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4Real: Education in the Context of Real Life
4Real provides peer support for Catholic parent home educators committed to nurturing learning in a Catholic family atmosphere. They support families who design their own course of home studies, be it in whole or part. They emphasize the Church's Liturgical Year, living books, nature, beauty in art, music, and natural methods of learning. 4Real has its roots in a Catholic Charlotte Mason Yahoo group and has grown by providing a welcome to like-minded parents, especially those who are new to home education (homeschooling) or the Catholic faith. 4Real hopes to continue its ministry emphasizing 'Living Learning' discussions that are rich in ideas, gratifying, inspiring, and encourage creativity. This do-it-yourself desire will be further supported by 'Home as Haven' chats.
5 Essential Keys to Your Perfect College Search
Tom McFadden
The whole college selection process can be a very daunting challenge for Catholic families, both to those searching for the first-time, and even to those who have gone through the process before. Why is it such a challenge? Simply put--going to college can change a person’s life forever, including where he ends up for eternity. After all those years of sacrificing to give their children the best possible Catholic education, many parents are confronted with a huge decision. This advice will help prospective college students and their parents make this decision.
Catholic Homeschooling Multiple Ages in a Large Busy Family
It's daunting to think about schooling many children, all different age ranges, in a busy house. These tips and tricks can give you smooth sailing days when homeschooling a large family.
Married (with a lot) of Children
Tom Hoopes
A candid look at the challenges and joys of raising a large family in a hostile world. This article is written from a Catholic perspective, but has food for thought for any parent of a large brood.
Preparing to Be a Homeschool Father
Steve Wood
Homeschooling is a family affair. This article discusses some of the issues a father preparing to homeschool should consider. Fathers need to realize that their participation will be required and that advanced preparation is needed to insure the long-term success of their homeschool. The following seven steps are addressed to any man wanting to become a successful homeschool father.
Tips for Growing Your Children in the Catholic Faith
Dianna Kennedy
Explore some ideas to help you in your quest for growing your children in the Catholic faith.

Catholic Homeschool Blogs Back to Top
Catholic Family Vignettes
This blog is a collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family.
Forever, For Always...no matter what
This blog follows a Catholic homeschooling family with six kids, grown through adoption from around the world.

Support for Catholic Homeschoolers in Illinois Back to Top
Catholic Homeschoolers of Wisconsin
This is a private list for leaders of Catholic homeschool support groups within the state of Wisconsin (or in border towns in Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, and UP Michigan). It is a place to exchange information that may be of interest to Catholic homeschoolers throughout the state. It is also a forum for the dissemination of statewide invitations to various Catholic homeschooling events, such as conferences, graduations, dances, etc.
Catholic Robinson Curriculum Homeschool
This is a homeschool email group for Catholic families which will revolve around the Robinson Curriculum.
Catholic Unschoolers
The Catholic Unschoolers List has been created to provide a forum for those who consider themselves ‘Catholic unschoolers,’ and who wish to make connections with other like-minded individuals for discussion and encouragement.
Catholic WinterPromise
This is a group for Catholics who are using WinterPromise curriculum for their homeschooling. This group was founded to help Catholic families wanting to use this great curriculum but want to make sure it aligns with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Catholics Using Konos
This is a moderated loop for Catholics who use or are interested in KONOS to support each other and share ideas.
Charlotte Mason Group for Fruity Catholics
Fruity Catholics are Catholics who are doing their best to practice the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, especially Charity. This group discusses the Charlotte Mason philosophy of homeschooling from a Catholic perspective.
Large Family Logistics
The purpose of Large Family Logistics is to help Christian homeschooling mothers with the daily tasks of home management.
Magnum Opus
Raising a large, Catholic, homeschooling family is a great work (Magnum Opus) and a great deal of work! Hopefully this email discussion group will be a place for parents of four or more to help each other with the nitty-gritty details of raising and educating a large, Catholic family.
Sonlight Catholic
This list is for Roman Catholic families using the Sonlight Curriculum. This loop exists primarily to discuss Sonlight in the context of our Catholic faith.
Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes (TORCH)
Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes (TORCH) is an association of lay faithful established to promote homeschooling among Catholic families and to support those families who are engaged in providing their children's primary education at home. This is a national organization with several chapters around the country.

Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers Back to Top
4Real: Education in the Context of Real Life
4Real provides peer support for Catholic parent home educators committed to nurturing learning in a Catholic family atmosphere. They support families who design their own course of home studies, be it in whole or part. They emphasize the Church's Liturgical Year, living books, nature, beauty in art, music, and natural methods of learning. 4Real has its roots in a Catholic Charlotte Mason Yahoo group and has grown by providing a welcome to like-minded parents, especially those who are new to home education (homeschooling) or the Catholic faith. 4Real hopes to continue its ministry emphasizing 'Living Learning' discussions that are rich in ideas, gratifying, inspiring, and encourage creativity. This do-it-yourself desire will be further supported by 'Home as Haven' chats.
5 Essential Keys to Your Perfect College Search
Tom McFadden
The whole college selection process can be a very daunting challenge for Catholic families, both to those searching for the first-time, and even to those who have gone through the process before. Why is it such a challenge? Simply put--going to college can change a person’s life forever, including where he ends up for eternity. After all those years of sacrificing to give their children the best possible Catholic education, many parents are confronted with a huge decision. This advice will help prospective college students and their parents make this decision.
Domestic Church
Catholic website with ideas and activities for celebrating the faith in the home.
Keeping It Catholic
Keeping It Catholic website offers articles, information, and more for Catholic home educators.
Little Saints Catholic Preschool
With its multi-sensory, integrated learning approach, Little Saints gives three-to-five-year-olds a solid foundation of academic readiness skills and a broad knowledge base upon which to build. Encouraging the child's love for learning, the program prepares the child for formal academics with a natural, built-in format of beginning phonics, math readiness, and the essential skills which enhance and streamline the learning process.
Love2Learn: Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers
A free resource guide, research tool and sampler for Catholic parents and others who "love to learn." Offers information about available educational resources, detailed reviews about a book's contents in order to help others make more informed purchasing decisions, and information about issues of importance to Catholics as they come up in educational materials.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (L.P.H.) Resource Center
L.P.H. Resource Center offers classes for Catholic homeschoolers over the Internet. These classes are designed for mainly 4th-8th graders, but are available to those in higher grades if desired. The classes are kept as flexible as possible.
Reading Your Way Through History
The Reading Your Way Through History website is a timeline of worthwhile history reading in print. It covers history from the ancient world through the 20th century. This list was compiled with a Catholic viewpoint.
Resources for Catholic Educators
At this website, you'll find religious education resources, religious clip art, information about the saints and angels, Church documents, Church history, and more.
Roman Catholic Homeschool Curriculum Swap
This message board is offered to Catholics looking to buy and sell used curriculum and homeschooling materials.
Seton Home Study School Testing Services
Seton offers standardized testing for homeschoolers. They featuring the CAT-E Survey tests, which are inexpensive, can be administered in your home, and have a very quick turn around.
Start a Saints Club
Consider starting a Saints Club in your Parish or neighborhood. A Saints Club is a group of people who meet to discuss, study and imitate the lives of the Saints. Here are some ideas to get started.

Catholic Curricula Suppliers Back to Top
Angelicum Academy
The Angelicum Academy is a Catholic homeschool and liberal education program based on the liberal arts and the classical great books of Western civilization (with optional, Socratic discussion seminars). Offers a fully developed homeschool elementary curriculum for grades preschool through 8th, selected eclectically for the very finest materials available from numerous publishers.
Catholic Heritage Curricula
Catholic Heritage Curricula offers complete curriculum for Catholic homeschoolers. Also features free curriculum ideas.
Kolbe Academy Home School
Kolbe Academy Home School is an orthodox Catholic and classical home school program for grades K-12. Offers a classical academic program, syllabi and week-by-week course plans, assessment services, books, and more.
Mater Amabilis
Mater Amabilis is a free online homeschool curriculum, which takes the methods of Charlotte Mason and applies them for the 21st century Catholic family. Offering a detailed and flexible syllabus for each age level, Mater Amabilis can be used as a complete curriculum or simply as a springboard for learning.
Mercy Academy
Mercy Academy is a K-12 independent study program for home educators, committed to home education as a way of preserving childhood innocence and nurturing Catholic scholars known for their deep spirituality and keen intellect. Services include: learning profile assessments, individualized curricula development, instruction in teaching to each child’s style of learning, student accountability program, counseling in multi-level teaching, subject integration allowing siblings to learn together, problem solving, record keeping, report cards, transcripts, diploma, and student clubs. Each year students study Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, History, and one or two electives.
Mother of Divine Grace School
Mother of Divine Grace is an independent study program with emphasis on a classical curriculum. The program offers a Catholic, classical approach to home schooling, with different levels of service provided. The program offers consultants, teachers, lesson plans, materials, standardized testing, and assessments, along with structure and flexibility.
Our Lady of the Rosary School
Our Lady of the Rosary School Inc is an international Catholic homeschool organization which offers complete curriculums for students from grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.
Our Lady of Victory School
Our Lady of Victory School provides curricula and textbooks to parents who school their children at home. Our Lady of Victory School allows parents to choose from various standardized or specially tailored programs, with a full enrollment option or a satellite program.
Regina Coeli Academy
Regina Coeli Academy is an on-line college preparatory program for Roman Catholics. Provides a Liberal Arts program for Catholic home-schooling families, private schools, educational coops, and students enrolled in public schools. The Academy's mission is to support, but not to supplant, the primary educator - the parent - by providing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum which challenges the intellect and nourishes the spirit with the riches of the Catholic tradition. Regina Coeli's own courses are taught at the college preparatory level and provide opportunity for students, young or mature, to excel in specialized study or to complete a classical liberal arts curriculum. Provides live classroom participation, interactive web forums, evaluation of student work and official transcripts.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy
St. Thomas Aquinas Academy offers a Catholic classical liberal arts curriculum is an independent study program crafted for the home schooling family, for preschool to grade 12.
Seton Home Study School
Seton Home Study School offers K-12 curriculum, textbooks, special needs counseling, testing services, and more.

Catholic Homeschool Materials Back to Top
Alan Jemison Music
Catholic publisher of the best and most affordable music instruction materials for homeschoolers and self-learners. Publisher of the most comprehensive collection of hymn arrangements for piano.
Catholic Charts
Catholic Charts is a division of Ascension Press, offering Catholic charts for your classroom and homeschool.
Catholic Rubber Stamps
Catholic Rubber Stamps offers rubber stamps, kits, activity ideas, and more.
CCC of America
CCC of America (Creative Communication Center) offers a full line of superbly crafted, well-written animated Catholic videos for today's children and family markets. CCC's animated videos provide stories of real heroes and saints who lived lives of courage, faith and love.
Emmanuel Books
Offers Catholic books and homeschooling materials, with an emphasis on materials recommended by Laura Berquist.
Guardian Angel Books
Guardian Angel Books offers a special selection of beautiful, hard-to-find Catholic children's books, textbooks and classics.
Harmony Media
Harmony Media carries Catholic books and materials, as well as software for adults and children.
History Links
History Links are unit studies for Catholic homeschoolers. Each unit integrates Roman Catholic doctrine and tradition with the study of World History. It is appropriate for preschoolers through high school.
Neumann Press
Neumann Press publishes orthodox, traditional, and classic Catholic books that have gone out of print and provides quality books that are beautiful, pleasing to read and that will stand the test of time and usage. Neumann Press also carries Catholic school and homeschool textbooks, readers, workbooks, history books, novels, and story books for ages pres-school through high school.


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