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Would it be okay to have two of my children in adjacent grades take the same courses whenever possible? My husband thinks each child should take all the courses at his own grade level.

Most busy homeschooling moms with several children like to have children in adjacent grades take some of the subjects together. This works easily with subjects like religion, science, and history. Depending on the children’s skills, other subjects may be combined if one of the children is a grade level above, or a grade level below in a particular subject. This happens most frequently with math, but also happens with spelling, vocabulary, phonics, and reading…

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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.”…

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After talking with my home schooling friends at church, I would like to enroll in Seton, but my husband doubts my ability to do it.

If you don’t know already, you might want to pin down exactly what your husband thinks will go wrong. Is it a question of organization, or of teaching ability, or of having a baby while teaching older children, or of keeping the house livable while teaching? You might even find that doubts about your ability are really concerns over the children’s future, such as getting into college or playing on sports teams. Whatever the specific objection is, you might find a specific answer…

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My 6th grade son’s study skills are very lacking. What can I do?

Imagine if you decided to mow the lawn, but instead of mowing in nice straight rows, you just mowed aimlessly through the yard. By the time you finished mowing the lawn, you would have spent much longer than if you had been organized and mowed the right way. Students who have proper study skills can do more in less time and get better grades with less work…

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My 7th grade boy has read his book report book, but wants my help with giving him some ideas for his report. Is that acceptable?

What is acceptable – and encouraged, in fact – is discussing with him the various aspects of the book. You should be asking him questions which help him to think out various ideas. If he is supposed to write about the traits of the main character, ask him to defend his points with specific words or actions or thoughts of the character. After he defends his points orally, then he should make an outline, which you can review. Finally he should write his paragraphs based on his outline…

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What do you consider the most important factor for successful home schooling?

Living a life of prayer is the single most important factor for successful homeschooling. Living a life of prayer is also the single most important factor for a happy Catholic family life and a happy marriage. Prayer helps us to understand the importance of daily self-sacrifice, patience, and understanding. Children must sometimes be pressured to join in family prayer, but ultimately, the graces from Jesus and Mary do touch their innocent hearts. The graces that your children received at Baptism are still within your children, helping them to be ready to receive the Catholic teachings. Your daily Catholic lifestyle gives the witness to your children that appeals to their hearts and souls. The family that prays together, stays together, as Father Patrick Peyton of the Family Rosary Crusade taught. The family that prays together can withstand the difficulties that inevitably come into all our lives. Our homeschooling families can progress in the spiritual life, often because of the Catholic homeschooling studies which are permeated with the messages of Jesus and His saints. Don’t let anything interfere with your daily family prayer life…

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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…

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How do I figure out the grade for my students for Section A on the quarter reports?

Usually you should average the weekly quizzes or perhaps two or three end-ofchapter quizzes. If there are not specific quizzes, but only daily work for a course, then you can give a grade that is more like an overall average of the work done during the quarter. The grade does not have to be exact. For example, if a student generally receives a B on daily work, then give a B for the week or the quarter. You don’t need to go through every single daily lesson and average them exactly…

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What advice do you have for homeschooling several children at once?

If you are only homeschooling one child, you might be able to get by without a high degree of organization. With several children, organization is imperative…

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This is my first year homeschooling. Where can I learn more about how to homeschool?

Please read my book Catholic Home Schooling. It is filled with ideas. Secondly, you might phone a Seton counselor in the subject area of concern. Thirdly, you might join a local Catholic homeschooling support group. The parents may have many different ideas and tips that you might find helpful…