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Here is Your Catholic Homeschool Blueprint

Here is Your Catholic Homeschool Blueprint

I just completed a mini-workshop called Thriving Catholic Homeschool Blueprint. HIp hooray! It is the result from the 25 years of homeschooling my own seven children and the hundreds of families I have had the honor to coach. My way to pay it forward to the sisters in...

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An Invitation to Joy this Christmas

An Invitation to Joy this Christmas

Joy is comprised of only three letters of the alphabet, yet it comprises so much more. Did you know JOY is used 172 times in the Bible? Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI calls the Holy Spirit, the "Spirit of eternal joy" constantly emphasizing that Christianity, which really...

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Two Truths in 25 Years of Homeschooling

Two Truths in 25 Years of Homeschooling

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 to the top! Numero uno on the list is: If I don't write it down it will...

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3 Tips to Overcome the End of Year Struggle (Updated)

3 Tips to Overcome the End of Year Struggle (Updated)

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...

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Art at Home!

Art at Home!

Last week, I talked 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.  Let's talk art at home! For your child’s first introduction to...

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Easter Joy

Easter Joy

Where was I last year at this time? Spiritually that is.... I wrote an article called, "One Thousand Gifts and Easter Joy." In it, I reflected on Ann Voskamp's book by the same title and my thoughts of having a thankful heart! Here is a bit.... Ann started a...

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Hope

Hope

“The one who has hope lives differently.”
This awesome quote is emblazoned on a souvenir tote I still use that contains the latest baby blanket I am working on. They are for the local Birthright and the tote bag is my constant reminder as I pray and crochet.

There is more time these days for me to sit and crochet.
I bet you are finding more time too with the current “stay home” orders to get to some of these often overlooked activities accomplished.

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Discipline: Part 2 – The Discipline Dozen Tips

Discipline: Part 2 – The Discipline Dozen Tips

In my recent post about discipline, I talked about where obedience comes from.  This is the first step in achieving harmony in the home.  Remember not perfect harmony, but a grace-filled harmony derived by a deep desire to share your LOVE of Christ and a thanksgiving for the children he has loaned, oh so briefly to you!

To continue, here are some very real axioms, practical tips, that have proved successful. I call them the Discipline Dozen!

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5 Keys to Reimagining School

5 Keys to Reimagining School

I taught a FREE webinar this past Friday, February 7th. It is called the 5 Keys to Reimagining School. This webinar is all about to gaining peace and clarity!  Let's stop the mommy overwhelm together! I was invited to speak at the Refresh 2020...

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Get Ready to Thrive in Your Homeschool

4 simple steps to create your best year! 25+ years of homeschool experience compressed into 1 simple guide. Written by Paola Ciskanik

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How to Begin Homeschooling

How to Begin Homeschooling

As a home-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 lifelong learners in a grace-filled and intimate way. I am unlike any teacher...

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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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