- Paperback: 452 pages
- Publisher: TAN Books and Publishers; 1st edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895554941
- ISBN-13: 978-0895554949
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Catholic Home Schooling Paperback – August 1, 1993
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However, this book changed my mind. Dr. Clark describes in painstaking detail using the Scriptures, the teachings of the Church, and examples from history the benefits and justifications for the homeschooling of children. Each chapter set out, in detail, a separate theme discussing various aspects of homeschooling. Included were chapters dealing with difficult issues, such as the role of the father in homeschooling, homeschooling in a single parent household, dealing with children with special needs, legal aspects to homeschooling, etc.
It also demonstrated an openness by Catholic homeschoolers for the rights of Protestant homeschoolers. Unfortunately, in my experience, the same openness has not been demonstrated flowing back the other way.
If the book has a flaw at all, it is that it is a bit dated. The section on computers could stand a major update, and legal issues change so frequently that, while the general legal information is quite valuable, anything specific needs to be updated as well.
It is my hope that the author and publisher strongly consider a revised edition.
As far as the chapter on discipline is concerned: if I had been an attachment-parent and not followed Dr. Clark's advice, I would be in the loony bin by now. Dr. Clark has a common-sense, realistic approach to discipline that acknowledges the need for structure and order in the home. This is vital if you have a large family with children close together in age -- which I have. Certainly, my husband and I have had our share of discipline problems, but using Dr. Clark's approach has helped us through the rough spots.
As for her endorsing only Seton: she is the director of Seton, so that is only natural. If she didn't endorse it, I would be surprised. I have chosen to do my own curriculum using materials from Seton, Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of the Rosary and Kolbe Academy. But for many parents, working out their own curriculum is difficult. The "package plans" available are a huge help to many. Seton is one of them. There are many others. You still have the liberty to investigate each one and find the one that's right for you. It should surprise no one that Dr. Clark endorses the one that she directs.
There are also informative sections on single-parent homeschooling, homeschooling disabled children (though I felt that the author of the chapter on disabled children has possibly "bought" too much into the tendency of modern society to label everything a "disability"), and legal aspects of homeschooling.
What cost this book a star is the dated material. The computer information is virtually useless, and even the legal situations have changed significantly around the country. I would be very much in favor of a "revised edition" reflecting these changes.
All in all, though, an extremely helpful book.
Before embarking on the home education journey, two very important question parents should ask themselves is "Why do we want to home school?" and "How and what do we use to accomplish our goals?" Dr. Clark's book addresses both with the emphasis on the first. Unless each family develops a philosophy and goals, the "how" and "what" will have no direction, possibly leading to burnout.
Reading this meaty book before others will help Catholics form a firm foundation. Be sure to have your own copy in hand with a highlighter!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pedantic, hyper-reactionary, rigid, judgmental, pushy, holier-than-thou. She's like the Dana Carvey EMBODIMENT of the Church Lady on SNL. This is not a book for Catholics. Read morePublished 14 months ago by WordGirl
Every catholic homeschool family should have this book. I'm very pleased with my purchased.Published 22 months ago by karilu
The preface was already convincing me about the decision to home school. The rest of the book talks about how to make this decision into reality, and how to convince your family... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Quang Pham
GREAT BOOK! Definitely convinced me I am doing whats best for my kids. Having the Pope's encyclicals in here and in depth explanation was my deal sealer!Published on February 22, 2013 by Catholic Mom
I first read this book nine years ago, and I reread it every year before planning the next school year. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by D. Marie
I am re-reading this book as I prepare for the new school year and am loving it all over again. The book is thoroughly Catholic, it contains many motivating quotes from popes,... Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Kate K
I really enjoyed this book. It contains lots of information about Catholic homeschooling, organization and discipline. I found the book very informative as well as inspiring. Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by Nathan H.
This is perhaps the most important book on Catholic Homeschooling ever written. Dr. Clark outlines how she came to be involved in homeschooling and the book has a great section on... Read morePublished on June 4, 2008 by Katholish
This book is a great place to start if a Catholic family is considering homeschooling for religious reasons. Dr. Read morePublished on February 24, 2007 by Kelly