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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Language: Spanish I

Update: This live course has concluded and is available now as a recorded course 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


Language: Spanish I, Part One
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Note: This is a two-part course. See Spring 2011: High School for Part Two.
Class dates: Thursdays, Sept. 8 to Dec. 1. No class Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving).
Total classes: 12
Starting time: Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 8th to 12th
Fee: $160 if you register on or before August 1, 2011. $195 after Aug. 1 for all 12 classes
Instructor: Irma Luz Schmitt
Course description: Students will learn to grammar and be given the foundation to speak the language. In first year Spanish you will learn basic words, verb tenses, how to speak basic sentences, etc.
Course materials: Spanish: Middle / High School (Skills for Success)
Homework: All assignments will be graded by the instructor.

Equipment requirements: Classes are online, live and interactive. Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Misc:
Mrs. Schmitt 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.



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Friday, July 29, 2011

High School Science: Heart and Lungs; the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

Update: This live course has concluded and is available now as a recorded course 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


Science: Heart and Lungs; the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems (Anatomy & Physiology)
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Class dates: Wednesdays, September 7 to November 30, 2011. No class Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving).
Total classes: 12
Starting time: 12:30 pm Eastern (11:30 Central)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Fee: $160 if you register on or before August 1, 2011. $185 after Aug. 1 for all 12 classes. (Note: Enrollment is limited. We will open up a waiting list if it fills.)
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: Your heart beats around 100,000 times, and your lungs take 18,000 breaths in a day.  How do these amazing organs work?  Learn about the beauty and precision of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems as only God could design.  We will also look at some of the more common diseases that can afflict these systems.
Course outline:
  • Heart Anatomy
  • Controlling the Heartbeat
  • Blood Vessels
  • Circulation
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Airway Anatomy
  • The Journey of a Breath of Air
  • pH and Hemoglobin
  • Controlling Breathing
  • Pulmonary Diseases
Course materials: A free electronic textbook will be provided. Lab materials to be announced.
Homework: The course will include a midterm and a final exam. Homework will be assigned throughout the semester. Students will take a quiz each week before the lecture starts. Will be graded by the instructor.

Equipment requirements: Classes are online, live and interactive. Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.

Misc:
Mrs. Correira 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.


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Are You Ready for Algebra? Pre-Algebra?

The new school year begins in just a month for many families. If you'll be tackling Pre-Algebra or Algebra this school year, and would like a little help, we're here to provide it. 

Starting Monday, we are offering two 2-week long summer boot camps to help prepare students for their upcoming math studies. All course materials will be provided FREE by the instructor.

There are still a few seats left. 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: $100 for all 8 classes.
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 materials: Provided free by the instructor
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: $100 for all 8 classes.
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 materials: Provided free by the instructor
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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Free Book Giveaway: Olivia and the Little Way

It's time for a Free Book Giveaway!!! I love free books!

We are giving away three copies, yes three copies, of Olivia and the Little Way by Nancy Carabio Belanger and illustrated by Sandra Casali LewAllen. This is a lovely chapter book about a fifth grade girl trying to follow St. Therese's Little Way even though it's not easy when you live in the real world. She's dealing with peer pressure and all those things that come with being a tween girl but when you have the Little Flower as a friend things are bound to come out well in the end.

You can enter the contest four different ways, increasing your chances of winning:

  1. Leave a comment here at the blog (below and make sure we know how to contact you). Tell us why you'd love to win this book or why you love Homeschool Connections.
  2. Leave a comment at our Facebook fan page, https://www.facebook.com/homeschoolconnections.
  3. Follow us and then post about the contest @homeschoolcnnct on Twitter.
  4. Sign up for our e-newsletter. The sign up box is at the top right column of this blog.
Do all four to increase your chances to win!

Thank you's go to Hillside Education for providing the books. Make sure to visit their website as they have a lot of wonderful offerings for Catholic homeschool families.

Contest ends August 2, 2011 at noon Eastern. Winners will be chosen by a random drawing. Good luck!

Monday, July 4, 2011

How Do I Make a Homeschool Transcript for College?

Recorded webinar: 

The live webinar (online seminar) went wonderfully. In case you didn't make it, we've made the recording available for you.

I highly encourage this webinar, especially if you're homeschooling high school. This is a great presentation to learn how to create your child's transcript and prepare for the application process. Drew Johnson, Admissions Counselor for the University of Dallas, does an excellent job of giving you exactly the tools you need.

Just click on the hyperlink above and the recording should start in a minute or two.

Title: The Art of Bragging: Building Your College Application and Transcript
Description: Worried about building the transcript? Have questions about applications? Drew Johnson breaks down the parts of the application and teaches you how to build a transcript using real world examples. He answers many common questions on applying to colleges and helps you prepare questions to ask your admission counselor. Concerns such as state laws, curriculum requirements, and are also addressed.
Presenter: Drew Johnson