When we started homeschooling our children, it was largely for family reasons.   My older children briefly attended a Catholic school, but we found that the school schedule consumed almost every hour of the day.   My fourth child had to spend some time in the hospital after birth and was a high-needs infant, and it was very difficult to be an involved
Continue Reading

Some home-schoolers like to preserve their summers as a time to relax, visit friends, go to the pool or beach, and prepare lesson plans for next year. Other home-schoolers school year around. There is a third category: doing a combination of both the above. Summer gives my family lots more time for leisure activities, but
Continue Reading

In this Kolbecast, two veterans of online teaching–Kelly Powers and Jordan Almanzar–discuss whether online education can be real education. The conversation was prompted by Randall Smith’s article, appearing last week in The Catholic World Report , wherein he claims, “…the promises people made (and are still making) about online ‘distance education’ were always bogus.” For a number of reasons,
Continue Reading

I have just finished writing a letter of reference for my oldest son, who is in his senior year and hopes to attend Thomas Aquinas College. After eleven years of homeschooling, almost ten of those with Kolbe Academy, I will soon have my first graduate. Time to reflect back on those ten plus years and
Continue Reading