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Friday, May 31, 2013

Online Science Classes for 2013/2014

We continue to add new courses to Homeschool Connections' list of offerings. We are very happy to be offering more science next school year. Below are our middle and high school science courses currently open for registration. You will find the instructor's biographies below too.

Fall 2013 Semester
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Class dates: Tuesdays, September 10 to November 26, 2013
Total classes: 12
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern Time (2:30 Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Fee: $160 if you register on or before Aug. 1, 2013. $180 after Aug. 1st for all 12 classes.
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: The cell is the basic unit of all Life. This 12-week course introduces middle school kids to what a living organism is; the structure, functions, and processes of cells; and genetics.
Course materials: All reference materials will be provided free by the instructor. A list of required lab supplies will be distributed at the beginning of the semester. Access to a microscope is helpful but not required.
Homework: Labs to be completed each week of varying length.

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Class dates: Thursdays, September 5 to November 21, 2013
Total classes: 10 lectures plus 2 exam dates
Starting time: 2:00 pm Eastern (1:00 Central)
Duration: 1 hour (plus 15 minutes for quiz)
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th through 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology
Fee: $160 if you register on or before Aug. 1, 2013. $180 after Aug. 1st for all 10 classes plus 2 test dates.
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: Another course in the Human Biology in the Catholic Tradition series, this one focusing on the structure, function, and diseases of the digestive and urinary systems. Course materials: a free companion e-book will be provided.
Homework: Labs to be completed each week of varying lengths.

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Class dates: Thursdays, September 5 to November 21, 2013.
Total classes: 10 lectures plus 2 exam dates.
Starting time: 3:30 pm Eastern (2:30 Central)
Duration: 1 hour (plus 15 minutes before most classes for weekly quiz)
Prerequisite: none
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology
Fee: $160 if you register on or before August 1, 2013. $180 after Aug. 1 for all 12 classes.
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: Anatomy and physiology focusing on the musculoskeletal system and nervous system infused with Catholic thought and history.
Course materials: A FREE electronic book will be provided by the instructor.
Homework: Labs to be completed each week of varying length.

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Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are expected to register also for Part Two in the spring semester.
Class dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 4 to December 18, 2013
Total classes: 30
Starting time: 11:15 AM Eastern (10:15 AM Central)
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes)
Prerequisite: Algebra I, previous or concurrent (Unlimited Access!)
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Chemistry I or Honors Chemistry I.
Fee: Chemistry: $225 Early Enrollment; $250 after Early Enrollment.
          Honors Chemistry: $275 Early Enrollment; $300 after Early Enrollment
Instructor: Kathy Dutton
Course description: We will be studying God's creation at the atomic level and discovering how marvelous it is. This college-prep Chemistry course will cover a wide range of topics, from What is an atom? to How and why do atoms react? We will also consider how Chemistry is important for our day-to-day life. Weekly assignments will include homework, lab, and a quiz. There will be 3 to 4 tests per term.
Honors Chemistry Track: There is an optional Honors Chemistry track available for this class. All students will attend the same twice-weekly class. Honors students will be expected to complete more-involved assignments (homework, quizzes, and tests) and additional lab work. Honor students should have a solid background in science and be strong in math, as this option will be more mathematically based. This class meets the prerequisite for an AP Chemistry that is planned for next year. It is suggested, but not mandatory, that if you plan to take AP Chemistry next year you follow the Honors Chemistry track this year.
If you have a question about this course, you may e-mail Mrs. Dutton at kathy.l.dutton@gmail.com.
Course materials: Required: Chemistry, Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman (Prentice Hall, 2008) ISBN: 0-13-251210-6, Virtual Chemlab (Prentice Hall) ISBN: 0-13-166412-3 Lab supplies - many will be common household supplies; if needed, a lab supply kit will be available from the instructor (price TBD). Note: A couple of good sources for finding used books: Bookfinder and Cathswap (click on titles for websites).
Homework: 4 to 5 hours on class work plus 1-hour lab outside of class. Mrs. Dutton will be available to answer homework or lab questions during scheduled office hours or via e-mail at any time.

Spring 2014 Semester
Note on Middle School Science: We are planning to add a middle school level science course to the Spring 2014 Semester. We will keep you updated here and at the website.


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Class dates: Thursdays, February 6 to May 1. No class Holy Week.
Total classes: 12 (10 classes plus 2 exams)
Starting time: 2:00 PM Eastern (1:00 Central) with a 15 minute quiz available before most classes
Duration: 1 hour (plus 15 minutes for quiz)
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th through 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology
Fee: $160 if you register on or before Nov. 1, 2013. $180 after Nov. 1st for all classes.
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: Another course in the Human Biology in the Catholic Tradition series, this one focusing on the structure, function, and diseases of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Course materials: A FREE companion e-book will be provided by the instructor.
Homework: Labs to be completed each week of varying length.

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Class dates: Thursdays, February 6 to May 1, 2014. No class Holy Week.
Total classes: 12 (10 classes plus 2 exams)
Starting time: 3:30 PM Eastern (2:30 Central) with a 15 minute quiz available before most classes
Duration: 60 minutes (plus 15 minutes for quiz)
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th through 12th grade
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Biology
Fee: $160 if you register on or before Nov. 1, 2013. $180 after Nov. 1st for all classes.
Instructor: Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP
Course description: Another course in the Human Biology in the Catholic Tradition series, this one focusing on the structure, function, and diseases of the blood and immune systems.
Course materials: A free companion e-book will be provided by the instructor. Access to a 400x microscope is required. A list of required lab materials to be ordered before the start of class will be provided.
Homework: Labs to be completed each week of varying length

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Note: This is a 2-part course. Students are welcome to join us midyear if they meet the requirements. Email the instructor for permission through homeschoolconnections@gmail.com. 
Class dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, January 6 to Mary 21, 2014.
Total classes: 30
Starting time: 11:15 AM Eastern (10:15 Central)
Duration: 1.25 hours (75 minutes)
Prerequisite: Chemistry/Honors Chemistry, Part One or equivalent.
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade.
Suggested high school credit: 1 full semester Chemistry
Fee:  Chemistry: $225 Early Enrollment; $250 after Early Enrollment
         Honors Chemistry: $275 Early Enrollment; $300 after Early Enrollment
Instructor: Kathy Dutton
Course description: We will be studying God's creation at the atomic level and discovering how marvelous it is. This college-prep Chemistry course will cover a wide range of topics, from What is an atom? to How and why do atoms react? We will also consider how Chemistry is important for our day-to-day life. Weekly assignments will include homework, lab, and a quiz. There will be 3 to 4 tests per term.
Honors Chemistry Track: There is an optional Honors Chemistry track available for this class. All students will attend the same twice-weekly class. Honors students will be expected to complete more-involved assignments (homework, quizzes, and tests) and additional lab work. Honor students should have a solid background in science and be strong in math, as this option will be more mathematically based. This class meet the prerequisite for an AP Chemistry that is planned for next year. It is suggested, but not mandatory, that if you plan to take AP Chemistry next year you follow the Honors Chemistry track this year. If you have a question about this course, you may e-mail Mrs. Dutton at kathy.l.dutton@gmail.com.
Course materials: Required: Chemistry, Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman (Prentice Hall, 2008) ISBN: 0-13-251210-6, Virtual Chemlab (Prentice Hall) ISBN: 0-13-166412-3 Lab supplies - many will be common household supplies; if needed, a lab supply kit will be available from the instructor (price TBD)
Homework: 4 to 5 hours on class work and 1-hour lab outside of class. Mrs. Dutton will grade homework and be available to answer homework or lab questions during scheduled office hours or via e-mail at any time.

Science Instructors: Biographies
Kris Correira, PA-C, MHP 
Mrs. Correira is a homeschooling mom of three boys. She worked as a physician assistant in a busy emergency department for over 16 years. She has been teaching paramedic students at Quinsigamond Community College since 1994 and has taught human biology labs at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has over ten years of experience teaching online classes. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Sciences and Computer Science from Wellesley College, and her Physician Assistant Certificate and Masters of Health Professions degree from Northeastern University. You can find Kris on the web at her blog AtHomeScience.blogspot.com or her homeschool blog ScienceOfRelations.blogspot.com or her nature study blog APrivateEyeNature.blogspot.com. You can also find her at daily Mass, Adoration, or whatever event is going on at the small parish to which her family belongs.

Kathy Dutton 
Mrs. Dutton holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, as well as a BA in Accounting from University of Michigan. Her early career involved research, including work with catalytic converts, neurology, and immunology. Mrs. Dutton has nearly 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience across various venues, including at the university, private tutoring, home-school group classes, and public and Catholic schools. Currently, Mrs. Dutton home schools her youngest son (a high school senior) and teaches an AP Chemistry course. She teaches Catholic religious education and Confirmation preparation classes for her parish. Additionally, Mrs. Dutton devotes time to the Flint Regional Science and Engineering Fair, an ISEF-associated fair. Mrs. Dutton; her husband, Dave; son, Alex; two cats, Taz and Tabby (or is it Tubby?); and dog, Holli, live in mid-Michigan. Her two older sons, Matt and Andy, are on their own.

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