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What is it like to take a course with Homeschool Connections?

Please visit My Homeschool 101 for a wonderful perspective on the experience our classes provide.  Here is a sample of her noted experience…

1. It’s Catholic. Genuinely Catholic, not pretending so they can get an agenda across, just lovingly, happily, Catholic.

2. The teacher seems to genuinely enjoy working with the kids. She made the class fun and Dd#1 really appreciated her encouraging feedback.

3. The way the kids can interact with each other using the rolling text chat helps them tease, have fun and get to know each other. Within the first few classes, we were tossing around names of kids whom I’d never met, but with whom Dd#1 seemed to have made a connection. (a “homeschool connection”)

4. She learned a TON and I DIDN’T have to disrupt anyone else’s school and I DIDN’T have to get everyone out of the house (it can be like herding cats) and I DIDN’T have to drive around town and I DIDN’T have to waste time in the car and I DIDN’T have to pay for gas….so many things about this work for me.

Click here to read more about the experience – http://myhomeschool101.blogspot.com/2010/07/one-of-best-resources-for-catholic.html

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How do our recorded courses fit into your transcript?

The information below is from Jenn Macdonald’s My Home School 101–Learning As We Go blog

Great Education for Less Money

Homeschool Connections Online has recorded courses. (Click on the link and at the top of the page click the tab “Courses”, then scan down to “Subscription to Online Catholic Courses”. Scroll down past the paypal buttons to read the FAQs, How To, & available courses.)

I knew they were a great resource — many are taught by college professors and Ph.D.s — especially once we tried their 7 days for $1 deal. (Follow the instructions above and click on the paypal “Subscribe” button.) During our 7 day trial, Dd#1 chose a literature class on Tolkein and did the week’s worth of homework and all the recorded class each day for the week. I gave her a quarter’s worth of high school credit for her intensive week and we were HOOKED! Once you subscribe to their recorded courses, you have access to any and all courses that were previously taught live through Homeschool Connections Online.

Her live teacher through Homeschool Connections Online, Alicia Rollings, has been sooo patient with Dd#1 and genuinely encouraging. Maureen Whitman, who started Homeschool Connections Online has been helpful when I messed up our computer and had to find a substitute. Everyone’s been great to work with. When I was looking to put Dd#1 in a Latin class this year, it was $500 – $650 for classes in town and those online. Homeschool Connections has been GREAT for the cost (~$360/year) and the learning that’s going on has been excellent.

It’s $30 per month for their recorded courses. So for the cost of one course, we can have access for a year’s worth of unlimited learning. ($30/month * 10 months = $300)

We’ve already chosen all our classes for her 9th grade year, so I was looking for next year. Since we knew the recorded courses were excellent learning opportunities and a great cost, I just had to figure out how we’d use them. I made the spreadsheet below to help me sort it all out in my brain. (Am I the only mom out there who thinks better with a spreadsheet??) It’s hard to see online, but if you download or print it, you can see what recorded classes I think would fit with our school plan for Dd#1. There’s not a grade level on the recorded classes (just “high school” or “middle school”), so your child may do them in a completely different order than we will. The grey classes are live classes this year, 2010-2011, so they’ll be available as recorded classes at the end of 1st or 2nd semester this school year. I’m not sure how many we’ll end up using — but I KNOW we’ll do some (many?) of the recorded classes.

Homeschool Connections recorded classes allow me to teach as much or little as I deem prudent while giving her the well-rounded education we’re striving for. It’s also REALLY reassuring to know we’ve got a resource that will be academically challenging, interesting, is easy for all of us AND is SUPER INEXPENSIVE!!

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Early Enrollment Deadline for Spring 2015 ends Nov. 15th

Early-Enrollment-Discount-ends-Nove-15Sign up now to take advantage of our early enrollment discount for Spring 2015.  The discount ends at 11:59 pm PT on November 15. Register now!

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Learn more about your favorite Catholic College and a chance to win a free book

Catholic-College-Month-20141Catholic College Month is back.  This series of free webinars are designed to educate the parent and student about college and how to best prepare for them.  Join us by registering now.  Click on this link to register – https://www.regonline.com/homeschoolconnectionscollegemonth2014

 

Also, to help us celebrate Catholic College Month we are happy to give you a chance to win a copy of Generation Next: A Catholic Guide to Financial Freedom for Young Adults

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Our course catalog for 2014 – 15 is here!

We are happy to provide you with our course catalog!  Click below to view it.

Course Catalog 2014-15

Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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Latest RECORDED Course Catalog 2014

Hi everyone!

Here is the latest edition of our Recorded Course Catalog.  It behaves like a book.  You can click on links, bookmark a page, and even subscribe from within the page.

Recorded Course Catalog 2014

We hope you find it as a helpful tool for your planning efforts.

God bless!
Homeschool Connections

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Scope & Sequence for Aquinas Writing Advantage Program

Homeschool Connections writing program, Aquinas Writing Advantage, is a complete online program for you and your student. It is designed to help students become skilled writers and be prepared for their futures. Aquinas Writing Advantage graduates are ready for college and beyond.

 
Parents often asked us, “Where do I start?” To answer that question, we offer the following scope and sequence, based on your student’s grade level in the fall. Whether your child is starting with Homeschool Connections in 7th grade or 12th grade, we can help you. Our live, interactive classes provide grading and feedback, giving you ease of mind and freeing your time. We also offer recorded, independent-learning classes, providing you with yet another homeschool option.To learn more, please visit our website at www.homeschoolconnections.com or email us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

 
SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE 
For the Student Beginning in the 12th Grade


12th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student (short course)
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Advance Writing and Rhetoric
Advanced Research Writing
Vocabulary and Writing II


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 11th Grade

11th GRADE

Fall
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring
How to Be an Excellent Student (short course)
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
Vocabulary and Writing II

12th GRADE

Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
Spring
Advanced Research Writing
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 10th Grade
10th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student (short course)
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School 
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
Fiction Writing Series
11th GRADE
Fall
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 9th Grade
9th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student (or in the spring)
Fiction Writing Series
Spring 
Fiction Writing Series 

10th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar/Simplified Writing for High School 
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
11th GRADE
Fall
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 8th Grade
8th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for Middle School: Essential Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for Middle School
Spring 
Middle School Writing Essentials: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing
Fiction Writing Series 
9th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student
Middle School Writing II
Spring 
Fiction Writing Series 

10th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School 
Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
11th GRADE
Fall
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing


SUGGESTED SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

For the Student Beginning in the 7th Grade
7th GRADE
Fall
Elements of Writing for Middle School: Essential Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for Middle School
Spring 
Middle School Writing Essentials: Excellent Sentence and Paragraph Writing
8th GRADE
Fall
Middle School Writing II
Spring
Fiction Writing Series (3 4-week courses)
9th GRADE
Fall
How to Be an Excellent Student
Fiction Writing Series
Spring
Elements of Writing for High School: Punctuation and Grammar / Simplified Writing for High School 10th GRADE
Fall

Vocabulary and Writing I
Spring 
Vocabulary and Writing II
11th GRADE
Fall
High School Writing Essentials: Excellent Paragraph and Essay/Test Writing
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 1: Archetypes
Spring 
The Hero’s Journey and Mythic Structure for Writers 2: Form
12th GRADE
Fall
Advanced Writing and Rhetoric
Spring 
Advanced Research Writing

 All of these courses can be taken as live, interactive classes or they can be taken as recorded, independent-learning classes. To learn more, please visit our website at www.homeschoolconnections.com or email us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

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FREE Course — Roots of the Revolt taught by Phillip Campbell

Homeschool-Connections-Unlimited-Access-LogoHave you ever wondered what it is like to be a subscriber with Homeschool Connections?  To get a free look click on this link!  After clicking on the link, please login as a Guest.

If you would like to have access to all 120+ courses then simply click on the Subscribe button in the right margin.  For only $1 for the first 7 days and $30 a month thereafter you have access to the best instruction money can buy.

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

May God bless you in your educational pursuits!

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Top Ten List Using Unlimited Access

There are a lot of different ways you can use Homeschool Connections’ recorded classes (aka Unlimited Access) to keep learning alive and fun over the summer. Here are ten ideas to get you started.

10. Take school with you.
All you need for recorded classes is a power source, internet, and a computer. You should add ear buds or a headset to the list if you need privacy. We’ve had students take classes from hotel rooms, Grandma’s house, the library, and even the beach. Though we don’t recommend taking your laptop anywhere near sand!

9. Plug the computer into the television.
This is a really fun way to learn together as a family. Pick a subject that everyone is interested in learning. It may be Catholic Apologetics or Civil War or Lord of the Rings or something completely different. Make some popcorn and watch together. You may need an HDMI cable and a newer TV (Mac users will need a converter). Do what I do and have a teen set it up for you.

8. Pick a time that works best for you.
Recorded classes are available 24/7. You could watch classes first thing in the morning, getting them done early so the rest of the day can be spent outdoors. Perhaps, you could would prefer to watch classes during lunch or just before bed in the evening. Pick the time that is going to help you keep up on your work throughout the whole of summer.

7. Audit a course.
Watch a lecture each day and forgo the homework. For example, instead of taking 12 weeks for World History: 12 Inventions that Changed the World, watch the lectures over 12 days. When auditing, pick a subject that is easy for you.

6. Buckle down on tough subjects.
Really need help with algebra? Struggled with science last year? If so, buckle down and get to work. Set aside time each and every day (Sundays off!) and stick to the schedule. Complete all of the homework before moving to the next recorded lecture. If you want extra help, sign up for the optional grading support (Instructor Access).

5. Catch up on subjects for September.
Planning on taking Latin II next year but not quite ready? Perhaps illness or something else kept you from finishing Latin I this year. Whether you simply need a refresher or need to make up for lost time, there are a number of “Bootcamps” available in recording (math, Latin, and more).

4. Ask yourself, “What do I love?”
Perhaps you love to read. If so, choose a literature course on a book you love. Reread The Hobbit as you watch Dr. Russell’s Hobbit lectures over a couple of weeks. Or Screwtape Letters, or Space Trilogy, or The Man Who Was Thursday. You can choose from over 20 literature courses.

3. Summer is a great time to hone your writing skills
Writing is a key skill for success in all other school subjects. Focusing on writing skills over summer will help you do better in history, literature, and more when fall arrives. Other courses that help you succeed in core subjects include: Note Taking Skillsand How to Use Microsoft Word.

2. Keep a schedule and stick to it. 
How many times have we all laid out grand plans, only to forget about them as the excitement wore off? Write out a reasonable schedule on a white board or print it and post it. Program your computer or smart phone to remind you each day. Do something tangible to keep you on schedule.

1. Keep it simple.
You don’t need a complicated schedule to be effective. Pick just one or two subjects. For example, maybe you weren’t able to make time for philosophy in the fall and spring, but you know it would help you a lot to learn it and it sounds interesting. Focus just on philosophy courses for summer.

Bonus. Unlimited Access means just that!
You have unlimited access to over 140 courses for your entire family. Yes, it’s true! You can’t beat the price ($30 per month!!!) and you can’t beat the convenience. Middle school, high school, and adult students can easily learn year round with this independent learning program. It can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. It’s YOUR program.

To learn more about our recorded, online, independent learning classes, click here now:
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Help us help your home school group!

If you know of a local home school group that would benefit from our brochures please let us know and we will send them.  Simply email us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com and provide your mailing address.  Please place in the subject line “Request for your materials”.

May God bless your home schooling pursuits!

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