Your Catholic Home-School Project
Simple 4-Step Method for Catholic Families to
Home-Schooling Right from the Beginning
has been counseling home-schoolers and prospective home-school
parents for years. The following outline includes some of the most
basic and important steps to help you get started and get it right
from the beginning.
Holy Rosary, specifically, is the sine qua non of any
Catholic home-schooling project. Do we home-school or not? What is
the will of God for us? Will home-schooling foster my familys
vocation to holiness? True devotion to Mary is the
indispensable aid to making the right decision. Even if it is Gods
will that you do not home-school, praying the Rosary provides
Catholic families with the grace they need to perform their duties
of state in life.
Meet experienced home-schooling families
we school all the children at home? When do we start? How can we
teach all the subjects? And keep house? What works? What doesnt?
Why are some home-school families happy? Why are others not? Who
is the principal of the home-school? Whos going to teach? Do
parents have a duty to instruct their children in the catechism even
if not teaching at home in other subjects? Must/should
home-schooling parents send children to CCD classes? (Call
home-school mothers and fathers can have these questions and many
others answered best by experienced home-schooling Catholics.
Mothers can join already home-schooling mothers over tea and talk
things over. Fathers have to speak and meet with other
home-schooling fathers. Parents should meet and interview at least
3 experienced Catholic families who are successfully and
happily home-schooling. (Its not a bad idea also to meet and
interview at least one Catholic family who has either
failed at or retired from home-schooling.)
Read books and listen to audio tapes about home schooling; e.g.
Homeschooling?, by Mrs. Janice Smyth (audio cassette available
from Our Lady of the Rosary School; telephone 502/348-1338)
Catholic Homeschool: The Why and How, by Karen Wood (audio
cassette available from Family Life Center International;
Home Schooling: A Handbook for Parents, Mary Kay Clark (book
available from TAN Books & Publishers; 1-800/437-5876)
Your Own Classical Curriculum, Laura Berquist (book available
from Mother of Divine Grace school; 805/646-5818)
Schooling with Confidence: Real Education for the Real World,
Rick & Marilyn Boyer -- call NCCL.
The last step: choose an established curriculum or design your own
seen not a few would-be home-schoolers start here -- and
consequently never start their home-school endeavor or delay it by
years! Composing a curriculum is not easy work, especially for
beginners. The pioneer days of home-schooling are past.
Get help and advice from successful veterans. Design only a
completely Catholic curriculum and choose only Catholic books (when
available). Go back to step no. 2 above: meet and confer again with
the home-schooling mothers and fathers who have experience.
Need leads? Call NCCL. Well do
what we can to make your home-schooling venture a glory to God and a
home-schoolers who have already started, the above schema can be
adapted as follows:
1: Continue to pray the Rosary, frequent the Sacraments, give
alms, perform works of mercy.
2: Stay close to Catholic home-school friends and families; we
need wholesome support.
3: Improve your reading and edify yourself and family with the
best of Catholic literature and devotional works. (Contact NCCL
for an abridged list and/or suggestions.)
4: Re-evaluate your curriculum and progress periodically; seek
more experienced help to assist you.
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