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Catholic Homeschool Information and Resources


Although we don't list the Maryland Catholic homeschool support groups on this public website anymore, we do have many Catholic homeschool contacts for all around Maryland. Contact us if you are looking for a Catholic homeschool group and Catholic homeschooling families near you. We will get you in contact with someone near you. We do not have information about secular groups or contacts.

Also around Maryland, there are many Catholic homeschooling families active in music and theater and sports. Contact us if interested in finding out about some of these activities involved with the Catholic homeschool community! 

Contact us using our contact mch tab on the left.


We've provided some informational links about homeschooling in Maryland and about Catholic homeschooling. These sites already provide wonderful and useful information, so there's no need for us to re-write what is already available!

Homeschooling in Maryland information -

To learn about the laws for homeschooling in Maryland, please visit the Home School Legal Defense Association Maryland website.
Maryland homeschool legal analysis provided by HSLDA. Info about teaching your kids provided by HSLDA.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website on Home Instruction.

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website on Common Core state standards. Note - Maryland is a Common Core state. This applies only to children in the public schools and to certain private schools that enrolled in Common Core standards. Homeschoolers in Maryland are currently not affected by the Common Core standards.

The Maryland K-12 Common Core Curriculum website. This site includes the Maryland Common Core Curriculum that is taught by grade level and subjects. Again, this currently does not affect homeschoolers in Maryland. However, it is useful as a guide to those that are curious as to what is taught at each grade level.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore's position on homeschooling - Homeschooling: A Gift to the Church


Catholic homeschooling information -

The site Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers has just about every resource needed to learn about Catholic homeschooling.

To read an article about Home Schooling Based on Catholic Church Teaching, please visit this article site from Seton Home Study.

To learn more about Catholic homeschooling, please visit the Homeschooling Catholic website.

Article on Ten Steps to Start Catholic Homeschooling.

Catholic online homeschool courses with Homeschool Connections and homeschool resources.




Homeschool Connections offers online courses for Catholic homeschooling families!! They offer courses for middle school and high school. Courses are offered online live throughout the school year or recorded courses available to use as
convenient to your homeschooling schedule. These courses are a great way to supplement your homeschooling!!
https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/

EXCITING NEWS!! Homeschool Connections and Franciscan University have partnered to make it possible for homeschool high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit, as dual enrollment for certain courses; and Homeschool Connection students to receive a discount!!
http://www.franciscan.edu/homeschoolconnections/
Books about Catholic homeschooling -

Catholic Homeschooling by Mary Kay Clark
Designing your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist
Catholic Education: Homeward Bound by Kimberly Hahn and Mary Hasson
The Catholic Homeschool Companion by Maureen Wittmann

Seton Magazine - the online Catholic homeschooling magazine with articles from Catholic homeschool authors

Sites with books/materials about Catholic Homeschooling -

Love 2 Learn - Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers
Helpful Catholic Homeschool Links - sites provided by Homeschool Connections
Emmanuel Books - Catholic educational materials
Catholic Heritage Curricula (CHC) - Catholic educational materials
TAN Books - publisher of Catholic books and materials

Sites with materials/enrichment items for Catholic crafts and projects -

Catholic Icing
Illuminated Ink
Catholic Printables
Catholic Art
Make a Book of Centuries timeline from Catholic Icing
Coloring Pages from Original Artwork by Daniel Mitsui (btw - these are so artistic that they're great for adults to color too!)

Sites with activities for Catholic families -

http://www.reallifeathome.com/
http://thekennedyadventures.com/
http://www.catholicicing.com/
 
Need a Catholic daily planner or monthly calendar -

http://www.michelequigley.com/store/
https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?attr=0&q=calendars

Antiochian Orthodox homeschool site
http://www.antiochian.org/department-homeschooling
https://www.saintemmeliaconference.com/

With us everything should be secondary compared to our concern with children, and their upbringing in the instruction and teaching of the Lord. ~ St. John Chrysostom

Introduction to Homeschooling
http://www.antiochian.org/sites/default/files/homeschooling_introduction.pdf

The Antiochian Orthodox homeschool conference was April 27-30 in PA.
However, you can still use the homeschooling website for resources and info.

Classical Learning Resource Center - Orthodox online homeschooling source
http://clrconline.com/

Saint Raphael School - Orthodox online homeschooling source
http://www.raphaelschool.org/


Is College Worth It Anymore?

Why is homeschooling becoming more popular? Glenn Beck talks to Matt Walsh:

Posted by TheBlaze on Friday, February 13, 2015

Why is homeschooling becoming more popular - interview with Matt Walsh


The Quick Intro to Homeschooling

By Sandra Maseda

updated November 2013

 

I got the idea to write about this because of some conversations I had this past month with some moms wanting to know more about homeschooling. So, just what is homeschooling? It’s schooling at home (or in the car, in the boat, in the RV, at the library, at the park, in your own backyard on a warm sunny day…). Basically, the kids are not enrolled in any public or private school, for whatever reasons you choose to homeschool.

 

There are many books at the library nowadays to read up on homeschooling; unlike many years ago when it was not only illegal to homeschool, but you also couldn’t find anyone else that homeschooled, so socialization really was a problem back then (the dinosaur days of homeschooling). You can also find about a zillion things online about homeschooling.

 

Homeschooling does require your attention and patience (lots of patience), along with taking care of your other kids and chores, and whatever else you want to busy your life with (hmm, like I do). Have I scared you yet? Don’t be! There’s lots of help out there and lots of others homeschool too!

 

Homeschooling comes in many forms today, such as:

 

·          the homeschool in a box (you buy a pre-set curriculum that comes already planned out with books and tests and lesson plans);

·          you can research and put together your own lesson plans and curriculum;

·          you can join a homeschool cooperative (co-op) or tutorial that meets formally on certain days to cover certain subjects;

·          you can join a homeschool support group that meets informally and may meet for certain subjects or more so for social activities;

·          you can join a state approved umbrella (here in Maryland) that reviews your homeschool portfolio (and may offer activities and advice) instead of   county reviews (usually the county reviewer doesn’t offer “home” school advice);

·          there’s even a version of homeschooling called unschooling where formal textbooks aren’t used for teaching ; and

·          you can also just take your kids to the library everyday and let them read the rows and rows of useful educational books there (and it’s free too)!

 

If you are thinking about homeschooling you need to consider if it fits your lifestyle and, more importantly, your kids because homeschooling is a lifestyle change. Patience is a virtue and you will need it (and I’d like to buy some more patience if you know anyone selling it!!). Socialization is important too - find those homeschool support groups and find others that are like-minded in your way of life and beliefs. Socialization is essential not just for the kids, but for you too!

 

You are fortunate to live in this area of Maryland as there are many homeschoolers and lots of homeschool activities are offered throughout this area; along with the great location of being in the Baltimore-Washington beltway with museums at both ends.

 

Seek out other homeschoolers. They are truly the best resource to learn about homeschooling and with what worked and what didn’t in their homeschool style.

 

Sandra is a Catholic homeschooling mom of over 20 plus years. She has three kids; one is still homeschooled, the other two homeschooled until college (and they’ve already finished college)! Sandra is active within the homeschool community, has given homeschool conference talks about homeschooling and resources, consultations about preparing for high school and college, and counsels for homeschool portfolio reviews. Sandra founded Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers LLC and this MarylandARCH website. She is also active in promoting religious vocations and pro-life activities.



Ten Things That Really Make a Difference

  • LAURA M. BERQUIST

Homeschooling is about raising children, forming them in the right way, academically and spiritually, and achieving these goals with the children's cooperation. Without the children's cooperation, these goals can't be achieved, because the goals are primarily realized in their hearts. So acquiring the cooperation of your children, in the right way, becomes a matter of grave importance.

http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/education/catholic-contributions/ten-things-that-really-make-a-difference.html

Homeschooling Experts Affirm Parents’ Primary Educator Role despite Government Oversight

from the Cardinal Newman Society, by Kimberly Scharfenberger, 20 January 2015

 

The government should support, not usurp, the role of parents as primary educators of their children, agreed two Catholic homeschooling experts in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society about the current state of regulations imposed on families that elect to homeschool.

 

“The educational benefits [of homeschooling] are many,” said Dr. Mary Kay Clark, director of Seton Home Study School. This includes the student’s ability to “proceed at the pace that is best for him in each subject” without being hurried along or held back by classmates. Additionally, Dr. Clark noted that nationally-standardized tests “have proved over the years that homeschooled students consistently outperform in-school students” with average homeschooled students scoring in the 85th percentile.

 

Laura Berquist, founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, said that homeschooling is a natural way “to provide a thorough and consistent intellectual, spiritual, and moral formation for our children.” Catholic parents are able to “tailor educational instruction to the individual child” and ensure that children are raised “within the shelter of a living Catholic culture.”

 

Yet for many homeschooling families across the country, government oversight has presented considerable difficulties, both experts argued.

 

In the school district of Goochland, Va., Christian homeschooling families, as well as children ages 14 and up, have been subject to interrogations by the school board in order to evaluate whether the families had sufficient grounds for a religious exemption, according to Todd Starnes in a recent Townhall.com article. 

 

The intrusive policy was recently repealed following opposition from homeschooling families, including the Pruiett’s, who fought against the policy’s violation of the family’s “right to an exemption from school attendance based on the religious training the parents are providing to the child - regardless of what the child believes.”

 

“We are Christians and we homeschool our children so that we can instill in them Christian values - from an educational standpoint so that they will acknowledge God in every discipline of life,” Douglas Pruiett told Starnes. “You’re not going to find that in public schools.”

 

“We know from various Church documents, especially Rerum Novarum by Leo XIII, that the role of government with respect to the family is to foster parental authority, not to usurp it,” Berquist explained to the Society.

 

“Parents are clearly in a better position to know their children’s needs than the state is, so parents who want more oversight should be free to seek it, but to enforce more rules and regulations from the top down is contrary to the right role of government,” Berquist contended.

 

“We all recognize that there are times when children need the protection of the state due to parents who are not properly caring for their children, but that is not the norm and should not be standard on the basis of which laws are made,” Berquist continued. “Such ‘oversight’ weakens the whole fabric of society, which is only strong when families are strong.”

 

Dr. Clark told the Society that state regulations often do little more than inconvenience homeschooling families. “Oversight can mean many things, but with bureaucrats, it usually means time away from what is important and it also means plenty of paperwork,” said Dr. Clark. “Homeschooling students outperform in-schooling students on standardized tests in states that have minimal oversight as well as in states that have more oversight.”

 

According to a recent Houston Chronicle piece, the number of homeschooled children in the country is currently at an estimated 2.2 million, and states are beginning to relax certain restrictions. Pennsylvania, which required homeschooling families to register with their local school district and submit lesson plans, has reportedly “eased its regulations” as a result of homeschooling support.

 

Throughout Berquist’s experience in homeschooling, she has “never seen that more government regulation produced better schooling.” Instead, “good schooling in any venue comes from a desire on the part of those in charge to give the great good of truth to their students.”

 

Dr. Clark explained to the Society that Seton Home Study has students in all 50 states and noted that families in states with demanding regulations - like New York - “put up with the situation but work with groups who are trying to make the regulations less burdensome.” Sometimes, Dr. Clark said, the burden “is not so much due to the law as it is due to local officials who try to make families go even beyond what is required by law.”

 

“Society and government ought to respect the family community and do its best to help parents to educate their children, rather than merely increasing oversight through paper work and other forms of control,” Dr. Clark stated.


Faith at (Home) School

Home-Schooling Programs With a Strong Catholic Identity


Considering home schooling your children? Or changing programs? Here’s the rundown on faithful Catholic home-school programs and supplementals.

Though it is not a definitive list, the programs discussed are some of the most popular Catholic programs.


http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/faith-at-home-school/
National Catholic Register - BY LORI HADACEK CHAPLIN, REGISTER CORRESPONDENT



Are you a homeschooling family looking to add extra enrichment, support, or structure to your week? Academia Bedae Cooperativa (St. Bede’s Academic Cooperative) is a Catholic, classical homeschool program run and taught exclusively by parent volunteers.  St. Bede's meets Tuesday mornings in Columbia, MD and follows the Catholic Schoolhouse curriculum for grammar stage children in grades K-5.  A preschool program for 3's and 4's, as well as a nursery for siblings age 2 and under, are also available. 
We are currently registering for the 2017-2018 academic year and invite you to visit our website: www.saintbedehomeschool.org


                                  for grades 2nd-8th - meets in Anne Arundel County

     
                
   Saint Peter the Rock Catholic Home School Tutorial

                for grades 8th-12th - meets in Bowie Maryland

                   
a classical Catholic homeschool cooperative for grades K-12 meets in Catonsville                            a Catholic homeschool tutorial that follows
                                                                                                                                                             Seton based curriculum for grades K-12
                                                                                                                                                             meets in historic Ellicott City


         St. John Paul II Academy Co-op (Severna Park)

 
A full-day spiritual, academic cooperative for the entire family (Nursery – 8th grade). [To participate, families must have a 2nd-grade or older student.] We offer a structured curriculum that fulfills all requirements for History, Literature, Writing, Science, and Art, as well Logic/Grammar. In addition, there is a half-day pre-school program for families with children ages 3-5.

We meet on Thursdays, Sept – May, 8:00am – 3:30pm, beginning with Meditation and Mass at St. John’s and classes held at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church.  For more information, visit our website www.StJPII.org email StJPIIcoop@gmail.com




                                                            St. John Paul II High School Tutorial (Severna Park)

Full-time and part-time classes offered

Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept-May

St. John Paul II High School Tutorial is the resource you are looking for to provide support in educating your high schoolers in a Catholic community.   Emphasis on Catholic character development is of utmost importance.  Prayer and meditation are incorporated several times throughout the school day.  Encouraging an atmosphere of Catholic morality, our motto is Enlighten the mind, Foster the heart, Train the will and Model the Truth.

 

Our tutorial provides the opportunity for tutors to guide and support your homeschooling endeavors using a hybrid of classical and traditional curriculum.  We accomplish this by having tutors available twice each week on Mondays and Wednesdays from September through May.  Parents remain the primary educators of their children and ensure work assigned by the tutor is completed.  Through our tutors we offer a variety of core classes for *grades 9-12: English, Science, Math, History and Religion as well as enrichment classes:  Latin, Logic and Speech/Debate. * 8th grade students may enroll in a Math class and enrichment classes.

                                                                                Website: www.StJPII.org    Contact StJPIItutorial@gmail.com for more information 








               


                                
                                        
                        
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 Ave Momma BlogSpot for Catholics                             CAA is located in Catonsville
     and Rosary Wrap Bracelets                                        offers homeschool PE
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                                                                                 soccer, baseball, volleyball, floor hockey

Classically Catholic Memory

A Catholic homeschool memory work program, classical in nature, that guides parents and children in mastering challenging and inspiring material in eight subjects: Religion, Latin, History, Science, Math, Timeline, Geography, and Great Words.

http://ccmemory.com/







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