Spanish vocabulary, present tense of common verbs like ser and estar, and conversation. The students will learn vocabulary words that focus on objects and people around them. The use of this vocabulary in simple common phrases introduces students to the world of the Spanish language.

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SPA 410H-430H: Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 3rd grade Spanish class, and is designed to introduce the students to Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. The students will learn vocabulary words that focus on their homes, families, friends and familiar concepts. Cooking classes, presentations, and daily dialogue introduce students to the world of the Spanish language.

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SPA 510H-530H: Spanish: Honors

This full-year course is a continuation of the 4th grade Spanish class, and is designed to introduce the students to Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and conversation. The students construct sentences and learn to conjugate the present tense regular -ar, -er, and -ir verbs. Students will increase their vocabulary with weekly vocabulary lists and quizzes to reinforce a strong foundation that the students will need when entering Merit Academy’s intensive Spanish program in high school. Students will play games like Bingo, Pictionary, Word Search, and Boggle. By reading familiar children’s literature translations, the students will begin to understand the language and help the translation process. The students will converse with the teacher and other students to help build confidence in speaking a foreign language and improve their pronunciation and accent. The students will Spanish Writing: Write Sentences using their conjugated verbs to form paragraphs and short stories in the present tense.

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ART 18M: Intro Art Music

At 18 months, children enjoy art and music. Merit Academy's introduction to music gives children the opportunity to explore the world of music by listening to children's music as well as classical music. Children are encouraged to listen to a wide variety of music. Merit's art program stimulates the children's tactile awareness as well as their visual awareness. The children create art by using paints, pens, paper, and clay.

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ART 24M: Intro Art Music

At 24 months, children begin to enjoy creating art and playing and listening to music. Merit Academy's introduction to music gives children the opportunity to explore the world of music by listening to children's music as well as classical music. Children are encouraged to listen to a wide variety of music. Merit's introduction to art includes experimenting with colors, shapes, and mediums. The children explore how different art tools create different effects.

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ART 30M: Intro Art Music

At 30 months, children begin to enjoy creating art and playing and listening to music. Merit Academy's introduction to music gives children the opportunity to explore the world of music by listening to children's music as well as classical music. They begin to learn the lyrics and sing along. The children are encouraged to dance to the rhythm of the music. Merit's introduction to art exposes the 30-month-old children to new mediums. The children explore how different art tools create different effects. They create colors by mixing paints or colored clay. The goal is to give children the artistic license to express themselves using all kinds of materials.

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ART 36M: Intro Art Music

Merit's introduction to music gives children the opportunity to explore the world of music by listening to classic children's songs as well as classical music. Children are encouraged to listen to a wide variety of music. They learn the lyrics and sing along. The children are encouraged to dance to the rhythm of the music. The children explore how different art tools create different effects. They create colors by mixing paints or colored clay. The goal is to give children the artistic license to express themselves using all kinds of materials. They learn how to make facial expressions and sound effects. Playing a variety of games, the children learn improvisation techniques. They also participate in a puppet show. Learning how to uses their facial expressions, voices, and body movements, the children learn how to communicate with others without using words.

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ART 48M: Intro Art Music

Merit's introduction to music gives children the opportunity to explore the world of music by listening to classic children's songs as well as classical music. Children learn the lyrics to songs and sing together. The children copy the masters (Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, Rothko, and Monet) using tempera watercolors on canvases. They also learn how to mold clay into shapes and then glaze their bisque pieces. This project expands the children's understanding of the multi-step process. They also learn how to make patterns using mosaic tiles. By squiggling glue lines, the children experiment with sprinkling colored glitter to create exciting art. The children explore how different art tools create different effects. They create colors by mixing paints or colored clay. The goal is to give children the artistic license to express themselves using all kinds of materials.

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ENG 18M: Reading Readiness

The focus of preschool is to prepare students to read by introducing them to reading-readiness skills. These skills will help the students develop a strong foundation on which they will eventually learn to decode words, read fluently, and communicate through writing. The students develop their strong eye-hand coordination, vocabulary, pronunciation, and communication skills.

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ENG 24M: Reading Readiness

The students in Merit’s Reading Readiness Program continue to prepare for reading by participating in activities that develop reading-readiness skills. These skills will help the students develop a strong foundation on which they will learn to decode words, read fluently, and communicate through writing. The students develop strong eye-hand coordination, vocabulary, phonetic sound development, and communication skills.

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ENG 30M: Reading Readiness

The students in Merit’s Reading Readiness Program continue to prepare for reading by participating in activities that develop reading-readiness skills. These skills will help the students develop a strong foundation on which they will learn to decode words, read fluently, and communicate through writing. The students develop strong eye-hand coordination, vocabulary, phonetic sound development, and communication skills.

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ENG 36M: Reading Readiness

Merit’s Preschool Program teaches the preschoolers to read using phonograms, letter sounds, and sight words. The students develop strong eye-hand coordination to prepare for writing, and continue to fine tune their auditory and visual discrimination skills. They also increase their vocabulary and improve their language development. By reading a large collection of classic literature, the students are sure to love reading.

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ENG 48M: Reading Readiness

Merit's ENG 48M Reading Readiness Program teaches the pre-kindergarten children to read using phonograms, letter sounds, and sight words. The students develop strong eye-hand coordination to prepare for writing, and continue to fine tune their auditory and visual discrimination skills. They also increase their vocabulary and improve their language development. By reading a large collection of classic children's literature, the students are sure to enjoy reading. This program is designed to prepare students to enter kindergarten.

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MTH 18M: Math Readiness

This 24-week toddler math course will focus on grouping skills. The children will recognize the differences between colors, sizes, and shapes. By learning how to distinguish the differences between similar objects, the children will be ready to count the objects in the next MTH 24M course.

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MTH 24M: Math Readiness

This 24-week preschool math course will continue to build grouping skills. The children will recognize the differences between colors, sizes, and shapes. Merit Academy’s math program is designed to introduce mathematical concepts to the children when they are developmentally ready to learn them. After the children learn how to group various items, they will learn how to count them.

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MTH 30M: Math Readiness

This 24-week preschool math course will continue to build grouping and counting skills. The children will recognize the differences between colors, sizes, and shapes. They will learn how to count to 20. By playing with coins, the children will learn the names of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. At Merit Academy, the children become aware of time by recognizing and naming different periods of time (ie, morning, noon, afternoon, and night). Next, they learn how to tell time (on the hour). By receiving an introduction to telling time, counting money, and counting, the children will gain confidence in these areas and will be prepared for MTH 36M and MTH 48M.

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MTH 36M: Math Readiness

This 36-week preschool math course prepares the students for the P48M Math course. The children create patterns using blocks, links, and rubber stamps. After they have learned how to count to 20, the children learn how to count to 100. In order to prepare the children to understand mathematical concepts, they begin to play with the concepts of addition and subtraction by playing word games. The children add and subtract up to five. The teacher also introduces the concept of time by reminding the children to look at the clock periodically during the day. After learning the names of coins in the MTH 30M course, the children learn the value of each coin in this course.

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MTH 48M: Math Readiness

Merit Academy’s pre-kindergarten math readiness course is designed to provide the students with hands-on learning to build a strong foundation in math. Looking at relationships between numbers and patterns in number sequences at an early age helps the students to enjoy the world of mathematics. Students use an abacus, blocks, Unifex Cubes, and Cuisenaire Rods to learn addition and subtraction concepts. Games are played to reinforce recognition of numerals. They use blocks to count and group by twos, fives and tens. Exercises with manipulatives help the students to see these relationships between objects. The pre-kindergartners play computer math games, which help build their understanding of numerals, patterns, grouping, and counting skills. The pre-kindergartners learn how to tell time by the hour by using clocks. They also learn the names and values of coins by playing money games.

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PE 18M: Intro Movement

At 18 months, Merit Academy introduces a series of exercises to develop children’s fine and large motor skills. The children play games that encourage the usage of various muscles in their bodies. In addition to working on large motor skills, the children also work on their fine motor skills. These fine motor skills will help prepare them to write. Merit also introduces basic gymnastics. By using all of their muscles to do whole-body movement, the children become aware of how their bodies can move. Merit also encourages children to use their imaginations while they play. Using props, the children role-play and develop interpersonal and social skills.

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PE 24M: Intro Movement

At 24 months, Merit Academy continues to provide a series of exercises to develop the children’s fine and large motor skills. The children play games that encourage the usage of various muscles in their bodies. By mastering these skills, the children prepare to learn how to play sports. In addition to continuing to work on large motor skills, the children also work on their fine motor skills. These fine motor skills will prepare them to write. Merit also introduces new gymnastics moves at 24 months. By using all of their muscles to do whole-body movement, the children become aware of how their bodies can move. They continue to master the summersault and learn how to stand upright at the completion of each somersault under the careful guidance of their teachers. Next, they do Jumping Jacks, which requires balancing. Merit encourages children to use their imaginations while they play. By giving the children props and suggestions for imaginary role playing, the children launch into their own fantasy world.

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PE 30M: Intro Movement

At 30 months, Merit Academy continues to provide a series of exercises to develop the children’s fine and large motor skills. The children play games that encourage the usage of various muscles in their bodies. They begin to trace shapes on a light board to fine tune their handwriting skills. These fine motor skills will prepare the children to write. They continue to master the summersault and stand upright at the completion of each summersault. Next, they begin to learn how to do backwards rolls under the careful guidance of their teachers. By giving the children props and suggestions for imaginary role playing, the children launch into their own fantasy world. They enjoy pretending that they are cooking, serving food, cleaning, taking care of babies, etc. Using props, the children role-play and develop interpersonal and social skills. The children learn to play Hide ‘n Seek, Simon Says, and Twister. This helps build their auditory processing skills and their ability to follow oral instructions.

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PE 36M: Intro Physical Education

At 3 years old, Merit Academy provides and introduces a series of exercises to develop the children's large motor skills. The children play games that encourage the usage of various muscles in their bodies. By mastering these individual skills, the children are introduced to a variety of sports and games. The children also play on the swings and see saws, and they ride tricycles and two-wheelers with training wheels. By doing somersaults, backward rolls, and cartwheels, the children learn how to move their bodies to perform gymnastics skills. Merit encourages children to use their imaginations while they play. By giving the children props and suggestions for imaginary role playing, the children launch into their own fantasy world. Using props, the children role-play and develop interpersonal and social skills. The children play Steal the Bacon, Red Light, Green Light, Hide 'n Seek, Simon Says, and Twister. This helps build their auditory processing skills and their ability to follow oral instructions.

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PE 48M: Intro Physical Education

At 4 years old, Merit Academy prepares the children to enter kindergarten. Merit's gymnastics program includes summersaults, backward rolls, cartwheels on the mat, and an array of work on the balance beam. The children learn how to move their bodies to perform gymnastics skills. Merit encourages children to use their imaginations while they play. By giving the children props and suggestions for imaginary role playing, the children launch into their own fantasy world. Using props, the children role-play and develop interpersonal and social skills. The children play Steal the Bacon, Red Light, Green Light, Hide 'n Seek, Simon Says, and Twister. This helps build their auditory processing skills and their ability to follow oral instructions. The children also learn how to ride two wheelers with and without training wheels. By mastering these individual skills, the children participate in a variety of sports and games.

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SCI 18M: Intro Science

At 18 months, children begin to recognize the permanence of objects. To teach the concept of object permanence, the children play games where they watch the teacher cover an object and then they uncover it to find the object again. They also learn the concept of cause and effect as they push buttons to see what happens. By filling a cup with beans, the children begin to learn spatial development. Exploring their world by playing games introduces science to the children.

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SCI 24M: Intro Science

At 24 months, toddlers recognize the permanence of objects. To teach the concept of object permanence, the teacher places a medium-sized box inside of a large box, and then a small box inside a medium-sized box. The children find the small box. They also learn the concept of cause and effect as they turn gears to see what happens. By stacking blocks, the children learn spatial development along with other cause and effect concepts. Exploring their world by playing games introduces science to the toddlers.

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SCI 30M: Intro Science

Merit Academy’s science program for 30-month-old children focuses on measuring skills, science projects, and computer skills. Using measuring cups, the children learn that two half cups equals one cup. As they play with rice, beans, and water, they kinesthetically learn measurement concepts. The children participate in science experiments that introduce botany, magnetism, colors, olfactory senses, and shadows. Weekly experiments make science exciting. The children also play computer games (memory) to build their memories and to learn basic computer skills.

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SCI 36M: Intro Science

Merit Academy's science program focuses on animals, anatomy, experiments, and computer games. The children learn about a variety of animals, birds, mollusks, and crustaceans. They also learn to name human body parts by playing games and studying anatomy charts. By conducting experiments each week, the children will begin understanding the scientific process. They'll experiment with gases, color combinations, magnetism, cooking, solar energy, electricity, and botany. In order to learn about taking care of a pet, the children will raise a hamster. They'll give the hamster food and water, clean its cage, and play with it each day. Families will rotate the responsibility for caring for the hamster each weekend and over the summer. The children will play computer games that will introduce a variety of animals; they'll learn about their habitat, what they eat, and where they live. At three years of age, Merit Academy preschoolers begin to explore the world of science.

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SCI 48M: Intro Science

Merit Academy’s science program offers an introduction to spiders, insects, amphibians, and reptiles. The children learn what differentiates each group by their anatomy, reproduction, feeding, and life cycles. By reading books, singing songs, and watching documentaries, the children are able to discuss the similarities and differences between insects and spiders, and between amphibians and reptiles. The children conduct hands-on examinations of a variety of spiders, insects, amphibians, and reptiles. They build homes for and feed their subjects. The children will play computer games to learn about their habitat, what they eat, and where they live. At four years of age, Merit Academy pre-kindergarteners begin to explore the world of spiders, insects, amphibians, and reptiles.

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SOC 18M: Social Skills

In this six-month course, toddlers begin to explore the social work around them. They begin each day by sharing one of their toys or stuffed animals with other children or the teacher. By describing their prized possession, they’re developing language skills as well as sharing skills. They learn to listen to other toddlers and they learn patience and how to take turns. The toddlers also begin to explore their bodies. By learning the names of their body parts, they recognize that everybody has the same anatomy. They take turns role playing to begin to recognize how other people and animals interact with the world, and they imitate faces and sounds to learn the art of mimicking. The toddlers also participate in cultural and religious celebrations by hearing stories, doing art projects, playing games, and tasting new foods.

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SOC 24M: Social Skills

In this six-month course, toddlers begin to explore the social world around them. They begin each day by describing an object. By describing these objects, they’re developing language skills as well as sharing skills. They learn to listen to other toddlers and they learn patience and how to take turns. The toddlers also continue to explore their bodies. By learning the names of their body parts, they recognize that everybody has the same anatomy. They continue to take turns role playing to begin to recognize how other people and animals interact with the world, and they imitate faces and sounds to learn the art of mimicking. The toddlers also participate in cultural and religious celebrations by hearing stories, doing art projects, playing games, and tasting new foods. Learning how to dress themselves, the children begin to learn self-sufficiency skills and independence. By working on these social skills each day, the children begin to learn the art of interacting with others in a social environment.

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SOC 30M: Social Skills

In this six-month course, toddlers begin to explore the social work around them. They begin each day by sharing one of their toys or stuffed animals with other children or the teacher. By describing their prized possession, they’re developing language skills as well as sharing skills. They learn to listen to other toddlers and they learn patience and how to take turns. The toddlers also begin to explore their bodies. By learning the names of their body parts, they recognize that everybody has the same anatomy. They take turns role playing to begin to recognize how other people and animals interact with the world, and they imitate faces and sounds to learn the art of mimicking. Learning how to dress themselves, the children begin to learn self-sufficiency skills and independence. By working on these social skills each day, the children begin to learn the art of interacting with others in a social environment.

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SOC 36M: Social Skills

In this course, preschoolers explore and interact with the social world around them. They begin each day by describing objects they bring to class and by reading the calendar. They learn how to read maps and they learn the names of all 50 states. The preschoolers also participate in cultural and religious celebrations by hearing stories, doing art projects, playing games, and tasting new foods to prepare them for the SOC 48M Cultural Awareness program. In order to avoid unnecessary accidents, the toddlers learn safety tips each week including how to deal with strangers. Each preschooler learns their full name, address, phone number, parents’ names, and how to phone home. They are also becoming independent by taking care of all of their personal hygiene tasks themselves. They learn to listen to other toddlers and they learn patience and how to take turns. By working on these social skills each day, the children begin to learn the art of interacting with others in a social environment.

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SOC 48M: Cultural Awareness

In order to prepare for kindergarten, the pre-kindergartners continue to improve their social skills learned in Merit Academy’s SOC 18M, SOC 24M, SOC 30M, and SOC 36M courses. They fine tune their ability to describe people and things, to name the states, to recite their personal identification, to be aware of safety tips, and to take care of their own self sufficiency skills. This cultural awareness course also introduces students to cultures from around the world. By learning about cultural festivities that take place throughout the year, the students will become familiar with customs, traditions, costumes, and foods of people who are different from themselves. This will give the students the opportunity to experience the traditional celebrations of world religions and cultures.

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SPA 18M: Intro Spanish

Spanish is introduced at 18 months to give the children exposure to a foreign language. The Spanish teacher speaks to the children in Spanish only and does not teach any of the other classes. This helps the children to learn two languages (English and Spanish) with minimal confusion between the two. The teacher gives oral directions in Spanish and the children learn simple responses in Spanish.

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SPA 24M: Intro Spanish

At 24 months, Merit Academy continues to teach Spanish to give the children exposure to a foreign language. The Spanish teacher speaks to the children in Spanish only and does not teach any of the other classes. This helps the children to learn two languages (English and Spanish) with minimal confusion. The teacher gives oral directions in Spanish and the children learn simple responses.

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SPA 30M: Intro Spanish

At 30 months, Merit Academy children begin to learn how to say phrases in Spanish. The teacher gives oral directions in Spanish and the children learn how to say simple responses.

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SPA 36M: Intro Spanish

At 3 years old, Merit Academy children learn new Spanish phrases to help them communicate in Spanish. They learn simple phrases like "My name is _______," "How are you?," "I need to use the bathroom," and "I am hungry." They also learn the Spanish alphabet. The children begin to learn Spanish vocabulary. The teacher gives oral directions in Spanish and teaches the class solely in Spanish.

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SPA 48M: Intro Spanish

This full-year course is a continuation of Merit Academy’s SPA 36M Introduction to Spanish class, and is designed to prepare the children to enter Merit Academy’s Kindergarten next year. The children review the Spanish alphabet, and they learn the colors and numbers (1-12). They will begin conversational dialogue with “Hello, my name is” (“Hola, me llamo”). The class is taught in Spanish and the children learn phrases to use in response to typical questions. The teacher also reads stories to the children in Spanish.

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