Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Making of The Catholic Homeschool Companion


The Catholic Homeschool Companion (Sophia Institute Press) is the sequel to A Catholic Homeschool Treasury, now out of print. Like its predecessor, The Catholic Homeschool Companion is a compendium of essays written by a variety of authors. In fact, it has 43 authors. Authors include love2learn reviewers Alicia Van Hecke, MacBeth Derham, Nancy Brown, and Cay Gibson. Other authors include Steve Wood, Greg Popcak, Suzie Lloyd, Holly Pierlot, Joan Stromberg, Marica Neill, Cynthia Blum, and many others.

This is a much larger book than the Treasury book, coming in at 506 pages. It was written for the veteran homeschooler as much as it was written for the new homeschooler or someone considering homeschooling.

Chapters are:
Chapter 1 Core Subjects
Chapter 2 Enrichment Subjects
Chapter 3 High School
Chapter 4 Homeschooling Styles and Strategies
Chapter 5 Children with Special Needs
Chapter 6 Homeschooling in Unique Circumstances
Chapter 7 The Father's Perspective
Chapter 8 Finding Inspiration
Chapter 9 Homeschooling Community and Support
Chapter 10 Home Management
Chapter 11 Homeschool Students and Graduates
Appendix A Catholic Homeschooling Resource List
Appendix B Home Study Schools
Appendix C Resources - Homeschooling Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities
Appendix D Foreign Language Resources

To see the complete Table of Contents, click here: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip061/2005028870.html

This is not a book that absolutely must be read straight through, from beginning to end. A busy homeschool mom can pick it up and read only the essays that pertain to her that day. If she has a high school student looking at college, she may want to skip ahead to Barb Little's essay on college applications. If she is struggling with clutter taking over her homeschool, she'll want to read Sue Kreiner's essay on decluttering. Or perhaps she needs help with phonics intruction. In that case, she'll want to read Linda Bromeier's essay. If Dad needs some homeschooling support, there is a whole chapter written just for him, in addition to other essays of interest. You'll even find a few essays to share with your high school student.

It really is a nice companion for a Catholic homeschool parent. But then I'm not an impartial judge. In the upcoming days, I will post endorsements that I've received so far at my blog: Maureen Wittmann so that you can see what others are saying.

1 comment:

2nd grade mom said...

Maureen wrote:

"It was written for the veteran homeschooler as much as it was written for the new homeschooler or someone considering homeschooling."

"If she is struggling with clutter taking over her homeschool, she'll want to read Sue Kreiner's essay on decluttering. Or perhaps she needs help with phonics intruction. In that case, she'll want to read Linda Bromeier's essay."

Thank you, Maureen. The above tidbits are helpful. I was kidding about needing to know more before buying the book. I am always interested in reading what all you seasoned Catholic homeschooling authors have to offer us newbies.