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20Spr_Campbell_Caesar_M530_HS

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Mondays, January 20 to April 20, 2020. (No class February 24 or April 6.)

Time: 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central; 3:30 Mountain; 2:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested High School Credit: One full semester History, Ancient History, World history.

Fee: $167 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $187 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. ($207 after January 12)

Instructor: Phillip Campbell

Course Description:  This course will guide students through the history of the ancient world from Israel through the conversion of Rome with an emphasis on how the cultures of the classical world set the stage for the coming of Christ. Particular focus will be on ancient Persia, Greece, and Rome. Students will also study the characteristics of the Early Church and follow the growth of Christianity through the Roman persecutions to the conversion of Constantine. The course will follow closely the outline in Dr. Warren Carroll's book The Founding of Christendom.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: The Formation of Israel

  • Class 2: The Kingdoms of Judah and Israel

  • Class 3: In Babylon and Persia

  • Class 4: The Greeks

  • Class 5: The Age of Alexander

  • Class 6: Greek Philosophy

  • Class 7: The Fortitude of Rome

  • Class 8: Conquest of the East

  • Class 9: The Roman Peace

  • Class 10: God in Galilee

  • Class 11: The Structure of the Early Church

  • Class 12: The Triumph of the Christian Church

Course Materials: The Founding of Christendom: A History of Christendom, Vol. I by Dr. Warren Carroll (ISBN # 978-0931888212).

Homework:  Homework will consist of weekly readings from the textbook as well as automated quizzes for immediate feedback. Estimated time: 1.5 to 2 hours per week.

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Starts Starts: 1/20/2020 5:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/20/2020 6:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 33 seats
Closed Enrollment
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This is Part Two of a two-part course. Students are welcomed to join us midyear if there are seats available.

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates: Mondays, January 20 to April 20, 2020. (No class February 24 or April 6.)

Time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 7th to 8th grade

Suggested Credit: One full semester History, Ancient History, or World history.

Fee: $167 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $187 after Nov. 15 for all 12 classes. ($207 after January 12)

Instructor: Phillip Campbell

Course Description: This course combines Greek and Roman history for a comprehensive study of the classical world, which provided the cultural and political foundation of Christendom.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Crete & Mycenae

  • Class 2: The Rise of the Polis

  • Class 3: Classical Greece

  • Class 4: The Peloponnesian Wars

  • Class 5: The Age of Alexander

  • Class 6: Early Rome

  • Class 7: Republic to Empire

  • Class 8: Julio-Claudians

  • Class 9: The Pax Romana

  • Class 10: Collapse of the Third Century

  • Class 11: The Christian Empire

  • Class 12: Fall of Rome

Course Materials: Famous Men of Greece by John Haaren (ISBN #978-1930953772) and Famous Men of Rome by John Haaren (ISBN #978-1930953826).

Homework:  Homework will consist of weekly readings from the textbooks (estimated one hour per week), automated weekly quizzes based on the lectures and readings.

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Starts Starts: 1/20/2020 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/20/2020 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Derham_HonorsBioLAB_T1130_HS

This course is the optional LAB component for the Honors Biology course. Students are required to also sign up for the Honors Biology course.

This course only takes 20 students so we recommend registering early. Lab is only offered in one time slot for this semester.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Meets alternate weeks, immediately following the Honors Biology class, starting with the second class: Jan. 21 (Tuesday students).

Starting Times:

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)


Duration: 30 minutes

Corequisite: Honors Biology, Part Two

Suggested Grade Level: 11th to 12th grade or advanced 10th grade.

Suggested Credit: Combine with Honors Biology for one full semester of Honors Biology with LAB

Fee: Before Nov. 15th $65/ After Nov. 15th $85/ After Jan. 14th $105

Instructor: MacBeth Derham

Course Description: 6 investigative lab experiences

Course Outline: Labs 7-12

  • Lab 7: Tropisms in plants

  • Lab 8: Digestion

  • Lab 9: Water and heat

  • Lab 10: Terrarium

  • Lab 11: Cellular respiration

  • Lab 12: Physiology statistics

Course Materials: Provided by instructor plus household or commonly available items.

Homework: Each lab will be laid out in class. Students will work on the lab in their own time. Some labs take up to two hours of active time, while “wait” time is often much longer.


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Starts Starts: 1/21/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 4/14/2020 12:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
Closed Enrollment
20Spr_Russell_Odyssey_T1000_HS

Total Classes: 12

Class Dates:  Tuesdays, January 21 to April 21, 2020. (No class February 25 or April 7.)

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite:  The ability to read two chapters per week with understanding.

Suggested Grade Level:  9th grade and up

Suggested Credit:  One full semester credit Literature or Ancient Literature.

Fee: $167 if you register on or before Nov. 15, 2019. $187 after Nov. 15. ($207 after Jan. 16)

Instructor:  Dr. Henry Russell

Course Description: Dr. Russell teaches Homer’s Odyssey as the greatest hymn to marriage and fatherhood outside of the Bible.  It is also one of the West’s greatest adventure stories. It traces the quest to restore a family under attack after 20 years of the father’s absence.  But to come home, Odysseus must restore relations with the Gods, which have been broken by his fault. The Great Wanderings fill only five books out of twenty-four. The other nineteen are devoted to the restoration of the family and the kingdom. It takes Odysseus the same twelve chapters to get from the shore of his island, Ithaka, into full possession of his house in peace as it takes to get him home to Ithaka on his ten-year long quest.  These beautiful chapters on human relations, as well as the wonders of Odysseus’ purgation through his quest, make the epic a primary book of wisdom for all times and cultures.

Course Outline: (week by week)

  • Week 1 - 1/19:  Chapters 1-2: The King’s House Abused; Preparing a Hero; The Polis Abused; Portents of Doom

  • Week 2 - 1/26:  Chapters 3-4: An Ordered Kingdom; The Glory of Marriage

  • Week 3 - 2/2:   Chapters 5-6:  Kalypso’s Test; Nausicaa’s Test

  • Week 4 - 2/9:   Chapter 7-8:  A Better Kingdom; Games and Songs

  • Week 5 - 2/16: Chapters 9-10:   Ismaros; Lotos-Eaters; Cyclops; Men Earn Their Doom; The Divine Circe

  • Week 6 - 3/2:   Chapters 11-12: The Lessons of the Dead; More Gifts from Circe

  • Week 7 - 3/9:   Chapters 13-14: Home as a Strange Land of Humility; The Last Shall be First

  • Week 8 - 3/16: Chapters 15-16: Telemakos Grown; Reunion and Plans

  • Week 9 - 3/23: Chapters 17-18: Humiliations of a Hero; Penelope and Aphrodite

  • Week 10 - 3/30: Chapters 19-20: Penelope’s Intuitions; Men Judge Themselves

  • Week 11 - 4/13: Chapters 21-22: The Test of the Bow; The Cleansing of the House

  • Week 12 - 4/20: Chapters 23-24: Penelope’s Victory; Divine Justice

Course Materials: Homer.  The Odyssey. The Robert Fitzgerald translation (Vintage Classics) is highly recommended, ISBN: 0679728139. Any translation you use should have line numbers.

Homework: Each week you will read two chapters of the epic.  That will take about 1 to 1.5 hours for most readers.  There will be automated-graded weekly quizzes for immediate feedback, as well as two exams, one in the middle and one at the end of the course.  Please come to class with thoughts and questions about what you have read.

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Starts Starts: 1/21/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/21/2020 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
Closed Enrollment
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This is Part Three of a four-part course series. Students can sign up for just one, all four, or anywhere in between. Parts One and Two are offered in the fall. Parts Three and Four are offered in the Spring.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Thursdays, January 23 to February 27, 2020

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

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: None.

Suggested Grade Level: 5th to 8th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Literature or History (Register for LHTL: Modern Era 4 to receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes).

Fee: Before Nov. 15th $99 / After Nov. 15th $119 / After Jan. 9th $139

Instructor: Jackie de Laveaga, M.Ed.

Course Description: Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 8th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL: Modern History 3, we journey back to 1849 when a wagon train is ready to leave Rock Island, Illinois, heading for California in search of gold. Among these hopeful pioneers—but ostracized because the train will take no women—is a young woman from Wabash River, below Terre Haute, traveling alone with her own light wagon.

In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating lap books, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction

  • Class 2: Literature Discussion Project Introduction

  • Class 3: Literature Discussion Cultural Overview

  • Class 4: Literature Discussion Fiction Writing Tips

  • Class 5: Literature Discussion Final Project Instructions

  • Class 6 Literature Analysis and Historical Connections Student Project Showcase

Course Materials: Polly Kent Rides West, by Robert McCulloch

Purchase the book new from BethlehemBooks.com or used from BookFinder.com. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document.

Homework: Weekly quizzes and reading assignments. Each week, students will work on one project-based assignment that will culminate in a final novel project submission (due at the end of week 6). Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5 to 3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution.

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Starts Starts: 1/23/2020 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 2/27/2020 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 26 seats
Closed Enrollment
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Welcome to our Grade School Unit-Based Curriculum!


To simply and streamline home education for families who want an integrated literature-based curriculum, the three Grade School Project-Based Courses incorporate History, Science, Language Arts, Art and Religion. Your Student learns all subjects together, in a unit that coordinates and dovetails learning into one harmonized program.

Program Description This program for 3rd through 6th grade students is a Project-Based Unit Study that focuses on the era of Ancient History. The literature-based program is segmented into a three-part complete course of study. The entire program, spanning a four-year sequence, will utilize all four volumes of Phillip Campbell’s History series from TAN Books, The Story of Civilization.

Coordination with the Middle and High School Programs If you are also teaching older students, Homeschool Connections provides both live, interactive courses and recorded, independent-learning courses that follow this exact program – so that your elementary through high school students can use the same curriculum together. By following the resources provided, you can use this curriculum in cooperation with your middle and high school students in the areas of History, Literature, and Philosophy. The goal of this program is to empower families to embark upon a full multi-grade study of the same era in their homeschool – making learning more concise, focused, and unified across all of the family’s learning experience.

Course Format The yearlong program is taught in three segments: Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3. Families sign their students up for all three segments, to create a complete year of learning.

This program uses a “flipped classroom” approach in a four-days-per-week course of study: families watch teacher-created videos and work together on interactive lessons (guided materials and instruction) in advance of the class. After the week of home learning, the once-a-week LIVE online class “becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning.”1

Families are provided with daily lessons, checklists, videos, and other materials. Each week culminates in a LIVE, thirty-minute online class meeting for parents and students together with the instructor. During each weekly class meeting, students will discuss the weekly readings, play

1 The Flipped Classroom, https://www.educationnext.org/the-flipped-classroom/, accessed April 9, 2019.

educational/high interest games to reinforce the week’s learning, and have the opportunity to share project work and poetry recitation on camera.


Class Time Schedule All live, interactive classes meet on Thursdays.

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



Course 2 Spring 2020 -- Project-Based Ancient History Unit Study Part 2 (13 weeks) Classes begin January 9, 2020, and continue through April 2, 2020 Mandatory Parent meeting: January 9, 2020 $259 early enrollment / $279 after November 15, 2019 / $299 after January 2, 2020 Multiple students per family: Siblings can watch the sessions free and complete the work if the additional work is not graded by the teacher (parents grade the work). However, if you would like grading for additional students, each additional student will need to enroll independently.



List of Subjects Scheduled for the Four School Days Per Week


* History (30-60 minutes per day) * Literature Read-Aloud (30-60 minutes per day) * Greek/Latin Roots (15 min per day) * Poetry Memorization (15 min. per day) * Creative Writing (Odd Weeks) (60-90 min. per week) * Science (Even Weeks) (60-90 min. per week) * Suggested Solo Reading (time varies per family choice) * Suggested Project Work (time varies per family choice)

Core Texts This yearlong course uses seven core texts that cover content across multiple subject areas. Parents can buy new texts from preferred Catholic homeschool vendors or check BookFinder.com for pre-owned texts. The following prices are approximate, to help you with planning:

1. The Story of Civilization (TSoC), Volume 1: The Ancient World by Phillip Campbell, (ISBN- 10: 1505105668; ISBN-13: 978-1505105667) (*New $20; pre-owned $12) (Used All Year) Note: Supplementary TSoC Student and Teacher texts and Audio/Video products are optional. Depending upon your budget, we recommend adding supplementary texts as tools for further engagement. 2. Archimedes and the Door of Science, by Jeanne Bendick. (ISBN- 10: 9781883937126; ISBN-13: 978-1883937126) (*New $13; pre-owned $5) (Used Fall 2019) 3. D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire (ISBN- 10: 9780440406945; ISBN-13: 978-0440406945 (*New $14; pre-owned $5) (Used All Year) 4. Around the Year Once Upon a Time Saints, by Ethel Pochocki (ISBN- 10: 1932350268; ISBN-13: 978-1932350265) (*New $15; pre-owned $14) (Used All Year) 5. Detectives in Togas, by Henry Winterfeld, (ISBN-10: 0152162801; ISBN- 13: 978-0152162801) (Fall 2019) (*New $7; pre-owned $3.50) (Used Fall 2019) 6. St. Paul the Apostle, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt (ISBN: 9780895554260) (*New $16; Pre-owned $8.50 BF) (Used Spring 2020) 7. Galen and the Gateway to Medicine, by Jeanne Bendick (ISBN: 9781883937751; ISBN-10: 1883937752) (*New $15; pre-owned $9.50) (Used Spring 2020)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

What role does the parent play?



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

1. Schedule and implement the course material for your student into the daily school life in the



home. 

2. Schedule read-aloud time. 

3. Grade some of the materials/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 is included in the course?



Enrolled families will receive…
 

1. A weekly checklist of activities and assignments 

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

3. Two to three 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. Weekly assignment in Moodle for your student(s) (auto-graded quiz or submission portal) 

6. A timeline template that matches the course material, to fill in together throughout the year 

What is included with teacher grading? 

Enrolled students will have one (1) graded assignment each week. The assignment type will



alternate between auto-graded quizzes, Language Arts assignments, and other project-related



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!

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Starts Starts: 1/23/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 4/23/2020 10:30 AM
Sessions Sessions: 13
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
Closed Enrollment
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Maximum number of students: 25

Course Name: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Class Dates:  Thursdays, January 23 to March 26, 2020. (No class February 27, 2020.)

Total Classes: 9

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Ability to read the book and ask questions. Since most students will have seen the Peter Jackson films and will want to make comparisons, it is probably a good idea to see them.

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 10th grade. However, this is a timeless story to be enjoyed by all ages. We are happy to accept students from 8th grade and up to 12th grade and beyond.

Suggested High School Credit: ½ semester Literature.

Fee: $127 if you enroll on or before November 15, 2019. $147 after Nov. 1 for all 9 classes. ($167 after Jan. 13)

Instructor: Henry Russell, Ph.D.

Course Description: This trilogy of novels is too well known for any brief description to be of use here. They are the most popular books of the twentieth-century and quite likely to be among the central books of Western literature. The poet Auden thought they compare well with Milton’s Paradise Lost. We will discuss the volumes in their outer form of a mythologized hero struggle of the kind with which Classical Liberal Education is replete (from Homer’s Iliad, and Virgil’s Aeneid through the Norse eddas and Anglo-Saxon poems and Arthurian romances). At the same time we will read them in light of Tolkien’s unambiguous declaration that "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.” As such they reflect an imagined world that parallels clearly with the world of suffering and redemption shown forth in a book as deep as the Bible.  The Fellowship of the Rings takes us from the Hobbit world of ordinary comfort into confrontation with the evil that has always plagued the created world. It asks for individual sacrifice from several creatures only to show them that they are linked into a vast body of those who strive to keep goodness alive, each on very different levels of culture and consciousness. This ancient body is full of poetry, beauty, and varied forms of virtue. The fellowship of the nine volunteers to do the impossible and the seemingly suicidal. In the mines of Moria and on the banks of the river Anduin, the band is made to pay a terrible price for thoughtlessness and falls apart from individual sin.

Course Outline:

  • Week 1 - 1/21  Chapters 1-2: A Long-Expected Party—The Shadow of the Past

  • Week 2 - 1/28  Chapters 3-5: Three is Company--A Conspiracy Unmasked

  • Week 3 - 2/4    Chapters 6-8 The Old Forest--Fog on the Barrow-downs

  • Week 4 - 2/11  Chapters 9-11: At the Sign of the Prancing Pony--A Knife in the Dark

  • Week 5 - 2/18  Chapters 12-Bk. 2:1: Flight to the Ford—Many Meetings

  • Week 6 - 3/3    Chapter 2: The Council of Elrond

  • Week 7 - 3/10  Chapters 3-4: The Ring Goes South—A Journey in the Dark

  • Week 8 - 3/17  Chapters 5-7: The Bridge of Khazad-dum—The Mirror of Galadriel

  • Week 9 - 3/24  Chapters 8-9: Farewell to Lorien--The Breaking of the Fellowship

Course Materials: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R.Tolkien, any unabridged edition

Homework: Each week you will read two to three chapters of the epic. That will take about 1 to 1.5 hours for most readers. There will be weekly automated-graded quizzes available for immediate feedback, as well as two exams, one in the middle and one at the end of the course. Please come to class with thoughts and questions about what you have read.


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Starts Starts: 1/23/2020 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 3/26/2020 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 9
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Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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This is Part Three of a four-part course series. Students can sign up for just one, all four, or anywhere in between. Parts One and Two are offered in the fall. Parts Three and Four are offered in the Spring.

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Thursdays, January 23 to February 27, 2020

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

Duration: 50 minutes

Prerequisite: None.

Suggested Grade Level: 5th to 8th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Literature or History (Register for LHTL: Ancient Era 4 for one full semester)

Fee: Before Nov. 15th $99 / After Nov. 15th $119 / After Jan. 9th $139

Instructor: Jackie de Laveaga, M.Ed.

Course Description: Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 8th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL: Modern History 3, we journey to 450 BC and meet thirteen-year-old Bani. Though born in Jerusalem, has lived from infancy with his uncle in beautiful Susa, the city of the Persian King Artaxerxes. Now, his Uncle Nehemiah wants to leave his position of high honor as Cupbearer to the King to return to Jerusalem, a city in ruins and beset by every kind of trouble! Bani is given an unexpected part to play, the outcome of which is to forever change his life. This novel dramatizes a turning-point of history, in 445 BC, when Judaism was re-established in the Promised Land, and purified for her unfolding mission.

In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating lap books, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction

  • Class 2: Literature Discussion Project Introduction

  • Class 3: Literature Discussion Cultural Overview

  • Class 4: Literature Discussion Fiction Writing Tips

  • Class 5: Literature Discussion Final Project Instructions

  • Class 6 Literature Analysis and Historical Connections Student Project Showcase

Course Materials: Victory on the Walls by Frieda Clark Hyman, ISBN-10# 1883937965 or ISBN-13# 978-1883937966. Purchase new from BethlehemBooks.com or used from BookFinder.com. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document (this can be done free online – let us know if you need assistance).

Homework: Weekly quizzes and reading assignments. Each week, students will work on one project-based assignment that will culminate in a final novel project submission (due at the end of week 6). Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5-3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution.

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Starts Starts: 1/23/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 2/27/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 26 seats
Closed Enrollment
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Total Classes: 6

Class Dates: Tuesdays, February 4 to March 10, 2020.

Starting Time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

High School Credit: ½ semester Communications or Life Skills

Instructor: Lisa Mladinich

Fee: $97 if you register on or before November 15, 2018. $117 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. ($137 after Feb. 4)

Course Description: This course teaches the foundational and critical leadership and communication skills that all students need to succeed, including self-management practices for becoming a person of positive influence. Special attention is given to integrating faith into leadership and personal communication, as well as practical action-steps for living in faith as a leader and positive influence to others.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: The skills of leadership: What it takes to be a leader, servant leadership, and transformational leadership

  • Class 2: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

  • Class 3: Conflict Management and Leadership

  • Class 4: Active listening, empathy, and wise decision making for leadership

  • Class 5: Personal speaking skills: voice, body language, and connecting with your listener

  • Class 6: Faith-filled leadership: The actions of leadership

Course Materials: All course materials are provided FREE within the course.

Homework: Expect approximately 2 to 4 hours of homework per class, depending upon your student’s skill level. Activities include reading assignments, short writing assignments, and automated quizzes.

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Starts Starts: 2/4/2020 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 3/10/2020 5:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Location Location:
Status Status: 19 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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Note: This course is the optional LAB component for the Biology course with Dr. Hamilton. Students are required to also sign up for the Biology course.

This is Part Two of a two-part course.

It is offered in three different day/time slots so you can choose the day and time that is best for you and your homeschool.

Total Classes:  7

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Tuesdays, 5:30 PM Eastern (4:30 Central, 3:30 Mountain, 2:30 Pacific)

February 18 to March 31st


Duration: 20 to 30 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Fee: Before Nov. 15th $37/ After Nov. 15th $57/ After Feb. 11th $77

Suggested Credit: One full semester Biology Lab.

Instructors: Christine Hamilton, PhD

Course Description: These labs are explicitly aligned with the Biology Part 2 classes. NOTE: Six of the seven LABS FOR BIOLOGY PART TWO WILL BE DISSECTION. If the student is in any way uncomfortable with hands on animal dissection, they should not sign up for this Lab.


Course Outline:

  • Week 1 Bread Mold – We get to grow our own mold colony on a slice of bread!

  • Week 2 Crayfish – Identify the external and internal anatomical features of a typical crustacean.

  • Week 3 Perch – Observe the external and internal features of the fish and their relationship to one another.

  • Week 4 Clam – Locate the external and internal features of the clam and be able to explain their purpose.

  • Week 5 Eye – Explore the structure and function of the bovine eye.

  • Week 6 Frog – Dissection giving the student an overview of organ systems of complex living things.

  • Week 7 Worm – Investigate basic anatomy and simple organ systems.

Course Materials and Technology: Student Dissection Kit (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001ELQ6U2/catholictreas-20) and Eye Dissection Kit (https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B007XE93LI/catholictreas-20). Access to a printer and scanner. Webcam, microphone and headset for students to engage in live labs.

Homework: All work is done in class, or student can opt to perform labs at home after class.

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Starts Starts: 2/18/2020 5:30 PM
Ends Ends: 3/31/2020 6:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 7
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 27 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 35 seats
20Spr_Mladinich_Writing9-4_W230_HS

“What Courses Should My Student Take?”

-- To help determine the best writing courses for your students(s), please go to the Table of Contents at the front of this catalog and view the “Aquinas Writing Advantage Scope and Sequence.”

-- You may also take the Aquinas Writing Advantage Writing Evaluations found on the website at https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations.

-- For personal assistance, feel free to email homeschoolconnections@gmail.com at any time.



-- This course is scheduled during five different time slots in the spring semester; choose the best time that fits your family’s schedule.

-- This is Part Two of a two-part course. Take both courses – 9-3 and 9-4 – to receive one full semester of credit (14 weeks of classes).

Total Classes: 8

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Wednesdays, 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

February 19 to April 22, 2020. (No class February 26 (Ash Wednesday) or April 8 (Holy Week).)



Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: Required: HIGH SCHOOL SIMPLIFIED WRITING 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2). Students can take the prerequisite course live or recorded in Unlimited Access. Exceptions are granted only with written permission from the instructor or a passing assessment from the Aquinas Writing Advantage writing evaluation (https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/writing-evaluations).

Suggested Grade Level: This critical course is open to all students who have the prerequisites complete, no matter the grade level. What are the top skills of essay writing? How can you write an essay in a way that goes beyond the basics—to create a clear, crisp, dynamic piece of writing? This course will show you how. Because the content of this course is foundational for all high school essay writing that students will encounter in high school and beyond, it is highly suggested that students enroll in this course before finishing high school.

Suggested Credit: ½ semester Writing or English. Combine with High School Writing Essentials 2 for a full semester.

Fee: $177 if you register on or before November 15, 2019. $197 after Nov. 15 for all 8 classes. ($217 after February 11)

Instructors: Lisa Mladinich

Course Description: The Five Paragraph Essay has been the standard for essay writing for years. This course helps your student understand and practice writing essays in the Five Paragraph Essay form – and then takes the student far beyond the basic five-paragraph form – so your student can learn exactly what to do, to make an essay exceptional. Students will craft essays and practice becoming comfortable with thinking quickly in creating, drafting, and polishing essays. Special attention will be paid to how to write essays that capture the reader’s attention and flow easily from beginning to end, with strong and convincing meaning for the reader.

Course Outline:

  • Class 1: Essay types and differences, and where you’ll write them

  • Class 2: The traditional five-paragraph essay

  • Class 3: What makes an essay great? Research an essay and brainstorming with the “then what?” question; taking your thoughts “to the end of the line”

  • Class 4: What makes an essay great? Writing an essay and examples and analysis of form, parallelism, and rhythm

  • Class 5: What makes an essay great? Transitional tricks, answering the reader’s questions, making cohesive decisions, and bookending

  • Class 6: What makes an essay great? Storytelling and creative elements

  • Class 7: What makes an essay great? Analyzing three essays

  • Class 8: Revising and editing your essays

Course Materials: At this time, all materials are provided FREE within the course. Additional books may be required at an additional cost of under $20. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document. Email us if you need assistance.

Homework: Students will have weekly writing assignments with grading and direct feedback from the instructor. Estimated three to five hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

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Starts Starts: 2/19/2020 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 4/22/2020 3:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Class Size Class size: 25 seats
20Spr_Chalberg_Chesterton_W100_HS

Maximum number of students: 28

Subject: Literature (High School)

Course Name: Introduction to Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Total Classes: 6

Class Dates:  Wednesdays, February 19 to April 1, 2020. (No class February 26 for Ash Wednesday.)

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

Duration: 55 minutes

Prerequisite: None

Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested Credit: 1/2 semester Literature, Language Arts, or English

Fee: $77 if you enroll on or before November 15, 2019. $97 after Nov. 15 for all 6 classes. ($117 after Feb. 11)

Instructor: John C. "Chuck" Chalberg Ph.D.

Course Description: There is currently an investigation into opening the cause for G. K. Chesterton’s sainthood. He has been credited with the conversion of many of today’s Catholic leaders, including Homeschool Connections’ Joseph Pearce, Kevin O’Brien, and most famously Dale Ahlquist. What is it about Gilbert Keith Chesterton’s writing that leads people to the Catholic Church?

In this six-week course, the instructor will take students deep into the life of this literary giant and provide a solid foundation for delving into his writings. It is recommended that students continue to read Chesterton’s writings once this course is completed as well as check out all of the other Homeschool Connections Chesterton courses (What’s Wrong with the World, Everlasting Man, etc.)

Course Outline:

  1. Chesterton's youth and young manhood

  2. Chesterton's early writings, 1901-1912

  3. Chesterton and World War I

  4. Chesterton and America

  5. Chesterton and his conversion

  6. Chesterton's later writings and distributism

Course Materials: Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton by Joseph Pearce [Ignatius Press] (ISBN-10: 1621640558 / ISBN-13: 978-1621640554). Available from ignatius.com, your favorite Catholic bookseller, or bookfinder.com.

Homework: Reading and weekly quizzes (automated for immediate feedback).  Expect reading, studying, and quizzes to take approx. two to three hours weekly outside of class.


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Starts Starts: 2/19/2020 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 4/1/2020 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 22 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 28 seats
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