|Catholic Home-Study Schools
Catholic home-study schools offer a wide range of services, from full-service programs to partial enrollment to simply providing assistance to those who are putting together their own eclectic program. Several also sell books, texts, lesson plans, and testing services to non-enrolled families.
MOTHER OF DIVINE GRACE SCHOOL
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY SCHOOL
OUR LADY OF VICTORY SCHOOL
REGINA COELI ACADEMY OF THE LIBERAL ARTS
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ACADEMY
SETON HOME STUDY SCHOOL
These companies address the specific needs of home educators. Catholics searching for high-quality materials for their homeschools should check out the following companies, most of which are owned by Catholic homeschoolers.
ALAN JEMISON MUSIC
ECCE HOMO PRESS
For the Love of Literature; American Catholic historical fiction; Little Flowers and Blue Knights Club materials.
Literature Guides, classic reprints, Father Brown Reader for children, mater et magistra
INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE IN WRITING
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style.
LITTLE SAINTS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
STONE TABLET PRESS
Little Angel Readers.
WOOLY LAMB PUBLISHING
History Links Unit Study/Integrated Learning.
Individualized writing courses via email.
YE HEDGE SCHOOL
Sentence diagramming and Catholic science books.
These are Catholic publishers popular with homeschoolers.
Catholic books and faith-formation programs, including the Great Adventure Bible study.
Children’s books and historical fiction.
Publishes This Rock magazine. Books include apologetics and chastity titles.
CHRISTENDOM COLLEGE PRESS / ISI
Catholic books, including the booklet Home Schooling and the New Code of Canon Law.
PAULINE BOOKS AND MEDIA
Children’s books and religious curricula.
Catholic books, and videos. Books include homeschooling titles and religious curricula.
Reprints of old favorites. Publishing arm of Our Lady of Victory School.
Henle Latin and Loyola Classics series.
MIDWEST THEOLOGICAL FORUM
Publisher of the excellent Didache series (high school religion textbooks).
Beautifully bound Catholic reprints.
OUR SUNDAY VISITOR
Catholic newspaper, magazines, books, and pamphlets.
SOPHIA INSTITUTE PRESS
Spirituality, apologetics, scripture, prayer, saints, sacraments, and homeschooling.
TAN BOOKS AND PUBLISHERS
Books and textbooks, both new and reprints.
Books written for Catholic homeschoolers. To purchase, click on the book title.
For the Love of Literature: Teaching Core Subjects with Literature (Ecce Homo Press) by Maureen Wittmann
The Catholic Homeschool Companion (Sophia Institute Press) by Maureen Wittmann and Rachel Mackson, eds.
A Catholic Homeschool Treasury: Nurturing Children’s Love for Learning (Ignatius Press) by Rachel Mackson and Maureen Wittmann, eds.
A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul (Sophia Institute Press) by Holly Pierlot
Catholic Education: Homeward Bound: A Useful Guide to Catholic Home Schooling (Ignatius Press) by Kimberly Hahn and Mary Hasson
Catholic Home Schooling: A Handbook for Parents (TAN Books) by Mary Kay Clark
Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum: A Guide to Catholic Home Education (Ignatius Press) by Laura M. Berquist
Family Journal: A Homeschooling Mom’s Companion (Catholic Heritage Curricula), by Rita Munn
Homeschooling with Gentleness: A Catholic Discovers Unschooling (Christendom College Press) by Suzie Andres
Natural Structure: A Montessori Approach to Classical Education At Home (Catholic Heritage Curricula) by Edward and Nancy Walsh
Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water (Sophia Institute Press) by Susie Lloyd
Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home (By Way of the Family) by Elizabeth Foss
Stories for the Homeschool Heart (Bezalel Books) by Patti Maguire Armstrong and Theresa Thomas
Curriculum Mail Order
Making curriculum and product purchases from these companies will help to alleviate any worry about buying books that contain anti-Catholic biases as they all offer products that will aid you in teaching your children the beauty and fullness of Catholicism.
BY WAY OF THE FAMILY- www.bywayofthefamily.com
Offers discounts for large orders. Offers Elizabeth Foss’s Real Learning.
CATHOLIC HERITAGE CURRICULA (CHC)- www.chcweb.com
Offers new and unique Catholic curricula and enrichment materials.
EMMANUEL BOOKS- www.emmanuelbooks.com
Carries most of the curricula recommended in Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum.
OUR FATHER’S HOUSE- www.ourfathershouse.biz
Hands-on and Montessori products in addition to traditional Catholic homeschooling curricula.
SAINT GEORGE CATHOLIC BOOKS
Homeschool store including Sonya Roman’s Connecting with History.
SETON EDUCATIONAL MEDIA- www.setonhome.org
Texts published for Seton Home Study School are available for individual purchase.
General Mail-Order Companies
These companies offer popular homeschooling books and texts alongside their other merchandise.
ADOREMUS BOOKS- http://www.adoremusbooks.com/
Catholic books, including Catholic homeschooling curriculum.
ALL CATHOLIC BOOKS- www.allcatholicbooks.com
Discounted Catholic and homeschooling books.
COUPLE TO COUPLE LEAGUE- www.ccli.org
Books on family life and homeschooling.
FAMILY LIFE CENTER / ST. JOSEPH COVENANT KEEPERS- www.familylifecenter.net
Books and audio tapes on the role of Catholic husband and father.
ILLUMINATED INK- www.illuminatedink.com
Enrichment items for your homeschool: Catholic crafts and games.
LEAFLET MISSAL COMPANY- www.leafletmissal.org
Catholic gifts, books, sacramentals, art, and more.
MOTHER OF OUR SAVIOR- www.moscompany.com
Traditional Catholic gifts, supplies, and books.
THE ST. JOHN FISHER FORUM- www.stjohnfisherforum.org
Catholic books for adults and children, including titles popular with homeschoolers.
ST. JOSEPH COMMUNICATIONS- www.saintjoe.com
Catholic cassette tapes, many useful in teaching high school apologetics.
STELLA MARIS BOOKS- www.stellamarisbooks.com
Homeschool books and texts in addition to general Catholic books, supplies, and music.
Magazines and Newsletters
Although there are no specifically Catholic homeschooling magazines on the scale of Practical Homeschooling or any of the other large Christian or secular titles, there are several good periodicals from which to choose. These are our professional journals; it’s a good idea to subscribe to one or two.
mater et magistra
THE Catholic homeschooling magazine. Pullout unit study, reviews, and other useful features in every issue. The cover art is so beautiful that you’ll want to display each issue prominently. Quarterly.
Seton Home Study
Monthly newsletter. Includes articles and features of interest to both Seton families and non- enrolled families.
Following is just a small sampling of Catholic homeschooling websites worth bookmarking. Follow their links, and you’ll find a treasury of Catholic homeschooling on the Internet.
FAVORITE RESOURCES FOR CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOLERS (Love 2 Learn)
Reviews and sample pages of popular homeschooling books and texts. History Index is especially great. Plus plenty of other useful information for Catholic homeschooling families. My favorite!
Catholics experiencing difficulty in finding fellowship with other homeschoolers can locate support on message boards or join an email group (listserv). These are email groups that I personally moderate:
THE HISTORY PLACE
POPE SAINT NICHOLAS V
THE THRIFTY HOMESCHOOLER
Web logs, or blogs, are the latest trend in the Internet world. I host or contribute to the following blogs. Visit them to find links to even more Catholic homeschooling blogs.
HOMESCHOOL CONNECTIONS, CATHOLIC HOMESCHOOLING
UNITY OF TRUTH
THE THRIFTY HOMESCHOOLER
Colleges and Universities
The following institutions are respected in the Catholic homeschooling community and welcome homeschoolers with open arms.
AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY
THE CATHOLIC DISTANCE UNIVERSITY
THE UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE
JOHN PAUL THE GREAT UNIVERSITY
THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE
Resources for Homeschooling Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities
In addition to these resources, several of the Catholic home-study schools have dedicated personnel to assist parents of special-needs children.
I was able to locate most of the following books at my local public library. If your library doesn’t carry these titles, request that they purchase a selection. Most libraries have purchase request forms, at the front desk and online. If you want to buy them yourself, click on the book title.
Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns, by Brenda Smith Myles and Jack Southwick (Autism Asperger Pub. Co.).
Choosing and Using Curriculum for Your Special Needs Child, by Joyce Herzog (Greenleaf Press). Takes a very commonsense approach.
Creative Home Schooling for Gifted Children, by Lisa Rivero (Great Potential Press).
Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored, and Having Problems in School, by Lucy Jo Palladino (Ballantine; formerly titled The Edison Trait). A must-read for parents of ADD and ADHD children.
Home Educating Our Autistic Spectrum Children: Paths Are Made by Walking, by Kitt Cowlishaw and Terri Dowty, eds. (Jessica Kingsley Pub.). A compendium of essays by parents who are homeschooling their children diagnosed with autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Homeschooling Children with Special Needs, by Sharon Hensley (Noble Pub.).
Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences, by Lenore Hayes (Prima Pub.). A general guide to homeschooling children with learning disabilities. Concentrates heavily on the problems with public education in regard to special-needs children.
Homeschooling Your Gifted Child: Language Arts for the Middle School Years, by Lee Wherry Brainerd (Learning Express).
Learning in Spite of Labels, by Joyce Herzog (Greenleaf Press).
Peterson’s Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities or Attention Deficit Disorders, by Charles Mangrum II, Ed.D. and Stephen Strichart, Ph.D. (Peterson’s). Peterson’s is famous for their college guides. This book lists two-year and four-year colleges that make accommodations for learning-disabled students.
Precious Treasure: The Story of Patrick, by Elizabeth Matthews (Emmaus Road Pub.). The personal story of a mother’s spiritual journey through her autistic son.
Aut — 2B — Home- www.weirdkids.com/autism/aut2bhome.htm
Email listserv that provides support for parents homeschooling autistic children. Website also provides visitors with medical information, book recommendations, and other online support.
Homeschooling Children Who Aut to Be Home- www.home.earthlink.net/~tammyglaser798/authome.html
This is the homepage of Tammy Glaser. Includes links to other homepages of parents who homeschool their autistic children, articles of interest, and more.
LD OnLine- www.ldonline.org
Includes legal advice, teaching tips, Q&A section, and a free monthly newsletter for parents with learning-disabled children.
Special Kids Moms- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpecialKidsMoms/
Email discussion group to provide support to Catholic parents with special-needs children.
A program for learning-disabled children using a system of cognitive exercises, aimed at the development of foundational learning skills.
AUTISM ASPERGER PUBLISHING CO.- www.asperger.net
Publishes books and a newsletter on autism.
ED CON PUBLISHING GROUP- www.edconpublishing.com
Publishers of the high-readability texts: High Interest Classics.
EDUCATORS PUBLISHING SERVICES (EPS)- www.epsbooks.com
Publishers of Explode the Code, my favorite series of phonics workbooks.
JEMICY SCHOOL COMMUNITY OUTREACH- www.jemicyschool.org
Offers assessments, workshops, training courses, and summer camps for dyslexic children.
THE LAB SCHOOL- www.labschool.org
Tutoring, evaluations, and consultation services.
THE LEARNING HOME
1611 Cynthia Ct.
Jarrettsville, MD 21084
Helps parents in locating needed resources. President Janine Seadler, M.Ed., provides consultation and assessments for parents of children with learning disabilities, both locally in Maryland and long distance.
LINDAMOOD-BELL LEARNING PROCESSES- www.lindamoodbell.com
Provides training sessions. Website offers information and definitions helpful in learning about dyslexia.
RECORDING FOR THE BLIND AND DYSLEXIC- www.rfbd.org
Producer of audio textbooks. Individual members have unlimited access to the audio library and reference librarian services.
SIGNING TIME – www.signingtime.com
American Sign Language (ASL) videos for babies, toddlers, and older children.
WILSON LANGUAGE COMPANY- www.wilsonlanguage.com
Publishes reading and spelling curricula, as well as providing online training. They also provide a list of trained tutors.
CHASK: CHRISTIAN HOMES AND SPECIAL KIDS- www.chask.org
Helps Christian parents adopt special-needs children. Website includes articles on raising children with fetal-alcohol syndrome, AIDS, blindness, ADD, spina bifida, Down’s syndrome, and more.
THE INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION (formerly The Orton Dyslexia Association)- www.interdys.org
Provides information on dyslexia, is a source of printed material, and will provide leads to resources and tutors in your local area.
MUMS: NATIONAL PARENT-TO-PARENT NETWORK (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc.)- www.netnet.net/mums
A support and matching organization for families of children with rare disorders or special needs.
NATHHAN: NATIONAL CHALLENGED HOMESCHOOLERS ASSOCIATION NETWORK- www.nathhan.com
This Christian organization supplies information on local support and resources. Articles at the website address
homeschooling children with ADD, autism, visual impairment, deafness, spina bifida, and so on. Articles also address the legal issues in homeschooling special-needs children. Members receive a regular newsletter, HSLDA discount, access to a lending library, family directory, and more.
Provided by Mary Glantz
Resources to help you locate materials that can assist you in exposing your child to another language.
APPLAUSE LEARNING RESOURCES- www.applauselearning.com
Books, posters, games, music, videos, computer software, room decorations, teaching incentives, dictionaries, maps, puzzles, and magazines. French, Spanish, German, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Russian.
Primarily self-instruction language programs in more languages than you can imagine. If you want to learn the language of your ancestors, this is the catalog for you.
Focuses on French and Spanish only. Offers books, posters, music, videos, stickers and other teaching aids.
INTERNATIONAL BOOK CENTER- www.ibcbooks.com
If you live in the metropolitan Detroit area, this is a fun store to visit because you can peruse through all the materials before purchasing them. Carries many books, audiocassettes, CDs, teaching aids and dictionaries for preschool and up, in French, Spanish, German, Latin, Arabic, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Danish, Albanian, Portuguese, and more.
TEACHER’S DISCOVERY- www.teachersdiscovery.com
Books, posters, games, music, videos, computer software, room decorations, kits, teaching incentives, dictionaries, and maps for the study of French, Spanish and German.