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…

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Some of us have been in parishes where a copy of the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help hangs and where the parish members join in a weekly novena to the Blessed Mother under this title. Some of us, as we visit an unfamiliar church, find on a wall a copy of the miraculous picture, whose history is miraculous as well…

Composition Assignments and the Importance of Writing Well

Students and parents often call about the composition assignments, asking for advice about what to look for in reviewing a composition. Seton’s English lesson plans give specific guidance on grading compositions, which can be found in the Introduction and first quarter of each lesson plan. We encourage parents to use these guidelines to edit and correct their student’s book reports and other compositions. In the near future, we will be producing a video tutorial for analyzing compositions and improving writing skills. In the meantime, here’s some perspective on writing a good essay…

4 Steps to Reach Your Educational Goals

Some families engage in year-round schooling, but for those of us who like to have a summer break, spring can be stressful as we try to ensure work is completed at summer’s beginning…

4 Ways to Turn Spring Fever into Exciting Homeschooling
Opportunities!

Without fail, it happens every year at just about this time. The Christmas holidays are a memory, winter seems to be lasting forever, and school has been in session since before you can remember. At least, that’s how it feels when March rolls around and all we want is to be sipping iced tea with a novel in the backyard while the kids play in the sprinklers…

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…

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…

The Marks of a Quality Catholic Education

Every Catholic homeschooler knows the marks of the church – One, holy, catholic and apostolic. We recite them in the Creed at Mass, and they remind us of the nature of our Church. In much the same way, Catholic homeschooling has marks and characteristics too. In keeping with our traditions regarding education, the marks of Catholic homeschooling are excellent, orderly, and Catholic, and each of these should in some way characterize our family learning…

Homeschool Success through a Flexible Schedule

As most parents start their second month of homeschooling in October, they may be wondering whether to stay on the Seton lesson plan schedule or adjust the schedule to better suit the needs of their children…