Are There Enough Connect The Thoughts to Cover Junior High/Middle School and High School? (or How Long Does CTT Take to Do?)
The short answer is that
there are 10-12 years of history, science and creative
writing, and electives, built into
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. 6-7 years of that covers what traditionally might be
thought of as Middle School and High School.
Here's the long answer:
History and Science Courses (for students ages 9-10) are
shorter, and contain easier materials overall, than
(ages 11-adult) courses. Upper School courses are
generally based on college-level materials. But he
unique methods used by CTT make the materials easily
understood by far younger students than would customarily
A student at any age 9 and above should start with the
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if ages 9-10,
if older than 10).
These, if done in a concentrated manner without
starting history, science, or creative writing until they
are complete, should take about 2-3 weeks, about 4 hours a
day, on a guess. Every student should be allowed to move at
their own pace. Some will wrap these up very quickly,
other students may take a little longer. It doesn't
matter how fast a student is when doing our courses - every
student will end up in the same place, with a high level of
understanding of the materials that have been studied.)
Also, a student may take a bit of work to get through the
first courses...this is likely to be a pretty new idea in
education for the student.
Lower School History
course might take a student anywhere from 25 hours to 50
hours of study. A few are longer, particularly toward the
, as we start to prep a student for
History is intended to be done about 1 hour a day, and
Science, about 1 hour every other day (twice a week). At
that rate, you'll need around 4 "semesters" to get
through, though I've seen students ace the science very
quickly. This accounts for 2 hours or so of study per day.
The curriculum is designed to have a student also do
(about 3 days a week, 1 hour, to start, so it balances
science in the Lower School schedule), spelling, and an
elective. (Maybe 2 times weekly for the elective, an hour
or so.) We don't offer math, you'll need an outside math
program. Anyway, math is another hour a day or
so. And of course, there's P.E.
With math taking an hour a day, and P.E. taking about
the same, you can figure on a Lower School schedule of maybe
5 hours a day - and no homework! This schedule allows
the student lots of time to discover their own interests and
to learn about subjects outside of their curriculum, which
is precisely as it should be. A student who starts
school at 9 a.m. (say), and takes an hour lunch, should be
free of "school" by three in the afternoon
at the latest
. And then, the world awaits discovery.
To take a look at our Lower School program, courses offered
for it, free samples of every course, and free videos
explaining this part of CTT, click here.
take a look at our Lower School Semester I Bundle, the least
expensive way to get started, click here.
use a free reading test, composed of sample lessons from
this level, to determine if this is the right level for your
student, click here.
courses are longer and more challenging, and the
curriculum is designed to take roughly 4-5 years (
Summer School). A student should first do the educational
basics courses, if they haven't yet, and they should
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, which may take as long as a few weeks, in a focused
, one does both
every day, about 1 hour per day per subject.
is done at least twice a week for one hour each time, and
a creative elective should be done on off-days for
Creative Writing. Math (which we do not provide) will
probably be done for an hour each day.
I believe a student should do a current
events-oriented course, probably completing about one every
two months, maybe four-five of these per year. (We have
five. I'm about to author many more.) This would be 2-3
times a week, an hour or so each day. We're looking overall
at 5-6 hour days, five days a week (excluding holidays and
summer), plus "homework" in the form of reading a
book every month or so (advised, sometimes required by the
There is generally no other "home work".
To take a look at the courses we offer for Upper School, see
a free sample of each course, and look over free videos
explaining Upper School, click here.
look at the Upper School Semester I bundle, the
least-expensive way to get started, click here.
use our free Upper School reading test, composed of lesson
plans from the level, to determine if this is the correct
level for your student, click here.
Generally, you'll need to do some kind of P.E. activity.
Each State has its own requirements for P.E., in California,
it's twice a week, for 45 minutes, I believe. We do
offer P.E. courses.
To take a look at our homeschool self-directed P.E.
elective, click here.
Hope this helps!
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