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Monday, April 22, 2019

4-Year Cycle: Ancient History

ANNOUNCING Homeschool Connections' new four-year cycle for live, interactive courses ...

In response to requests from students and their parents, Homeschool Connections has organized a four-year cycle of coordinated courses for all students in your family, third through twelfth grade. This is so your entire family can learn about the same era at the same time, making life easier for parents and making school more fun for children. (We also offer alternate courses, not in the cycle.)

The four-year cycle includes:
  • Grade-school unit studies (3rd through 6th grade)
  • Middle-school history and literature courses (6th through 8th grade)
  • High-school history, literature, and philosophy courses (9th through 12th grade)
The four eras in the cycle are:
  • Ancient (starting Fall 2019)
  • Medieval (starting Fall 2020)
  • Renaissance through Modern (starting Fall 2021)
  • American (starting Fall 2022)
NOTE: This is already available through our Unlimited Access program. We have recorded, independent-learning courses available for fifth through twelfth grade for all eras.

For the 2019/2020 school year, here are the live, interactive courses that are available utilizing the new four-year cycle ...

-- Grade School. Homeschool Connections has developed a brand new, online grade school unit study program based on Story of Civilization by Phillip Campbell (TAN Books). The unit study is geared for third through sixth grade and will include religion, history, language arts, and science. Taught by Jackie deLaveaga. Registration is open HERE.

-- Middle School. Click on the course title to learn more or register:
-- High School. Click on the course title to learn more or register:
We also offer all levels of Latin. Search our registration page to find the right course for you or email us for a free Latin placement test.

ADDENDUM: Make sure to include your pre-k to 2nd grade children too! Here is a great picture book list for the Ancients (and accompanying podcast) from Sarah Mackenzie of Read-Aloud Revival, Have your older children read aloud to your littles for a win-win homeschool day (lessons reinforced for the bigs, littles are included, Mom gets a break).

Monday, April 8, 2019

Finishing the Homeschool Year Strong

We received a request from a homeschool mom who was winding down her school year. She asked us to offer short 4- to 6-week recorded courses to help her fill in some homeschooling holes between April and June. The good news is that we were able to help immediately as we already offer a great slate of short courses ...

Here is a list of 4-week and 6-week courses currently available through our Unlimited Access program (recorded courses):

Computer Skills
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word
  • Introduction to PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching
  • American Elections: Democracy in Action
  • Pro-Life Boot Camp: Learning the Facts and Effective Communication
  • The Life and Legacy of St. John Paul II 
  • Foundations of Christian Historiography
  • Christian Architecture through the Ages 
  • The Great Depression: 1929-1941
  • Understanding the Second Vatican Council
  • Preparing for Intermediate Latin Boot Camp
  • Preparing for Advanced Latin Boot Camp
Life Skills
  • How to Be an Excellent Student and Get an "A"
  • Introduction to Literature: Why & How to Study Literature
  • Literature Independent Study
  • How to Read Great Literature
  • Humor in Literature
  • Poems Every Catholic Should Know
  • Narnia for Young Adults: The Theology of The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Hobbit: There and Back Again
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Tolkien for Young Adults: The Theology of Middle-Earth 
  • Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton 
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
  • St. Francis by G. K. Chesterton
  • What's Wrong with the World by G. K. Chesterton
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Beowulf and Christ
  • Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer; Trust God and Tradition
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • King Lear
  • The Twelfth Night
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Sophocles and Tragedy
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Dracula
  • Jane Eyre
  • Frankenstein: Misunderstood Monster 
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Redemptive Comedy of Flannery O'Connor
  • Introduction to Trigonometry
  • The Philosophy of Beauty
  • Health, Fitness, and Wellness
Speech & Communication
  • Leadership and Interpersonal Communication
Test Prep
  • The New SAT: What you need to Know to Score Well
  • ACT Test Prep
  • ACT/SAT English and Writing Test Prep
  • Discovering Your Authentic Beauty & Making Life Full and Fun for  Middle School Girls
  • True Radiance! Discovering Your Authentic Beauty as a Young Woman
  • The Trinity Explained
  • The Mass Explained
  • Punctuation & Grammar
  • Excellent Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Excellent Paragraphs and Essays
  • Fiction Writing Series (Creative Writing)
These are all great courses to take in summer as well, especially if you want to keep learning alive between the spring and fall semesters in an easy-to-implement way and still have summer fun.