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The 1000 Good BooksMichael PlattIn his truly wonderful book, The Restoration of Christian Culture, John Senior remarks that students need to read the thousand good books before they read the hundred great books. Otherwise in college such students may turn into well-read nihilists, excited by intellectual inquiry (without end or purpose), and contemptuous of moral good, very much aware of their own cleverness and insensitive to the presence of moral virtue in others and its absence in themselves.
A Dickens of an IdeaKaren AndreolaSadly, many of the greatest books that have strengthened and shaped Western civilization are drifting out of our life and thought. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can responsibly keep the literary lights burning brightly for the benefit of our children and future generations.
A Quantity of Quality TimeKimberly Hahndiscusses the 'problem' of socialization for home schooled children. She maintains that socialization is a primary reason FOR homeschooling. Taken from the Pentecost 1994 issue of 'The Catholic Home Educator.'
Accelerated EducationJoyce SwannMy goal was to educate my children entirely at home while moving them along that line of progression without taking meandering forays which would not only bring nothing to the learning process but might actually serve as an impediment. To accomplish that goal, I opted for very structured curricula and a three-hour school day, five days a week, twelve months a year. We used Calvert School for grades 1 though 8, the American School for high school, Brigham Young University for undergraduate degrees, and California State at Dominguez Hills for graduate degrees.
Advice to ParentsSaint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)First, I shall show how important it is to bring up children inhabits of virtue; and, in the second, I shall show with what care and diligence a parent ought to labor to bring them up well.
Book Reports for the BoredTerrie Lynn BittnerWhat would school be without a book report? Here is a quick list of book report projects to get you started.
Book Review Corner-CollegeCharles and Betty BurgerEven if your children are all preschoolers, it's not too early to start keeping an eye on the college scene.
But What About Socialization?Terrie Lynn BittnerPractically the first question every homeschooling parent gets asked is But what about socialization? Sometimes we get the idea that all public school parents care about is their child's social life. Certainly a social life can be important, but academic life matters too, and hardly anyone asks about that. Still, since it's a question we get asked, and a question I've spent a lot of time answering in emails lately, it's time to discuss it.
The Case for Ancient HistoryRob and Cyndy ShearerWe recommend the study of Western history for several reasons. First, although there were important civilizations in Asia, India, Africa, and the Americas, they are less important than the Western tradition. We make that statement not judgmentally so much as historically. Good or bad, it is Western civilization which has come to dominate all others. Other civilizations may have cultural achievements worth studying, but the achievements of the West in art, architecture, music, literature, philosophy, and theology are not just different; they are demonstrably superior
Catholic HomeschoolingBob Brindle, Director Our Lady of the Rosary Schoolthe main purpose of Catholic homeschooling is not to do a better job of teaching what the government or private schools teach; it is to educate the student in the ways of salvation, to know, love, and serve God in this world so he may be happy with Him in the next.
Catholic Home Education: Which Approach to Use?Dr. Mary Kay ClarkOne of the topics buzzing around homeschooling groups is the issue of structure vs. nonstructure for the homeschooling families. Looking through the homeschooling literature, some programs advertise freedom and independence; others advertise high academics; some advertise character education and the unit study approach, some advertise basic skills and content.
The Catholic SchoolThe Sacred Congregation for Catholic EducationOctober 15,1976
Christ Speaks to UsFr. John Hardon, S.J.What has the Catholic Church considered as home schooling in the Church's history? Secondly, why is home schooling necessary? And thirdly, how should home schooling be done most effectively?
College at Home IIAlexandra SwannThis prevalent attitude about college can pose special problems for the parents of the teenager who is going to be attending college at home. Parents should take advantage of the high school years to prepare their teenagers emotionally as well as academically for external degree studies so that the student who is watching his friends go off to college will not feel disappointed and envious while he pursues his university studies at home.
College Bound at Home, Part IJoyce SwannThe homeschool movement is growing up! For the first time in this century an entire generation of homeschooled children is preparing to graduate from high school. God is dealing with homeschooling parents and young people alike, and they are discovering that He has prepared a way for them to take the best that the educational system has to offer without being forced to attend universities where the very foundations of their faith will be under daily attack. Yes, this generation of homeschooled students is college bound, but they now have the option of attending college at home.
College Study ScheduleAlexandra SwannShares pointers for students studying at home
Colleges without WallsHoward RichmanImagines the college of the future.
Computerized EducationScott SomervilleComputers should work; people should think. It really can happen. With the very sophisticated software that is now available, your child can learn French, piano, typing, publishing, and much, much more. Plug a telephone line into your computer, and open whole new worlds.
Costumes Add Color to Your Unit StudiesJessica HulcyChildren love to dress up and dramatize. What a fun way to reinforce what you are studying!
Dyslexia: The Man-Made DiseaseSam BlumenfeldWhat this means is that parents should teach their children to read phonetically before giving them the Dr. Seuss books to read. They should avoid having their children memorize words by their configurations alone, because once that mode of viewing words becomes an automatic reflex, it will create a block against phonics.
Educational Guidance in Human LoveOutlines for Sex EducationThe Sacred Congregation for Catholic EducationNovember 1, 1983
Ending Units with a BangJessica HulcySchool Lessons Need Closure
The Fate of the Essenes and the Future of Catholic HomeschoolersFr. John RileyOne may note remarkable similarities between Essenism and our modern Catholic homeschooling movement. Both groups struggled in challenging times to remain faithful to Sacred Tradition; both groups were animated and inspired by high ideals and fiery individualism; both groups reacted zealously against a prevailing torrent of modernism and secular humanism. The Essenes have perished ... where did they go wrong? Does the destiny of Catholic homeschooling lie along the same path?
Getting Preschoolers Ready to ReadTerrie Lynn BittnerTeaching children to read is one of the most exciting and fullfilling jobs a homeschool teacher has, and maybe one of the scariest, too. It's really not as hard as it seems, though. If you've been reading to your child, and he can speak in complete sentences, he's well on his way to becoming a reader.
Gettting Ready to Homeschool For the First TimeTerrie Lynn BittnerThe first pre-homeschooling summer can be overwhelming. You have so many questions, so many fears. You've made your decision, but now you may have no idea what comes next. Here's what you need to do
Gravissimum EducationisPaul VIDeclaration on Christian EducationOctober 28, 1965
Guidelines to BattlelinesBob Brindle, Director Our Lady of the Rosary SchoolThe recent proliferation of homeschooling guidelines now appearing in diocese after diocese, with Chicago and Pittsburgh being the most notable, is causing much anxiety among faithful Catholic Homeschoolers. The Church has consistently taught that parents are the primary educators of their children and that they must form them in the ways of the Lord, in our holy Catholic Faith. The education of offspring is not a choice for parents, it is a duty before God.
High School Literature Survival GuidesSandy BartonFor homeschoolers, guides like Cliffs Notes and Barron's Book Notes fill in the gaps when studying literature.Home Education MagazineMay–June 2000
Homeschooling Has Come of AgeBob Brindle, Director Our Lady of the Rosary SchoolHomeschooling, as they say, has come of age. Its existence is now recognized by many people and their numbers are growing daily, even though the right of parents to educate their own children at home is being contested in many areas. The accomplishments of homeschooling are not coming into the public eye and dispelling the many misconceptions promoted by its adversaries. Homeschooling is also a giant statement in favor of the family and what it can accomplish if left alone.
Homeschooling Resource PageRuth McCuaigMany resources beginning with Getting Started to Homeschooling and the Church
Homeschooling: The Alternative for Caring Christian FamiliesAmerican Life LeagueParents No More. The public school system is conditioning our children to live as nonthreatening, incompetent, contented cogs in a giant Socialist paradise.
How to Avoid Mindless Unit StudiesJessica HulcySome units seem to be connived instead of flowing together naturally. Here are three red flags to beware of in units.
I Was an Accelerated ChildAlexandra SwannShares what it's like to graduate high school by age 11.
Is Home Schooling Right for Your Family?Terrie Lynn BittnerHomeschooling is not for everyone, though. It's time-consuming and it can be expensive, so many parents give up in frustration after the first year. Others love it and would never go back. There were so many surprises for me when I pulled my first child out of the public school and, although I've been happy with the results, there were times I wish I had asked myself a few questions before beginning. Although almost any obstacle can be overcome, you should consider these questions.
Educational Guidance in Human LoveOutlines for Sex EducationThe Sacred Congregation for Catholic EducationNovember 1, 1983

It's Time to Write a StoryTerrie Lynn BittnerWhile not every child will want to be a writer, being able to write fiction is an important skill. For one thing, good writers are better readers. You have to understand the structure of a story, the art of characterization, plotting and a host of other literary skills to be able to write a story.
Joyce Swann's Homeschool TipsJoyce SwannWe have compiled a list of your most frequently asked questions which we will discuss in depth in the next several issues. In this issue, we have touched on those areas and offered some general advice which should help to get your homeschool on track.
Keeping Homeschooling CatholicBob Brindle, Director Our Lady of the Rosary SchoolThere are three questions which this letter till try to address. The first is: What is Catholic Homeschooling? The second is: Is Catholic Homeschooling necessary? The third is: What should we look for in Catholic schooling?
Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to FaithThe Sacred Congregation for Catholic EducationOctober 15, 1982
Local Resources for Your Home Study CourcesJoyce SwannWe wanted to find local resources which would be readily available and virtually cost-free.
The Military-HSLDA Complex and Our FreedomsLarry and Susan KasemanOur homeschooling freedoms are being threatened by a 5-year pilot program designed to make it easier for homeschoolers to enter the military. Not surprisingly, recruiters want assurance that people who claim to be homeschooling graduates actually are. However, their attempts to gain this assurance will increase regulation of homeschooling by the federal government. To work to prevent this loss of our homeschooling freedoms, we can do three thingsHome Education MagazineMarch–April 2000
Never Too Young For Shakespeare!Terrie Lynn BittnerThere are some wonderful children's books out there for the teaching of Shakespeare, so chat with your librarian about tracking some down. Many even use the original language, but shorten the play and take out some of the objectionable things.
Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and AdverbsTerrie Lynn BittnerHere's why we should teach grammar even if the schools don't
O.B.E. or a Lesson in EdubabbleJoyce CaleFor those who are trying to understand Outcome Based Education, Joyce Cale offers explanations and recommended reading for further research. Taken from the June/July 1994 issue of 'The Catholic Family's Magnificat!
Online at Your LibraryScott SomervilleMany libraries now have their card catalogs on computer, and many of those allow anyone with a computer and a modem to dial up and plug in to their system
Our Art LessonsMary Beth VoelkerFirst, art training teaches a person to observe the world as it is rather than as what he thinks it is. Second, it teaches discipline to follow a project to completion and to work within set limits to achieve a set objective. Third, it teaches your to actually draw–a valuable skill in many career fields including the sciences (keeping lab and field notebooks, technical fields, drawing flowcharts and schematics), and business (creation of concept sketches for both products and the packaging and promotional materials that go with them).
Parental Rights in HomeschoolingFather Charles FioreA compilation of theological and papal statements, and pertinent Canons regarding God Given parental rights to educate their children
Phonics: Lesson 1Terrie Lynn BittnerReading is a secret code, and your child has to find the key in order to decipher the strange symbols on the paper. Only when he knows how to understand the symbols and give them meaning can we really say he can read.
Politics the Homeschool WayJessica HulcyTrain your children in the vision and the process of affecting change. We parents get involved in politics to leave a better world for our children as well as to act as a model of responsible citizenship. When our children also get involved in politics, they learn the skills necessary to affect change in their future world. This dual purpose allows homeschoolers to kill two birds with one stone: change the world now while training your children to change the world of the future.
Public Education is Doomed Part IDavid AyersA year of elementary public school already costs more than a year of college. We simply can't afford to keep paying such outrageous amounts forever for second-class education, especially when other countries with more severe problems than ours produce better educational results for far less money.
Public Education is Doomed Part IIDavid AyersBusinesses spend billions of dollars yearly on education. Much of that money goes to business-public school partnerships. Can businesses be persuaded to invest in homeschools instead? And do we want them to?
Put the Story Back in HistoryRob and Cyndy ShearerHistory is the ideal place to teach our children about the practice of morality–to help build them up into godly men and women. Through history our children can examine men's lives and the choices they made and see the consequences of good and evil–without having to pay the bitter prices charged for those lessons by experience. The place to begin doing this is with the history contained in the Bible.
Raising Kids Who Love to ReadTerrie Lynn BittnerReading begins at birth. No, I'm not advocating one of those programs that has you teaching babies to read. What I mean is that becoming a good reader takes preparation, and that preparation can begin at birth.
The Religious Dimension of Educationin a Catholic SchoolGuidelines for Reflection and RenewalThe Sacred Congregation for Catholic EducationApril 7, 1988
Save $40,000 on CollegeJoyce SwannJoyce Swann has home educated her ten children from first grade through master's degree programs. The Swann children typically receive high school diplomas at age eleven, bachelor's degrees at age fifteen, and master's degrees at age sixteen. All of the academic work has been completed at home through correspondence schools and external degree programs offered by major western universities.
Saxon Math: Facts vs. RumorsMary PrideAim . . . fire . . . ready! What's going on here? Why are some home schoolers sniping at the best math program ever made available to home schoolers? Why do some homeschool magazines refuse to accept ads from its publisher, or even mention the program's name?
The Seven Steps in Preparing to be a Homeschool FatherSteve WoodFor homeschooling to be successful fathers must be involved. Steve Wood suggests seven steps to any man wanting to become a successful homeschool father. Fathers who do not plan to homeschool should still pay attention to several of the steps. Taken from the May 1995 issue of St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers.
Show Me the Way to Go HOMERScott SomervilleIn this article, we review HOMERª, the first service designed specifically to bring distance learning home
State Organization Grants Certified DiplomasHoward RichmanExplains how Pennsylvania Homeschoolers pulled this off.

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