4 Preparations to Start the Homeschool Year

Whether you are just starting to homeschool for the very first time, or are an old hand at it, a new year gives a chance for a fresh start. Although every family is different, and each family must find its own unique way of homeschooling, there are certain preparations which will help almost every family to be more successful…

7 Tips to Improve Your Homeschooling This Year

At the beginning of every school year, I make a little personal checklist as to how I can improve homeschooling in the upcoming year. I don’t always stick to the lists as well as I’d like, but I try. With the upcoming year approaching, just for fun, I’ll share my list with you…

September Checklist

September is an exciting time when the children are eagerly looking at their new books, and moms are hopeful that this year will be the best ever. But merely wishing doesn’t necessarily get you what you hope for. You must take action. Here are some ideas to help your school year flow more smoothly…

Starting your School Year on the Right Foot

Getting started can be daunting, even for the most experienced parents. To help you get your school year started, we asked parents and Seton Counselors for tips and suggestions that they have found most helpful through the years…

Indiction of the Year of Faith

1. The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — is to believe in one God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return.

A New Year

As I sat down to write this article, I kept wondering what I should write about to inspire home schooling fathers for yet another school year. Let’s face it, I don’t care how much you believe in home schooling, you never look forward to Labor Day. When trips to the beach or to amusement parks give way to math books, pencil sharpeners, writing tablets, and flash cards, there’s a note of sadness. So whenever I’m tempted to dread the thought of home schooling, I try to remember why I’m doing it in the first place and what I like about it.

Message Proclaiming a Year for Priests

On the forthcoming Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday 19 June 2009 — a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy — I have decided to inaugurate a “Year for Priests” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the “dies natalis” of John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests worldwide. This Year, meant to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a more forceful and incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world, will conclude on the same Solemnity in 2010.

A Plan for the New Year

As you read this column, a large segment of the country is dark and cold, and kids are sick and tired of being cooped up in the house. Lesson plans indicate that students should be finishing up the second quarter but shopping, Christmas, and company certainly tend to push school work off the tracks. The kids are in the house way more in the winter than in summer, and the wear and tear is starting to show. Once again, mom is questioning herself: how could she possibly believe that she could home school and still retain her sanity? These feelings are common in many home schooling families this time of year, but veteran home schooling moms and dads know that there are solutions that work. The key is to get a grip, identify particular problem areas, and put together a plan of attack.