My 10 year old no longer looks for the 'correct' answer to fill in a blank. She takes the information she has read and thinks it through. THIS is why I homeschool. THIS is what I have hoped to achieve... independent thinking.  - D.M.


Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the Connect The Thoughts™ educational program. If you have questions that are not answered here, you may send your questions directly to our founder: click here .

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

The short answer is that there are 6-7 years of history, science and creative writing, and electives, built into Connect The Thoughts . Here's the long answer:

Lower School History and Science Courses (for students ages 9-10) are MUCH shorter, and contain easier materials overall, than Upper School (ages 11-adult). Upper school courses are generally based around college-level materials.

A student 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). These, if done in a concentrated manner without starting history, science, or creative writing, should take about 2-3 weeks, about 4 hours a day, on a guess. They can take longer...this is pretty new for the student! They can be done faster, depending on 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.

The Lower School History is intended to be done about 1 hour a day, and Science, about 1 hour every other day (say 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 history, science), spelling, and an elective. (Maybe 2 times weekly, 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.

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 much longer, and the Upper School curriculum is designed to take roughly 4-5 years (without Summer School). A student should first do the 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, Creative Writing at least twice a week, and an elective, as well as math of some sort every day. I also 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 4-5 hours a day, 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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