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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring Courses Still Open for Enrollment

Update: These live courses have concluded and are available now as a recorded courses through our Unlimited Access! Service. This is a great way to learn at your own pace when your schedule allows. To subscribe or learn more: Middle and High School Catholic Online Classes


If you're looking for something absolutely great to fill in your homeschool schedule for the rest of this semester, have we got some awesome high school classes for you!

The following spring courses are still open for enrollment. Click on the title for details or to register.




Please don't hesitate to drop us an email if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Catholic Homeschool Conferences 2011

We are gearing up for the 2011 conference season. So far we are confirmed to attend the following conferences:

Friday/Saturday, April 15-16
St. Louis, MO
Maureen Wittmann, vendor

Friday/Saturday, April 29-30
Houston, TX
Walter Crawford, vendor

Saturday, April 30
Berlin, NJ
Maureen Wittmann and Phillip Campbell, speakers

Friday/Saturday, May 6-7
Père Marquette Home School and Parent Conference
Chicago, IL
Maureen Wittmann, speaker

Saturday, May 14
Indianapolis, IN
Maureen Wittmann, speaker

Friday/Saturday, June 17-18
Lansing, MI
Maureen Wittmann and Phillip Campbell, vendors

Friday/Saturday, July 15-16
Denver, CO
Maureen Wittmann, speaker and Walter Crawford, vendor

We'll be adding other conferences soon. We hope to see you this spring or summer!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Personal Finance for Teens: Online Course

Update: This live course has concluded and is now available as a recorded course through our Subscription Service. This is a great way to learn at your own pace when your schedule allows.To subscribe or learn more: Adult and High School Online Classes

Dr. David Harris, economics professor at Benedictine College, will be teaching a summer boot camp for teens in June on personal finances. Help your student prepare for the ups and downs of the economy and get a grip on their their personal finances before they enter into adulthood.


(click on the title to register)



Class dates: June 13 to 16, 2011
Total classes: 4
Starting time: 11 am Eastern (10 am Central)
Duration: 45-55 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: High school
Fee: $50 before or on April 1, 2011. $60 after April 1, 2011
Course description: Students will gain an understanding of very basic financial literacy. The course will include discussions of concepts like spending, saving, budgeting, credit, and what financial matters should concern students as they begin to enter adulthood.
Course outline:
Class 1: What is personal finance?
Class 2: Money earned (Income and saving)
Class 3: Money spent (Spending, budgeting, and credit)
Class 4: How to make you and your family feel better about your financial future
Course materials: The majority of course material will be made available free to students online or via Homeschool Connections.
Homework: None

Professor's biography: Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Benedictine College in 1997, he earned his M.S. from Iowa State University in 1999 and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008.

His areas of research interest Catholic Social Teaching, the history of economic thought, and social economics. After spending time as a full-time volunteer working with the poor and under served population of Milwaukee, he taught personal finance classes before coming to Benedictine.

Dr. Harris and his wife, Jackie, live in Atchison with their three children, Helen, Clare, and Luke. They are joyfully expecting their fourth child later this summer.

Equipment requirements:
Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.

Misc:
Dr. Harris will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

Friday, February 11, 2011

More on Math Prep Summer Camps

UPDATE: All course materials will be provided FREE by the instructor.

Here are details for the math summer boot camps. Click on the title to register. For more information, don't hesitate to email us at homeschoolconnections@gmail.com.

Math Boot Camp: Preparing for Pre-Algebra
Class dates: Monday through Thursday, August 1 to August 11, 2011
Total classes: 8
Starting time: 10 am Eastern (9 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Basic computation skills, adding subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers.
Suggested grade level: 6th to 9th
Fee: $75 if you enroll on or before April 1, 2011. $100 after April 1, 2011.
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Students will begin the rudiments of algebra: solving simple equations, graphing lines and learning about how finding a variable changes everything!
Course outline: TBA
Course materials: TBA
Homework: At least 30 minutes every day after the class with a culmination activity on the final class.

Math Boot Camp: Preparing for Algebra
Class dates: Monday through Thursday, August 1 to August 14, 2011
Total classes: 8
Starting time: 11:30 am Eastern (10:30 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Basic math skills, multiplication tables, and fractions a must!
Suggested grade level: 7th to 10th
Fee: $75 if you enroll on or before April 1, 2011. $100 after April 1, 2011
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MA
Course description: Students will brush up on algebra skills using more advanced problem solving and both linear and non-linear equations alike.
Course outline: TBA
Course materials: TBA
Homework: At least 30 minutes after each class with a culmination activity on the last class.

Instructor's biography: Jean Hoeft has been a math and algebra teacher for 22 years. She has a BA from the University of Michigan and a MA from Marygrove University. Jean has taught the confirmation class at her Catholic parish for 27 years. She loves gardening, sudoku puzzles, raising chickens, reading, knitting, and everything Catholic.

Equipment requirements: Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.

Misc: Mrs. Hoeft will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

Next week we'll post information on summer camps for Life Skills: Personal Finance and for Latin I & II.