Six Reasons to be Thankful for Homeschooling

November is the traditional time of year for giving thanks to God for all of our blessings during the course of the year, but any day is a great day for giving thanks for homeschooling. After eight years of homeschooling, I have many reasons to be thankful. 1)     The Chance to Share our Catholic Faith …

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Discerning Homeschooling

by Janalin Hood When the idea of home schooling came to me I was rather skeptical. As the daughter of public educators and as a member of a parish with a fantastic Catholic school it didn’t even make sense. For the better part of a year, prior to our oldest approaching school age, the Lord …

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As the Big Yellow School Bus Rolls By and My Child is Not On It

Traditional school is starting this week in my city.  All of the school supplies have been on sale at all of the stores, the lunches are being packed, the backpacks are getting ready,  andthe yellow school buses are coming, but my child is not going to be on it.  See, my husband and I made …

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What About Socialization? The Moral Child is the Socialized Child

You’ve decided to make the leap and homeschool next school year. You’ve found support from some friends and family, and you’ve found others who are completely against the idea. The one thing you keep hearing is: “What about socialization?” That is the big question from everyone, isn’t it? When I first began homeschooling more than …

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God at Work: The Beauty of Hindsight

Today, a fellow homeschooler needed her two children dropped off at her babysitter after our weekly gathering. The babysitter lives close to me so she asked if I might be willing to help and save her a great deal of driving. Happy to do a good deed for today! So, we piled the six kids …

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Educating Those with Special Needs

My friend Christine Hebert recently had a book review published in Lilipoh magazine. They gave her a stack of copies which she graciously shared with our homeschooling group. She alerted us that this was not a Catholic, or Christian, publication (yet they published her review on The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday …

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Homeschooling Support

Each Friday, my children and I get together with our local Catholic homeschooling group. The children play while the moms pray, vent, exchange ideas, do some spiritual reading, and support each other through whatever challenges or blessings we happen to be experiencing at that moment. I don’t know what I would do without the friendship …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling

Knowing of my interest in unschooling, a friend sent me this link today: The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling by Leo Babauta. He describes unschooling as follows: First, it’s a form of homeschooling. But there’s no easy answer to that except in comparison to regular schooling. There’s no one way to do unschooling, and people who …

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The Cure for Your Child’s Boredom?

It’s back to school time, which often means it is also back to a frenetic pace of extra-curricular activities. We want our children to be well-rounded and well-educated and so we sign them up for all sorts of things: sports, dance, scouts, library programs, etc. There isn’t anything wrong with any of those things, but …

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In Education, Sometimes Less is More

The trend in traditional education these days is that more is better – more hours, more days, more instruction. The local Catholic elementary school lengthened the day by an hour this year. The students (including Kindergarteners) now get out at 3:30. Most get home around 4 pm. Those who play sports or having evening activities …

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