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Saturday 31 August 2013

As of today...

....there are 21 new home schooling posts put on in August. I hope you can find them all. plus the list of the older ones I put on Friday.

If you have questions, please ask this coming week, as I hope to finish the series by September 8th, the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here are some paintings concerning that great event.

Thank you. Supertradmum

Rot at the Top

Terrifying New World Order for Parents

HSLDA has warned that the behavior of German authorities is a foreshadowing of what American parents should expect if the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child ever is ratified in the U.S. Its concerns are detailed at the website Parental Rights.
Swedish courts have ordered Dominic Johansson to be permanently separated from his parents, Christer and Annie Johansson.

Bertone Out. Parolin In

Any Vatican watchers who want to comment, feel free to do so.

Just for your information...

...this is a Ramen noodle blog. You can figure this one out, dear readers.....

Traditional First Communion Dresses

And, Zelie's Roses site is worth visiting.  Here are some of her creations. She does work for international customers and her prices are amazingly low. She does the matching veils as well.

The Modest Little Black Dress  And, now for something completely different.

Because my family did societal things, my mother and myself, at an older date, had the little black dress. Now, ours were more modest. But, even, today, there is room for such a dress in a wardrobe. Here are some modest versions and a website of an excellent Catholic seamstress.

My mother had more than one. One was made of taffeta, which is hardly seen. In fact, one of the sad things about clothes since the 1980s, had been the disappearance of fine cloth. Many types of cloth common in the 1950s-1980s are gone.

Sad. And, just because of dryers. Here is a website showing modern, modest clothes and here is the seamstress' website.


Good on', Britain

"It is very clear tonight that while the House has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action - I get that and the government will act accordingly," he said. Cameron

Too bad he did not say that about the people not wanting ssm. 

From The Melkite Catholic Patriarch

and another Christian leader speaks out

Home Schooling and Character Training Part 21:3-The Goal

Before I launch into my character and virtue training for young children, here is a review of some very basic definitions from the CCC. By the way, all of this is from my studies, research, meditation, and years of experience, based on the great minds of the Church and Dr. Montessori.

1833 Virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do good.

1834 The human virtues are stable dispositions of the intellect and the will that govern our acts, order our passions, and guide our conduct in accordance with reason and faith. They can be grouped around the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance

1804 Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good.
The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.

1810 Human virtues acquired by education, by deliberate acts and by a perseverance ever-renewed in repeated efforts are purified and elevated by divine grace. With God's help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good. The virtuous man is happy to practice them.

1811 It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Christ's gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of the virtues. Everyone should always ask for this grace of light and strength, frequent the sacraments, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and follow his calls to love what is good and shun evil.

Now, one needs not define the virtues except in simple terms, such as looking at the life of Christ.

I am referring to 0-6 ages in this part of character formation, as I believe with the Jesuits, that one if basically formed by age five.

So, the first thing is to determine how all the virtues can be taught in daily actions of home schooling, as well as being taught. I would concentrate on the hidden life of Christ (do not use private revelations, please), but merely explain that Jesus, like any child, was obedient to his parents, reading the Finding of the Lord in the Temple at some point. But, because this is the longest process, I am showing you the goals before the process.

But, my emphasis is not on religious curriculum that is in a workbook but on daily life which forms character and enhances the virtues.

This is a mind-set. Now, Dr. Montessori in her forty years of experience and watching children noticed working patterns. These working patterns incorporated these observations-initial work,  false fatigue, great work and rest, in a phenomenon which happened to all children working in her environment. Now this pattern is connected to the normative child's capabilities, which I repeat here. Now, parents, bear with me as this part of the postings is long.........but let me get you started here. If this list shows the normal child's capacity, what is that list saying about the life of the virtues? About the child's character building? The first thing is to respect what God is doing in the child, in His child. These adorable creatures are only loaned to us.

What you are doing with the child is cooperating with grace.

I thank this site for the summary of these four Montessori traits from her books, as I do not have my Montessori books with me.

Now, these things will happen if the parent is setting up the optimum home schooling environment for character building. 

And, when I first studied these 40 years ago, I saw the overlap with Benedictism and the rule of Ora et Labora. 

I realized immediately the inspiration of the seeking of the knowledge, which I have written about much on this blog,and the pursuit of God. Remember this book is one I have read so many times it literally fell apart. 

Seriously, if someone would like to find me a new one, I would appreciate it. 

So what one is seeing is that there is an overlap of spirituality, which is a natural cause and effect, of finding God in work, in prayer and in study. When I set up home schooling, I chose the Benedictine model, although, as you saw in the list yesterday, one can choose the others-Jesuit, Dominican, Ursuline, Salesian and so on......I hope this character building through work and study is beginning to sink in. For this chart, I stop and write the main virtues connected to the character traits. But, I shall go more into details.

Now, I am showing you the end product, as it were; next posts will be on how to get there on how to make these grow.

I am adding the list of virtues to the skills of the normalized child. These are the goals of character building which the child is created to do by God in a natural process. One is not imposing, but guiding.

1) Love of work

The first characteristic of the process of normalization is love of work. Love of work includes the ability to choose work freely and to find serenity and joy in work (The Absorbent Mind, p. 202). 

And I add; virtues of love, honesty, wisdom, peace, diligence, patience, zeal, perseverance. prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, faith, hope, rectitude, obedience, reverence, humility.

(2) Concentration

To help such development, it is not enough to provide objects chosen at random, but we [teachers] have to organize a world of 'progressive interest' (The Absorbent Mind, p. 206)

And I add; virtues of peace, patience, diligence, temperance, purity of mind and heart, faith, hope, integrity, obedience, zeal.

(3) Self-discipline

After concentration will come perseverance . . . It marks the beginning of yet another stage in character formation . . . It is the ability to carry through what he has begun. The children in our schools choose their work freely, and show this power unmistakably. They practice it daily for years.(The Absorbent Mind p. 217) 

And I add; virtues of perseverance, honesty, diligence, temperance, justice, prudence, obedience, purity, courage (bravery), self-control, rectitude, integrity, love. 

(4) Sociability. 

There is only one specimen of each object, and if a piece is in use when another child wants it, the latter—if he is normalized—will wait for it to be released. Important social qualities derive from this. The child comes to see that he must respect the work of others, not because someone has said he must, but because this is a reality that he meets in his daily experience.(The Absorbent Mind, p. 223).

And I add; virtues of kindness, generosity, patience, , mercy, humility, compassion, forgiveness, selflessness, justice, charity, forbearance, integrity, bravery, love, faith, hope. 

By the way,  The Children's Book of Virtues, and The Book of Virtues are fantastic, but for older children, around six or seven. I just let my son read those on his own and we discussed some of the stories. These are a must for the home schooling family.

Next will be the practical steps on how to encourage this type of normal, Christian character in a child. I think some of you will see where I am going with this in the home schooling environment.

Love this letter. Love this priest

Homeschooling Part 20 The Rational Child and Virtues 2

Too many parents have been taught that there is a head-heart dichotomy. Not enough parents understand that the darkening of the intellect is a result of sin.

The intellect and the heart bring one to God, and for the child, both grow together. The idea that a child is not growing intellectually while even in the womb has long been proven false by both science and psychology. Now, the formation of the child and the teaching of the virtues must involve both the heart and the head.

This idea that religion is merely picked up by example has never been  a Catholic idea, but a Protestant one. When the Protestant Revolt threw out tradition and over a thousand years of approaching Faith through Reason, Christianity was doomed to weakness.

The virtues inform both the heart and the intellect and some virtues specifically perfect the intellect.

I shall take the virtues one by one and help the parents who are following this series see that as parents part of their role is not merely loving the child but passing down the Faith both in theory and in practice.

What the Protestant Revolt did and what Satan is doing daily is separating Faith from Reason, heart from intellect.

What has been created in the minds of many contemporary parents is a skewed idea of the normal child.

A normal child develops his character by cooperating with grace in the same manner as an adult does. But, the child is actually more sensitive to his surroundings and to the movements of grace because he has not sinned as much, not because he does not have concupiscence, but because the habits of sinned have not become ingrained.

The habits of virtues, therefore, can be taught more readily to a child than to an adult, who must first be purified of sin, imperfections, the tendencies toward sin and a corrupted imagination.

One can see why early formation in the virtues is key to becoming a saint.  And, this formation does not happen automatically, but under certain conditions.

Order is a sign of a normal child, a child who has been allowed to develop the virtues at an early age. Disorder is a sign of a child who has been denied the opportunity for growth in the virtues. I am not referring to physical or mental illnesses in this or any posts.

The signs of the normalized child were outlined first by Dr. Montessori and some may be surprised by the list.  Now, I must add a distinction here for the sake of clarity. Baptism changes us. It takes away Original Sin, but there is more. I remind parents that we are all born in sin, with a fallen nature, and literally slaves to sin. Here is a list from the CCC as a reminder of the consequences of baptism. I repeat them here to emphasize that in teaching children, there will be a difference in children who are baptized and those who are not.  The entire person is given the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity in mind, soul, body. This makes a difference in formation.

By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin.66 In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam's sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God.

The Most Holy Trinity gives the baptized sanctifying grace, the grace of justification: 

- enabling them to believe in God, to hope in him, and to love him through the theological virtues; 

- giving them the power to live and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit through the gifts of the Holy Spirit; 

- allowing them to grow in goodness through the moral virtues. 

Thus the whole organism of the Christian's supernatural life has its roots in Baptism

 Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation.83  Sections 1263- 1272, with some omissions.

I have highlighted the sections pertinent to this post. Remember that personality and character grow together, and that it would be a violence to the child to interrupt the flow of graces given to become the adult he is to become, through Christ and the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Notice how the giving of the infused theological virtues, faith, hope, and charity, and of the cardinal, also called, the moral virtues or intellectual virtues. The source of these virtues is sanctifying grace. I shall go more into detail in the next posts.  Here is a brief note from my perfection guru, Garrigou-Lagrange on this subject.

In conformity with tradition and with a decision of Pope Clement V at the Council of Vienne,(5) the Catechism of the Council of Trent (Part II, On baptism and its effects), answers: "The grace (sanctifying), which baptism confers, is accompanied by the glorious cortege of all the virtues, which, by a special gift of God, penetrate the soul simultaneously with it." This gift is an admirable effect of the Savior's passion which is applied to us by the sacrament of regeneration.
Moreover, in this bestowal of the infused moral virtues, there is a lofty fitness that has been well set forth by St. Thomas.(6) The means, he observes, must be proportioned to the end. By the infused theological virtues we are raised and directed toward the supernatural last end. Hence it is highly fitting that we should be raised and directed by the infused moral virtues in regard to supernatural means capable of leading us to our supernatural end.

In each of these categories, I have placed virtues for the parent to be aware for the sake of helping the child, who is the main creator of himself. With grace, love, the proper environment  character is formed and that involves the mind, the heart, the soul.  I shall continue this in the next several posts. There are subcategories of virtues aligned with the main ones listed above, and all of these can be encouraged in the young child. The cardinal virtues are called such as they are "hinges" like on a door, cardo, in Latin, in Summa de bono,  by Philip the Chancellor, found on this site. 

A child without baptism can develop natural or human virtues, which are good and salutary, but he cannot develop these or have these elevated without grace. Without grace, the life of the virtues becomes anemic, almost impossible to follow, and finally, dies under sin. Now, the signs of the normalized child, character traits which have been enhanced by grace, are these discovered by Montessori:

1) Love of work

(2) Concentration

(3) Self-discipline

(4) Sociability. 

As one who is Montessori trained and one who has worked in several schools, including my own, I can say that I have witnessed this normalization over and over and over. Grace helps the child in these key areas of character development. To be continued....

By the way, parents, if you have not read this book, do so. I taught it along with another of the author and cannot recommend it to highly.

Friday 30 August 2013

One Word for This-Depravity

Wow, shades of evil

Friday's Home Schooling Posts Listed Here

One of My Professors Who Is A Priest Worked Hard Here

The Cargo Cult people have objected to Christianity for a long time. One of my old teachers, a Marist missionary, had to flee for his life in the 1980s from these people. Paganism has been hard to counteract. We have a missionary shortage in the Church and such groups will be lost. God have mercy on all involved. Sadly, with the priest and sister shortage, so many people in the world go without new missionary efforts.

Christ told us to go out and teach all nations. How can we do this, now?

Dark Night Series Update

From today's NO Mass: 

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 DR

For this is the will of God, your sanctification

Dark Night series is on hold for a few days.....

Persecuted Priest To Be Beatified

Told you so....

Impressive-I Shall Follow This New College

Seamus Heaney Died-We Are Losing A Great Generation of Poets-RIP

Home Schooling Series Part 19-Character And The Virtues I

Justice and Mercy One

I do not have my book which I wrote on character building and the formation of the life of virtues in the child, but I shall do my best from memory. I have not looked at those notes since 2008, when I organized a little home schooling mini-conference, which was attended by a small group of about 100 people. I wrote the book ten years ago in 2003 and used it in teacher training at a few NAPCIS schools. I shall do my best from memory.

However, I can start with the very basic moral principle for teaching the pre-schooler and all children consequences. For an understanding both of mercy and justice, this step provides a natural basis for growth.

If a child spills juice, let him help you wipe it up, even at age two. If she breaks a glass, have her help sweep up the pieces, being careful, of course. Every small thing which has a consequence teaches the process of cause and effect, which in turn informs the moral consciousness. Morality involves both justice and mercy, and that is learned first, naturally and then supernaturally. If you are a regular reader, you will remember the posts on St. Bernard and also the Benedictines, when I wrote of super-naturalizing the natural and naturalizing the supernatural. This is what Bernard spoke about to his monks, and what we understand through the Rule, and also through Aquinas. Interestingly enough, although I did not realize it until I read yesterday the translation of the book on the child and the Church, Dr. Montessori uses similar language. The entire environment can be supernaturalized.

But, back to consequences. Without a natural understanding of consequences, such as some baby birds die, some kittens are larger than others, some plants need light and some shade, the child does not have a natural link with everyday life which then moves quickly into the supernatural life of the growth of the soul.

Those of us who lost siblings early saw this in illness, death, funerals, burials, and children should attend such. Death is a natural consequence of Original Sin and the child who has fresh antennae for spiritual realities can be taught much at these times of sorrow.

Too many modern parents are faulty in these areas of child-rearing:

One, parents want to spare the child all pain; this is a false construct. Too many parents shield their children from unpleasant natural consequences which come up in the family. The human psyche needs this grounding.

Two, they do everything for the child. I was astounded a few years ago by a mother who complained at how tired she was doing housework. She has several children and none of them did any chores. Doing chores creates not only a good and necessary work ethic, but teaches consequences. My mother had chore charts on the wall to remind us of our daily duties. I did this with my son when he was little. Gold stars for perfect completion of chores, silver for second best, blue for third, red for fourth and so on, were placed for all to see. My mom was doing this in the 1950s. (One of my brothers was woeful at chores, so I would cheat now and then and add stars, as later, at about age nine, we could put our own on after Mom examined the done chore. I was smart enough not to give him gold or silver, as she would have noticed that. But, I am sure she had a laugh at the string of blue stars under his name and list. Happy days.)

If a child cleans the bedroom, she can sleep better and have order in her life, and so on.

Three, parents miss small opportunities in which to teach consequences through their own failures to follow-though. I am sure all parents reading this post understand this problem. It takes time and purpose to follow-through on events and omissions. One example in another house was a mom who complained to me about her teen son's library fines, which were exorbitant, such as $30 USD. Yet, she did not help him keep track of his books, CDs. DVDs, nor did she teach him that if he was late in returning these, he had to pay the fines.  This is a natural consequence which builds into a spiritual consequence of good stewardship. One learns justice, which is the natural and supernatural process leading to punishment or reward through such everyday happenings.

Another mom let her children graze, which is an abomination in my book for many reasons. Then, when she had company, as her husband had a prominent position, her children did not know how to act when people came for dinner and were rude and in the way. She knew it was a bad situation, but she did not have the moral strength herself to change their eating habits, which she had allowed. She was embarrassed, but the fault was her own lack of discipline and not teaching children appropriateness of eating and drinking.

Justice demands order, and the child cannot interiorize what are not first external rules and order.

Which leads to point four. If one expects a child to internally have a moral sense of right and wrong, there must be discipline, and consistency in discipline externally. One cannot let something go which was not allowed before and so on. Children thrive in a consistent, ordered environment.

Examples will follow according to the virtues emphasized.

For each virtue, there are corresponding processes for formation of that virtue. I shall share some of these in posts this next week.

To be continued...

Homeschooling Advice Insert Part 18 High School Science and HSLDA plus notes on Iowa and Europe

I shall get back to the promised character building posts later today, but a reader asked me about science curriculum for high schoolers, and I know not all read comments.

I used the Glencoe Science for high school. If the parent has trained the child in Catholic morality and ethics regarding science, then there is no reason not to use secular books of the highest level.

I also used NFP materials, but then I taught that. Again, dads should do sex ed with the male children and girls with the moms. But, one must give sex ed at some point. I just did my own. A parent can decide what age is best. Either immediately pre-pubescence or pubescence seem appropriate ages. Do NOT let girls be caught off-guard, as they can be terrified with the onset of puberty without guidance from mom.

Here are some links.

I am sure there are updates on these texts. Also, do not forget the Great Books series for science and science history.

As to Maths, I used Addison-Wesley and Pearson Prentice Hall series and there are lesson plans on line. Pearson has an entire home school section on line  UPDATE ON MATH...I forgot about the Singapore Math Series which some people have used. I can recommend it for some children.

Thankfully, we left Iowa which has one of the two most stringent set of laws for home schoolers. Here is the page below, however, from Pearson's for guidelines, and other states are listed as well. Make sure you join the Home Schooling Legal Defense Association. There is an international one as well

I cannot encourage parents enough to join that group. The biggest problem is not state rules, but neighbors! In some areas, people are mean and rude enough to phone school districts if they see kids playing at two in the afternoon outside. They assume truancy. If one has joined this group, one can just mention that and it stops unlearned critics. The dues are worth it.

Here is the state link for Pearson.

And, here is the sad update on Sweden, which does not support parents' rights to teach.

Homeschooling Family Fined $15,000 by Swedish Supreme Court
August 19, 2013: The highest Swedish court has ruled against Jonas Himmelstrand and his family and fined them an exorbitant sum, even though they are currently in exile in Finland and are no longer living or homeschooling in Sweden. from
International Homeschooling—Watch Video from a Dozen Countries
January 2, 2012: Homeschoolers from across Europe gathered for a meaningful time of sharing experiences and learning about the homeschool laws in other countries.
Compulsory Attendance Ages: 5-16
Legal Status: Homeschooling is legal in England and Wales under the 1944 Education Act, which was consolidated in 1996. Section 7, Education Act 1996 states, "…[E]fficient full-time education, suitable to his age, ability and aptitude and to any special education needs he may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise." Under the "or otherwise" phrase in the law, families can legally homeschool.
There are no requirements to inform the authorities when one is home educating, unless the student was previously enrolled in the government school system. At that time, the parent must let the school official know they are withdrawing their student to home educate him. No other requirements for home education exist.
Number of Homeschoolers: Between 20,000 and 100,000 children.
I think it is tragic the low numbers of home schoolers in the UK. I started home schooling in Dorset in 1991 and had nothing but encouragement from the local authorities. Catholics owe their children the best Catholic education and it is not to be found in the school system. 
By the way, if you are homeschooling in Iowa, visit the Iowa Space Science Center, run by one of my brothers. He is the one who looks like me.


Charlie Miller photo
The founding director of Rediscover Science (formerly the Iowa Space Science Center Initiative) is Charles Miller. Born in Davenport, he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (University of Iowa) and worked for 3 years as an engineer at Motorola, Inc (Schaumberg, IL). He returned to academics to receive a doctoral degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Iowa, with specialization in Auditory Physiology. He later conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Michigan prior to returning to Iowa City.
Over a 20-year career, he worked in the field of systems physiology of the mammalian auditory nerve, determining how the nerve bundle and individual nerve fibers respond to the various types of electric stimuli delivered by cochlear implants. This work required skills in surgery, evoked-potential recordings, and large-scale data analyses. He taught at the University, authored or co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, was an invited speaker at international meetings, and an investigator or principle investigator on several NIH grants. Available here is a downloadable PDF copy of his curriculum vitae.
Dr. Miller is now devoting one-quarter to one-half of his time to the ISSC project, with almost all of that time volunteered. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and daughter.

The Center also has a store. Coo

Serious from Buchanan

"Why this rush to war? Why the hysteria? Why the panic?"

"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."

Spirituality, Methodology And Older Home Schooling Posts-One

09 Aug 2013
O Divine Child Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Father, You are the true light that enlightens everyone coming into this world. It is through You that I am, it is through You that all things have been made, and without You nothing ...
29 May 2013
St. Madeline Sophie Barat, whose feast it is today, had a great love of Classical Education, as I do. I suggest home schooling mums and dads pray to her for all their needs and the needs of their children. She loved the Sacred ...
27 Jan 2012
Did many notice Obama's stand against homeschooling in his address this week? When I home schooled, I belonged to the Home School Legal Defense Association for most of the 14 years or so I home schooled. Thankfully ...
23 Feb 2012
I've been homeschooling my daughter for 3 years now - and we love it. Arizona has some of the easiest homeschooling laws in the US. But, who knows how long it will last if Pres. Obama wins another term? Another mandate ...

14 Feb 2012
Homeschooling is illegal in Sweden, and if you are a Catholic, this could be a matter of religious freedom. For over a hundred years, Popes have declared the parents as the primary teachers of their children, with the necessity ...
17 Jun 2012
June 15, 2012, ( – A Swedish homseschooling couple may shortly be reunited with their son after a prolonged separation, after a Swedish court has judged that the couple did not act irresponsibly by ...

23 Aug 2013
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21 Aug 2013
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19 Jun 2012
If Catholics in the pew in any country of the West do not start working to save their own rights regarding religious freedom, they have only themselves to blame if they find themselves under totalitarian democracies. de ...

14 Aug 2013
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18 Jan 2013
Two characteristics of this type of learning is competition and modelling, or emulation. Positive feedback for work well-done is part of this method. Sadly, most Ignatian institutions no longer follow the strict regime of the Ratio ...
18 Jan 2013
St. Ignatius Tomorrow, I shall post the Salesian Preventive System and then look at my favourite, the Benedictine system. St. John Bosco's ideals were written in his The Preventive System in the Education of the Young.

18 Jan 2013
The development of the student's intellectual capacity is the school's most characteristic part. However, this development will be defective and even dangerous unless it is strengthened and completed by the training of the will ...

18 Jan 2013
When I did home schooling, and when I taught Socratic Method and the Classics, I used a paradigm based on Benedictine educational paradigms, which I shall save to last. The primary reason for presenting these ideals is to ...
25 Aug 2012
Maybe living in the Midwest of America, where there are stay-at-home moms, and moving in the home schooling, stay-at-home mom community, I just did not hear it. I was a happy housewife and that stay-at-home period of my ...
20 Jun 2012
I home schooled 7 of my 8 living children for over 25 years and now I spend my time either mucking horse stalls or babysitting 2 of my 15 grandchildren. Some days I do both:) I like your blog because it is the same "brand" of ...

18 Jan 2013
Home schooling parents benefit from using what has already been developed by these inspired men. Ignatius John Bosco Benedict and others. If I have time, I shall write about the Ursulines and Dominicans. But, sadly, few of ...
06 Dec 2012
If you are Catholic parents and Christian parents, you cannot teach your children at home except in the Philippines which has excellent home schooling groups. There is an estimated 4,0000 children being home schooled in ...
07 Jun 2013
Home school and get involved in home schooling communities or create one yourself. These groups usually include good conservative Evangelicals and Catholic mums. 2) Find the closest TLM and go to it. Most TLMs have ...

26 Jun 2013
I suggest home schooling parents consider it. Both methods stress thinking skills. Both explore. So does Montessori, 

18 Jan 2013
St. John Bosco's ideals were written in his The Preventive System in the Education of the Young. There is no right or wrong or even a hierarchy of preferences for these methods. Only, parents involved in home education, ...
18 Jan 2013
The primary reason for presenting these ideals is to show that a home schooling family needs to choose a way which suits them both practically and spiritually. A religious or philosophical approach to education must be ...
19 Jan 2013
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20 Jan 2013
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20 Jan 2013
The purpose of education is to produce women of faith and of reason, to prepare for the ... Such was the vision of Ursuline education presented by Mother Marie de Saint-Jean Martin. ... Labels: home education, ursulines ...

07 Apr 2013
But, if I had to choose one book dealing with classical education to take to a desert island, it would be the Doctor of the Church St. Isidore of Seville's Etymologie. This work is a compilation of knowledge and definitions from the classical ... However, I have helped set up such in some schools in the States and in Canada, and my home school was based on this and the Montessori Method. What does all this have to do with perfection? God has given us brains to use to ...

19 Jan 2013
In the beginning of the Constitutions of the Salesian Order, St. John Bosco writes of the purpose of his method of education: "the Christian perfection of its associates obtained by the exercise of spiritual and corporal works of charity .... every faithful Christian should receive holy communion whenever he hears Mass, and that this communion should not only be spiritual but also sacramental, so that greater fruit may be reaped from this august and divine sacrifice (Conc.
21 Aug 2013
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19 Aug 2013
Now, the upper classes, according to archaeologists, enjoyed meals with these ingredients (and this site is great for home schoolers, btw): triangular .... to Facebook. Labels: Catholic education, Dark Night, home education ...

I am not going to repeat the methodologies of the Benedictines, Jesuits, Dominicans, Ursulines or Salesians, as I did that in can find those here.