Archive for August, 2013

Roe vs. Wade and the Republic

The decision of the Supreme Court on January 22, 1973 was a tragedy not only for unborn children who would die by the tens of millions over the next 40 years but also for the Republic which these men had a special obligation to defend in their capacity as judges. When they decided to reinterpret the Constitution to establish a right that no one had recognized for the first 200 years of this Republic, the right to kill unborn children, little did they know that they were really sounding the death knell of the Republic itself…

7 Tips to Improve Your Homeschooling This Year

At the beginning of every school year, I make a little personal checklist as to how I can improve homeschooling in the upcoming year. I don’t always stick to the lists as well as I’d like, but I try. With the upcoming year approaching, just for fun, I’ll share my list with you…

College Prep – Making the Break

Suddenly it hits you: within a very few weeks, for the first time in your life, you are going to be more or less on your own, away from your family and in a totally new and unfamiliar situation. The normal reaction is a curious mixture of exhilaration and terror. Just how does one survive life without immediate family support?…

Secrets to Teen Motivation

Are your teens always completing their research reports at the last minute, or not completing them at all? Do your teens complain that their school work is pointless? Did you recently begin homeschooling and do your teens miss their old school and old friends? Are they rebellious and disrespectful?…

The Habits of Successful Homeschoolers

As part of our ongoing efforts to support our home schooling families, Seton Home Study School recently commissioned a survey to try to discern the factors that contribute to success in the Seton program. The questions we asked were meant to determine if there are attributes or habits which are shared by families who do very well home schooling with Seton…

“I Am Not Going to Homeschool!”

When my husband originally suggested that we homeschool, I declared that the Blessed Mother herself would have to sit down across the table and say, “Susan, you are going to homeschool,” before I would try it. We are now finishing up our seventh year of homeschooling with Seton, and even though I haven’t seen the Blessed Mother sitting at the dinner table, I do believe she is with us and watching over us. After seven years, not only am I convinced that I am “that” kind of mom, but I am convinced that our family is better because of it!…

Your Questions…Answered

Why does Seton emphasize English while other schools, even Catholic ones, put much less emphasis on English?

Catholic schools traditionally have been strong in English courses to promote thinking and writing skills. Daily diagramming was almost as much evidence of a Catholic school as the Baltimore Catechism! Students in Catholic schools were always at the blackboard competing with diagramming long and complex sentences. There are still diagramming competitions, and some teachers have discovered how much students like them. Some diagramming competitions are on the internet. If you go on the Internet at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/diagrams/diagrams.htm, you can read this:

Mary, Queen of Heaven

We celebrate the feast of the Blessed Mother as the Queen of Heaven on August 22. The Visitation by Mary to Elizabeth recorded in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, hints at or foreshadows the future Queenship of Mary. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, tells Mary, “Blessed are you among women.” The prophetic or fuller sense of this declaration must include the Queenship of Mary…