Perhaps you have noticed the link in the upper right corner of my blog advertising hundreds of hours of Catholic online education for $30 per month and thought it was some sort of Google ad-sense thing I have up there just to generate income?
As a matter of fact, this is a link to an online homeschooling company that I happen to work for called Homeschool Connections Online. Homeschool Connections Online is a really neat service that allows kids to take a variety of interactive courses from home using webinar technology. This means that, instead of a forum or message board type set-up, kids engage in real time with a real instructor via their webcam while simultaneously being connected with other kids from all over the continent. It is a real time class online. Last year I taught a class on the Protestant Revolt and a brief week long summer class on Christian Historiography; this Spring I am doing a twelve week course on the Catholic Middle Ages, followed by two summer courses on Vatican II and the Great Depression (Click here to see the course information for the Middle Ages course - the other two aren't set up yet).
The cost for the classes is very reasonable, but what is even better is that Homeschool Connections Online offers a subscription service. Here's how it works: say the class you want is on Wednesdays at noon, local time. However, what if your child cannot be at home Wednesdays at noon for the class? Here's where the subscription service comes in: every class offered by Homeschool Connections Online is recorded, and for $30 per month, you can access ALL of the recorded classes in the Homeschool Connections library, over 200 hours worth of classes taught by excellent instructors. If you aren't sure about the $30, the subscription service allows a 7 day trial for only $1.
If you are looking for something to enrich your homeschool curriculum for Winter-Spring 2011, I suggest you visit their website and check out their course offerings - they offer classes for both middle schoolers (here) as well as high schoolers (here). Best of all, the entire program is run by Catholics faithful to the Church's teaching - this isn't your run-of-the-mill ecumenical homeschool co-op. All sorts of classes are offered - German, Latin, Algebra, Economics, Government, History, Literature, Theology, even Marketing.
Anyhow, I hope you will consider Homeschool Connections Online, and not just because I work for them! Homeschool Connections Online is the best online homeschooling resource I have come across: the technology is easy to master, it is cost-effective and convenient, kids and parents love it (here) and it prepares kids for higher education, where many colleges are already mandating a certain number of credits be attained online.
Sorry for the promo, but this really is a great way to enrich your child's homeschool curriculum. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching for Homeschool Connections Online and I know many students have enjoyed taking the classes as well. Anyhow, that's enough promotional stuff - check out their website to register or if you want more information. There is usually early registration discounts, so don't wait.
Blessings in Christ.