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Short Classes for Spring and Summer

Homeschool Classes Online to Help Fill in Gaps and Keep Learning Alive through Summer. This article is on recorded, self-paced courses. If you prefer LIVE, interactive courses visit: Homeschool Connections LIVE Courses for Catholics Registration Page.

An issue many homeschooling families face is “holes” in the homeschooling schedule between April and June, or over the summer. The eclectic nature of homeschooling means you often wind up with courses of varying lengths—the math book is really long, the science book is short; history class lasts 12 weeks, while literature lasts 14, etc. This leaves gaps in the schedule at the end of the year.

Of course, one of the great things about homeschooling is you don’t have to fill the gaps; you can throw your hands up and say, “Well, we’re done with that subject for the year!” But sometimes you need a little bit more; sometimes you want to fill the gaps. Homeschool Connections has a plethora of short courses on Unlimited Access that are fantastic for filling in gaps. Our short courses range from 4 to 6 weeks and are ideal for fleshing out subjects that need more depth. Here’s a list of 4 to 6 week courses we currently have available through Unlimited Access:

Grade School

  • Creative Writing for Grades 3-6, Writing the Story of a Saint
  • Creative Writing for Grades 3-6, Writing a Story from a First Person Perspective
  • Creative Writing for Grades 3-6, Writing About a Historical Event
  • Kat Finds a Friend: Living History Through Literature (American Era)
  • Thomas Finds a Treasure: A Saint John Neumann Story: Living History Through Literature (American Era)
  • The Orphans Find a Home: A St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Story: Living History Through Literature (American Era)
  • Willy Finds Victory: A Blessed Francis Seelos Story: Living History Through Literature (American Era)

Art and Music

  • Photography Bootcamp
  • Gregorian Chant Camp

Computer Skills

  • Mastering Microsoft Word (MS)
  • Introduction to PowerPoint

Drama & Performing Arts

  • Humor on Stage and Screen (MS)
  • Acting Monologues (MS)


  • Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching


  • History’s Heroes and Villains (MS)
  • The History of Baseball
  • The History of Football
  • History of Catholic England
  • Foundations of Christian Historiography
  • Christian Architecture through the Ages
  • The Great Depression: 1929-1941
  • Understanding the Second Vatican Council

Life Skills

  • How to Be an Excellent Student and Get an “A”
  • Organized for Success for Middle School
  • Organized for Success for High School
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • How to Research on the Internet
  • Mastering the Internet: A Teen’s Guide to Navigating the Web and Protecting Yourself Online
  • Basic Culinary Skills

Living History Through Literature Series (Middle School)

  • The Golden Goblet (Ancient Era)
  • Black Ships Before Troy (Ancient Era)
  • Victory on the Walls (Ancient Era)
  • The Bronze Bow (Ancient Era)
  • Big John’s Secret (Medieval Era)
  • The Door in the Wall (Medieval Era)
  • Saint Joan, The Girl Soldier (Medieval Era)
  • Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal (Medieval Era)
  • Spring Tide (Medieval Era)
  • Augustine Came to Kent (Medieval Era)
  • Red Falcons of Tremoine (Medieval Era)
  • Door to the North (Medieval Era)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (Making of the Modern World)
  • Father Damien and the Bells (Making of the Modern World)
  • The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menéndez (Making of the Modern World)
  • Padre Pro Mexican Hero (Making of the Modern World)
  • Enemy Brothers (Making of the Modern World)


  • Christmas in Literature, Drama, and Music (MS)
  • Humor in Literature (MS)
  • I Will Always Write Back (MS)
  • Shaking Up Shakespeare (MS)
  • Ridiculous Rhymes: Humor and Nonsense in Poetry (MS)
  • One Act Plays and Playwriting (MS)
  • Mythology in Literature (MS)
  • Living Myths (MS)
  • Literature Independent Study
  • How to Read Great Literature
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • Dante on Dante
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Middlemarch
  • 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
  • Chesterton: The Complete Thinker
  • 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
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Dracula
  • Jane Eyre
  • Frankenstein: Misunderstood Monster
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Redemptive Comedy of Flannery O’Connor

Shakespeare Literature

  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • King Lear
  • The Twelfth Night
  • As You Like It
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Macbeth
  • Othello
  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Richard II


  • The Most Ancient Game: an Introduction to Chess
  • The Most Ancient Game: Intermediate Chess


  • The Tick (and Lyme disease) (MS)
  • Come to Your Senses: The Science Behind Your Five Senses (MS)
  • DNA & Mutations
  • DNA & Basic Genetics
  • Pandemic Diseases
  • Sports and Recreation for Everyone

Speech & Communication

  • Leadership and Interpersonal Communication

Test Prep

  • SAT Verbal Boot Camp
  • SAT Math Crash Course


  • Discovering Your Authentic Beauty & Making Life Full and Fun for Middle School Girls
  • Middle School From Boys to Men: Discovering Life Lessons and Virtues from the Lord of the Rings
  • Meet the Biblical Hero (MS)
  • Meet the Saing (MS)
  • St. Paul LIVE! (MS)
  • King of Kings – the Amazing Story of King David, Image of Christ in the Old Testament (MS)
  • True Radiance! Discovering Your Authentic Beauty as a Young Woman
  • From Boys to Men: Discovering Life Lessons and Virtues from the Lord of the Rings
  • All About Angels
  • How to Pray
  • Decision Making for Teens
  • History of the End of the World
  • Pope Saint John Paul II Encyclical: The Mercy of God (Dives in Misericordia)
  • Evangelium Vitae: The Bioethics Encyclicals of JPII
  • Veritatis Splendor: The Bioethics Encyclicals of JPII
  • Total Consecration to Mary


  • Punctuation & Grammar
  • Excellent Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Excellent Paragraphs and Essays
  • Fiction Writing Series (Creative Writing)
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