Archive for February, 2014

Surviving in a Secularized Society

“There is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the ‘tyranny of relativism,’ which allows everyone to create his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples. But there is no true peace without truth.” With greater strength, we have to present to the World the saving truth that was incarnated in Jesus Christ. As the ethical values inherited from Christianity that once upheld our societies come to their final destruction, we should understand that there is no common good without reference to the principles taught in a constant way by Catholic doctrine…

Immortal Love

Every St. Valentine’s Day leaves men at a loss for telling their girlfriends or wives how much they love them. Very often, whether a dozen red roses, a box of chocolates, or a hand-written poem, nothing seems to suffice. If you homeschool husbands find yourself in this predicament, don’t feel too bad. We’ve all been there. In fact, I’ve always been there…

2014 New GPA System

Over the years, Seton has tried several different methods to transform a student’s official 100-point Seton grade point average (GPA) into a 4-point GPA. The 4-point scale was designed to convert letter grades into a number so that grades could be averaged. Since Seton always gives quarter and final grades as numbers on a 100-point scale, a 4-point average is like trying to put the proverbial square peg in the round hole…

2014 Conferences

TN, Nashville – March 14, 2014 (Fri.)
IHM Tennessee Homeschool & Parent Conference
Aquinas College

Flexible Schedules

Seton’s mission is to provide materials to parents to teach their children what is necessary for Catholic children to be successful in this world and in the next world. Seton wants to help Catholic children to be leaders in their families and communities, as well as to reach their eternal reward…

Catholic, Root and Branch

We are sometimes asked why Seton’s materials are so saturated with Catholic content. There are a myriad of reasons, but first and foremost, we fill our curriculum with Catholic content because we know that in God’s plan, the purpose of education is not simply to learn facts, but to prepare souls—curious combinations of intellect and will—for eternity. Education, from this perspective, is a hugely important, yet delicate, task…

Joy in the Heart

A large homeschooling family seems natural to us now, but in the beginning, homeschooling was not on our radar. We were married relatively young, in our very early 20s, and assumed our children would go to the classroom for education. My husband Paul was educated in public elementary school and graduated from Catholic high school. I graduated from public school. Thus, homeschooling was neither a quick nor an easy choice for us. However, just as we cannot imagine our family of eight children being any smaller, we also cannot imagine a life without homeschooling…

Your Questions Answered

Is it necessary to teach so many subjects every day?

Parents need to make the final decision about the importance of every subject. We believe that certain subjects should be taught every day, such as religion, math, English grammar and composition, phonics and reading comprehension. History and science are a close second, but for the lower grades, could be done on the weekends, or in the evenings, perhaps with Dad. Spelling and vocabulary could be done only a couple of times a week, but if your child is weak in these areas, you should try for more days a week. Most states require art and music at least. Physical education does not need to be structured, but it is important for children to get plenty of fresh air and exercise every day…

Our Lady of Lourdes

On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, when Bernadette was only fourteen years old. The “lady” appeared to be only about sixteen, wearing a white veil and a white gown with a blue sash. She carried a large rosary with white beads on a golden chain. She had a golden rose on each of her bare feet. The Blessed Mother appeared to Bernadette eighteen times…