Archive for June, 2012

Seton 2012 Graduation Photos

Seton Graduation 2012 Photo Gallery

From Our Families: Discipline Secrets

Our question today is brought to you from a homeschooling mom: “What do you do with unmotivated kids, who try to beg and plead their way out of doing school work?” Share your motivation and discipline secrets!

Homeschool Conferences – June 2012

KS, Kansas City June 15-16, 2012 (Fri.-Sat.) Kansas City Conference for Catholic Homeschoolers 2012
St. James Academy
24505 Prairie Star Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66227
Fri.: 3:00 PM — 9:30 PM, Sat.: 7:30 AM — 4:30 PM
Info: Maribeth at 816-454-3729 www.kccatholichomeschooler.org

Fatima and Lourdes

Many Catholics know about Our Blessed Mother’s apparitions at both Fatima and Lourdes. Many also believe that the message of Our Lady of Fatima is of vital importance to the world today, almost 100 years after she came to the little mountain village in Portugal. There is a similarity in the two appearances in that the Mother of God called for penance and reparation in both Fatima, Portugal and in Lourdes, France.

Positive Changes

A big benefit of home education is the opportunity to make sensible changes or additions to the curriculum to accommodate a particular child’s learning needs. Of course, the wise homeschooling mom realizes that modification needs to be implemented to enhance the child’s overall educational experience, not simply because the child is resisting assigned work. Sometimes curriculum changes are called for when parents are unable adequately to teach the planned curriculum, or to meet a legitimate educational need, or to provide true enrichment to students’ education.

Obstacles

As readers of this column know, I recently wrote a book called Who’s Got You?, in the hopes of reminding Catholic fathers that theirs is a great calling. As part of my book tour, I was recently asked to be on EWTN’s Women of Grace show to talk about fatherhood with host Johnnette Benkovic. Since I don’t fly, I drove down to Birmingham, and arrived at the EWTN campus at about 11PM the night before the show. I hadn’t slept well the night before, so I went right to bed. But, whether I’m staying at the Ritz Carlton or the Super 8, I can’t sleep well apart from my own bed–which is ironic, since I can’t sleep well in my own bed, either. After a bad nights’ sleep, I decided to wake up and try to spend a little time reviewing my book. (It sounds funny, but when you do book interviews, you have to occasionally remind yourself what you wrote.)

Your Questions…Answered by Dr. Clark

Why do you have specific books assigned for the first and second quarter book reports in the elementary grades?

Since our graders cannot be familiar with every book that might be chosen, we have assigned ones we consider very good for our Catholic students to read for their book reports or book analyses. By choosing the books, we can help the students better to understand the story or characters by providing chapter notes online. In the first two quarters, we even provide the topics or topic sentences to help the students focus on the theme of the books. We are hopeful that with this kind of help with the first two books, the students will be better able to write their reports on the third and fourth quarter books about the lives of the saints.

We Homeschool for Life!

One afternoon, while I was sitting outside watching my last brain cell fly away hand in hand with my last nerve cell, my neighbor came by. She sat beside me and asked me the most-asked question of the century. She asked me why I don’t send my kids to school. Well, with no brain cells left, it was a hard thing to deal with. So I began to tell her my recorded speech. “We like the time we have together…they learn better…we have a wonderful support group.” Satisfied, my neighbor then asked the second most common question: “Why do you have so many children?” Sadly, the second question, posed by many well-meaning Catholics, asked me why I do everything that I do…what a deep question for a mother of four little ones with another on the way.

The Sacred Heart

Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus began with the early Church Fathers and has grown to be a favorite devotion among Catholics.