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"Hahn and Hasson provide strong arguments backed with solid documentation to reassure the timid and convince even doubters that the best place to educate their children in a Catholic culture today is at home".

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- Donna Steichen,Author,Ungodly Rage.



"This book gives practical clothing to the truth that there are as many ways to home school successfully as there are homes in which to school. It helps us place our Catholic faith squarely at the heart of our curriculums. In addition to Kimberly and Mary's helpful advice and resources, this far ranging book also turns to numerous veteran home schoolers for valuable recommendations."

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-Laura Berquist, Author, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum



"This readable book is more than a manual for just home schoolers. For all parents it offers a rich fund of insights on how to provide a proper formation for their children and how to strengthen their families."

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Charles E. Rice,University of Notre Dame

About the Author

Kimberly Hahn, a home-schooling mother of five, holds a Master of Arts Theology degree, and is the co-author with her husband, Scott, of Rome Sweet Home;she is also a frequent speaker at conferences on family issues.

Mary Hasson, a home-schooling mother of five, is an attorney who has done graduate work in the theology of marriage and the family. She is a frequent speaker at family conferences, and serves on the Board of the National Association of Catholic Home Educators.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898705665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898705669
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gives the Catholic homeschooling community a light and easy read describing the thoughts and methods of two homeschooling mothers. I did not feel, however, given the title, that the book had a clear, original focus.
In 1996, Catholic homeschoolers already had two strong books - Catholic Home Schooling: A Guidebook for Parents by Mary Kay Clark and Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist. The Hahn/Hasson book didn't add anything new to understanding *Catholic* home schooling. It is more of an opinion piece on what methods and resources they like and don't like. Most homeschoolers can get that information from support groups, email, and friends.
Another challenge I had was the lack of acknowledgement of long-standing Catholic home schooling proponents and programs already on the scene for twenty years and more. For new homeschoolers reading this book, Hahn and Hasson may appear to be trailblazers, which they are not. The dismissive and negative attitude toward those trailblazers with different methods and idealogies (especially full-service curriculum providers)was a bit embarassing. I found the ommision of Catholic home schooling history in America to be a distraction.
Finally, the long list of resources, while helpful, had many Protestant materials which were constantly being defended in the text of the book. Each family has to pick and choose what is best. But one has the feeling while reading the book that these mothers have a hard time with those who believe that only Catholic materials should be used in a Catholic education. Perhaps some have given the authors a hard time on this topic.
I am not sorry I read the book, but I am sorry I bought it. I haven't picked it up since 1996. But I lend it to anyone who askes. Something may strike a chord with them.
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By A Customer on February 28, 2000
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This book is outstanding. My two sisters have been home-schooling their kids for the last five years, but my wife didn't think it was possible for her to consider it. My older sister told me to get her this book. So I did. After reading it last summer, she got the materials together to begin teaching our oldest daughter in September. Here it is, six months later, and my wife says it is the best choice she's ever made. Thank you Mrs. Hahn and Mrs Hasson.
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Looking at the sad state of many Catholic schools today (which have produced many "cafeteria" Catholics) this book is a welcome alternative to paying thousands of dollars to watch your children lose their Roman Catholic identity in your parish school. Mrs. Hahn and Mrs. Hasson have produced a large, though by no means exhaustive, body of work that deals with the hows and whys of homescholing with a Catholic flavor. The chapter on "What about socialization?" was wonderful, as was the chapter written just for dads. Though they do recommend some Protestant resources, they print the caveat that some of these sources, in the latter grades, become anti-Catholic. They DO mention the traditional Catholic correspondence-type schools like Seton and Our Lady of the Rosary. I see no problem with using non-Catholic sources to homeschool, as long as the material is checked by the parent for any anti-Catholic bias. The question and answer format of the book was very helpful when I had specific questions and didn't want to read a whole chapter. This book and Laura Berquist's "Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum" should be on the shelves of every Catholic homeschooler.
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This book is a breath of fresh air -- a sign that Catholic homeschooling has, finally, come into its own. Hasson and Hahn speak with a confidence that is never overbearing, an orthodoxy that is joyful, and a love for diversity that is refreshing. The authors are not pushy; they never tell you what to do, but rather help you to make the decisions that are best for your unique family (and each unique child). I can't tell you what a difference this makes. Years ago, when I first considered homeschooling, I read another book that was fairly dogmatic about teaching and childrearing methods, pretty much saying that, unless you toed the author's particular line, you'd probably fail as a homeschooler. That book actually persuaded me NOT to homeschool (at least temporarily). What I love about Hasson and Hahn is their appreciation for the variety of good Catholic homes, and thus the variety of appropriate methods for Catholic homeschoolers. Now that I've been homeschooling for almost seven years, I know this to be true. Hasson and Hahn are magnanimous but prudent as they recommend support materials, choosing from Catholic, Protestant, and secular sources. This can help a family to find the best that's available. (As one Vatican official recently put it: There's no such thing as "Catholic math.") The authors deserve a Nobel Prize for their suggestions for making homeschooling a family activity. They're right: You don't have to stuff the little ones in a playpen to make it work. Nor do you need to run your home like a military academy.Read more ›
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