Homeschool Connections courses are great for supplementing your current homeschool curriculum, whether you use a home study school, unschool, or are somewhere in between. Homeschool Connections is designed to meet you where you are and give you the tools you need to successfully educate your children at home.
Here we will explore using Homeschool Connections courses as supplemental material for the following homeschool dynamics:
Home Study Schools and HSC
- Families who are enrolled in a home study school
- Parents who design their own curriculum (eclectic)
- Unschool families who follow a child-led model of education
Many families who are signed up with home study schools will use Homeschool Connections’ courses to supplement their program.
Just a few examples we’ve seen:
- A Seton student who needs extra help with math. Seton uses Saxon Math and we offer both live, interactive and recorded, independent-learning (with Instructor Access) Saxon Math courses.
- A Kolbe student who would like to enhance their literature studies. Dr. Henry Russell, who also created the Shakespeare Audio Series for Kolbe Academy, offers many literature courses that fit well into Kolbe’s curriculum.
- A Mother of Divine Grace student who would like to take a course not offered elsewhere such as American Sign Language or Spaceflight Science.
- A Queen of Heaven student who would like to improve his test prep and study skills. We offer courses such as ACT / SAT Test Prep and How to Be An Excellent Student.
Homeschool Connections is a great option when you need ...
- a course that is not offered by your home study school.
- a subject offered by your home study school but with a different textbook.
- extra help with a specific subject.
- to save money on online courses.
If you would like your Homeschool Connections courses recorded on your home study school transcript, make sure to have courses approved by the home study school before registering.
Designing Your Own Eclectic Curriculum with HSC
Many parents prefer to put together their own curriculum using a variety of sources. Homeschool Connections is often a good fit for these parents as we offer individual courses. It’s easy to add one or two courses here or there.
Some examples we’ve seen:
- A parent who is not strong in language who has her children take live, interactive HSC Spanish, Latin, or German courses.
- A busy parent with many little children and a self-directed teen who enjoys taking recorded, independent-learning courses.
- A parent who would like to have a third party grade and comment on writing assignments.
- A family who lives in a state that requires at least one online course for graduation.
- A parent who wants her child to experience answering to a teacher, other than mom, before leaving for college.
- Many parents who simply love our instructors and course offerings.
The important thing here is that parents have the freedom to pick and choose individual courses that work best for them. With the wide variety of courses, homeschoolers can easily fill any holes in their curriculum or focus on a child’s special interest.
Unschooling Using HSC
Homeschool Connections can be a great fit for homeschool families where the student is instrumental in the decision-making process along with the parents.
We’ve had many unschooling families take advantage of both our live, interactive courses and our recorded, independent-learning courses (Unlimited Access) quite successfully.
Here at Homeschool Connections we like to offer “out-of-the-box” courses. Those are the ones that tend to be attractive to the students themselves. A few examples include:
- Instead of just “creative writing” we have a fiction-writing series that gives students the tools needed to write their own book and get it published.
- When the presidential election took place, we offered a six-week “American Elections: Democracy in Action” course. The five weekly classes leading up to the election covered all of course material. The final class took place after the election so students could discuss the outcome in light of what they learned.
- History courses such as “12 Inventions that Change the World” and “The Rise and Fall of the California Missions” are available for students who want more than the status quo courses.
- Government courses such as “Constitutional Law: Supreme Court Jurisprudence” and “First Amendment: Five Freedoms”, and “Pro-Life Boot Camp” take students deeper into the subject.
- Science courses such as “Spaceflight Science” and “Human Anatomy: Science in the Catholic Tradition” are as much fun as they are academically challenging.
- Theology such as “Making Sense About Mary”, “Peter and the Papacy”, and other hard-hitting apologetics courses give students the opportunity to practice their skills head-to-head with apologist Gary Michuta.
- For the entrepreneurially-minded student, “Fundamentals of Business” and “Business Law” are must-have courses.
- A student considering a computer career will want to check out “Programming 101”.
These (and so many others) are courses that encourage a love for learning in addition to building a knowledge base. Students are more likely to choose a course titled “12 Inventions that Changed the World” than a course titled “World History”.
No matter where you are on the homeschooling spectrum, we want to help you be successful.