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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Catholic Homeschooling: Preparing Students for the World


Since the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, we have received a good number of emails and calls from parents about our online Catholic courses. Parents want to know what courses will help their children not only know and appreciate their Catholic faith, but will also help them defend it when challenged.

We offer many courses to help in this area: Formal Logic to help form students' minds, Theology and Philosophy to help form their hearts, and Government to form them as citizens.

Here is a sample scope and sequence that would be helpful in planning a high school curriculum:

Note: We offer a wide variety of courses and this recommended scope and sequence can easily be adjusted to fit your student's needs. Of course, you'll also want to include history, science, math, etc.

9th Grade
Introduction to Formal Logic
Advanced Formal Logic
Defending Our Faith Series
U. S. Government and Politics
Pro-Life Boot Camp

10th Grade
Fallacies and Paradoxes
Philosophy 101: What Do Philosophers Do and How
Defending Our Faith Series
U. S. Citizenship and Civics
Introduction to Law: Fundamentals of the American Legal System

11th Grade
Speech and Communications
Thomistic Philosophy
Understanding Our Faith Series
The First Amendment: Five Freedoms
The Federalist Papers

12th Grade
Leadership and Communications
Theology of the Body Series
Philosophy: Ethics
Philosophy of God: Natural Theology
Constitutional Law: Supreme Court Jurisprudence

Again, this is only a sampling. We offer similar courses at the middle school level. We also have an excellent writing program (Aquinas Writing Advantage) to help your student communicate what they learn. Other courses, taught though our Catholic lens will also help prepare your student to engage in the public square.

The Supreme Court's decision reminds us of the importance, perhaps more than ever, of sharing the Church's vision of love and morality with others, particularly with our children. It also reminds us of the importance of prayer. Never stop praying.

The good news is we can help our children to confidently, as well as joyfully, witness Catholic values in every part of their lives. We hope that our online courses will help you do just that.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Advanced Science Classes Online for Your Homeschool

Homeschool Connections offers a great number of choices for online science courses for homeschoolers in middle and high school. For upper high school students who truly love science and want to go to the next level, we'd like to share with you the following courses:
  • AP Chemistry
  • Advanced Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
Below are course details and a link to registration. But first, we'd like to introduce our AP Chemistry teacher to you:


Registration is open. Click here: Homeschool Connections Registration (Click on the semester and Science, then click on Search.)

FALL SEMESTER
AP (Advanced Placement) Chemistry: College Level, Part One
Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring.
Registration limited to 15 students.
To receive AP Credit the student must complete both the AP Chemistry Class and AP Chemistry LAB. You must register for the LAB component separately (see below). The labs will be discussed during the AP Chemistry Class.
The LAB component is optional for students wishing to receive only Advance Chemistry credit.
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 8 to December 17, 2015. No class Nov. 24 or 26.
Total classes: 28
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes).
Prerequisite: 1 year of high school chemistry, Algebra II previous or concurrent (Available through Unlimited Access)
Suggested grade level: 11th or 12th grade (younger student only with permission of instructor)
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester of credit Advance / AP Chemistry
Fee: $225 if you register on or before July 15, 2015. $250 after July 25 for all 28 classes.
Instructor: Kathy Dutton, MS
Course description: In this college level chemistry course, we will continue studying God's creation at the atomic level and discovering how marvelous it is. Over both semesters, we will delve deeper into topic such as the Structure of Matter, Bonding and Intermolecular Forces, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Chemical Equilibrium. We will apply the concepts learned to real-world examples from various field including cellular biology, materials science (polymers, plastics, superconductors, alloys…), environmental science, and industry. Student will develop strong analytical and problem solving skills. This class, with the lab, is intended to prepare students for AP Chemistry exam. I will provide grading of online and uploaded assignments, quizzes, and tests; and give an overall grade for this course.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathy.l.dutton@gmail.com for the full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. Textbook: Silberberg, Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, 5th edition ISBN-10: 0077216504, ISBN-13: 978-0077216504. (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0077216504/catholictreas-20.)
2. Answer Key: Student Solutions Manual to Accompany Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, ISBN-10: 0073048607, ISBN-13: 978-0073048604. (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0073048607/catholictreas-20)
3. Calculator with log (log) and natural log (ln) functions
4. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel).
5. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities
Homework: There will be weekly homework, chapter quizzes, 3 to 4 tests per semester test and a final exam. Students should expect to spend about 8 to 10 hours per week on Advanced / AP Chemistry; Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer homework daily via e-mail.

LAB for AP (Advanced Placement) Chemistry: College Level, Part One
Student must be registered in Advance / AP Chemistry to register in the LAB component.
We will discuss labs during the Advanced /AP Chemistry Class.
Suggested high school credit: 1/4 credit for Advanced / AP Chemistry Lab (1/2 credit for the full year of Advanced/ AP Chemistry lab).
Fee: $50 on or before July 15, 2015 ; $55 after July 15.
Instructor: Kathy Dutton, MS
Course description: We will complete all labs required by the College Board to receive AP Chemistry credit and prepare the student for the AP Chemistry Exam. As closely as possible, the topics covered in the lab will correlate with and support what we are discussing in class. I will grade all labs completed and give an overall grade for this course.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathy.l.dutton@gmail.com for the full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials:
1. Lab: Advanced MicroChem Kit, QualityScienceLabs.com, http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com/advanced-microchem-kit-ap-chemistry-kit. (Labs will require some household supplies.)
2. Calculator with log (log) and natural log (ln) functions
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel).
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities.

Homework: A well-prepared student, with good math skills should expect to spend about 2 - 3 hours per week on Advance / AP Chemistry Lab. There may be an occasional week without a lab assignment. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer homework daily via e-mail.

Advanced Biology: College Level, Part One
Note: This course is limited to 15 students.
This course has not yet received approval from the College Board to be called AP on your transcript. However, it will well prepare you for the AP test in the spring.
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 8 to December 17, 2015. No class Nov. 24 or 26 for Thanksgiving Break.
Total classes: 28
Starting time: 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; Noon Pacific)
Duration: 100 min. per class
Prerequisite: High School Biology required; High School Chemistry highly recommended and preferred.
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester of Science
Fee: $250 if you register on or before July 15, 2015. $275 after July 15 for all 28 classes.
Instructor: Gerard M. Nadal, Ph.D.
Course description: This two-semester course will introduce students to the principles of General Biology at a first year college level. The goal is to provide the most up-to-date treatment of contemporary biology and biotechnology, and to briefly treat the great ethical and moral questions of the day arising from the subject matter; in the classic model of a Catholic liberal arts education that stresses integration of the scientific and the moral magisterium of the Church. Students completing this course will be well prepared for the Advanced Placement Exam in Biology (Monday, May 9, 2016).
Part One (fall semester) will explore the principles of biology at the cellular and molecular level. Fundamental biochemistry, molecular and cytogenetics, transcription and translation, cellular respiration, cellular biology of both eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms, cellular and organismal reproduction, Mendelian inheritance, and recombinant DNA technology are all of the main topics. Throughout both semesters, students will be taught how unit topics relate to principles of Darwinian Evolution, as understood and espoused by the contemporary biological community. The principles of Catholic bioethics will also be briefly discussed within units touching on contemporary topics in reproductive technologies.
Course materials: Campbell Biology 10th Edition (ISBN-10: 0321775651 or ISBN-13: 978-0321775658), (Available for rent at a much cheaper cost, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321775651/catholictreas-20.)

Homework: Homework time varies by student, but an estimated 5 to 6 hours per week, in addition to attending the live, interactive classes, is not unreasonable, given the advanced level of material being studied. Homework will involve the outlining of one essay per week, consistent with the structure of the Advanced Placement Exam’s essay requirements.

Anatomy and Physiology, Part One 
This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register for Part Two in the spring.
Class dates : Wednesdays, September 8 to December 16, 2015.
Total classes: 15 live classes plus 15 recorded classes
Starting time: 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; Noon Pacific)
Duration: 100 minutes per live class (1 hour 40 minutes)
Prerequisite: High School Biology required, Chemistry preferred.
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Science
Fee: $225 if you register on or before July 15, 2015. $250 if you register after July 15 for all 30 classes (15 live and 15 recorded).
Instructor: Gerard M. Nadal, Ph.D.
Course description: This two-semester course will introduce students to the principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology at a first year college level. The goal of the course of study is to prepare upper level high school students for first year college studies in Nursing, Pharmacy, and the allied health sciences. In many of these college programs, with nursing in particular, the top grades earned in college Anatomy and Physiology are used to determine who is granted formal entrance into the major course of study. This two-semester course of study does not substitute for college anatomy and physiology. It is meant to be a rigorous first introduction to this most challenging and foundational of all courses in the allied health sciences. The text selected for this course is widely regarded as one of the finest ever written, and its superior illustrations ease the attainment of mastery over the subject matter.
The course will use ample clinical anecdotes as students progress through the chapters, in order to immediately demonstrate the clinical significance and importance of the principle in question. Where appropriate, discussion of contemporary bioethical issues from the perspective of the Church’s moral magisterium will be engaged so that students learn from their earliest encounter with clinical medicine that morally imbued biomedical ethics must be their constant formative companion as they develop into medical professionals.
It must be emphasized that this course of study will require significant study time outside of class, but its rigors will stand the student entering college study of Anatomy and Physiology in very good stead for their second encounter with the material, whose mastery is essential for the subsequent courses in pathophysiology, and applied therapeutics.
The first semester will explore the principles of organization at the chemical, cellular, and tissue levels. Systems studied will include the skeletal, integumentary, muscular and nervous systems, with in-depth treatment of bones, ligaments, joints, human neuroanatomy and physiology at the central and peripheral levels. A special class will explore the advances made in the field of neuroregeneration and spinal cord injury repair using adult stem cells. Other therapies for neuromuscular disorders using adult stem cells will also be discussed in this lecture
Course materials : Text: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 14e with Atlas of the Skeleton Set, by Gerard J. Tortora and Bryan Derrickson, ISBN-13: 978-1118774564. (Available for rent at a much cheaper cost, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1118774566/catholictreas-20).
Homework : Homework time varies by student, but an estimated 6 to 7 hours per week is not unreasonable, given the advanced level of material being studied. 


SPRING SEMESTER
AP (Advanced Placement) Chemistry: College Level, Part Two
Registration limited to 15 students.
This is a 2-part course. Students who wish to join us midyear should email to check on prerequisites.
To receive AP Credit the student must complete both the AP Chemistry Class and AP Chemistry LAB. You must register for the lab component separately. The labs will be discussed during the AP Chemistry Class.
The lab portion is recommended, but optional for students wishing to receive only Advanced Placement Chemistry credit.
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 5 to April 28, 2016. Easter break March 22 and 24.
Total classes: 32
Starting time: 1:30 PM Eastern (12:30 Central; 11:30 Mountain; 10:30 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes).
Prerequisite: 1 year of high school chemistry, Algebra II previous or concurrent (Available through Unlimited Access)
Suggested grade level: 11th or 12th grade (younger student only with permission of instructor)
Suggested high school credit: 1/2 credit Advance / AP Chemistry (1 credit for the full year of Advance Chemistry).
Fee: $225 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $250 after Nov. 15 for all 32 classes.
Instructor: Kathy Dutton, MS
Course description: In this college level chemistry course, we will continue studying God's creation at the atomic level and discovering how marvelous it is. Over both semesters, we will delve deeper into topic such as the Structure of Matter, Bonding and Intermolecular Forces, Chemical Reactions, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and Chemical Equilibrium. We will apply the concepts learned to real-world examples from various field including cellular biology, materials science (polymers, plastics, superconductors, alloys…), environmental science, and industry. Student will develop strong analytical and problem solving skills. This class, with the lab, is intended to prepare students for AP Chemistry exam. I will provide grading of online and uploaded assignments, quizzes, and tests; and give an overall grade for this course.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathy.l.dutton@gmail.com for the full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials and technology:
1. Textbook: Silberberg, Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, 5th edition ISBN-10: 0077216504, ISBN-13: 978-0077216504.
2. Answer Key: Student Solutions Manual to Accompany Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change, ISBN-10: 0073048607, ISBN-13: 978-0073048604
3. Calculator with log (log) and natural log (ln) functions
4. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel).
5. Access to a scanner with pdf capabilities
Homework: There will be weekly homework, chapter quizzes, 3 to 4 tests per semester test and a final exam. Students should expect to spend about 8 - 10 hours per week on Advanced / AP Chemistry; Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer homework daily via e-mail.

LAB for AP (Advanced Placement) Chemistry: College Level, Part Two
Student must be registered in Advance / AP Chemistry to register in this LAB.
We will discuss labs during the Advanced /AP Chemistry Class.
Suggested high school credit: 1/4 credit for Advanced / AP Chemistry Lab (1/2 credit for the full year of Advanced/ AP Chemistry lab).
Fee: $50 on or before November 15, 2015; $55 after Nov. 15.
Instructor: Kathy Dutton, MS
Course description: We will complete all labs required by the College Board to receive AP Chemistry credit and prepare the student for the AP Chemistry Exam. As closely as possible, the topics covered in the lab will correlate with and support what we are discussing in class. I will grade all labs completed and give an overall grade for this course.
Course outline: Please email Mrs. Dutton at kathy.l.dutton@gmail.com for the full outline or to ask questions about the course.
Course materials:
1. Lab: Advanced MicroChem Kit, QualityScienceLabs.com, http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com/advanced-microchem-kit-ap-chemistry-kit. (Labs will require some household supplies.)
2. Calculator with log (log) and natural log (ln) functions
3. A word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and a spreadsheet with graphing capabilities program (such as Microsoft Excel).
4. Access to a scanner with PDF capabilities.

Homework: A well-prepared student, with good math skills should expect to spend about 2 – 3 hours per week on Advance / AP Chemistry Lab. There may be an occasional week without a lab assignment. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer homework daily via e-mail.

Advanced Biology: College Level, Part Two
Note: Registration is limited to 15 students.
Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 5 to April 28, 2016. No classes on March 22 and 24 for Easter Break.
Total classes: 32
Starting time: 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; Noon Pacific)
Duration: 100 minutes per class (1 hour 40 minutes)
Prerequisite: Advanced Biology, Part One (fall semester).
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester of Science
Fee: $250 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $275 after Nov. 15 for all 32 classes.
Instructor: Gerard M. Nadal, Ph.D.
Course description: This two-semester course will introduce students to the principles of General Biology at a first year college level. The goal is to provide the most up-to-date treatment of contemporary biology and biotechnology, and to briefly treat the great ethical and moral questions of the day arising from the subject matter; in the classic model of a Catholic liberal arts education that stresses integration of the scientific and the moral magisterium of the Church. Students completing this course will be well prepared for the Advanced Placement Exam in Biology (Monday, May 9, 2016).
Part Two (spring semester) will focus in depth on the various organ systems of the body, their anatomy and physiology, as well as comparative anatomy and physiology with other members of the animal kingdom. Human reproduction and embryology will comprise a special unit within the semester of study, along with a segment on developmental anomalies and the rapidly developing field of fetal surgeries and other interventional therapies. Also treated will be plant physiology and principles of ecology, ecosystems, biomes and conservation.
Course materials: Text: Campbell Biology 10th Edition (ISBN-10: 0321775651 or ISBN-13: 978-0321775658), (Available for rent at a much cheaper cost, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321775651/catholictreas-20.)
Homework: Homework time varies by student, but an estimated 5 to 6 hours per week, in addition to attending the live, interactive classes, is not unreasonable, given the advanced level of material being studied. Homework will involve the outlining of one essay per week, consistent with the structure of the Advanced Placement Exam’s essay requirements. 

Anatomy and Physiology, Part Two
Class dates : Wednesdays, January 15 to April 27, 2016. No class on March 23 for Easter break.
Total classes: 15 live classes plus 15 recorded classes
Starting time: 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; Noon Pacific)
Duration: 100 minutes per live class (1 hour 40 minutes)
Prerequisite: Anatomy and Physiology, Part One.
Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Science
Fee: $225 if you register on or before November 15, 2015. $250 if you register after Nov. 15 for all 30 classes (15 live and 15 recorded).
Instructor: Gerard M. Nadal, Ph.D.
Course description: The goal of the course of study is to prepare upper level high school students for first year college studies in Nursing, Pharmacy, and the allied health sciences. In many of these college programs, with nursing in particular, the top grades earned in college Anatomy and Physiology are used to determine who is granted formal entrance into the major course of study. This two-semester course of study does not substitute for college anatomy and physiology. It is meant to be a rigorous first introduction to this most challenging and foundational of all courses in the allied health sciences. The text selected for this course is widely regarded as one of the finest ever written, and its superior illustrations ease the attainment of mastery over the subject matter.
The course will use ample clinical anecdotes as students progress through the chapters, in order to immediately demonstrate the clinical significance and importance of the principle in question. Where appropriate, discussion of contemporary bioethical issues from the perspective of the Church’s moral magisterium will be engaged so that students learn from their earliest encounter with clinical medicine that morally imbued biomedical ethics must be their constant formative companion as they develop into medical professionals.
It must be emphasized that this course of study will require significant study time outside of class, but its rigors will stand the student entering college study of Anatomy and Physiology in very good stead for their second encounter with the material, whose mastery is essential for the subsequent courses in pathophysiology, and applied therapeutics.
The second semester will focus in depth on the remaining organ systems of the body, their anatomy and physiology. These include the sensory, motor and integrative systems, special organs of sense, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, urinary, digestive, reproductive systems, as well as embryonic and fetal development. A special emphasis will be placed on the human identity and status of the embryo and fetus, incorporating a scientifically sound pro-life apologetics approach for students to take with them into their college and graduate level clinical training.
Course materials: Text: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 14e with Atlas of the Skeleton Set, by Gerard J. Tortora and Bryan Derrickson, ISBN-13: 978-1118774564. (Available for rent at a much cheaper cost, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1118774566/catholictreas-20).
Homework: Homework time varies by student, but an estimated 6 to 7 hours per week is not unreasonable, given the advanced level of material being studied. 

Registration is open. Click here: Homeschool Connections Registration (Click on the semester and Science, then click on Search.)