Thirteen Years of Seton Success

“The UPS truck just dropped off our school books!” My sisters, Emily and Mary, my brother John, and I race to the door hoping to arrive first at the four brown boxes that hold our new curriculum. Mine is the easiest to find since it is the biggest and heaviest of them all. There is an advantage of being the oldest: I get all the new books! Boxes are sorted, scissors are found, and packing peanuts start to fly as the boxes are opened. Soon, fresh books emerge which captivate our attention. Thus, our family’s thirteenth year of Seton Homeschooling begins and we all eagerly anticipate the new year’s adventures…

New Year’s Resolutions

As we begin the new year of 2013—a year in which scores of Catholic organizations are suing the federal government simply to secure basic religious freedom—we can easily be anxious about the state of the world. Rather than look around us, perhaps we should look within ourselves and meditate upon our own spiritual life and that of our family…

Flexibility During the Primary Years

Moving from the relaxed learning of the toddler years into a regular organized course of study is the goal of the primary years of education. More specific goals, like how well a student should be spelling at the end of first grade or when to introduce the five times table, can be found in Seton’s lesson plans, which is why it is such a good idea for even experienced home schoolers to read the lesson plans each new school year. Reviewing Seton’s educational goals helps parents to formulate their own plans. Once you understand where you are going, it is easier to see how you can inject some flexibility.