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Catholic Home Schooling Paperback – August 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • 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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By David Zampino VINE VOICE on October 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the book that singlehandedly convinced my wife and myself to seriously consider homeschooling our children. I was, as some of my friends can attest, very suspicious of the idea of homeschooling, and frankly, had seen some abuses take place. I am still critical of some of the methods and rationales of some homeschoolers -- but they probably have the same view of myself and my methods!
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.
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I agree that the chapter on computer technology is outdated -- but most articles written concerning computers are practically outdated by the time they go to press. The rest of the book is OUTSTANDING in its advice and helpful hints to make your homeschooling experience as positive as it can be.
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.
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. . .which was a significant encouragement for our family in our decision to homeschool, although we ultimately chose a different system. In this volume, Dr. Clark gives solid and specific advice about how to begin homeschooling, how to enlist the support of others, how to make one's faith active in homeschooling, etc.
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.
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This is the first book I recommend to families looking for information on Catholic home education. Dr. Mary Kay Clark, Director of Seton Home Study School, has devoted much of her life to Catholic education to help her family and others. Her zeal and success, chronicled in this book, fills the reader with a confidence which has deep roots. A parent who reads this book will come away with an understanding that homeschooling does not have to be just a stop-gap measure until a "good" Catholic school is found. Catholic homeschooling can become a life for you and your family.
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!
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I've read this book twice now. It's fantastic and uplifting. You won't find too many liberal Catholics recommending this book because this book is truely, 100 % Catholic. No fundamentalism or ecumenism involved here. Ms. Clark states the truth about Catholicism and what your responsibities as a Catholic parent are. Read this book first before you buy any others.
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