Monday, August 30, 2010

NCR: Back to (Home) School

Back to (Home) School

The Benefits for Faith and Family

Friday, Aug 06, 2010 10:17 AM  During Angela Rioux’s first two years of high school, her mom, Maria, who was also her home-school teacher, needed to support younger daughter Adrienne during her leukemia treatment. Angela and her siblings supported their sick sister by working hard and helping each other with assignments at their Cummings, Kan., home. Although Maria worried about Angela’s education, her daughter gained...

Okay, I know I am late in posting this, but life "sometimes" is a little crazy. This is a wonderful article on homeschooling, but you do need to subscribe to read the whole thing or at least borrow it from a friend.

Gathering in Gratitude

Thanksgiving Is Here! 
"Gathering in Gratitude" is the title of the article in Faith and Family about Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode. It is in the Fall 2010 issue.

Is your family Thanksgiving quiet and contemplative? Boisterous and chaotic? For Maggie and her family Thanksgiving is a celebration of joyful exuberance as they gather together with family and friends at Grandma and Grandpa's house--a high-spirited place where no one minds that the chairs don't match and people are never too full for dessert. . . .

Faith and Family

mater et magistra

The latest issue of mater et magistra is now available: Summer 2010, Vol. 3, #3. The last issue sold out, so if you are interested, contact them now.
Topics: Completing the Journey, A journey on Paper, Purple Hearts, Learning Styles and Challenges, The Liturgical Year, Handcrafts for Homeschoolers, Nature Study, Literature Chat, A Day in the Life, Unit Study, This Land Is Your Land: A State by State Study of America and Reviews.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

More Homeschool Vendors

These are not Catholic vendors, but many homeschoolers find them helpful. There is more stuff here than you could ever use! Less is better. Shop at your discretion!

Ambleside Online
Charlotte Mason education

American Home-school Publishing
Classical Educational Materials

Science curriculum (commentary needed)

Audio Memory
Memorization help.

The Back Pack
Used textbooks

Bellerophon Books
Coloring books, etc.

Blackstone Audio
Books to listen to.

Bluestocking Press
Uncle Eric books
Latin resources
Thinking toys, games, and puzzles
Educational software

Handwriting program

Calvert School
Secular correspondence school, curriculum 
Ideas for "school" in the car

Childrens Books
Discounted children's literature

Children's books and more

Homeschool resources

Classic Toy Soldiers

CommonSense Press
Homeschool curriculum

Constructive Playthings
Games, toys, arts, crafts

Continental Press
Educational publishers: map skills, etc.

Corps of Re-discovery
Lewis and Clark, Frontier, colonists, pioneers

Creative Learning Systems
21st Century learning (science and technology)

Critical Thinking Co.
Workbooks and software

David Smith's
Mapping the World by Heart, etc.

Study guides (now as e-books, too)
Art supplies galore!
Dinah Zike's graphic organizers, manipulatives, and more
Dive Cds for Saxon, "Digital Interactive Video Eduction"
Hands-on science, math, and more.
Educational resources

Dover Publications
Children's books, coloring books, etc.

Dr Drew's Discovery Blocks
Unique wood building blocks. Our children "love" them!

Eagles Wings Educational Materials
Considering God's Creation, etc.

Edmund Scientifics
"cool" educational stuff: science and engineering

Educational Insights
Educational games

Educators Publishing Service
Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, etc.

Edu-track Home School
Organization help

Essential Learning Products
Basic skills practice workbooks, etc.

Math, Science, Reading/Language Arts

Farm Country General Store
Curriculum, books, general interest

Feature Films for Families

Geography Matters
The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide,
Geography resources

Greathall Productions
Award winning stories by Jim Weiss

Great Potential Press
Gifted Education

Great Science Adventures
Common Sense Press

Great Source Education Group
Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, Saxon, Steck Vaughn, etc.
Textbooks, Math, Science, Reading, etc.

Greenleaf Press
History (with caution)

Hands-on Equations
"Making Algebra children's play

Handwriting Without Tears
Toys, games, activities, crafts

Hewitt Homeschooling Resources
Math It, Winston Grammar, Curriculum, etc.
Notebooking, history, geography

Home Science Adventures
Science kits from Stratton House

Home Science Tools
Science curriculum

How Great Thou Art
Popular art program

Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing program and more

Insect Lore
Interactive insect science

Intercollegiate Studies Institute
A Student's Guide (series)

Jackdaw Publications
Primary source publications

Joyce Herzog
Practical advice for special needs children

Kaidy Educational Resources
Math manipulatives, etc.

Key Curriculum Press
Key to math series, Miquon math, etc.

Kinderspeak Kids
Spanish immersion

Lakeshore Learning Materials
Kaboodles of learning materials

Lingui Systems
Special needs, etc.

Lifetime Books and Gifts
Detailed reviews, special needs children

Live and Learn
Lauri, and more

Lost Classics Book Company
Textbooks, historical fiction, etc.

Lyrical Learning
Lyrical life science songs

Magic Cabin
Toys, books, dolls, crafts, etc.

Mark Kistler's Imagination Station
Art instruction

Mastery Publications
Math, Handwriting special needs
Favorite math card games

Math Relief
Math programs on DVD or video

McGraw Hill
Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, Wright Group, etc.
Math, English, etc.

Meet the
Art program

Michael Olaf
Montessori Education
"Brainy toys for kids of all ages"

Moving With Math

Muggins Math
Math games

Music for Little People
Music, instruments, gifts, etc.

Music in Motion
Education, gifts, games, incentives, DVDs

Math, Science, Early Childhood, Arts and Crafts, etc.

Nest Entertainment
Animated DVDs and more

Orienal Trading
crafts, gifts, party supplies

Parent Child Press

Peace Hill Press
Publisher of Well Trained Mind (With caution)

Modern Curriculum Press,
Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.


Prufrock Press Inc.
Resources for gifted, advanced, and special needs learners

The Quarter Mile
Math practice software

Rainbow Resource
The ultimate resource catalog.

Books to listen to.

The Riggs Institute
Reading instruction

Right Start Mathematics
Activities for Learning (abacus)

ROCK Solid
Discount Homeschool supplies

Rosetta Stone
Foreign Language

Runkle Publishers

S & S Worldwide
Arts, crafts, games, activities
Art and school supplies

Saxon Publishers
Math, etc.

Schola Publications
Latin Road to English Grammar


School Zone

Scott Foresman
Pearson Group publishes
Math, Social Studies
Shar Music
Music, especially strings

Singing Made Easy
Singing instruction based on Suzuki method

Sing 'n Learn
Learning through music

Social Studies School Service
Massive social studies, history, geography resource

Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum
Christian Curriculum (With caution)

Southwest Strings
Strings store

Customize software handwriting program

Stories with Holes
Critical thinking books

Surley English

Teaching Company
"The Great Courses" teaching DVDs/audio tapes

Textbooks with CD-roms
Foreign Language

Tell Me More
Foreign Language Software
Hands-on curriculum, etc.

Tinman Press
Thinking Skills

Tobins lab
Science materials, books, etc.

Total Language Plus
Reading comprehension, plus

University Prints
Card-size Art prints

Veritas Press
With caution.

Video Text Interactive
DVD math programs

Vision Forum
With caution.

Vision Therapy
Professional help for vision problems.

The Works People
Grammar, spelling, handwriting, etc.

Wild Goose Science
Science kits

Write Guide
Individualized writing program

Young Explorers
Educational toys and games

The Young Scientists Club
Science kits

Zephyr Press
Gifted, art, history, etc.

Catholic Homeschool Vendors

Once upon a time, our homeschool group had our conference in Mary Help of Christians' gym. This pic is before the throngs of people as we were setting up.

The following list is for new, homeschool related curriculum.

Rather than have one very long list, I am going to have a separate post for used book dealers, and general Catholic suppliers, and limit this to Catholic homeschool suppliers. I will also post a list of not Catholic vendors. I will update this post as needed.

Adoremus Books
Homeschool supplier.

Alan Jemison Music
Piano Instruction, Catholic hymns for the piano, etc.

All Catholic Books
Homeschool supplier.

Bethlehem Books
Quality children's fiction.

By Way of the Family
Catholic books, gifts; homeschool supplier.

Castle Heights Press
Science materials

Castlemoyle Books
Spelling Power, books, gifts, educational resources, collectible children's books.

Catholic Heritage Curricula
Homeschool curricula, books, gifts.

Catholic Homeschoolers Bookshelf
Curricula, books.

Catholic Textbook Project
Catholic history textbooks

C R Publications
Catholicism and Reason, etc.

Ecce Homo Press
Historical fiction, Little Flowers Girls' Clubs, Blue Knights Boys' Clubs

El Camino Real
Homeschool suppllier

Emmanuel Books
Homeschool Supplier

Faith and Family Flix
DVD rentals

Family Centered Press
Catholic Daily Planner

Friendly Defenders
Friendly Defenders cards

Hillside Education
Curricula, historical fiction

History Links
History Curriculum

Ignatius Press
Books, DVDs, CDs, Bethlehem Books, Vision series, Faith and Life, etc.

Illuminated Ink

Institute for Excellence in Writing
Synposiums, webinars, DVD programs

Jodys Hands-on Learning
Montessori products, games, and crafts

Kolbe Academy
School, bookstore

Little Saints A Catholic Preschool Program
Preschool program

Lord of History
Catholic card game

Loyola Press
Books, language arts and religion textbooks

LPH Resource Center On-line Courses for Catholic Homeschoolers
On-line classes

Making Music Praying Twice
Music curriculum

Marys Books
Rare, used, and out of print books, Dujarie Book reprints.

Memoria Press
Publisher, on-line classes

Mother of Our Savior 
Homeschool supplier, books, gifts, etc.

Neumann Press
Publisher, curricula, religion, historical fiction, etc.

Our Fathers House
Homeschool supplier, publisher

Our Lady of Victory School
School, publisher, homeschool supplier

RC History
Connecting with History

Sacred Heart Books and Gifts
Homeschool supplier

Seton Educational Media
Homeschool supplier, publisher

Sophia Institute Press
Books for children and adults

St. George Catholic Books and Gifts
Books, Gifts, and Curricula

St. John Fisher Forum

St Paul's Publishing
Evangelization of the New World

Stone Tablet Press
Little Angel Readers

Tan Books 
Books for children and adults.

Ye Hedge School
Mary Daly's products: Creator and Creation, etc.