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10 Tips for Life After High School

10 Tips for Life After High School

All seven of my children have desired a college education. As of last May we celebrated our sixth college grad, albeit it was radically different than the previous five, she never got a graduation ceremony!!! Nonetheless, it was an equally proud moment for this...

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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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Getting the Most Out of Holy Week

Getting the Most Out of Holy Week

When the kids were little, I was much more on top of the liturgical colors and the upcoming liturgical seasons. Why? Well, because I made it part of my curriculum. Just like we teach our children the seasons of the year, as a Catholic mom, I taught the Liturgical...

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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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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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How to Homeschool, Beginner and Beyond

How to Homeschool, Beginner and Beyond

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

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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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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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