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