Homeschooling from Our Domestic Shrine in Puerto Rico

Being a homeschooling family is not coincidence. We believe that through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, God in His merciful plan for our family has given us the mission to educate our children and ourselves…

Dads: Irreplaceable Heroes of Homeschooling

Out there, Dads seem to have acquired rather a poor reputation. They’re inadequate, bumbling, and terribly prone to mistakes. They don’t know who they are, lack responsibility, and couldn’t begin to earn your respect. Out there, Dad is really unimportant, and generally in the way. At least, that’s what you’d think if all you ever did was watch TV shows or otherwise listen to the popular culture. Meanwhile, in homeschooling circles, there’s a lot of talk about moms. Moms do the teaching, moms hold down the fort, and moms take care of all the little details that keep young families steady in the day-to-day activities. Moms deserve enormous credit, of course—all the credit in the world as a matter of fact—but today, we’re here to talk about dads. We know that fathers are some of the most hardworking, high-achieving, devoted, and necessary people in the world. Dads may be operating behind the scenes most of the time when it comes to homeschooling, but as it turns out, they’re really indispensable. In fact, we really couldn’t live without them. Here’s why…

A Day at the Spa for Homeschooling Moms

Alright, homeschool Dads. Your wife is reaching the end of another academic year. She has endured arguments from the teenagers about book reports for Goodbye, Mr. Chips. She has sharpened dozens of number 2 pencils. She has scrubbed 64 different colors of crayons off the kitchen walls. She has corrected so much Math 54 that she feels like she personally knows John Saxon. She has helped your children diagram so many sentences that she now mentally diagrams sentences as people speak them to her…

One Family’s Homeschooling Saga

Why equate homeschooling to a saga? One definition of saga (from dictionary. com) is “a … Norse prose of achievements and events in the history of a personage, family, etc.” Given our family’s Norwegian background and a time period of over 50 years, it seems to fit! Of course, you are only seeing the “Readers’ Digest Condensed” version. This saga is being told from the perspective of the father of this family, so it is only fitting to begin with his story:…

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…

Saint Catherine of Siena: Patroness and Model of Homeschooling

Many years ago, a group of about forty Catholic homeschool state support group leaders gathered in Chicago for two or three consecutive years, in the month of April, to discuss the growing Catholic homeschooling movement. It was not an easy meeting to attend as we all had children and not much money for such trips…

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…

A Letter Home from College after Homeschooling

You were my only teacher in high school, but I couldn’t have asked for a better one. You taught me more than you’ll ever know and much more than I could ever ask for. By homeschooling me, you changed the very core of my being from a lost and bewildered little girl into the strong woman I am proud to be. It was through your example and growth that I have become the only thing I have ever wanted to be – I have become me…

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…