AMDG. In this episode, we kick off Homecoming season with Kolbe 2010 graduate Alex and his wife Alex, herself a Catholic homeschool graduate (and, no, we didn’t have a typo there—they’re both named Alex). Mr. Alex discusses his experience as a chemistry major, law student, and Wisconsin Supreme Court judicial clerk, and Mrs. Alex discusses her experience as a pre-nursing student, massage therapist,
Continue Reading

  AMDG. Learning disadvantages and special needs are the topics of the day as Dean of Students Celeste Cuellar joins us.  Her background includes teaching every age between preschool and college as well as mental health and career counseling, and she serves Kolbe families by finding ways to meet students’ individual needs. Along the way, Jordan discusses the college professor side of working with students who have
Continue Reading

    AMDG. Everett Buyarski, Kolbe’s Director of Academic Services, joins the crew this episode to discuss Kolbe’s history, mission, and philosophy. He discusses what “classical in content,” “Ignatian in method,” and “principle of subsidiarity” mean in the context of a Kolbe education; describes how the University of Paris in the 1500s and the University of Kansas in the 1970s both directly influence Kolbe’s
Continue Reading

  AMDG. Feeling the shine (or enormity) of a new school year wearing off and a sense of “why haven’t we figured this out yet?” setting in? You’re not alone. On Episode 10 of the Kolbecast, Jordan, Bonnie, and Hope talk about how getting into a routine can be elusive but how building the habit of finishing strong is always on the
Continue Reading

  AMDG.  In Episode 9, we visit with 2019 Kolbe alumna Monnica Prudlo. She regales us with her recollection of writing her  student graduation address for the 2019 Kolbe graduation ceremony  and reminisces about her Kolbe experience, including how she cultivated friendships by participating in the  clubs and talent show , and how her Kolbe formation has helped prepare her for her university studies. Monnica is studying abroad this semester, so we
Continue Reading

  AMDG. Homeschooling is often a magnifying glass for the intersection between our expectations and reality. On today’s episode, award-winning author, journalist, and former presidential speechwriter Colleen Carroll Campbell visits with Bonnie and Hope about spiritual perfectionism and white-knuckling it through what you think you need to do to be holy; the benefits of incorporating the Ignatian examen into your day; guiding children with perfectionist tendencies; and devotion to the Sacred Heart.  Colleen’s
Continue Reading

  AMDG. Although we met Bonnie and Hope in our first episode of the relaunched Kolbecast, we didn’t get to hear much from Jordan, who is himself a homeschool alumnus, a homeschooling dad, and a teacher of homeschoolers via Kolbe Academy’s Online Academy.  In this episode, we get to know Jordan a little better.  Links:   Jordan’s talk at the 2020 Virtual Homeschool Conference    Replay of Jordan’s talk “An Unexpected Adventure: How Learning Languages Changed the Way I Think”   Latin for Adults Registration  The
Continue Reading

  AMDG. As the school year kicks into gear, the day-to-day of homeschooling is the topic of the day. Bonnie and Hope offer a range of suggestions free for the taking or leaving about daily rhythms or practices, walking through school days, navigating when someone hits a figurative wall, regrouping when the wheels fall off
Continue Reading

  AMDG. Developing a family and homeschool calendar can be daunting, but Bonnie and Hope break it down this episode of the Kolbecast. They talk about the pros and cons of paper planners and online calendars, the Schoology online platform’s various options, keeping family members up to date on meal plans and commitments, and how fostering use of a planner can be a prayerful act of both responsibility and
Continue Reading

  AMDG. Developing a workspace for homeschooling is one of those things that is specific and personal, and yet it’s almost impossible to get a foothold without knowing what works for other people. In this episode, Bonnie and Hope discuss their own homeschooling workspaces, things that worked and didn’t work for them in putting those
Continue Reading