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Strengthen your fiction writing with a professional editor and other writers when you join this dynamic, hands-on workshopping course to make your story the best it can be. This is the second of two workshops, and because you can work with unique content in both, students are welcome to join both!

Special Notes: This course only takes 15 students. We recommend registering early. PLEASE NOTE: This course is Meeting on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates: Mondays and Thursdays, April 22, 26, 29

May 3, 6, 10,17, 20  (No class May 13)

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 AM Central, 9:30 AM Mountain, 8:30 AM Pacific)

Duration: 60 minutes

Prerequisite: None, though some experience with fiction writing is recommended. Students must have an 8 to 10-page original story to submit for class.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Creative Writing, Writing, or English. For a full semester, combine with other writing courses.

Fee: $97 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $117 after Nov. 15 for all 8 workshops. (Registration closes TWO week before the first day of class. This is earlier than most courses due to assignment is due before class start date. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Professor Robin Conley, MFA

Course Description: This workshop is an opportunity for writers who have a piece of writing they want to share in order to receive feedback from their peers. Students wishing to take this workshop course will need to have 8 to 10 pages of an original story already created by the time the course starts. Each class day we will have a mini-lesson on writing, and then the students and Professor Conley will heavily analyze student story submissions. We will discuss the stories together and provide feedback to help improve writing skills and strengthen the story. Students are expected to both submit a piece of their own work for feedback, and to provide feedback for others. Each author will be required to take notes as their story is discussed and to listen quietly, and then at the end of all feedback there will be a chance for the authors to respond to anything said during the critique and to ask questions.

The most important thing for all students taking this course is to be constructive when giving feedback, and to keep an open mind toward feedback that is received. After each class session, Prof. Conley will have a short meeting with the one or two students whose work was read that day to check in with them and go over their feedback.

Workshop Submission Guidelines:

Students must submit their Workshop Piece to Professor Conley’s email (RConley.HSC@Gmail.com) prior to April 20, 2021.

  • Workshop Piece Requirements:

    • 8-10 pages in length, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced.

    • Must be in a Word document, Google Doc, or PDF format.

    • Must be the student’s original work. It can be an excerpt from a longer novel or a short story as long as it meets the length and formatting requirements.

    • Put your name, the class name, and your story’s title or “Workshop Piece” if you don’t have a title yet on the paper.

    • Submit to Professor Conley no later than April 20, 2021


Course Outline:

  • Class 1

    • Discussion – How to Give Feedback

    • Critiquing – Sample Story

  • Class 2

    • Discussion – Character

    • Critiquing - Student Stories

  • Class 3

    • Discussion – Dialogue

    • Critiquing - Student Stories

  • Class 4

    • Discussion – Plot

    • Critiquing - Student Stories

  • Class 5

    • Discussion – Setting & Tone

    • Critiquing - Student Stories

  • Class 6

    • Discussion – Good Writing Practices

    • Critiquing - Student Stories

  • Class 7

    • Discussion – What does it take to be a writer?

    • Critiquing – Student Stories

  • Class 8

    • Discussion – What to do now and how to revise?

  • Critiquing – Student Stories

    Course Materials: Each student needs to have:
  • 8 to 10 pages of their own writing finalized and prepared to be submitted for workshopping NO LATER than April 20, 2021

  • The ability to make Word documents or PDFs using Microsoft Word, Google Docs (free from Google), or some other program.

  • A working microphone (and WebCam if possible) for the live class sessions.

Homework: This course is reading and writing intensive as each week students will have to read up to FOUR (4) pieces of their classmates’ writing as well as write FOUR (4) one- to two-page double-spaced response for each student’s workshop piece. The expected homework will be 2 to 6 hours each week depending on how difficult the student finds the reading of stories and writing of critiques.

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Starts Starts: 4/22/2021 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 5/20/2021 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 2 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 15 seats
 
This year, 2021, is the YEAR OF LATIN at Homeschool Connections! In this steeply-discounted advanced middle school course intensive with 12 sessions over three weeks, your student can gain a full semester of Latin for only $25 (early enrollment price)! This is Part 1 of 2 take both parts for a full year of credit.

Notes: Completion of Part One and Part Two of Advanced Middle School Latin will prepare students to skip High School Beginning Latin and take High School Intermediate Latin in the Fall 2021 semester (compatible with either Henle Intermediate Latin or Wheelock’s Intermediate Latin).

This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also sign up for Part Two.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, May 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2021

Starting time: 7:00 PM Eastern (6:00 Central 5:00 Mountain 4:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: Intermediate Middle School Latin, Part One and Two (or the equivalent.) A free placement exam is available for students who did not take middle school Latin with Homeschool Connections by emailing 
homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

Suggested grade level: 7th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Latin

Fee: $25 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $45 if you register after April 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Emily Henry

Course description: Ready to move forward from our Middle School Intermediate Latin courses? You can pack a full semester’s worth of Advanced Middle School Latin this summer in just three weeks! This course is the next step in your Middle School Latin journey! Upon completion of Part One and Part Two of Middle School Advanced Latin, students will be ready to enter High School Intermediate Latin. We will continue to learn grammar and improve our translation skills. This course will help prepare students for future Latin classes at the high school level. Students will participate in an engaging class each day in which they will learn the fundamentals of Latin. There will be optional homework assignments and fun activities to encourage students to develop strong study skills. Come join us for this summer adventure!

Course outline: This course will cover chapters 12-17.

Course materials: Ecce Romani IA 4th Edition ISBN-10: 0133610926

Click here to order the softcover student edition of the textbook, https://tinyurl.com/ecceromaniIA4.

***No Latin dictionaries (physical or online), please.

Homework: Students can expect a variety of assignments that could include exercises to reinforce concepts learned with an ultimate goal of translating Latin into English proficiently. Students taking this course will have three options regarding homework. Students will need to specify which option they have chosen at the start of the course.

1. Students can take the course and opt to complete all the homework, during and after the course has ended. Extended deadlines will be offered to students who have selected this option. *This is the preferred option for students desiring to join a High School Intermediate Latin course in the fall.

2. Students can complete as much homework as possible throughout the duration of the course without penalty for assignments that have been left incomplete.

3. Students can audit the course (no homework).

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Starts Starts: 5/3/2021 7:00 PM
Ends Ends: 5/20/2021 8:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 19 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

What is an Encyclical? And why does bioethics matter to me? Once a week over four weeks, join Dr. Correira and learn what Pope Saint John Paul II wrote about bioethics and “The Gospel of Life” in a dynamic study of moral theology and medicine.


Total classes: 4

Class dates: Mondays, May 3, 10, 17, and 24

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 75 minutes (1 hour 15 minutes) per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: High school

Suggested credit:1/4 semester Theology.

Fee: $57 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $77 after April 15 for all four classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kris Correira, DSc

Course description: This series focuses on two encyclicals of Pope Saint John Paul II written in the 1990’s that are essential readings in bioethics and moral theology. In this course, we will dive into Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Students will read the assigned pages, watch a video lecture, and interact on a discussion board before meeting as a class to discuss the material.

Course outline:

· Week 1: Evangelium Vitae (EV) Introduction & Chapter 1 (pp. 1 – 23)

· Week 2: EV Chapter 2 (pp. 23 – 41)

· Week 3: EV Chapter 3 (pp. 41 – 62)

· Week 4: EV Chapter 4 & Conclusion (pp. 62 – 83)

Course materials:

· A working microphone is required (a quiet room preferable)

· A webcam is encouraged

· All other materials are supplied

Homework:Grades are based on completing class preparation assignments (which may include online quizzes and/or forum posts as well as other learning activities).

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Starts Starts: 5/3/2021 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 5/24/2021 11:15 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 18 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 

Integrate several subjects with this project-based unit study to bring the joy of learning right to your living room.

Introduction

Welcome to the Grade School Unit Study Program for 3rd through 6th grade students designed to simplify and streamline your home education experience. Through an integrated literature-based curriculum, your family receives clearly laid out directions for the parent(s), hands-on project-based activities for students, and a once-a-week touch-base LIVE class where discussion, sharing, and learning takes place.


How it Works

Each full year is segmented into three parts occurring in the fall, winter, and spring incorporating History, Science, Language Arts, Art, and Religion to learn all subjects together in a unit that coordinates and dovetails into one harmonized year of learning.

 

Your Program Description

The Four-Year Sequence

The entire program spans a four-year sequence based on the four volumes of TAN Books’ History series, The Story of Civilization. The following years of study can be taken independently or in any order.

               Ancient History (Volume 1, Year One)

               Medieval History (Volume 2, Year Two)

               The Making of the Modern World (Volume 3, Year Three)

               US History (Volume 4, Year Four)


This School Year: Medieval History

Your 2020/2021 Grade School Unit Study Program focuses on Medieval History. 

 

Coordination with the Middle and High School Programs

Coordinate Learning, Simplify Teaching

Your older students can also get LIVE, interactive courses here at Homeschool Connections courses that cover the same historical era as this program, so your elementary through high school students can study the same four-year historical sequence together.  Visit “The Four Year Cycle” article for more information on matching courses here:

http://homeschoolconnectionsonline.blogspot.com/search/label/4-Year%20Cycle.


Your Year-Long, Three-Part Grade School Unit Study: Medieval History

The yearlong unit study is taught in three parts: Part One in the Fall Semester (13 weeks) Part Two in the Spring Semester (12 weeks) and a short Part Three in May, 2021 (4 weeks). Sign your children up for all three parts, to create a complete year of learning.

 

The “Flipped Classroom”

The Grade School Unit Study Program uses a “flipped classroom” approach in a four-day-week course of study: families watch teacher-created videos and work together on interactive lessons (guided materials and instruction). In addition to home learning, the once-a-week LIVE online class “becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning” (The Flipped Classroomhttps://www.educationnext.org/the-flipped-classroom/).


Daily Activities

Families are provided with daily lessons, checklists, videos, and other resources and learning materials. Each week starts with a LIVE, twenty-five-minute online class meeting for parents and students together with the instructor.


Class Meetings

During each weekly class meeting, students discuss the past week’s readings, play games to reinforce the week’s learning, and have the opportunity to share project work and poetry recitation on camera. 


All LIVE, interactive classes meet on Mondays:

9:00 AM Eastern (8:00 Central 7:00 Mountain 6:00 Pacific) 


Part Three

May 2021 Medieval History Unit Study (Part 3 of 3)

(4 weeks)

Class Dates: Classes begin May 3, 2021, and continue through May 24, 2021

Multiple students per family: Siblings can watch the sessions and complete the automated quizzes FREE. However, only enrolled students may submit and receive teacher grading on select assignments. To receive teacher grading for additional students, enroll each additional student independently. 

LIVE Class Duration: 25 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of student sharing on camera (off recording)

Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $109 after Nov. 15 for all 4 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)


Subjects

Your List of Subjects Scheduled for the Four School Days (Per Week) 

* History (45-60 minutes per day) 

* Literature (45-60 minutes per day) 

* Greek & Latin Roots (10-15 minutes per day) 

* Poetry Memorization (10-15 minutes per day) 

* Creative Writing (60-90 minutes per week)

* Science (60-90 minutes per week)

* Solo Reading (time varies per family choice suggested 30-60 minutes per day) 

* Project Work (time varies per family choice suggested 60-90 minutes per week) 


Core Texts

The same texts are used for all three parts of the series.

  • New or used copies of the texts will work for use in this course. See BookFinder.com for the best prices. 

  • Choosing Prices: The price range after each title reflects the lowest price (Kindle edition or used edition) to the highest price range (new and/or hardback edition).

  • Total Price: The low-cost options for these books can total approximately $79 and the highest cost options (all new/hardback) would cost approximately $200. 

  • Text and Year Overlap: Some of the Medieval books will also be used in Year Three (Making of the Modern World).


Your Book List

Purchase or borrow the following books for the school year (required):

  1. The Story of Civilization (TSoC), Volume 2: The Medieval World, by Phillip Campbell (ISBN-10: 1505105749 ISBN-13: 978-1505105742) (All Year) ($10-$22).

Note: Supplementary TSoC Student and Teacher texts and Audio/Video products are optional. We recommend adding supplementary texts (as well as audio and video materials) as tools for further engagement. TAN Books offers families enrolled in the Grade School Unit Study Program a 40% discount on all supplementary materials. Please email instructor Jackie deLaveaga at delaveaga.hsc@gmail.com for the coupon code.


2.       The Story Book of Science, by Jean Henri Fabre (ISBN-10: 1599150255 ISBN-13: 978-1599150253) (All Year) ($0 [Kindle] to $15).


3.       Insect Adventures, by Jean Henri Fabre (ISBN-10: 1500196452 ISBN-13: 978-1500196455) (All Year) ($2-$12)

Note: For an advanced reader in the family, consider adding Fabre’s Book of Insects to the family reading (optional and will not be on the schedule).


4.       Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki (ISBN-10: 1883937159 ISBN-13: 978-1883937) (All Year) ($5-$12).


5.       More Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki (ISBN-10: 1883937345 ISBN-13: 978-1883937348) (All Year) ($5-$12).


6.       English from the Roots Up, Volume 2, by Joegil Lundquist (ASIN: B00E322V94). Any new or used volume works. Families will also buy or make the study flashcards for this book. (All Year) ($15+).

 

7.       Saint Benedict, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (ISBN-10: 0895554275 ISBN-13: 978-0895554277) (Fall 2020) ($6-$12).


8.       If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket, by Barbara Willard (ISBN-10: 1883937493 ISBN-13: 978-1883937492) (Spring 2021) ($6-$15).


9.       Son of Charlemagne, by Barbara Willard (ISBN: 9781883937300 ISBN-10:1883937302 (Fall 2020) ($5-$15).

 

10.       Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Story of “The Dumb Ox,” by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (ISBN:  9780895554208) (Spring 2021-Part 3) ($5-$9).

 

11.       Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi, by Helen Walker Homan (ISBN-10: 0898705177

ISBN-13: 978-0898705171) (Spring 2021) ($2-$9).

Pictorial Encyclopedias

Families will use pictorial encyclopedias throughout the year that include plants, animals, and insects. Because students will be pulling out key facts from the encyclopedias for their work, and they will need ample facts from which to choose, please avoid using primary level books and choose books at a reading level above the 6th grade. We recommend the following three books, as low cost, high interest options:


12.       Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife (ISBN-13: 978-0895771025 ISBN-10: 9780895771025) (All Year) ($5-$35).


13.       Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia (ISBN-10: 0756691702 ISBN-13: 978-0756691707) Any used volume will work. (All Year) ($6-$16).


14.       Smithsonian Handbooks: Insects (ISBN-10: 0789493926 ISBN-13: 978-0789493927) Any used volume will work. (All Year) ($6-$16).

Frequently Asked Questions

What role does the parent play?

In this unit study program, the parent’s role is to…

1. Schedule and implement the course material into your daily school and home life.

2. Schedule and engage in read-aloud time. 

3. Grade some of the materials and work (approximately 30-60 minutes per week, depending on family choice of enrichment activities).

4. Attend one live class session with your student(s) each week. 

 

What’s included in the course?

Enrolled families will receive…

1. A weekly checklist of activities and assignments and a timeline template

2. A suggested daily schedule for the four-day school week 

3. Short instructional videos to enrich the study of history, science, creative 

writing, art, and literature

4. A list of optional supplementary books for solo reading for multiple grade levels

5. The weekly submission of assignments, and complete grading of 1-2 assignments by the instructor

6. A LIVE class meeting each week with the instructor to discuss material studied and to offer students an opportunity to share their work and/or recitations on camera (off-recording)


What assignments are graded by the teacher?

Enrolled students will have one to two assignments per week that are submitted for a grade. The assignment type alternates between project work (various subjects), auto-graded quizzes, and Language Arts assignments.

Questions?

We’re happy to help!

Simply email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com, or call Toll Free, 1-888-372-4757, and we’ll get right back to you with answers!

We look forward to seeing you in class!


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Starts Starts: 5/3/2021 9:00 AM
Ends Ends: 5/24/2021 9:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 19 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Integrate several subjects with this project-based unit study to bring the joy of learning right to your living room.

Introduction

Welcome to the Grade School Unit Study Program for 3rd through 6th grade students designed to simplify and streamline your home education experience. Through an integrated literature-based curriculum, your family receives clearly laid out directions for the parent(s), hands-on project-based activities for students, and a once-a-week touch-base LIVE class where discussion, sharing, and learning takes place.


How it Works

Each full year is segmented into three parts occurring in the fall, winter, and spring incorporating History, Science, Language Arts, Art, and Religion to learn all subjects together in a unit that coordinates and dovetails into one harmonized year of learning.

Your Program Description

The Four-Year Sequence

The entire program spans a four-year sequence based on the four volumes of TAN Books’ History series, The Story of Civilization. The following years of study can be taken independently or in any order.

Ancient History (Volume 1, Year One)

Medieval History (Volume 2, Year Two)

The Making of the Modern World (Volume 3, Year Three)

US History (Volume 4, Year Four)


This School Year: Medieval History

Your 2020/2021 Grade School Unit Study Program focuses on Medieval History.

Coordination with the Middle and High School Programs

Coordinate Learning, Simplify Teaching

Your older students can also get LIVE, interactive courses here at Homeschool Connections courses that cover the same historical era as this program, so your elementary through high school students can study the same four-year historical sequence together. Visit “The Four Year Cycle” article for more information on matching courses here:

http://homeschoolconnectionsonline.blogspot.com/search/label/4-Year%20Cycle.


Your Year-Long, Three-Part Grade School Unit Study: Medieval History

The yearlong unit study is taught in three parts: Part One in the Fall Semester (13 weeks) Part Two in the Spring Semester (12 weeks) and a short Part Three in May, 2021 (4 weeks). Sign your children up for all three parts, to create a complete year of learning.

The “Flipped Classroom”

The Grade School Unit Study Program uses a “flipped classroom” approach in a four-day-week course of study: families watch teacher-created videos and work together on interactive lessons (guided materials and instruction). In addition to home learning, the once-a-week LIVE online class “becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning” (The Flipped Classroomhttps://www.educationnext.org/the-flipped-classroom/).


Daily Activities

Families are provided with daily lessons, checklists, videos, and other resources and learning materials. Each week starts with a LIVE, twenty-five-minute online class meeting for parents and students together with the instructor.


Class Meetings

During each weekly class meeting, students discuss the past week’s readings, play games to reinforce the week’s learning, and have the opportunity to share project work and poetry recitation on camera.


All LIVE, interactive classes meet on Mondays:

11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 Central 9:00 Mountain 8:00 Pacific)


Part Three

May 2021 Medieval History Unit Study (Part 3 of 3)

(4 weeks)

Class Dates: Classes begin May 3, 2021, and continue through May 24, 2021

Multiple students per family: Siblings can watch the sessions and complete the automated quizzes FREE. However, only enrolled students may submit and receive teacher grading on select assignments. To receive teacher grading for additional students, enroll each additional student independently.

LIVE Class Duration: 25 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of student sharing on camera (off recording)

Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $109 after Nov. 15 for all 4 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)


Subjects

Your List of Subjects Scheduled for the Four School Days (Per Week)

* History (45-60 minutes per day)

* Literature (45-60 minutes per day)

* Greek & Latin Roots (10-15 minutes per day)

* Poetry Memorization (10-15 minutes per day)

* Creative Writing (60-90 minutes per week)

* Science (60-90 minutes per week)

* Solo Reading (time varies per family choice suggested 30-60 minutes per day)

* Project Work (time varies per family choice suggested 60-90 minutes per week)


Core Texts

The same texts are used for all three parts of the series.

  • New or used copies of the texts will work for use in this course. See BookFinder.com for the best prices.

  • Choosing Prices: The price range after each title reflects the lowest price (Kindle edition or used edition) to the highest price range (new and/or hardback edition).

  • Total Price: The low-cost options for these books can total approximately $79 and the highest cost options (all new/hardback) would cost approximately $200.

  • Text and Year Overlap: Some of the Medieval books will also be used in Year Three (Making of the Modern World).


Your Book List

Purchase or borrow the following books for the school year (required):

  1. The Story of Civilization (TSoC), Volume 2: The Medieval World, by Phillip Campbell (ISBN-10: 1505105749 ISBN-13: 978-1505105742) (All Year) ($10-$22).

Note: Supplementary TSoC Student and Teacher texts and Audio/Video products are optional. We recommend adding supplementary texts (as well as audio and video materials) as tools for further engagement. TAN Books offers families enrolled in the Grade School Unit Study Program a 40% discount on all supplementary materials. Please email instructor Jackie deLaveaga at delaveaga.hsc@gmail.com for the coupon code.


2. The Story Book of Science, by Jean Henri Fabre (ISBN-10: 1599150255 ISBN-13: 978-1599150253) (All Year) ($0 [Kindle] to $15).


3. Insect Adventures, by Jean Henri Fabre (ISBN-10: 1500196452 ISBN-13: 978-1500196455) (All Year) ($2-$12)

Note: For an advanced reader in the family, consider adding Fabre’s Book of Insects to the family reading (optional and will not be on the schedule).


4. Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki (ISBN-10: 1883937159 ISBN-13: 978-1883937) (All Year) ($5-$12).


5. More Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki (ISBN-10: 1883937345 ISBN-13: 978-1883937348) (All Year) ($5-$12).


6. English from the Roots Up, Volume 2, by Joegil Lundquist (ASIN: B00E322V94). Any new or used volume works. Families will also buy or make the study flashcards for this book. (All Year) ($15+).

7. Saint Benedict, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (ISBN-10: 0895554275 ISBN-13: 978-0895554277) (Fall 2020) ($6-$12).


8. If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket, by Barbara Willard (ISBN-10: 1883937493 ISBN-13: 978-1883937492) (Spring 2021) ($6-$15).


9. Son of Charlemagne, by Barbara Willard (ISBN: 9781883937300 ISBN-10:1883937302 (Fall 2020) ($5-$15).

10. Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Story of “The Dumb Ox,” by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (ISBN: 9780895554208) (Spring 2021-Part 3) ($5-$9).

11. Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi, by Helen Walker Homan (ISBN-10: 0898705177

ISBN-13: 978-0898705171) (Spring 2021) ($2-$9).

Pictorial Encyclopedias

Families will use pictorial encyclopedias throughout the year that include plants, animals, and insects. Because students will be pulling out key facts from the encyclopedias for their work, and they will need ample facts from which to choose, please avoid using primary level books and choose books at a reading level above the 6th grade. We recommend the following three books, as low cost, high interest options:


12. Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife (ISBN-13: 978-0895771025 ISBN-10: 9780895771025) (All Year) ($5-$35).


13. Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia (ISBN-10: 0756691702 ISBN-13: 978-0756691707) Any used volume will work. (All Year) ($6-$16).


14. Smithsonian Handbooks: Insects (ISBN-10: 0789493926 ISBN-13: 978-0789493927) Any used volume will work. (All Year) ($6-$16).

Frequently Asked Questions

What role does the parent play?

In this unit study program, the parent’s role is to…

1. Schedule and implement the course material into your daily school and home life.

2. Schedule and engage in read-aloud time.

3. Grade some of the materials and work (approximately 30-60 minutes per week, depending on family choice of enrichment activities).

4. Attend one live class session with your student(s) each week.

What’s included in the course?

Enrolled families will receive…

1. A weekly checklist of activities and assignments and a timeline template

2. A suggested daily schedule for the four-day school week

3. Short instructional videos to enrich the study of history, science, creative

writing, art, and literature

4. A list of optional supplementary books for solo reading for multiple grade levels

5. The weekly submission of assignments, and complete grading of 1-2 assignments by the instructor

6. A LIVE class meeting each week with the instructor to discuss material studied and to offer students an opportunity to share their work and/or recitations on camera (off-recording)


What assignments are graded by the teacher?

Enrolled students will have one to two assignments per week that are submitted for a grade. The assignment type alternates between project work (various subjects), auto-graded quizzes, and Language Arts assignments.

Questions?

We’re happy to help!

Simply email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com, or call Toll Free, 1-888-372-4757, and we’ll get right back to you with answers!

We look forward to seeing you in class!


More
Starts Starts: 5/3/2021 11:00 AM
Ends Ends: 5/24/2021 11:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 18 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 

Integrate several subjects with this project-based unit study to bring the joy of learning right to your living room.

Introduction

Welcome to the Grade School Unit Study Program for 3rd through 6th grade students designed to simplify and streamline your home education experience. Through an integrated literature-based curriculum, your family receives clearly laid out directions for the parent(s), hands-on project-based activities for students, and a once-a-week touch-base LIVE class where discussion, sharing, and learning takes place.


How it Works

Each full year is segmented into three parts occurring in the fall, winter, and spring incorporating History, Science, Language Arts, Art, and Religion to learn all subjects together in a unit that coordinates and dovetails into one harmonized year of learning.

Your Program Description

The Four-Year Sequence

The entire program spans a four-year sequence based on the four volumes of TAN Books’ History series, The Story of Civilization. The following years of study can be taken independently or in any order.

Ancient History (Volume 1, Year One)

Medieval History (Volume 2, Year Two)

The Making of the Modern World (Volume 3, Year Three)

US History (Volume 4, Year Four)


This School Year: Medieval History

Your 2020/2021 Grade School Unit Study Program focuses on Medieval History.

Coordination with the Middle and High School Programs

Coordinate Learning, Simplify Teaching

Your older students can also get LIVE, interactive courses here at Homeschool Connections courses that cover the same historical era as this program, so your elementary through high school students can study the same four-year historical sequence together. Visit “The Four Year Cycle” article for more information on matching courses here:

http://homeschoolconnectionsonline.blogspot.com/search/label/4-Year%20Cycle.


Your Year-Long, Three-Part Grade School Unit Study: Medieval History

The yearlong unit study is taught in three parts: Part One in the Fall Semester (13 weeks) Part Two in the Spring Semester (12 weeks) and a short Part Three in May, 2021 (4 weeks). Sign your children up for all three parts, to create a complete year of learning.

The “Flipped Classroom”

The Grade School Unit Study Program uses a “flipped classroom” approach in a four-day-week course of study: families watch teacher-created videos and work together on interactive lessons (guided materials and instruction). In addition to home learning, the once-a-week LIVE online class “becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning” (The Flipped Classroomhttps://www.educationnext.org/the-flipped-classroom/).


Daily Activities

Families are provided with daily lessons, checklists, videos, and other resources and learning materials. Each week starts with a LIVE, twenty-five-minute online class meeting for parents and students together with the instructor.


Class Meetings

During each weekly class meeting, students discuss the past week’s readings, play games to reinforce the week’s learning, and have the opportunity to share project work and poetry recitation on camera.


All LIVE, interactive classes meet on Mondays:

1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Part Three

May 2021 Medieval History Unit Study (Part 3 of 3)

(4 weeks)

Class Dates: Classes begin May 3, 2021, and continue through May 24, 2021

Multiple students per family: Siblings can watch the sessions and complete the automated quizzes FREE. However, only enrolled students may submit and receive teacher grading on select assignments. To receive teacher grading for additional students, enroll each additional student independently.

LIVE Class Duration: 25 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of student sharing on camera (off recording)

Fee: $89 if you register on or before November 15, 2020. $109 after Nov. 15 for all 4 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)


Subjects

Your List of Subjects Scheduled for the Four School Days (Per Week)

* History (45-60 minutes per day)

* Literature (45-60 minutes per day)

* Greek & Latin Roots (10-15 minutes per day)

* Poetry Memorization (10-15 minutes per day)

* Creative Writing (60-90 minutes per week)

* Science (60-90 minutes per week)

* Solo Reading (time varies per family choice suggested 30-60 minutes per day)

* Project Work (time varies per family choice suggested 60-90 minutes per week)


Core Texts

The same texts are used for all three parts of the series.

  • New or used copies of the texts will work for use in this course. See BookFinder.com for the best prices.

  • Choosing Prices: The price range after each title reflects the lowest price (Kindle edition or used edition) to the highest price range (new and/or hardback edition).

  • Total Price: The low-cost options for these books can total approximately $79 and the highest cost options (all new/hardback) would cost approximately $200.

  • Text and Year Overlap: Some of the Medieval books will also be used in Year Three (Making of the Modern World).


Your Book List

Purchase or borrow the following books for the school year (required):

  1. The Story of Civilization (TSoC), Volume 2: The Medieval World, by Phillip Campbell (ISBN-10: 1505105749 ISBN-13: 978-1505105742) (All Year) ($10-$22).

Note: Supplementary TSoC Student and Teacher texts and Audio/Video products are optional. We recommend adding supplementary texts (as well as audio and video materials) as tools for further engagement. TAN Books offers families enrolled in the Grade School Unit Study Program a 40% discount on all supplementary materials. Please email instructor Jackie deLaveaga at delaveaga.hsc@gmail.com for the coupon code.


2. The Story Book of Science, by Jean Henri Fabre (ISBN-10: 1599150255 ISBN-13: 978-1599150253) (All Year) ($0 [Kindle] to $15).


3. Insect Adventures, by Jean Henri Fabre (ISBN-10: 1500196452 ISBN-13: 978-1500196455) (All Year) ($2-$12)

Note: For an advanced reader in the family, consider adding Fabre’s Book of Insects to the family reading (optional and will not be on the schedule).


4. Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki (ISBN-10: 1883937159 ISBN-13: 978-1883937) (All Year) ($5-$12).


5. More Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki (ISBN-10: 1883937345 ISBN-13: 978-1883937348) (All Year) ($5-$12).


6. English from the Roots Up, Volume 2, by Joegil Lundquist (ASIN: B00E322V94). Any new or used volume works. Families will also buy or make the study flashcards for this book. (All Year) ($15+).

7. Saint Benedict, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (ISBN-10: 0895554275 ISBN-13: 978-0895554277) (Fall 2020) ($6-$12).


8. If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket, by Barbara Willard (ISBN-10: 1883937493 ISBN-13: 978-1883937492) (Spring 2021) ($6-$15).


9. Son of Charlemagne, by Barbara Willard (ISBN: 9781883937300 ISBN-10:1883937302 (Fall 2020) ($5-$15).

10. Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Story of “The Dumb Ox,” by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (ISBN: 9780895554208) (Spring 2021-Part 3) ($5-$9).

11. Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi, by Helen Walker Homan (ISBN-10: 0898705177

ISBN-13: 978-0898705171) (Spring 2021) ($2-$9).

Pictorial Encyclopedias

Families will use pictorial encyclopedias throughout the year that include plants, animals, and insects. Because students will be pulling out key facts from the encyclopedias for their work, and they will need ample facts from which to choose, please avoid using primary level books and choose books at a reading level above the 6th grade. We recommend the following three books, as low cost, high interest options:


12. Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife (ISBN-13: 978-0895771025 ISBN-10: 9780895771025) (All Year) ($5-$35).


13. Animals: A Visual Encyclopedia (ISBN-10: 0756691702 ISBN-13: 978-0756691707) Any used volume will work. (All Year) ($6-$16).


14. Smithsonian Handbooks: Insects (ISBN-10: 0789493926 ISBN-13: 978-0789493927) Any used volume will work. (All Year) ($6-$16).

Frequently Asked Questions

What role does the parent play?

In this unit study program, the parent’s role is to…

1. Schedule and implement the course material into your daily school and home life.

2. Schedule and engage in read-aloud time.

3. Grade some of the materials and work (approximately 30-60 minutes per week, depending on family choice of enrichment activities).

4. Attend one live class session with your student(s) each week.

What’s included in the course?

Enrolled families will receive…

1. A weekly checklist of activities and assignments and a timeline template

2. A suggested daily schedule for the four-day school week

3. Short instructional videos to enrich the study of history, science, creative

writing, art, and literature

4. A list of optional supplementary books for solo reading for multiple grade levels

5. The weekly submission of assignments, and complete grading of 1-2 assignments by the instructor

6. A LIVE class meeting each week with the instructor to discuss material studied and to offer students an opportunity to share their work and/or recitations on camera (off-recording)


What assignments are graded by the teacher?

Enrolled students will have one to two assignments per week that are submitted for a grade. The assignment type alternates between project work (various subjects), auto-graded quizzes, and Language Arts assignments.

Questions?

We’re happy to help!

Simply email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com, or call Toll Free, 1-888-372-4757, and we’ll get right back to you with answers!

We look forward to seeing you in class!


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This year, 2021, is the YEAR OF LATIN at Homeschool Connections! In this steeply-discounted advanced high school course intensive with 12 sessions over three weeks, your student can gain a full semester of Latin for only $45 (early enrollment price)! This is Part 1 of 2 take both parts for a full year of credit.


Total classes: 12

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, May 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2021

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: Henle Latin, Part 4 (Intermediate) or equivalent. A free placement exam is available by emailing 
homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Advanced Latin or Latin III

Fee: $45 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $65 if you register after April 15 for all 12 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Emily Henry

Course description: This course is the next step for students who have taken Intermediate Latin and are ready to implement their knowledge through translation. Henle Latin (Advanced) will focus on implementing both grammar and vocabulary along with mastery of translation. Students will learn about advanced grammatical concepts and gain more practice with translation. The goal of this course is to help students gradually transition from being students of grammar to becoming students of translation. Students will hone and deepen their knowledge of Latin syntax, grammar, and vocabulary. Students will discover by the end of this course that they are more confident in their translation abilities and will be able to identify syntax and grammar with more ease.

Course outline: Part One will cover approximately the first 18 lessons in Henle Second Year Latin.

Course materials:

· Henle Second Year Latin, ISBN #978-0-8294-1027-3

· The Henle Grammar Book Link to order: 
https://tinyurl.com/henlegrammarbook

Homework: Students can expect a variety of assignments that could include exercises to reinforce concepts learned with an ultimate goal of translating Latin into English proficiently. Students taking this course will have three options regarding homework. Students will need to specify which option they and their parents have chosen at the start of the course.

1. Students can take the course and opt to complete all the homework, during and after the course has ended. Extended deadlines will be offered to students who have selected this option.

2. Students can complete as much homework as possible throughout the duration of the course without penalty for assignments that have been left incomplete.

3. Students can audit the course (no homework).

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This FREE course is perhaps the most important course you’ll ever take – so join in and learn critical, must-know skills and what you need to excel in ALL of learning – including how to listen and read actively for higher comprehension, how to take notes effectively, how to take tests in a timed setting, and more. Again – this course is absolutely FREE – so get in before it fills up!


Special Notes: This course is offered free throughout the school year (summer, fall, and spring). Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered four times over the summer semester. Choose the dates and times that work best for your family.

Total Classes: 4

Class Dates and Times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,

May 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2021 at 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 7th to 11th grade

Fee: FREE

Instructor: Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA

Course Description: In this course, your student can gain the absolute must-have expertise to become strong, confident, and able to study for any high school level course with success. Learn how to listen and comprehend more how to effectively take notes how to read a text for its key ideas how to study for tests how to approach textbooks in a way that cuts study time in half how to more effectively comprehend what you read and hear and what you need to do to score well on tests. This four-session course is absolutely FREE so give your student what’s needed to succeed!

Course Outline:

Class 1- Active listening and how to take notes effectively

Class 2- Active reading and how to study effectively

Class 3- Critical reading skills for comprehension

Class 4- Test-taking in a timed setting

Course Materials: All materials are provided free from the instructor.

Homework: This is a lecture course with approximately 2 hours of work per class (reading and computer-generated quizzes for immediate feedback).


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Take a look at seasons, the earth’s rotation, the moon’s phases and more! If you want a course that blends history, geography, and religion in a way that makes science fun, this middle school course is for you!

Total classes: 6

Class dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13.

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Earth and Space Science

Fee: $87 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $107 after April 15 for all eight classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Kris Correira, DSc

Course description: This course is the story of how people have marked and measured time, including the important influence the Church played. This course is taught in a flipped-classroom format. Students are expected to take notes based on the assigned media (print, audio, video) prior to class. Meeting time is spent in discussion and activities based on the learned material. This is an interdisciplinary science course with history, geography, and religion woven throughout. This course includes Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for middle school earth and space science.

Course outline:

  • Days and the earth’s rotation

  • Years and the earth’s orbit

  • Weeks and the phases of the moon

  • Months and the Calendar

  • Longitude and Universal Time

  • Time-Keeping Devices and Structures

Course materials:

  • A working microphone is required (and a quiet room)

  • A webcam is encouraged

  • All other learning materials will be provided.

Homework:

Grades are based on completing class preparation assignments (which may include online quizzes and/or forum posts as well as other learning activities).

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Have you always wanted to learn to draw? You can in this simple yet powerful workshop that teaches you how to use the strongest, most powerful art techniques as you learn to draw..



Total classes: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, May 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2021

Starting time: 1:00 PM Eastern (Noon Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Art Theory or Fine Arts

Fee: $97 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $117 after April 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Inshal Chenet

Course description: Students will learn how to use the art techniques applied by the old masters, as well as more advanced techniques for a finished drawing. This is a practically focused course to help students learn the great composition skills of the western tradition and apply it to their sketch work. For example, they will learn how to use the Golden Ratio to compose a sketch to match the natural flow of the human eye.

Course outline:

1. Introduction and Object Perspective

2. Linear Perspective

3. Golden Ratio

4. Triangular Composition

5. Landscapes

6. Facial Proportions

7. Bodily Proportions

8. Color Theory

Course materials: Art pencils, sketchbook, and a plastic page protector. Ability to scan drawings or take a picture of drawings. The instructor will provide other materials for free.

Homework: Students will need to practice sketches to cement lessons. These practice sketches will be turned in for Mr. Chenet to critique. The assignments should take 30-60 minutes per school day.

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What can the game of chess teach us beyond the game? Learn how to anticipate potential problems, focus and concentrate, visualize a sequence of actions, weigh options, and understand that actions have consequences. For both middle and high school students.


Total classes: 6

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2021

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 PM Central 12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 7th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Chess, Math, or Logic

Fee: $77 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $97 after April 15 for all 8 classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Inshal Chenet

Course description: Chess is one of the oldest games, receiving acclaim from St. Thomas Aquinas to Chuck Norris. Chess has been shown to improve reading comprehension, math success, logic skills, and strategic thinking. In this course, students will learn basic chess play, structure, function of the pieces, and strategy. This will teach them to anticipate potential problems, how to focus & concentrate, visualize a sequence of actions, weigh options, and understand actions have consequences.

Course outline:

1. Introduction and how the pieces work

2. How to make good exchanges and Checkmates

3. Special moves and other rules

4. Chess openings

5. The mid-game and the endgame

6. How Chess Notation Works

Course materials: A chess set is advised, but not required. The instructor will provide free PDFs with chess puzzles.

Homework: Students will complete simple chess puzzles and practice games to cement lessons between classes. Expect to spend approximately 30 minutes per lesson, with optional work that can take an additional 30 minutes.

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Learn the core concepts of computer programming in this high-interest, advanced middle school course with Minecraft! Join Dr. Morrow for a fun, interactive, hands-on course where your young teen “gets ahead” with technology!

Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, May 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 27, 2021

Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central 9:30 Mountain 8:30 Pacific)

Duration: 50 minutes per class

Prerequisite: A love of Minecraft and a desire to learn coding. Make sure you own the required hardware (see Course Materials).

Suggested grade level: 6th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Computer Science

Fee: $117 if you register on or before April 15, 2021. $137 after April 15 for all six classes. (Registration closes one week before the first day of class. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed. There is a $20 surcharge for late enrollments after the course is closed.)

Instructor: Margaret (Peggy) Morrow, Ph.D.

Course description: Coding with Minecraft introduces students to core computer programming concepts such as events, coordinates, variables, conditionals, functions, and iteration. It builds on the popularity of Minecraft and introduces core concepts to learn how to code.

Course outline:

Day 1: Introduction – Setup

Day 2: Mod Design 1

Day 3: Mod Design 1

Day 4: Mod Design 2

Day 5: Mod Design 2

Day 6: Game Design 1

Day 7: Game Design 1

Day 8: Project Demonstrations

Course materials: You will need to register for both a parent and student Tynker account (the parent authorizes the courses). You can purchase a quarterly plan to suit the needs for this course for 
$75 for a 3-month subscription .
https://www.tynker.com/ 
Create the parent account first, and then authorize your child to take the following courses: Minecraft Mod 1, Minecraft Mod 2, Mind Crafters, Game Design 1 and Game Design 2.
You will also need to purchase Minecraft Java Edition for $26.95 from
 https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/ (be sure to login with a Microsoft account)
Note: This is PC or Mac based and will not work on a Chromebook. Please check the system requirements to ensure that you have the needed hardware. More information about system requirements can be 
found here.

Homework: Students can expect to spend between 30 to 90 minutes 4 days per week working on their coding creations and submitting them for grading on the Moodle site. A daily schedule will be provided.

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