Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kansas City, Andrew Pudewa, and High School

I saw this over at the 2009 Kansas City Catholic Homeschool website and just had to share:
Be sure to check out the "High School Essay Intensive" seminar presented Andrew Pudewa. This special seminar will be held both on Thursday (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM at St. James Academy in Lenexa) and Friday (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM at Savior Pastoral Center). Cost per teen is $50. To register for either seminar session go to or call (800) 856-5815. For more details refer to the PDF file.
This is way too cool. I would love to have Andrew Pudewa teach my kids how to write. Too bad it's a 12-hour drive from Michigan!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Homeschooling Architecture - Help

I have a 13-year old son who wants to be an architect. With five years until high school graduation, his mind could change before college. However, this has been on his heart for quite a while now and I'd like to help him along in discovering all things architecture.

My first inclination was to pull out my copy of Nancy Nicholson's High School of Your Dreams from Catholic Heritage Curricula. My guess is that this subject is well covered in there. Unfortunately, I can't find it anywhere. I don't know if it got lost in the move or if I lent it out. (I do have a bad habit of lending out my favorite stuff and then forgetting who I lent it to.)

So, until my copy (hopefully) shows up, does anyone have ideas for me? Tips? Advice? Favorite resources? I'd love any input!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Dayton Catholic Homeschooling Conference

For those who live anywhere around Ohio, make sure to check out the 5th Annual Dayton Catholic Homeschool Conference July 10 & 11, 2009.

I hear they are very pleased to welcome their new Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. He'll say Mass for conference attendees Saturday July 11 at 8:30am.

Wouldn't it be awesome to pack the house with lovely Catholic home educators to welcome Archbishop Schnurr to Ohio? It's a great opportunity to not only enjoy speakers and cruise the vending hall, but to let the archbishop see what a jewell he has in the Catholic homeschooling community.

Complete conference information and registration is available at .

PSN5: A Guy's Guide to the Good Life

To read past library recommendations, or to join the email list, visit: Pope Saint Nicholas V.

Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is, put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

Title: A Guy's Guide to the Good Life: Virtues for Men
Author: Robert P. Lockwood
Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Date Published: April 2009
ISBN-10: 0867168676
ISBN-13: 978-0867168679
Price: 13.99 (10.97 Amazon)

Mike Aquilina: Guy Talk

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hi, My Name is Maureen and I'm a Curriculum Addict

The new Emmanuel Books catalog is here, the new Emmanuel Books catalog is here! Don't bother trying to reach me anytime soon, I've got catalog cruising to do.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

PSN5: Angels of God

If you're like me, you're sick of hearing and seeing promotions for Ron Howard's Angels and Demons. Well, I've discovered an antidote: Go out and buy Mike Aquilina's Angels of God. And, while you're at it, have your library buy it too!

To read past library recommendations, or to join the email list, visit: Pope Saint Nicholas V.

Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is, put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

Title: Angels of God: The Bible, the Church and the Heavenly Hosts
Author: Mike Aquilina
Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Date Published: March 2009
ISBN-10: 0867168986
ISBN-13: 978-0867168983
Price: 12.99 (10.13 Amazon)
Comments: As the catalog says: forget the sweet-faced cherubs of popular culture, and brace yourself for a far more potent reality: powerful heavenly beings who play a significant role in the drama of your daily life. Our fellowship with the angels (says Aquilina) is “not an ornament on our religion; it’s a life skill.”

RUSSELL SHAW: “Angels of God is a learned, readable and ultimately inspiring account — based on Scripture, the teaching and worship of the Church, and the real-life experience of many individuals — of the role played by these heavenly friends of ours in God’s providential plan and in our lives. If you want to get to know your guardian angel, start here.”
MARCUS GRODI: “… by far one of the most thorough and helpful books I’ve ever read about angels. Michael’s book remains safely within the boundaries of Sacred Tradition and gives readers a clearer understanding of ourselves, in relation to God and his heavenly realm.”
FATHER T.G. MORROW: Everything you ever wanted to know about angels and never asked. Another big hit for Mike Aquilina.”

Friday, May 15, 2009

Online Summer School

Because there is just so much to write about regarding Homeschool Connections these days and because it has virtually taken over my personal blog, I started a Homeschool Connections blog. So, head over there right now and check it out.

I've posted all of the summer course offerings and you don't want to miss that (you'll need to do scroll down to see it all). They are amazingly cool, totally righteous, and mind-blowingly awesome. Really.

Oh, and please tell all your friends. (Courses are not restricted to homeschooled students.) You don't want great news like this to go unheard.

The instructors of the courses are Catholic college professors who are carving out time from their summers to serve Catholic high school students. I'm really excited about having these two gentleman teaching for Homeschool Connections.

We use webinar technology for our online courses. The students can see and hear the professor via a webcam and microphone. In turn, the students can communicate with the professor through the chat room or their own microphone. There is also a Power Point presentation that is viewable on the same screen. The kids love the technology.

Note that the courses are not so lofty as they sound -- both of these gentlemen have experience teaching high school students in addition to their college and adult students.

This is an awesome opportunity to keep teens engaged and learning over the summer. These particular courses have been designed for summer time with no or light homework. Also, all classes are recorded so if you're away on vacation for a week or two, and can't access the Internet, you can simpley watch the recorded event later. In fact, registered students have access to the recorded classes for 6 months. This is a great value for the price!

Quick Links:
Beowulf and Christ with Henry Russell, Ph.D
The Catholic Shakespeare: MacBeth with Henry Russell, Ph.D
The Space Trilogy and C. S. Lewis with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D
Catholic Living for Young People with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
Writing for College Preparatory with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
Short Stories by J. R. R. Tolkien with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
The Mass Explained for Young People with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Homeschooling Beowulf

Have you all missed me? Blogging has been quite light but I have a good reason. I've been scheduling summer school courses for you and your teens. You won't believe the awesome professors and course offerings Homeschool Connections has put together! I hope you're all up to keep the learning going over summer because you won't want to miss the seven online classes we'll be offering to you.

For now, I'm just going to share the first class since it starts in only two weeks. Yes, you heard that right -- only two weeks.

I'm swamped today with Michele's webinar Time Management for Moms, Fr. Pacwa's webinar tomorrow, and homeschooling the kids but I promise to have all the other courses posted within the next 24 hours.

In the meantime, here is the information on that first course:
Course Title:
Beowulf and Christ

Course Description:
This great mini epic will be explored as an allegory that teaches the Anglo-Saxon world how to transform pagan heroic ethos into a pattern for Christian heroism and how to re-envision blind Fate as Godly Providence. The Charles Kennedy translation is suggested. Be careful not to get a web version that cuts out the Christian elements. This is a book that lies behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s depiction of Edoras as well as the warlike virtues of Gondor. Suitable for any high school student who can read the poem and enjoy it. It is preferred that student have pre-read the poem before the first day of class. There will be no homework assigned for this course.

Professor's Biography:
Dr. Henry Russell is Headmaster of the St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program founded with his wife Crystal. The program began in Fall 2005 with 20 students in two living rooms and now tutors more than 70 students.

A graduate of Princeton and South Caroline (M.S.), Dr. Russell completed his graduate work at Louisiana State University.

Formerly the Chairman of Ave Maria College's Department of Literature, he has also been a professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Wake Forest University. He is a founding faculty member of the St. Robert Southwell Creative Wiiting Workshop held in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Dr. Russell's works include The Catholic Shakespeare Audio Series. He was the Associate Editor of The Formalist from 1990-2004 and his writings have been published in various journals. He was honored to edit Dr. Alice von Hildebrand's groundbreaking volume, The Privilege of Being a Woman.

Four-week course for $60.

Dates and Time:
Classes will begin Monday, June 1, 2009 and meet every Monday through June 22, 2009. The time will begin 10:00 AM Eastern and end at 11:15 AM Eastern.

Enrollment Period:
Enrollment is currently open and will close when the class is filled. (Maximum 25 students.)

Course Materials:
Beowulf, preferable the Kennedy translation.

Equipment requirements:
Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone. If you do not own a headset, you can find them for a reasonable price at Amazon.

Course Access:
All Homeschool Connections courses are recorded and available to registered students for up to six months.

If you want a peek at the other courses, here are the links. I'll post more detailed information soon.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Prayerfully Approaching Organization and Planning

Wednesday's live webinar Homeschool Organization 102 was fantastic. The audience was great -- participating to the fullest, sharing their best tips, advice, and websites.

The event was recorded and you may view it for free at Homeschool Organization 102. Enjoy.

Thank you to the sponsors of this event who make it possible for Homeschool Connections to bring it to you for free:
Ecce Homo Press
Love 2 Learn
Living Math

On another, but similar note, one thing that I really need to remember to discuss in future organization webinars is the importance of prayer. I just read about a homeschool group that recently held a Day of Reflection for moms in preparation for planning the next school year. This is an awesome idea!

They developed a self-evaluation survey for the mothers to complete beforehand. They were to do so prayerfully, preferably in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The questions covered personal spirituality, successes and struggles from this year, and goals for the next year.

This is to be done before you sit down and plan for next year, to help put things in perspective, and is something they encouraged the mothers to take to their Holy Hours and spend several weeks completing. It was a tremendous blessing to all involved.

This is the Catholic homeschooling community working together at it's best. We are here to build one another up and support each other in our vocation.

You can read more here: Heart of a Mother: Day of Reflection for Homeschooling Mothers

Monday, May 04, 2009

Survey Monkey: Homeschool Connections Courses, Seminars, and Webinars for Students and Parents

Walter and I are spending the month of May scheduling courses, seminars, and free webinars through the end of 2009. We'd like your help if you don't mind. In fact, this is a great opportunity for you, as you will have a direct input on what we schedule.

Click Here to take survey

Our goal is to serve the homeschool community and prayerfully this survey will help us do just that. Please feel free to pass this link onto other homeschoolers.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Thank You

Thank you Mary Ellen for the kind words about the math and science webinar!

2009 Catholic New Media Awards

The 2009 Catholic Blog Awards are now the 2009 Catholic New Media Awards. They are currently taking nominations. Let them know about your favs.

What happened to the Catholic Blog Awards?

As Catholics we recognize that technology changes everyday - that includes the methods we use to evangelize others. The Catholic Blog Awards were created to recognize those who were using technology to further the cause of Jesus Christ. With this in mind it only seemed natural to progress to not only recognize blogs but podcasts and other forms of new media as well!

Nominating will take place the entire month of May and voting will take place the entire Month of June.

Would be great if they recognize webinars too!