Strong in the Basics

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Workshop Overview

Join other young people and study together! Review everything a home-educated student should know by the time he or she completes high school. The course will cover all fundamental academic areas but will emphasize English, Mathematics, and Bible.


May 3, 2021

May 14, 2021


International ALERT Academy Campus

1 Academy Blvd.
Big Sandy TX, 75755

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Course Topics


 Review vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, and writing (sentences, paragraphs, essays). The study also will include literature and some speaking. Correct spelling is important and will be assumed with all work.


Practice basic functions, including fractions, decimals, ratios, and percents. Review practical applications, such as keeping a checking account and making change. Work with weights, measures, and temperature scales. Learn the basics of Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry and their practical applications.


Review the 66 books of the Bible (with correct spellings and pronunciations) and their groupings. Study the chronology of the Old Testament, with the kings, prophets, kingdoms, etc. Examine a harmony of the Gospels.

Other Topics

The course will also include a brief study of the following:

  • Geography (U.S. & world)
  • History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Hymnology


Who Can Enroll?

Students must be at least 13 years old. Students under 18 must have a parent with them on campus.

Note: Class size will be limited to 10 students.

Pre-class assignments

  • Read through the book of Nehemiah several times. Most of the writing assignments will come from this book.
  • Be able to recite the books of the Bible and spell each one.
  • Be proficient in basic math functions: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Know the multiplication tables through 12 x 12. (#791 in the Writers Inc book)
  • Read at least at a 6th grade reading level and be a reasonably good speller. Know the 8 parts of speech — in Writers Inc, #702, with short definitions in the sections following.
  • Learn a short list of prefixes and suffixes (the first unit of the Vocabulary studies), which will be sent to each student upon acceptance into the class.

Required Resources

Three books are required; all are available used online very inexpensively. Recommended source:

  • A dictionary that has etymologies (word histories). The best paperback is Webster’s New World Dictionary, by Pocket Books. You can find it used at; look it up online by its ISBN: 0-671-51982-4.
  • A thesaurus – any kind. (I frequently find good dictionaries and thesauruses in thrift shops.)
  • The main textbook is Writers Inc: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning, by Sebranek, Meyer, and Kemper. 1995 or 1996 edition ONLY. Abebooks has many copies of this book for less than $4, including shipping. To ensure that you get the correct edition, look it up by the ISBN — 0-669-38813-0. (Copy & paste the ISBN into the correct window on the Abebooks website.) ***Please ensure that you get the correct edition. *** This book is much more than an English textbook; it has math, chemistry, geography, civics, history, and more. The instructor has a limited number of each of these books for sale.


Carol Blair


Miss Carol Blair has been teaching homeschoolers for more than 20 years. She has a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and has been a certified hospital lab tech for many years. She works part-time at a hospital in Longview, TX. She also has an M.A. in Writing from DePaul University and has many years’ experience as an in-house and free-lance writer, editor, and proofreader. 

Travel Details

Arrival & Departure

For Those Driving

Please arrive at the International ALERT Academy (One Academy Blvd, Big Sandy, TX, 75755) by 3:30pm on Saturday, August 7th. Dinner is provided in the dining room from 4:30-5:00pm, and registration and orientation will take place in the dining room from 5:30-7:00pm. If you are interested in organizing a carpool from your area, let us know so we can connect you with other students.

Flight Arrivals

For flights into Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) or Dallas Love Field (DAL), plan to arrive before 2:30pm on Saturday, August 7th. 

For flights into Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR), or East Texas Regional Airport in Longview (GGG), arrive before 3:00pm on Saturday, August 7th.


Flight Departures

For DFW or DAL, plan to depart after 12:30pm on Saturday, August 14th.

For TYR or GGG, plan to depart any time after 8:00am on Saturday, August 14th.

International ALERT Academy Campus

1 Academy Blvd.
Big Sandy TX, 75755

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Student Registration
(includes two weeks of lodging, meals, and course instruction)
Accompanying Adult
(includes two weeks of lodging and meals)