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Friday, March 28, 2014

Math ACT/SAT Test Prep Classes

Homeschool Connections is offering the following course to help students prepare for their ACT and/or SAT test. This course focuses on content for the Math section. After the live course is completed, it will be made available as a recorded course through Unlimited Access.

We also offer ACT/SAT courses that help students with strategies and time management. Those courses are currently available as recorded courses. They will be offered as live, interactive courses in the fall and the spring. We'll post the details for those courses soon.


ACT/SAT Test Prep: Math
(click on course title to register)
 
Class dates: Mondays through Thursdays, August 11 to 21, 2014
Total classes: 8
Starting time: 10:00 am Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 1 hour
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry (Unlimited Access)
Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade
Fee: $100
Instructor: Jean Hoeft, MS
Course description: This course will provide practice tests for the ACT and SAT. The instructor will then review the tests in class to assist students with problems and difficult concepts. Students will be expected to work on the practice tests between classes, and be ready with questions during class.
Course materials: All will be provided for free by the instructor.
Homework: Students will be expected to take 1/2 of a test per night to be ready with questions the next day.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pro-Life Boot Camp for Teens

ADDENDUM: The live, interactive course is completed. It is now available as a recorded, independent-learning course through Unlimited Access (click to learn more).

Homeschool Connections is very happy to announce a new 2014 summer course for high school students:


Class dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 16 to 19, 2014
Total classes: 4
Starting time: 11:30 am Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration: 90 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade
Fee: $60
Instructors: Ed Rivet, MPA and Jason Negri, JD
Course description: Learn the pro-life facts and effective messaging / communication. The course will cover the legal and ethical case for the pro-life position, an assessment of the current legal and political landscape surrounding the issues, and tips on how to best present them to others.
Course outline:
Monday: Abortion, an introduction; Medical facts; Pro-life Philosophy & Positive Messaging
Tuesday: Abortion - the "hard cases"; Legal – History, current situation; The woman
Wednesday: The end of life; Death – what is it?; Natural Death; Removing life support; Removing food and water; Assisted Suicide; Euthanasia; Legal landscape
Thursday: Communication – words have meaning; Know your venue – who is your audience? What will persuade them?; Whoever frames the terms of the discussion usually wins; Debate; Writing; Authority; Religion; Avoiding “Mission creep”
Course materials: Provided free by the instructors.
Homework: Reading and quizzes.

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

Introducing Our Instructors:
Ed Rivet, MPA
Ed Rivet has a B.S. in Pre-Law and Public Policy and a Master’s in Public Administration both from Michigan State University. For 23 years Mr. Rivet has served as the Right to Life of Michigan’s Legislative Director. He has written and helped enact dozens of laws, including the nation’s first complete ban on human cloning, and banning assisted suicide in the face of the assault on human life by Jack Kevorkian and Geoffrey Fieger. Mr. Rivet has done countless media interviews, appearing in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, plus live interviews on CNN and Good Morning America. Mr. Rivet teaches government for Homeschool Connections.

Jason Negri, JD
Mr. Negri has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law. He was a member of Ave Maria Law School’s inaugural class of 2003, and is now a practicing attorney in Michigan. He is also Assistant Director of the Patients Rights Council, a non-profit group devoted to end-of-life medical ethics and is an elected Trustee of Hamburg Township. He and his wife Samantha homeschool their children. Mr. Negri has taught on the high school, college, and graduate level. Mr. Negri teaches law and government for Homeschool Connections.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Upcoming Catholic Homeschooling Conferences (2014)

Homeschool Connections will have a presence at the following conferences this year. Click on the
city to visit the conference website:

Long Island, NY
March 21 (Friday)
Writing instructor Lisa Mladinich will be at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Covington, LA
March 29 (Saturday)
Founder Walter Crawford will be at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Jacksonville, FL
April 3 (Thursday)
Webinar presenter Domenico Ruggiero will be a speaker. His topic will be One Small Step for Parents, One Giant Leap for Parents. Domenico will also be at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you. Mr. Ruggiero will be joining HSC as a programming and science instructor in 2015.

St. Louis, MO
April 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday)
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will be the keynote speaker. She will give three talks: Homeschool Apologetics; Be Not Afraid (Keynote); and Career Exploration for Teens. Maureen and her family will be on hand at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Houston, TX
April 25 and 26 (Friday and Saturday)
Founder Walter Crawford will be at the HSC table, along with his family, to answer your questions and assist you.

Mt. Airy, MD (Baltimore)
May 16 and 17 (Friday and Saturday)
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will be a speaker. Her topic will be The Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure. Latin instructor Emily Henry will join Maureen at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Berlin, NJ
May 24 (Saturday)
Course monitor Noelle Mador will be at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

San Antonio, TX
June 6 and 7 (Friday and Saturday)
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will be the keynote speaker. She will give three talks: You Too Can Homeschool; Be Not Afraid (Keynote); and For the Love of Literature. Maureen will be joined by Founder Walter Crawford and his family at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Sterling Heights, MI (Detroit)
June 13 and 14 (Friday and Saturday)
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will be a speaker. Her topic will be The Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure. Maureen's family will join her at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Fredericksburg, VA (National)
June 20 and 21 (Friday and Saturday)
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will be a speaker. Her topic will be The Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure. Maureen's daughter Laura will join her at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you. 

Costa Mesa, CA (Southern California)
June 28 (Saturday)
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will be a speaker. Her topics are still being scheduled. Maureen will at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you. 

Cleveland, OH
July 11 and 12
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will be a speaker. Her topic will be The Joy of Reading Aloud: A Family Adventure. Maureen's daughter Laura will join her at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Arlington, TX (North Texas)
July 11 and 12
Founder Walter Crawford will be at the HSC table, along with his family, to answer your questions and assist you.

Grand Rapids, MI (this conference is still in the planning stages)
July 19
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann and her daughter Laura will be in attendance.

Chesterton Conference in Chicago Area
July 31 to August 2 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
Co-founder Maureen Wittmann will attend with her family. She will be at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Tarrytown, NY
August 1 and 2 (Friday and Saturday)
Writing instructor Lisa Mladinich will be at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.

Lowell, MA (New England)
August 8 and 9 (Friday and Saturday)
Science instructor Kris Correira will be at the HSC table to answer your questions and assist you.