How to Be a Helpful Catholic Homeschooler

When you start homeschooling, you join a vast community of fellow Catholic homeschoolers. While we may disagree on educational philosophy and some of the externals of our faith, we all share our Catholic faith and the desire to provide our children with a quality education that will help them develop into the people God wants …

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When You Need Help Homeschooling

In its early days (1970s-1980s), modern homeschooling was often a complete rejection of traditional school. Homeschooling parents, many of whom had to fly under the radar, truly embraced learning at home and had a fierce independent streak. They encouraged other parents to believe that they had the knowledge, tools, and love to educate their own …

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Learning New Things is Hard

When was the last time you tried to learn something new? The other night my eight-year-old daughter was trying to teach me some basic Irish dance steps. She’s in her third year of Irish dance classes and is learning many types of dances. As for me, to say I have two left feet would be …

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Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

TeepeeJoy.com has put together a great resource on the pros and cons of homeschooling. They asked 41 Homeschooling veterans (including yours truly) to weigh in on one pro and one con of homeschooling. For those considering homeschooling, it can provide a realistic look at the blessings and challenges of this lifestyle. For those in the …

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How Do You Fill Your Cup? Personal Passions and the Homeschooling Mom

One of my veteran homeschooling friends posted this question on Facebook today. It’s a good question, and I’m going to be honest right up front. I don’t have the answer. Still, I think it is a vital question for homeschoolers to ponder, especially in this back-to-school season. We homeschoolers give so much to our families, …

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Help Other Homeschoolers – Share Your Homeschooling Wisdom!

Will you help other homeschoolers by sharing your hard-earned homeschooling wisdom? I’m taking a survey of Catholic homeschoolers.  I hope you will take a few minutes to answer these 10 questions.  I plan to use the answers in articles and possibly a book on Catholic homeschooling. Please share this survey with your Catholic homeschool friends. …

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Applying to College as a Homeschooler, Part Two

This article originally appeared on Kolbe.org and is used with permission. Miss Part One? Read it here: Applying to College as a Homeschooler, Part One Part 2: The College Application in Parts (1/3) – Standardized Tests and The Outside Letter of Reference Standardized Tests When evaluating a college application, an experienced admissions committee knows that …

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REFRESH 2018 CONFERENCE is here!

It’s the dark days of February and you may be feeling a little flat and unmotivated. We all are at this time of year and homeschooling can start to feel like drudgery so here at Homeschool Connections we would like to give you a day to Refresh.  On Friday, February 23rd we would like you …

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8 Lessons From Finland for Homeschoolers

Finland consistently scores high on the Programme for International Student Assessment, “a set of tests for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading,” despite having short school days and light homework loads. Timothy D. Walker, an American teacher who moved to Finland, set out to find out the secrets behind the success of Finland’s …

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Being an Ambassador for Homeschooling, Whether You Want to Be or Not

There’s this thing about being a homeschooler – people will want to talk to you about it. Your neighbors will inquire why your children are not at school. When you are out in public with school-aged children during school hours, people will ask you about it. In the course of casual conversations with other moms …

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