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Our Family’s One Heart for the Sacred Heart

Our Family’s One Heart for the Sacred Heart

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog One Heart For The Sacred Heart AUDIO Did you know that June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Traditionally, the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart as the feast day falls within the month. The history of...

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How Homeschooling Builds Catholic Culture

How Homeschooling Builds Catholic Culture

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG How Homeschooling Builds Catholic Culture AUDIO It all begins with an invitation... Here is my Catholic culture story…yes, when my husband I began dating over 35 years ago, he invited me to go to Mass with him one Sunday. I had not...

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Best Mother to Guide Your Family

Best Mother to Guide Your Family

 Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG Best Mother To Guide Your Family AUDIO Ever since my kids were little, they knew who was the "Best Mom in the World".... Mary, the Blessed Mother.   This comes so clearly to their little hearts and I certainly was okay with coming...

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Want to Change Behavior?

Want to Change Behavior?

 Catholic Homeschool Online · Want To Change A Behavior? (Audio) Recently the topic of changing behaviors came up. For example, you have a child who constantly daydreams or dawdles instead of doing their required assignments. What is a parent to do? We had such a...

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Feast Day Resources: Annunciation

Feast Day Resources: Annunciation

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Annunciation Resources AUDIO   Mary's Yes and Our Yes! The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is a beloved feast day, for it is the day we rejoice in Mary’s YES to God!  It only stands to reason that we and the Church...

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Holy Week in Your Homeschool

Holy Week in Your Homeschool

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG: Holy Week in Your Homeschool AUDIO It's coming! That most sacred of weeks in the liturgical year, Holy Week! When the kids were little, I was much more on top of the liturgical colors and the upcoming liturgical seasons. Why? Well,...

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St. Patrick’s Day Family Style

St. Patrick’s Day Family Style

St. Patrick was amazing, he was all about prayer! I became overwhelmed at the sheer number of prayers attributed to this holy man, not only ones he wrote, but also many that were inspired by him.

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Making New Friends Catholic Community Style

Making New Friends Catholic Community Style

Paola Ciskanik, 25+ year homeschool veteran and host of the Catholic Homeschool Community shows you how to make new friends who are on the same homeschool journey! In this quick video we explore the Mighty Networks platform where we host our private, ad free, safe and...

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Homeschool Reading Plan for Lent

Homeschool Reading Plan for Lent

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Lenten Reading Plan AUDIO Wow!  It always seems that Lent arrives just when I need it most!  Am I ready??? It always happens that I feel so dry right about now; I feel overwhelmed. Then, by the grace of God, in comes the season of...

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The Power of Prayer This Lent

The Power of Prayer This Lent

 Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG The Power Of Prayer This Lent Audio Lent is soon upon us! Yay! It comes when I need it most. How about you? Are you ready? And what about your family? I truly believe the BEST place to start with any new season or endeavor,...

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Is Mommy Doubt Setting in Now?

Is Mommy Doubt Setting in Now?

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG: Is Mommy Doubt Setting In Now AUDIO I can remember vividly thinking that my mom knew everything.  She was my superhero, who lived by the motto, “Things will always work out!” How did she do it all? My mom worked the tough job as a...

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Homeschooling When Sickness Hits

Homeschooling When Sickness Hits

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG Homeschooling When Sickness Hits I bet you can relate to this scene! You are nursing full time to the sick kiddos in your home, so you get derailed from teaching the kids not sick. Then when the sick ones get better, the healthy ones...

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Top Tips to Wrap Up the Year

Top Tips to Wrap Up the Year

 Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG Top Tips To Wrap Up The Year AUDIO Here we are in the middle Christmas preparations and the new year is looming fast.....so I will be quick... The struggle is REAL this time of year!! Do you ever feel as though you are not doing...

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Advent Homeschool Tips

Advent Homeschool Tips

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Advent Homeschool Tips AUDIO While we all want Advent to be a peaceful time of waiting for the coming of the Christ child, it is a challenge to fit in all the liturgical celebrations, preparations for Christmas, and homeschooling on...

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Tired Parents Guide to a Peaceful Advent

Tired Parents Guide to a Peaceful Advent

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG: Tired Parent's Guide To A Peaceful Advent AUDIO Let's hear top 5 tips from Dave and Debbie Cowden - fellow homeschoolers and the authors of The Prayer Book for Tired Parents: Practical Ways to Grow in Love of God and Get Your Family...

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“Heavenly Peace” During Advent

“Heavenly Peace” During Advent

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Heavenly Peace During Advent AUDIO Maintaining peace of heart as a mother during Advent may, in fact, seem a Christmas miracle. Lists, activities, shopping, cleaning, cooking, and decorating threaten to turn the bustle into hustle. We...

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2023 Advent and Christmas Family Guide

2023 Advent and Christmas Family Guide

Anticipation... Excitement.... Restlessness.... Are you and your children feeling any of these now??? It's that time of the year. Seasons are changing and we are feeling the anticipation of the Birth of our Lord. The world creates NOISE around this season, distracting...

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All Souls’ Day with Children

All Souls’ Day with Children

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog All Souls' Day With Children AUDIO   This past year we had quite a few funerals, more than I can ever remember. I suppose in part it is due to my “getting on in years.” In part though, it was because some very dear ones died...

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Cultivating Your Women Friends

Cultivating Your Women Friends

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Cultivating Women Friends Audio It’s good to stop and smell the roses! Never take your women friends for granted. I need to remember that every now and then. I need to take a break and connect with other women. On the spur of the...

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Homeschooling Using Strengths

Homeschooling Using Strengths

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Homeschool Using Strengths AUDIO Ever since I can recall, I have always been fascinated by people’s interests and what has led them to where they are! In fact, it actually spilled into my planning and choices of how and what and why I...

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Homeschool Poetry and Drama

Homeschool Poetry and Drama

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog: Homeschool Poetry And Drama AUDIO Who has time for Poetry or Drama, Paola? Maybe you WANT to include poetry and a bit of drama BUT you barely make it through the day. After all with all the other IMPORTANT subjects, you know, the...

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Spreading the JOY of Our Faith

Spreading the JOY of Our Faith

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG Spreading The Joy Of Our Faith AUDIO Truth....young children are capable of so much more than we realize. I have found that children have a special capacity to get to the heart of some really sophisticated and complex realities of our...

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Children’s Catholic Bibles For Homeschooling

Children’s Catholic Bibles For Homeschooling

Beginner Bibles Great Adventure Kids Bible Series By Emily Cavins and Sarah Christmyer Publisher: Ascension Press This dynamic learning system is designed to teach children the story of the Bible in an interactive manner by focusing on the narrative periods and...

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Homeschool using Living History

Homeschool using Living History

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG Living History AUDIO "Living history" is infectious and constitutes a deep level of understanding. For our family, history is a family adventure, we immersed ourselves in a variety of time periods, even to point of having joined a...

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Top Picks Medieval Books

Top Picks Medieval Books

For many years I had the rich treasure of reviewing books for our family's book business, Emmanuel Books. It is a joy to read and review thousands of books offered today to choose the very best ones that fit not only our family, but the needs of the thousands of...

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Top Picks Ancient Egypt Books

Top Picks Ancient Egypt Books

For many years I had the rich treasure of reviewing books for our family's book business, Emmanuel Books. It is a joy to read and review thousands of books offered today to choose the very best ones that fit not only our family, but the needs of the thousands of...

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2023 Virtual Catholic Homeschool Conference

2023 Virtual Catholic Homeschool Conference

Get Ready for the 2023 Catholic Homeschool Conference, hosted by our friends at Homeschool Connections. It is happening June 9th and 10th, 2023. Woo-hoo!!! To get all the juicy details..... I put together a 2023 Virtual Conference Guide book which has all the details...

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Teach Multi-ages Family Style

Teach Multi-ages Family Style

Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG Teach Multi - Ages Family Style AUDIO When it comes to homeschooling multi-ages, life can get super busy, super FAST! I keenly remember having all seven of my children in one year, K through 11th grade! Whoosh!! Many of the curriculum...

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How to Begin Homeschooling

How to Begin Homeschooling

 Catholic Homeschool Online · BLOG: How To Begin Homeschooling AUDIO As an educating mom for over 25 years, I have the unique position of being both parent and teacher, simultaneously. This affords me with the privileged position of knowing my children as life-long...

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The Good News the Homeschool Way

The Good News the Homeschool Way

 Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog The Good News The Homeschool Way AUDIO The other day I heard a knock on the door, who was it? Jehovah Witnesses. Now I will be honest, in the beginning of my homeschool journey, all too often, I shied away from any encounters to...

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Art in Your Homeschool

Art in Your Homeschool

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog; Art In Your Homeschool AUDIO I wrote a blog article about Beauty in the lives of our children. Developing an eye for beauty helps to foster a love of beauty and in turn, the ability to recognize the author of beauty, Jesus Christ. ...

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St. Valentine’s Day Family Style

St. Valentine’s Day Family Style

Catholic Homeschool Online · St. Valentine's Day Family Style AUDIO Necessity is truly the mother of invention! Here is my story! In an attempt to spice things up a bit in our family homeschooling I was planning on doing all things St. Valentine! So off to the library...

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The Secret to Homeschool Success

The Secret to Homeschool Success

 Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog:The Secret To Homeschool Success Want to know a secret? Sure you do!  Drum roll pease… Homeschooling success comes from setting just one goal per child, per year! Yes, that’s it! At present, I am in the middle of personally working...

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Behavior and Discipline

Behavior and Discipline

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog: Behavior And Discipline (Audio) “Remember you are not perfect, and your kids have free will.” These precious words, uttered by a soul sister in Christ, have saved me time and time again! As a young mom I held fast to the erroneous...

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Two Truths in 25 Years of Homeschooling

Two Truths in 25 Years of Homeschooling

Catholic Homeschool Online · Two Truths In 25 Years Homeschooling AUDIO Yup! that is correct only two! Actually, there are many more! As I look back, not only over this year, but also over my 25 years of homeschooling my seven children, TWO very profound truths rise...

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Checking in: How are you?

Checking in: How are you?

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog:Checking In: How Are You? Overwhelmed or Having Fun? Just a quick note for a quick check-in... I am “Going to St. Joseph” these days of Advent and asking him in particular to protect your beautiful family. I am currently re-reading...

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Is Homeschooling Your Kids a War?

Is Homeschooling Your Kids a War?

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Audio: Is Homeschooling Your Kids A War Here we are in the middle of the semester or perhaps close to summer break (for those in the southern hemisphere) and we are struggling, bickering, not getting homeschooling done in any...

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Science, Instilling Wonder

Science, Instilling Wonder

Do you and your kids love science? We do at our house. In fact, several of our kids have expressed this love by completing further studies in science in college. One son currently works in a Lab at Columbia University with his Biology degree and one daughter is a...

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Teach Your Child to Read

Teach Your Child to Read

There are a variety of ways to begin teaching your children to read.  I have used the book Teach Your Child to Read in a 100 Easy Lessons successfully with six of our seven children (our oldest went our parish school for Kindergarten but that is another story). I...

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Math: A Great Beginning Process

Math: A Great Beginning Process

Experience, lots of it, has taught me time and time again that much of learning math skills and concepts in the early formative years is going to be learned through manipulatives, not workbooks. Granted, there may be children who already understand the connection...

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Introducing Littles to History!

Introducing Littles to History!

With the younger set, I really love to begin an introduction of history, and the concept of time, by simply telling stories.   What kind of stories? I often began with the stories of my own family.  My little ones and yours LOVE to hear the stories about "when mommy...

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3 Tips to Overcome the End of Year Struggle

3 Tips to Overcome the End of Year Struggle

The struggle is REAL. Do you ever feel as though you are not doing enough for your homeschooled kiddos? Or you are not sure if what you are currently doing is the right thing? Do you ask yourself, "Am I ruining my kids for life?  Am I setting them up for failure?"...

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One Thousand Gifts & Easter Joy

One Thousand Gifts & Easter Joy

Having a Thankful Heart In my preparation for Easter this Holy Week, I recall picking up Ann Voskamp’s bestselling book, One Thousand Gifts, for the first time.  I was familiar with it as I had often read quotes from it in the Magnificat's daily meditations. They were...

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How to Make Read Aloud Time Work

How to Make Read Aloud Time Work

Are you too tired, too busy, or too distracted to make time to read aloud? You spend all day as teacher, chef, housekeeper, peacemaker, chauffeur, you name it--- There are countless benefits to family read aloud sessions that go well beyond the educational, and these...

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Discipline: Where does it come from?

Discipline: Where does it come from?

What we do is never about us… I was praying the joyful mysteries at Adoration. As I prayed, I was struck by the fourth Joyful Mystery, which is the Presentation in the Temple…and the fruit of this mystery, which is obedience!   Santa Maria della Salute (Venice) –...

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Is God asking you to Homeschool?

Is God asking you to Homeschool?

Do you ever feel like Jonah? If I really am honest with myself, I know what God is asking me to do. But like Jonah I run the other way. I hide myself, escape by hopping aboard the boat of distraction and otherness. As a busy mom (and grandma) I have plenty to keep me...

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Beauty in the Lives of Our Children

Beauty in the Lives of Our Children

I recently listened to a talk by Bishop Barron gave to the Religious Education Congress in March last year. What struck me, to my very core, was that Bishop Barron whole heartily recommended the importance of Beauty in the lives of our children, as a means to keeping...

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Top Picks for Apologetics Catholic Style

Top Picks for Apologetics Catholic Style

Over my 25+ years of homeschooling I also ran our family business, Emmanuel Books, where I was able to review literally thousands of Catholic homeschool books. I share that with you today in the category of Catholic Apologetics. THE PROVE-IT SERIES  By Amy Welborn...

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