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May 20, 2020
Episode 42: Insider Tips From the College Admissions Office, with Megan Fassero It can be pretty stressful preparing for the college applications process, not knowing if your child’s home-grown education will be appreciated by those mysterious people in the college admissions office. Wouldn’t you love to know what they’re thinking and how they evaluate your student? Today, Megan Fassero is with us to share Insider Tips From the Admissions Office! Find Homeschool Outreach Coordinator for Benedictine College, Megan Fassero here: megan.fassero@benedictine.edu Learn More About Benedictine College: www.benedictine.edu Request Benedictine’s Free Guide for Homeschoolers - www.benedictine.edu/homeschoolguide Visit Benedictine on Homeschool Visit Day! - https://www.benedictine.edu/admission/visit/homeschool/index Help Your Student Navigate Choosing a Major: www.Benedictine.Mymajors.com Understand How Dual Credits will Transfer: www.transferology.com Compare Colleges: www.nces.ed.govToday's Short Feature: Celeste Behe, Story StrandsTopic: Random Acts of StorytellingThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
May 13, 2020
Episode 41: Building a Network When Your Children Are Small, Part IIIn Episode 4 of this podcast, in August 2019, I had the delightful opportunity to interview a young Catholic mom, AnneMarie Miller, who was really struggling to build community for her children, because they are both still too young for most homeschool programs. She had some great ideas to try, and we agreed to have her back to give a progress report! So, stay tuned for Part Two of "Building a Network When Your Childre Are Small"!Find AnneMarie Here:Sacrifice of Love (blog): http://marianninja.blogspot.com/Listen to Part I of this topic here: https://homeschoolingsaints.podbean.com/e/buiding-a-network-when-your-children-are-small/Today's Short Feature: Dan Louzonis, Einstein BlueprintTopic: Setting GoalsThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
May 6, 2020
Episode 40: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, with Dave PalmerHave you ever wondered how to integrate the scholarly writings of the great St. Thomas Aquinas into your homeschool curriculum? Today I'm excited to share a resource so accessible that you'll rush to add it to your daily life. A great friend of the podcast--in fact the announcer for our program--Dave Palmer, is here with his delightful book: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone: 30 Quick and Fun Lessons, Activities and Outdoor Adventures Based on the Summa Theologica.Dave Palmer's book is found here:https://www.amazon.com/St-Thomas-Aquinas-Everyone-Activities/dp/0692687564/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=st.+thomas+aquinas+for+everyone&qid=1583343112&sr=8-2Dave's Facebook page for St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone where he regularly posts videos teaching on the Summa Theologica for everyone!https://www.facebook.com/staforeveryone/Dave's Youtube page with videos teaching the Summa Theologica…https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBRZIS5557HP9fPQd3LX-4A/videos?view_as=subscriberShort Feature: Chantal Howard: From Ideal to RealTopic: Same Storm, Different BoatsFind Chantal Howard here: https://www.chantal-howard.com/and here: https://www.aromarosary.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
April 29, 2020
Episode 39: The University Model of HomeschoolingToday we’re looking at a fascinating hybrid of traditional and non-traditional schooling methods that growing numbers of homeschoolers are investing in, both financially and personally. It’s called The University Model, and here to tell us what all the fuss is about is author and homeschool veteran, Tami Kiser!Find Tami Kiser here:Smart Martha Blog with links to all her many ministries and projects on behalf of Catholic women and families:https://www.tamikiser.com/blogCatholic Family Celebrationshttps://www.catholicfamilycelebrations.com/Enjoy Tami's appearance at our 2019 INSPIRE Virtual Summer Conference, telling us about The Slacker’s Guide to Homeschooling: https://homeschoolconnections.adobeconnect.com/_a1158562065/ptsj2cwgr7ig/?proto=trueThere is no short feature this week. Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
April 22, 2020
Episode 37: A Pep Talk on Accepting HelpSometimes we’re overwhelmed and someone offers to help, but we feel compelled to say NO Thank YOU. I’m fine. When we’re really not. Today’s guest, Amanda Woodiel, will give us a A Pep Talk on Accepting Help. Find Amanda:In a Place of Gracehttp://www.inaplaceofgrace.com/Blog post about accepting help:http://www.inaplaceofgrace.com/pep-talk-on-help/CatholicMom.comhttps://catholicmom.com/author/awoodiel/AmazingCatechists.com: http://amazingcatechists.com/author/amandawoodiel/Short Feature: Celeste Behe's Story StrandsTopic: History Told in StoriesFind Celeste here: http://celestebehe.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
April 15, 2020
Episode 38: The Joy, Art, and Educational Benefits of Read-AloudsEver wonder which educational activity will bring you and your family the most enduring and impactful results? Reading aloud to our children can bless them beyond measure, now and throughout their lives. Today’s guest, Maureen Wittmann, has spoken and written extensively on the topic of The Power of Read-Alouds!Find Maureen here:https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/directorsOn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maureenwittmann/Maureen’s Recommended Read-Aloud Resources: https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.blogspot.com/2020/04/best-homeschool-reading-lists.html Maureen's book For the Love of Literature, https://www.beholdpublications.com/wordpress1/product/love-of-literature/?v=2320522a6676 Short Feature: Amy Cattapan's Books & BlessingsToday's Topic: 8 Notes to a Nobody, by Cynthia T. ToneyFind Amy here:https://www.ajcattapan.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
April 8, 2020
Episode 36: Good Books and Good FriendsIt’s difficult to form children in God’s truth and his holy virtues, when you’re battling outside influences that seep in from the culture. Today we’re talking with Catholic author TM Gaouette about the power of Good Books and Good Friends.Find Tai Gaouette here:www.tmgaouette.comFind more great resources at https://www.catholicteenbooks.com/Short Feature: Dan Louzonis's Einstein BlueprintTopic: Teaching Our Kids About DebtFind Dan here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/Find his 15-year-old son, John, here: https://kidsgetrich.com/bookThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
April 1, 2020
d: Einstein BlueprintDan Louzonis stepped out of a lucrative career in finance to create an entrepreneurial homeschool for his two children, and now he coaches families all over the world using a remarkable system he calls the Einstein Blueprint. Don't miss this!Find Dan Louzonis here:https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/Listen to The Einstein Blueprint Podcast (500+ episodes!)Subscribe to Dan's YouTube ChannelKid Trillionaire (Dan's son's book!)https://kidsgetrich.com/bookToday's Short Feature: Chantal Howard's Ideal to RealTopic: Persevering, Even With Anxiety Find Chantal Howard here:https://www.chantal-howard.com/And her stunning AromaRosaries:https://www.aromarosary.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
March 25, 2020
Episode 34: Homeschooling BoysOne of the big reasons that families tend to homeschool is that we don’t want a cookie-cutter education that ignores their unique gifts and callings. But do we try to school our sons the same way we school our daughters? Today’s guest, homeschooling mother of eleven, Jane Ann Bonbrake, is here to share some great ideas about Homeschooling Boys.Resources recommended by Jane Ann Bonbrake:Homeschooling BoysMath curriculum: Math U See (kinesthetic)https://mathusee.com/Raising Up Boys, Dr. James Dobsonhttps://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Up-Boys-James-Dobson/dp/1414391331Defending Boyhood, Anythony Esolen https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/defending-boyhood-how-building-forts-reading-stories-playing-ball-and-praying-to-god-can-change-the-world-2533.htmlResources on Raising TeensSeton Home Study Schoolhttps://www.setonhome.org/Catholic Heritage Curriculahttps://www.chcweb.com/catalog/Today’s Short Feature: A.J. Cattapan: Books & BlessingsTopic: Return to Sender (Novel)Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
March 19, 2020
Episode 33: A Typological Approach to LiteratureDid you know that literature can bring us closer to God, even when it’s neither overtly nor intentionally Christian? Today’s guest, Dr. Henry Russell, will share some fascinating insights on A Typological Approach to Literature.Find Dr. Russell here:http://staugustineshep.com/teachers/dr-henry-russell/https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/people/henry-russell-ph-dToday’s Short Feature: Celeste Behe: Story StrandsTopic: The Eyes Have ItFind Celeste Behe: https://celestebehe.com/
March 11, 2020
Episode 32: Working From HomeschoolLots of homeschools have more than one breadwinner, even with mom staying at home. Today’s guest, Chantal Howard--a great friend of this podcast--will step us into what it’s like Working from Homeschool!Find Chantal Howard here:chantal-howard.comaromarosary.com.Today’s Short Feature: Dan Louzonis: Einstein BlueprintTopic: Kid TrillionairesFind Dan:https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/
March 4, 2020
Episode 31: Servant LeadershipWe hear a lot about “servant leadership” today, but for a Catholic homeschooling family, it’s a lot more than a buzzword for “enlightened teamwork”—it’s a way of life modeled on the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. Today we’re talking with Jenny Bales about how her leadership roles teach important lessons to her children.Find Jenny Bales: www.heartofamother.netToday’s Short Feature:Chantal Howard: From Ideal to RealTopic: Living Lent As It Was MeantFind Chantal at https://www.chantal-howard.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
February 26, 2020
Episode 30: Keeping Your Husband Happy (Easy Tips)Okay homeschoolers! You're going to want to take notes on this episode and share it with all your married friends. Today, one of my favorite Catholic experts, Mary Ellen Barrett, is going to surprise you with some incredibly easy ways to make your husband very happy. Because when your marriage has that sparkle, everything else in your homeschooling life gets a BIG lift!Find Mary Ellen here:http://maryellenbarrett.com/Short Feature: Amy Cattapan, Books & BlessingsToday’s Topic: The Ten Commandments for Kissing Gloria Jean, by Britt LeeThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
February 19, 2020
Episode 29: How Authentic Love in Your Marriage Teaches Your ChildrenToday I'm talking with someone very special, a veteran homeschooling mom who knows a thing or two about how Authentic Love in Your Marriage Teaches Your Children.Find Ellen Gable Hrkach here:https://ellengable.wordpress.com/ Short Feature: Celeste Behe, Story StrandsToday’s Topic: What's in a Name?Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
February 12, 2020
Episode 28: SALVATION: What Every Catholic Should Know.If somebody asked you today what it takes to be saved, would you have an answer that was confident and specific? Think about it. Today’s guest, Dr. Michael Barber, is going to help unpack the topic of SALVATION: What Every Catholic Should Know. Find Dr. Barber here:https://www.thesacredpage.com/@michaelpbarberEnjoy these resources written/recorded by Dr. Barber:Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know (hardback)Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know (paper back)Salvation, Lectio Study - DVD bible study with participant and leader guides (based on the book)Michael Barber, Paul, A New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology (Eerdmans, 2019) Short Feature: Dan Louzonis, Einstein BlueprintToday’s Topic: How Parents Can Demonstrate Entrepreneurship to their ChildrenThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
February 10, 2020
Episode 27: Ideas From Aquinas That Help Keep Our Kids Catholic What are the main arguments of atheism, and how do we equip our teens to stand up to a culture intent on destroying their faith? Join me and one my favorite authors, Dr. Kevin Vost, as we share two of the most insidious attacks on our faith and how St. Thomas Aquinas can help you help your kids stand against them.Find Kevin at https://www.drvost.com/His new book: 12 Life Lessons from St. Thomas Aquinas book from Sophia Institute Press. https://cutt.ly/artwX0KHis memoir:From Atheism to Catholicismhttps://cutt.ly/8rtwCB2(No short feature, today)Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
February 10, 2020
Episode 26: Choosing a Transformative Lent, with Chris Stefanick!If God identifies Himself by saying, “I AM,” not, “I DO,” then why do we so easily forget who we are in the eyes of Christ? Today I have the joy of talking with a powerhouse evangelist for the Catholic faith that many of you already know: Mr. Chris Stefanick! “We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4)Find Chris here:https://reallifecatholic.com/NOTE: Register for the “I AM _____” 30-day program by February 12th to receive the discounted rate of $39(After signing up, you can purchase the accompanying book for 25% off!)https://reallifecatholic.com/coaching-programs/Short Feature: Chantal Howard, From Ideal to RealToday’s Topic: You Are God's GloryThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
February 5, 2020
Episode 27: Ideas From Aquinas That Help Keep Our Kids Catholic What are the main arguments of atheism, and how do we equip our teens to stand up to a culture intent on destroying their faith? Join me and one my favorite authors, Dr. Kevin Vost, as we share two of the most insidious attacks on our faith and how St. Thomas Aquinas can help you help your kids stand against them.Find Kevin at https://www.drvost.com/His new book: 12 Life Lessons from St. Thomas Aquinas book from Sophia Institute Press. https://cutt.ly/artwX0KHis memoir:From Atheism to Catholicismhttps://cutt.ly/8rtwCB2Dr. Vost recommends the study of philosophy as a core subject in your homeschool. Homeschoolconnections.com offers a full slate of excellent philosophy courses. Email us at info@homeschoolconnections.com to learn more. (No short feature, today)Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
January 29, 2020
Episode 26: Choosing a Transformative Lent, with Chris Stefanick!If God identifies Himself by saying, “I AM,” not, “I DO,” then why do we so easily forget who we are in the eyes of Christ? Today I have the joy of talking with a powerhouse evangelist for the Catholic faith that many of you already know: Mr. Chris Stefanick! “We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4)Find Chris here:https://reallifecatholic.com/NOTE: Register for the “I AM _____” 30-day program by February 12th to receive the discounted rate of $39(After signing up, you can purchase the accompanying book for 25% off!)https://reallifecatholic.com/coaching-programs/Short Feature: Chantal Howard, From Ideal to RealToday’s Topic: You Are God's GloryThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
January 22, 2020
Episode 25: Siblings as Co-Teachers in Your HomeschoolWhen children become competent enough to help mom and dad, including guiding and mentoring younger siblings, life gets a lot easier for the parents, but great life lessons are also absorbed by the children themselves. Today, we’re talking with veteran homeschooling mom, Ellen Gable Hrkach, about Siblings as Co-Teachers in Your Homeschool.Find Ellen Gable Hrkach at https://ellengable.wordpress.com/Short Feature: Books & Blessings, with A.J. CattapanToday’s topic: Rightfully Ours, by Carolyn AstfalkFind Amy at https://www.ajcattapan.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
January 16, 2020
Episode 24: Talking With Kids About God’s Gift of Marriage and Sex Are you nervous about having “the talk” with your children? Do you wonder if too much information too soon will hurt their innocence? Today’s guest, Suzy Younger, is here to discuss Talking With Kids About God’s Gift of Marriage and Sex.Find Suzy here: www.suzyyounger.com Recommended Resources:Fertility Care: https://fertilitycare.org/Book: The NAPRO Technology Revolution, by Dr. Thomas HilgersBook: Wonderfully Made! Babies: A Catholic Perspective on How and Why God Makes Babies (for ages 9 and up) by Ellen GiangiordanoBook: Made This Way, by Trent Horn & Leila MillerContact Suzy Younger: Syounger.cfcp@gmail.comToday’s Short Feature: Celeste Behe’s Story StrandsTopic: Your Family PrequelThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
January 8, 2020
Episode 23: Curing Mommy OverwhelmAs homeschoolers, we can get really overwhelmed. Self-doubts can wreak havoc on our peace of mind, causing us to lose faith in God’s plan for our families. A wonderful consultant and veteran homeschooling mom, Paola Ciskanik, is here to talk about Curing Mommy Overwhelm. Stay with us!Paola’s Coaching page:https://emmanuelbooks.lpages.co/homeschool-coaching-simple/Paola’s BLOG: https://blog.emmanuelbooks.com/Paola’s Family Business: https://emmanuelbooks.com/All About Spelling: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.net/go.php?id=1164 (I am a proud affiliate because this really works!)Lauri Alphabet Puzzles: https://www.playmonster.com/product/a-to-z-puzzles-lowercase/Reading Helper Reading Strips: https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/268/Reading-Helper.htmlHomeschool Connections Fiction Writing Courses: https://view.publitas.com/homeschool-connections/2019-20-hsc-recorded-course-catalog/page/242-243FREE Planning Guide I wrote that contains reflection questions, “Get Ready” : https://emmanuelbooks.lpages.co/get-ready-guide-opt-in/Articles pertaining to curing overwhelm: The Secret to Homeschool Success :https://blog.emmanuelbooks.com/2019/08/the-secret-to-homeschool-success/Ready, Set, Go Homeschool Mom! : https://blog.emmanuelbooks.com/2019/01/ready-set-go-homeschool-mom/3 Tips to Overcome the End of Year Struggle: https://blog.emmanuelbooks.com/2019/05/3-tips-to-overcome-the-end-of-year-struggle/Today’s Short Feature: Dan Louzonis’ Einstein BlueprintTopic: Production vs. Consumption MentalityThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
January 2, 2020
Episode 22: How Thriving in Faith and Fitness Benefits Your HomeschoolHow often as a homeschooling mom or dad have you wished you were in better shape and had more energy? Today’s guest, Olympic Athlete and homeschooling mom, Rebecca Dussault is here to tell us How Thriving in Faith and Fitness Benefits Your Homeschool.Find Rebecca Dussault at FitCatholicMom.com: http://www.fitcatholicmom.com/Today’s short feature: Chantal Howard’s From Ideal to RealTopic: Theology of the BodyThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
December 27, 2019
Episode 21:Homeschooling has become a haven for kids the traditional school system has failed in some way. It's not that there aren't some great programs and talented teachers in the system; it's mostly that the system may not fit your special needs child. We're talking with author Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur about educating your special-needs child at home. Stay with us!Patrice is the author of The Power of Forgiveness: https://cutt.ly/pe24EdT And is the editor of Today's Catholic Homeschooling: https://www.todayscatholichomeschooling.com/ Today's Short Feature: Amy Cattapan Books and Blessings: Frozen Footprints, by Therese HeckenkampThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
December 18, 2019
Episode 20: We all know our kids should study their Catholic faith--and science--but how do we integrate these two vital subjects into our homeschool curriculum? Today's guest, Dr. Stacy Trasancos, is uniquely equipped to help parents and students grasp the unity of faith and science.Find Stacy here: http://stacytrasancos.com/ And at the St. Philip Institute: https://www.stphilipinstitute.org Today's Short Feature: Amy Cattapan Books and Blessings: Frozen Footprints, by Therese HeckenkampThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
December 11, 2019
Episode 19: Dictionary.com defines the word “merry” as meaning cheerful and lively. And in regard to seasons and celebrations, “characterized by festivity and rejoicing.” Wouldn’t you love your homeschool to be merry? Today’s guest, Celeste Behe, will give us some good counsel on How to Cultivate a Very Merry Homeschool!Find Celeste at CelesteBehe.comToday's Short Feature: Dan LouzonisTopic: Marketable SkillsFind Dan Louzonis here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/ https://kidsgetrich.com/bookThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
December 4, 2019
Episode 18: Can running a business from home be an opportunity to teach your children valuable life lessons? And can beautiful products offered in the marketplace be a means to evangelize? We're talking with a very popular speaker and best-selling author, Dr. Carrie Gress, about her family's homeschooing adventure. Stay tuned!Visit Dr. Carrie Gress at her website: https://theologyofhome.com/ Buy her beautiful new book, Theology of Home: https://cutt.ly/Se24q4KToday's Short Feature: Chantal Howard From Ideal to Real: Mix it Up With Meal PrayersThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
November 27, 2019
Episode 17: Ho, Ho, Ho. How’s your Christmas spirit, so far? Have you ever wondered where the joy goes, in the midst of all the busyness of managing your home, your children’s education, and the intensity of Advent? Bonnie Landry is here to tell us about Keeping the Joy in Christmas!Find Bonnie’s workshop video series and Homeschooling Simplified booklets at OhThatsSimple.com.Also: https://practicingmammal.com/resources-links and bonnielandry.caRecommended Books: Bonnie’s books on amazon: Homeschooling, simplified series Revolution of MercyAlso mentioned: • Fontanini resign crèche figures (search online) • The Bride’s Tree Tradition: (see blog post at PracticingMammal.com)O Night Divine blog, by Mary Ellen Barrett: https://maryellenb.typepad.com/o_night_divine/archives.htmlO Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath, by Lisa Hendey Short Feature: Books and Blessings with A.J. Cattapan The Perfect Blindside, by Leslea WahlThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
November 20, 2019
Episode 16: The secular world tries to claim it and hold it up as proof that religion is false. And yet, Catholics believe that honest inquiry always leads us to God. Today, I get to chat with the Director of the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, to talk with us about How Science Points to the Reality of God.Find Brother Guy at http://www.vaticanobservatory.va/ Sacred Space Astronomy: www.vofoundation.org/ blog Faith and Science Resources: www.vofoundation.org/faith-and-science The Galileo Affair (California Studies in the History of Science), by Maurice A. Finocchiaro Short Feature: Story Strands Find Celeste Behe: http://celestebehe.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
November 13, 2019
Episode 15: There’s a very good reason so many of us love the do-it-yourself programs on TV. We want beautiful homes on a budget. But more importantly, we need sanctuaries of beauty for our families. Today’s guest, Noelle Mering, is here to talk about Inexpensive Ways to Create Beauty in the Home.Find Noelle Mering Here: NoelleMering.com and TheologyofHome.com Today’s Short Feature: The Time it Takes to Raise EntrepreneursFind Dan Louzonis here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/ and https://kidsgetrich.comThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
November 6, 2019
Episode 14: The Grace is EnoughIs your family too busy and stressed to enjoy your life together? Haley Stewart and her family were sick of the rat race, so they sold their house and signed on for a year-long internship on a sustainable farm. Stay tuned to find out how the simplicity of their new life set this family free to live the Gospel and rediscover joy. Find Haley Stewart:Her podcast: https://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/podcast/Her blog: https://www.carrotsformichaelmas.com/Haley's book, "The Grace of Enough" https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Enough-Pursuing-Throwaway-Culture/dp/1594718172Haley recommends, The Reed of God, by Caryll HouselanderToday's short feature is Chantal Howard's "From Ideal to Real"Topic: The Jesus Prayer in the ClosetThank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
October 30, 2019
Episode 13: Inspiring Our Children to Love LiteratureThere’s nothing like a really good book, whether it’s a fictional story told well or great ideas from great minds. Today, we’re talking with a well-known Catholic scholar and homeschooling dad, Joseph Pearce, about Inspiring Your Children to Love Literature.Find Joseph Pearce: Joseph’s personal website: https://jpearce.co/ (No Short Feature Today)Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
October 23, 2019
Episode 12: Why Should Our Kids Learn Debate, Public Speaking, and Drama?Long ago, I pressured my shy, 12-year-old daughter into auditioning for our homeschool network’s junior production of Hamlet. Boy was she resistant. But she got a part, and I can honestly say the experience permanently enhanced her life--and mine. Today we’re talking with the delightful Kevin O’Brien about Why Your Kids Should Learn Speech, Debate, and Drama. Find Kevin O'Brien at www.grunky.com or http://twinc-tv.blogspot.com/Today's Short Feature: St. Magnus: The Last VikingFind A.J. Cattapan at https://www.ajcattapan.com/ and https://www.catholicteenbooks.com/ Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
October 16, 2019
Episode 11: Solutions to Homeschooling ScienceHave you ever dissected a fish on your kitchen counter and then tried to get the eyeball under a microscope? I have, and my daughter and I made quite a mess together. We could have used some advice from today’s guest, Tom Frederick, here to discuss Some Pros and Cons of Doing Science at Home.Links to online labs and other resources mentioned or referred to in this week's podcast:https://physics.ccsu.edu/LEMAIRE/genphys/virtual_physics_labs.htmhttp://www.physicslab.org/Default.aspxhttps://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Interactiveshttps://www.perfectionlearning.com/science/physics/kinetic-interactive-physics-programs/virtual-physics-labs.htmlhttps://www.edinformatics.com/HTML5/html5-physics-simulations.htmlhttps://phet.colorado.edu/en/teaching-resources/tipsForUsingPhetFind Tom Frederick here: http://www.physicsisphun.org/https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/people/tom-frederickhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/thomassfrederick/Today’s Short Feature: Story Strands Illustrative StorytellingFind Celeste Behe at http://celestebehe.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
October 9, 2019
Episode 10: How Homeschool Grads Perform in CollegeOn average, homeschoolers measurably outperform traditionally-educated students in test scores, admission rates, and graduation rates. But is that the whole story? Megan Fassero, the Homeschool Outreach Coordinator for Benedictine College, will enlighten us on How Homeschool Grads Perform in College!Learn More About Benedictine College: www.benedictine.eduRequest Benedictine’s Free Guide for Homeschoolers - www.benedictine.edu/homeschoolguideVisit Benedictine on Homeschool Visit Day! - https://www.benedictine.edu/admission/visit/homeschool/index2019 Inspire Conference - Planning With the Temperament God Gave You - https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/free-homeschool-help-videosToday’s Short Feature: Self-EmploymentFind Dan Louzonis here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/ Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
October 2, 2019
Episode 9: Homeschooling Kids Who Are Wired Differently Your child may be a very early reader, deeply focused on creative pursuits, and incredibly interesting as a human being—but what happens when that same child struggles with overstimulation, anxiety, or depression? Today’s guest is Ginny Kochis, here to discuss Homeschooling Kids Who Are Wired Differently.Find Ginny Kochis here: https://www.notsoformulaic.com/ More Recommended Resources:Gifted Homeschoolers Forum National Association for Gifted Children SENGifted Crushing Tall Poppies (gifted adults) Today’s Short Feature: From Ideal to RealActivities That Will Change Your Family CultureFind Chantal Howard here: https://www.chantal-howard.com/ and https://www.aromarosary.com/Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comHomeschooling Saints Theme Music Composed by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
September 25, 2019
Episode 8: The Role of the Father in HomeschoolingHomeschooling dads have a unique opportunity to lead their families and influence their children in ways that are personal, powerful, and pleasing to God. Today I have the honor of talking with one of my favorite authors, Joseph Pearce, about The Role of the Father in Homeschooling.Find Joseph Pearce:Joseph’s personal website: https://jpearce.co/ Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love, by Joseph Pearce Some music recommendations from Joseph Pearce:Scythian: https://www.scythianmusic.com/L’Angelus: https://www.langelus.com/Joseph’s article, “Virtue vs. Virtuosity in Education”Today's Short Feature: Books and BlessingsA Single Bead, by Stephanie EngelmanFind A.J. Cattapan here: https://www.ajcattapan.com/ and https://www.catholicteenbooks.com/ Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comMusic by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
September 18, 2019
Episode 7: Time Management Tips from a Homeschool GraduateHomeschooled students get to develop unique skills and an outlook that strengthens them to live a very intentional life. Today I’m talking with Emily Henry, here to share some Time Management Tips from a Homeschool Graduate. Find Emily Henry here: https://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/people/emily-henryToday's Short Feature: Story Strands Telling Bible StoriesFind Celeste Behe here: http://celestebehe.com/ Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor HomeschoolConnections.comMusic by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
September 11, 2019
Episode 6: Top Tips for New Homeschooling ParentsGetting started with homeschooling can be overwhelming, but our guest is a homeschooling mom who loves to encourage and equip new homeschoolers! Today we’re talking with Amanda Woodiel about her Top Tips for New Homeschooling Parents.Find Amanda Woodiel:In a Place of GraceCatholicMom.comAmazingCatechists.com 12 Top Tips for New Homeschooling FamiliesToday’s Short Feature: Einstein BlueprintFind Dan Louzonis here: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/ Thank you to the following contributors who made this podcast possible:Our Sponsor Homeschoolconnections.comMusic by Taylor KirkwoodIntro voice Dave Palmer radio personality and author of St. Thomas Aquinas for EveryoneOur host Lisa Mladinich
September 4, 2019
Episode 5: Preparing for a Joyful Homeschool Year!Have you ever wondered how some families manage to radiate joy in their homeschooling journey? Well, there are secrets to that joy that anyone can learn, according to our guest, Bonnie Landry, who will give us some tips on Preparing for a Joyful Homeschool Year!Bonnie’s workshop video series and Homeschooling Simplified booklets:https://www.ohthatssimple.com/Bonnie is offering our listeners a discount code on her workshop DVDs. Here’s the code: MAKEJOYNORMAL. (The code gets you the $75 program on joy in homeschooling for only $40, until October 15, 2019. If you are reading this after the expiration date, please contact Bonnie at her blog, http://practicingmammal.com/)Also recommended:https://practicingmammal.com/resources-linkshttps://practicingmammal.com/homeschooling-simplified-posts-aboutBonnie’s books on amazon:Homeschooling, simplified seriesRevolution of MercyRecommended books:Hallowed Be This House: Finding Signs of Heaven in Your Home, by Thomas HowardHold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers, by Gordon NeufeldSink Reflections, by Marla CilleyThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpToday’s Short Feature: From Ideal to RealFind Chantal Howard here: https://www.chantal-howard.com/ and https://www.aromarosary.com/
August 28, 2019
Episode 4: Building a Network When Your Children Are Small At first, they may be invisible to your homeschool network, but there are lots of moms with babies and toddlers out there looking for support and friendship for themselves and for their children. Some of them are discerning whether to stay at home long-term, and still others are considering homeschooling. But what can they do while their children are too young for the local homeschool coop or the full-day programs available to little ones? Today we’re talking with AnneMarie Miller, a young mother at the very beginning of her homeschooling journey. We’ll be brainstorming ideas for Building a Network When Your Children Are Small. Stay tuned throughout for ways you can encourage and inspire AnneMarie and other moms like her!Find Annemarie Miller at Sacrifice of Love, CatholicMom.com, and Verily Magazine Find A.J. Cattapan at https://www.ajcattapan.com/ and https://www.catholicteenbooks.com/
August 21, 2019
Episode 3Homesteading: The Joy of Raising Living Things: God’s exquisite creation is a powerful expression of his love for us, so how valuable is it to teach our children to appreciate the complex beauty of the natural world? Today’s guest is Catholic author and homeschooling mom, TM Gaouette, to share her family’s adventure with Homesteading and the Benefits of Raising Living Things.Learn more about Tai and her faithfully-Catholic novels at CatholicTeenBooks.com and tmgaouette.com/ Today's Short Feature:Learn more about Celeste Behe and "Story Strands" here: http://celestebehe.com/
August 14, 2019
Episode 2: Consistency and a Charlotte Mason EducationToday’s guest, author Jessica Ptomey, PhD, will explain the importance of Consistency in a Catholic Homeschool and how Charlotte Mason's methods provide the daily disciplines and habits to achieve a long-term vision for your children’s education. Jessica’s blog and podcast: http://jessicaptomey.com/Charlotte Mason’s six-book series, free online: https://amblesideonline.org/CM/toc.htmlBeauty in the Word, by Stratford Caldecott: https://www.circeinstitute.org/store/books/beauty-word-rethinking-foundations-education(John Senior quote on the prerequisite education for grasping the Great Books, is found on p. 119 of Beauty in the Word)Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition, by Karen Glass: http://www.karenglass.net/Know and Tell, by Karen Glass:https://www.amazon.com/Know-Tell-Narration-Karen-Glass/dp/1983560189Cindy Rollins’ podcast, The Mason Jar: www.meremotherhood.com/the-mason-jar-podcastJessica Ptomey on The Journey Home, with Marcus Grodi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zltIDGlyQ0cJulia Carney’s Poem, “Little Things”: https://www.famlii.com/little-things-poem-julia-carney/ Today’s Short Feature:Dan Louzonis, from Einstein Blueprint: https://www.einsteinblueprint.com/John Louzonis: https://kidsgetrich.com/book
August 2, 2019
Episode 1: Busting Myths about HomeschoolingIs it crazy to homeschool your children? Some people think that homeschoolers are weird and antisocial, that their kids have no friends, and that they spend the whole day in their pajamas! In today’s episode, homeschooling expert, Mary Ellen Barret, debunks the most common myths and reveals one common belief that is actually true!Mary Ellen’s Blog: Tales From the Bonny Blue HouseAlice Gunther’s book: Haystack Full of Needles: A Catholic Home Educator’s Guide to SocializationSeton Home Study School: https://www.setonhome.org/Mary Ellen’s Columns at AmazingCatechists.com: http://amazingcatechists.com/author/mebarrett/Find Chantal Howard at Chantal-Howard.com and aromaRosary.com
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