SUMMARY

K4-6th Grade

The Foundations program integrates the arts, Bible/church history/worldview, and science, to study a single historical time-period, examining the events and culture of an era and the personal stories of real people which make them meaningful. When people and events are studied in their historical context, students are better able to understand the big picture of God’s purposeful, sovereign work throughout history.

Foundations strives to present each lesson through a Biblical lens in order to identify worldview and help shape a God-centered perspective. Understanding how God worked in the past improves our ability to evaluate the present and prepare for the future with hope. When the engaging classroom presentation is complemented by comprehensive home study, students are challenged to grow in wisdom as well as intellect.

Parents receive an Academic Instruction Manual (the AIM), which provides a subject-by-subject, weekly overview, strengths-based learning activities, literature recommendations, and spiritual application for a rich, at-home experience.  Add math, phonics or language arts, and you have a complete curriculum!

DETAILS

Are you looking for a program:

  • that integrates subjects in their historical context?
  • whose classrooms provide a broad exposure to subjects with hands-on experiences?
  • that gives you freedom to customize in-depth learning according to your child’s interests?
  • which allows your whole family to learn together?
  • which includes character development and practical application of the doctrines of scripture?
  • with a focus on discovering and celebrating the unique way God has created your student?

Subjects we cover in the program:

Subjects you add to your home studies:

Parents:

Students:

This program is great for:

Additional:

  • History
  • Bible/Worldview
  • Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Math
  • Provided with a hyper-linked, illustrated Academic Instruction Manual (AIM)
  • A detailed, weekly overview of each subject’s lesson with related resources and activities for at-home learning
  • Ideas for demonstrating how to practically apply the academic information to character development and spiritual growth
  • Weekly email communication keeps parents in the loop with classroom presentations and what’s ahead
  • May participate in Strengths Day, annual field trip, dramatic presentation, and a capitalist venture
  • Classroom presentations speak to all learning styles and are dialogue rich to encourage thinking.
  • families with more than one busy, curious child!
  • parents who want many choices when developing personal lesson plans
  • providing creative ways to explore your community and discover opportunities
  • providing fun ways for dads with limited time to engage
  • helping students prepare for the next level of learning
  • K4-1st grade are in a self-contained classroom
  • 2nd-6th graders rotate between classes, teachers
  • Foundations may be used as a Core Academic Program if parents follow the AIM lesson plans AND add Language Arts and Mathematics.
  • Classroom teachers do NOT grade student work.

OVERVIEW

SURVEY OF HISTORY

The United States of America greets the 20th century as a world superpower, basking in the warm glow of a decisive victory in the Spanish-American War. The recently opened processing station at Ellis Island is flooded with immigrants from all corners of the world seeking refuge . . . and rightly so: America, the land of opportunity, has plenty of room to grow and offers equal liberty for every individual to pursue happiness and enjoy domestic tranquility, protected by justice and a common defense.

Blood, sweat, and tears characterize the Modern Era more than any other time in history. Never before has change been so complete, so constant, and so accelerated. The media plays an ever increasing role in directing the course of events and the public’s response to them. World War, cold war, nuclear war, and war on terrorism become familiar phrases to the general population. Technology impacts every aspect of life from the rise and fall of political systems and governments, to how business, education, communication, transportation, and entertainment is conducted. The unrestrained pursuit of personal freedoms leads to a fight for women’s rights, civil rights, individual rights, and the right to life. Still, the world responds to regional catastrophes of historic proportions with compassion of equal magnitude. A look at the 20th century is like riding a roller coaster: a building sense of anticipation followed by breathtaking exhilaration. Come along for the ride!

WORLDVIEW

God’s Spirit moves sovereignly in isolated lands without Bibles, in urban ghettoes, on college campuses; and in countries enslaved by Nazis, Communists, Muslims, materialists, and racists. Today, more Presbyterians worship in Ghana than in Scotland; more Anglicans worship in Nigeria than in Britain. There are now more non-white Christians alive than white. There are an estimated 100 million Christians in mainland China, and more Chinese are coming to faith in Jesus Christ by the thousands every day. In fact, by the end of the 20th century, Christianity has become, by far, the world’s largest religion: one third of the world’s population! With 143 language groups represented in Central Florida, the world mission field has come to our doorsteps! Notwithstanding, the great Christian melting pot must diligently seek to expose and extract the converging worldviews and help modern believers align their personal and cultural perspectives with the truth of scripture. To that end, students will evaluate significant events and survey the lives of believers such as Billy Graham, C. S. Lewis, Bill Bright, Dietrich Bonhoffer, Corrie Ten Boom, and Francis Schaeffer. In the process, we trust God’s Spirit will reveal the Biblical plumb line for understanding and developing a Biblical worldview in theology, philosophy, biology, psychology, ethics, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.

SURVEY OF SCIENCE

Thrilling discoveries flourished in all scientific disciplines. As a result, modern mankind was better able to take dominion over creation in obedience to the directive given in Genesis 1:28. These sweeping advances had broad application, to both good and evil ends. How exactly did aviation grow into the space program of today? How is it possible to move, in such a short amount of time, from understanding germs to the modern medical marvels of successful organ transplants? The power found in God’s smallest stable unit of creation, the atom, was harnessed to serve man through nuclear power. Surely these accomplishments should elicit a sense of awe for the Almighty Creator God and captivate the heart of man. Yet, enlightenment philosophies have so pervaded man’s thought process, that his heart is hardened toward the Divine, and naturalism and evolution have become accepted scientific doctrine. Using the lens of scripture, students will investigate the achievements of great scientific minds like Henry Ford, Madame Curie, Albert Einstein, and Alexander Fleming. Unearth a gem or two for yourself!

VISUAL ARTS

Does modern visual art continue to epitomize God’s character or does it rebel against it? Meet the artists of the 20th century, their subjects, styles, and mediums through observation and exploration. How does the devoted follower of Christ respond to Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and abstract art forms? Who and what influenced the development of each style? More importantly, how are we influenced by them? From the intricate designs and practical applications of Louis Tiffany to the nostalgic inspirations of Norman Rockwell; from the simple and colorful geometric compositions of Piet Mondrian to the inspiring beauty captured by Ansel Adams’ photography, a wide variety of creative endeavors are used to communicate ideas and emotions. Never before in history has it been so easy to become an acclaimed artist! Who knows? Your child’s big break may be just around the corner!

PERFORMING ARTS

What roles do the performing arts play in our culture? The broad availability of diverse technology has created a society where music and drama are no longer mere enhancements to the quality of life; they are now forces commanding a great deal of power over it. Students will trace the trends in entertainment and compare and contrast each to a Biblical perspective. The music of the Roaring 20’s gave rise to the ‘Swing Dance’ era of the 40’s. The birth of jazz heralded the beginning of ‘Rock and Roll’. Few things in life are stagnant and nowhere is this more evident than in entertainment.

Likewise, theater, television, and movies thrive during the Modern Era – for better and worse! In response to the Great Depression, Broadway and Hollywood provide escapism and political and social commentary. Later, Rogers and Hammerstein pioneer a new form of narrative storytelling, ushering in a new age of musical classics. People transition from ‘watching the radio’ to being ‘glued to the television’. The history of American film is a tribute to the persistence of an imaginative breed of technicians. Specialized skills and special effects improve with every decade. What kind of influences do these mediums have? Is theater a reflection of life or has life become a reflection of theater? How can we watch and discern what ideas and agendas are behind those who control the media? How can we apply a Biblical worldview to the entertainment of our time? What a backdrop for a fabulously fun and personal experience of participating in on- and off-stage activities!

SURVEY OF HISTORY

The United States of America greets the 20th century as a world superpower, basking in the warm glow of a decisive victory in the Spanish-American War. The recently opened processing station at Ellis Island is flooded with immigrants from all corners of the world seeking refuge . . . and rightly so:  America, the land of opportunity, has plenty of room to grow and offers equal liberty for every individual to pursue happiness and enjoy domestic tranquility, protected by justice and a common defense.  

Blood, sweat, and tears characterize the Modern Era more than any other time in history.  Never before has change been so complete, so constant, and so accelerated. The media plays an ever increasing role in directing the course of events and the public’s response to them. World War, cold war, nuclear war, and war on terrorism become familiar phrases to the general population.  Technology impacts every aspect of life from the rise and fall of political systems and governments, to how business, education, communication, transportation, and entertainment is conducted. The unrestrained pursuit of personal freedoms leads to a fight for women’s rights, civil rights, individual rights, and the right to life.  Still, the world responds to regional catastrophes of historic proportions with compassion of equal magnitude.  A look at the 20th century is like riding a roller coaster: a building sense of anticipation followed by breathtaking exhilaration. Come along for the ride!


WORLDVIEW

God’s Spirit moves sovereignly in isolated lands without Bibles, in urban ghettoes, on college campuses; and in countries enslaved by Nazis, Communists, Muslims, materialists, and racists. Today, more Presbyterians worship in Ghana than in Scotland; more Anglicans worship in Nigeria than in Britain. There are now more non-white Christians alive than white.  There are an estimated 100 million Christians in mainland China, and more Chinese are coming to faith in Jesus Christ by the thousands every day.  In fact, by the end of the 20th century, Christianity has become, by far, the world’s largest religion: one third of the world’s population!   With 143 language groups represented in Central Florida, the world mission field has come to our doorsteps!  Notwithstanding, the great Christian melting pot must diligently seek to expose and extract the converging worldviews and help modern believers align their personal and cultural perspectives with the truth of scripture.  To that end, students will evaluate significant events and survey the lives of believers such as Billy Graham, C. S. Lewis, Bill Bright, Dietrich Bonhoffer, Corrie Ten Boom, and Francis Schaeffer.  In the process, we trust God’s Spirit will reveal the Biblical plumb line for understanding and developing a Biblical worldview in theology, philosophy, biology, psychology, ethics, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history.


SURVEY OF SCIENCE

Thrilling discoveries flourished in all scientific disciplines. As a result, modern mankind was better able to take dominion over creation in obedience to the directive given in Genesis 1:28. These sweeping advances had broad application, to both good and evil ends. How exactly did aviation grow into the space program of today?  How is it possible to move, in such a short amount of time, from understanding germs to the modern medical marvels of successful organ transplants? The power found in God’s smallest stable unit of creation, the atom, was harnessed to serve man through nuclear power.  Surely these accomplishments should elicit a sense of awe for the Almighty Creator God and captivate the heart of man.  Yet, enlightenment philosophies have so pervaded man’s thought process, that his heart is hardened toward the Divine, and naturalism and evolution have become accepted scientific doctrine.  Using the lens of scripture, students will investigate the achievements of great scientific minds like Henry Ford, Madame Curie, Albert Einstein, and Alexander Fleming. Unearth a gem or two for yourself!


VISUAL ARTS

Does modern visual art continue to epitomize God’s character  or does it rebel against it? Meet the artists of the 20th century, their subjects, styles, and mediums through observation and exploration. How does the devoted follower of Christ respond to Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and abstract art forms? Who and what influenced the development of each style?  More importantly, how are we influenced by them? From the intricate designs and practical applications of Louis Tiffany to the nostalgic inspirations of Norman Rockwell; from the simple and colorful geometric compositions of Piet Mondrian to the inspiring beauty captured by Ansel Adams’ photography, a wide variety of creative endeavors are used to communicate ideas and emotions. Never before in history has it been so easy to become an acclaimed artist!  Who knows?  Your child’s big break may be just around the corner!


PERFORMING ARTS

What roles do the performing arts play in our culture? The broad availability of diverse technology has created a society where music and drama are no longer mere enhancements to the quality of  life; they are now forces commanding a great deal of power over it. Students will trace the trends in entertainment and compare and contrast each to a Biblical perspective. The music of the Roaring 20’s gave rise to the ‘Swing Dance’ era of the 40’s. The birth of jazz heralded the beginning of ‘Rock and Roll’.  Few things in life are stagnant and nowhere is this more evident than in entertainment.

Likewise, theater, television, and movies thrive during the Modern Era – for better and worse! In response to the Great Depression, Broadway and Hollywood provide escapism and political and social commentary. Later, Rogers and Hammerstein pioneer a new form of narrative storytelling, ushering in a new age of musical classics. People transition from ‘watching the radio’ to being ‘glued to the television’. The history of American film is a tribute to the persistence of an imaginative breed of technicians.  Specialized skills and special effects improve with every decade.   What kind of influences do these mediums have? Is theater a reflection of life or has life become a reflection of theater? How can we watch and discern what ideas and agendas are behind those who control the media?  How can we apply a Biblical worldview to the entertainment of our time?  What a backdrop for a fabulously fun and personal experience of participating in on- and off-stage activities!

FOUNDATIONS CLASSROOM TEACHERS & STAFF

Cynthia Pilling

Program and Campus Director, Curriculum Author, Survey of History (Calvary Orlando)

Cynthia Pilling has a business background in tourism, curriculum sales, and marketing, and has conducted workshops and seminars for the homeschooling community for over 20 years. Her love of history comes from teaching her own five children (ages 13, 23-28) using hands-on, unit study methods. As a result of mentoring and the study of God’s unique design and development of a child’s brain, she delights in providing parents with ideas that will engage their students emotionally in order to increase their learning potential and retention. Cindy’s great desire is to help parents use the study of history to expose the truths of Scripture, to make the Word of God relevant to everyday life, and inspire students to make Godly choices to impact their futures. Her experiences and strengths of Responsibility, Context, Maximizer, Communication, and Achiever uniquely qualify her to serve as Program Director for the Foundations teaching team. Cindy has served for 14 years as a member of the Foundations program staff.

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Annalisa Smith

Survey of History, CrossLife Church, Oviedo

Annalisa Smith grew up in Ohio as the oldest of four homeschooled children. After completing her B.S. in Elementary Education with a Music minor from Grace College in Indiana, she moved overseas. She thoroughly enjoyed 11 years of working in Christian international schools as a fifth grade teacher and homeschool consultant. She has called S. Korea, Thailand, and Cambodia home. Married just this past January, Annalisa looks forward to creating a lively and joyful learning environment for her class this year – her first year at Circle, and her first year as Mrs. Smith! Her strengths are Relator, Achiever, Learner, Developer, and Connectedness.

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Kevin Bartle

Survey of Church History, Bible, and Worldview

Kevin Bartle is currently enrolled in seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. His heart for ministry began more than 15 years ago and has kept him actively involved within the church in a variety of ministry capacities. Kevin currently serves as the youth pastor for his home church and leads a Central Florida Christian youth retreat which provides annual opportunities for developing and strengthening the faith of teens. Kevin has served on Circle’s teaching staff since 2013. He is excited to share his love of learning, scripture, and, most importantly, God with the students of the Foundations program!  Kevin’s strengths are Responsibility, Communication, Adaptability, Individualization, and Belief.

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Jocelyn Lamb

Survey of Science

Jocelyn Lamb has always enjoyed science and working with children.  She has a BS in Recreation Therapy from the University of Florida and has spent several years working with children with mental health issues.  She and her husband Andrew have been married for 26 years. Jocelyn leads the Children’s Ministry at the church her husband pastors in Altamonte Springs and takes a lead in staff development.  She has been homeschooling her own children for more than 15 years and has a love for teaching, a love for encouraging learning, and a love for helping children to build a relationship with Jesus.  Jocelyn first served the Foundations program as a classroom assistant; she is excited to return for a second year leading students as they discover more about God through science.  Her strengths are Connectedness, Arranger, Includer, Strategic, Developer.

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Leigh Yeargin

Survey of Visual Arts

Leigh Yeargin joined the Foundations team in January 2010. She and her family have called Oviedo home since moving from South Florida ten years ago. Leigh and her husband, Bill, have been married 29 years. For ten years Leigh was able to home school their daughters, including one Circle graduate. It is Leigh’s joy to share her love of art and to encourage children to explore and discover their own artistic talent. She strives to fashion a pleasant classroom environment to awaken students’ senses, spark creativity, and enrich their artistic expression. It’s not surprising, then, that Leigh’s strengths are Harmony, Empathy, Ideation, Developer, Belief.

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Monica Pastrana

Survey of Performing Arts

Monica Pastrana holds an AA in Secondary Biology Education, as well as an AS in Medical Assisting. For the past fifteen years, she has served in educational and ministry settings within her church and community. Monica and her husband Raymond have been married 18 years and have called Oviedo home since 2004. For the past 5 years, Monica has had the privilege of homeschooling two of her three children, including a 2012 Circle Graduate. In 2016, God enlarged her family, adding three teenagers from the foster care system as permanent residents in her home. Monica’s love of the performing arts comes not only from her own experiences, but is also fueled by her own children’s God-given artistic talents. She began serving Foundations families as a volunteer mom, assisting our students; she joined the teaching staff in 2012 with a heart to help students discover their passions and parents to appreciate the opportunities to worship God and communicate ideas those passions present.

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Amy Smith

K4-1st Grade

Amy Smith has spent over 30 years working with children in educational settings, enrichment programs, and ministries, including homeschooling her daughter from 2nd grade to graduation. God has continually called her throughout the years to use her gifts in an early education environment. Amy endeavors to foster a nurturing environment where consistency is a key element in leading her students to experience success socially, academically, and developmentally. Amy loves investing in the lives of little ones to uncover their unique needs and talents in order to enrich their individual gifts. Her classroom instruction is designed to fully engage students with a variety of hands-on, age appropriate activities like teamwork exercises, making crafts, singing songs, creating games and dramatic role playing. Amy joined the Foundations team in January 2011, complementing it with strengths of Developer, Empathy, Responsibility, Arranger, and Belief.

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Jesi Luxon

K-1st Grade, CrossLife Church, Oviedo

Jesi Luxon graduated from UCF with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has taught English overseas in Spain and Sierra Leone. Upon graduating from college she married her best friend and taught in Orange County Public Schools for four years. Her passion is for mentoring and hearing the hearts of other people. Recently, she is enjoying staying home with her baby boy. She believes in recognizing every child as a unique person and in encouraging them to know they are valued and loved. Her strengths are Achiever, Connectedness, Empathy, Positivity, and Maximizer.

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Jane Hill

1st Grade, Calvary Orlando, Winter Park

Jane Hill graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a BA in Missions and Cross Cultural Studies with a Minor in History.  Though she has had the privilege of going on many mission trips across the nation and overseas, including Israel, Jordan, Guatemala, Spain, and Morocco, her current mission has been, by far, the most rewarding: teaching her four children for the last 10 glorious years!  Jane has been honored to serve in the local church as VBS Director, Theatre Ministry Director, and on various committees that support the mission and vision of the church to reach the lost.  Jane and her husband, Daymond, currently host and lead a Missional Community out of their home in Winter Garden as part of Mosaic Church where they are honored to lead others in discipleship and a deeper meaning of God’s Word.  Jane joined Circle staff in 2015, teaching Circle’s First Stage Players.  She looks forward to making history come alive in full color for Foundations first graders!  Her strengths are Belief, Responsibility, Input, Connectedness, and Positivity!

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