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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
 

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
 
Learn mystery literature with a theater and mystery-story expert! Read Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown stories, deep-dive into literary analysis, and have some good old-fashioned fun as you solve the mysteries!
Total class meetings:
8

Class dates: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 25, 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2022

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

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None (Sherlock Holmes vs. Father Brown I is not required)

Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: ½ semester English or 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: The two greatest sleuths in the history of detective fiction are Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown. Last summer, we read and discussed mystery stories featuring each detective, who both demonstrate, in their own ways, how Reason and Faith work together! This summer we will do more of the same … with new stories - alternating between a Sherlock Holmes story and a Father Brown story every day! We will learn not only what makes a great detective story, but also what makes a short story a great work of literature.

Course outline:

Monday, July 25 - Introduction: what makes a good “detective story”? Who was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Who was G.K. Chesterton? What were they trying to accomplish with their mysteries? Are mystery stories entertainment only, or do they delve deeper into the nature of reality? How have these stories influenced mystery writers from then until now?

Tuesday, July 26 - “A Scandal in Bohemia” - Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, July 27 - “The Secret Garden” - Father Brown

Thursday, July 28 - “A Case of Identity” - Sherlock Holmes

Monday, Aug. 1 - “The Flying Stars” - Father Brown

Tuesday, Aug. 2 - “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” - Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, Aug. 3 - “The Invisible Man” - Father Brown

Thursday, July 22 - “The Five Orange Pips” - Sherlock Holmes

Course materials: Mr. O’Brien will provide PDFs of the stories, all of which are in the public domain or parents may purchase collections of the stories, many of which are readily available.

Homework: Daily assignments will consist of reading that day’s story and taking a computer-graded quiz for immediate feedback. There will be a final essay assignment, graded by Mr. O’Brien. Homework should take no more than one to two hours per day outside of the live class.

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Starts Starts: 7/25/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 8/4/2022 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 8
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Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
When man turns his back on God, his utopian dreams turn to dystopian realities. This multidisciplinary literature course will examine the very modern horrors and irrationalities of a world without God.

Special Notes:
This course includes a writing component.

Total class meetings: 12

Class dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 7 to Nov. 30 (No class Nov. 23)

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

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester English or Literature

Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15. $217 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: St. John tells us, “You have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” But what is the nature of this “antichrist” or this anti-Christian spirit, so prevalent in the world today? How does it fight against God? What sort of world does it create? What are its goals and assumptions? We will look at this spirit of defiance that puts man in place of God and identify its nature, its philosophy, its goals, where it most contradicts the Catholic Faith, and how ordinary people can combat it. We will do this by studying the art and literature that shows us what happens when men try to build this “world without God”, including reading all or parts of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 1984 by George Orwell, selections from Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and more.

Course outline:

Christ vs. Antichrist

Man as God - Macbeth - Part I

Man as God - Macbeth - Part II

Heaven or Hell on Earth? - Utopias and Dystopias in History

1984 - Part I

1984 - Part II

Hilaire Belloc on the Modern Heresy of the World without God

Selections from A Brave New World

Visions of the Apocalypse - Selections from Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien

Fahrenheit 451

Review

Final Project Highlights

Course materials: Public domain material will be provided free as PDF files by the instructor. Students must purchase 1984 by George Orwell, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien. Students may listen for free to Mr. O’Brien’s audiobook recording of Father Elijah, the audio files of which he will make available in Moodle.

Homework: Reading, quizzes, final project. For students who read at an average pace, plan on about three hours of homework per week, plus a final creative project in which the students will write a story, poem, play or make a video on the theme of dystopias or a “world without God”
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Starts Starts: 9/7/2022 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 11/30/2022 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Register today to learn literature, American history, and the virtues of the pioneers - and have fun at the same time! We will spend two semesters reading the entire Little House series.

Special notes:
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to also sign up for Part Two in the spring.

Class dates: Mondays, Sept. 12 to Dec. 5, 2022 (No class Nov. 21)

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

Total classes: 12

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade.

Suggested credit: One full semester credit American Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $177 if you register on or before July 15. $197 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: We will make our way through some of the best works of children’s literature ever written, reading the books in order of publication over two semesters. Mr. O’Brien will emphasize the literary aspect of the books (themes, characters, setting, etc.) as well as the historical and cultural values they convey - including lessons on Christian virtue.

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books!

Part One (Fall Semester)

Little House in the Big Woods

Farmer Boy

Little House on the Prairie

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Course materials: The Little House on the Prairie series, which can be purchased as a box set, ISBN-10 - 0062570420 / ISBN-13: 978-0062570420 (
https://amzn.to/3sNV5FX)

Homework: Weekly quizzes, plus about two hours of reading per week.


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Starts Starts: 9/12/2022 2:30 PM
Ends Ends: 12/5/2022 3:15 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Become scripturally literate and learn how to enjoy your Bible as you read and discuss the Old and New Testaments, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life! Learn how God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus.

Special Notes:
Students do NOT need to have taken Living Scripture, Parts One through Six. This course will pick up with where we left off in the Bible at the end of Living Scripture Six. Students are welcome to join the course in any given semester, as we slowly work our way through the entire Bible!

Sign up for Part Eight in the Spring.

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Mondays, Sept. 12 to Dec. 5, 2022 (No class Nov. 21)

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: One full semester Theology or Scripture

Fee: $197 if you register on or before July 15. $217 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” said St. Jerome.

The aim of this course is to remedy the Scriptural illiteracy of the average Catholic, even the average devout Catholic. We will read and discuss various sections of the Bible throughout the Semester, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word to life in us and to reveal to us how everything in God’s word is indeed “living” and how everything, even in the Old Testament, points to Jesus.

Peter Kreeft says that you don’t read the Bible the Bible reads you. He also says that the Bible is “God’s love letter to us.” In this course, we will learn to read that “love letter” from God and we will end up being moved by it.

Mr. O’Brien will post a brief daily video lecture commenting on one or more of that day’s readings. We will then, during our live Monday gatherings, discuss the readings that made the biggest impression on us throughout the previous week.

Course outline: We will read five readings from Scripture daily, including selections from:

An Old Testament Historical book - beginning in Exodus

A Psalm

An Old Testament Wisdom or Prophetic book - beginning with Sirach

A New Testament Epistle or non-Gospel reading - beginning with Ephesians

A Gospel

Course materials: The Holy Bible, any translation, but we will especially focus on the variety of translations and interlinear versions available online.

Homework: Five rather short daily readings from Scripture, plus view a daily video from Mr. O’Brien of five to ten minutes to watch and comment upon the video. Plan to spend an hour a day for homework.


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Starts Starts: 9/12/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 12/5/2022 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Dive into what some call the greatest books of the 20th century JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Enjoy in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer, in this two-part literature series for middle school students.

Special Notes:
Due to the popularity of this course, it is being offered three times this school year: once as a middle school course (45 minutes) and twice as a high school course (55 minutes). Choose the section that best serves your student.

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

Total classes: 12

Class dates: 
Mondays, Sept. 12 to Dec. 5, 2022 (No class Nov. 21)

Start time: 
1:00 pm Eastern (12:00 Central 11:00 Mountain 10:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 
 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before July 15. $207 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

What are the Christian elements in these stories?

How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester.

Course materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework outside of the classroom per week.

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Starts Starts: 9/12/2022 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 12/5/2022 2:00 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Dive into what some call the greatest books of the 20th century JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Enjoy in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer, in this two-part literature series for middle school students.

Special Notes:
Due to the popularity of this course, it is being offered three times this school year: once as a middle school course (45 minutes) and twice as a high school course (55 minutes). Choose the section that best serves your student.

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

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Dec. 7. No class Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving break.

Start time: 
10:00 am Eastern (9:00 Central 8:00 Mountain 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 
 9th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $187 if you register on or before July 15. $207 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

What are the Christian elements in these stories?

How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester.

Course materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework outside of the classroom per week.

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Starts Starts: 9/14/2022 10:00 AM
Ends Ends: 12/7/2022 11:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 12
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 27 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Dive into what some call the greatest books of the 20th century JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Enjoy in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer, in this two-part literature series for middle school students.

Special Notes:
Due to the popularity of this course, it is being offered three times this school year: once as a middle school course (45 minutes) and twice as a high school course (55 minutes). Choose the section that best serves your student.

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

Total classes: 12

Class dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 14 to Dec. 7. No class Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving break.

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

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester credit Literature or Modern Literature

Fee: $177 if you register on or before July 15. $197 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien's masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions

What are the Christian elements in these stories?

How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?

What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien's overall mythology?

How did Tolkien himself view his own work?

Why did he call The Lord of the Rings "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work"?

This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won't want to miss!

Course outline:

Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester.

Course materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.

Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course - but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework outside of the classroom per week.

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Starts Starts: 9/14/2022 4:00 PM
Ends Ends: 12/7/2022 4:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 12
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Class Size Class size: 29 seats
 
Now more than ever students need to learn not only how to prepare themselves for college level research but also how to sift truth from falsehood / fake news from real news in their daily lives. Using a fun graphic novel / comic book style textbook, we will learn the benefits and the pitfalls of the information age - and how to navigate our way through it.

Total classes:
6

Class dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 25, 2022

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

Duration: 55 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester credit Research Skills

Fee: $107 if you register on or before July 15. $127 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: This course will foster critical analysis of information systems, algorithms, the SIFT method, how to spot propaganda and more. The goal is to teach students how to tell true information from false and biased information on the web, a skill they can apply both in college and for the rest of their lives.

Course outline:

The Process: Steps to Finding and Using the Right Information. Anytime. Anywhere.

How Information Is Organized and Found: The Basics

Journals and Databases

Searching the Open Web

Evaluating Your Sources

Using Information Ethically

Course materials: Information Now, Second Edition: A Graphic Guide to Student Research and Web Literacy. ISBN-13: 978-0226766119 / ISBN-10: 022676611X (
https://amzn.to/3sPfYAE)

Homework: Weekly research assignments to be submitted and occasionally shared with the class. Plan on about two hours of homework each week.

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Starts Starts: 9/20/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 10/25/2022 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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In this exciting course, students will encounter St. Paul himself live via Zoom every week! - or at least St. Paul as portrayed by Kevin O’Brien, professional actor, author of the play The Journey of St. Paul and host of EWTN’S The Theater of the Word TV show. Sign up and join us in this encounter with an Apostle that you won’t want to miss!

Special Notes:
We love learning as a family For students who have high school siblings, see Mrs. Vaughan’s live high school course “To Humanity, Love Paul”.

Class dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 25, 2022

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

Total classes: 6

Duration: 45 minutes per class

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester credit Literature or Theology.

Fee: $97 if you register on or before July 15. $117 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course description: Meet the most dramatic of the apostles, Paul, as portrayed by Kevin O’Brien live each week in class! Paul will tell of his background, of his persecution of the Church, of his encounter with Christ Himself on the Road to Damascus. He will talk about his shipwrecks, his stonings, his imprisonment. And he will reveal the passionate love for God that he poured into his epistles.

The most important of the Apostles once hated Christ, persecuted Christians and tried to destroy the Church. But after he met the Risen Lord on the Road to Damascus, everything changed - and Paul became the most zealous of the early Christians, giving himself entirely to Christ - even to the point of martyrdom.

Course outline:

Paul speaks of his early life and his conversion (from material found in the Book of Acts).

Paul speaks of his missionary journeys, the miracles God performed through him, his shipwrecks, stonings and imprisonment (from material found in the Book of Acts).

Paul speaks of those who were closest to him and how much he loved them (from material found in Paul’s epistles to Timothy, Titus and Philemon).

Paul speaks of the Church in Corinth and what his two epistles to them mean (from material found in First and Second Corinthians).

Paul speaks of his epistle to the Hebrews and what it tells us about the role Jesus plays in our lives (from material found in Hebrews).

Paul speaks of the Church of Rome, of his epistle to the Romans and of his desire to go to Rome, even though he will end his life their, dying a martyr to Christ (from material found in Romans and elsewhere).

Course materials: The Holy Bible, any translation.

Homework: Weekly quizzes or occasional reflection papers. Plan on about an hour of homework each week.

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Starts Starts: 9/20/2022 1:00 PM
Ends Ends: 10/25/2022 1:45 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
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Status Status: 30 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
Kevin O’Brien, professional actor and host of EWTN’s TV series The Theater of the Word appears as Dante - in person via Zoom! Dante discusses his Vita Nuova, his love for Beatrice and several cantos in The Divine Comedy.

Special Notes:
Course materials are provided free by the instructor. If you find you’d like to go deeper into Dante after this course, sign up for Dr. Russell’s course “Dante’s Inferno” in the spring.

Total classes: 6

Class dates: Tuesdays, November 8 to December 13, 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 high school credit: ½ semester Literature or English

Fee: $97 if you register on or before July 15. $117 after July 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: Kevin O’Brien

Course Description: For most students, Dante’s Divine Comedy is hardly a comedy because it’s so hard! In this course, Kevin O’Brien, who portrays Dante Alighieri in the one-man show, “The Divine Dante,” will bring The Divine Comedy to life as Dante himself conducts most of the classes! This course will be interactive engagement at its best! Learn Dante from Dante!

Course Outline:

Introduction, as led by Mr. O’Brien

Dante on Vita Nuova and Beatrice

Dante on Canto 19 from The Inferno

Dante on Canto 31 from Purgatorio

Dante on a Canto 23 from Paradiso

Review, as led by Mr. O’Brien

Course Materials: We will read selections from a variety of translations, with PDF’s provided free by the instructor

Homework: The homework for each class will include the reading assignment for the week (approximately one hour) and frequent quizzes.


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Starts Starts: 11/8/2022 11:30 AM
Ends Ends: 12/13/2022 12:30 PM
Sessions Sessions: 6
Pricing Pricing:
Location Location:
Status Status: 28 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
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