I hope I don’t offend anyone, but this is my personal opinion about using Evangelical Christian or Protestant homeschool programs.
It just makes sense to me that if you want your children to have a Catholic educational curriculum, you should use a Catholic program. If you wouldn’t send your child to the local Evangelical Christian Academy (and just make up the missing Catholic teachings on your own) as opposed to the local Catholic school, then why do the same with homeschooling? There are other Catholic programs besides Seton (we use Kolbe Academy).
Furthermore, by supporting a non-Catholic program, it seems to me that one would be denying much-needed support to Catholic homeschool programs that are trying to nurture the true Faith during a child’s most formative years. Kindergarten isn’t too early to begin teaching a child about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist or about our Lord’s sacrifice on the Cross.
Perhaps I feel this way because my in-laws have owned a Catholic books and gift shop for over twenty years and have watched with chagrin how, over the years, more and more Catholics went to the local Christian (read: “evangelical” and “protestant”) gift shop to purchase First Communion sets and Miraculous Medals because the stores were “closer” (in a town of 30,000, how far is far?) or cheaper (they’re a chain, they buy in bulk). If they ever have to close down for lack of business, who will be to blame?
Anyhow, those are my thoughts and I hope everyone can see my point of view, if not necessarily agree with it!
In Christ’s peace,