Tag: homeschooling

Another Great Catholic Homeschool Conference

This weekend was the St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s annual Catholic Homeschool Conference. SLCHA has been holding these conferences for almost 20 year and I have been intimately involved in the planning of 16 of them. Always a fun and informative weekend, even for someone who has been homeschooling as long as I have. Great vendors, speakers,…

If you are in or near St. Louis . . .

Don’t miss the 2012 St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Associations Catholic Homeschool Conference! Tonight’s schedule is as follows: 6-9 p.m. Check-In/Vending 6-6:30 p.m. Pizza and Social Time for High School Students 7 p.m. For High School Students: The Essential Catholic Survival Guide: A Map for the Journey David and Kendel Williams   For all the details, visit…

Free online learning at Kahn Academy

With over 3,000 videos and 315 practice lessons, KhanAcademy looks like a wonderful resource for homeschoolers. There are all sorts of topics including: math, science, art, finances, history, and more. This is a secular site so everything here may not be appropriate for your homeschool. Approach it as you would any curriculum. The video I…

St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Conference

The St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s 2012 Catholic Homeschool Conference is next weekend. This is one of the largest Catholic homeschool conferences in the midwest. If you are in the St. Louis area, I hope to see you there. Friday, March 30 & Saturday, March 31 Cardinal Rigali Center 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO…

Refresh! at this online homeschool conference

Beat winter burnout with Homeschool Connections’ series of FREE webinars for homeschool parents. Over 12 webinars that you attend from home, online, all free, with nationally known speakers. On the schedule so far: Finding Levity in Your Homeschool; A Chestertonian Principle — Nancy Brown Simplified Writing: What Every High School Student Needs to Know to…

Book Club — Little House on the Prairie

I am leading a small Book Club at our Homeschool Co-op this year. There are five girls in the class, ranging from 2nd to 6th grade, and we meet every other week. For our first book we chose Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This was an easy and fun read for…

School kills creativity

I like to think we thrive on being creative in our house. I don’t think my kids would be the incredibly creative individuals they are had they gone to conventional schools. Check out this Ken Robinson video. It’s well worth your time.

Our patron for the 2011-2012 school year

Every fall we choose a different patron saint for our school year. For the 2011-2012 academic year we have chosen St. Louis, King of France. For one reason or another we were having a hard time choosing this year. Today in Mass it just came to me. Was it because we were at the Cathedral…

Sad but true: this picnic means end of summer

It had to happen sooner or later — summer is officially over. Yesterday was our St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association back to school/end of summer picnic. Lots of familiar faces, and even some new ones. With our members being spread out far and wide, many of us haven’t gotten together all summer. It was a…

The 12th grade plan

Senior year of high school is always fun to plan. The hard stuff is done and out of the way and we can concentrate on advanced special interest courses. Math: Trigonometry Religion: Catholicism & Ethics followed by Catholicism & Scripture Engish: Warriner’s English Grammar & Composition Literature: British Literature – still being fine tuned History: …

The 9th grade plan

I still can’t believe my son is in now high school! There will be lots and lots of heavy duty reading and writing this year. He should enjoy Ancient History/Lit — lots of wars, weapons, and bloodshed! Here are the basics: Math: Saxon Algebra 1 Religion: Catholicism & Reason Vocabulary/Composition: Sadlier-Oxford’s Vocabulary Workshop Writing: this…

Help not needed, at least not this kind

Saint Louis Catholic posted today about an offer, from the City of St. Louis,  to “help” homeschooling parents. Read his post  “Homeschool Help” from the City of St. Louis? Um, No Thanks, and remember, according to  Missouri statute 167.042 RSMo, registering with the recorder of deeds or the school district is purely optional!

Planning the planbook

As I patiently (?) wait for my planbooks to arrive, I thought I would share this post from the archives: Planbook Alterations I do just about everything on my computer. Everything except my homeschool planbooks. I want to be able to take them with me, give them to the kids, erase, regroup, and visually “see”…

The 6th grade plan

The new school year is just around the corner. My planbooks are on order and I’m sorting out the details for my 6th, 9th, and 12th grade students. Planning for my 6th grader is fairly easy. I am still undecided on a science for her, but I’ll sort that out this week. Here’s the basic…

Lost, and found, tools of learning

I’m sure most of you are deep in the midst of your homeschool planning for next year. If you are in need of some inspiration, read “The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers. “The Lost Tools of Learning” by Dorothy Sayers has been used by many schools in the US as a basis for…

Poor ignored blog

For about two months now I have totally ignored my blog! I didn’t mean to, and every day goes by and I try to get something posted, but with no luck. I’ve got lots of excuses: a tornado, wedding planning, working part-time, kid’s growing up and moving out, getting ready for a trip to New…