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Come and learn how the friendship of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis impacted their literary works as well as their faith. In exploring the relationship of these two men, you will come to a deeper appreciation of their works and also for literary analysis - and a deeper appreciation of the role of friendship in the Church.

Total class meetings: 8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2022.

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

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester credit for Literature

Fee: $117 if you register on or before March 15. $137 if you register after March 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Two of the greatest Christian writers of the 20th century were also close friends - C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien - a friendship that awakened Lewis to the Faith. We examine the relationship of these two men, the ups and downs of their friendship, and how they influenced one another’s writings. How did Lewis help Tolkien write The Lord of the Rings? How did Lewis come to love Christ through his friendship with Tolkien? Why did they grow further apart as friends?

Course outline:

Monday, June 6 - A reading of Mr. O’Brien’s play about Tolkien and Lewis.

Tuesday, June 7 - Selections from Surprised by Joy, the life of C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, June 8 - Highlights of the life and writings of J.R.R. Tolkien

Thursday, June 9 - Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories" and the Night Talk that influenced Lewis’ conversion.

Monday, June 13 - “Mythopoeia” - Tolkien’s response to the Night Talk.

Tuesday, June 14 - Lewis as apologist for the Christian Faith.

Wednesday, June 15 - Protestant vs. Catholic: the Faith of Lewis vs. the Faith of Tolkien.

Thursday, June 16 - Challenges to Friendship - The Inklings and Lewis’ marriage.

Course materials: Surprised by Joy, ISBN-10:‎ 0062565435, ISBN-13: 978-0062565433

(https://amzn.to/3mvhohA). Other documents, which will be provided free by the Instructor.

Homework: Completing the assigned reading for each class taking a few quizzes completing one or two short writing assignments. Homework should be no more than about an hour per day outside of the live class.
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Starts Starts: 6/6/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 6/16/2022 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 20 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
We all know that video editing, photo editing, drawing, and animation tools are critical high school computer science skills and with this course, you can get learning with Adobe Creative Cloud. Note: Students must purchase/have the Adobe software see below for materials requirements so you can join in the fun and get ahead in the field of Computer Animation.

Total class meetings: 12

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2022  


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


Duration: 35-minute live Q&A plus 25-minute pre-recorded lecture per class meeting


Prerequisite: None, other than owning the correct hardware (see Course Materials)


Suggested grade level: 8th through 12th grade


Suggested credit: 1 full semester Computer Skills or Photo Editing


Fee: $157 if you register on or before March 15. $177 after March 15 for all twelve 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: Learn to use the most popular Photo and Video, Drawing, and Animation tools while making fun and creative projects. The skills mastered in the course will help students to successfully produce materials for their other courses both in middle school, high school, and on into college. Additionally, they can use their skills to fulfill the Great Commission by creating videos for their church or youth group. Students will learn how to import sound, video, and image files and blend them together to create video productions. To accentuate their video productions, they will learn how to crop, layer, blend, touch-up, and filter images. Finally, they will learn to draw and create their own images and animations. Through the course, students will also learn how to analyze images that they encounter, and question how they were created and manipulated.  Click here to view student created movies.


Course outline:


Class 1 – Introduction, Fixing and Enhancing Images


Class 2 – Storyboard, Adding Media


Class 3 – Adding Shapes and Text, Editing


Class 4 – Filters, Colors, Selections, Layers


Class 5 – Transitions and Special Effects, Final Video/Photo Composition


Class 6 – Final Video/Photo Composition


Class 7 – Drawing


Class 8 – Tweening


Class 9 – Animating


Class 10 – Sound


Class 11 – Final Animated Composition


Class 12 – Final Animated Composition


Course materials: Students will need to purchase a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud license for $19.99/month available from Adobe here, https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html, or approximately $240 for the first year.


This is PC or MAC based and will not install on a Chromebook. Please check the system requirements to ensure that you have the needed hardware. You can learn more about system requirements here, https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html


Homework: Students can expect to spend 30 to 90 minutes 4 days per week working on their film, photo, and animated creations. Students will work each week towards creating a video and animation productions that incorporate all the skills learned throughout the course.  Three mini movies will be created during the course with a length of one to 5 minutes. Additionally, students will create four photo collages that include images that may be incorporated into their movies, a set of drawings, and animations. Homework will be graded, and feedback will be provided. A daily schedule will be provided.

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Starts Starts: 6/6/2022 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 6/23/2022 3:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 

Ready to get moving? Join this course to learn some basic workout techniques and get credit for Physical Education. Come to class with plenty of water at your side and dressed for exercise.


Special Notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered twice in the summer semester. Sign up for the day and time that works best for your family and homeschool.

The early morning time of this course is so that students are working out before the summer heat and humidity set in, making strenuous exercise more difficult. 


Total class meetings: 8


Class dates and times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday June 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, and 16.

8:30 AM Eastern (7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, 5:30 Pacific)


Duration: 45 minutes live class


Prerequisite: In good health, since these exercises will become rigorous. Please see release form below.

“I, _______________________________, have enrolled in the intro to Physical Fitness and Heath curriculum/course offered through Homeschool Connections. I recognize that the program may involve strenuous physical activity including, but not limited to, muscle strength and endurance training, cardiovascular conditioning and training, and other various fitness activities. I hereby affirm that I am in good physical condition and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or limit my participation in this exercise program. I acknowledge that my enrollment and subsequent participation is purely voluntary and in no way mandated by Homeschool Connections .”

“In consideration of my participation in this program, I,_________________________, hereby release instructor Kevin Kiernan,  Homeschool Connections and its agents from any claims, demands, and causes of action as a result of my voluntary participation and enrollment.” “I fully understand that I may injure myself as a result of my enrollment and subsequent participation in this program and I, ___________________________________, hereby release instructor Kevin Kiernan,    Homeschool Connections and its agents from any liability now or in the future for conditions that I may obtain. These conditions may include, but are not limited to, heart attacks, muscle strains, muscle pulls, muscle tears, broken bones, shin splints, heat prostration, injuries to knees, injuries to the back, injuries to feet, or any other illness or soreness that I may incur, including death.”

I HEREBY AFFIRM THAT I HAVE READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE STATEMENTS.


Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade


Suggested credit:  ½ semester Health Science or Physical Education


Fee: $97 if you register on or before March 15. $117 after March 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:  Kevin Kiernan


Course description:  This is a two-week course covering health-related aspects of physical fitness including flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and body composition.   We will work on developing better mobility and stability through physical exercises.  While learning about the musculoskeletal system and how proper nutrition and exercise benefit that system.  


Course outline:


Day 1: Warmup, squats, leg raises, lunges, stretch exercises / How to warm up / Benefits of Physical Activity, Sleep, and Hydration / Quiz


Day 2: Warmup, pushups, superman, crunches, stretch exercises / Nutrition and a balanced exercise program / Quiz


Day 3: Warmup, shoulder circles, towel curl, narrow pushups, oblique, cool down exercises / How to Increase Aerobic Fitness/risks & benefits of sunglasses / protecting your skin / Quiz


Day 4: Warmup, superman, squats, leg raises, lunges, stretch exercises / Your Muscular Fitness / essential vitamins and minerals / Quiz


Day 5:  Warmup, squats, leg raises, lunges, superman, stretch exercises / Your Flexibility / identifying activated muscles / fat-soluble vs water-soluble vitamins / Estrogen vs Testosterone / Quiz


Day 6:  Warmup, crunches, pushups, shoulder circles, stretch exercises / Sharpening Your Functional Fitness/benefits of abdominal strength/benefits of water / What is CrossFit? / Quiz 


Day 7: Warmup, towel curl, narrow pushups, oblique, stretch exercises / Supplements: What to take and when / effective triceps exercises/sodium fluoride vs calcium fluoride / Quiz


Day 8: Warmup, squats, leg raises, lunges, superman, stretch exercises/ Meeting the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, how to do leg raises, sleep for recovery, different types of squats, /Quiz and Final Exam


Course materials: Dumbbells or resistance bands are needed for some exercises. All academic information will be provided free by the instructor.


Homework: The live class will be actual physical exercises for increased mobility and strength.  We will start with a warmup, stretching, then muscle development exercises. Students will have daily assigned readings and a daily quiz with a final exam. (The quizzes and exam are auto-graded by the computer.)

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Starts Starts: 6/6/2022 8:30 AM
Ends Ends: 6/16/2022 9:15 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 
Join us this summer for The Tick. No, not the comic book character, but the scourge and bane of hikers, landscapers, fisherman, and hunters. What makes the tick tick? How can we prevent the spread of disease?

Total class meetings: 4

Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 6, 7, 8, and 9

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

Duration of each class: 45 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Science or Ecology

Fee: $67 if you register on or before March 15. $87 if you register after March 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: MacBeth Derham

Course description: Using data from the most recent scientific research, we shall piece together the life history of the tick, consider the diseases each species carries, map their likely whereabouts, and consider ways to limit the impact of tick-borne disease on our lives.

Course outline:

Day 1: An overview of tick identification, behavior, and life cycles

Day 2: Ticks and the animals they love how they interact

Day 3: How tick-borne diseases are spread geographically over time mapwork

Day 4: Evidence of transmission by vector, and how to use the information to stop spread

Course materials: Provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Using data given during the lecture, students will draw the life cycle of Ixodes scapularis after Day 1, speculate vectors after Day 2, consider vector pressures after Day 3, and put all of the information together in a short essay after Day 4.

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Starts Starts: 6/6/2022 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 6/9/2022 10:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Have you ever found yourself discouraged to see Angels hijacked & distorted by Hollywood and New Age followers? In this course, we will go deep into Angelology and learn what the Church teaches us through Scripture and Tradition. Sign up today to deepen your understanding of Angelology and of the Catholic faith.

Total class meetings: 6

Class dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2022

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Theology

Fee: $77 if you register on or before March 15. $97 if you register after March 15 for all 6 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: Debbie Gaudino, MA

Course description: The existence of angels is a topic that intrigues many people. Who are the angels? What makes them different from human beings? What does the Church say about their existence, nature, and activity? What about bad angels? Are they real? This course will explore the Church’s teaching on angels based on Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. It will seek to separate the truth from the many myths and misconceptions that abound.

In addition to understanding the Church’s teachings on the angels, each class will examine how specific teaching of the class is expressed in the Liturgical and Devotional Life of the Church (feast days, prayers, devotions) and also in the Sacred Arts of the Church (paintings, sculpture, statuary, architecture, and music).

Course outline:

Day One: What are angels? How do they differ from human beings? What are they able to do and not do?

Day Two: What do the names of the angels mean?

Day Three: What are the nine choirs of angels? What are the roles particular to each choir?

Day Four: Who are the three archangels? Where do we meet them in Sacred Scripture? What about the fallen angels?

Day Five: Who are the Guardian Angels? What relationship should we have with our Guardian Angel?

Day Six: What are angelophanies? To which saints have angels appeared? What can we learn about them through these appearances?

Course materials: The Angels: In Catholic Teaching and Tradition by Rev. Pascal P. Parente IBSN: 978-0-89555-515-1 (
​​https://www.rchistory.com/Homeschool-Connections-s/1093.htm)

Homework and Grading: Approximately 20-30 pages of reading per night from Fr. Parente’s book with a short quiz after Days 1 through 5 based on the reading material and class lectures. A one- to two-page paper will be due on the last day of classes. Students will have a choice from five essay prompts for the paper. The grade breakdown for this course will be: Quizzes: 60%, In-Class Participation: 20%, Final Paper: 20%

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Starts Starts: 6/7/2022 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 6/16/2022 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Join Professor Joseph Pearce and learn about everything from the Greek epics to Shakespeare's plays to Tolkien's famous trilogy. What Every Catholic Should Know is an insightful introduction to the world's rich depository of stories. Learn how great literature mirrors The Story—the Story of Salvation History and how it directs us back to the Storyteller, God himself.

Total classes: 6


Class datesTuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, & 16, 2022


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


Duration: 55 minutes


Prerequisite: The ability to enjoy great literature


Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade


Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature


Fee: $77 if you register on or before March 15. $97 after March 15 (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: Joseph Pearce


Course Description: A survey of the Great Books of Western Civilization based on Joseph Pearce’s book, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know. Students will gain a good and solid introduction to many of the greatest works ever written. It is not expected that students will be familiar with these works, nor that they have read them. Class reading will be chapters from Mr. Pearce’s book. In preparation for the first class session, it would be helpful were students to have read Chapters 1 to 3 before the first class. 


Course Outline: 


Day One – Classical Epic & Tragedy: Homer, Virgil, Sophocles


Day Two – Medieval Literature: Boethius, Beowulf, Dante, Chaucer


Day Three – Shakespeare’s Catholic Muse


Day Four – Metaphysical and Romantic Poetry: Southwell, Crashaw, Herbert, Donne, Wordsworth


Day Five – Nineteenth Century Literature: Austen, Bronte Sisters, Shelley, Hopkins, Wilde


Day Six – Twentieth Century Literature: Benson, Chesterton, Belloc, Elliot, Tolkien, Lewis


Course Materials: Joseph Pearce, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know [Ignatius Press/Augustine Institute] ISBN: 9781733522120 (https://www.ignatius.com/Literature-P3299.aspx)


Homework: Reading assignments of approximately 30 pages per class meeting. Reviewing for Weekly Quizzes. Quizzes are automated and graded by the computer for immediate feedback. Estimated homework time per week is three hours in addition to class meetings. It is recommended students read Chapters 1 to 3 in Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know before the first class. 

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Starts Starts: 6/7/2022 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/16/2022 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Yes, Science is fun! This high-interest zoology course for middle school students is sure to get your student excited about science and looking forward to the next school year.

Total classes:
8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, June 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2022

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

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester Entomology or Science

Fee: $107 if you register on or before March 15, 2022. $127 after March 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: Christine Hamilton, PhD

Course description: A fun and lighthearted study of the insect world. We will learn about insect types, habitats, sounds, and some yummy recipes (really!). Pests, workers, artists—the intrepid insects of the world fascinate, annoy, and benefit humankind. From butterflies to bees to the lowly cockroach, insects are an integral part of the natural environment, making their mark on culture through rhyme and lore. What causes fireflies to blink? Did you ever wonder about the origin of "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite"? Let's delve into the insect world and see what we can learn.

Course outline:

Day 1: Fastest

Day 2: Largest

Day 3: Longest

Day 4: Most Numerous

Day 5: Most Spectacular

Day 6: Smallest

Day 7: Misc. (Bioluminescence, loudest, most toxic)

Day 8: Recipes (crunchy, chewy)

Course materials: Everything will be provided FREE by the instructor. Optional Further Reading: Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (National Geographic Kids) National Geographic Kids, Murawski, Darlyne, Honovich, Nancy, National Geographic Children's Books, ISBN 978-1426313769 (
https://amzn.to/2YcieTs)

Homework: Research an insect of your choice for a report during class. “What’s Outside My Window?” Pick a window in your house that gets sunlight and watch the activity outside! There could be ants, a praying mantis, dragonfly, ladybug, common housefly, beetles, etc. Choose a bug and write 3 paragraphs about it. What is it doing? Where does it normally live? What does it eat? What colors are they? How big do they get? Are they common in other parts of the country/world? Do they do anything unusual? The report will be given orally during the last 2 classes. Hope you have a microphone!

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Starts Starts: 6/13/2022 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 6/23/2022 10:45 AM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
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 and times
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, June 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2022

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


Duration: 35-minute live Q&A plus 25-minute pre-recorded lecture per class meeting 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 March 15. $137 after March 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: 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.  The class offers two levels of challenge:  level one – block coding for beginners, and level two – python coding for students with at least a year of block coding experience.  Student projects will focus on introducing holiness and salvation into the world of Minecraft.

Course outline:

Day 1: Introduction – Setup

Day 2: Challenge One

Day 3: Challenge Two

Day 4: Challenge Three

Day 5: Challenge Four

Day 6: Challenge Five

Day 7: Challenge Five

Day 8: Project Demonstrations

Course materialsThis 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.

 

Sign-up for a “direct purchase” of Minecraft Education edition for $12. During the registration process, Microsoft will give you a username ending in .onmicrosoft.com   When you download and install Minecraft Education Edition, you will need to login with this username.  For example, my Username is PeggyMorrow@peggymorrow.onmicrosoft.com

 

Click here to register

 

Then follow these instructions for setting up the coding environment.


Homework: Students can expect to spend 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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Starts Starts: 6/13/2022 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/23/2022 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Class Size Class size: 28 seats
 
What makes you, YOU?! Sign up for this course to explore the structure and function of DNA and how it makes the proteins that build your body!
Total classes:
4

Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2022

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 PM Central, 2:00 PM Mountain, 1:00 PM Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: Middle school level biology and/or life science

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. Note: advanced middle school students are welcome too.

Suggested credit: ¼ semester Science or Microbiology. Also sign up for “DNA & Mutations” immediately following this course for additional credit.

Fee: $47 if you register on or before March 15, 2022. $67 after March 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: Monica Breier

Course description: Understanding the structure and function of DNA is foundational to life sciences. This course will detail the history of the discovery of DNA, how it replicates using RNA, then transcripts and translates to form the protein building blocks of organisms.

Course outline:

Monday 6/13: Introduction to DNA anatomy and history

Tuesday 6/14: DNA replication

Wednesday 6/15: Transcription and translation

Thursday 6/16: DNA to protein summary and practice

Course materials: Notebooks and pencil/pen for note taking. Printing PowerPoint files is suggested. All other course materials are provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Daily assignments the first three days, including brief computer-graded questions with a more thorough instructor-graded application question. Day four assignment will be an upload of handwritten work showing DNA sequencing to protein codes.

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Starts Starts: 6/13/2022 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/16/2022 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Even DNA makes mistakes! Find out about genetic mutations and the diseases they cause!

Total classes: 4

Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 20, 21, 22, and 23, 2022

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 PM Central, 2:00 PM Mountain, 1:00 PM Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: Middle school biology/life science and “DNA & Basic Genetics” (precedes this course) or similar knowledge.

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. Note: advanced middle school students are welcome too.

Suggested credit: ¼ semester Science or Microbiology. Also sign up for “DNA & Basic Genetics”, immediately preceding this course, for additional credit.

Fee: $47 if you register on or before March 15. $67 after March 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: Monica Breier

Course description: Learn the types of genetic mutations and the details on how they occur. Then, explore how acquired and inherited mutations lead to different diseases.

Course outline:

Monday 6/20: Introduction, mutation types

Tuesday 6/21: Avoiding acquired mutations, DNA repair

Wednesday 6/22: Genetic diseases

Thursday 6/23: Genetic diseases continued

Course materials: Notebooks and pencil/pen for note taking. Printing PowerPoint files is suggested. All other course materials are provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Daily assignments the first three days, including brief computer-graded questions with a more thorough instructor-graded application question. Day four assignment will be a minimum five-paragraph essay on a topic of the student’s choice (types of mutations, DNA repair, specific genetic disease, etc.).

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Starts Starts: 6/20/2022 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 6/23/2022 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
If you’ve ever wondered about the ethics of our current food system, mourned the loss of practical knowledge and skills (the ones your great-grandparents had), desired to live closer to your own land and family, or worried about the dangers of globalism, this course is for you.

Special Note: This course includes a writing component.

Total class meetings: 4

Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 20, 21, 22, and 23

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

Duration: Approx. 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1/3 semester Homesteading or Life Skills

Fee: $79 if you register on or before March 15. $99 after March 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.)

Instructor: Nick Wilson

Course description: The course is meant to be a primer on the issues relating to homesteading. We will define what homesteading is, why there is a movement to return back to the land, and practical ways that homesteaders are thriving. Our topics will cover the ethics of food, farming ethics, and our responsibility to God’s creation. We will look to theology to discover what true Christian environmentalism might mean in light of the Bible and Catholic theology. We will think about the unexpected political and economic consequences of our current industrial food system. We will consider how our treatment and respect for nature and one another affects how we understand who God is, as the author of nature. The course will aim to be half lecture and half discussion, with the instructor providing content by lecture each day. The lectures—in union with the readings—are meant to evoke student reactions and stimulate discussion, allowing us to think more deeply about the material in accordance with the interests, concerns, and experiences of the students in the class.

Course outline:

Day 1: Introduction: What is industrial farming and what are the alternatives (homesteading). Preliminary definitions, introductions of the book and its author, canvassing the main themes of the book, and getting a sense for where students stand with regard to the topic, their experiences, and so on.

Day 2: Caring for God’s Creation: What does God intend for us with regard to the earth? Think through the history of mismanagement until the present. Consider better ways to provide basic needs that honor God’s designs. What is stewardship? Discuss the carbon cycle and God’s patterns that we are meant to respect.

Day 3: Economic and Political Considerations: Think about the problems with cheap food. Why is it cheap, and how is that possible? Concentration of power and money in the current food industry. CAFOs. What is Distributism? Restoring order to the food system by returning it to the local community and family. Can local feed the world?

Day 4: Homesteading: Practical Approaches

We will discuss here a variety of practical ways to overcome many of the issues discussed above. From composting and backyard chickens to small-scale gardening and rotational grazing using electrified netting, we will think about practical ways to get started and—given the first three classes—change the world.



Course materials: The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God’s Creation by Joel Salatin, ISBN: 978-1455536986 (
https://amzn.to/3AuGC57)

Homework: Daily quizzes on readings and lectures (1 each day for a total of 4) and a final response essay.

Quizzes will test for basic comprehension of definitions, terms, and processes from readings and lecture. The final response essay will be a 1-2 page essay, on some topic related to course material. The idea will be for the student to respond critically. For example, one might evaluate the morality of current farming practice using the lens of the course one might try to formulate a biblical theory of food. One might give reasons for embracing or rejecting the factory farming system. One could speak about stewardship and God’s intentions for living ecologically in light of Scripture. The goal of the final response essay is for the student to engage in a sustained effort at thinking through some concepts of the course in their own way beyond the quizzes. The response essay will also be a chance for the instructor to provide feedback on writing skills.

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Starts Starts: 6/20/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 6/23/2022 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 4
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
If you want to make spelling effortless and fun (!) – then this is for you! Get new ways to think about spelling, to make it simple… discover games that make spelling downright fun … and turn spelling into something you don’t have to worry about, because you have “insider information” to make spelling easier!

Special Note:
Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered twice in the summer semester. Choose the dates that work best for your family.

Total classes: 6

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday, June 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28

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

Duration: 45 to 50 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade levels: 5th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: Supplemental, ¼ to ½ credit (may be extended with additional work)

Fee: $97 if you register on or before March 15. $117 after March 15 for all 6 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: Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA

Course description: Is spelling a challenge? Do you want to find out what's going wrong and make spelling easier? Join Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA, the Creator/Director of True North Reading: The Complete Mastery Reading & Spelling Program and the Aquinas Writing Advantage to get a new and powerful approach to spelling with the top how-to skills and easy tips (based on research and a powerful, successful approach) to make spelling easier. Revolutionize the way you "do" spelling, understand what's missing, and find out how to remember the spelling of words much faster. For 5th through 8th grade students.

Course outline:

Class 1: The reading & spelling connection the Basic Code and the alphabet’s pure sounds (and what that has to do with spelling) auditory discrimination (hearing beginning, end, and middle sounds) the concept of Sound Pictures and consonant blends

Class 2: When two Sound Pictures meld for a new sound the four (4) truths of spelling two spelling games that make spelling easier and better grouping and learning in “Sound Boxes” (for better memory)

Class 3: More grouping by sound or sight, for memory learning two-and-more piece Sound Pictures exact sound matches and “peanut butter sounds” “sound families” (Sound Box “cousins”)

Class 4: Spelling Games, not “writing the word 20 times”: Spelling Bingo, Spelling Go Fish, Spelling Dice Game, and more

Class 5: How “Imposters” for the Basic Code and Combination Codes work (and the “first imposters” le, se, etc.)

Class 6: “Vowel Name” Combinations and Upper-Level “Imposters”

Course materials: All learning materials for the course are provided FREE by the instructor. Students should bring two (2) packs of 3x5 cards, a black marker, an 8 ½ x 11 notebook, and a highlighter to class.

Homework: Between classes, students will have approximately one hour of homework/preparation for the next class with creating fun learning materials, playing spelling games, and practicing the ideas presented in the course. Work and projects will be brought to class and used together in activities that can be repeated and enjoyed at home, beyond the course.

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Starts Starts: 6/20/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 6/28/2022 12:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 20 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 32 seats
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