The Challenge B Program

Ages 13+

Challenge B is a power-packed program where students are encouraged to stretch and excel in academics while engaging in exciting practical applications through short stories, and Mock Trial.

Challenge B prepares students for the more robust course load and faster pace of Challenges I through IV.


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A homeschool student debating for a Challenge B homeschool projectNewbery Literature and Persuasive Writing (First Semester)
Using The Lost Tools of Writing, students review and build on the skills of the persuasive essay as they practice the tools of thinking and writing well through the reading of children’s literature and persuasive essay writing.

Through invention, arrangement, and elocution, students will practice the first three canons of rhetoric.

Short Stories (Second Semester)
Students transition to the adult reading level required in the higher Challenges by studying short stories by various writers they will encounter in Challenges I–IV, including Hawthorne, Poe, and Twain.

At home, students take the entire semester to write a short story of their own.


Latin B (First and Second Semesters)
Building on the foundation laid in Essentials and Challenge A, students will continue honing the skill of learning a foreign language with an emphasis on memorizing vocabulary, declensions, and conjugations.

With time, practice, and self-discipline, Latin students will develop solid study skills that can transfer to other studies.


American Experience (First Semester)
During the first semester, students explore the history of the United States by reading about important figures from American history. These positive stories inspire patriotism in our students and encourage perseverance as students read about people who attempted great things and experienced great success. Stories about American heroes make for great reading and discussion at home.

Mock Trial (Second Semester)
The director and students spend the second semester preparing a case to be heard in a county courthouse at the end of the semester.

Students play roles as attorneys and witnesses for the prosecution and the defense.

Students decide on the most effective way to present their case and perform it for their parents, friends, jury, and a judge.

The skills gained in critical thinking, public speaking, and persuasive presentation will help students succeed in the Challenge I debate seminar.


Homeschool girl looking at water pointing to a sea anemonesHistory of Astronomy (First Semester)
Challenge B students use an interdisciplinary approach to study astronomy combining history, science, writing, math, and often Latin, together with oral and visual presentations.

In the first semester, students research scientists, including astronomers, who have left a mark on modern science.

Origins (Second Semester)
Students spend ten weeks reading and discussing the creation vs. evolution debate.

The last five weeks are devoted to a simple section on chemistry, in which students learn how to use the periodic table and build models of atoms.


Pre-algebra (First and Second Semesters)
Each week, students further their understanding of math as the conversation centers around the ideas of numbers, shapes, laws, relationships, operations, equality, and inequality.

Students may work from the Saxon resource or any other math book of their choice as the conversation centers around the universal building blocks of pre-algebra.


Informal and Formal Logic (First and Second Semesters)
The first semester is an introduction to the vocabulary and concepts of informal logic.

This semester allows students to review the vocabulary and lessons repeatedly.

The second semester introduces the vocabulary and concepts of formal and propositional logic.

Students will walk step by step through the process of learning truth tables and formal proofs.