The dramatic arts are a profound combination of the spoken word and the human person, where actors embody fundamental ideas of creation along with significant literary and production components. In this episode, Kolbe Online teacher (and alumna!) Dolores Ann Mihaliak visits with Bonnie and Hope about these ideas and Kolbe’s new Drama Portfolio and  Advanced Dramatic Arts classes, including how Kolbe’s curriculum addresses questions of humanity and relationships in context and the Zoom theater online creative endeavor developing in quarantine.  Dolores’s upcoming online production of As You
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  AMDG. Kolbe Academy was founded by three families in 1980, named for a 20th Century Polish Franciscan priest on his way to sainthood, and built upon the foundation of the Ignatian method of education. The feast days of these saints are just a few weeks apart: St. Maximilian Kolbe’s is celebrated on August 14th, while that of St. Ignatius Loyola
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In this episode, Jordan, Bonnie and Hope talk about their experiences with Kolbe Academy and give a preview of future episodes. Bonnie and her family are starting their fourth year of homeschooling with Kolbe. She’s a liturgical musician, podcast fanatic, and heavy library user, as well as a Kolbe Parent Ambassador. Hope studied communication theory and philosophy in
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Why Educate at Home One of the most difficult interview questions to answer honestly is: “What’s something you believe to be true, yet very few people agree with you on?” My go-to, hypothetical answer has always been, “That students thrive best when educated at home.” And since home education continues to produce stellar results, the
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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
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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
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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,
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