My dd12 is starting to question and 'analyze' what she is reading instead of taking it at face value, which is what we wanted for her.  I've noticed steady progress in the organization of her thoughts as she answers written questions.  - S.B.

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The short answer is that there are 10-12 years of history, science and creative writing, and electives, built into Connect The Thoughts .  6-7 years of that covers what traditionally might be thought of as Middle School and High School. 

Here's the long answer:

Lower School History and Science Courses (for students ages 9-10) are shorter, and contain easier materials overall, than Upper School (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 study them.

A student at any age 9 and above should start with the basics courses; How To Do Connect The Thoughts Courses Course ; Information - Right Or Wrong ; How To Do Research ( Lower School if ages 9-10, Upper School 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.

The "average" Lower School History course might take a student anywhere from 25 hours to 50 hours of study. A few are longer, particularly toward the end of Lower School , as we start to prep a student for Upper School materials.

Lower School 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 Creative Writing (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.

To take a look at our Lower School Semester I Bundle, the least expensive way to get started, click here.

To 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.

Upper School courses are longer and more challenging, and the Upper School curriculum is designed to take roughly 4-5 years ( without Summer School). A student should first do the educational basics courses, if they haven't yet, and they should certainly do Upper School How To Do Research , which may take as long as a few weeks, in a focused approach.

In Upper School , one does both History and Science every day, about 1 hour per day per subject. Creative Writing 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 state).

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.

To look at the Upper School Semester I bundle, the least-expensive way to get started, click here.

To 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!

     Steven Horwich
     Connect The Thoughts

 
 


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