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Old Sep 15, '06, 7:02 am
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My wife and I have just been received into the Catholic Church, but we started homeschooling our 6-year old before we converted. We're using an evangelical curriculum, and have just started seeing some content that is in opposition to our faith, so we'd like to make a change before we get too far into this academic year.

I'd like recommendations for Catholic homeschool curricula. I know a bit about Seton, but I'd like to avoid academy-based programs (partly because of the expense - our evangelical 1st grade curriculm cost in the neighborhood of $250-300 for the entire year, not counting supplies we purchase throughout the year, and Seton is far in excess of that).

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Old Sep 15, '06, 7:28 am
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If I were to homeschool my younger children, I'd use this: (Catholic Heritage) It looks like the 1st grade cirriculum is $216.00 without any extras.

http://www.catholichomeschooling.com/catalog/index.html

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Old Sep 15, '06, 7:31 am
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If I were to homeschool my younger children, I'd use this: (Catholic Heritage)

http://www.catholichomeschooling.com/catalog/index.html
Thanks for the information! I've just checked out the webpage, and this seems very similar in structure to what we're currently using.

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Old Sep 15, '06, 7:54 am
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My wife and I have just been received into the Catholic Church, but we started homeschooling our 6-year old before we converted. We're using an evangelical curriculum, and have just started seeing some content that is in opposition to our faith, so we'd like to make a change before we get too far into this academic year.

I'd like recommendations for Catholic homeschool curricula. I know a bit about Seton, but I'd like to avoid academy-based programs (partly because of the expense - our evangelical 1st grade curriculm cost in the neighborhood of $250-300 for the entire year, not counting supplies we purchase throughout the year, and Seton is far in excess of that).

Thanks in advance for your help!

Dan
I use A-Beka for language, spelling and Math.

I would use Catholic sources for history and religion. I use Image of God for k-1 and switch to Faith and Life for 2nd and up. For history, we just read along of historical fiction along with Catholic sources.

Readers can be a problem. Once in a Protestant reader, there was a story about Jesus' siblings. My favorite readers are the Seton's readers.

In English, sometimes a troublesome sentence in the grammar exercises will come up. For example, once a sentence said, "Martin Luther was a great Christian hero." I crossed out hero and wrote heretic.

I've heard some homeschool speakers say we shouldn't buy from groups that think the Bride of Christ is the Whore of Babylon. I really like the A-beka worktexts, so I've decided to use them. They are interesting, well organized, and user friendly. I think the price is reasonable too. I esp. like the Math texts.

I think enrolling in a correspondence school for the younger grades is pretty silly. But, probably in some states it makes it easier to meet requirements.

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Old Sep 15, '06, 8:09 am
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Readers can be a problem. Once in a Protestant reader, there was a story about Jesus' siblings ... In English, sometimes a troublesome sentence in the grammar exercises will come up. For example, once a sentence said, "Martin Luther was a great Christian hero." I crossed out hero and wrote heretic.
I love your sense of humor (and Catholic orthodoxy)!

My wife called me at work to talk about a troublesome passage in my daughter's history textbook. It was in the context of several lessons about how we communicate with each other and with God, and how God communicates with us. In summary, the text said that God communicates with us only through the Bible and creation (of course, there was no mention of the magisterium or sacraments). The discussion questions asked if the kids do devotions with their family at home and on vacation, and said that "some people even hold their own church services on vacation when they're far away from a regular church."
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I've heard some homeschool speakers say we shouldn't buy from groups that think the Bride of Christ is the Whore of Babylon. I really like the A-beka worktexts, so I've decided to use them. They are interesting, well organized, and user friendly. I think the price is reasonable too. I esp. like the Math texts.
Seems like a prudential decision to me. I don't think you're necessarily in the wrong for using curricula from these sources, nor is anyone else necessarily wrong for avoiding them.
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I think enrolling in a correspondence school for the younger grades is pretty silly. But, probably in some states it makes it easier to meet requirements.
Our state is relatively easy on homeschoolers with respect to reporting requirements, etc.
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Cathholic Heritage Curricula is great as well as Emmanuel Books.

http://www.emmanuelbooks.com/

http://www.chcweb.com/catalog/index.html
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Old Sep 15, '06, 11:20 am
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I use Five in a Row for my younger boys. My older boys are following the curriculum from Mater Amabilis. Five in a Row is not Catholic, but it is very amenable to Catholic schooling and doesn't contain anti-Catholic teaching.

You can also get more ideas from the Catholic Homeschool discussion at 4 Real Learning. You can get curriculum, help, and ideas at the Yahoo groups Cathswap and Cathswap Chat.
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Old Sep 15, '06, 11:28 am
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Kolbe Academy (www.kolbe.org) is also an excellent program. You can purchase books from them without enrolling and the proctor staff is very helpful. They use Modern Curriculum Press for both Phonics and Math--both are great programs. I use the Faith and Freedom readers for the reading program (available from Seton) and Kolbe uses the "Voyages in English" program which is VERY Catholic.

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Old Sep 15, '06, 11:31 am
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That is, the MCP Math program is great for the primary grades and then in 4th grade they switch to Saxon Math... which, according to a few other homeschoolers I know (both Catholic and non-Catholic) who've gone on to college, is the BEST math program to prepare homeschoolers for college math!

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Old Sep 15, '06, 11:58 am
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This is my first year trying homeschooling and I am doing a trial year with my 7th grader (my 1st and 3rd graders are still in regular school). So far, I am having a blast! I didn't join any of the academies, but I ordered all my materials from Seton, Catholic Heritage Curricula, Kolbe and Memoria Press (Latin). I thought I could have a lot more flexibility and control if I put together my own program. So far, I couldn't be happier!

Congratulations on your decision and we are so happy to have you in our Catholic Family!!
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That is, the MCP Math program is great for the primary grades and then in 4th grade they switch to Saxon Math... which, according to a few other homeschoolers I know (both Catholic and non-Catholic) who've gone on to college, is the BEST math program to prepare homeschoolers for college math!
Many of the evangelical homeschool support groups agree with your assessment of the Saxon math program. I noticed that Catholic Heritage Curricula switch to Saxon in 4th grade, which is a big plus.
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This is my first year trying homeschooling and I am doing a trial year with my 7th grader (my 1st and 3rd graders are still in regular school). So far, I am having a blast! I didn't join any of the academies, but I ordered all my materials from Seton, Catholic Heritage Curricula, Kolbe and Memoria Press (Latin). I thought I could have a lot more flexibility and control if I put together my own program. So far, I couldn't be happier!
Flexibility is definitely a plus. However, our situation has practically forced us to use a highly-structured and tightly-integrated curriculum. Our daughter (the 2nd of our 4 children, and the only one we've chosen to homeschool) has Asperger syndrome, and needs predictability, structure and consistency, or else she develops problems with anxiety and depression.

By the way, best wishes on your first year of homeschooling! Our daughter flew through kindergarten last year, but we're having a few problems with 1st grade. She's intimidated by the amount of work she has to do, and is having a real confidence problem. She frequently cries to us that she's afraid she can't do the work. At the same time, I think we're using a program that isn't challenging her to reach her potential. When the psychologist measured her IQ at age 4, his charts didn't go high enough to measure her. Such fun - Asperger syndrome, anxiety, and super-high intelligence. She's a tough nut to crack.
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Old Sep 15, '06, 1:41 pm
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This is my first year trying homeschooling and I am doing a trial year with my 7th grader (my 1st and 3rd graders are still in regular school). So far, I am having a blast! I didn't join any of the academies, but I ordered all my materials from Seton, Catholic Heritage Curricula, Kolbe and Memoria Press (Latin). I thought I could have a lot more flexibility and control if I put together my own program. So far, I couldn't be happier!

Congratulations on your decision and we are so happy to have you in our Catholic Family!!
That is wonderful! I think having a postive attitude is what's most important. May God bless your efforts! CM
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By Way of the Family is a Catholic bookstore for homeschool supplies. It's a great resource and offers a variety of Catholic materials from a variety of educational philosophies. http://www.bywayofthefamily.com/

My kids and I really like Catholic Heritage too. If your daughter is complaining about how much work she has, CHC might be a good fit. It presents information well, but they don't have lots of tedious busy work. They sell lessons plans, but you can also incorporate their books into your own plans.
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This is my second year homeschooling my children and we love CHC! (Catholic Heritage)
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We're doing Seton K this year and so far I like it. Everything is very catholic, and I am surprised at how adaptable it is to however one chooses to homeschool. I was expecting it to be a little more rigid but it totally is not that way.
If you can work without a prepared curriculum, you can just buy books from Seton and teach from that and save quite a bit of money that way. Or Seton also offers single courses. Or you could mix and match...for example, I also like to use Handwriting Without Tears and Miquon math, not because Seton materials are lacking or inferior, but because they are more suited to the way my son learns. My suggestion is pick the curriculum you like, then pray for the money to be able to do it. Seton also offers counseling and special educational services.
So I just wanted to throw that out there from my experience so far, but I don't think you can go wrong with any of the curricula suggestions here. (hey and if you do, just switch!)
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