Archive for September, 2013

Homeschooling and the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are worthy of our study. The first Beatitude, from the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus, encourages us to be poor in spirit. To be poor in spirit, we must empty ourselves of anything and everything that tends to displace Jesus Christ in our lives. Jesus must be first in our lives. He can’t be in second place. He must always be front and center…

Cookie Cutters and Angels

It’s often lamented that babies don’t come with manuals. Of course, this isn’t true—babies do come with manuals. They are called “parenting books.”…

College Prep — Ready, Set…Wait a Minute!

Your books have arrived, the kids are eager to begin, the family energy level is high and prayers for the help of all the educator saints have been fervently said. Ready, set…hold on just a minute!…

Obedience: The Bedrock for Harmony and Order in the Home

We all are commanded to obey the Ten Commandments because they were given by God the Father to Moses for all of us to obey. Jesus, the Son of God, repeated the Ten Commandments and the requirement for all to obey them. We all are required to be obedient to all of God’s Commandments. Sin is disobedience to the Laws of God. Everyone needs self-discipline to be obedient to God’s Laws. Self-control promotes obedience. The Commandment to honor your father and mother demands obedience in every home…

4 Preparations to Start the Homeschool Year

Whether you are just starting to homeschool for the very first time, or are an old hand at it, a new year gives a chance for a fresh start. Although every family is different, and each family must find its own unique way of homeschooling, there are certain preparations which will help almost every family to be more successful…

A Straight and Narrow Path

Homeschooling, put simply, could be defined as, “Teaching your kids at home instead of sending them to school.” However, for our family, homeschooling is so much more than just learning subject matter while confined within the walls of our home. For our family, homeschooling is BOTH a personal conviction AND a family lifestyle choice. It is what we do. It is how we live. It is the narrow path we have chosen to walk in order to learn our Catholic faith, live our Catholic faith, grow in holiness, and help each other get to Heaven…

Your Questions Answered

Would it be possible for me to combine my children in some of the same academic subjects, such as science, history, and religion?

Yes, many parents do that for children in adjacent grades. You need to be careful about there being too much of a difference in comprehension. In religion, you can certainly discuss the same subject, such as a particular sacrament, but when it comes to memory work or testing, unless they are close in abilities, you should use the test appropriate for each child’s grade level. For instance, you may teach two students with the same religion book if they are both in Baltimore Catechism No. 2, but you may have the younger child take the tests for the No. 1 book…

Our Lady of La Salette

On September 19, the Catholic Church celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Mother when she appeared to two children in La Salette, France, in 1846. This apparition and the message are practically unknown in our country, likely because of the amazing miracles in relation to the apparitions of Fatima in Portugal and of Lourdes in France…