Archive for July, 2014

My 12 Tips for Catholic Homeschoolers

1. Consider using “pre-tests,” such as for spelling and vocabulary. Then focus on the words your child still needs to learn…

Facts Are What Make History Important

The gatekeepers of higher education have now leveled their red pens to one of the last vestiges of objectivity and scholarship in national social studies: the AP exam…

College Prep: The College Fine Arts Requirement

More colleges are adding a fine arts requirement for high school applicants. In addition, many states now require fine arts in order to attend in-state institutions. There are a few ways Seton students can fulfill this requirement. Right now, this would need the Seton Independent Study system…

Chaos Theory

At this time every year in America, most of us are required to attend at least one graduation ceremony. And commencement addresses seem intent on informing students that they will somehow stand out in the world—or even (gasp) to “change the world.”…

Running the Good Race

Well, we did it! After 12 years of homeschooling, we reached our goal—the golden ticket if you will. Our son and daughter graduated from Seton Home Study School this past May. If you would have asked me several years ago if this achievement were possible, I would have stared at you in disbelief…

Your Questions Answered

As a working mother, I want to cover the most important subjects with my daughter, and have my mother teach the other subjects. Which subjects should I teach?

Consider having your mother teach the courses that she likes to teach. If she likes science or loves teaching English, have her teach those courses. Then you can focus on the other main courses: religion, reading, phonics, math, history. Have your child do the spelling, handwriting, and vocabulary with your mother. Of course, there should be no limit to the amount of reading. Your mother might want to take your daughter to the library once a week, but have her focus on biographies or other non-fiction books. The fiction books at the public library tend to promote the secular values of our current “culture.”…

Sts. Anne and Joachim: Parents of the Virgin

During my high school and college years, our family lived in St. Anne’s parish in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I have memories of the church being filled for the annual novena for the nine days preceding St. Anne’s July 26th feast day. My husband gave me my engagement ring in St. Anne’s church, and we were married there. When we return to Cleveland, we visit or attend Mass at St. Anne’s…