Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Obama Parody

The actor and singer in this video is a dear family friend, Catholic homeschool dad, and Homeschool Connections history professor. The producer and editor is a 17-year-old homeschool grad.

Check it out and then pass it on please. It would be wonderful to see it go viral!

Their other video: Hey There Obama

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

PSN5: Herodotus and the Road to History.

I love Bethlehem Books and I love Jeanne Bendick. I don't know how I missed this book when it was released last year! Well, I ordered a copy last week and it's here on the school shelf ready for September. I can't wait to read it aloud to the kids this fall for our Ancient studies.

This is also a great title to get on your library's book shelves! 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.

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

Title: Herodotus and the Road to History
: Jeanne Bendick
Publisher: Be already Bethlehem Books
Date Published: October 2009
ISBN-10: 1932350209
ISBN-13: 978-1932350203
Price: 13.95 (11.16 Amazon)

From the publisher: Best-selling author Jeanne Bendick takes us for another informative and amusing journey into places and events of long ago. Herodotus and the Road to History, written in the first person, details the investigative journeys of Herodotus a contemporary of the Old Testament prophet Malachi as he takes ship from Greece and voyages to the limits of his own ancient world. His persistence, amidst disbelief and ridicule, in the self-appointed task of recording his discoveries as histories (the Greek word meaning inquiry ), means that today we can still follow his expeditions into the wonder and mystery of Syria, Persia, Egypt and the barbaric north. Jeanne Bendick's lucid text, humorous illustrations and helpful maps entertain and instruct as they open the way for readers young and old to once again join Herodotus . . . on the road to history.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

PSN5: Girls' Night Out

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: Girls' Night Out: Having Fun with Your daughter While Raising a Woman of God
Author: Michaelann Martin with MariAnna Martin
Publisher: Emmaus Road
Date Published: August 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 1931018596
ISBN-14: 978-0843126983
Price: 6.99

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From the publisher:
Girls Night Out is divided into ten lessons, accompanied by a date activity that journeys to a tea house, salon, shrine, book store, café, jewelry shop, department store, nail spa, community recreation center, a walk in your neighborhood, park, or simple hike, scenic drive, ice cream parlor, restaurant, and other inexpensive places to invest in your relationship with your daughter. This book is perfect for mothers who want to build close bonds with their daughters and are willing to invest special time in their daughter s pre-adolescent years not only as a mom but as a special friend, examining their lives in light of God s Word and the virtues.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ongoing Education for Catholic Adults

In an effort to help in bring true understanding of our Catholic faith to the masses, Walter Crawford and I have started Aquinas Connections. Like Homeschool Connections, we'll be offering live, interactive classes. However, Aquinas Connections is for us grown ups. As a child of the 1960's who was raised on guitar Masses and feel-good theology, I am pretty excited about the opportunity to offer some great meaty theology.

Our first class starts in just a few weeks with the awesome Father Mitch Pacwa. He'll be teaching on the Gospel of Luke. We use Webex so the adult students will see and hear Father. They in turn can interact with Father via chat or a headset (optional). The only requirement is high speed internet. We've worked very hard to keep the course fee reasonable. Seating is restricted to 30 students.

For details on the course, visit: Fr. Mitch Pacwa Bible Course for Adults.

I am praying that you can help me spread the word sharing the above link with every Catholic you know. If it goes well and there is a lot of interest then we'll be able to present many more such courses in the future.

Thank you for any help. Most importantly, please pray for us and this endeavor!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

How Do You Manage a Large Family & Homeschooling?

I have a 1-hour radio interview tomorrow with Relevant Radio. When I asked for topic ideas at my Facebook fan page yesterday, I received the two following comments:

I have 9 kids so far. Oldest is 18 youngest is 6 months. The last three were born in less than 3 years. I feel like I neglect the little kids because I'm always working with the big kids. I used to be such a *fun* mom but now I'm getting old, poor, and tired, lol. My big kids do really fun things with my little kids, though. Is that the "norm" in big families or homescholing families? I didn't come from a big family so I don't know. And I wasn't homeschooled.
The classic question of how to balance housework with schoolwork is still a tough one for me. It used to be okay to let the housework go until the weekend, then spend an hour cleaning up. But with six kids making bigger messes, that doesn't fly anymore. I'm with Amy on used to being the fun mom, but now I feel like the drill sergeant. How can we get the fun back and still have a livable space??
So, what is your advice?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Win a Free Subscription to Catholic Homeschoolinng Magazine

You can win a free one-year subscription to mater et magistra! This is an awesome magazine for any Catholic homeschooler. (If you win and already subscribe, you'll get an extra year for free.)

To enter is real simple. Become a Facebook fan of Homeschool Connections and then leave a political joke in the comments. The winner will be chosen by random.

The contest ends Monday, June 21 2010.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Homeschooling on the Radio

What homeschooling topics would you like to hear on the radio?

I'll be back on Relevant Radio on July 8, 2010. Now that this is a regular gig, I'd like to have some talking points together before the show. Last time we talked a lot about the future of online education. What should we talk about next time?

Let me know in the comments and I'll put them in my notes.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

What Are Your Favorite Read Alouds?

I received the following question in my email box today:
Do you have a top 3 read aloud suggestion for lower elementary and a top 3 for middle school age?
That is not as easy a question to answer as I thought. There are just so many great read alouds. Off the top of my head:
Grade School:
Princess and the Kiss
The Squire and the Scroll
The Weight of the Mass

Middle School
The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe
Railway Children
Little Princess
However, if I think about it another minute, there are so many other titles that could take a place on the list. Well, except for The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. That book is undefeated as number one. If I ask my children what their favorite read alouds were, they would each have their own top-3.

So, what would be on your top-3 list? And why? Please let us all know in the comments. Maybe by putting all of our heads together we can come to some kind of a consensus. Or, at least, discover some new read aloud titles.

... And what about high school? Do you still read aloud in high school? The Hobbit and LOTR would be at the top of my list. What would top your high school read aloud list?

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

PSN5: Martha and Chip

This sweet children's book was written by a Catholic homeschool graduate.

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: Martha and Chip
Author: Katherine Sohler
Publisher: Arx Publishing
Date Published: April 2010
ISBN-10: 1935228013
ISBN-14: 978-1935228011
Ages: 9 to 12
Price: 12.95, paperback (9.32 Amazon)

Review: Tween Book Review
Press Release:
19 year-old Novelist Rehabs Rats' Reputation
Charming new book, Martha & Chip, delights young readers

MERCHANTVILLE, NJ—Kate Sohler has never been your typical girl. At the age of three, she set traps around her house to catch the nasty little imaginary creatures that were trying to eat her. Though she never caught one, she often caught her dad. At five, she wrote and illustrated her own books, mostly about dolphins. She also loved some fairly unlovable animals, including mice, starlings, chickens, and especially rats.

At the age of nine, Kate concluded that she didn’t like how rats were portrayed on TV and in the movies. “They were always shown to be evil and dirty,” she remembers, “when in fact they are friendly, intelligent, loveable creatures.“ To change this perception, Kate set out to write a book with a rat as the hero. The result was Martha & Chip.

“I wrote and illustrated the original in one day,” Kate laughs. “But I continued to work on it for the next ten years as my style improved.” Now 19 years-old and a student at John Paul the Great Catholic University, Kate has produced a charming illustrated book, perfect for kids age 9 through 12.

“Kids need to read wholesome stories that are just plain fun,” the author opines and Martha & Chip is precisely that. The book takes the reader to the Kingdom of Crabbapple, a peaceful land which is slowly falling under the spell of the evil witch, Aylis and her castle full of dragons. It is up to Martha, a White Mage, to thwart Aylis’s evil plan. But to do so, she will need help from a clever little rat named Chip.

Martha & Chip is a book about facing your fears,” Kate says. “Sometimes, to overcome our fears, we must be humble enough to find friendships in places we may never have thought to look.”

About the Author: Katharine Sohler is a 19-year-old homeschooling graduate from New Jersey. She is a great lover of nature, science and storytelling. Katharine is currently a student at John Paul the Great Catholic University studying media.

Title: Martha & Chip
Author: Katharine Sohler Page Count: 120 B&W Illustrations: 20 Release Date: April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-935228-01-1 Binding: Paperback Retail Price: $12.95

Publisher: Arx Publishing, LLC, PO Box 1333, Merchantville NJ 08109, USA
Phone: (856) 486-1310 • Fax: (856) 665-0170 • •

Saturday, May 15, 2010

2 New Book Releases

Dayton is the place to be next week!

The super awesome Regina Doman will be debuting her newest book, Alex O'Donnell and the Forty CyberThieves, at the Catholic homeschooling conference. I already have loads of local girls begging me to pick up a copy for them while I'm there. Autographed of course.

And that's not all!

Behold Publications (formerly Ecce Homo Press) will be debuting their newest book, Search for the Madonna, a mystery for the 8-12 year old set. I'll surely be picking up a few for my kids and others as well. The totally cool part is that both the author and illustrator will be there to autograph books. I love autographed books!

So, if you're within a day's drive of Dayton, hop in your car next Friday and join us for all the fun. I'll be giving a couple of talks and hanging out in the vendor hall so stop and say, "Hi!"

Monday, May 10, 2010

Recipe: Avocado, Bean, and Corn Salad

Rob and I are on an avocado kick. Tonight I pulled together what I had in the fridge for a delicious Avocado, Bean, and Corn Salad:

1 semi-ripe avocado, diced
3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup fresh cut sweet corn
1 can black beans, drained
juice from 2 medium lemons
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
dash Tabasco

Mix together. Let the flavors blend for 15 to 30 minutes. Serve on a bed of fresh greens. Yumcious!

I think I'll add some papaya or mango next time.

If you don't have the exact ingredients it's easy to substitute, such as lime juice for lemon. Frozen corn for fresh. Etc.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Yet More Free Stuff to Win

It must be giveaway season or something. There is still more great stuff to win this week:

Cecilia at Hair Bows for Life is giving away 1 Mary's Box every week of May!

What is a Mary's Box you ask. Well, it includes a Blessed Mother Bow with your choice of Blessed Mother medal and color, stickers of the Blessed Mother, a Holy Card with the prayer for Purity, one decade white rosary (not pictured) and a pretty rose box. What an awesome idea for a First Communicant!

The handmade bows at Cecilia's blog are absolutely adorable so get over there and check it out. And while you're there, consider making a $5 donation to provide a pretty bow for an orphaned child through the Missionaries of Charity.

Another big giveaway can be found at Alicia's Studeo blog. She's celebrating her 5th Blogaversary and to celebrate she's giving away movies, books, and a free Homeschool Connections subscriptions.

So, what are you all still doing here. Get going and get entering these drawings for some cool free stuff!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Catholic Homeschool Help

mater et magistra, THE Catholic homeschooling magazine, has a new blog. Pay it a visit, say "Hi!" in the comments, and bookmark it. There is also a mater et magistra fan page if you Facebook.

Whenever mater et magistra comes in my mailbox, I stop everything I'm doing, grab a cup of tea and some chocolate, and read it cover to cover. Good thing the mailman comes early in the day.

If you haven't subscribed yet, check it out here: Catholic Homeschool Magazine.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Free Stuff in the Blogosphere

I love winning free stuff!

There are a couple of free drawings going on in the blogosphere that I thought you all would like to know about and pass on to others. Both end today so there is some urgency if you and your friends want to enter.

First, Jen is giving away 2 free subscriptions to mater et magistra, the Catholic homeschooling magazine at Wildflowers and Marbles.

Second, Mary Ellen is giving away 3 free Homeschool Connections subscription services and lots of other cool stuff -- autographed books, girlie stuff, crafty stuff at Tales from the Bonny Blue House. Scroll down and leave a comment in any of this week's posts.

Winners will be pulled this weekend.

Good luck everyone!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Catholic Planners

Ooh, ooh, the new planners are in, the new planners are in!

As you all know I love Michele Quigley's Family-Centered Press Catholic planners. I buy them for me and the kids. I'd buy them for Rob too but he prefers writing notes on the back of his hand.

If you're in the market for a school-year planner, you've got to check these out. They now include both the Ordinary (New) and Extraordinary (Traditional) Forms of the Liturgy with the liturgical colors proper to the day. I love it! And, you can choose from nine different covers. But you need to pre-order so get a going over to Family-Centered Press's website to check it out.

Don't forget to tell all your friends too!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

PSN5: Florence Nightingale's Nuns

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: Florence Nightingale's Nuns
Author: Emmeline Garnett
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Date Published: March, 2009
ISBN-10: 1586172972
ISBN-13: 978-1586172978
Price: $9.95
Age Group: 9 - 12

Description: At the age of 24, Florence Nightingale decided to dedicate herself to the care of the sick, especially those wounded in battle. She worked for nearly a year with the nursing Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul in Alexandria, Egypt. After that, when she established a hospital to tend the wounded during the Crimean War (1854 - 1856), she welcomed the assistance of thirty-eight women, including a group of Catholic nuns. This Vision Book for youth presents the moving story of those ten heroic nuns, from the Convent of Mercy in Bermondsey, England. The conditions in military hospitals at that time were extremely primitive and often lacked even the most basic necessities for treating the wounded and dying. But these dedicated nurses, especially the devoted nuns who saw Christ in their patients, sought to give them the very best care possible. Their successful struggle to establish higher standards of sanitation and care became widely known after the war, and Florence Nightingale became famous.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Catholic Homeschooling in Ohio

I'll be speaking at the Dayton, Ohio Catholic homeschooling conference next month. I'm looking forward to seeing Regina Doman and Danielle Bean again.

This is a conference not to miss! Here is the information below. Make sure to stop at the Homeschool Connections table and say Hello!

6th Annual Dayton Catholic Homeschool Conference
May 21 & 22, 2010
St. Peter Family Life Center in Huber Heights Ohio.

Join us for encouragement, instruction, inspiration and great shopping!
New this year, Used Book Sale Saturday am only, 8:30am-11:30am.

For convenient, online early bird registration click here.
To view the schedule click here.

Our featured speakers include:
To date our 2010 Vendors include:
Suggested early bird donation for attendance Single $15, Couple $20, Teen $10, Family $40

Friday, April 09, 2010

Books for Boys (and Girls) and Tale of Manaeth

When I speak or write on the topic of literature, the one comment I always get is, "I need book ideas for boys!" I've written on this topic countless times and still people ask me, "What are good books for boys?" So, when my friend Phillip Campbell gave his new book to me, Tale of Manaeth, I just knew I'd have to tell you all about it. If you have boys, buy this book. Gosh, if you have girls, buy this book. The boys will love the blood, guts, and gory war scenes. The girls will love the fact that the hero is a girl.

First, about the author. I know Phillip through our Catholic homeschool group. He's a homeschool dad who also provides tutoring services for local homeschoolers. In fact, I was so impressed by his natural teaching ability (my kids love him!) that I hired him for Homeschool Connections. Phillip is an Ave Maria University grad and currently a Madonna education graduate student. He is also the Director of Religious Education for a terrific parish in Ann Arbor.

While Phillip's book is not overtly Catholic, Tale of Manaeth was written by a dedicated and faithful Catholic. I like that. I get weary reading kid lit and weeding out the trash.

As The Curt Jester wrote recently, "Tale of Manaeth is an old school fantasy epic written in the narrative style like the Iliad or Tolkien’s Silmarillion." When Phillip first handed the book to me he mentioned that he was concerned that the writing style might be hard on modern ears, but he had nothing to worry about. It's refreshing to immerse oneself in language that excites the soul, that makes you think about the words themselves.

Yet, it is not the writing style that puts this book at the top of my list. It's the girl hero. She is a princess, living the good life, when suddenly she is thrust into a life or death situation. Not just her own life, but the life of her royal subjects. It reminds me a little bit of Alice in The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. (A book I really should review one day but for now I'll say I liked it but there is a huge red flag for the sequel Seeing Redd. Huge.)

But back to Phillip's Tale of Manaeth. Our heroine is Manaeth whose name is changed to Manissa. After all, she is no longer the same person. Manaeth was a young, naive girl. Manissa is a warrior queen. Unexpected, unplanned. She didn't ask for the job of warrior queen. Didn't necessarily want it. Yet rose to the occasion when called upon and saves the world with her wisdom, tenacity, and moral compass.

I love those kinds of heroes. That is the kind of hero a child can relate to and aspire to be. It demonstrates how everyday people living everyday lives can overcome the worst of situations and save the world. Isn't that what we all love about Peter in Narnia and Frodo in LOTR, who do things out of personal conviction, because it's the right thing to do and not out of a quest for fame and fortune?

So, if you're looking for a good read for your older tweens or teens, or gosh for yourself, I recommend Tale of Manaeth. (Make sure to ask the author to autograph for you!)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Start of a Conversion

I'm a vert. Not a convert but a revert. I was raised a Catholic but public high school did it's number on me and by the time I left the University of Missouri I was a full blown heathen. However, through the grace of God I found myself, a decade later, yearning for Him.

I had an old college chum feeling the same yearnings. After weeks of talking about it, we finally set a date to go to Mass together. It was a big deal. Neither of us had seen the inside of a church in years so we figured we better get there a half hour early. After all, we had a lot of praying and reflecting to do before Mass.

On that fateful Sunday, my friend showed up at my apartment and we got into my brand new Nissan Maxima that didn't even have 1,000 miles on it yet. We pulled out of the parking lot and the car died. It wouldn't start for 5 minutes. We went a few feet and it died again. It wouldn't start for 5 minutes. We went a few feet and ... you get the idea. It died 4 or 5 times on the way to the church. Each time, we had to wait 5 to 10 minutes to get started again. We got to the church just as Communion was finishing up.

The church was 1.6 miles from my apartment. My car drove home just fine. It never broke down again.

I don't know about you but I saw it as a message. A very clear message. This going to church thing was so important that someone was trying to keep me from getting there. I knew I had to keep going.

What about my friend? He wasn't moved by the experience and is still away from the Church. As for me, my conversion was Petrine not Pauline. The car thing didn't knock me off my horse and I didn't find myself immediately on fire for all things Catholic. It was a slow journey but that day was the beginning of it. I did finally find myself fully and completely reconciled with God and His Church, but that's quite a long story.

One final note. I shared this story some years ago at a Catholic homeschooling conference that just happened to be held in that very same church. I was giving a talk to teens on choosing a vocation and job search skills. When I got to the part about leading a virtuous life so that you can clearly hear God's call, I told this story. It was an emotional moment. There I stood on the podium awash in tears. It was embarrassing to cry in front of a room of teens but I think they'll remember that it's a lot better to stay on the straight and narrow path. When you get off of it, it's really hard to get back on as it was for me. Sometimes, like for my friend, you never get back on.

And if it weren't for the fervent prayers of loved ones, I may not have got back on either.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

PSN5: Longing for My Child

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.

: Longing for My Child: Reflections for Parents and Siblings After a Child's Death
: Christine O'Keefe Lafser
: Loyola Press
Date Published: October, 2002
: 0829417540
ISBN-13: 978-0829417548
: $12.95 (Amazon $11.10)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PSN5: Through Shakespeare's Eyes

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.

: Through Shakespeare's Eyes
: Joseph Pearce
: Ignatius Press
Date Published
: February 2010
: 1586174134
ISBN-13: 978-1586174132
: 19.95 hardcover (Amazon price $13.57), Kindle $9.99

Product Description:
Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, The Quest for Shakespeare, bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeare's immortal plays -The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and King Lear - in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs.
In The Quest for Shakespeare, which has been made into an EWTN television series, Pearce delved into the known biographical evidence for Shakespeare's Catholicism. Here the popular and provocative author digs into the plays, which were written and first performed during the English crown's persecution of Catholics.

English history and literature were taught for generations through the prism of English Protestantism. Of late both of these fields have been dominated in universities and academic presses by modern scholars with filters and interpretations of their own. Though the evidence for Shakespeare's Catholicism has been studied before now, thanks, in part, to the unique contribution of Joseph Pearce, the Bard's genius is being analyzed in the open air of the public arena, the very place where Shakespeare intended his dramas to entertain and edify.

"What more is there to be said about William Shakespeare? Yet the supply of books on the great dramatist is never ending. Now, however, there is a new reason for this supply. The religion of Shakespeare, and specifically his Catholicism, is now recognized as a 'hot topic'."

-Peter Milward, S.J., Shakespeare scholar and author,Shakespeare the Papist.

Side Note: Homeschool Connections offers a MacBeth course from Dr. Henry Russell: The Catholic Shakespeare. It is currently available via the subscription service.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Catholic Unit Studies

A friend wrote to me:

Dear Maureen,

I am looking for an engaging Catholic home school program that teaches the family together while having individual assignments related to a theme. I have heard that this is what Konos does but it is not Catholic. I am not keeping up with teaching them all individually and they don't like it either.

Got any suggestions?

So, what are your suggestions for her? I'd love to hear what others have to say!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

On the Radio

I have an interview tomorrow (Friday) on Relevant Radio to talk online education and take questions. They're giving me the entire hour from 2:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern on the show On Call. I hope you all will tune in and maybe even call in with a question or two. If you don't have a local station, you can listen online.

I'm also scheduled to appear on April 7th and July 8th to discuss homeschooling.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I have 5 confirmed speaking engagements so far this upcoming season. I'd like to share the schedule with you so if you're in the neighborhood you can mark the date. I love meeting friends when I travel.

March 21
North Pittsburgh Catholic Homeschoolers

March 26-27
St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association

May 21-22
Dayton Catholic Homeschool Conference
Topics: Relax You Too Can Homeschool and Virtually Homeschooling

May 28-29
Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference
Topics: Thrifty Homeschooler, Relax You Too Can Homeschool and For the Love of Literature

June 19
Sacred Heart -- New Jersey

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hillside Education and Helping Those in Need

A while back, Margot Davidson of Hillside Education started a special page at her website to help homeschooling families in financial crisis. This month her Helping Those in Need page is focusing on Regina Doman's family. If you'd like to find some good buys and help a struggling family at the same time please pay a visit. Look for the links that say Handmade Items, Books Used, Books new, etc. (I'm leaning toward the rosary roses and crocheted hats myself!)

Homeschool Connections is taking part too. We will donate 50% of all live courses and $30 for every subscription (recorded courses). Just drop us an email at to let us know to credit your enrollment or subscription to Regina and her family.

Thank you Margot for organizing this effort!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Regina Doman, Fairy Tales, and Juvenile Diabetes

I am making a special appeal to you on behalf of our dear Regina Doman. If you do not know Regina, she is a very special Catholic homeschooling mother. Her Fairy Tale Novels have been inspiring teens, including my daughters, for some years now. When I see Regina at conferences there is always a line out the door of homeschooled teens waiting their turn to gush over her.

Recently, Regina's 6-year-old son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Unfortunately, the Doman's current financial and insurance situation leaves little if any room to cover the projected on-going costs of managing this illness.

What I would like to ask of you is this:

In addition to your prayers, please ask your bookstore, library, youth group, homeschool group, school, and book club to consider buying Regina Doman's Fairy Tale Novels.

Buying directly from Regina is the best route to help financially. Also, Regina's Fairy Tale Novels are available on and Barnes & Noble, as well as from these websites and others:

St. George Books
Adoremus Books
Catholic Child
Catholic Company
Living Bread

Interestingly, Regina's Fairy Tale Novels will also be available in Polish. She recently signed an agreement with a publisher in Poland. How cool is that!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Contest - Win One Free Year of Recorded Courses!

Homeschool Connections just started a new subscription service and to celebrate we're having a contest! Leave a comment on the fan page in the next 48 hours and you can win a free 1-year subscription to our recorded courses. If you're not already a fan, that's easily fixed, just go HERE.

This subscription service is great for all families with middle to high school age kids. Try it for 7 days at $1! You can then keep it for only $30/mo or cancel with no obligation. This is a terrific way to supplement your child's education at your pace, on your schedule, and in the comfort of your own home!