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Catholic Homeschool Companion Paperback – February 1, 2006
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"CHC gives its readers a variety of homeschooling methods along with a great wealth of resources, information, inspiration, and support." -- Danielle Bean, author, My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom
"This is truly the 'companion' all Catholic homeschooling families need" -- Cathy Duffy, 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
"This treasure offers sound practical wisdom and heartwarming encouragement." --Melissa Wiley, author The Martha Years series
About the Author
Rachel Mackson and Maureen Wittmann are veteran homeschoolers. Their previous book, A Catholic Homeschool Treasury, has helped countless parents teach their children at home.
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The book is a collection of essays written by forty-three authors on a wide range of homeschool topics. The book is divided into eleven chapters each of which covers a specific topic. Perhaps you're new to homeschooling or are like me and are trying to decide if it's right for your family. You can page through the contents and find the chapters that hone in on your most pressing questions or concerns. Prior to reading this, I felt pretty confident that I can, in fact, homeschool my children, but I was not sure that I could do so into the high school years. After reading this book and many of it's edifying essays, I no longer feel that homeschooling for high school would be totally out of the question. Maybe you struggle with homeschooling your children and maintaing your home. There's a chapter that can offer you insight and support in this book.
Overall, I found this book to be an incredibly helpful reference. You can read this book cover to cover, like I did, or you can jump around to the chapters or essays that specifically target a particular aspect of homeschooling. This book is filled with valuable insight and wisdom from veteran homeschooling parents. Should I decide to make the decision to jump into the world of homeschooling next year, I feel confident that I can do it. And if I hit a snag? I'm certain that I can turn to this book and find some support. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in learning more about homeschooling or those who already homeschool.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of The Catholic Homeschool Companion by the publisher, Sophia Institute Press in exchange for my honest review.
I have found that in so many homeschooling books, authors tend to repeat themselves needlessly. Authors write in 100 pages, what could easily be found on someone's website written more clearly and concisely. This is not the case with this book. There are almost 500 pages of solid advice on Catholic homeschooling. Every chapter is written on a different subject by a different author, and the breadth and depth of the information is excellent.
A good example of this is the chapter on Art Appreciation: Recognizing Symbolism in Religious Art by Pattie Kelley-Huff. She explains what many religious symbols in artwork mean. For example, an anchor is a symbol for hope and steadfastness. She has entire lists with what the symbol means. The author also gives resources for further study.
Many of the chapters recommend additional material. I, personally, love mathematics, and I would consider that one of my strongest subjects. However, in the chapter on math, the author provides a listing of Math literature by grade level that I never would have known about on my own.
The only negative, I would say, is that because the book is written by various authors, some chapters are weaker than others. The chapter on teaching a foreign language would be an example of this.
I truly believe that this book will provide something for every Catholic homeschooler. In fact, even non-Catholic homeschoolers, or Catholics that want to enrich their child's school education might also find information in this book. Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with it.